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UN Airs New Concerns After Iran Says Nuclear Program Peaceful

Posted August 30th, 2012 at 3:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Iran’s supreme leader says his country is not pursuing nuclear weapons but will not give up its national right for peaceful use of nuclear energy. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei spoke to the Non-Aligned Movement’s summit in Tehran Thursday, even as the U.N. nuclear watchdog publicized new concerns about Iran’s controversial nuclear program. The International Atomic Energy […]

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Romney, Obama Trade Barbs on Campaign Trail

Posted August 29th, 2012 at 5:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is criticizing U.S. President Barack Obama on jobs and defense policy in a key campaign speech to the nation’s veterans. Mr. Romney told the American Legion Convention Wednesday that Mr. Obama has failed them at home and abroad. He said “this president’s greatest failure is that he’s not delivered those […]

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Syrian Rebels, Government Forces Clash in the North

Posted August 29th, 2012 at 3:50 pm (UTC-5)
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(( adds video, new head & lede, new info in grafs 1-5 & 10) ) Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has blamed foreign powers, especially Turkey, for the bloodshed in his country. In a televised interview Wednesday, Mr. Assad told Syrians that destiny is in their hands and not in the hands of others. He described […]

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Hurricane Isaac Hits US Gulf Coast

Posted August 29th, 2012 at 12:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Hurricane Isaac is dumping heavy rains and battering the northern U.S. Gulf Coast with strong winds as it slowly crawls ashore and heads toward New Orleans, seven years to the day that Hurricane Katrina devastated the city. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the center of the storm will remain over the state of Louisiana […]

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Hurricane Isaac Hits US Coast, Louisiana

Posted August 28th, 2012 at 8:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Hurricane Isaac has made landfall, slamming into the southeastern coast of Lousiana. The National Hurricane Center said the powerful storm came ashore late Tuesday bringing sustained winds of 130 kilometers per hour. Forecasters also warned of dangerous storm surges along the northern U.S. Gulf Coast. Earlier, forecasters reported flooding along low-lying areas along the coast. […]

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Romney Arrives at Republican National Convention

Posted August 28th, 2012 at 2:20 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney has arrived at his party’s national convention, where his wife Ann and his supporters are set to make their case to voters why he should replace President Barack Obama as the American leader. Mr. Romney flew Tuesday to the host city of Tampa, Florida, to witness his wife’s primetime […]

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Republican Party Opens Shortened Convention as Storm Skirts Florida

Posted August 27th, 2012 at 3:30 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. Republican Party has formally opened its national convention to nominate presidential candidate Mitt Romney, but it postponed most of the first day’s proceedings Monday as a tropical storm skirted the coastline of Florida, the southeastern state hosting the event. Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus gaveled in the four-day convention in the city […]

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BBG Demands Syria Release Correspondent, Turkish Cameraman

Posted August 27th, 2012 at 1:20 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors called Monday for the release of a correspondent and a Turkish cameraman who went missing in northern Syria while on assignment for the U.S.-funded Alhurra television channel. The cameraman, Cuneyt Unal, appeared in a video Monday aired on a pro-government Syrian news channel, al-Ikhbariya. Unal said in a statement […]

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Taliban Beheads 17 Afghan Civilians

Posted August 27th, 2012 at 8:25 am (UTC-5)
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Officials in southern Afghanistan say Taliban insurgents have beheaded 17 Afghan civilians, including two women. The Interior Ministry says the civilians were killed in the Kajaki district of Helmand province late Sunday. There were conflicting reports about the reasons behind the killings. Some Afghan officials said the Taliban attacked the party because insurgents disapprove of […]

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Hundreds Massacred in Syria’s Daraya

Posted August 26th, 2012 at 6:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Syrians were burying dozens of bodies Sunday, as activists said the death toll from a five-day massacre in a town near Damascus has reached at least 320. Government troops are battling to crush insurgents in the Damascus satellite town of Daraya. Activists on Sunday said 200 bodies have been identified, adding that victims died in […]

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