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Australia: Leaders differ on Russian role in war

July 31, 2014
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ABC News    

"Australia's prime minister and foreign minister on Thursday sent mixed messages on whether Russia was frustrating Dutch and Australian police efforts to retrieve the bodies of victims of the Malaysian airliner disaster in war-torn east Ukraine. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said she feared Russia was behind the daily artillery barrages blocking police, while Prime Minister Tony Abbott said it was too early to judge." (07/30/14)

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US, Europe impose new sanctions on Russia

July 30, 2014
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ABC News    

"Spurred to action by the downing of the Malaysian airliner, the European Union approved dramatically tougher economic sanctions Tuesday against Russia, including an arms embargo and restrictions on state-owned banks. President Barack Obama swiftly followed with an expansion of U.S. penalties targeting key sectors of the Russian economy." [editor's note: Recent events have made it clear that the US/EU are actively seeking a new Cold War; Russia doesn't have to do anything to "spur" the US/EU to "action" - TLK] (07/29/14)

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China: Ex-security czar Zhou under investigation

July 30, 2014
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Fremont Tribune    

"China's ruling Communist Party announced an investigation into a feared ex-security chief, demonstrating President Xi Jinping's firm grip on power and breaking a longstanding taboo against publicly targeting the country's topmost leaders. If he goes to trial, Zhou Yongkang would be the highest-level official to be prosecuted since the 1981 treason trial of Mao Zedong's wife and other members of the 'Gang of Four,' who mercilessly persecuted political opponents during the chaotic 1966-76 Cultural Revolution." (07/29/14)

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Activists want gay rights on Africa summit agenda

July 30, 2014
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Fort Dodge Messenger News    

"Human rights and gay rights activists on Tuesday urged President Barack Obama to ensure that the issue of anti-gay discrimination in Africa is on the agenda at next week's summit in Washington with more than 40 African leaders. The Human Rights Campaign, a national gay rights organization, and Human Rights First, which advocates aggressive U.S. stances on human rights issues abroad, issued a statement depicting the summit as a "once-in-a-generation moment" to promote equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Africans." (07/29/14)

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Argentina: Regime scrambles to avoid default as deadline looms

July 30, 2014
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Modesto Bee    

"Argentina officials met Tuesday with a mediator in New York in a last-ditch move to resolve a dispute with American creditors that has the South American nation on the brink of default, a development that would have dire consequences for the already struggling Argentine economy. Argentina has until midnight Wednesday to avoid default by paying holdout creditors, negotiating a settlement or receiving a stay, lending an air of urgency to the final hours of negotiations." (07/29/14)

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US: Russia violated 1987 nuclear missile treaty

July 29, 2014
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ABC News    

"In an escalation of tensions, the Obama administration accused Russia on Monday of conducting tests in violation of a 1987 nuclear missile treaty, calling the breach 'a very serious matter' and going public with allegations that have simmered for some time. The treaty confrontation comes at a highly strained time between President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin over Russia's intervention in Ukraine and Putin's grant of asylum to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden." (07/28/14)

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Russia ordered to pay $50 billion over Yukos

July 29, 2014
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Arizona Daily Star    

"Russian President Vladimir Putin's government must pay $50 billion for using tax claims to destroy Yukos, once the country's largest oil producer, and its Kremlin-critical CEO, an international court has ruled. Monday's verdict by the Permanent Court for Arbitration increases the economic and diplomatic isolation of Russia at a time when it faces new, potentially painful sanctions from Western powers." (07/28/14)

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France offers asylum to Christians of northern Iraq

July 29, 2014
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Atlantic City Press    

"France is ready to open its door to Christians from northern Iraq who were hounded out of their homes by extremist Islamic militants. France's interior and foreign ministers said in a joint statement on Monday that 'we are ready, if they wish, to help (them) gain asylum on our soil.'" (07/28/14)

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Nigeria: Three female suicide bomber kill several

July 28, 2014
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Billings Gazette    

"A woman blew herself up at a petrol station in northern Nigeria on Monday, killing three people in one of three suicide bombings by females in Kano in two days, police said. The woman was in line with other women, all wearing traditional northern Nigerian dresses and long Muslim headscarves, waiting to buy kerosene for cooking when she set off the bomb, said Tijjani Isa, an attendant at the station." (07/28/14)

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Libya: US evacuates embassy amid clashes

July 28, 2014
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Chicago Sun-Times    

"The United States shut down its embassy in Libya on Saturday and evacuated its diplomats to neighboring Tunisia under U.S. military escort amid a significant deterioration in security in Tripoli as fighting intensified between rival militias, the State Department said. 'Due to the ongoing violence resulting from clashes between Libyan militias in the immediate vicinity of the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, we have temporarily relocated all of our personnel out of Libya,' spokeswoman Marie Harf said." (07/26/14)

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Aruba: Government releases Venezuelan diplomat sought by US

July 28, 2014
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ABC News    

"Aruba's government released a former Venezuelan general who was detained on U.S. drug charges when he arrived to serve as his country's consul on the Dutch Caribbean island, sending him home Sunday night and defusing a diplomatic fight with its neighbor. Aruban authorities had argued previously that Hugo Carvajal, a former military intelligence chief, didn't have immunity from arrest because he had yet to be accredited by the Netherlands, which manages the foreign affairs of its former colony that sits off the coast of Venezuela." (07/27/14)

