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

Posted October 7th, 2011 at 4:05 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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Oil Price Rises

Posted October 7th, 2011 at 3:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Here are the prices of some key commodities in New York Friday: Crude oil prices increased 39 cents to end at $82.98 a barrel. Coffee futures fell 10 cents cents to close at $2.24 a pound. Copper prices advanced 3 cents to close at $3.27 a pound. Cocoa prices fell $8 to settle at $2,652 […]

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US Undecided on Second Nuclear Meeting With North Korea

Posted October 7th, 2011 at 3:10 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States says it has not decided whether to hold a second bilateral meeting with North Korea to discuss the long-stalled talks on Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program. The top U.S. official on East Asian affairs, Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell, said President Barack Obama and his South Korean counterpart, Lee Myung-bak, will discuss […]

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Cuban Agent Out of US Prison; Must Serve Probation

Posted October 7th, 2011 at 3:10 pm (UTC-5)
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One of five Cuban agents jailed in the United States on spy charges has been released from prison after serving 13 years of a 15-year sentence. Fifty-five-year-old Rene Gonzalez walked out of a Florida prison early Friday, but must remain in the United States for the next three years on probation. Gonzalez’s attorney, Philip Horowitz, […]

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At Least 8 Killed During Opposition Protests in Syria

Posted October 7th, 2011 at 2:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Security forces have killed at least eight people in Syria, where thousands of protesters rallied for President Bashar al-Assad’s departure. Activists said Friday that most of the deaths occurred near Damascus and in the central city of Homs. They say the victims include Mashaal Tammo, the spokesman for the Kurdish Future Party and a member […]

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Spain, Italy Credit Ratings Are Downgraded

Posted October 7th, 2011 at 2:30 pm (UTC-5)
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The credit ratings of Italy and Spain, with Europe’s third and fourth largest economies, have been cut, mostly on fears that the continent’s debt crisis could cause new financial problems for the two countries. Fitch Ratings said Friday it has cut Italy’s credit standing one notch , with a negative outlook, meaning it could be […]

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At Least 46 Killed in Road Accidents in China

Posted October 7th, 2011 at 2:20 pm (UTC-5)
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At least 46 people have been killed in two road accidents in China. Chinese officials say at least 35 people died when a bus rolled over after colliding with a car Friday near the port city of Tianjin in northern China. Officials also say 11 people were killed Friday when their minibus crashed into a […]

US Government Asks Court to Halt Alabama Immigration Law

Posted October 7th, 2011 at 2:15 pm (UTC-5)
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The Obama administration has asked an appeals court to halt the strict, new immigration law in Alabama. The Justice Department says the law is driving immigrants from Alabama, and invites discrimination against foreign-born people who are legally in the state. The motion was filed Friday in the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. A federal […]

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Tutu a ‘Rock Star’ on His 80th Birthday

Posted October 7th, 2011 at 2:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Parishioners, politicians and even rock stars gathered at Cape Town’s historic St. George’s Cathedral Friday to help wish Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu a happy 80th birthday. Hundreds of people lined the pews Friday in the church where Archbishop Tutu once preached against apartheid. U2 front man Bono serenaded the archbishop and called Tutu the only […]

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Gbowee Harnessed Power of Women to Help End War

Posted October 7th, 2011 at 2:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee says she is “overwhelmed” and “re-energized” by the news Friday that she has jointly received the Nobel Peace Prize. The 39-year-old former social worker has been honored for bringing together thousands of women to help end a bloody, 13-year war in Liberia that killed 250,000 people. Gbowee founded Women of […]

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