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China urges tolerance, UN leading role in Libya

BEIJING (AP) — All sides in Libya need to work for political reconciliation and allow the United Nations to play a leading role in rebuilding the conflict-stricken nation, China’s Foreign Ministry said. With the demise of Moammar Gadhafi’s regime appearing imminent, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi told U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that restoring stability in Libya was the most urgent task ...

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Moody’s Cuts Japan’s Rating One Notch, Citing Its Giant Debt

TOKYO — Moody’s, the credit ratings agency, lowered Japan’s credit rating by one notch on Wednesday, warning that frequent changes in administration, weak prospects for economic growth and its recent natural and nuclear disasters made it difficult for the government to pare down its huge debt. Moody’s Investors Service lowered Japan’s grade by one step to Aa3, the fourth highest ...

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No quake damage in New York: Mayor

NEW YORK: An earthquake that shook New York on Tuesday caused no significant damage or injuries, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said after thousands of people were briefly evacuated from…

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Irene weakens but remains big threat to US

CURT ANDERSON Associated Press= MIAMI (AP) — Officials and residents from Florida to the Carolinas stocked up on supplies, dusted off evacuation plans and readied for the worst as Irene, the first hurricane to threaten the U.S. in three years, churned over tropical waters Tuesday after cutting a destructive path through the Caribbean. Federal officials warned the storm could flood ...

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London rioters resent media image of hooded teen thug

LONDON (Reuters) – Residents of a London housing estate laughed at a televised plea by police for parents to call their children and help rein in the youths who looted and burned swathes of the city. A youth makes a rude gesture as he leaves Highbury Magistrates court where he appeared over his alleged involvement in the trouble in London ...

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Saleh to look at restarting Yemeni peace plan

RIYADH (Reuters) – Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has agreed to look at restarting a Gulf Arab initiative aimed at ending the country’s violent political standoff with a peaceful transfer of power, a Yemeni government official said on Wednesday. Saleh has already agreed to the plan brokered by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) three times, only to back out of ...

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Libyan rebels try to impose control

The Libyan rebel leadership is showing signs of strain and disarray six months into its fight to oust Muammar Gaddafi. Tensions over the killing of the opposition’s military commander, Abdel-Fattah Younis, possibly by other rebels, spurred the leaders to sack their own Cabinet late yesterday and today they ordered the movement’s various armed factions to integrate in hopes of imposing ...

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UK’s Cameron under pressure over cuts after riots

LONDON – Prime Minister David Cameron risks his government’s austerity drive, particularly its plans to cut police funding, becoming the focus of Britons’ fears about the future after the worst looting and rioting in decades hit English cities this week. The Conservative party leader took a hardline approach to the violence on Thursday, vowing “the lawless minority” would be hunted ...

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Somalia Famine: Parents Facing Horrendous Choice

DADAAB, Kenya — Wardo Mohamud Yusuf walked for two weeks with her 1-year-old daughter on her back and her 4-year-old son at her side to flee Somalia’s drought and famine. When the boy collapsed near the end of the journey, she poured some of the little water she had on his head to cool him, but he was unconscious and ...

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