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Romney Campaign Suffers New Blow Ahead of First Debate

Posted September 28th, 2012 at 11:45 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is campaigning in the battleground state of Pennsylvania Friday as news that President Barack Obama has presided over net job growth derailed one of the Republican candidate’s key talking points. The former Massachusetts governor has repeatedly criticized Mr. Obama’s handling of the economy, claiming the nation has lost hundreds […]

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Kenya Military Attacks Somali Rebel Stronghold

Posted September 28th, 2012 at 11:10 am (UTC-5)
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Kenyan forces have attacked the Somali port city of Kismayo, trying to drive militant group al-Shabab from its last major stronghold. The Kenyan military says Friday’s attack involved land, sea and air forces and was done in coordination with African Union and Somali government troops. VOA’s Somali Service reports Kenyan and Somali government troops control […]

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Germany Charges Suspected Russian Spies with Espionage

Posted September 28th, 2012 at 11:05 am (UTC-5)
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German prosecutors say they have indicted two people suspected of spying for Russia on Germany, the European Union, and NATO. Federal prosecutors announced this week that the pair, known only as Andreas and Heidrun A., have been charged with espionage. The couple is alleged to have spent more than 20 years in Germany, communicating with […]

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Bo Xilai Rising Star in Chinese Politics Before Scandal

Posted September 28th, 2012 at 10:10 am (UTC-5)
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Bo Xilai was once considered a rising star in Chinese politics. He was thought to be a top candidate for elevation to China’s all-powerful Politburo Standing Committee in November at the 18th Party Congress, which will pick a new generation of Chinese leaders. But a political scandal that surfaced earlier this year derailed his career. […]

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With Revision, US Labor Market Expanded During Obama Term

Posted September 28th, 2012 at 9:50 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. economic fortunes are still sluggish, but the government has now determined that more jobs have been added during President Barack Obama’s term in office than lost. While nearly 13 million workers are unemployed in the country, the new government figures show that since January 2009, when Mr. Obama took office, the country has added […]

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Everest-bound Plane Crashes in Nepal, Killing 19

Posted September 28th, 2012 at 9:35 am (UTC-5)
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Authorities in Nepal say a plane crashed shortly after taking off Friday from the capital Kathmandu, killing all 19 people on board. An airport official said the pilot notified air traffic controllers the small, twin-propeller plane had hit a large bird moments before it went down. Aviation authorities say the Sita Air flight crashed on […]

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Coffee Giant Starbucks to Soon Open First India Store

Posted September 28th, 2012 at 8:35 am (UTC-5)
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The world’s largest coffee retailer, Starbucks, says it will open its first store in India next month. Starbucks is entering the Indian market as part of a joint venture with India’s Tata Global Beverages. Starbucks’ China and Asia-Pacific President John Culver said the U.S. company will open a store in India’s financial hub Mumbai by […]

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Senior Pakistani Police Officer Killed While Defusing Bomb

Posted September 28th, 2012 at 7:45 am (UTC-5)
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Pakistani police say a senior officer has been killed while trying to defuse a bomb in the country’s northwest. Hakam Khan was killed Friday in the city of Peshawar after being dispatched to a main road where two bombs had been planted. Police say Khan successfully defused the first bomb, but was killed while trying […]

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Kenya Military Attacks Somali Rebel Stronghold

Posted September 28th, 2012 at 7:40 am (UTC-5)
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Kenyan forces have attacked the Somali port city of Kismayo, in an effort to drive out al-Qaida-linked militant group al-Shabab. Kenyan military spokesman Colonel Cyrus Oguna said Friday’s early morning attack included both maritime and air forces in coordination with African Union and Somali government troops. Oguna said Kenyan forces took control of the city […]

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WHO: New Virus Not Easily Transmitted

Posted September 28th, 2012 at 7:10 am (UTC-5)
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The World Health Organization says a new virus that has killed one person and has left another person in critical condition does not appear to spread easily from person to person. The United Nations agency said Friday it is working with its international partners to better understand the public health risk. WHO says the origin […]

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