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10 Killed in Unrest in Southern Yemen

Posted July 15th, 2011 at 3:55 pm (UTC-5)
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At least 10 people were killed in Yemen following clashes between security forces and opposition tribesmen, while thousands rallied on Friday against President Ali Abdullah Saleh. The clashes erupted late Thursday near the southern city of Taiz and continued into Friday. Security officials and witnesses say at least three people were killed, including a colonel […]

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Diplomats Gather in Istanbul to Discuss Political Solution to Libyan Conflict

Posted July 14th, 2011 at 4:10 pm (UTC-5)
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International diplomats are gathering in Istanbul to discuss a political solution to the civil war in Libya, whose leader Moammar Gadhafi has reiterated a vow to fight to the end against rebels trying to end his 42-year rule. Diplomats expected to attend Friday’s talks in the Turkish city include U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, […]

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Suicide Bomber Attacks Memorial for Afghan President’s Brother

Posted July 14th, 2011 at 3:50 pm (UTC-5)
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A suicide bomber has attacked a mosque in Afghanistan’s southern city of Kandahar, killing five people during a memorial service for the assassinated half-brother of President Hamid Karzai. The Interior Ministry said Thursday’s blast killed the head of Kandahar province’s religious council, Hekmatullah Hekmat. A child was also killed and another 15 people were wounded, […]

Italian Senate Approves Austerity Measures

Posted July 14th, 2011 at 11:50 am (UTC-5)
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Italy’s upper house of parliament has approved sharp budget cuts in a vote aimed at calming fears that Europe’s third largest economy could be consumed by the continent’s debt crisis. The Senate voted 161 to 135 on Thursday in favor of the four-year austerity plan worth at least $67 billion. Parliament’s lower house is expected […]

Funeral Service To Be Held For Former First Lady

Posted July 14th, 2011 at 8:00 am (UTC-5)
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A funeral service for former U.S. first lady Betty Ford will be held Thursday before she is laid to rest next to her husband in her hometown in the northern state of Michigan. Mrs. Ford’s flower-draped casket arrived Wednesday night in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where hundreds of mourners participated in a procession and public viewing. […]

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ASEAN Said Ready to Hand China Draft Code of Conduct

Posted July 14th, 2011 at 3:55 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese news outlets say China will be presented with a draft code of conduct for the South China Sea at a meeting of Southeast Asian nations in Indonesia next week. Japan’s NHK television quotes diplomats Thursday as saying the draft will address military exercises and exploration for natural resources, as well as appropriate responses to […]

UN Says 192 Killed by Cholera in DRC

Posted July 14th, 2011 at 12:35 am (UTC-5)
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A United Nations report says cholera has killed 192 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo since March. Wednesday’s report also showed more than 3,000 cases of cholera in Congo during the same period. The U.N. says the outbreak began in the northeast city of Kisangania and spread to Equateur, the capital, Kinshasa and Bandundu […]

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UNICEF Resumes Airlifts Into South-Central Somalia

Posted July 13th, 2011 at 8:30 pm (UTC-5)
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For the first time in two years, the United Nations has airlifted aid to a part of Somalia controlled by the militant group al-Shabab. A spokeswoman for the U.N. Children’s Fund has told VOA that the agency flew five tons of aid into the town of Baidoa on Wednesday. She says the shipment included medicines […]

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Security Council Recommends South Sudan For UN Membership

Posted July 13th, 2011 at 11:40 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations Security Council has recommended newly-independent South Sudan for U.N. membership. In a statement Wednesday, the council noted South Sudan’s commitment to upholding the U.N. charter and said it looked forward to the new country joining the world body. The U.N. General Assembly is expected to vote in favor of South Sudan’s membership […]

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As Russia Mourns Tourist Boat Victims, Medvedev Orders Transport Safety Investigation

Posted July 12th, 2011 at 6:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has ordered a sweeping check of the nation’s transport services as the country observed a national day of mourning for more than 125 people believed killed in Sunday’s sinking of a Volga River tourist boat. Boats on the river blew a long blast of their horns at noon Tuesday to mourn […]

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