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Iraq: Kurdish politician is new president as attacks kill dozens

July 25, 2014
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Palm Beach Post    

"Iraqi lawmakers elected a veteran Kurdish politician on Thursday to replace long-serving Jalal Talabani as the country's new president in the latest step toward forming a new government. But a series of attacks killed dozens of people and Islamic militants destroyed a Muslim shrine traditionally said to be the burial place of the Prophet Jonah, underscoring the overwhelming challenges facing the divided nation." (07/24/14)

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Egypt: Imprisoned Australian reporter to appeal

July 25, 2014
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ABC    

"An Australian Al-Jazeera journalist will appeal his conviction on charges that he aided Egypt's outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, his brother said Friday. Journalist Peter Greste's brother Mike Greste said a Cairo legal firm had been appointed and was in the process of lodging the Al-Jazeera-funded appeal. Family spokeswoman Heidi Ross said she could not say whether the journalist's two Al-Jazeera colleagues would also appeal their convictions." (07/24/14)

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Colombia: Ex-Venezuelan intelligence chief detained in Aruba

July 25, 2014
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Altoona Mirror    

"Authorities in Aruba announced Thursday that they arrested a close confidant of late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez who was sent as that country's consul to the Caribbean island despite being sanctioned by the U.S. government on charges of drug trafficking. Hugo Carvajal, the former head of military intelligence under Chavez, was arrested at the request of the U.S. prosecutors and is expected to appear in an Aruban court Friday." (07/24/14)

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Burkina Faso: Air Algerie jet with 116 on board crashes in Mali

July 25, 2014
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Baton Rouge Advocate    

"An Air Algerie jetliner carrying 116 people crashed Thursday in a rainstorm over restive Mali, and its wreckage was found near the border of neighboring Burkina Faso - the third major international aviation disaster in a week. The plane, owned by Spanish company Swiftair and leased by Algeria's flagship carrier, disappeared from radar less than an hour after it took off from Burkina Faso's capital of Ouagadougou for Algiers." (07/24/14)

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Iran: Government detains four journalists, three of them Iranian-American

July 25, 2014
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Hartford Courant    

"The Committee to Protect Journalists on Thursday called on the Iranian government to immediately release four detained journalists, three of whom it said had U.S.-Iranian nationality. Two of the detainees are Jason Rezaian, the Tehran correspondent for the Washington Post, and his wife Yeganeh Salehi, a correspondent for the United Arab Emirates-based newspaper the Nation, the CPJ said in a statement." (07/24/14)

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Argentina: Kirchner says government will not default

July 24, 2014
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ABC News    

"Argentina's president said Wednesday that her country will not go into default because it has been paying debts to bondholders on time. The government is in negotiations to resolve a dispute with creditors over $1.5 billion in unpaid debts that could lead Argentina to its second default in 13 years." (07/23/14)

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CO: Judge strikes down marriage apartheid, stays ruling

July 24, 2014
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Bennington Banner    

"A federal judge in Denver declared Colorado's gay marriage ban unconstitutional Wednesday, but he temporarily put the ruling on hold to give the state until next month to seek an appeal. Judge Raymond P. Moore's ruling was in response to a lawsuit filed July 1 by six gay couples who asked the court for an injunction ordering that the state's ban no longer be enforced." (07/23/14)

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Central African Republic: Rebels sign cease-fire

July 24, 2014
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution    

"Representatives of the Muslim and Christian factions battling in Central African Republic signed a cease-fire agreement on Wednesday in neighboring Republic of Congo. The ceremony was carried live on the Republic of Congo's state television. The signing on Wednesday comes after heavy pressure from regional mediators and only one day after the Seleka Muslim rebels failed to show up for the second day of talks." (07/23/14)

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Iraq: At least 21 dead in checkpoint car bombing

July 23, 2014
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Iron Mountain Daily News    

"A suicide driver rammed his explosive-laden car into a police checkpoint in the Iraqi capital killing 21 people, including more than a dozen civilians en route to a Shiite shrine in the final days of the Islamic holy month. At least 13 people killed in the attack were civilians, according to police and hospital officials. At least 35 people were wounded -- more than half of them civilians." (07/22/14)

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Ecuador: Physician detained for defaming president

July 23, 2014
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ABC News    

"Authorities in Ecuador say prominent physician Carlos Figueroa has been detained near Quito and sent to prison to serve a six-month sentence for defaming President Rafael Correa. The arrest was confirmed Tuesday on the Interior Ministry's Twitter account." (07/22/14)

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Iraq: 100 candidates vie for presidency in sign system is out of control

July 23, 2014
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Macon Telegraph    

"Iraq’s parliament will meet Wednesday to elect a new president, a crucial step toward naming a new prime minister and government, but questions are growing about whether anyone can save the country after the collapse of its army and the loss of as much as half its territory to the radical Islamic State. In a sign of the erosion of political order, 100 people are competing in Wednesday’s vote -- for a post whose occupant in past years was determined in advance by the top power brokers." (07/22/14)

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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)
Read more here: http://www.sunherald.com/2014/07/21/5708245/tv-news-reporter-found-shot-to.html?sp=/99/184/767/311/#storylink=cp
 

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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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