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Police Clear Protest Camp in Oakland, California

Posted November 14th, 2011 at 9:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Police in Oakland, California have cleared out anti-Wall Street demonstrators who had set up camp at the City Hall plaza, and arrested more than 30 people. The police, dressed in riot gear, took action Monday. The office of Mayor Jean Quan issued a statement saying the effort took place “smoothly and peacefully.” The statement also […]

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Australian PM Moves to Allow Uranium Sales to India

Posted November 14th, 2011 at 9:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard says she wants her government to lift a ban on exporting uranium to India. Ms. Gillard wrote in an opinion piece in The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper on Tuesday that she wants her Labor Party to change its policy towards India. Australia exports uranium to several countries including the United […]

World-Renowned Nigerian Author Refuses His Country’s Honor

Posted November 14th, 2011 at 9:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Nigerian author Chinua Achebe has — for the second time — refused to accept an honorary title from his home country. The author of the internationally-acclaimed novel Things Fall Apart would have been one of the Nigerians named a “Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic” at a ceremony on Monday. But Achebe, who […]

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UN Chief Condemns New Sudan Rebel Alliance

Posted November 14th, 2011 at 8:20 pm (UTC-5)
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The head of the United Nations is speaking out against a rebel alliance in Sudan that says it aims to topple the government of President Omar al-Bashir. U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement Monday he condemns the reported establishment of the Sudan Revolutionary Front or SRF. He called on all sides to […]

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EU Ministers Postpone Decision on New Iran Sanctions

Posted November 14th, 2011 at 8:10 pm (UTC-5)
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European Union foreign ministers on Monday threatened to tighten sanctions against Iran over its controversial nuclear program but said they would wait until their next meeting in December before taking further action. The ministers, meeting in Brussels, also ruled out any military action “at the moment,” despite last week’s United Nations report alleging that Iran […]

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US Supreme Court to Hear Arguments on Health Care Reform

Posted November 14th, 2011 at 7:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review President Barack Obama’s health care law and issue a ruling on the historic overhaul just before the presidential election next November. The court said Monday that the case will be presented next March and that the justices will hear more than five hours of oral arguments regarding […]

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Taliban in Afghanistan Vows to Disrupt Loya Jirga

Posted November 14th, 2011 at 7:30 pm (UTC-5)
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The Taliban in Afghanistan is vowing to disrupt this week’s traditional assembly, or loya jirga, and says it has obtained the top-secret security arrangements for the meeting More than 2,000 Afghan politicians, tribal elders and community leaders are gathering in Kabul ((the Afghan capital) on Wednesday to begin a four-day meeting to discuss relations with […]

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Merkel: Financial Crisis Could be Europe’s Toughest Time Since War

Posted November 14th, 2011 at 6:25 pm (UTC-5)
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the eurozone’s financial problems may be Europe’s biggest crisis since World War Two. Ms. Merkel said Monday that a united Europe could fail if the 17-nation eurozone breaks up over debt problems in Greece, Italy and elsewhere. Germany is Europe’s strongest economy, and the chancellor’s comments came as new leaders […]

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Jordan’s King Calls on Syrian President to Step Down

Posted November 14th, 2011 at 6:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Jordan’s King Abdullah has called for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down. He is the first Arab leader to do so since the Syrian government started its deadly crackdown on an eight-month-long uprising. In an interview with the BBC Monday, King Abdullah said that if he were in Mr. Assad’s position he would step […]

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Cantor Confident of Deficit Deal

Posted November 14th, 2011 at 5:50 pm (UTC-5)
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A leading Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives says he is confident that the bipartisan congressional committee tasked with cutting the federal deficit by $1.2 trillion will be able to reach an agreement before a November 23 deadline. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor made the comment Monday, as the so-called “supercommittee” of six Democrats […]

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