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Syrian TV: Military Helicopter Clip Passenger Jet Near Syrian Capital

Posted September 20th, 2012 at 9:15 am (UTC-5)
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Syrian state television says a military helicopter that crashed near Damascus, clipped the tail of a passenger plane in midair. The report said the passenger jet landed safely Thursday with 200 people onboard. According to the arrivals and departures listed on the website of the Damascus International airport, it appears that only two flights would […]

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Protests Over Muhammad Depictions Hit Pakistan, Afghanistan

Posted September 20th, 2012 at 7:35 am (UTC-5)
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Protests against the depiction of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad continue, with demonstrators objecting to both an anti-Islam film made in the United States and caricatures published in a French satirical magazine. Police clashed with protesters in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, where a crowd of about 1,000 students tried to reach an area of the city […]

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Actress in Anti-Muslim Film Sues Producer, You Tube

Posted September 20th, 2012 at 7:10 am (UTC-5)
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An actress who appeared in a crude anti-Muslim film produced in the United States that sparked deadly riots across the Muslim world is suing the film’s producer for fraud and slander. In a lawsuit, filed Wednesday in Los Angeles, Cindy Lee Garcia claims the producer of The Innocence of Muslims, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, duped her […]

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Strike Against Reforms Halts Parts of India

Posted September 20th, 2012 at 6:40 am (UTC-5)
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Protesters opposed to a series of proposed economic reforms in India have disrupted traffic and forced some businesses and schools to close as part of a nationwide strike. Tens of thousands of protesters took part in the strike Thursday, with the effects being felt hardest in opposition strongholds such as Bangalore and Kolkata. Businesses remained […]

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Burma Government Sues Newspaper for Defamation

Posted September 20th, 2012 at 6:30 am (UTC-5)
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A private newspaper in Burma has been charged with defamation by a government ministry for publishing a story on official corruption, raising fresh concerns about the effectiveness of recent media reforms. A Rangoon court said Thursday it has agreed to accept the mining ministry’s lawsuit against The Voice Weekly, a Burmese-language paper that focuses on […]

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Military Helicopter Crashes Near Syrian Capital

Posted September 20th, 2012 at 5:05 am (UTC-5)
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Syrian state television says a military helicopter has crashed near the capital, Damascus. The report said the aircraft went down Thursday in the suburb of Douma, but did not give additional details. Opposition activists said rebels shot down the helicopter. Fighters opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have claimed bringing down military helicopters before, including […]

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China Investigates Demonstration Around U.S. Ambassador’s Car

Posted September 20th, 2012 at 4:45 am (UTC-5)
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The U.S. has expressed concern at an incident in which dozens of Chinese protesters surrounded the car of U.S. Ambassador Gary Locke, pelted it with objects, and blocked its entry to the American embassy in Beijing. U.S. State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland says Chinese authorities have expressed regret for the Tuesday incident, which occurred during […]

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Striking Miners Return to Work in South Africa

Posted September 20th, 2012 at 3:45 am (UTC-5)
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Thousands of workers at South Africa’s Lonmin platinum mine are returning to work following the signing of a wage deal that ended a five-week strike. Under the agreement, signed late Tuesday, Lonmin agreed to give its workers a pay raise of up to 22 percent, less than the workers demands for a $1,500 base monthly […]

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Obama, Romney Campaigns Each Focus on Rival Candidate’s Past Statements

Posted September 20th, 2012 at 2:45 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney is increasing his differences with President Barack Obama about the role of government, as he tries to recover from a videotape that showed him calling most of the voters who side with Mr. Obama as believing they are entitled to taxpayer-funded benefits. In an opinion piece published Wednesday in […]

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Panetta Gets Rare Tour of Chinese Naval Base

Posted September 20th, 2012 at 2:35 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta was allowed a rare look inside a Chinese naval base on Thursday, as he finished up his three-day visit to China. Panetta toured a Chinese warship and a submarine at the headquarters of the Chinese navy’s North Sea Fleet in the eastern city of Qinqdao. He is the first Pentagon […]

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