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2011 January


Jan 30 2011 Obama Pushes Clean Energy To Address Unemployment Woes

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is pushing on to encourage more innovation among American businesses, while Republicans warn against government solutions in their dueling weekly addresses.
President Obama recorded his message earlier this week on the factory floor of the Orion Energy System company in the northern state of Wisconsin.  He said he was proposing bigger […]


Jan 30 2011 Thousands Of Prisoners Set Free In Egypt

CAIRO - Egyptians are watching an uncertain Sunday, wondering if more violent anti-government protests are possible.
There could also be an announcement identifying new members of embattled President Hosni Mubarak’s government, after he named aviation minister Ahmed Shafiq prime minister on Saturday and asked him to form a new cabinet.
At least 34 members of Egypt’s banned […]


Jan 29 2011 US GDP Falls Below Expectations

WASHINGTON - The US Commerce Department says the economy grew at a faster pace in the last three months of 2010, expanding at an annual rate of 3.2 percent.  Experts say it’s another sign that the worst of the economic crisis is over. 
The US economy picked up speed in the final months of 2010, fueled […]


Jan 29 2011 Mubarak Refuses To Step Down Amid Protests

CAIRO - A huge crowd of demonstrators is gathering in Cairo, hours after Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak fired his Cabinet and defied calls to end his 30-year rule.
Egyptian state television announced Saturday Mr. Mubarak’s Cabinet has officially resigned.
In his televised speech late Friday, Mr. Mubarak promised to name a new Cabinet Saturday and implement political […]


Jan 28 2011 Egypt Severs Internet Communications

CAIRO - The Egyptian government has disconnected the country from the Internet and suspended mobile telephone networks in an apparent effort to disrupt anti-government protests.
Egypt’s four primary Internet providers all stopped transferring data at almost the same moment Friday, effectively cutting off 80 million Egyptians from the outside world. 
The technology news site reports that […]


Jan 28 2011 Protests Break Out In Jordan

WASHINGTON - Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets in Jordan, calling for government reforms and the resignation of Prime Minister Samir al-Rifai.
Chanting demonstrators marched through the capital, Amman, and several other cities on Friday.  
Opposition supporters in the country have carried out a string of protests over the past week, similar to those in […]


Jan 28 2011 Egyptians Seek To End Rule Of Hosni Mubarak

CAIRO - Egyptian security forces have fired tear gas and rubber bullets at anti-government protesters in central Cairo, as thousands of opposition supporters gather for major demonstrations calling for an end to President Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule.
Trucks of police armed with water cannons lined the some of the major streets in Cairo where demonstrators are […]


Jan 27 2011 Protests In Egypt Turn Deadly

CAIRO - Egyptian riot police clashed with thousands of anti-government activists for a second day Wednesday, firing rubber bullets and using tear gas and batons on protesters who defied a government ban on demonstrations.
At least four people have died in two days of demonstrations against President Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year-old rule. Another two people were killed […]


Jan 26 2011 Ahmed Ghailani Sentenced To Life

NEW YORK - The first Guantanamo detainee to be tried in a U.S. civilian court was sentenced Tuesday for his role in the 1998 bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.
Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, a 36-year-old Tanzanian, declined to speak before New York federal Judge Lewis A. Kaplan sentenced him to life in prison and […]


Jan 26 2011 Republicans Call For Smaller Government

WASHINGTON - Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin has delivered the Republican response to U.S. President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech, calling for efforts to reduce spending, shrink the size of government and tackle the nation’s debt.
Ryan, the new chairman of the House of Representatives Budget Committee, criticized President Obama for presiding over spending […]


Jan 25 2011 Russia Increases Security Following Airport Bombing

MOSCOW - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has ordered extra security at all Russian airports and train stations, after a suicide bomber blew himself up in Moscow’s biggest airport Monday, killing 35 people and hospitalizing 110 others.
Mr. Medvedev is demanding that investigators jump into action while he says the trail is still hot.  He calls the […]


Jan 25 2011 Violent Protests Break Out In Lebanon

BEIRUT - Violence broke out Tuesday in northern Lebanon as thousands of supporters of acting Prime Minister Saad Hariri gathered in Tripoli for what they had called a peaceful “day of rage” protest.
Demonstrators attacked a truck belonging to the Al Jazeera news channel and set it on fire.  Protesters also burned pictures of former prime […]


