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Cargo Ship Sinks After Collision Off China Coast

Posted October 28th, 2011 at 5:05 pm (UTC-5)
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China says two cargo ships have collided off the coast of the eastern city of Qingdao, causing one of the freighters to sink. China’s state-run news agency, Xinhua, reports that nine of the crew of the sunk vessel were rescued Friday evening while another 10 are still missing. It says all of those who were […]

Pentagon Report: Security Improved in Afghanistan

Posted October 28th, 2011 at 5:00 pm (UTC-5)
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In a report released Friday by the U.S. Defense Department, the Pentagon said the security situation in Afghanistan has been markedly improved this year but said militants operating from safe havens in Pakistan pose significant risks to a “durable, stable Afghanistan.” The department said violence declined particularly in Afghanistan’s southwest, west and north. But security […]

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Lady Liberty Celebrates 125 Years in New York Harbor

Posted October 28th, 2011 at 4:35 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. Statue of Liberty, for years a symbol of hope to immigrants to New York City, turned 125 years old Friday with a party that included naturalizing new citizens, reading of a historic poem, and setting evening fireworks. Also, of course, there was a cake: an enormous green replica of the statue itself, a […]

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Bolshoi Theater Reopens After Renovation

Posted October 28th, 2011 at 4:35 pm (UTC-5)
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VIDEO: APExpress 4 – 28.10.2011 13:59:00 – AP-APTN-1630: ++Russia Theatre Russia’s famed Bolshoi Theater in Moscow has reopened after six years of extensive renovation. President Dmitry Medvedev led the gala opening Friday, which was also attended by international opera stars, celebrities, and Russia’s elite. In his address, Mr. Medvedev called the late 18th century theater, […]

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US Stocks Close Mixed

Posted October 28th, 2011 at 4:25 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. stocks were mixed at closing Friday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose two tenths of a percent to close at 12,231. The S&P 500 was up a fraction of a percent at 1,285, and the Nasdaq Composite Index fell by a fraction of a percent to 2,737. European stock indexes closed mixed. London’s Financial […]

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Gunman Wounded After Opening Fire At US Embassy in Bosnia

Posted October 28th, 2011 at 4:15 pm (UTC-5)
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VIDEO: APExpress 4 – 28.10.2011 14:29:00 – AP-APTN-1830: Bosnia Shooting A suspected radical Islamist was wounded and arrested after opening fire at the U.S. Embassy in Bosnia’s capital Sarajevo. Bosnian news reports say two policemen were also wounded in the altercation. Reports say the gunman was armed with a Kalashnikov rifle. He was shot in […]

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Armenian Opposition Rallies in Yerevan

Posted October 28th, 2011 at 3:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Thousands of Armenians marched through the capital of Yerevan, calling for the resignation of President Serzh Sarkisian. Witnesses say at least 4,000 people attended Friday’s protest by the opposition Armenian National Congress, headed by former President Levon Ter-Petrosyan. The demonstrators also demanded early elections. The rally is the latest in a series of ANC protests […]

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Obama Signs Measure on Federal Research Grants

Posted October 28th, 2011 at 3:10 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama has signed an executive order aimed at encouraging economic growth by shortening the time it takes to turn federally funded research into commercial products. He signed the order Friday, during a week when he has enacted several executive orders meant to demonstrate his commitment to improving the economy. Friday’s order directs […]

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DR Congo Candidates Urged to Avoid Hate Speeches

Posted October 28th, 2011 at 2:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Political candidates in the Democratic Republic of Congo are being urged to avoid hate speech as they campaign for upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections. Campaigning for the November 28 poll opened on Friday. Human Rights Watch told VOA that since March, the organization has documented dozens of cases of “apparent ethnic hate speech and incitement […]

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White House: US Drones in Ethiopia

Posted October 28th, 2011 at 2:15 pm (UTC-5)
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The White House says the United States has drones in Ethiopia and that the unmanned aircraft are there to conduct reconnaissance missions, not airstrikes. Spokesman Jay Carney told reporters on Friday that the operation is part of the U.S. government’s partnership with Ethiopia to promote stability in the Horn of Africa and combat terrorism. U.S. […]

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