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Russia’s Upper House Passes Treason Bill

Posted October 31st, 2012 at 5:20 am (UTC-5)
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Russia’s upper house of parliament has approved a controversial new draft law on treason that would make it a crime to give harmful information to foreign-based nongovernmental organizations. The Federation Council passed the measure Wednesday. That move clears the way for President Vladimir Putin to sign it into law, as he is expected to do. […]

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Chrysler CEO Denies Plans to Shift Jobs to China

Posted October 31st, 2012 at 4:55 am (UTC-5)
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The chief executive of U.S. automaker Chrysler says his company is not shifting production of Jeep vehicles to China. His comments follow a series of statements by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s campaign that appear to suggest otherwise. Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said in an email to employees Tuesday that Jeep assembly lines will remain […]

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Cyclone Nilam Approaches SE India

Posted October 31st, 2012 at 3:25 am (UTC-5)
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Indian officials are warning fishermen to cease operations and people in vulnerable coastal dwellings to move farther inland in the nation’s south, where the cyclone Nilam is expected to make landfall later Wednesday. India’s Meteorological Department said the storm is expected to come ashore near the city of Chennai with winds approaching 90 to 100 […]

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Fourteen Dead in Communal Violence in Indonesia

Posted October 31st, 2012 at 2:55 am (UTC-5)
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Security forces have been deployed to a village in western Indonesia where three days of communal violence left at least 14 people dead. Police say the clashes in Balinuraga village in Lampung province were prompted by reports that two young girls of Balinese descent were sexually harassed or assaulted by young men from the Lampung […]

Brahimi Seeks Chinese Support for Syria Solution

Posted October 31st, 2012 at 2:30 am (UTC-5)
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The U.N.-Arab League envoy to Syria is urging China to be a part of a solution to Syria’s 19-month-long crisis. Lakhdar Brahimi told Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi at a meeting Wednesday in Beijing that he hopes China “can play an active role” in resolving the conflict. Brahimi is in China for a two-day trip, […]

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Obama, Christie to View NJ Damage

Posted October 31st, 2012 at 1:15 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama will visit the storm-battered state of New Jersey Wednesday as residents struggle to recover from one of the worst natural disasters ever to hit the region. Mr. Obama and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie — a Democrat and Republican normally at odds with one another — are expected to view the […]

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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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