Jan 24 2011 Suicide Bomber Kills Many At Moscow Airport

MOSCOW - An explosion has ripped through the international section of Moscow’s busiest airport, killing at least 35 people and wounding more than 145, Health Ministry officials said.
RIA Novosti news service said the explosion may have been caused by a suicide bomber. The state-owned agency estimated the bomb to have the explosive force of seven […]


Jan 23 2011 Violent Protests In Albania Turn Deadly

BUDAPEST - The United States and the European Union are among those appealing for calm in Albania, after at least three people were killed and dozens were injured in anti-government protests in the capital Tirana.
Albania’s Prime Minister Sali Berisha says he will not allow a similar overthrow of his government as in Tunisia, but the […]


Jan 22 2011 Korea To Hold High Level Military Talks

SEOUL - South Korea has accepted North Korea’s offer for military talks because Pyongyang appears willing to discuss provocative acts that last year brought the Korean peninsula to its highest level of tension in decades.
Although South Korean officials responded positively to North Korea’s offer of military talks, they made clear on Friday that ending Pyongyang’s […]


Jan 22 2011 US Warns China Concerning North Korea

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama is warning the United States may have to redeploy American forces in Asia unless China toughens its stance on North Korea.
A senior Obama administration official told The New York Times  that Mr. Obama delivered that warning to Chinese President Hu Jintao this week during the two leaders’ private dinner […]


Jan 22 2011 Osama Bin Laden Threatens France

WASHINGTON - A man claiming to be al-Qaida leader Osama Bin Laden has said in an audio message that the release of French hostages depends on the withdrawal of French troops from Afghanistan.
The message, broadcast by al-Jazeera Friday, said the French people will pay a “high price” for President Nicholas Sarkozy’s policies.
He said Mr. Sarkozy’s […]


Jan 21 2011 Walmart Pledges Healthier Food

WASHINGTON - First lady Michelle Obama and retail giant Wal-mart have launched a program aimed at improving the nutritional content of America’s foods, and making those items more affordable for millions of Americans. The initiative is part of the first lady’s campaign to promote healthier choices for children in the United States.
Wal-Mart, the world’s largest […]


Jan 21 2011 US Mafia Sting Operation Nets 127 Men

WASHINGTON - More than 100 people in the northeastern United States - described as members of seven La Cosa Nostra crime families - have been arrested and charged with crimes ranging from murder to illegal gambling.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder called it one of the largest single-day operations against the Mafia in the history of […]


Jan 20 2011 US House Votes To Repeal Obamacare

WASHINGTON - The new Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives has voted by 245 to 189 to repeal President Barack Obama’s top legislative accomplishment, health care reform.
Democrats defended the new law, saying it protects Americans from the unfair practices of some insurance companies. Republicans called the law a “government take-over” of health care.
Most […]


Jan 19 2011 Sargent Shriver Dead At 95

WASHINGTON - Veteran U.S. politician and former Peace Corps director Sargent Shriver has died.  He was 95 years old.
Shriver entered a hospital outside Washington Monday for an undisclosed illness, but he had been suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease.
Sargent Shriver was the brother-in-law of U.S. President John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated in 1963.
He also was the […]


Jan 19 2011 Chinese President Visits America

WASHINGTON - China’s President Hu Jintao has arrived in Washington for a state visit.  Obama administration officials say they will not avoid difficult issues in meetings with Mr. Hu. 
President Hu’s two-day visit includes two dinners with President Barack Obama.  Wednesday’s state dinner is the first for a Chinese leader at the White House in 13 […]


Jan 19 2011 Joseph Lieberman Set To Retire

WASHINGTON - Friends of U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut say he will announce Wednesday that he will retire from the Senate in 2012 instead of seeking a fifth term in office.
Lieberman is expected to announce his decision at an event in Stamford, Connecticut.
The 68-year-old Lieberman represented the state as a Democrat for 18 years. […]


Jan 17 2011 US House Expected To Begin Repeal Of Obamacare

WASHINGTON - The U.S. House of Representatives resumes work this week after a one-week suspension following the near-fatal shooting of an Arizona congresswoman.  Contentious legislation in the House will test President Barack Obama’s call for greater civility in the nation’s discourse.
The new House Republican majority top priority is repealing President Obama’s signature health-care reform initiative.  […]


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