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Syrian Forces Pound Aleppo, Damascus

Posted August 25th, 2012 at 10:10 am (UTC-5)
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Activists say Syrian forces with tanks and combat helicopters have launched fresh raids in Aleppo and suburban Damascus in a bid to crush rebels. The opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says about 40 people – most of them civilians – died in anti-government related unrest across Syria Saturday. President Bashar al-Assad has blamed foreign-backed […]

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More Executions in Gambia Expected

Posted August 25th, 2012 at 10:05 am (UTC-5)
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Amnesty International says more executions could take place in Gambia in the coming days, after nine condemned prisoners apparently were put to death late Thursday – the first executions in the tiny West African nation in more than a quarter-century. Authorities in The Gambia have refused to comment on Amnesty International’s report that eight men […]

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Haiti Assessing Damage from Tropical Storm Haiti

Posted August 25th, 2012 at 9:05 am (UTC-5)
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Officials in earthquake-ravaged Haiti are assessing damage from Tropical Storm Isaac, which moved over the impoverished Caribbean island early Saturday. Relief workers are concerned about hundreds of thousands of people who are still living in tent camps and other makeshift structures, more than two years after a catastrophic earthquake caused enormous damage in and around […]

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Chief of UN Observers Leaves Syria

Posted August 25th, 2012 at 6:35 am (UTC-5)
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The head of a now-defunct team of United Nations observers in Syria has left Damascus. General Babacar Gaye left Damascus Saturday. The observers had been deployed to Syria as part of former U.N.-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan’s six-point plan to supervise a truce that never took place. The mission officially ended last Sunday. The U.N. […]

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Air Strike Kills Key Pakistani Taliban Leader

Posted August 25th, 2012 at 5:55 am (UTC-5)
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A NATO airstrike in eastern Afghanistan has killed a leader of the Pakistani Taliban. The international alliance says the operation Friday in the Shigal district in Kunar province killed Maulawi Dadullah and several others. Media reports say 12 insurgents were killed in the attack. NATO says Dudullah, who was also known as Jamal, was responsible […]

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Tropical Storm Isaac Hits Earthquake-Ravaged Haiti

Posted August 25th, 2012 at 5:00 am (UTC-5)
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Tropical Storm Isaac has hit the impoverished Caribbean nation of Haiti. The storm touched down early Saturday with near hurricane strength west of Port-au-Prince, the capital. Long lines were seen outside supermarkets Friday in Port-au-Prince, a locale where 400,000 people have lived in tent camps since an earthquake devastated the capital city nearly three years […]

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Powerful Typhoon Heads for Japan

Posted August 25th, 2012 at 3:50 am (UTC-5)
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A powerful typhoon with winds of up to 215 kilometers per hour is headed for southern Japan and expected to hit the southern islands on Sunday afternoon. The Japan Meteorological Agency said Saturday that Typhoon Bolaven is expected to bring torrential rain and strong winds to the islands in Okinawa prefecture on Sunday. Forecasters say […]

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Two Americans Wounded in Mexico Shooting

Posted August 25th, 2012 at 12:10 am (UTC-5)
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Mexico’s military says federal police have shot at a U.S. Embassy vehicle carrying two U.S. government employees south of Mexico City. The Americans were wounded. Mexican officials say police were pursuing suspected criminals, and mistook the vehicle carrying the Americans. The embassy car, with diplomatic plates, tried to get away. Shots were fired at the […]

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