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Quake-Damaged New Zealand Cathedral to be Deconsecrated

Posted October 27th, 2011 at 10:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Church officials in New Zealand say the earthquake-damaged iconic cathedral in central Christchurch will be deconsecrated and partially torn down. Anglican church officials say the 120-year-old building is unsafe after February’s 6.1 magnitude quake that killed 182 people and wrecked large parts of the city. But before any demolition work is carried out, the church […]

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UN Security Council Votes to End NATO Libya Mission

Posted October 27th, 2011 at 10:00 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations Security Council voted unanimously Thursday to lift the no-fly zone over Libya at the end of this month, a move that will simultaneously terminate the mandate for NATO’s mission in the North African country. The 15-member council said the mandate will end at one minute to midnight local time on October 31. […]

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Thai PM: No One can Stop Floods Heading Towards Bangkok

Posted October 27th, 2011 at 8:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Thailand’s prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, says no one can stop the massive floods approaching central Bangkok and that the best thing to do is to let nature take its course. Ms. Yingluck was close to tears Thursday when she said all her government can do is try to manage the situation. Parts of the Thai […]

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Obama Confident on EU Debt Plan

Posted October 27th, 2011 at 7:10 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama says he is confident of a new plan by European leaders to address Europe’s debt crisis. President Obama made the comment Thursday as he met with the Czech prime minister, Petr Necas, at the White House. Mr. Necas arrived in the United States from Brussels, where he was part of the […]

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Respected Religious Leader Killed in Dagestan

Posted October 27th, 2011 at 7:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Unknown gunmen have killed a well-known religious leader in Dagestan, Russia’s restive Caucasus region. A local news agency says Sirajutdin Khuriksky was shot to death Thursday in his courtyard in a village in the Tabasaransky district. It says the region’s President Magomedsalam Magomedov condemned the killing and sent his condolences to Khuriksky’s family, friends and […]

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Tunisian Islamists Win Landmark Election

Posted October 27th, 2011 at 6:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Tunisian authorities say the moderate Islamist Ennahdha party has won the country’s first free elections, taking 90 of 217 assembly seats – three times the number won by its nearest rival. Ennahdha secured more than 41 percent of the vote and will dominate Tunisia’s constituent assembly, tasked with writing a new constitution, appointing a president […]

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Al-Shabab Leader in Somalia Calls for Attacks Against Kenya

Posted October 27th, 2011 at 6:10 pm (UTC-5)
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An al-Shabab militant leader in Somalia is calling on his followers to carry out huge explosions inside Kenya, in retaliation for Kenyan troops going into Somalia to try and stop the Islamic militants. Sheikh Muktar Robow says tossing grenades is not enough. He is urging the militants to strike what he calls big painful blows. […]

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Saudi Arabia Names Interior Minister New Crown Prince

Posted October 27th, 2011 at 6:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah has named the country’s interior minister as the new crown prince. Nayef bin Abdel-Aziz al-Saud was named heir in a royal decree read out on state television Thursday. He succeeds prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz al Saud who died in New York on Saturday after undergoing treatment for an undisclosed illness. Prince […]

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Rome Film Festival Opens With Suu Kyi Biopic

Posted October 27th, 2011 at 5:55 pm (UTC-5)
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A movie about the life of Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi opened the international film festival in Rome Thursday. French director Luc Besson arrived at the opening of the film titled “The Lady” with actress Michele Yeoh who portrayed the Burmese pro-democracy icon. The Hong Kong-based actress began her career in martial arts […]

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Two Suspected US Drone Strikes Kill 11 Militants in Pakistan

Posted October 27th, 2011 at 5:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Pakistani intelligence officials say two suspected U.S. drone strikes have killed 11 militants linked to a top Taliban commander in Pakistan’s northwest tribal region. The officials said the first strike in the South Waziristan tribal area hit a vehicle and killed Khan Mohammed, deputy leader of a group of militants led by Maulvi Nazir. Mohammed […]

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