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UN Scales Back Kenya Aid Operation After Kidnapping

Posted October 14th, 2011 at 9:10 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations has scaled back its aid operation at Kenya’s massive Dadaab refugee camp near the Somalia border, after two female aid workers were kidnapped. U.N. officials say all non-lifesaving activities have been put on hold until the security situation improves. Aid groups are continuing to provide food, water and medical services. Nearly 500,000 […]

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Afghan Police Break Up Former MP’s Hunger Strike

Posted October 14th, 2011 at 9:05 am (UTC-5)
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Afghan police have taken a female politician to the hospital after removing her from outside parliament, where she had been holding a hunger strike. Simeen Barakzai had not eaten in 12 days and was determined to continue to fast until she was reinstated as a member of parliament. She repeatedly had refused to be taken […]

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U.S. Retail Sales Rise

Posted October 14th, 2011 at 9:00 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. retail sales rose 1.1 percent in September, the largest increase in seven months. Friday’s report from the Commerce Department shows much of the increase was due to rising auto sales. Outside of transportation sales, retail sales in the overall economy gained six-tenths of a percent. Experts watch retail sales because consumer demand drives about […]

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Italy’s Berlusconi Survives Confidence Vote

Posted October 14th, 2011 at 8:50 am (UTC-5)
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Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has survived a crucial confidence vote in parliament. His center-right coalition won Friday by a vote of 316 in favor and 301 against. Mr. Berlusconi was forced to call the vote after his coalition failed to pass a budget provision by one vote earlier this week. On Thursday, Mr. Berlusconi […]

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India, Burma Strengthen Economic Ties

Posted October 14th, 2011 at 8:25 am (UTC-5)
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The leaders of India and Burma have pledged to strengthen economic ties and take their countries’ friendship to a new level. During Friday’s talks in New Delhi, Burmese President Thein Sein and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh agreed to increase cooperation in oil and gas exploration. The Burmese leader said he would encourage more Indian […]

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Rabin Memorial Defaced in Palestinian Prisoner Release Protest

Posted October 14th, 2011 at 7:50 am (UTC-5)
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Israeli police say a man whose parents and siblings were killed in a terror attack has defaced a memorial to slain Israel leader Yitzhak Rabin to protest the proposed release of a Palestinian prisoner linked to the attack. Police said Friday that the man splattered paint on the former prime minister’s memorial in Tel Aviv […]

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Clinton: Asia New Focus of US Economic, Foreign Policy

Posted October 14th, 2011 at 7:35 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says America needs to put economic issues at the heart of its foreign policy, and reach across the Pacific to build stronger ties with Asia. In a speech prepared for delivery Friday at the Economic Club in New York City, Clinton will tell business leaders America is facing a […]

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Owners of Wall Street-Area Park Calls Off Plans to Clean Protest Site

Posted October 14th, 2011 at 7:25 am (UTC-5)
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The deputy mayor of New York says officials have postponed the planned clean up of a financial district park where Occupy Wall Street protesters have been camped for a month. The protesters had earlier been told to leave privately-owned Zucotti Park by early Friday morning so the owners could clean the area, which they say […]

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Libya Forces Regroup in Final Push for Gadhafi Hometown

Posted October 14th, 2011 at 7:00 am (UTC-5)
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Libya’s provisional government fighters are regrouping in final attempt to gain control of former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi hometown of Sirte. The National Transitional Council fighters say pro-Gadhafi’s forces are cornered in an area of about two square kilometers. Doctors at a field hospital say at least two NTC fighters were killed and at least […]

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European Markets Higher at Midday

Posted October 14th, 2011 at 6:55 am (UTC-5)
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European stock markets were higher in midday trading Friday. London’s Financial Times 100 index was up 1.08 percent , to 5,462. The CAC-40 in Paris was up 1.09 percent , to 3,222. And the DAX in Frankfurt was up nine-tenths of a percent , at 5,967. The S&P futures contract was up 11 points, indicating […]

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