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US General Fired Over Comments About Afghanistan

Posted November 4th, 2011 at 6:45 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan has fired a senior officer for making public comments critical of Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his government. General John Allen issued a statement Friday saying that Major General Peter Fuller has been relieved of his duties as deputy commander for the Afghan training mission. In a recent […]

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Peres: Military Option Nearer For Iran

Posted November 4th, 2011 at 6:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Israeli President Shimon Peres says the international community is closer to pursuing a military option to deal with Iran’s nuclear program than it is to finding a diplomatic solution to the threat. Mr. Peres told Israel’s channel 2 TV Friday world leaders need to “fulfill their promises” to stop Iran. On Thursday, U.S. President Barack […]

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Cain Accuser Stands by Allegations of Sexual Harassment

Posted November 4th, 2011 at 6:05 pm (UTC-5)
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The attorney for a woman who accused U.S. Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain of sexual harassment says his client alleged several incidents in a complaint filed more than a decade ago. Attorney Joel Bennett said Friday that his client made her complaint “in good faith about a series of inappropriate behaviors and unwanted advances.” Bennett […]

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US Considers Rewarding Burma For Reforms

Posted November 4th, 2011 at 6:00 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States says it is discussing new aid to Burma as well as other measures to support the beginnings of reforms in that country. The State Department’s top official for human rights, Michael Posner, said at the U.S. embassy in Rangoon Friday the United States wants to recognize what’s being done in Burma that […]

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Greek PM Urges Parliament to Support Bailout Agreement

Posted November 4th, 2011 at 5:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Greece’s embattled prime minister told parliament Friday that his nation’s financial bailout is an opportunity for Greece which must not be wasted. George Papandreou is addressing the parliament before facing a crucial confidence vote. The session was scheduled for late Friday evening after world financial markets sensitive to the outcome closed for the weekend. Mr. […]

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Moody Lowers Cyprus’s Credit Grade

Posted November 4th, 2011 at 5:25 pm (UTC-5)
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International ratings agency Moody’s has lowered Cyprus’ credit grade by two notches, placing it lowest in the investment category. In a statement Friday, the agency said Cyprus was downgraded to BAA3 from BAA1, because its banking system is likely to need a government bailout due to its exposure to Greek debt. Moody’s also cited the […]

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Liberian Opposition Candidate Pulls Out of Run-off

Posted November 4th, 2011 at 5:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Liberia’s leading opposition candidate says he is pulling out of next week’s presidential run-off election, saying he believes the vote will not be fair. Winston Tubman told a news conference Friday that he will not take part in the November 8 race, and urged others to boycott the poll. He says his party, the Congress […]

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Bahraini Protesters Clash With Security Forces

Posted November 4th, 2011 at 5:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Security forces in Bahrain have used tear gas to disperse thousands of protesters marching toward Pearl Square in the capital Manama. The protesters had gathered Friday for the funeral of the father of a key opposition leader. There were no reports of casualties. Activists say Ali Hasan al-Dehi was beaten by riot police on Wednesday. […]

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G20 Leaders Pledge to Spur Economic Growth, Address Unemployment

Posted November 4th, 2011 at 4:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Leaders of the world’s 20 leading economies have pledged to reinvigorate global economic growth and to address rising unemployment worldwide. After a two-day summit in Cannes, France, the G20 leaders also promised to promote social inclusion and make globalization serve the needs of the people. Greece’s hesitancy to abide by the terms of its financial […]

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Activists: Syrian Forces Kill At Least 13 in Friday Protests

Posted November 4th, 2011 at 3:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Activists say Syrian security forces have killed at least 13 people as thousands of protesters rallied across Syria Friday to test the government’s acceptance of an Arab League peace initiative. Syrian state television denied there were killings. Government officials say they have offered amnesty to anyone who surrenders weapons in the coming days. But U.S. […]

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