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World Finance Chiefs Meet In Germany On Global Economy

Posted October 30th, 2012 at 9:00 pm (UTC-5)
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel hosted the heads of global financial bodies Tuesday in Berlin to discuss ways of reviving the western world’s stagnating economy. The chief of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde described the economic growth in recent years as “tepid” and recovery from the financial crisis as “laborious.” She urged the world’s major […]

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Disney to Acquire ‘Star Wars’ Franchise

Posted October 30th, 2012 at 7:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Media and entertainment giant Walt Disney has announced a nearly $4 billion deal to acquire George Lucas’s renowned film studio, including his epic sci-fi “Star Wars” franchise. Along with the purchase, announced Tuesday, Disney also unveiled plans for a seventh live-action Star Wars movie in 2015 — part of a trilogy that will eventually include […]

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Observers: More than 120 Die in Fighting in Syria Tuesday

Posted October 30th, 2012 at 5:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Syrian opposition backers say fighting and airstrikes across the country killed more than 120 people Tuesday, including a government air force general. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says Syrian warplanes struck Maarat al-Numan, a strategic, rebel-held town on the Damascus-Aleppo highway. The observers also say the Syrian army and rebels fought in a Palestinian […]

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Clinton: Ukraine Vote a ‘Step Backward’

Posted October 30th, 2012 at 3:10 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is adding her voice to the chorus of international observers criticizing Sunday’s parliamentary elections in Ukraine. Speaking to reporters in the Bosnian capital, Sarajevo, Tuesday, Clinton called the elections a “step backward” for Ukrainian democracy. Official results show the ruling party of President Viktor Yanukovych maintaining its legislative majority. […]

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UN Chief Open to Visiting North Korea

Posted October 30th, 2012 at 3:10 pm (UTC-5)
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U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he would consider a trip to North Korea as part of his efforts toward peace on the Korean peninsula. Mr. Ban, a South Korean, made his comments Tuesday at South Korea’s National Assembly where he received the 2012 Seoul Peace Prize. He was the first U.N. chief to address the […]

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South African Police Use Force to Disperse Striking Miners

Posted October 30th, 2012 at 2:15 pm (UTC-5)
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South African police have used force to disperse striking miners who are refusing to return to work until their pay demands are met. The unrest came after miners with Anglo American Platinum, or Amplats, defied an offer to return to work Tuesday. Police used tear gas, rubber bullets and stun grenades to disperse the miners […]

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Greek PM Says Debt Deal Reached with Lenders

Posted October 30th, 2012 at 1:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras says he has reached agreement with the country’s international lenders on a new austerity plan, but his government’s junior partners immediately balked at the deal. Mr. Samaras said Tuesday that the government had completed negotiations with European Union and International Monetary Fund leaders on $17 billion in spending cuts and […]

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Apparent Afghan Insider Attack Kills 2 British Troops

Posted October 30th, 2012 at 12:50 pm (UTC-5)
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A man wearing an Afghan police uniform has shot and killed two British soldiers in southern Afghanistan, in the latest apparent “insider” attack. The British Defense Ministry said the attack took place Tuesday at a checkpoint in the Nahr-e-Saraj district of Helmand province. The ministry said the “loss of these soldiers is a huge blow […]

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Rights Group: Russia Using Stalin-Era Tactics Against Opposition

Posted October 30th, 2012 at 12:05 pm (UTC-5)
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A Russian human rights group says the country’s leaders are using tactics against the opposition that are reminiscent of those used under Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin during the 1920s and 30s. In a statement Tuesday, rights group Memorial condemned a growing crackdown on opponents of President Vladimir Putin that has seen a growing protest movement […]

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Gumen Kill 2 More Somali Journalists

Posted October 30th, 2012 at 11:10 am (UTC-5)
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Gunmen have shot and killed a Somali musician who worked at a radio station and made comments about militants. Sources say two men killed Warsame Shire Awale late Monday near his home in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. Independent radio journalist Mohamed Mohamud Turyare was shot last week in Mogadishu. A top official with media rights […]

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