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WHO: Number of Tuberculosis Cases Drops

Posted October 11th, 2011 at 5:55 pm (UTC-5)
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The World Health Organization says the number of people contracting tuberculosis is declining, and that the number of TB deaths is at a 10-year low. A new WHO report says 8.8 million people were infected with the lung disease last year — down from a peak of 9 million in 2005. The WHO attributes the […]

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Liberia’s Second Post-War Election Peaceful

Posted October 11th, 2011 at 5:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Voting has wrapped up peacefully in Liberia’s national elections, the second since the end of a 14-year civil war. United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon commended Liberia for the smooth vote Tuesday, saying it was an “important milestone” in rebuilding peace and democracy in the country. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is facing a tough fight […]

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US Renews Calls On China to Respect Minority Rights

Posted October 11th, 2011 at 5:25 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States has renewed its call on China to respect the rights of Tibetans and to address policies in Tibetan areas that have created tensions. A spokeswoman for the State Department, Victoria Nuland, told reporters Tuesday that the U.S. government is concerned about recent self-immolations of Tibetan monks, and the clear anger and frustration […]

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Afghan Officials Reject UN Prisoner Abuse Allegations

Posted October 11th, 2011 at 5:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Afghan officials on Tuesday rejected a United Nations report alleging the systematic torture of some Afghan detainees and prisoners at detention facilities run by the Afghan National Directorate of Security and the Afghan National Police. The U.N. report issued Monday found torture to be widespread. It said police and intelligence officers routinely beat suspects, subjected […]

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Alleged US Plot Fuels Iran-Saudi Divisions

Posted October 11th, 2011 at 5:20 pm (UTC-5)
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The alleged assassination plot linking Iranian operatives with a plan to target Saudi’s Arabia’s Washington ambassador has sharply raised tensions between the two countries. The Saudi government called the plot a “despicable violation of international norms, standards and conventions.” Saudi Arabia and Iran have long been geopolitical rivals, but the 2011 Arab Spring protests sparked […]

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US Foils Alleged Iranian Plot to Assassinate Saudi Ambassador

Posted October 11th, 2011 at 5:10 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States says it has broken up an alleged Iranian plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States in a bomb attack. The U.S. Justice Department filed charges Tuesday against two Iranians for involvement in the plot, accusing them of conspiring with elements of the Iranian government to kill Saudi envoy Adel […]

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Oil Spill Worsens off New Zealand Coast

Posted October 11th, 2011 at 5:10 pm (UTC-5)
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The captain of a ship that is leaking heavy fuel oil, while caught on a reef off New Zealand’s coast, has been arrested and will appear in court Wednesday. The Liberian-flagged cargo ship Rena, loaded with about 700 tons of oil hit the reef off New Zealand’s North Island on October 5. Maritime officials say […]

Slovakia Rejects Expanded Eurozone Bailout Fund

Posted October 11th, 2011 at 5:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Slovakia has rejected an expanded European bailout fund in a vote that also toppled the Slovak government. Parliament Tuesday voted against the plan, which would have committed Slovakia to guarantee $10 billion for a eurozone-wide fund to help troubled economies like Greece avoid default. Opponents of the plan say Slovakia simply cannot afford it. Slovak […]

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US Stocks Mixed Tuesday

Posted October 11th, 2011 at 4:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Prices on major U.S. stock indexes closed mixed Tuesday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 17 points to close at 11,416. The S&P 500 was up less than a point to 1,196 and the NASDAQ rose 17 points to 2,583. European stocks also closed mixed. The Financial Times index in London fell 3 points […]

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US Stocks Mixed Tuesday

Posted October 11th, 2011 at 4:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Prices on major U.S. stock indexes closed mixed Tuesday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 17 points to close at 1,416. The S&P 500 was up less than a point to 1,196 and the NASDAQ rose 17 points to 2,583. European stocks also closed mixed. The Financial Times index in London fell 3 points […]

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