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Serbs Walk Out of EU-Moderated Talks with Kosovo

Posted September 28th, 2011 at 9:10 am (UTC-5)
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The Serbian delegation walked out of European Union-mediated talks with Kosovo in Belgium Wednesday due to heightened tension in the region. EU diplomats say the Serbs were not ready to proceed after talks had been postponed Tuesday following a clash between NATO peacekeepers and ethnic Serbs at a Kosovo-Serbia border crossing. Four peacekeepers and 16 […]

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Slovenia Calls Early Elections

Posted September 28th, 2011 at 9:04 am (UTC-5)
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Slovenia’s President Danilo Turk on Wednesday called early parliamentary elections after the government collapsed in a no-confidence vote last week. Mr. Turk announced the vote would take place December 4. Prime Minister’s Borut Pahor’s center-left coalition government collapsed after junior coalition parties walked out over economic policy and other disagreements.

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Ivory Coast Inaugurates Peace Panel

Posted September 28th, 2011 at 8:56 am (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 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 […]

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Obama to Address Hispanic Issues in Online Roundtable

Posted September 28th, 2011 at 8:35 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama plans to answer questions from Hispanic voters in an online roundtable discussion as part of a push to re-energize the support of groups that backed him during the last election. The event Wednesday is expected to focus on jobs, immigration, and other issues important to the Hispanic community. Questions will be […]

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8 Policemen Killed in Insurgent Attack in Afghanistan

Posted September 28th, 2011 at 8:30 am (UTC-5)
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Eight Afghan policemen have been killed in an attack by suspected Taliban militants on a checkpoint in the country’s south. Local officials say the attack occurred early Wednesday morning near Lashkar Gah in Helmand province. Officials say three other policemen were wounded and another policeman, who was a part of the group of attacked officers, […]

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European Stocks Higher in Midday Trading

Posted September 28th, 2011 at 7:41 am (UTC-5)
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European stock prices are higher in midday trading Wednesday. London’s Financial Times index is up a fraction of one percent. The CAC-40 in Paris is more than one-half of one percent higher, and trading on the DAX index in Frankfurt is up nearly one percent. In New York, the S&P futures contract is up seven […]

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China Rejects US Concerns Over Immolated Tibetan Monks

Posted September 28th, 2011 at 7:38 am (UTC-5)
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China is telling the United States the self-immolation of two Tibetan monks is none of Washington’s business. Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said Wednesday that China opposes interference in its internal affairs by any other country. He also insisted that China protects the legal rights of its ethnic minorities. Hong was reacting to U.S. remarks […]

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Hong Kong Official Steps Down, Seen Angling for Top Post

Posted September 28th, 2011 at 7:25 am (UTC-5)
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Hong Kong chief secretary Henry Tang has stepped down from his post, fueling speculation that he will mount a bid to become the territory’s next chief executive. Tang is believed to be Beijing’s preferred candidate to succeed current chief executive Donald Tsang when he steps down in June. But Tang told reporters Wednesday that he […]

Egyptian Court Sentences Former Information Minister

Posted September 28th, 2011 at 7:25 am (UTC-5)
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An Egyptian court has sentenced former information minister Anas al-Fiqqi to seven years in prison on corruption charges for squandering public money. The court in the capital, Cairo, also handed down a five-year sentence Wednesday to former state television chief Osama el-Sheikh on similar charges. Egyptian courts have already convicted several other members of former […]

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European Commission Head Calls For More Unification

Posted September 28th, 2011 at 7:16 am (UTC-5)
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European Commission head Jose Manuel Barroso called Wednesday for more European unity in light of the EU’s economic crisis. Addressing the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, Barroso called for a new financial transaction tax. The tax could raise nearly $75 billion annually. Over the last three years, the EU has provided nearly $6.3 trillion in […]

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