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Romney Closes Foreign Trip in Poland

Posted July 30th, 2012 at 9:35 pm (UTC-5)
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((writethru w/new info in grafs 1-3) U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will wrap up his foreign trip Tuesday with a major speech in Poland aimed at showing that he would be a stronger leader than President Barack Obama. Romney arrived in Poland’s Baltic port city of Gdansk Monday, after stops in Britain and Israel […]

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Company Says Obama’s Mother Has African Ancestry

Posted July 30th, 2012 at 8:00 pm (UTC-5)
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A U.S. genealogy company says it has found evidence that President Barack Obama could have African ancestry from his mother, a white woman from Kansas. The Utah-based company says Mr. Obama’s mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, has a mixed race family line that appears to trace back to an African slave in colonial Virginia. It […]

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China Dominates Men’s Gymnastics; France, US Win Swimming Gold

Posted July 30th, 2012 at 6:45 pm (UTC-5)
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The third full day of competition at the London Summer Olympics has ended, with China dominating men’s gymnastics and leaving the highly touted U.S. team empty-handed. China overcame a disastrous qualifying round to win the men’s gymnastics competition Monday by a wide margin over Japan. But the biggest cheers from the crowd in London went […]

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China Plans to Land Probe on Moon’s Surface

Posted July 30th, 2012 at 6:20 pm (UTC-5)
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China says it plans to land its first probe on the moon in the second half of 2013. The Chang’e-3 probe will carry a rover unit that can explore the lunar surface. The official China Daily newspaper says the Chang’e-3’s rover will be China’s most sophisticated robot, and will have a radar that can scan […]

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Clinton Says World Looking To Egypt To Form Inclusive Government

Posted July 30th, 2012 at 5:50 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says Egyptians and the international community are looking to the new Egyptian president, Mohammed Morsi, to appoint an inclusive government that includes women and Christians. Clinton said Christians in Egypt wonder if a government led by the Islamic Muslim Brotherhood will stand up for non-Muslims and Muslims equally. She […]

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British Officials: Top Syrian Diplomat Defects

Posted July 30th, 2012 at 4:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Britain’s Foreign Office says Syria’s chief diplomat in London has defected, making him the latest top official to quit in protest of Syria’s bloody crackdown against the opposition. The foreign office said Monday that Charge D’affaires Khaled al-Ayoubi informed it that he would no longer represent President Assad’s government. Also Monday, Syrian troops and rebels […]

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Secretary Clinton Heads to Africa Tuesday

Posted July 30th, 2012 at 4:00 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton travels to Senegal Tuesday on a week-long trip to sub-Saharan Africa. The State Department says Clinton will visit eight countries during her tour, including South Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Nigeria and Benin. Officials say she will use her trip to try to help African countries strengthen democratic […]

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Third Day of Olympics Features Swimming Finals; China Wins Men’s Gymnastics Gold

Posted July 30th, 2012 at 3:15 pm (UTC-5)
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The third full day of competition is well under way at the London Olympics, featuring 12 medal finals. China once again dominated the men’s gymnastics event, winning the gold by a wide margin over second place Japan. The biggest cheers from the hometown crowd went to the British team and its bronze medal finish. The […]

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Mother of Detained Vietnamese Blogger Dies in Rare Self-Immolation

Posted July 30th, 2012 at 3:05 pm (UTC-5)
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A Vietnamese rights group says the mother of a prominent jailed blogger has died after setting herself on fire in protest of her daughter’s detention. Self-immolation is a rare act of dissent in Vietnam, whose Communist leaders exercise tight control over society. The Vietnamese Redemptorist News network says the mother, Dang Thi Kim Lieng, set […]

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Colorado Massacre Suspect Charged With Murder, Attempted Murder

Posted July 30th, 2012 at 2:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The suspect in a U.S. movie theater massacre has been charged with multiple counts of first degree murder and attempted murder, for the shooting attack in which 12 people were killed and 58 were wounded. Prosecutors filed formal charges Monday against suspect James Holmes in Colorado. They say they will decide whether to seek the […]

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