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UN Keeping Peacekeepers to Stay in South Sudan Another Year

Posted July 5th, 2012 at 11:45 pm (UTC-5)
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The UN Security Council says peacekeepers will remain in South Sudan for another year. The 15 member Council unanimously approved a resolution Thursday to extend the UN Mission in South Sudan to improve security. The resolution also calls on the South Sudan government take more responsibility for protecting its people. The UN Security Council initially […]

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French FM: Friends of Syria Talks to Bring Practical Support to Syrian People

Posted July 5th, 2012 at 8:20 pm (UTC-5)
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French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius says the Friends of Syria meeting in Paris will not be just abstract talks but are aimed at bringing practical support to the Syrian people. Delegates from about 100 countries and 100 members of the opposition will be in the French capital on Friday. Fabius tells Le Parisien newspaper that […]

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Two Nigerian Men Charged With Al-Qaida Links

Posted July 5th, 2012 at 7:25 pm (UTC-5)
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A court in Nigeria has charged two men with having links to the terrorist group al-Qaida and planning to recruit new members and transport them to Yemen. The two Nigerians, Olaniyi Lawal and Luqman Babatunde, pleaded not guilty Thursday at a federal court in the capital, Abuja. Prosecutors accuse the two men of receiving more […]

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Computer Virus Could Leave Hundreds of Thousands Unable to Use Internet

Posted July 5th, 2012 at 6:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Hundreds of thousands of people around the world could be in for an unwelcome surprise Monday, unless they check their computers now for malware that infected their machines a year ago. The virus caused by Eastern European computer hackers will make it impossible to access the Internet. Facebook and Google, websites used by billions of […]

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S. Korea Unveils Whaling Plan for Research

Posted July 5th, 2012 at 5:50 pm (UTC-5)
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South Korea has unveiled plans to resume hunting whales for research purposes, drawing immediate rebuke from an array of governments and conservationists who suspect the move may be a cover for outlawed commercial whaling. The government in Seoul announced its intentions this week to the International Whaling Commission. It said the move is aimed at […]

Probe Finds Human Error In 2009 Air France Crash

Posted July 5th, 2012 at 5:40 pm (UTC-5)
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French investigators have found that a combination of human error and technical malfunction caused the fatal 2009 crash of an Air France jet flying from Rio de Janeiro to Paris. Investigators Thursday said the Airbus 330 spun out of control at a very steep angle and was impossible to set right once it started to […]

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Obama Announces WTO Action Against China for US Car Duties

Posted July 5th, 2012 at 4:55 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama says his government will fight to hold China accountable for practices harming American automakers. Speaking at a campaign stop near Toledo, Ohio Thursday, Mr. Obama said Americans need a “fair playing field.” He announced a new complaint with the World Trade Organization on more than $3 billion in allegedly unfair Chinese […]

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Uighurs: China’s Xinjiang a ‘Police State’ 3 Years After Riots

Posted July 5th, 2012 at 4:35 pm (UTC-5)
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An exiled Uighur group says Chinese authorities have turned the northwestern region of Xinjiang into a “police state,” three years after the outbreak of deadly riots between ethnic Uighurs and settlers of China’s Han majority. A Washington-based spokesman for the World Uyghur Congress, Alim Seytoff, Thursday said Xinjiang security forces have intensified street patrols of […]

Barclays Rating Outlook Downgraded to ‘Negative’

Posted July 5th, 2012 at 4:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Two leading credit rating agencies have downgraded Britain’s Barclays bank in the aftermath of an interest rate rigging scandal that cost its chairman and two top executives their jobs. Both Moody’s Investors Service and Standard & Poor’s on Thursday changed their outlook of the bank’s financial stability from “stable” to “negative.” The financial services firms […]

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US Puts Sanctions on 6 for al-Shabab Support

Posted July 5th, 2012 at 4:15 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States has placed financial sanctions on two Eritrean officials and four other East Africans it accuses of supporting the Somali militant group al-Shabab. The U.S. Treasury Department designated the six men Thursday under a 2010 presidential order that allows the government to freeze property of individuals contributing to the conflict in Somalia. U.S. […]

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