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Egypt’s Morsi Issues General Pardon for Revolutionary Activists

Posted October 8th, 2012 at 8:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has issued a decree granting a pardon to Egyptians who were detained or convicted for acts linked to the 2011 revolution that ousted his longtime predecessor, Hosni Mubarak. In the decree posted on his Facebook page late Monday, Mr. Morsi said the pardon covers crimes “committed with the aim of supporting […]

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13,000 People May Have Gotten Meningitis-Linked Steroid

Posted October 8th, 2012 at 7:45 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. federal health officials say 13,000 people in 23 states may have been injected with a contaminated steroid suspected of causing the deadly fungal meningitis outbreak. This is the first time the Centers for Disease Control have put out an actual number of patients who got the medicine. But officials say they do not know […]

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Witnesses Say Nigerian Soldiers Kill 30 After Blast

Posted October 8th, 2012 at 6:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Witnesses in northern Nigeria are accusing soldiers of firing on civilians in the troubled city of Maiduguri, killing at least 30 people. Reporters and hospital workers say many of the dead appear to be civilians. They say soldiers also set fire to homes and shops. Residents say the violence took place Monday after a bomb […]

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US Institute: Iran Could Produce Enough Uranium for Bomb in 2 Months

Posted October 8th, 2012 at 6:15 pm (UTC-5)
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A U.S. security institute that advises Washington policy makers says Iran could produce enough weapons-grade uranium for a nuclear bomb in as little as two months from now, but would need additional time to make the device itself. In a report issued Monday, the Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) said Iran has the […]

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Obama Dedicates Cesar Chavez Home as National Monument

Posted October 8th, 2012 at 5:40 pm (UTC-5)
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President Barack Obama has dedicated the home of the late U.S. labor leader Cesar Chavez as a national monument, saying the world became a better place when Chavez decided to change it. Chavez’s widow still lives in that home in Keene, California, north of Los Angeles. Chavez is buried at the site. Chavez co-founded the […]

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IMF Predicts Slower Global Economic Growth

Posted October 8th, 2012 at 5:35 pm (UTC-5)
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The International Monetary Fund is cutting its prediction for global economic expansion this year, and the fund’s experts say the risks of serious economic problems are growing. The World Economic Outlook is being published ahead of meetings of key financial officials from around the world in Tokyo this week. It says global growth will slow […]

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US House Report Say China Tech Giants Pose Security Risk

Posted October 8th, 2012 at 3:45 pm (UTC-5)
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A new U.S. congressional report warns U.S. companies not to do business with two major Chinese telecommunications firms because they pose a security threat. The report by the House Intelligence Committee also recommends that U.S. government computer systems not include any components made by China’s largest phone equipment companies, Huawei and ZTE. House members say […]

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Romney Criticizes Obama Middle East Policy

Posted October 8th, 2012 at 3:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says he would be strong on foreign policy, and he accuses President Barack Obama of being a weak leader, especially with regard to the Middle East. In his first major foreign policy speech of the campaign Monday, Mr. Romney said that under President Obama, the United States is at the […]

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Europe Takes Another Stab at Stability

Posted October 8th, 2012 at 3:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Much of Europe is hoping a new $653 billion bailout fund might finally start to help ease the financial crisis that continues to grip much of the continent. Eurozone finance ministers meeting in Luxembourg Monday got updates and officially launched the fund, officially known as the European Stability Mechanism. European Union economics chief Olli Rehn […]

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UN Chief Warns of Escalating Syria Conflict Dangers

Posted October 8th, 2012 at 1:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Turkey launched a new retaliatory strike Monday after a mortar bomb fired from Syria hit the Turkish countryside as U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned of “extremely dangerous” fallout from the escalating border conflict. Mr. Ban also said he is “deeply concerned” about the continuing flow of weapons to the Syrian government and opposition forces and […]

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