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European Leaders Set for Showdown on Greek Debt Referendum

Posted November 2nd, 2011 at 9:25 am (UTC-5)
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European leaders are set for a showdown Wednesday with Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou over his call for a referendum on a debt-relief agreement. French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel summoned the Greek leader to a meeting in Cannes, France, a day ahead of the start of the Group of 20 world […]

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Karzai: Afghanistan Needs Help to Fight Terrorist Groups

Posted November 2nd, 2011 at 9:00 am (UTC-5)
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai is warning that there will not be any hope for peace in his country without help from its neighbors in fighting terror groups. Mr. Karzai told diplomats at an international conference’s in Turkey Wednesday that terrorist networks still are a major threat to Afghanistan’s security. He said that groups conducting what […]

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Pakistan Grants India ‘Most Favored Nation’ Trade Status

Posted November 2nd, 2011 at 8:50 am (UTC-5)
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The Pakistani Cabinet has approved a proposal granting India “most favored nation” status, a move aimed at boosting trade between the longtime nuclear-armed rivals. Pakistani Information Minister Firdous Ashiq Awan told a news conference in Islamabad Wednesday that the decision was unanimous. In September, the two countries’ trade ministers pledged to more than double the […]

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Bomb Blast in Peshawar Kills One, Injures Several Others

Posted November 2nd, 2011 at 8:45 am (UTC-5)
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A bomb attack targeting a Pakistani tribal elder in the country’s volatile northwest has killed one person and injured several others. Wednesday’s bombing ripped through a car near a police checkpoint on the outskirts of Peshawar. At least 12 people were injured in the blast. Local officials and media said the target of the bombing […]

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UN Chief in Libya on 1st Visit Since Uprising

Posted November 2nd, 2011 at 8:40 am (UTC-5)
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U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is in Tripoli on a previously unannounced visit to Libya, his first since the uprising that toppled its long-time dictator Moammar Gadhafi. Mr. Ban arrived in Tripoli Wednesday. His office said he would meet with members of Libya’s ruling National Transitional Council and civil society representatives for several hours before departing. […]

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Arab League to Unveil Syria Plan as Violence Continues

Posted November 2nd, 2011 at 8:30 am (UTC-5)
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Violence continued in Syria Wednesday with at least nine deaths as the Arab League is expected to announce a plan to curb the months-long government crackdown on dissenters. Syrian activists say gunmen killed nine factory workers Wednesday in the Homs province village of Kfar Laha. Details of the incident were not clear. The deaths come […]

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Tibetan Students Protest Chinese Rule

Posted November 2nd, 2011 at 8:30 am (UTC-5)
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About 50 Tibetan students demonstrated Wednesday outside the Chinese embassy in New Delhi, demanding that allegations of human-rights violations in Tibet be addressed during the coming G-20 summit. The protests follow the self-immolation of 10 Tibetan Buddhist monks over the past month. The monks set themselves on fire to protest what they see as a […]

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Somali Pirates Hijack Greek Tanker, 22 Crew

Posted November 2nd, 2011 at 8:05 am (UTC-5)
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Somali pirates have hijacked a Greek-owned vessel with 22 crew members on board and are taking the ship toward Somalia. The NATO Shipping Center says a vessel was hijacked Monday in the western Gulf of Aden. Andrew Mwangura, a regional piracy expert, identifies the ship as the MT Liquid Velvet, a chemical tanker. The ship […]

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Asian Markets Tumble on New Fears of Greek Default

Posted November 2nd, 2011 at 8:00 am (UTC-5)
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Stock prices tumbled across Asia Wednesday after the Greek government’s call for a referendum on an austerity plan renewed fears of default. Japanese shares closed down more than 2 percent while Hong Kong was down about 1.9 percent. Several other major markets were down more than 1 percent. The sell-off followed similar losses in New […]

Pilot Error Caused Crash that Killed Lokomotiv Hockey Team

Posted November 2nd, 2011 at 7:50 am (UTC-5)
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Russia’s Interstate Aviation Committee has ruled that a plane crash that killed 44 people — including an entire professional ice hockey team — was caused by pilot error. Investigators announced Wednesday that the September 7 crash of the Yak-42 plane occurred because one of the pilots accidentally hit the brakes during takeoff and then lifted […]

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