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Libyan Provisional Fighters Launch Assault on Sirte

Posted October 18th, 2011 at 6:20 am (UTC-5)
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Hundreds of Libyan provisional government fighters have launched an assault on the coastal city of Sirte, a day after saying they captured the other remaining stronghold of loyalists to former leader Moammar Gadhafi. Pro-Gadhafi fighters have been hemmed into a small area of Sirte, where National Transitional Council forces have tried for weeks to gain […]

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Kenyan Troops Approach Key Rebel-Held City

Posted October 18th, 2011 at 6:20 am (UTC-5)
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Kenyan troops are advancing on a strategic rebel stronghold in southern Somalia as part of a cross-border military operation against al-Shabab militants in Somali territory. Kenyan ground forces, backed by heavy air strikes, approached the rebel-held town of Afmadow on Tuesday, as al-Shabab rushed in reinforcements to the city. On Sunday, Kenya declared war on […]

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Hamas Frees Israeli Soldier in Prisoner Exchange

Posted October 18th, 2011 at 6:05 am (UTC-5)
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Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit has returned to Israel after being freed by the Islamist Hamas movement in exchange for hundreds of Palestinian prisoners. The Israeli military said Shalit, who had been held since 2006, crossed into Israel Tuesday after Hamas transferred custody of him to Egypt earlier in the day. He was scheduled to undergo […]

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Japan’s Nikkei Posts Loss

Posted October 18th, 2011 at 5:50 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese markets closed lower Tuesday, while the U.S. dollar is trading lower against the Japanese yen. Tokyo’s Nikkei index lost just over one and one-half percent to finish at 8,742. The dollar was selling at 76.74 yen, a loss of a fraction of a yen from Monday. Gold is trading at $1,656.00 an ounce.

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Chinese Economy Slows in Third Quarter

Posted October 18th, 2011 at 5:25 am (UTC-5)
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China’s rapid economic growth slowed slightly between July and September, due to slowdowns in Europe and the United States and inflation-fighting measures at home. The government’s statistics bureau says the nation’s economy grew at a 9.1 percent annual pace in the three months through September 30. That compares to 9.5 percent growth in the previous […]

Maritime Watchdog Says Piracy Hits Record Levels

Posted October 18th, 2011 at 5:05 am (UTC-5)
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A maritime watchdog says piracy worldwide has hit record levels so far this year, with Somali pirates accounting for more than half of the 352 reported attacks. But the International Maritime Bureau said in a report Tuesday that Somali pirates have been successful in hijacking fewer ships, despite a 57 percent jump in the number […]

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Maritime Watchdog Says Piracy Hits Record Levels

Posted October 18th, 2011 at 5:05 am (UTC-5)
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A maritime watchdog says piracy worldwide has hit record levels so far this year, with Somali pirates accounting for more than half of the 352 reported attacks. But the International Maritime Bureau said in a report Tuesday that Somali pirates have been successful in hijacking fewer ships, despite a 57 percent jump in the number […]

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Thai Soldiers Rush to Reinforce Bangkok Flood Walls

Posted October 18th, 2011 at 5:00 am (UTC-5)
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Thai soldiers and government workers in Bangkok are racing to reinforce the capital’s northern flood defenses with 1 million more sandbags. Officials said early Monday that the flood threat to the city had passed. But authorities have discovered new weaknesses in barriers erected north of the city, where an industrial estate was inundated Monday. They […]

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EU Anti-Trafficking Day Fights Modern-Day Slavery

Posted October 18th, 2011 at 4:50 am (UTC-5)
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The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe is calling on governments to fight human trafficking, the modern-day version of slavery, as European Union members observe Anti-Trafficking Day on Tuesday. OSCE spokeswoman Maria Grazia Giammarinaro called human trafficking “intolerable in the modern world.” She added, “Human trafficking has no place in a civilized society.” The […]

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Ugandan Women Freed from Malaysian-Based Prostitution Ring

Posted October 18th, 2011 at 4:40 am (UTC-5)
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Malaysian police say they have rescued 21 Ugandan women who were lured to the country on false pretenses and forced into prostitution. Investigators say the women, aged from 19 to 42, were freed last week from four apartment units on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur. The women came to Malaysia via China, leaving their native […]