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Sri Lanka Admits to Civilian Deaths During War

Posted August 1st, 2011 at 3:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Sri Lanka has acknowledged for the first time that civilians may have been killed in the last phase of the country’s quarter-century-long civil war against the Tamil Tiger rebels. A defense ministry report released Monday said although the military followed a “zero civilian casualty policy,” it was impossible to avoid such casualties given the magnitude […]

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US Officials Join Probe into Guyana Plane Crash

Posted July 31st, 2011 at 7:25 am (UTC-5)
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A Caribbean Airlines jet crashed on landing in Guyana before dawn Saturday, but the 163 people on board escaped serious injury. Officials say the jet skidded past the end of the runway in the rain at Georgetown’s Cheddi Jagan International Airport. The Boeing 737 broke in two, then came to rest in a field on […]

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Death Toll Rises to 77 in Massacre As Norway Mourns, Buries Victims

Posted July 29th, 2011 at 3:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Norway began burying the victims of last week’s massacre, as the death toll from last week’s bombing and shooting rampage rose to 77. The latest victim, who was not identified, died in a hospital of wounds suffered during the attack on Utoeya island. Earlier Friday, Norwegians honored the memory of the victims as the first […]

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Polish Defense Minister Resigns Over Smolensk Plane Crash

Posted July 29th, 2011 at 2:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Polish Defense Minister Bogdan Klich has resigned after the release of a government report that blamed Polish officials and Russian air traffic controllers for a plane crash that killed Poland’s president, Lech Kaczynski, and 95 other people. Prime Minister Donald Tusk said Friday he accepted Klich’s resignation, which he offered on Thursday. The long-awaited report […]

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Obama Urges Action On Debt Issue

Posted July 29th, 2011 at 11:50 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama says it is increasingly urgent that Democrats and Republicans in Congress reach agreement on a measure to increase the legal limit on government borrowing and cut spending. Mr. Obama says the two sides are in rough agreement on how much spending to cut, and on a process to reform taxes and […]

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UN Peacekeepers Deployed to Sudan’s Abyei Region

Posted July 28th, 2011 at 10:45 am (UTC-5)
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The top United Nations peacekeeping official says 500 troops have been deployed to the disputed Abyei region, which is claimed by both Sudan and South Sudan. Alain Le Roy told the Security Council Wednesday that he expects to have up to 1,200 troops in the region by Sunday. Le Roy says the situation in oil-rich […]

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Private Funeral Tuesday for Amy Winehouse

Posted July 26th, 2011 at 8:35 am (UTC-5)
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The family of Amy Winehouse is set to hold a private funeral Tuesday for the British singer, who was found dead Saturday inside her home. A family spokesman said Winehouse will be buried in a private ceremony for family and close friends. London police said Monday an autopsy failed to determine how the 27-year-old died. […]

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New US Ambassador: No Rush For Exit From Afghanistan

Posted July 25th, 2011 at 3:05 pm (UTC-5)
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The new U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan says the United States is not rushing to leave Afghanistan, as international forces begin withdrawing from the war-torn country. Ryan Crocker told diplomats that while there will be no “rush for the exits,” the U.S. is also not interested in having permanent bases in Afghanistan. He was sworn in […]

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Police Lower Death Toll in Norway Attacks to 76

Posted July 25th, 2011 at 1:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Norwegian police have revised their casualty figures for a mass shooting and bomb attack last Friday, lowering the number of people killed to 76. Police say a gunman killed 68 people on Utoeya Island, where hundreds of young people had gathered for a summer camp organized by the ruling Labor Party. Officials say the previous […]

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President Obama to Address Hispanic Civil Rights Organization

Posted July 25th, 2011 at 9:00 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to discuss immigration Monday, when he addresses a leading Hispanic civil rights group. Mr. Obama is to speak at the annual conference of the National Council of La Raza in Washington. La Raza, the largest national Latino civil rights and advocacy organization, expects 25,000 people to attend the four-day […]

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