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Ethnic Dispute Leaves 30 Dead in Central Nigeria

Posted October 17th, 2012 at 1:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Police in central Nigeria say at least 30 people have been killed in fighting between Muslim herdsmen and Christian villagers. Officials say the fighting occurred Sunday in Benue state when the mainly Fulani herdsmen attacked a village of Christian Tivs, burning homes and farmland and leaving several injured. Police say the clash was triggered by […]

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Georgia’s Saakashvili Nominates Rival Ivanishvili as PM

Posted October 17th, 2012 at 1:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has nominated his rival, Bidzina Ivanishvili, as prime minister, a post the billionaire businessman was expected to fill after his coalition won a parliamentary election earlier this month. A Georgian presidential spokesman announced Mr. Ivanishvili’s nomination on Wednesday, saying he has 10 days to present his proposed Cabinet to the newly […]

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Wen Says Chinese Economy ‘Relatively Good’

Posted October 17th, 2012 at 1:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao says his nation’s economy was “relatively good” in the past three months and Beijing now expects to achieve its goal of 7.5 percent growth this year. The growth of China’s economy, the world’s second largest after the United States, has been slowing over the past year and a half. But in […]

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India, Australia Launch Nuclear Talks

Posted October 17th, 2012 at 12:45 pm (UTC-5)
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India and Australia have agreed to launch negotiations on a civilian nuclear cooperation agreement. The decision was made Wednesday during talks between Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and her Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh Wednesday in New Delhi. Such an agreement would allow Australia to sell uranium to India, which already has signed such deals with […]

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Sudan Approves Oil Deal with South Sudan

Posted October 17th, 2012 at 11:55 am (UTC-5)
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Sudan’s parliament has voted to approve an agreement with South Sudan designed to end hostilities and restart southern oil exports through the north. The vote Wednesday comes a day after South Sudan’s parliament also approved the deal, which was signed by the two countries’ presidents last month in Ethiopia. Sudan’s parliament speaker said all but […]

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US Housing Construction Surged in September

Posted October 17th, 2012 at 11:40 am (UTC-5)
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The U.S. says home construction surged in September to its highest level in four years, perhaps signaling that the country’s moribund housing industry is headed toward recovery. The government said Wednesday housing starts jumped 15 percent last month, to an annual rate of 872,000, the most since July 2008. The U.S. housing industry — an […]

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Spanish Police Break Up Major Chinese Crime Ring

Posted October 17th, 2012 at 10:35 am (UTC-5)
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Spanish police say they have broken up a major Chinese criminal operation that illegally shipped Chinese products to Spain for distribution throughout Europe. Spanish police chief Ignacio Cosido said Wednesday authorities detained 83 suspected members of a crime syndicate in nationwide raids on homes and businesses the previous day. The suspects include 58 Chinese nationals, […]

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France’s Hollande Says End to Eurozone Crisis ‘Very Near’

Posted October 17th, 2012 at 10:10 am (UTC-5)
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French President Francois Hollande says the end of the eurozone’s debt crisis is “very close,” but deep financial concerns remain for Greece and Spain in advance of a European Union summit. Mr. Hollande told a group of European newspapers Wednesday that the continent’s leaders had laid the foundation at a June summit for a banking […]

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Syria Envoy Brahimi Warns Conflict Could Spread

Posted October 17th, 2012 at 9:25 am (UTC-5)
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International mediator Lakhdar Brahimi says Syria’s civil war could spread across Middle Eastern borders into an “all-consuming conflict” unless the violence is eventually contained. Brahimi, speaking Wednesday after talks in neighboring Lebanon, called on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government to take the lead in implementing a proposed cease-fire during the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, […]

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India, Australia Launch Nuclear Talks

Posted October 17th, 2012 at 9:10 am (UTC-5)
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India and Australia have begun talks aimed at strengthening bilateral ties, including boosting nuclear cooperation. Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard is meeting with her Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh Wednesday in New Delhi, on the third day of her visit to India. The two leaders are set to launch negotiations on an agreement that will allow […]

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