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Philippines: Army says 18 killed in rebel clashes

July 22, 2014
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Northwest Indiana Times    

"Breakaway Muslim rebels attacked army troops in two towns in the southern Philippines, sparking clashes that left 17 guerrillas and a soldier dead in a region where the government and the main Muslim rebel group were to enforce a new peace deal. Regional military spokesman Col. Dickson Hermoso said Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement fighters assaulted the soldiers in two adjacent towns in Maguindanao province Monday, prompting government forces to retaliate in fighting that also wounded three soldiers." (07/21/14)

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Honduras: TV news reporter found shot to death

July 22, 2014
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Biloxi Sun Herald    

"The body of a television reporter has been found in Honduras one day after he went missing. He had been shot twice. National Police chief Ramon Sabillon says the body of TV reporter Herlyn Espinal was found Monday. It was half naked and hidden behind a rock on the side of a highway. Sabillon says Espinal's family has identified the body." (07/21/14)
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Britain, UN host first summit to end child marriages

July 21, 2014
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ABC News    

"More than 700 million women alive today were married before they turned 18, the United Nations' children agency said Tuesday, as it co-hosts a London summit calling for more progress to end child marriages and the practice of female genital mutilation. Figures released by UNICEF say child brides are most common in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, and about one in three -- or some 250 million -- were married before they turned 15." (07/21/14)

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UN to vote as early as Monday on Ukraine crash resolution

July 21, 2014
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San Jose Mercury News    

"Australia's foreign minister said an urgent vote could take place as early as Monday in the U.N. Security Council on a resolution demanding international access to the Ukraine plane crash site. Julie Bishop told reporters in Washington on Sunday she expects all 15 council members to fully support Australia's proposal." (07/20/14)

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UN: South Sudan rebels violate peace-pact with government

July 21, 2014
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Palm Beach Post    

"The United Nations says rebel forces in South Sudan attacked a town in the Upper Nile State. The U.N. Mission in South Sudan said Sunday the attack on Nassir by forces loyal to former Vice President Riek Machar, is the most serious resumption of hostilities since the leaders of warring factions made fresh commitments in May to adhere to a peace agreement." (07/20/14)

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Mexico: Owner of raided shelter freed, no charges

July 21, 2014
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Macon Telegraph    

"The owner of a group home raided last week amid charges of abuse and other mistreatment of children living there has been released from custody without charge, an official in the federal Attorney General’s Office said Sunday. The official said there was not enough evidence to warrant charges and added that the 79-year-old owner, Rosa Verduzco, is too old to be put in jail." (07/20/14)

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Nicaragua: Attacks on ruling party backers kill five, wound 24

July 20, 2014
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ABC News    

"Unidentified gunmen staged separate attacks on two buses carrying supporters of Nicaragua's governing party home after a celebration of the Central American country's 1979 revolution, killing five people and wounding 24, local authorities said Sunday. The national police and army provided no information on either attack reported in northern Nicaragua, and there was no indication of who staged the assaults." (07/20/14)

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DoJ alleges FedEx delivered packages

July 18, 2014
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Tulsa World    

"Federal authorities have charged FedEx Corp. with assisting illegal pharmacies by knowingly delivering dangerous drugs to customers without prescriptions. The Department of Justice announced the charges Thursday. The charges allege the Memphis, Tennessee, shipping company conspired with two related online pharmacies for 10 years ending in 2010." (07/17/14)

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Colombia: Former ag minister ordered jailed on corruption

July 18, 2014
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ABC News    

"A close ally of former President Alvaro Uribe was sentenced in absentia Thursday to more than 17 years in prison for diverting farm subsidies in one of the most prominent corruption cases tied to Uribe's conservative administration. Colombia's Supreme Court handed down the sentence against former Agriculture Minister Andres Felipe Arias, who was found guilty taking money intended for small-scale farmers and channeling it to some of the country's richest landowners." (07/17/14)

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Australia repeals controversial carbon tax

July 17, 2014
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ABC News    

"Australia's government repealed a much-maligned carbon tax on the nation's worst greenhouse gas polluters on Thursday, ending years of contention over a measure that became political poison for the lawmakers who imposed it. The Senate voted 39 to 32 to axe the 24.15 Australian dollar ($22.60) tax per metric ton of carbon dioxide that was introduced by the center-left Labor government in July 2012. Conservative lawmakers burst into applause as the vote tally was announced." (07/16/14)

 

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Iran nuke talks likely to be extended past July 20

July 17, 2014
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Parkersburg News and Sentinel    

"Facing stubborn disputes on the terms of a deal, Iran and six world powers have tentatively decided to adjourn their nuclear talks two days early but plan to extend them past their planned July 20 end date, diplomats said Wednesday. Both sides had been prepared to talk until Sunday, the informal deadline for the negotiations. But two diplomats have told The Associated Press the talks will probably wind down Friday, because the differences won't be bridged by Sunday." (07/16/14)

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DPR: Ukrainian airstrike kills 11

July 16, 2014
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Omaha World-Herald    

"An airstrike in [Snizhne, a town in the Donetsk People's Republic] sent an apartment building crumpling to the ground Tuesday, killing at least 11 people and adding to the steadily mounting civilian death toll from the fighting between [invading Ukrainian] government forces and pro-Russian insurgents. Rebels pinned the attack on the Ukrainian air force. The government swiftly denied blame but was not immediately able to offer an alternative explanation." (07/15/14)

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Iraq: Parliament breaks deadlock to elect speaker

