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Libya’s NTC Pushes for Control of Sirte

Posted October 8th, 2011 at 12:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Libyan provisional government fighters are engaged in an intense battle with well-armed loyalist troops at former leader Moammar Gadhafi’s hometown, Sirte. National Transitional Council fighters faced stiff resistance from pro-Gadhafi snipers on Saturday as they tried to advance into the town, which is one of the few remaining strongholds for Gadhafi loyalists. A sandstorm also […]

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Yemen’s Leader Vows to Resign Soon

Posted October 8th, 2011 at 12:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh says he is ready to give up power and will do so “in the coming days.” He made the announcement in a speech broadcast by state-run television on Saturday. Mr. Saleh, Yemen’s ruler for 33 years, said he does not want power and will relinquish it soon. In addition to […]

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Yemen’s Leader Vows to Resign Soon

Posted October 8th, 2011 at 12:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh says he is ready to give up power and will do so “in the coming days.” He made the announcement in a speech broadcast by state-run television on Saturday. Mr. Saleh, Yemen’s ruler for 33 years, said he does not want power and will relinquish it soon. In addition to […]

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Yemen’s President Vows to Step Down Soon

Posted October 8th, 2011 at 10:35 am (UTC-5)
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Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh says he will step down from power “in the coming days.” He made the announcement in a speech broadcast by state-run television Saturday. Mr. Saleh has led Yemen for 33 years, but the country has been increasingly paralyzed by nearly nine months of unrest, and repeated mass protests have demanded […]

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Two Killed at Funeral for Syria Activist

Posted October 8th, 2011 at 9:50 am (UTC-5)
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Syrian security forces have killed at least two people at funeral services for a prominent Kurdish opposition leader – a gathering that turned into a mass rally against President Bashar al-Assad. Activists say the incident took place on Saturday in the northern town of Qamishli, where about 50,000 people had gathered to pay their last […]

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Libyan Government Forces Continue Assault on Sirte

Posted October 8th, 2011 at 7:35 am (UTC-5)
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Libyan provisional government fighters advanced Saturday on former leader Moammar Gadhafi’s hometown of Sirte as a sandstorm blankets the area. Saturday’s fighting centered around the Ouagadougou conference center, where pro-Gadhafi fighters are based. At one point during the fighting, a heavy sandstorm covered the city hindering the assault and disrupting efforts by residents trying to […]

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Pakistani Journalist Killed

Posted October 8th, 2011 at 7:30 am (UTC-5)
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Pakistani officials say the mutilated body of a journalist was found in his home in the eastern city of Lahore Friday. Authorities say 28-year-old Faisal Qureshi worked for The London Post, a British publication. Police say Qureshi’s body bore visible torture marks and his throat had been slit. Qureshi’s brother, Zahid, told the French news […]

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Syrian Forces Fire on Funeral of Kurdish Opposition Leader

Posted October 8th, 2011 at 7:05 am (UTC-5)
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Syrian security forces have opened fire at the funeral of a slain Kurdish opposition leader, killing at least one person. The shooting occurred Saturday as some 50,000 people rallied in the streets of Qamishli at the funeral of Mashaal Tammo, one of the country’s most prominent opposition figures. The mourners called on President Bashar al-Assad’s […]

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US Apologizes for Philippines Sex Tourism Remark

Posted October 8th, 2011 at 6:45 am (UTC-5)
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Philippines officials said Saturday that U.S. Ambassador Harry Thomas has apologized for a remark last month that 40 percent of male tourists visit the country for sex. A Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman said Thomas sent a mobile phone text message Friday to Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario saying he should not have used […]

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Bomb Blasts Target Iraq Oil Pipeline

Posted October 8th, 2011 at 5:50 am (UTC-5)
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Two bombs have struck an oil pipeline in southern Iraq sparking a fire and temporarily halting production. The attack occurred late Friday evening at the Rumaila oil field near the southern port city of Basra. Officials say the blast damaged the pipeline, temporarily cutting production. Rumaila is being developed by Britain’s BP and China’s CNPC.

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