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US Border Patrol Agent Killed in Shooting

Posted October 2nd, 2012 at 10:10 am (UTC-5)
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A U.S. Border Patrol agent has been killed and another wounded in a shooting in the southwestern state of Arizona near the border with Mexico. The agents were shot early Tuesday while on patrol in the town of Naco, Arizona. Authorities have not yet released their identities. The Department of Homeland Security says the wounded […]

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Gunmen Attack Northern Nigeria Students, 10 Dead

Posted October 2nd, 2012 at 10:05 am (UTC-5)
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Nigerian officials say gunmen opened fire at a student housing area in the northeast Tuesday, killing at least 10 people. The attack took place at Federal Polytechnic college in the town of Mubi, in Adamawa state. A spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency, Yushau Shuaib, says the final casualty toll was not immediately clear. […]

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Greek Leaders Meet Again with Lenders

Posted October 2nd, 2012 at 10:05 am (UTC-5)
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Greece and its international lenders staged a new round of talks Tuesday over deeply unpopular austerity measures the creditors are demanding that the Athens government impose before they will agree to hand the country more bailout money. One government negotiator said the lenders were questioning the effectiveness of the government’s $17 billion plan. Athens needs […]

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Activists Say Explosions Kill 20 in Syria’s South

Posted October 2nd, 2012 at 10:00 am (UTC-5)
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A Syrian opposition group says explosions in the province of Daraa killed 20 people Tuesday, as shelling and heavy fighting was reported throughout the country. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told VOA by phone that there were “clashes and bombardments in almost every province,” from Daraa in the south to Aleppo in the […]

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Chinese Ships Again Enter Disputed Waters

Posted October 2nd, 2012 at 9:50 am (UTC-5)
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Four Chinese surveillance ships have entered waters near disputed Japanese-controlled islands in the East China Sea, further intensifying a bitter territorial dispute. Japan’s Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba said Tuesday authorities have called on the ships to leave the Japanese waters, and that a complaint has been lodged with China’s government. In Beijing, a Chinese foreign […]

Obama, Romney Make Final Debate Preparations

Posted October 2nd, 2012 at 8:05 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are spending Tuesday preparing for their first nationally televised debate of the 2012 presidential race. After several days of preparation in his home state of Massachusetts, Mr. Romney arrived Monday in Denver, Colorado, the site of Wednesday’s debate. The former governor told cheering supporters the debate […]

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China to Shut Down Ai Weiwei’s Art Firm

Posted October 2nd, 2012 at 7:45 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese authorities plan to shut down the company founded by prominent artist and dissident Ai Weiwei. Ai’s legal consultant Liu Xiaoyuan said in a blog post Tuesday local authorities are pulling the business license of Beijing Fake Cultural Development because it did not follow annual registration requirements. The company, which markets Ai’s art, last week […]

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Georgia Ruling Party Concedes Defeat in Parliamentary Election

Posted October 2nd, 2012 at 7:20 am (UTC-5)
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Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has conceded defeat for his ruling party in Monday’s parliamentary election, handing victory to an opposition coalition led by billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili. Mr. Saakashvili pledged in a televised statement to help the opposition with the process of forming a new government. Election commission officials on Tuesday said Ivanishvili’s Georgia Dream was […]

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Amnesty International Urges Egyptian Police, Military Accountability

Posted October 2nd, 2012 at 6:55 am (UTC-5)
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Rights group Amnesty International is urging Egypt to hold police and military members responsible for abuses against protesters and to reform those institutions to prevent future violations. In one of two new reports Tuesday, the London-based group said its investigations showed protesters were killed, tortured and abused by Egyptian troops during demonstrations that took place […]

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Six Crew Arrested in Fatal Hong Kong Ferry Crash

Posted October 2nd, 2012 at 6:40 am (UTC-5)
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Hong Kong police have arrested six crew from two passenger boats that collided in Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbor, as rescuers continue searching for survivors of the accident that left at least 37 people dead. Police officials said at a news conference Tuesday the crew members are being investigated for “endangering people’s lives at sea,” but […]

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