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US: Syrian Forces Preparing for a ‘Massacre’ in Aleppo

Posted July 26th, 2012 at 7:10 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States says it is concerned that Syrian forces are preparing to carry out a massacre in Aleppo, Syria’s largest city. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Thursday there are columns of tanks outside the city that seem to be massing for an attack. She said Syrian forces already have hit the city with […]

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London Readies For Olympic Games Opening

Posted July 26th, 2012 at 6:45 pm (UTC-5)
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London is preparing to welcome some 10,000 athletes, hundreds of thousands of visitors and a worldwide television audience when the Olympic Games formally open Friday. Organizers have dealt with a series of last-minute problems, including scrambling to ensure enough security personnel after a private contractor reported problems putting together a large enough force. There was […]

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Chinese Politician’s Wife Charged with Murder

Posted July 26th, 2012 at 5:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Chinese prosecutors on Thursday charged the wife of former senior Communist Party official Bo Xilai and a family aide with the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood. China’s official news media say Bo Gu Kailai and Zhang Xiaojun were charged with intentional homicide in the eastern city of Hefei. The trial date has not been […]

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Facebook Loses Money Despite 30% Increase in Revenue

Posted July 26th, 2012 at 5:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Facebook, the world’s most popular social network website, says it lost money during the second quarter of the year, despite higher than expected revenue. In its first earnings report since its initial public offering of stock last May, Facebook posted a net loss of $157 million on revenue of $1.18 billion — up more than […]

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Mandela Assassination Plotter Convicted of Treason

Posted July 26th, 2012 at 4:35 pm (UTC-5)
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The leader of a 2002 plot to assassinate Nelson Mandela and push blacks out of South Africa has been found guilty of treason. Mike du Toit, a former university lecturer who headed a militia known as the Boeremag, was convicted Thursday by the high court in North Gauteng province. The militia supported apartheid, the now-defunct […]

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Romney Responds to Olympics Comments on Overseas Tour

Posted July 26th, 2012 at 3:20 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney tried to backtrack Thursday from comments he made that seemed to question Britain’s ability to host the Olympic Games. Within hours of his arrival in the British capital Wednesday, NBC News aired an interview with the presumptive Republican nominee in which he said that last-minute concerns over London’s security staffing […]

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New Hope, New Concerns Dominate AIDS Conference

Posted July 26th, 2012 at 2:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Former U.S. first lady Laura Bush is helping energize the 2012 International AIDS Conference in Washington, reminding those in the audience of the progress in the fight against the deadly disease. The wife of former President George W. Bush received enthusiastic applause Thursday as she spoke about the impact billions of dollars in U.S. funding […]

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European Central Bank Pledges Euro Support

Posted July 26th, 2012 at 1:20 pm (UTC-5)
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The European Central Bank says it will do whatever is necessary to preserve the euro. Bank president Mario Draghi told a London investment conference Thursday that Europe’s key financial institution is “ready to do whatever it takes” to protect the currency, adding, “And believe me it will be enough.” His comments suggest the bank could […]

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China Charges Former Senior Official’s Wife with Murder

Posted July 26th, 2012 at 11:45 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese prosecutors have charged the wife of disgraced former official Bo Xilai and a family employee with the murder of a British businessman, a significant development in a political scandal that has embarrassed the Chinese leadership. In a report Thursday, the official Xinhua news agency said Bo’s wife Gu Kailai and the employee Zhang Xiaojun […]

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US Jobless Benefit Claims Drop

Posted July 26th, 2012 at 11:40 am (UTC-5)
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First-time claims for jobless assistance fell last week in the United States, but analysts remain skeptical that the country’s labor market is set to rebound. The government said Thursday that the number of newly unemployed workers seeking financial aid dropped by 35,000 to 353,000. But the Labor Department said changes in the normal summertime layoffs […]

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