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Divers Recover Philippine Interior Secretary’s Body

Posted August 20th, 2012 at 11:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Divers have recovered the body of Philippine Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo, three days after his small plane crashed into the sea near the coast of a central island. Officials said Robredo’s body was pulled from the wreckage early Tuesday and that the remains of two pilots were also being removed. The plane was submerged about […]

Mali Announces New Government

Posted August 20th, 2012 at 7:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Mali has announced a new government of national unity, five months after a military coup ousted the country’s elected government. The new government replaces a transitional government created in April that was plagued by infighting. It has 31 posts and retains several ministers who are members of the military junta that staged the recent coup, […]

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Apple Sets Record as History’s Most Valuable Company

Posted August 20th, 2012 at 5:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Apple broke a record Monday — becoming the most valuable public company in history. Shares of Apple stock surged more than 2 percent, pushing the company’s value to more than $623 billion. This surpasses the previous record set by Microsoft in 1999. Financial analysts say the jump in Apple stock was sparked by next month’s […]

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Obama: Romney Cannot ‘Make Stuff Up’ During Campaign

Posted August 20th, 2012 at 4:40 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama is telling his Republican rival for the White House, Mitt Romney, that he cannot “just make stuff up.” During an appearance at the White House briefing Monday, Mr. Obama said Romney’s charge that the president dropped a requirement for welfare recipients to work is “patently false.” President Obama also repeated his […]

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Comedienne Phyllis Diller Dies at 95

Posted August 20th, 2012 at 4:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Comedienne Phyllis Diller, one of America’s first female stand-up comedy stars, has died at age 95. Diller began her career in the 1950s when women stand-up comics were rare. She created an indelible persona with her distinctive laugh, a cigarette holder, teased hair, outlandish costumes and a fictional husband she called “Fang.” Her first national […]

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Obama Says Chemical Weapons Would Be ‘Red Line’ in Syria

Posted August 20th, 2012 at 3:30 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama is warning that if Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government were to use chemical weapons in its fight against rebel forces, it could significantly affect how the United States responds to the conflict. Mr. Obama told reporters at the White House Monday that any Syrian move to use those weapons would be […]

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Bomb Blast Kills Seven in Southeastern Turkey

Posted August 20th, 2012 at 3:10 pm (UTC-5)
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At least seven people have been killed in a car bomb explosion in southeastern Turkey. Police say the bomb occurred Monday night in the town of Gaziantep, near the country’s border with Syria. Dozens were wounded in the blast, which set several vehicles on fire. Rebels from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) are active […]

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Pakistan’s President Orders Report on Girl’s Arrest for Blasphemy

Posted August 20th, 2012 at 3:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has asked the country’s Interior Ministry for a report about the arrest of a Christian girl on blasphemy charges for allegedly desecrating a religious text. Police say the girl was taken into custody Thursday after angry neighbors surrounded her house in Islamabad and accused her of burning pages inscribed with […]

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Obama Concerned About Afghan Insider Attacks

Posted August 20th, 2012 at 2:40 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama said he is concerned about the “green on blue” attacks, the recent killings of NATO troops by Afghan security forces. At a news conference Monday, Mr. Obama said he has spoken to senior military leaders who are in Afghanistan talking to coalition and afghan counterparts about the recent “uptick” of such […]

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New Somali Parliament Sworn In

Posted August 20th, 2012 at 12:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Somalia’s new parliament was sworn in Monday, as the country moves ahead with efforts to establish a stable, permanent government. Two hundred eleven lawmakers took office in a ceremony held under tight security at the Mogadishu airport, to prevent attacks by the militant group al-Shabab. Another 64 seats have yet to be filled in a […]

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