July 16, 2014
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Seattle Post-Intelligencer    

"Iraqi lawmakers broke two weeks of deadlock Tuesday and elected a moderate Sunni as speaker of parliament, taking the first step toward forming a new government that is widely seen as crucial to confronting militants who have overrun much of the country. Still, it was not clear whether lawmakers had reached a larger deal that would also include an agreement on the most contentious decision — the choice for prime minister." (07/15/14)

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Afghanistan: 89 killed in worst bombing since 2001

July 16, 2014
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Connecticut Post    

"A suicide bomber blew up a car packed with explosives near a busy market and a mosque in eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing at least 89 people in the deadliest insurgent attack on civilians since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion. The blast destroyed numerous mud-brick shops, flipped cars over and stripped trees of their branches, brutally underscoring the country's instability as U.S. troops prepare to leave by the end of the year and politicians in Kabul struggle for power after a disputed presidential runoff." (07/15/14)

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Navy nurse refuses to force-feed Gitmo detainees

July 16, 2014
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ABC News    

"A U.S. Navy nurse has refused to force-feed prisoners who are on an extended hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay, the first protest of its kind at the detention center, a rights lawyer and U.S. official said Tuesday. The unidentified nurse declined to participate after deciding the practice is a criminal act, said Cori Crider, an attorney for the British legal rights group Reprieve who spoke in a phone interview from London." (07/15/14)

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BRICS nations agree to create own development bank

July 16, 2014
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Sacramento Bee    

"The leaders of five emerging market powers said at a summit Tuesday that they gave final agreement to creating their own development bank worth $100 billion that will have its headquarters in China. The first president of the New Development Bank will be from India and the position will rotate every five years among Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa -- the so-called BRICS nations, a joint statement from the leaders said." (07/15/14)

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Ukraine says Russia shot down military plane

July 15, 2014
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Salt Lake Tribune    

"A Ukrainian military transport plane was shot down Monday along the [neighboring] country's eastern border with Russia but all eight people aboard managed to bail out safely, the defense ministry said. Separatist rebels in conflict-wracked [Donetsk People's Repuiblic] claimed responsibility for downing the Antonov-26, but Ukrainian officials swiftly ruled that out and blamed Russia instead." (07/14/14)

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Bolivia: Morales officially candidate for third term

July 15, 2014
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ABC    

"Bolivian President Evo Morales' candidacy for a third consecutive term is now official. Bolivia's electoral council announced Monday that the Andean nation's first indigenous president will be on the Oct. 12 ballot. The 54-year-old coca growers' union leader is heavily favored to win." (07/14/14)

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UK: Hague stepping down

July 15, 2014
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Raleigh News & Observer    

"Britain's high-profile foreign minister, William Hague, is leaving his job, the government said Monday -- a surprise announcement that precedes a major shakeup of the Conservative-led administration. Prime Minister David Cameron's office said Hague, who has been Britain's most visible statesman on international crises in the Middle East and Ukraine, was moving to the post of leader of the House of Commons and will quit national politics next year." (07/14/14)

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Vote deal will work, says Afghan candidate

July 15, 2014
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Myrtle Beach Sun News    

"Declaring his nation "is not Iraq," one of two contestants in Afghanistan's deadlocked presidential election told The Associated Press on Monday that both he and his rival are committed to lead their war-ravaged nation inclusively in cooperation with international partners. Former Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai credited a U.S.-brokered deal for a full ballot audit with pulling his country back from the brink, putting the rule of law and government legitimacy back on track." (07/14/14)

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Iraq: Parliament postpones decision on new leaders

July 14, 2014
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Altoona Mirror    

"Iraq's deadlocked parliament failed Sunday to overcome the deep divisions hampering the formation of a new government, making no progress on choosing new leaders who could help hold the nation together and confront the Sunni militant blitz that has overrun much of the country. The legislature is under pressure to quickly choose a new speaker of parliament, president and prime minister -- the first steps toward a new government." (07/13/14)

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China indicts US, British corporate investigators

July 14, 2014
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Myrtle Beach Sun News    

"Chinese authorities have formally indicted two corporate investigators, an American and Briton, for allegedly illegally obtaining and selling private information. The official Xinhua News Agency said Monday it is the first time foreigners have faced such charges in China." (07/13/14)

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Early results show newcomers win Slovenia vote

July 14, 2014
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Fremont Tribune    

"A party led by a political newcomer better known as the son of Slovenia's famous Olympic medalist won the most votes Sunday in the second early election in three years, according to preliminary returns. The outcome meant potentially more uncertainty for a small eurozone nation struggling to pull out of an economic downturn."' (07/13/14)

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France: Wrapping up military operation in Mali

July 14, 2014
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution    

"France's defense minister says the French military operation in Mali 'fulfilled its mission' and is being reorganized into a regional force against terrorists across northwest Africa. France intervened 18 months ago after al-Qaida-linked extremists seized a swath of the former French colony. Operation Serval was repeatedly extended to help Mali's government regain control, and is expected to end soon — perhaps this week when French President Francois Hollande visits Africa." (07/1

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Iran: Court sentences Facebook activists to jail

July 14, 2014
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ABC    

"An Iranian court handed jail sentences of eight to 21 years to eight Facebook page administrators, the official IRNA news agency reported on Sunday. The report said the defendants were convicted of plotting against national security, spreading propaganda against the ruling system and insulting officials. It did not identify the defendants or the Facebook pages." (07/13/14)

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