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Uruguayan Soldiers Detained for Assault in Haiti

Posted September 19th, 2011 at 3:35 pm (UTC-5)
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A military judge in Uruguay has ordered the detention of five soldiers accused of sexually abusing a young Haitian man while serving as U.N. peacekeepers in the Caribbean nation. The five men, whose names have not been released, face charges of disobeying orders and dereliction of duty. Uruguayan President Jose Mujica has apologized for the […]

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US Space Satellite May Crash to Earth by Week’s End

Posted September 19th, 2011 at 2:23 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. space agency NASA says one of its school-bus sized satellites is expected to crash back to Earth by week’s end. But the agency is not sure where it will land. The projected crash zone covers most of the inhabited portions of the planet, and officials expect the debris footprint to be about 800 […]

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Factbox: Obama’s Deficit Reduction Plan

Posted September 19th, 2011 at 11:55 am (UTC-5)
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President Barack Obama’s more than $3 trillion deficit and debt reduction plan includes: $1.5 trillion in additional revenue, from taxes on wealthy individuals and corporations Most new tax revenue would come from Americans making more than $250,000 per year More than $1 trillion savings from bringing troops home from Afghanistan and Iraq Cutting more than […]

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World Leaders Arrive For UN General Assembly in New York

Posted September 19th, 2011 at 11:18 am (UTC-5)
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World leaders are arriving in New York City for the annual United Nations General Assembly, where the Palestinians’ bid for full membership is expected to dominate the conversation. More than 100 heads of state and government will gather for this week’s high-level meetings, which will focus on issues like nutrition and non-communicable diseases, desertification, nuclear […]

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Brazilian Police Arrest Murder Suspects

Posted September 19th, 2011 at 5:00 am (UTC-5)
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Brazilian police arrested two brothers Sunday in the killing of two Amazon rainforest activists in May. A third suspect remains at large. Brazilian authorities say the suspects were found hiding in a rural area of Para state. The region is known for violence related to land disputes. The rainforest activists had been vocal about illegal […]

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US Space Satellite May Crash to Earth by Week’s End

Posted September 19th, 2011 at 1:55 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. space agency NASA says that one of its decommissioned satellites is expected to crash back to Earth by week’s end. Re-entry is expected this Friday, give or take a day, for the school bus size, 5.4-metric ton satellite. NASA officials say approximately 26 pieces of the satellite will re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere. Most of […]

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Haitian Lawmakers Approve New Pick for Prime Minister

Posted September 16th, 2011 at 7:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Lawmakers in Haiti’s lower house of parliament have unanimously approved the nomination of a United Nations development expert to serve as prime minister. Legislators Friday approved President Michel Martelly’s designation of 45-year-old Garry Conille to the post. Conille is a medical doctor who has served as an aide to former U.S. President Bill Clinton in […]

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Obama to Sign Patent-Reform Legislation

Posted September 16th, 2011 at 10:21 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama visits a science and technology high school in a suburb of Washington, D.C. Friday to sign a bill that streamlines U.S. patent and trademark law. White House officials say processing patent applications faster, cutting down a backlog of nearly 700,000 applications, will speed up creation of new jobs. Supporters of the […]

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Mexico Celebrates Independence Day

Posted September 16th, 2011 at 4:10 am (UTC-5)
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Mexico kicked off Independence Day celebrations Thursday night. Shortly before midnight in Mexico City, President Felipe Calderon gave the call to arms “El Grito,” before thousands of revelers under heavy police security. There have been no reported incidents in the capital. But in the small western town of Morelia, gunmen threatening to attack people forced […]

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Mexican Navy Recovers Body of Missing Oil Worker

Posted September 16th, 2011 at 12:06 am (UTC-5)
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The Mexican Navy has recovered the body of an Australian oil worker who disappeared during an oil rig evacuation last week, ahead of Tropical Storm Nate. Officials say the man’s body was found Thursday in the Gulf of Mexico. The victim was among 10 workers from U.S. based Geokinetics that abandoned a disabled oil rig. […]

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