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Red Cross: Afghans’ Access to Health Care Access at Low Point

Posted October 3rd, 2011 at 2:05 pm (UTC-5)
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The International Committee of the Red Cross says access to health care is at a low point in conflict-affected areas of Afghanistan. ICRC’s head of operations for South Asia told reporters in Geneva on Monday that many local clinics remain closed because of fighting, attacks on the premises or intimidation of staff. The Red Cross […]

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Major Fire Engulfs Texas Chemical Plant, Nearby Schools Evacuated

Posted October 3rd, 2011 at 2:00 pm (UTC-5)
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A major fire has engulfed an industrial plant in the U.S. state of Texas, sending large plumes of potentially toxic smoke into the sky. The fire broke out Monday at a chemical plant south of Dallas. Local authorities said all workers had evacuated. They appealed to neighboring communities for additional firefighters to help battle the […]

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Panetta: Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations Only Way to Mideast Peace

Posted October 3rd, 2011 at 1:55 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says there is “no alternative to negotiations” between Israelis and Palestinians in securing a peaceful resolution to the Middle East conflict. Speaking at a news conference in Tel Aviv Monday with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Panetta urged both sides to take “bold action” to move toward a two-state solution. […]

Global Stock Indexes Plunge on Greek Debt Worries

Posted October 3rd, 2011 at 1:55 pm (UTC-5)
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World stock markets fell Monday on new worries of a Greek debt default. In midday trading in the United States, the Dow Jones Industrial Average of 30 key stocks is down 1.4 percent. The broader S&P 500 is off 1.6 percent. The technology-laden NASDAQ is down 1.9 percent. European markets closed sharply lower. London’s Financial […]

World Markets Roiled by New Greek Default Fears

Posted October 3rd, 2011 at 1:40 pm (UTC-5)
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World stock markets fell sharply Monday because of new fears that Greece might soon default on its bailout loans from last year. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng exchange dropped more than 4 percent. The London, Paris and Frankfurt markets all slid, as did U.S. stock indexes. Investors moved to sell stocks after the Athens government said […]

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White House Nears Submission of Trade Legislation to Congress

Posted October 3rd, 2011 at 1:35 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama says he will have an announcement soon on long-delayed free trade deals with South Korea, Colombia and Panama. The president told reporters Monday the announcement would come “in the next day or so.” The three deals — negotiated by Mr. Obama’s Republican predecessor, President George W. Bush — could potentially boost […]

Karzai to Convene Assembly to Discuss Afghan Peace Process

Posted October 3rd, 2011 at 1:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai says he will convene an assembly of tribal elders to determine a way forward in the peace process after the killing of the country’s top peace envoy. Former President Burhanuddin Rabbani, the head of the High Peace Council, was killed in a suicide bombing at his Kabul home on September 20. […]

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Tibetan Monk Self-Immolates in Anti-China Protest

Posted October 3rd, 2011 at 1:00 pm (UTC-5)
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A Tibetan Buddhist monk has set himself on fire in western China, making him the fifth monk to attempt self-immolation this year. The Tibetan exile network, known as Free Tibet, reported the monk aged 17 or 18, is from the Kirti monastery in western Sichuan near the Tibetan border. It said the monk was holding […]

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Sources: Kidnapped French Woman Taken to al-Shabab Part of Somalia

Posted October 3rd, 2011 at 12:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Sources in Somalia say a French woman kidnapped from Kenya on Saturday has been taken to a Somali region controlled by al-Shabab militants. Elders in the Somali town of Kismayo told VOA Monday that Marie Dedieu is being held in a coastal area of the Lower Jubba region, of which Kismayo is the capital. A […]

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Bahrain Sentences 14 to Life in Prison

Posted October 3rd, 2011 at 12:30 pm (UTC-5)
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A Bahraini security court has sentenced 14 people to life in prison in the killing of a Pakistani man during unrest related to pro-reform protests earlier this year. It was one of three lengthy sentences handed down in Bahrain Monday, as the island kingdom deals with participants in the protests that were led by the […]

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