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Chinese Court: Wife of Disgraced Politician Didn’t Deny Murder Charge

Posted August 9th, 2012 at 12:25 pm (UTC-5)
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A Chinese court says the wife of disgraced politician Bo Xilai did not deny murder charges against her in a high-profile trial Thursday. A court official said prosecutors accused Gu Kailai of luring British businessman Neil Heywood to a hotel in the southwestern city of Chongqing last November, getting him drunk and poisoning him. It […]

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Syrian Military Shells Aleppo as Clashes Continue

Posted August 9th, 2012 at 12:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Syrian activists say clashes between government forces and rebels continued in Aleppo Thursday, a day after the military launched a new air and ground assault on rebel positions in the country’s largest city. Journalists inside the city say government forces have been able to recapture some territory, as many rebels reportedly pull back farther north. […]

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Bolt Seeks to Strike Gold Once More at London Olympics

Posted August 9th, 2012 at 12:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Jamaican sprinters Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake race for gold in the men’s 200-meter sprint Thursday, one of the premier events of the 13th day of competition at the London Olympics. Days after winning the 100-meter race in record time, Bolt is seeking to win his second gold medal of the 2012 Games, and become […]

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Clinton Meets Nigeria President in Abuja

Posted August 9th, 2012 at 11:35 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in Nigeria for talks with President Goodluck Jonathan and other leaders. She arrived in the capital, Abuja on Thursday amid calls she address Nigeria’s rising sectarian violence, widespread corruption and abuses allegedly committed by security forces. After meeting with President Jonathan, Clinton will hold talks with anti-corruption officials. […]

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Greek Jobless Rate Hits Record 23 Percent

Posted August 9th, 2012 at 10:20 am (UTC-5)
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Greece says its jobless rate hit 23 percent in May, an all-time high for the debt-ridden country. The newest figure — up from just under 17 percent a year ago — reflected the worsening economic conditions in Greece. The government is struggling to meet the demands of its international creditors to impose new austerity measures […]

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DRC: No Negotiation With M23 Rebels

Posted August 9th, 2012 at 9:15 am (UTC-5)
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The Democratic Republic of Congo says it will not negotiate with rebel group M23, made up of former soldiers now fighting the army in North Kivu province. Foreign Minister Raymond Tshibanda says his government does not want the group to survive or its actions to continue, so there is nothing to discuss or negotiate. Tshibanda […]

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Chinese Factory Output, Inflation Slow

Posted August 9th, 2012 at 8:55 am (UTC-5)
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China says its factory production growth has slowed to a three year low. Beijing also says its inflation rate eased in July for the fourth consecutive month, giving the government more room to loosen its fiscal policies to spur growth in its slowing economy. The National Bureau of Statistics says consumer prices rose by 1.8 […]

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Philippine Floods Recede, Rescue Efforts Continue

Posted August 9th, 2012 at 8:45 am (UTC-5)
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Flood waters have receded in and around the Philippine capital Manila, as authorities continue efforts to help the more than 2 million people affected. At least 20 people have died in Manila as a result of the flooding, powered by more than a week of monsoon rains. Nearly 300,000 residents have sought shelter in evacuation […]

Syrian Activists: Military Shells Aleppo as Clashes Continue

Posted August 9th, 2012 at 8:30 am (UTC-5)
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Syrian activists say clashes between government forces and rebels are continuing in Aleppo, as the military presses on with an assault on opposition-held areas of the country’s largest city. The Local Coordination Committees and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports fighting in several districts of Aleppo. The Syrian military launched a two-pronged attack on […]

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Gu Kailai Trial Ends Without Verdict

Posted August 9th, 2012 at 7:40 am (UTC-5)
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China’s most politically explosive trial in recent memory ended in a matter of hours Thursday when Gu Kailai, the wife of disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai, did not object to the murder charges against her. A court official said a verdict has not been delivered in the high-profile case, which was held at a tightly […]