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Obama Calls for October Passage of Jobs Legislation

Posted October 3rd, 2011 at 12:25 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama is calling on Congress to pass his job-creation legislation by the end of this month. President Obama said Monday that governmental agencies are trying to see what they can do administratively to boost job growth. But he said that ultimately congressional action is needed on his $447 billion proposal. Speaking at […]

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Dalai Lama Awaits Word on South Africa Visa

Posted October 3rd, 2011 at 12:15 pm (UTC-5)
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The Dalai Lama is awaiting word on whether South Africa will allow him to attend a birthday celebration for fellow Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu. The Tibetan spiritual leader requested a South African visa five months ago so he could attend Tutu’s 80th birthday celebrations, which begin this Thursday. As of Monday evening South […]

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Knox Closes Murder Conviction Appeal With Tearful Plea For Freedom

Posted October 3rd, 2011 at 12:15 pm (UTC-5)
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American student Amanda Knox made a final tearful plea for freedom in a Perugia courtroom Monday, as the Italian jury retired to consider its verdict in her appeal against her murder conviction. Knox fought back tears as she denied taking part in the crime that left her roommate, Meredith Kercher, half-naked and dead in a […]

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Aid Groups: Afghan Women’s Rights Under Threat

Posted October 3rd, 2011 at 12:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Two leading international aid agencies say women’s rights in Afghanistan are under threat as international troops prepare to leave the war-torn country. In separate reports released Monday, British-based Oxfam and ActionAid noted improvements in Afghan women’s rights since 2001 U.S.-led invasion, but said such gains were fragile and reversible. Under Taliban rule in the 1990s, […]

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World Markets Roiled by New Greek Default Fears

Posted October 3rd, 2011 at 11:45 am (UTC-5)
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Asian and European 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, and the London, Paris and Frankfurt markets all plunged. U.S. markets were also down, but not by as much. Investors moved […]

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New US Supreme Court Session Could Include Health Care, Immigration

Posted October 3rd, 2011 at 11:35 am (UTC-5)
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The U.S. Supreme Court opened Monday for a new session that could tackle a number of major cases, including President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul and a controversial immigration law in Arizona. The nine justices will decide in the coming weeks and months whether to hear the constitutional challenges to President Obama’s signature domestic policy. […]

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Maoist Rebels Attack Philippine Mining Companies

Posted October 3rd, 2011 at 11:25 am (UTC-5)
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Hundreds of heavily-armed communist guerrillas have attacked three mining companies in the Philippines. Philippine security officials are trying to verify reports that two or three civilian guards were killed in the raids on Monday. The New People’s Army guerrillas burned heavy equipment, disarmed guards and briefly held several people hostage. One of the companies — […]

Panetta: Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations Only Way to Mideast Peace

Posted October 3rd, 2011 at 11:25 am (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. […]

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Danish Prime Minister Presents New Cabinet

Posted October 3rd, 2011 at 11:10 am (UTC-5)
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Denmark’s first female prime minister has presented her new cabinet ministers to Queen Margrethe at a ceremony at the queen’s official residence, Amalienborg Castle in Copenhagen. Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, who leads Social Democratic Party , presented the 14 men and nine women on Monday. There are 11 ministers from her party as well as […]

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Key Haqqani Leader: US Asked Us to Quit Violence, Join Afghan Govt.

Posted October 3rd, 2011 at 11:00 am (UTC-5)
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A key Afghan insurgent leader says the United States has contacted his militant group to encourage it to abandon violence and join the Afghan government. In an interview with the BBC published Monday, Haqqani network operational commander Siraj Haqqani says the United States is one of many nations whose intelligence agencies have asked the group […]

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