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Irish Voters to Select President and Decide Referendums Thursday

Posted October 27th, 2011 at 3:20 am (UTC-5)
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Irish voters head to the polls Thursday to elect a new president and decide referendums on the constitution. Political analysts say there is no clear cut frontrunner in the race between Martin McGuinness of the Sinn Fein Party, Independent Sean Gallagher, and Michael Higgins of the coalition government’s Labor Party. The winner will succeed Mary […]

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Japan’s Nikkei Soars on Eurozone News

Posted October 27th, 2011 at 3:10 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese markets closed higher Thursday, while the U.S. dollar is trading lower against the Japanese yen. Tokyo’s Nikkei index gained just over two percent to finish at 8,927. The dollar was selling at 75.89 yen, a loss of just over one-quarter of a yen from Wednesday. The Taipei market finished at 7,565, a gain of […]

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‘No Breakthrough’ in US-North Korea Talks, Says High-Ranking US Diplomat

Posted October 27th, 2011 at 3:00 am (UTC-5)
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A senior U.S. diplomat says progress was made during recent talks with North Korea over resuming the stalled nuclear disarmament negotiations, but added that the impasse remains. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell made the remarks Thursday in Seoul, where he briefed officials about the second round of direct bilateral talks between American and […]

Suspected US Drone Strike Kills 4 in Pakistan

Posted October 27th, 2011 at 2:55 am (UTC-5)
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Pakistani intelligence officials say a suspected U.S. drone strike has killed at least four militants in the country’s northwest tribal region. The officials said the unmanned aircraft fired missiles Thursday at a vehicle in South Waziristan. The United States does not publicly acknowledge the use of drone strikes against Taliban and al-Qaida-linked militants in Pakistan’s […]

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“Occupy” Protesters Return to City Square in Oakland Following Clashes with Police

Posted October 27th, 2011 at 2:15 am (UTC-5)
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Over 1,000 Occupy Wall Street protesters returned to a public square late Wednesday in Oakland, California, one day after clashes with police left one demonstrator critically injured. Activists say 24-year-old Iraq War veteran Scott Olsen suffered a fractured skull late Tuesday when riot police clashed with protesters attempting to hold a demonstration in the square […]

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Evacuation Orders Issued as Bangkok Facing Massive Flooding

Posted October 27th, 2011 at 1:35 am (UTC-5)
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Authorities in the Thai capital Bangkok are urging residents of two outlying districts inundated with flood waters to evacuate their homes and take refuge in nearby shelters. Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra issued the warning late Wednesday for residents in the Don Muang and Bang Phalad districts, both of which are nearly completely submerged. The airport […]

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Bombing Wounds 7 in NW Pakistan

Posted October 27th, 2011 at 1:00 am (UTC-5)
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Police in northwestern Pakistan say a bomb has exploded in a popular market in Peshawar, wounding at least seven people. Authorities said the explosives in Thursday’s attack were packed in an oil canister. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the blast, which damaged several nearby shops. Peshawar is the capital of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province near the […]

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Eurozone Leaders Reach Deal With Banks to Cut Greece Debt

Posted October 27th, 2011 at 12:35 am (UTC-5)
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European leaders have reached an agreement with banks to take a 50 percent loss on Greek bonds as part of efforts to contain the eurozone crisis. European Union President Herman Van Rompuy said the deal will reduce Greece’s debt to 120 percent of its gross domestic product in 2020. Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou said […]

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Israeli-American To Be Freed in Prisoner Swap

Posted October 27th, 2011 at 12:10 am (UTC-5)
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An Israeli-American man detained in Egypt on charges of spying is set to be freed on Thursday under a prisoner swap deal with Israel. Egyptian authorities plan to release Ilan Grapel to Israel in exchange for 25 Egyptian prisoners. Three of the prisoners are minors. Grapel apparently entered Egypt in January. In June, Egyptian authorities […]

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