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Breakup Risk Mounts for Grounded Ship Off New Zealand

Posted October 16th, 2011 at 11:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Salvage workers in New Zealand said Monday they expect more oil to leak from a grounded container ship off the country’s coast. Spokesmen said crews managed to pump only about 20 tons of heavy fuel from the crippled ship overnight, leaving at least 1,300 tons of oil in the tanks. Around 300 tons has already […]

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President Obama’s Three-Day Bus Tour to Push Jobs Bill

Posted October 16th, 2011 at 11:20 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama will use a three-day bus tour of Virginia and North Carolina starting Monday to push lawmakers to pass every element of his jobs bill piece by piece. The bill is languishing in the Senate after being blocked by minority Republicans last week. By breaking up the plan into individual bills, the […]

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Israeli Families Attempt to Block Palestinian Prisoner Swap

Posted October 16th, 2011 at 9:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Israelis opposed to a proposed exchange of hundreds of Palestinian prisoners for captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit will make a last-minute legal attempt to block the deal. Israel’s Supreme Court will hear arguments Monday to halt the swap with the Islamist Hamas movement from lawyers representing Israeli families whose relatives have been killed in Palestinian […]

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Hundreds Arrested in Occupy Wall Street Protest Movement

Posted October 16th, 2011 at 9:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Police have arrested hundreds of protesters in several cities across the United States as the anti-corporate Occupy Wall Street movement continues to spread across the country. In Chicago, police on Sunday arrested 175 people who refused to leave a public park. In Washington D.C., police arrested at least 19 people protesting on the steps of […]

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Passengers Stuck on Air India Jet at London Airport for 8 Hours

Posted October 16th, 2011 at 8:00 pm (UTC-5)
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British police were called to London’s Gatwick Airport Sunday to calm almost 200 angry passengers stuck on the runway aboard an Air India flight for more than eight hours. The Mumbai to Heathrow Airport flight was diverted to Gatwick because of heavy fog Sunday. The crew left the plane, leaving the passengers on board until […]

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Saudi King Hospitalized for New Back Operation

Posted October 16th, 2011 at 7:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah has been hospitalized in the capital, Riyadh, to undergo back surgery following two similar operations last year in the United States. The Saudi state news agency said the king arrived at the King Abdulaziz Medical City earlier Sunday. The procedure, announced last week, will tighten a slackening ligament around his third […]

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Kenyan Troops Enter Southern Somalia

Posted October 16th, 2011 at 7:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Reports from southern Somalia say Kenyan troops have entered the area to fight against the militant group al-Shabab, though Kenya’s defense minister denies the claim. An official with Ras Kamboni, a militia allied with the Somali government, tells VOA that about 400 Kenyan soldiers crossed the border on Friday and were in the Lower Jubba […]

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IndyCar Driver Wheldon Dies in 15-Car Crash

Posted October 16th, 2011 at 7:00 pm (UTC-5)
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British race car driver Dan Wheldon has died in a massive crash during an IndyCar race in Las Vegas. The 33-year-old died of injuries he suffered after his car went sailing through the air during a 15-car wreck early in Sunday’s race. Wheldon was airlifted to a hospital following the crash just 12 laps into […]

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Libyan Forces Enter Bani Walid as Fighting Resumes

Posted October 16th, 2011 at 6:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Libyan revolutionary fighters say they have entered the southern city of Bani Walid, where they encountered heavy resistance from forces loyal to former leader Moammar Gadhafi. Officials from Libya’s National Transitional Council Sunday said its troops were in the town center, but the report could not be verified. Earlier in the day, NTC forces launched […]

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NATO Gives Kosovo Serbs Monday Deadline to Stop Blocking Border Crossing

Posted October 16th, 2011 at 6:15 pm (UTC-5)
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NATO peacekeepers in Kosovo are giving ethnic Serbs until Monday to take down roadblocks at a northern border crossing with Serbia, or they say the troops will do it themselves. Commander Erhard Drews is demanding unconditional and permanent access to the border by peacekeepers. He said Sunday NATO’s mission in Kosovo is to preserve freedom […]

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