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Greek Workers Strike Against Austerity Measures

Posted October 5th, 2011 at 1:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Thousands of Greek workers walked off their jobs Wednesday, shutting down public services in a massive protest against government austerity measures aimed at securing more international aid for the debt-ridden country. The 24-hour strike called by Greece’s two major unions shut schools, courts, local and national governmental operations, and forced the cancellation of more than […]

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Turkey Vote OKs Strikes on Kurds in Iraq

Posted October 5th, 2011 at 1:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Turkey’s parliament voted Wednesday to extend the government’s mandate to order military strikes against Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq. Lawmakers passed the measure by a wide margin. The current mandate was due to expire on October 17. Rebels from the Kurdistan Workers Party have increased attacks in Turkish territory recently, sometimes targeting civilians. Last month, […]

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Poll: Romney Leads Among US Republican Presidential Hopefuls

Posted October 5th, 2011 at 1:20 pm (UTC-5)
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A new poll indicates that former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney leads U.S. Republican presidential hopefuls, and would have a slight advantage over President Barack Obama if the election were held now. The Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday shows Romney with 22 percent support among Republicans and those who lean Republican; former pizza company executive Herman Cain […]

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Karzai Reaches Out to Pakistan Following India Deal

Posted October 5th, 2011 at 1:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai is seeking to ease any Pakistani concerns about his country’s newly signed cooperation deal with Pakistan’s traditional enemy, India. Speaking in New Delhi at the end of his two-day state visit, Mr. Karzai described Pakistan as a “twin brother,” saying that the agreement signed with India will not affect the two […]

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Reports Say US Added Jobs and Increased Layoffs in September

Posted October 5th, 2011 at 1:15 pm (UTC-5)
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New reports say that some private companies in the United States added a modest number of jobs last month even as other employers sharply trimmed their payrolls. A payroll management firm, Automatic Data Processing, said private corporations added 91,000 jobs in September, a slight increase over August. It said smaller and medium-sized companies hired most […]

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Pakistan Commission Questions Bin Laden’s Family

Posted October 5th, 2011 at 12:35 pm (UTC-5)
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A Pakistani commission probing the killing of Osama bin Laden says it has questioned the al-Qaida leader’s family members. Three of the al-Qaida leader’s wives and several children have been in Pakistani custody since U.S. special forces killed bin Laden on May 2 in the Pakistani town of Abbottabad. On Wednesday, the panel investigating the […]

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S. Korea: No Permanent U.S. Presence at New Naval Base

Posted October 5th, 2011 at 12:30 pm (UTC-5)
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A top South Korean naval commander says a proposed naval base on an island popular with East Asian tourists will not become a permanent base for U.S. warships. Rear Admiral Koo Ok-hyoe, speaking Wednesday in Seoul, said the U.S. Navy and other friendly foreign militaries will be welcome as visitors to the port on Jeju […]

Greek Police Investigate Deadly Explosion

Posted October 5th, 2011 at 12:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Greek police are investigating an explosion that killed a Turkish Kurd late Tuesday in the northern city of Thessaloniki. Police said Wednesday they found two machine guns and about 10 hand grenades in the basement of an apartment where the blast occurred. The explosion damaged buildings nearby. Authorities have not revealed the identity of the […]

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Putin Spokesman Says Presidential Candidate is “No Brezhnev”

Posted October 5th, 2011 at 11:55 am (UTC-5)
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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, has discounted comparisons made between Mr. Putin and former Soviet leader, Leonid Brezhnev. Brezhnev led the Soviet Union from 1964 until his death in 1982, but was blamed for overseeing the start of an economic decline that led to the eventual collapse of the Soviet empire. Peskov […]

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Turkey Threatens Syria Sanctions Despite UN Resolution Veto

Posted October 5th, 2011 at 11:40 am (UTC-5)
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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his government will impose its own sanctions on Syria, despite the failure of a European-drafted resolution at the U.N. Security Council. Russia and China vetoed the resolution Tuesday, sparking U.S. and European outrage. The measure contained possible references to sanctions against Syria if its leader pursues a crackdown […]

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