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More Than 100 Charged in Massive NYC Theft Ring

Posted October 7th, 2011 at 8:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Authorities in New York say 111 people from five criminal enterprises have been indicted in a scheme described as the largest identity theft case in U.S. history. The District Attorney’s office in Queens issued a statement Friday, saying the scheme involved five criminal enterprises based in the area and having ties to Europe, Asia, Africa […]

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Thai PM: Nation Faces Flood Crisis

Posted October 7th, 2011 at 8:00 pm (UTC-5)
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VIDEO: Reuters BC-ASIA-OCT07-THAILAND-F, ASIA: STORY 5268AS Thailand’s prime minister says the nation is in a serious flood crisis and the capital Bangkok will be affected. Yingluck Shinawatra said Friday in a televised address that 252 people have died across the country due to more than two months of heavy rains. She warned that major flooding […]

Schwarzenegger Unveils Statue of Himself in Austrian Hometown

Posted October 7th, 2011 at 7:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Former California Governor and movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger returned to his hometown in Austria to unveil a towering bronze statue of himself at a museum dedicated to his legacy. Hundreds of fans turned out Friday to see Schwarzenegger, who visited Austria with his son Patrick. The museum in the village of Thal opened in July […]

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USS Cole Bombing Suspect to be Arraigned November 9

Posted October 7th, 2011 at 6:20 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. officials say a Saudi Arabian man accused of planning the 2000 bombing of the Navy warship USS Cole will make his first appearance at a Guantanamo Bay military tribunal November 9. Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri was supposed to appear in court October 26, but authorities say the arraignment was postponed at the request of his […]

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US Calls for Syrian Leader to Step Down

Posted October 7th, 2011 at 6:15 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States is calling for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down immediately, following the alleged assassination of a key opposition leader. A White House statement strongly condemned Friday’s killing of Mashaal Tammo, the spokesman for the Kurdish Future Party and a member of a newly formed Syrian opposition coalition. Activists say masked gunmen […]

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UN Agency to Revoke Refugee Status for Rwandans Abroad

Posted October 7th, 2011 at 5:50 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations Refugee Agency says it will recommend lifting the refugee status for thousands of Rwandans next year, stating that normalcy had returned to the African country after the 1994 genocide. UN High Commissioner for Refugees said Friday in Geneva that the agency will recommend to states that have accepted refugees to invoke cessation […]

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U.S. Repeats Calls on China to Release Nobel Prize Winner

Posted October 7th, 2011 at 5:35 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States has renewed calls for China to free jailed dissident Liu Xiaobo who won the Nobel Peace Prize one year ago. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland made a new call Friday as the Nobel Prize committee announced new peace prize winners for this year. Nuland also urged Beijing to stop harassing Liu’s wife […]

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Mexico Arrests Eight Blamed in Veracruz Killings

Posted October 7th, 2011 at 5:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Mexican authorities have arrested eight members of a drug gang blamed for the recent deaths of at least 67 people in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz. Navy spokesman Jose Luis Vergara told reporters Friday that the suspects have been in custody since Thursday and belong to a group known as “Jalisco New Generation.” He […]

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Libyan Provisional Forces Fight for Control of Gadhafi Hometown

Posted October 7th, 2011 at 5:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Libyan provisional government fighters are engaged in intense battles with former leader Moammar Gadhafi’s loyalists in his hometown. Witnesses say heavy artillery fire has rocked Sirte as the National Transitional Council fighters try to widen their hold. Friday’s fighting has been centered around the Ouagadougou conference center, where pro-Gadhafi fighters are based. The provisional government […]

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US Stocks Decline

Posted October 7th, 2011 at 4:15 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. stocks declined in Friday’s trading. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped two-tenths of a percent to close at 11,103. The S&P 500 slid eight-tenths of a percent to close at 1,155 while the NASDAQ moved down 1.1 percent to hit 2,479. European stock markets were higher at the close of Friday’s trading. London’s Financial […]

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