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Asia, European Stocks Sink; New York Points Higher

Posted October 20th, 2011 at 7:20 am (UTC-5)
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European stock prices are down in midday trading Thursday. London’s Financial Times index and the DAX index in Frankfurt are down almost one-quarter of one percent while the CAC-40 in Paris is down one-fifth of one percent. In New York, the S&P futures contract is up more than five points, indicating a higher opening. Tokyo’s […]

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A Look At Libya’s Sirte, Gadhafi Loyalists’ Last Stronghold

Posted October 20th, 2011 at 7:15 am (UTC-5)
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Libya’s provisional government fighters have gained control of Sirte, a move that could allow the National Transitional Council to say the country is fully liberated. Here are some facts about Sirte. -Sirte is the hometown of former leader Moammar Gadhafi and has been a stronghold for his supporters. -The coastal town is located about 360 […]

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German Satellite Hurtling Toward Earth, Expected to Impact by Sunday

Posted October 20th, 2011 at 7:05 am (UTC-5)
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The German Aerospace Center says it expects one of its satellites to re-enter Earth’s atmosphere in the coming days, but is unsure where the fragments will land. The German scientists said Thursday the satellite, named ROSAT, is the size of a large car. It should should partially burn up as it re-enters the atmosphere at […]

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Cameroon Court Rejects Opposition Bid to Toss Election Results

Posted October 20th, 2011 at 6:45 am (UTC-5)
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Cameroon’s Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by opposition parties to annul the country’s recent presidential election because of claims of widespread fraud and irregularities. Several opposition candidates on Monday asked the court to overturn the results of the election, which was widely expected to give a a sixth term to President Paul Biya. The […]

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Last Strong for Libya’s Gadhafi Falling To NTC

Posted October 20th, 2011 at 6:35 am (UTC-5)
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Libya’s revolutionary fighters say they have gained control of the town of Sirte — a move that could lead the provisional government to declare the country liberated. National Transitional Council fighters say they made a final push into the coastal town, Thursday, after encountering weeks of stiff resistance from well-armed loyalists to former leader Moammar […]

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Japanese Team Wins Australian Solar Car Marathon

Posted October 20th, 2011 at 6:35 am (UTC-5)
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A Japanese team was first across the finish line Thursday to win a four-day race for solar-powered cars across the Australian outback. Teams from 20 countries took part in the 3,000-kilometer annual race, driving cars with no power source except for the sun. Driver Kouhhei Sagawa from the winning Tokai University team said the result […]

Asian Markets Tumble Across the Board

Posted October 20th, 2011 at 6:20 am (UTC-5)
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Major Asian markets closed lower across the board Thursday. Tokyo’s Nikkei index lost slightly more than one percent to finish at 8,682. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index fell just over one and three-quarters percent to finish the day’s trading at 17,983. Share prices were also lower in Bangkok, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Mumbai, Seoul, Shanghai, […]

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US Officials to Press Pakistan on Confronting Militants

Posted October 20th, 2011 at 6:15 am (UTC-5)
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Top U.S. officials, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and CIA Director David Petraeus, are due to visit Pakistan to press leaders there on confronting militants in the country’s northwest tribal region. The U.S. delegation for the talks Thursday in Islamabad will also include the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey. […]

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Somali Forces Clash with al-Shabab Militants in Mogadishu

Posted October 20th, 2011 at 6:10 am (UTC-5)
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Heavy fighting has broken out between Somali government forces and al-Shabab rebels in the capital of Mogadishu, as Kenyan forces continue to advance across southern Somalia in an effort to hunt down members of the Somali insurgent group. Officials and witnesses said African Union-backed Somali forces launched an assault Thursday in Mogadishu’s Daynile district, one […]

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Clinton Says Peace Talks or Continued Assaults for Taliban in Afghanistan

Posted October 20th, 2011 at 6:00 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the Taliban can either take part in peace talks in Afghanistan or face continued assaults. At a news conference Thursday in Kabul with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Clinton also said neighboring Pakistan plays an important role in Afghanistan’s future and that the three nations must work together. Clinton […]

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