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White House: Putin Skipping G8 Summit is Not Obama Snub

Posted May 10th, 2012 at 4:25 pm (UTC-5)
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The White House says it is not disappointed that Russian President Vladimir Putin is skipping next week’s G8 summit at the Camp David presidential retreat north of Washington. A spokesman Thursday said Mr. Putin’s decision is not a snub. The spokesman said U.S. officials understand President Putin’s explanation that he has a responsibility to remain […]

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China Travel Agencies Suspend Trips to Philippines Amid Maritime Dispute

Posted May 10th, 2012 at 4:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Chinese media reported Thursday that most of the country’s travel agencies have suspended trips to the Philippines amid an escalating war of words over a disputed island chain in the South China Sea. Chinese authorities also issued a safety warning to its citizens in the Philippines due to planned anti-China protests later this week, and […]

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OPEC: Global Oil Supply Outpacing Demand

Posted May 10th, 2012 at 3:15 pm (UTC-5)
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The oil cartel OPEC says the global supply of oil is exceeding demand and that member countries are pumping oil at the fastest rate in nearly four years. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries said Thursday that its 12 member countries produced more than 32 million barrels of oil in March, up more than […]

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Greek Socialist Leader: Progress in New Government Formation

Posted May 10th, 2012 at 2:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Greek Socialist leader Evangelos Venizelos says progress is being made in the country’s third attempt to form a new coalition government, after the Radical Left and conservative New Democracy parties failed to do so this week. Venizelos, whose PASOK party came in a distant third in Sunday’s elections, said Thursday steps were made in his […]

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British Civil Servants Strike Over Budget Cuts

Posted May 10th, 2012 at 1:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Thousands of off-duty police officers have taken to the streets of London and tens of thousands of public servants have walked off the job to protest the British government’s austerity policies. Union leaders say more than 400,000 public sector workers went on strike Thursday, while the government said only 100,000 had taken part in what […]

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US Family: Attempts to Free Taliban-Held Soldier Not Enough

Posted May 10th, 2012 at 1:25 pm (UTC-5)
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The parents of the only United States soldier captured and still held in Afghanistan are breaking their silence, urging Washington to do more to secure his release. Bob and Jamie Bergdahl spoke this week with their local newspaper, the Idaho Mountain Express, saying they are “frustrated with how slowly the process has evolved.” Bob Bergdahl […]

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Damascus Suicide Car Bombers Kill 55

Posted May 10th, 2012 at 1:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Syrian authorities say a double suicide bombing in Damascus has killed at least 55 people and wounded another 370, making it the country’s deadliest attack since an opposition uprising began 14 months ago. State media say two suicide car bombers with 1,000 kilograms of explosives blew themselves up in quick succession in the capital’s southern […]

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3 Dead, 4 Wounded in China Demolition Protest Bombing

Posted May 10th, 2012 at 12:15 pm (UTC-5)
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China says three people have been killed and four others seriously wounded in an apparent suicide bombing, when a woman protesting the government-ordered demolition of her house detonated explosives at a local housing office in southwestern China. The official Xinhua news agency quotes a local report saying the woman, who died instantly, was attempting to […]

India Allows Pakistani Prisoner to Visit Home

Posted May 10th, 2012 at 12:00 pm (UTC-5)
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India is allowing an 80-year old Pakistani man who was jailed for murder to visit his homeland. The country’s Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that Khalil Chishty can travel to Pakistan after being freed on bail last month. Chishty, a scientist, was convicted of killing a man during a dispute in the Indian state of […]

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Obama Gay Marriage Stance Draws Mixed Reaction Worldwide

Posted May 10th, 2012 at 11:50 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama’s support for gay marriage is being met with a mixed reaction around the world. In Europe, Germany’s openly-gay foreign minister praised the decision. “I think the declaration of President Obama for the recognition of same-sex marriage is a courageous step. I welcome this not just personally, but also in the name […]

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