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3 UN Staffers Among 5 Killed in Afghan Attack

Posted October 31st, 2011 at 4:20 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations’ refugee agency has said three of its employees were among five people killed in a combined assault and suicide bombing in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar early Monday. United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon said three UNHCR security guards were killed and two wounded, while two security contractors also died in the […]

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Palestinian Vote Puts Spotlight on UNESCO

Posted October 31st, 2011 at 3:55 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations cultural agency’s historic vote Monday to grant Palestinians full membership in the international body shines a spotlight on UNESCO. The U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s mission includes promoting peace-building, the eradication of poverty, literacy, science and education – including sex education. The organization focuses on two global priorities – Africa and […]

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Bosnian Court Orders US Embassy Attacker Held in Custody

Posted October 31st, 2011 at 3:20 pm (UTC-5)
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A Bosnian court has ordered a gunman who fired at the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo to be held for 30 days while the incident is investigated as a terrorist act. Mevlid Jasarevic fired his assault rifle at the Embassy Friday, wounding a security officer, before he was shot in the leg by a police sniper […]

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Libya’s NTC Elects New Interim Prime Minister

Posted October 31st, 2011 at 3:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Libya’s National Transitional Council has elected engineer Abdel-Rahim el-Keeb as the country’s new interim prime minister. The vote Monday comes hours before NATO is set to end its Libya mission. The alliance’s top official hailed the seven-month bombing campaign during a visit Monday to Tripoli. NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said he is “proud of […]

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Greece Says It Will Hold Vote on European Debt Relief Plan

Posted October 31st, 2011 at 3:10 pm (UTC-5)
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The European debt-relief plan, agreed to last week, has been thrown into doubt as Greece now says it will hold a referendum on whether to approve it. Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou has been a staunch supporter of the plan that could cut Greece’s debt by about $140 billion, while binding his country to years […]

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Sudan: Hundreds of Rebels Killed in Southern Kordofan

Posted October 31st, 2011 at 2:05 pm (UTC-5)
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A Sudanese government official says hundreds of rebels have been killed in clashes with army troops in Southern Kordofan state. The governor of Southern Kordofan, Ahmed Haroun, told reporters the violence erupted on Monday, after insurgents attacked the city of Teludi. Khartoum says its army repelled the assault. Haroun said the rebels were backed by […]

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US Republican Candidate Cain Denies Sexual Harassment Report

Posted October 31st, 2011 at 1:55 pm (UTC-5)
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One of the U.S. Republican presidential candidates, Herman Cain, is denying a report about sexual harassment allegations in the 1990s. The news website is reporting Cain was accused by two women of sexually inappropriate behavior while serving as head of the National Restaurant Association. The report says the women were given five-figure financial settlements […]

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US Cuts Off UNESCO Funding After Palestinian Vote

Posted October 31st, 2011 at 1:55 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States says it is cutting off financial contributions to the United Nations cultural agency following its vote Monday to grant Palestinians full membership. The State Department said Washington will not make a $60-million November payment to UNESCO because of a longstanding U.S. law that prohibits American support for any U.N.-affiliated body that accepts […]

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G20 Leaders Confront Debt, Unemployment & Slow Economic Growth

Posted October 31st, 2011 at 1:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Global unemployment, slow economic growth, and severe debt issues confront G20 leaders as they gather in France this week to haggle over solutions to economic problems. The G20 is made up of 20 of the most important economies from around the world, and represent most of the globe’s population, trade, and output. This G20 summit […]

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Cambodian Baby Surviving Floods on Raw Cow’s Milk

Posted October 31st, 2011 at 1:45 pm (UTC-5)
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A Cambodian toddler cut off from his parents by massive regional flooding is relying on direct nourishment from a cow, with his impoverished caretaker unable to afford milk powder. The baby’s struggle was first reported Monday by Chinese state television from Cambodia’s Siem Reap province — part of a vast area ravaged by months of […]