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Turkey Bombs Kurdish Rebels in Iraq After Deadly Attack

Posted October 19th, 2011 at 1:45 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 Lawmaker Calls For End to Malawi Aid

Posted October 19th, 2011 at 1:20 pm (UTC-5)
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A U.S. lawmaker is pressing the White House to end a hefty aid package for Malawi, after the southern African country allowed Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to visit. During an interview with VOA on Wednesday, Congressman Frank Wolf accused Malawi of aiding and supporting a “known war criminal.” The International Criminal Court has issued an […]

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20 Killed in Syria, Thousands Rally for Assad

Posted October 19th, 2011 at 1:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Tens of thousands of Syrians are rallying in support of the government in the northern city of Aleppo, while Syrian activists say at least 20 people have been killed during unrest in other parts of the country. The rally Wednesday in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad comes a week after a similar gathering in […]

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US Stocks Mixed

Posted October 19th, 2011 at 1:10 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. stocks were mixed in Wednesday’s midday trading. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose a third of a percent, the S&P 500 index is unchanged while the NASDAQ is off half a percent. In Europe, stocks made gains by the close of trading. London’s Financial Times index advanced seven-tenths of a percent to finish at […]

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Clinton in Afghanistan for Talks on Ending War

Posted October 19th, 2011 at 1:10 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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Ban Urges Cooperation Against West African Pirates

Posted October 19th, 2011 at 1:05 pm (UTC-5)
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U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon is calling for coordinated action against pirates who pose an increasing threat to shipping in the Gulf of Guinea. The secretary-general spoke Wednesday at a U.N. Security Council meeting called to discuss piracy in the gulf, located off the southern coast of west Africa. Pirates have attacked about 20 ships in […]

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Greek Police, Anti-Austerity Protesters Clash in Athens

Posted October 19th, 2011 at 1:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Demonstrators protesting Greece’s latest austerity measures clashed with riot police Wednesday in Athens, as tens of thousands of workers massed on Greek streets for a two-day general strike. The Athens protesters hurled rocks and fire bombs at police on Syntagma Square outside Parliament, with police countering with bursts of tear gas and stun grenades. A […]

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War Crimes Prosecutor May Trim Indictment Against Mladic

Posted October 19th, 2011 at 1:00 pm (UTC-5)
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The chief prosecutor for the U.N. war crimes tribunal has announced he is considering dropping some of the charges against Bosnian Serb general Ratko Mladic in order to speed up his case. Serge Brammertz said Wednesday his prosecution team is looking at ways to accelerate the trial due to concerns about Mladic’s failing health. Last […]

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Grenade Attack in Yemen Market Kills 2

Posted October 19th, 2011 at 12:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Yemeni medics and witnesses say an assailant has thrown a grenade into a market in the southern province of Lahij, killing two people. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Wednesday’s attack in the town of Habilayn. At least 11 people were wounded. Yemen has been plagued by months of violence connected to an […]

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US to Replace North Korea Policy Chief Ahead of Talks with Pyongyang

Posted October 19th, 2011 at 12:35 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. officials say the United States is replacing its pointman on North Korea with a full-time diplomat, ahead of rare talks next week with delegates from Pyongyang aimed at the possible restart of nuclear negotiations. Officials are expected to announce later Wednesday that Glyn Davies, the U.S. envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency, is […]

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