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Storm Threatens New Zealand Oil Spill Site

Posted October 9th, 2011 at 9:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Salvage crews are scrambling to avert an environmental disaster in New Zealand’s pristine Bay of Plenty, as a storm threatens to hit the area where a cargo ship ran aground on a reef Wednesday. Salvage teams have installed covers designed to seal the ship’s fuel tanks in case the container vessel breaks apart in heavy […]

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Tunisian Police Use Teargas Against Islamist Protesters

Posted October 9th, 2011 at 9:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Tunisian police used teargas Sunday to disperse hundreds of Islamists protesting a law barring women who wear the full-face veil from enrolling in university, and a television station’s decision to broadcast a film they said denigrates Islam. An Interior Ministry spokesman said police blocked the attackers – who were armed with stones, knives and batons […]

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British Study: Suicides, Illnesses Rising in Greece

Posted October 9th, 2011 at 9:00 pm (UTC-5)
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A British study says Greece’s economic crisis is taking a huge toll on the country’s health, with an increase in suicides and risky behavior, and a decrease in the number of people seeking medical help. The study in The Lancet medical journal predicts a 52 percent rise in AIDS cases this year because of prostitution […]

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Turnout Low in Cameroon Presidential Poll

Posted October 9th, 2011 at 8:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Cameroonian President Paul Biya called on his country to be “indulgent” of any imperfections in the voting process, as he cast his ballot in Sunday’s presidential election. Although results may not be announced for two weeks, Mr. Biya is widely expected to win a new seven-year term, extending his 29-year rule over the central African […]

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Strike Forces Qantas to Cancel Flights

Posted October 9th, 2011 at 8:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Thousands of Qantas Airways passengers face flight delays and cancellations because of a strike by its engineers. Australia’s flagship airline says 40 domestic flights will be cancelled. Another 27 domestic and 11 international flights will be delayed or rescheduled. The engineers’ union planned to walk off the job for four hours Monday as it fights […]

WHO Report: Treatment for Mentally Ill Extremely Inadequate

Posted October 9th, 2011 at 8:00 pm (UTC-5)
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A new report by the World Health Organization calls proper treatment of those suffering from mental illnesses extremely inadequate in some parts of the world. The report issued Monday, World Mental Health Day, says one in four people around the globe need mental health care at some point in their lives. But it says as […]

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23 Killed as Egypt Church Protests Turn Violent

Posted October 9th, 2011 at 8:00 pm (UTC-5)
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At least 23 people were killed and 150 injured Sunday in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, when a protest by Coptic Christians over the recent burning of a church escalated into rioting against military rule. Protesters used firebombs, set army vehicles alight and battled with security forces in Egypt’s most violent clashes since the February uprising […]

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Libya’s NTC Chief: Gadhafi Strongholds Could Fall Within Days

Posted October 9th, 2011 at 7:35 pm (UTC-5)
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As Libyan provisional government fighters push into the center of former leader Moammar Gadhafi’s hometown, Sirte, the head of the National Transitional Council says he expects the last Gadhafi strongholds to fall within the week.” NTC chairman Mustafa Abdel Jalil said Sunday the anti-Gadhafi fighters have made huge gains in Sirte and Bani Walid, southeast […]

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Syria Warns Against Recognizing Opposition Council

Posted October 9th, 2011 at 6:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Syria’s foreign minister on Sunday threatened “tough measures” against any country that recognizes a newly formed opposition council. Meanwhile, government forces killed 13 people as bloodshed continued throughout the country. Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem warned the international community not to officially recognize the Syrian National Council, calling the group “illegitimate.” He spoke alongside a group […]

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Pope Benedict Condemns Mafia as Inhuman, Vicious

Posted October 9th, 2011 at 5:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Pope Benedict XVI lashed out against organized crime on Sunday, condemning the Mafia as inhuman and vicious. The pontiff visited southern Italy’s Calabria region, which is headquarters to the Ndrangheta organized crime family. Calabria is also one of Italy’s poorest regions, plagued by high unemployment, especially among young people. Pope Benedict called on the people […]

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