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Lance Armstrong Stripped of 7 Tour De France Titles

Posted August 24th, 2012 at 2:25 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. cyclist Lance Armstrong has been stripped of his seven Tour De France cycling titles by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, USADA. He has also been banned from the sport for life. A news release by USADA on Friday said Armstrong’s decision not to take charges against him to arbitration resulted in the penalties, meaning his […]

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UN, Iran Nuclear Talks Fail Again

Posted August 24th, 2012 at 1:55 pm (UTC-5)
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United Nations nuclear agency officials meeting Friday in Vienna with representatives from Iran failed to reach agreement over access to a disputed nuclear site the West suspects is related to possible nuclear weapons development. The two sides have been in periodic negotiations for months over access to Iran’s Parchin nuclear site, a military installation southeast […]

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Norwegian Mass Killer Ruled Sane, Returns to Prison

Posted August 24th, 2012 at 12:50 pm (UTC-5)
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A Norwegian court has found confessed mass killer Anders Behring Breivik sane in the commission of twin attacks last year that killed 77 people. The verdict Friday means that Breivik will go to prison for 21 years, a sentence that could be extended beyond that for as long as he is considered dangerous. The prosecution […]

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Indian Govt Calls for End to Political Deadlock

Posted August 24th, 2012 at 11:15 am (UTC-5)
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India’s government is hitting back at corruption allegations and urging opposition lawmakers to end protests that have shut down parliament for a fourth day. Opposition members have been calling for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s resignation since the release of a national auditor’s report claiming the government sold coal fields to private companies without transparency […]

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http://www.fews.net/docs/Publications/Mali_SR_NorthernMarkets_082312_ext.pdf

Posted August 24th, 2012 at 10:40 am (UTC-5)
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A new report says there is enough food in northern Mali to meet local demand, despite recent conflict in the region. The report from the U.S.-funded Famine Early Warning Systems Network says traders from southern Mali, Algeria, and Niger continue to supply markets in northern Mali’s main towns and cities. It says the situation is […]

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Greek PM Seeks More Time to Make Reforms, Cuts

Posted August 24th, 2012 at 10:05 am (UTC-5)
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Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras has told German Chancellor Angela Merkel his country needs more time to carry out economic reforms. He spoke Friday after meeting with Ms. Merkel in Berlin. Ms. Merkel said she is convinced that authorities in Athens are doing everything they can to solve the problems Greece is facing. She also […]

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Suspected US Drone Attack Kills 18 in Pakistan

Posted August 24th, 2012 at 8:30 am (UTC-5)
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Security officials in Pakistan say missiles fired from a U.S. drone have killed at least 18 suspected militants in the country’s northwest, the fifth such attack in a week. Officials say three compounds were hit Friday in the North Waziristan tribal agency, a known hub for Taliban and al-Qaida-linked militants. Several people were wounded in […]

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UN Nuclear Watchdog Meets on Disputed Iranian Site

Posted August 24th, 2012 at 7:40 am (UTC-5)
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United Nations nuclear agency officials are meeting Friday in Vienna with representatives from Iran over access to a nuclear site the U.N. agency suspects was used for research related to nuclear weapon development. The two sides have been in periodic negotiations for months over access to Iran’s Parchin nuclear site, a military installation southeast of […]

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Insurgents Kill 3 Afghan Soldiers

Posted August 24th, 2012 at 7:40 am (UTC-5)
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Authorities say insurgents have kidnapped and killed three Afghan soldiers in eastern Afghanistan. Police official Mohammad Zaman told reporters insurgents stopped the soldiers’ vehicle in the Ahmad Khil district of Paktia province and forced them off. The soldiers’ bodies were found along the road later on Thursday. Zaman said the troops were off-duty and were […]

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16 Killed in Pakistan Drone Strike

Posted August 24th, 2012 at 6:40 am (UTC-5)
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Security officials in Pakistan say a U.S. drone strike has killed at least 16 people in the restive northwest tribal region near the Afghan border. Authorities say drone-fired missiles hit three compounds Friday in North Waziristan, a known hub for Taliban and al-Qaida-linked militants. The strikes come a day after Pakistan summoned a U.S. diplomat […]

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