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Spanish Teachers, Students, Parents Protest Education Budget Cuts

Posted October 4th, 2011 at 4:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Thousands of public school teachers in Spain’s central Madrid region were back on strike Tuesday to protest education budget and staff cuts, as the regional government tries to improve its financial situation. The teachers were joined by students and parents as they massed in Madrid’s streets. An initial demonstration September 20 was followed by one-day […]

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Tutu: South African Government Worse Than Apartheid Regime

Posted October 4th, 2011 at 4:20 pm (UTC-5)
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South African archbishop Desmond Tutu says the country’s government is worse than the old apartheid regime for failing to issue a travel visa to the Dalai Lama. Tutu made his comments Tuesday, soon after the Dalai Lama said South Africa’s failure to give him a visa had forced him to cancel plans to attend this […]

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US Airports Test New Security Pre-Screening Initiative

Posted October 4th, 2011 at 4:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Four U.S. airports have begun testing a new pilot program aimed at determining whether select passengers can get through the security checkpoints more quickly. The airports in Atlanta, Miami, Dallas and Detroit are implementing the initiative, known as “PreCheck.” Passengers would have to share more personal information with the Transportation Security Administration through a pre-screening […]

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US Disappointed Bosnia Starting 2nd Year With No Government

Posted October 4th, 2011 at 4:10 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. State Department says it is “disappointing” that Bosnia-Herzegovina is starting its second year with no government. Last year’s election for a central parliament and three members of the federal presidency ended in a deadlock, with no one winning a majority in parliament. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Tuesday Bosnia’s neighbors are moving […]

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Oil Price Falls

Posted October 4th, 2011 at 3:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Here are the prices of some key commodities traded in New York on Tuesday: Crude oil prices slid $1.94 to end at $75.67 a barrel. Coffee futures rose more than 3 cents to close at $2.27 a pound. Copper prices dropped more than 4 cents to close at $3.09 a pound. Cocoa futures increased $17 […]

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US Defense Chief Holds Talks on Egypt’s Regional Security

Posted October 4th, 2011 at 3:35 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and the head of Egypt’s ruling military council have discussed regional security issues, after recent cross-border attacks between Egypt and Israel sparked a diplomatic dispute between the two countries. Panetta and Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi held talks on the issue Tuesday during a meeting in Cairo that covered a wide […]

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House Passes Stopgap Spending Bill

Posted October 4th, 2011 at 3:25 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a short-term measure that funds the federal government through November 18. Lawmakers Tuesday approved the stopgap measure, known as a continuing resolution, by a margin of 352 to 66. The bill, which passed the Senate last week, now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature. The legislation […]

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US: Quartet to Meet in Brussels to Discuss Reviving Mideast Peace Talks

Posted October 4th, 2011 at 3:25 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States says the Quartet of Mideast peace mediators will meet Sunday in Brussels to discuss how to implement a new proposal for reviving Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. The U.S. State Department said Tuesday that U.S. special envoy David Hale will attend the Brussels meeting with representatives of other Quartet members including the European Union, […]

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UN ‘Appalled’ By Somalia Suicide Blast

Posted October 4th, 2011 at 3:05 pm (UTC-5)
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The international community is expressing outrage after a truck bomb in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, tore through a government compound, killing at least 70 people and wounding dozens more. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday he is “appalled” by what he called the “vicious” attack. He said it is “incomprehensible that innocents are being senselessly […]

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Apple Unveils New iPhone

Posted October 4th, 2011 at 2:55 pm (UTC-5)
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The technology company Apple has unveiled a highly anticipated new iPhone — this one with the ability to respond to spoken commands. Replacing founder Steve Jobs for the first time at a product launch, Apple CEO Tim Cook presented the iPhone 4S Tuesday at the company’s headquarters in Cupertino, California. Cook said the new phone […]

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