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Martin Luther King Memorial Dedication Sunday

Posted October 16th, 2011 at 7:00 am (UTC-5)
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Thousands are expected in Washington Sunday for the dedication of a national memorial to slain civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. President Barack Obama is scheduled to deliver an address before a host of civil right luminaries and members of the King family, honoring the man who gave his life in the pursuit of […]

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US Stocks Make Gains

Posted October 5th, 2011 at 4:50 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. stocks advanced strongly Wednesday after some positive reports on the U.S. economy encouraged investors. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 1.2 percent to end at 10,940. The S&P 500 gained 1.8 percent to end at 1,144, and the NASDAQ jumped 2.3 percent to close at 2,461. European stocks closed sharply higher. London’s Financial Times […]

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US Citizen Killed in Kabul Attack

Posted September 26th, 2011 at 5:55 am (UTC-5)
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A spokesman for the U.S. embassy in Afghanistan says an American citizen has been killed and another wounded in a shooting incident at a compound used by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency . The spokesman ((Gavin Sundwall) said Monday an Afghan employee of the U.S. government carried out the attack late Sunday in Kabul, and […]

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Guatemalans Vote for President

Posted September 12th, 2011 at 12:15 am (UTC-5)
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Guatemalans looking for relief from poverty and out-of-control crime voted for a new president Sunday. Pre-election opinion polls indicated 61-year-old retired General Otto Perez of the Patriotic Party was the leading candidate, but with far less than the 50-percent support needed to avoid a runoff in November. Perez will likely face conservative businessman Manuel Baldizon […]

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Burmese Government Establishes Rights Commission

Posted September 6th, 2011 at 8:00 am (UTC-5)
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Burma’s state media say the government has established a national human rights commission. In a brief announcement Tuesday, the official New Light of Myanmar newspaper said the 15-member commission will be charged with promoting and safeguarding fundamental rights of citizens under the country’s 2008 constitution. The panel is made up of diplomats, academics and former […]

Finance Minister Noda is Picked as Japan’s Likely PM

Posted August 29th, 2011 at 3:00 am (UTC-5)
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Japan’s ruling party has elected Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda as its new leader, meaning the fiscal conservative will almost certainly become the nation’s sixth prime minister in the last five years. Noda defeated Trade and Industry Minister Banri Kaieda in a two-man runoff during voting Monday by Democratic Party of Japan legislators. Parliament is expected […]

Fake Rhino Horns Foil Thieves

Posted August 28th, 2011 at 3:45 am (UTC-5)
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A gang of thieves trying to steal rhinoceros horns from museums across Europe has struck again, but this time they came up empty. British police say the thieves broke into the Natural History Museum at Tring, northwest of London, early Saturday and ripped off the horns from two stuffed rhinos that were on display. Museum […]

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Singer, Songwriter Nick Ashford Dies

Posted August 23rd, 2011 at 7:10 am (UTC-5)
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Nick Ashford, half of the singing and song-writing duo Ashford and Simpson, died Monday at the age of 70 from throat cancer. A former publicist says Ashford died in a New York hospital surrounded by his family. Ashford and Simpson’s writing efforts yielded songs for many artists like Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross and […]

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Germany Cuts Its Deficit Forecast

Posted August 22nd, 2011 at 7:00 am (UTC-5)
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Germany’s Finance Ministry revised its deficit forecast Monday from 2.5 percent to 1.5 percent of gross domestic product this year. The drop would meet the Maastricht 3-percent deficit limit requirement two years ahead of schedule. German tax revenue grew nearly 10 percent in July from a year ago. The Finance Ministry says the forecast means […]

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BBC Journalists on Second 24-Hour Strike

Posted August 1st, 2011 at 8:40 am (UTC-5)
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Many journalists at the British Broadcasting Corporation are taking part in their second 24-hour strike within weeks. Members of Britain’s National Union of Journalists began their strike to protest compulsory layoffs early Monday, just after midnight. The journalists’ union says the BBC is not willing “to engage in finding reasonable resolutions” for those forced to […]

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