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Yemen’s President Demands Foreign Guarantees for Power Transfer

Posted October 19th, 2011 at 3:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh says he will sign a Gulf Cooperation Council deal to end his 33 years in power only if he receives guarantees from Gulf states, European nations and the United States. Speaking at a ruling party meeting Wednesday, Mr. Saleh indicated that he wants a timetable for implementing the power transfer […]

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U.S. Apple Stores Close for Jobs Memorial

Posted October 19th, 2011 at 3:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Apple Stores were closed for several hours Wednesday across the United States, so Apple employees could watch the broadcast of a memorial service for founder Steve Jobs. The ceremony took place Wednesday at an outdoor amphitheater at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California. White curtains were hung over many store windows during the closure, preventing onlookers […]

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US Pensions Set To Rise Slightly

Posted October 19th, 2011 at 2:30 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. pensioners will get a modest increase in payments next year, when Social Security benefits are raised 3.6 percent to make up for inflation. Social Security is the American government-funded pension program for the elderly. It is the first such increase since 2009, because the financial crisis kept inflation very low for a while. The […]

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Clinton in Afghanistan for Talks on Ending War

Posted October 19th, 2011 at 2:30 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in Afghanistan for talks aimed at finding a political solution to the 10-year war. Clinton arrived in Kabul late Wednesday on a previously unannounced visit. U.S. officials say the secretary will meet with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and other officials on Thursday to talk about the security transition […]

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Turkey Bombs Kurdish Rebels in Iraq After Deadly Attack

Posted October 19th, 2011 at 2:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Turkey has launched a military operation against Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq, hours after the militants killed 24 soldiers and wounded 18 in attacks in southeastern Turkey near the Iraqi border. News reports quote Turkish officials as saying at least 20 rebels were also killed in the fighting, as Turkish air force bombers hit targets […]

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Romania Approves Draft Law on US Missile Shield

Posted October 19th, 2011 at 2:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Romania’s government has approved draft legislation that would allow the deployment of anti-ballistic interceptors as part of a U.S. missile defense shield. The government approved the law Wednesday, but it must still be voted on by parliament later this year. Last month, Romania and the U.S. signed an agreement to install the SM-3 ground-based interceptors […]

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Hunt Goes on for Freed Beasts in Ohio

Posted October 19th, 2011 at 2:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Sheriff’s deputies with high-powered rifles are searching farmland in the central U.S. state of Ohio, trying to track down an escaped grizzly bear, mountain lion and monkey. The beasts have been on the run since late Tuesday, when the owner of an exotic animal preserve freed them before killing himself. Law enforcement officials say as […]

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Four Arrested for Imprisoning Mentally Disabled Adults

Posted October 19th, 2011 at 2:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Police in the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania have arrested four people in connection with the imprisonment of four mentally disabled adults who were kept confined to a basement. Police arrested one person Wednesday and made three arrests Saturday, charging the suspects with kidnapping, false imprisonment, and other offenses. Bail for the suspected ringleader, 51-year-old Linda […]

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Turkey Bombs Kurdish Rebels in Iraq After Deadly Attack

Posted October 19th, 2011 at 2:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Turkey has launched a military operation against Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq, hours after the militants killed 24 soldiers and wounded 18 in attacks in southeastern Turkey near the Iraqi border. News reports quote Turkish officials as saying at least 20 rebels were also killed in the fighting, as Turkish air force bombers hit targets […]

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US Policy Chief on North Koreato Step Down after Bilateral Talks

Posted October 19th, 2011 at 2:00 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States says its diplomat in charge of North Korean policy is stepping down after rare talks next week with delegates from Pyongyang aimed at the possible restart of nuclear negotiations. A U.S. spokesman said Wednesday that diplomat Stephen Bosworth will be replaced by Glyn Davies, the current U.S. envoy to the International Atomic […]

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