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Romney to Announce Running Mate Saturday

Posted August 10th, 2012 at 11:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will announce his choice of a vice presidential running mate on Saturday. Romney’s campaign office announced Friday night that the announcement will take place at 9:30 a.m. in Norfolk, Virginia before the candidate begins a bus tour that is being called “The Romney Plan For A Stronger Middle Class.” His […]

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US to Slap New Sanctions on Syria, Hezbollah

Posted August 10th, 2012 at 10:45 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States says it will level new sanctions against the Syrian government and its supporters, including the Lebanese group, Hezbollah. The U.S. Treasury’s top official on terrorism and financial intelligence, David Cohen, told reporters Friday that Washington will be tightening existing sanctions and adding new ones. Cohen, traveling with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary […]

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Jamaican Sprinters Advance as Ethiopia’s Defar Wins Gold at London Games

Posted August 10th, 2012 at 8:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Jamaica easily advanced Friday in the men’s 4×100 relay at the London Olympics, setting up a gold medal showdown Saturday when speedster Usain Bolt and teammates go up against a tough U.S. squad anchored by 100-meter bronze medalist Justin Gatlin. In women’s competition, Ethiopian Meseret Defar won the gold medal in the women’s 5,000-meter race, […]

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Mourners Say Goodbye to Ghana’s Mills

Posted August 10th, 2012 at 5:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Thousands of Ghanaians along with visiting dignitaries paid their last respects to the country’s late president, John Atta Mills, who died suddenly on July 24. Ghanaians dressed in red and black lined the streets of Accra Friday as a procession brought Mr. Mills’ casket through the capital. More than a dozen African heads of state […]

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Mass of Marine Rock Afloat Off New Zealand

Posted August 10th, 2012 at 5:30 pm (UTC-5)
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The New Zealand air force has spotted a mass of volcanic rock nearly the size of Belgium afloat in the Pacific about 1,000 kilometers northeast of Auckland. Witnesses say the strange phenomenon, first spotted Thursday, resembles a polar ice shelf and is made up of golf ball-size lightweight pumice expelled from an underwater volcano. Authorities […]

Jamaican Sprinters Advance in London Without Bolt

Posted August 10th, 2012 at 5:15 pm (UTC-5)
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The world’s fastest man rested while his Jamaican teammates stayed on course for another gold medal. Jamaica easily advanced Friday in the men’s 4×100 relay at the London Olympics, setting up a scenario where Usain Bolt could achieve an unprecedented Olympic “triple-double.” A win in the 4×100 would follow his victories in the 100- and […]

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Memorial Held for Victims of Wisconsin Sikh Temple Shooting

Posted August 10th, 2012 at 3:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Hundreds of mourners in (the U.S. state of) Wisconsin paid their final respects Friday to six Sikh worshippers shot and killed by a white supremacist who attacked their temple Sunday. The mourners, many of them Indian-Americans, streamed by six caskets as pictures of the victims were projected on a large video screen. Sikh religious leaders […]

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Pop Star Irritates Russian Authorities With Pro-Gay Stance

Posted August 10th, 2012 at 3:00 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. music star Madonna has drawn the ire of Russian authorities for the second time in a week, this time speaking out in favor of gay rights in a city that recently passed a law against promoting “homosexual propaganda” to minors. At her concert in St. Petersburg Thursday, the pop star said gays should be […]

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Bo Xilai’s Wife Admits to Murder

Posted August 10th, 2012 at 2:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Chinese state media say the wife of politician Bo Xilai has confessed to the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood and vowed to accept her sentence. Xinhua state news agency reported Gu Kailai’s statement Friday, quoting her as saying the case has been “like a huge stone” weighing on her for more than half a […]

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Indian Minister OKs ‘a Little Stealing’ by Staff

Posted August 10th, 2012 at 1:25 pm (UTC-5)
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A state government minister in India who says bureaucrats can “steal a little” as long as they work hard has sparked a national outcry. Shivpal Singh Yadav is public works minister in Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state. Video from a meeting closed to the press caught him telling government workers they can steal, but […]

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