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Argentina’s Menem Cleared of Arms Smuggling

Posted September 13th, 2011 at 6:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Former Argentine President Carlos Menem has been acquitted of charges he allegedly orchestrated the smuggling of arms to Croatia and Ecuador in the 1990’s. Mr. Menem and 17 others were cleared Tuesday following the trial, which lasted nearly three years. Had he been convicted, the 81-year-old former president could have faced at least eight years […]

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9 Dead, More Than 200 Injured in Argentina Train-Bus Accident

Posted September 13th, 2011 at 2:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Authorities in Argentina say a train slammed into a bus and was then struck by another train during the morning rush hour, leaving at least nine people dead and 200 others injured. Officials say the deadly accident occurred in Buenos Aires Tuesday as thousands of commuters were pouring into the capital’s Flores station to head […]

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Recession Boosts US Poverty Rate

Posted September 13th, 2011 at 11:12 am (UTC-5)
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The recession raised the percentage of people living in poverty in the United States in 2010 to the highest level in seventeen years. Tuesday’s report from the Census Bureau says the poverty rate was just over 15 percent, an increase of seven-tenths of a percent from the prior year. That totals up to just over […]

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New Miss Universe Vows to Help Home Country Angola

Posted September 13th, 2011 at 8:05 am (UTC-5)
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The new Miss Universe says she will use her crown to help her home country of Angola. Twenty-five-year-old Leila Lopes was named Miss Universe 2011 Monday night in Sao Paulo, Brazil. She beat out 88 other contestants to become the first Angolan to win the coveted title. Afterward, Lopes said that as Miss Angola she […]

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US Republican Hopefuls Debate in Key Election State

Posted September 13th, 2011 at 4:47 am (UTC-5)
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The eight U.S. Republican Party presidential hopefuls have debated social programs, immigration and the war in Afghanistan in their second debate in a week, as the 2012 election primary race takes shape. The CNN / Tea Party debate in Florida Monday night featured questions by conservative voters in the audience, over the Internet and in […]

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Angolan Beauty Wins Miss Universe Pageant

Posted September 13th, 2011 at 1:13 am (UTC-5)
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Angola’s Leila Lopes was crowned Miss Universe 2011 Monday night in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The 25-year-old Lopes becomes the first woman from the East African country to win the coveted title, beating out 88 other contestants at on beauty pageant’s 60th anniversary. She succeeds 2010 Miss Universe Ximena Navarette of Mexico. Miss Ukraine, Olesia Stefanko […]

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US Republican Hopefuls Debate in Key Election State

Posted September 12th, 2011 at 10:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The eight U.S. Republican presidential hopefuls have debated social programs, immigration, and the war in Afghanistan in their second meet-up in a week, as the 2012 election primary race takes shape. The CNN / Tea Party debate in Florida Monday night featured questions by conservative voters, so-called tea party activists, in the audience, over the […]

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Rescued Mexico Rig Worker Dies at Hospital

Posted September 12th, 2011 at 9:10 pm (UTC-5)
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A Bangladeshi oil worker who was one of seven workers rescued after floating for three days in the Gulf of Mexico has died after being taken to the hospital. The workers, including two Americans and four Mexicans, are among 10 who evacuated their oil platform last Thursday to escape Tropical Storm Nate. They became lost […]

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US Republican Hopefuls Debate in Key Election State

Posted September 12th, 2011 at 8:50 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Republican presidential hopefuls are facing off in their second debate in a week, as the 2012 election primary race takes shape. The CNN / Tea Party debate in Florida Monday night features questions by conservative voters, so-called tea party activists, about federal welfare programs, balancing the budget, improving the economy, and creating jobs. Front-runners […]

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Colombia Captures FARC Rebel on Interpol’s Wanted List

Posted September 12th, 2011 at 7:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Colombian authorities have captured a woman suspected of detaining kidnap victims for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, the country’s largest guerrilla group. Officials Monday said 41-year-old Margarita Cortez Calderon, known also as “La Mona,” who was on Interpol’s wanted list, belonged to the FARC’s 43rd Front and was arrested in the central state of […]

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