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Gunbattles and Explosions Rock Libya’s Capital

Posted October 14th, 2011 at 12:15 pm (UTC-5)
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find surface-to-air missiles that went missing during clashes with Mr. Gadhafi’s forces. Officials say the weapons pose a security risk. In another development, provisional government fighters are regrouping in a final attempt to gain control of Mr. Gadhafi’s hometown of Sirte, one of the few remaining strongholds for his supporters. The NTC fighters said Friday […]

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Obama, South Korean President to Visit U.S. Auto Plant

Posted October 14th, 2011 at 12:05 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak are visiting the state of Michigan Friday to promote a new bilateral trade deal passed this week by the U.S. Congress. The two leaders are expected to visit a factory outside Detroit operated by U.S. automaker General Motors. The plant in Orion Township produces the […]

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Suicide Attack Kills 3 Afghan Police Officers

Posted October 14th, 2011 at 11:50 am (UTC-5)
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A suicide bomber has killed three Afghan police officers in southern Afghanistan. Authorities say the attacker detonated his explosives-laden car near a police checkpoint in Kandahar province. Three police officers and a civilian were wounded in Friday’s blast in the town of Spin Boldak, near the Pakistani border. Also Friday, NATO said two of its […]

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Zambian President Promises Graft Crackdown

Posted October 14th, 2011 at 11:35 am (UTC-5)
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Zambian President Michael Sata is renewing his pledge to crack down on corruption. Addressing parliament Friday, the newly-elected leader promised to reinstate an anti-graft measure that calls on public officials to account for their wealth. Mr. Sata also promised to investigate alleged corruption by the previous government. The 74-year-old Sata scored a decisive victory over […]

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US Consumers Grow More Pessimistic

Posted October 14th, 2011 at 11:30 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. consumers grew more gloomy in early October as their outlook for the economy and their finances hit its lowest level since 1980. The survey was published Friday by the University of Michigan. Its index of consumer sentiment fell nearly two percentage points from the previous month. Consumers have been hurt by high unemployment, stagnant […]

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G20 Ministers Consider Europe Debt Options

Posted October 14th, 2011 at 11:05 am (UTC-5)
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The finance ministers of the world’s 20 biggest economies are meeting in Paris to try to resolve the European debt crisis that is threatening to push world economies into another recession. The financial chiefs meeting Friday and Saturday are expected to consider several options that some leaders say could help stabilize the global financial markets […]

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Suspected US Drone Strike Kills 4 in Pakistan

Posted October 14th, 2011 at 10:55 am (UTC-5)
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Pakistani intelligence officials say a U.S. drone strike has killed four militants in the country’s northwest, the third such attack in less than two days. Officials say missiles struck a vehicle Friday as it traveled near the town of Miran Shah in the North Waziristan tribal region. The identities of those killed were not immediately […]

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Thais Flee Encroaching Floodwaters; PM Insists Bangkok Safe

Posted October 14th, 2011 at 10:50 am (UTC-5)
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Worried Thais are fleeing their homes and store owners are abandoning their shops as floodwaters creep ever closer to Bangkok. Thai soldiers helped evacuate areas around the capital Friday, using ropes to help get flood victims out of harm’s way. Other Thais waded through waist-deep water or used boats to escape. Authorities say 61 of […]

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West Africa Pirates Free Tanker, 20 Crew Members

Posted October 14th, 2011 at 10:45 am (UTC-5)
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Pirates have released an oil tanker and its 20 Eastern European crew members seized last week off Nigeria’s coast. Shipping industry officials say all the crew members of the Marshall Islands-flagged ship were freed unharmed early Friday. It is not clear if a ransom was paid to secure their release. The company that manages the […]

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Gadhafi Backers, NTC Fighters Exchange Gunfire in Libyan Capital

Posted October 14th, 2011 at 10:45 am (UTC-5)
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(new lead, grafs 1-2) Heavy gunfire has erupted in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, in a neighborhood that had been a center of support for loyalists to former leader Moammar Gadhafi. News reports on Friday said clashes broke out between provisional government supporters and Gadhafi loyalists who staged a rally in Tripoli. Meanwhile, provisional government fighters […]

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