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Kenyan Ship Shells Somali Militant Stronghold

Posted September 4th, 2012 at 11:20 am (UTC-5)
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A Kenyan warship has fired shells at the Somali town of Kismayo, the largest remaining stronghold of Somali militant group al-Shabab. The warship fired ten rounds of shells at the coastal town on Monday, apparently after being provoked by an al-Shabab gunboat. No one was injured. Kenyan Army spokesman Emmanuel Chirchir confirmed the ship’s identity […]

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European Central Bank May Buy Bonds

Posted September 4th, 2012 at 11:20 am (UTC-5)
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The European Central Bank could act this week to buy the bonds of debt-plagued governments in the 17-nation euro currency zone to ease their borrowing costs. Bank president Mario Draghi told European lawmakers Monday that buying government securities that have to be paid back in at least three years does not violate any European Union […]

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Spain Evicts Migrants from Mediterranean Islet

Posted September 4th, 2012 at 11:10 am (UTC-5)
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Spanish police have evicted more than 80 migrants who tried to enter Spain illegally from a Mediterranean islet. The migrants landed last week on Spain’s tiny Isla de Tierra, off the coast of Morocco. Spanish authorities say police evicted most of the migrants early Tuesday, transferring them to the care of Moroccan authorities. Some of […]

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Suicide Blast in Afghanistan Kills at least 20

Posted September 4th, 2012 at 10:20 am (UTC-5)
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Afghan officials say a suicide bombing has killed at least 20 people, in one of the deadliest attacks on civilians in Afghanistan in recent weeks. The attack occurred Tuesday at a funeral in the remote district of Dur Baba in eastern Nangarhar Province. Officials say the probable target of the attack was District governor Hamisha […]

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Clinton to Push South China Sea Issue in Beijing Talks

Posted September 4th, 2012 at 8:40 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in Beijing on the third stop of a regional tour aimed partly at urging China and its neighbors to agree on a system for resolving territorial disputes in the South China Sea. Clinton wants Beijing to work with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, on a […]

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UN: 100,000 Syrians Fled in August

Posted September 4th, 2012 at 6:55 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations says 100,000 Syrians fled their country in August, the highest monthly total since the conflict began last year. U.N. refugee agency spokeswoman Melissa Fleming said Tuesday the rise in people seeking shelter in neighboring countries brings the total number of Syrian refugees registered or awaiting registration to nearly 235,000 since the government […]

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India, China to Resume Military Exercises

Posted September 4th, 2012 at 6:20 am (UTC-5)
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India and China have agreed to resume joint military exercises, as the two neighbors take steps to reduce mistrust and improve relations. Indian Defense Minister A.K. Antony announced the resumption of military ties Tuesday, following talks with his Chinese counterpart, Liang Guanglie, in New Delhi. Following two rounds of military exercises in 2007 and 2008, […]

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Clinton to Push South China Sea Issue in Beijing Talks

Posted September 4th, 2012 at 5:20 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is headed to Beijing. She has promised to take a strong message to Chinese leaders on the issue of resolving territorial disputes in the South China Sea. Clinton wants China to work with the Association of SouthEast Asian Nations on a code of conduct for managing the disputes, in […]

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Clinton to Push South China Sea Issue in Beijing Talks

Posted September 4th, 2012 at 4:00 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is headed to Beijing, where she has promised to take a strong message to Chinese leaders on the issue of resolving territorial disputes in the South China Sea. Clinton wants China to work with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations on a code of conduct for managing the disputes, […]

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Chinese State Media Slam Clinton Ahead of Visit

Posted September 4th, 2012 at 3:20 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese state media are publishing highly critical commentaries against U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as she begins what could be her final trip to China as America’s top diplomat Tuesday. The Global Times, a Communist Party mouthpiece, said ahead of Clinton’s visit that she should “reflect upon the deep harm” her four-year term as […]

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