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Phillipines Hit by Back-to-Back Typhoons

Posted September 30th, 2011 at 8:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Residents in the Philippines are bracing for another powerful storm expected to dump massive amounts of rain over the same area just flooded by Typhoon Nerat. Forecasters say the new storm, Typhoon Nalgae, will hit the main island of Luzon Saturday morning. They say Nalgae has intensified rapidly and now bears winds of more than […]

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Hurricane Ophelia Strengthens Near Bermuda

Posted September 30th, 2011 at 8:30 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. weather forecasters say Hurricane Ophelia is strengthening near Bermuda and could bring tropical storm-force winds to the British territory on Saturday. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said in its latest bulletin Friday that Ophelia had intensified to a Category 3 storm with winds of 195 kilometers per hour. The system was located 770 […]

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Paramedics at Trial: Michael Jackson Lifeless, Doctor ‘Frantic’

Posted September 30th, 2011 at 8:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Paramedics, who rushed to Michael Jackson’s rented mansion the day the singer died, say they arrived within five minutes of being called but that Jackson seemed to have been dead for some time. They also say his doctor, who was at the home, was “frantic.” The testimony came Friday in Los Angeles during the involuntary […]

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UN Condemns Bahrain’s Punishment of Protesters

Posted September 30th, 2011 at 6:45 pm (UTC-5)
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(Adds Ban comments in graf 7)) The United Nations has condemned the harsh sentences given by Bahrani military courts this week to anti-government protesters and medical personnel. The U.N. Human Rights Office on Friday said the sentences raise serious doubts about the fairness of the court proceedings. Twenty medical personnel were sentenced to jail for […]

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Armenian Opposition Starts New Anti-government Rally

Posted September 30th, 2011 at 6:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Armenian opposition organized a 24-hour protest in Yerevan Friday to demand early elections and electoral law reform beforehand. The Armenian National Congress, headed by former President Levon Ter-Petrosyan, called for a day-and-night long peaceful rally in central Yerevan’s Freedom Square. The opposition wants presidential and parliamentary elections before the end of the year, amendments to […]

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US Praises Burma’s Suspension of China Dam Project

Posted September 30th, 2011 at 5:50 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States is hailing Burma’s decision to suspend construction of a hydroelectric dam that had been widely protested. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland Friday called the decision significant because it showed the Burmese government was listening and responding to the concerns of its people. Nuland said the U.S. hopes this kind of positive progress […]

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UN Renews Peacekeeping Mandate in Somalia

Posted September 30th, 2011 at 5:30 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations has renewed its mandate for its peacekeeping mission in Somalia as heavy fighting broke out near Somalia’s border with Kenya, The U.N. Security Council Friday also called on the African Union to increase the number of troops in Somalia to the maximum of 12,000, up from the 9,000 now deployed. However, the […]

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US Death Toll From Listeria Outbreak Climbs to 15

Posted September 30th, 2011 at 5:25 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. health officials say 15 people have died and 84 others have become ill after eating listeria-infected cantaloupe from a farm in Colorado. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a bulletin Friday that to date, 19 states have reported infections. The CDC has said the outbreak, which began at the end of […]

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Serbs Erect New Roadblock in Northern Kosovo

Posted September 30th, 2011 at 5:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Ethnic Serbs have erected a new barricade in northern Kosovo, hours after NATO peacekeepers removed a previous one. Armed peacekeepers, many in riot gear, and helicopters were deployed Friday to remove a roadblock at the Jarinje border crossing. Loudspeakers broadcast instructions to Serbian protesters to leave the area. Soon after the earth movers had made […]

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U.S.-Led Operation Kills Radical Cleric in Yemen

Posted September 30th, 2011 at 5:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Radical U.S.-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki has been killed in an airstrike in Yemen that news reports say was orchestrated by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency . Missiles fired from a drone (or unmanned) aircraft killed Awlaki early Friday as he rode in a convoy in eastern Yemen. President Barack Obama called Awlaki’s death a “major […]

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