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Gadhafi’s Ex-Spy Chief Back in Libya

Posted September 5th, 2012 at 5:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Libyans are rejoicing now that the spy chief for ex-leader Moammar Gadhafi has been returned to stand trial. Libya confirmed Wednesday Abdullah al-Senussi was extradited from Mauritania, where he had been hoping to hide. Prime Minister Abdurrahim el-Keib told reporters in Tripoli al-Senussi will get a fair trial, accusing him of depriving many Libyans of […]

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Bill Clinton Offers Formal Endorsement to Obama Presidency

Posted September 5th, 2012 at 5:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Bill Clinton, America’s 42nd president, takes center stage at the Democratic National Convention Wednesday night, when he will tell a national audience why he believes President Barack Obama should be reelected. Mr. Clinton — who left office after two terms nearly 12 years ago — is expected to direct his message to middle-class Americans. His […]

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US, China Discuss Political, Economic Ties

Posted September 5th, 2012 at 5:00 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton explored ways to strengthen U.S. economic and political ties with China at a meeting with Chinese President Hu Jintao on Wednesday in Beijing. She said both sides have been able to explore areas of agreement and disagreement in an open manner. President Hu expressed hope that the United States […]

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Obama Arrives for Democratic Convention

Posted September 5th, 2012 at 4:00 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama is in Charlotte, North Carolina for the Democratic National Convention, a gathering of his staunchest supporters he hopes will propel him to re-election to a second term in the White House. Mr. Obama arrived in the southern state Wednesday afternoon. Hours earlier, party officials looked at Thursday’s weather forecast and decided […]

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Tropical Storm Leslie Strengthens Into a Hurricane

Posted September 5th, 2012 at 3:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Forecasters have upgraded Tropical Storm Leslie into a hurricane. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said in its midday forecast Wednesday that Leslie was about 750 kilometers south of Bermuda and moving very slowly to the north. Top sustained winds are 120 kilometers per hour. Forecasters have not yet predicted whether Leslie will strike land, […]

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Egypt, Turkey Criticize Syria’s Assad

Posted September 5th, 2012 at 3:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Egypt’s president says Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad must learn from “recent history” and step down before it is too late, while Turkey’s prime minister said Syria has become a “terrorist state” carrying out massacres against its own people. Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi told a meeting of the Arab League in Cairo Wednesday that a resolution […]

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At Least 52 Killed in Fire at Indian Factory

Posted September 5th, 2012 at 1:15 pm (UTC-5)
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An explosion at a fireworks factory in southern India has triggered a massive blaze that killed at least 52 people. Officials say Wednesday’s blast swept through a fireworks plant on the outskirts of Sivakasi in Tamil Nadu state. Another 50 people were injured. Local media reported that about 300 people were working in the factory […]

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US Accuses BP of ‘Gross Negligence’ in Deadly 2010 Oil Spill

Posted September 5th, 2012 at 12:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. is accusing the oil giant BP of “gross negligence” in the 2010 explosion of an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico that killed 11 workers. The British oil company has already agreed to pay nearly $8 billion to settle damage claims made by fishermen and other private interests in the aftermath of […]

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Nigeria Military Frees Tanker Hijacked Off Coast

Posted September 5th, 2012 at 12:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Nigeria’s navy has freed an oil tanker and 23 crew members that were seized by pirates near Lagos. The navy said it recaptured the Singapore-flagged ship Abu Dhabi Star on Wednesday, less than a day after it was hijacked. Officials say the pirates fled the vessel and all crew members on board – 23 Indian […]

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South Africa Miners Accuse Police of Brutality

Posted September 5th, 2012 at 11:50 am (UTC-5)
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Thousands of striking miners returned Wednesday to a mine where South African police opened fire on workers last month, killing 34 people. An estimated 3,000 marchers, some carrying sticks, accused police of brutality at the Lonmin platinum mine, in the eastern town of Marikana. Police in riot gear, armored vehicles and helicopters kept an eye […]

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