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Taliban Attack US-run Base in Southern Afghanistan

Posted October 27th, 2011 at 8:30 am (UTC-5)
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Afghan officials say Taliban insurgents have attacked a U.S.-run base in southern Afghanistan. At least three armed militants fired shots at the base from a nearby office building in Kandahar province on Thursday. The interior ministry said two of the attackers were later killed by security forces. A NATO spokesman confirmed the attack and said […]

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Four Killed in Attack on Vehicle in Northeastern Kenya

Posted October 27th, 2011 at 8:15 am (UTC-5)
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At least four Kenyan government workers are dead after their vehicle was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade in northeastern Kenya. Police say the vehicle was carrying eight education and security officials when it was attacked Thursday in the El Wak area, not far from the Kenyan-Somali border. It was not immediately clear who was behind […]

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Suspected US Drone Strike Targets Key Pakistani Taliban Commander

Posted October 27th, 2011 at 8:10 am (UTC-5)
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Pakistani intelligence officials say a suspected U.S. drone strike has killed five militants linked to a top Taliban commander in Pakistan’s northwest tribal region. The officials said the unmanned aircraft fired missiles Thursday at a vehicle in the town of Azam Warsak in South Waziristan, killing the younger brother of Taliban commander Maulvi Nazir. Four […]

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South Africans March Against Unemployment, Poverty

Posted October 27th, 2011 at 7:50 am (UTC-5)
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At least 2,000 South Africans are taking part Thursday in a demonstration in Johannesburg to demand the government do more to address joblessness and poverty. The demonstration was organized by the controversial youth leader of the governing African National Congress, Julius Malema, who is known for his calls to nationalize the country’s mines and redistribute […]

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European Stocks Higher in Midday Trading

Posted October 27th, 2011 at 7:50 am (UTC-5)
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European stock prices are higher in midday trading Thursday. London’s Financial Times index is up two and one-half percent. The CAC-40 in Paris is nearly five percent higher, and trading on the DAX index in Frankfurt is up just over four and one-quarter percent. In New York, the S&P futures contract is up 25 points, […]

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US Defense Chief Says North Korea Still a Threat

Posted October 27th, 2011 at 7:40 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says he is “skeptical” about the outcome of the latest round of direct U.S. talks with North Korea aimed at resuming the stalled nuclear disarmament negotiations. Panetta expressed his reservations to reporters Thursday after holding talks with government officials in Seoul. He said Pyongyang remains “a serious threat” by engaging […]

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Asia Markets Close Higher

Posted October 27th, 2011 at 7:25 am (UTC-5)
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Major Asian stock markets closed higher Thursday. Tokyo’s Nikkei index gained two percent to finish at 8,927. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index soared three and one-quarter percent to finish the day’s trading at 19,689. Share prices were also higher in Bangkok, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Taipei and Wellington. No trading was […]

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Contestant Wins $1 Million on Indian Game Show

Posted October 27th, 2011 at 6:40 am (UTC-5)
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A computer operator from an impoverished region of eastern India has become the first contestant to win the $1 million top prize on the Indian version of the television quiz show Who Wants to be a Millionaire? Sushil Kamar accomplished the feat during a taping of the popular show Tuesday, which is set to air […]

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Four Killed in Attack on Vehicle in Northeastern Kenya

Posted October 27th, 2011 at 6:25 am (UTC-5)
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Local media reports and eyewitnesses say gunmen have attacked a vehicle in northeastern Kenya, killing at least four people. The reports say the attack happened in the sparsely populated northeastern district of Mandera, near the Somali-Kenya border. It is not immediately clear who is responsible for the attack, or who was being targeted. The incident […]

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Suspected US Drone Strike Kills 5 in Pakistan

Posted October 27th, 2011 at 6:05 am (UTC-5)
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Pakistani intelligence officials say a suspected U.S. drone strike has killed five militants linked to a top Taliban commander in Pakistan’s northwest tribal region. The officials said the unmanned aircraft fired missiles Thursday at a vehicle in the town of Azam Warsak in South Waziristan, killing a senior leader and four other militants led by […]

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