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Kenyan Troops Push into Southern Somalia

Posted October 17th, 2011 at 8:20 am (UTC-5)
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Kenyan troops have pushed further into southern Somalia, after crossing the border to fight the militant group al-Shabab. Residents of the area said Monday that Kenyan troops, backed by armored vehicles, were near the village of Qoqani, which al-Shabab abandoned on Saturday. Al-Shabab has vowed to fight back against the Kenyans, calling on all Somalis […]

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Greek Workers Strike Against Austerity Measures

Posted October 17th, 2011 at 8:20 am (UTC-5)
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Greek unions have started a series of strikes and protests to show their resistance to the new and wide-reaching austerity measures up for a vote in parliament on Thursday. Unions representing job sectors ranging from government workers to sailors and trash collectors took part Monday in strikes and protested at sit-ins at ministry buildings. The […]

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UN Humanitarian Chief in N. Korea to Assess Food Crisis

Posted October 17th, 2011 at 7:40 am (UTC-5)
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United Nations’ humanitarian chief Valerie Amos has arrived in North Korea on a mission to assess the communist country’s chronic food shortages. Amos arrived Monday in Pyongyang, where she said she plans to hold talks with officials on long-range plans for meeting the country’s food needs. The world body estimates that 6 million North Koreans […]

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Libyan Provisional Fighters Continue Bani Walid Push

Posted October 17th, 2011 at 7:35 am (UTC-5)
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Libyan provisional government fighters say they have pushed into the city of Bani Walid, one of the last remaining strongholds of loyalists of former leader Moammar Gadhafi. Officials said Monday the anti-Gadhafi fighters reached the center of Bani Walid, a day after launching a new assault on the desert city 170 kilometers southeast of the […]

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Ethnic Russians Protest as Latvia’s Parliament Convenes

Posted October 17th, 2011 at 7:25 am (UTC-5)
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At least 2,000 supporters protested as Latvia’s new Parliament convened Monday, after their pro-Russian Harmony Center party was excluded from power in the new governing coalition. The protestors blew horns, banged drums and waved banners decrying ethnic discrimination to voice their frustration over being shut out of the coalition government. The center-left Harmony Center party […]

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Suicide Bomber Targets Afghan Intelligence Official

Posted October 17th, 2011 at 7:10 am (UTC-5)
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A suicide bomber has attacked a provincial intelligence chief in northern Afghanistan, wounding the official and killing a young boy. Police say the attacker detonated his explosives near Sayed Ahmad Sadat’s convoy in the capital of Faryab province, Maimanah, early Monday. A child was killed. Sadat and at least four other people were wounded in […]

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European Markets Up at Midday

Posted October 17th, 2011 at 7:00 am (UTC-5)
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European stock markets were higher in midday trading Monday. London’s Financial Times 100 index was up nearly one percent to 5,518. The CAC-40 in Paris gained six-tenths of a percent to 3,238. And the DAX in Frankfurt rose nine-tenths of a percent to 6,021. The S&P futures contract was up two points, indicating a slightly […]

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British Police Officers Pleads Not Guilty in Newspaper Seller’s Death

Posted October 17th, 2011 at 6:50 am (UTC-5)
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A British police officer has denied any wrongdoing in the 2009 death of a newspaper vendor. The death occurred during a 2009 G20 protest, in London. The officer entered a not guilty plea Monday in the manslaughter case. Newspaper seller Ian Tomlinson died shortly after being shoved to the ground during the protest. Some witnesses […]

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Kenyan Troops Push into Southern Somalia

Posted October 17th, 2011 at 6:40 am (UTC-5)
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Residents in Somalia say Kenyan troops have pushed farther into the southern part of the country, after crossing the border to fight against the militant group al-Shabab. The residents said Monday the troops backed by armored vehicles were near the town of Qoqani. An official with Ras Kamboni – a militia allied with the Somali […]

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Bangkok Escapes Disaster, Millions Affected by Asian Floods

Posted October 17th, 2011 at 6:35 am (UTC-5)
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Thai authorities expressed relief Monday as floodwaters in the Chao Phraya River passed their crest stage and began receding without breaching the barriers protecting Bangkok. Officials said early Monday that fears of widespread flooding throughout the city center have eased. However a spokesman for flood relief officials said an industrial park north of the city […]

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