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HRW Urges DR Congo Candidates to Stop Hate Speech

Posted October 28th, 2011 at 6:50 am (UTC-5)
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Human Rights Watch is calling for political candidates in the Democratic Republic of Congo to refrain from inciting violence during the country’s election campaign, which begins Friday. The international human rights watchdog says it has documented dozens of recent instances in which candidates used “apparent ethnic hate speech” in order to incite violence, primarily against […]

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Kenyan Sentenced to Life in Prison for Grenade Attacks

Posted October 28th, 2011 at 6:45 am (UTC-5)
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A Kenyan man who pleaded guilty to a grenade attack earlier this week in Nairobi has been given life in prison, while Somali insurgent group al-Shabab continues to threaten more violence across Kenya in retaliation for its offensive into Somalia. Elgiva Bwire Oliacha confessed to being a member of al-Shabab, and admitted his role in […]

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NASA Launches $1.5 Billion Weather Satellite

Posted October 28th, 2011 at 6:30 am (UTC-5)
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NASA has launched a $1.5 billion weather satellite into orbit that aims to help improve weather forecasts and monitor long-term climate change. The satellite, known as the National Polar-Orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System, is being carried by a Delta II rocket 800 kilometers above the surface of the earth. The U.S. space agency says the […]

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EU Bailout Fund Chief in China to Explain New Rescue Fund

Posted October 28th, 2011 at 6:30 am (UTC-5)
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The head of the eurozone’s bailout fund arrived in China Friday to discuss a possible deal with Beijing policymakers to use some of China’s huge foreign exchange reserves to invest in the multibillion fund. Klaus Regling’s visit to the Chinese capital comes a day after European leaders reached a deal to increase the eurozone bailout […]

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Russia Says Navy Successfully Test Fires Long Range Missile

Posted October 28th, 2011 at 5:30 am (UTC-5)
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Russian officials say their navy successfully test fired a long range ballistic missile on Friday. Officials say the experimental Bulava was launched from a submarine underwater in the White Sea. They say the missile hit its target in the Kamchatka Peninsula some 6,000 kilometers away. Friday’s launch marked the third successful test firing of a […]

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Pakistan Tests Nuclear-Capable Missile

Posted October 28th, 2011 at 5:05 am (UTC-5)
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Pakistan says it has tested an indigenously developed missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead. Officials say the Haft-7 has a range of 700 kilometers and was tested Friday. India and Pakistan regularly test missiles, mostly meant for any confrontation with each other. They have fought three wars since independence from Britain in 1947.

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2 Killed in Pakistan Blast

Posted October 28th, 2011 at 4:50 am (UTC-5)
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Pakistani officials say a suicide bomb blast has targeted a police officer’s vehicle, killing the officer and his driver. Authorities say the men were attacked Friday as they drove through the northwestern town of Risalpur. Police say the slain officer, Akhtar Shah, had arrested militants. Officials say four people were wounded in the explosion.

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Asian Markets Higher

Posted October 28th, 2011 at 4:35 am (UTC-5)
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Asian stock markets closed higher Friday. Tokyo’s Nikkei index gained over one and one-quarter percent to finish at 9,050. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index gained more than one and one-half percent to finish the day’s trading at 20,019. Share prices were higher in Manila, Shanghai, Sydney, Taipei and Wellington. In currency trading, the U.S. dollar […]

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Turkish Teenager Rescued From Rubble Friday

Posted October 28th, 2011 at 4:20 am (UTC-5)
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Rescue workers in Turkey pulled a teenage boy out of the rubble Friday, more than 100 hours after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake decimated much of the country’s southeast on Sunday. They found the boy hours after rescuing another young man in Ercis Thursday. But hopes of finding other survivors were fading as cold weather and snow […]

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Hundreds of Wild Animals Rescued in Malaysia

Posted October 28th, 2011 at 3:55 am (UTC-5)
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Malaysian authorities have rescued about 450 snakes and turtles that were headed to Thailand to become culinary dishes. Celescoriano Razond, a high-ranking Malaysian wildlife official, says the animals were discovered during a raid on a house Thursday in northern Kedah state near the shared border with Thailand. Among the animals rescued were 302 cobras and […]