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Ivory Coast Inaugurates Reconcilation Panel

Posted September 28th, 2011 at 12:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Ivory Coast, which endured months of deadly post-election violence this year, is launching a reconciliation panel aimed at unifying the nation. President Alassane Ouattara is set to inaugurate The Commission on Dialogue, Truth and Reconciliation on Wednesday in the political capital, Yamoussoukro. The 11-member panel will be modeled after the commission that helped unify South […]

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Swiss Lower House Approves Burqa Ban

Posted September 28th, 2011 at 12:06 pm (UTC-5)
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The lower house of Switzerland’s parliament has approved a ban on burqas and other face covering veils in certain public places. By a margin of 101-77 Wednesday, the lower house voted to outlaw the face coverings on public transportation and when dealing with authorities. The measure was backed by Oskar Freysinger of the nationalist Swiss […]

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US Businesses Boost Purchase of Some Long-Lasting Products

Posted September 28th, 2011 at 11:55 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. companies ordered more computers, machinery and other long-lasting products in August, a sign businesses are still looking to expand their operations even as the American economic recovery continues at a sluggish pace. The U.S. government said Wednesday that bookings for the manufactured products expected to last at least three years, excluding military hardware and […]

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US Business Group Asks Top Court to Kill Health Care Law

Posted September 28th, 2011 at 11:45 am (UTC-5)
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A group representing small businesses is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down the Obama administration’s overhaul of the health care system. The National Federation of Independent Business filed an appeal with the nation’s top court Wednesday, asking justices to declare the entire law unconstitutional. They are appealing a court decision made last month […]

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2,900 Convicted Illegal Immigrants Arrested In US Sweep

Posted September 28th, 2011 at 11:40 am (UTC-5)
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The United States says it has arrested 2,900 illegal immigrants — all with prior criminal convictions — during a seven-day sweep across the country. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Wednesday the operation was the largest of its kind, leading to arrests in all 50 U.S. states and in four U.S. territories. The arrests come […]

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Pakistani Police Arrest Sunni Militant, Finance Ministry Worker

Posted September 28th, 2011 at 11:38 am (UTC-5)
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Pakistani authorities have re-arrested a Sunni militant leader who was released last month after spending 14 years in prison on charges of inciting sectarian violence, including killings of minority Shi’ites. Officials say police detained Malik Ishaq at his home late Tuesday under a public order act aimed at preventing further sectarian unrest in the country. […]

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UN Security Council To Discuss Future Sanctions Against Syria

Posted September 28th, 2011 at 11:20 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations Security Council is expected to meet Wednesday to discuss a new draft resolution that threatens future sanctions if Syrian security forces do not halt military operations against civilians. Diplomats say they hope to bring the resolution to a vote by the end of the week. Britain, France, Germany and Portugal unveiled the […]

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Slovenia’s President Calls Early Elections

Posted September 28th, 2011 at 11:10 am (UTC-5)
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The president of Slovenia has called early parliamentary elections on December 4, after Prime Minister Borut Pahor’s minority center-left government was ousted in a no-confidence vote last week. President Danilo Turk made the announcement Wednesday, saying he will dissolve the Alpine state’s 90-member parliament on October 21. It will be Slovenia’s first snap election since […]

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Kurdish Politicans End Boycott of Turkish Parliament

Posted September 28th, 2011 at 11:01 am (UTC-5)
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Kurdish lawmakers on Wednesday said they would end their boycott of parliament and take their oath of office this weekend. Selahattin Demirtas, chairman of the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party said the decision was taken to work for peace in the country. The party led the boycott after the June parliamentary elections when some of […]

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UN Security Council Transfers Palestinian Membership Bid to Committee

Posted September 28th, 2011 at 10:56 am (UTC-5)
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The U.N. Security Council has taken its first formal step in considering a Palestinian bid for full membership in the world body by referring the matter to a committee. The council turned over the Palestinians’ request to the committee on new admissions, which includes all 15 member states on the council. The step is a […]

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