Aug 31 2012 Mitt Romney Speech Inspires American Voters

TAMPA -  Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney took center-stage at his party’s national convention Thursday, promising to restore what he called “the promise of America” if elected in November. Romney made his case to be the next president before thousands inside the convention hall and millions more watching on television around the country.
It was the […]

 
 

Aug 30 2012 Paul Ryan Speaks At Republican Convention

TAMPA - U.S. Voters got their first real look at Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan Wednesday.  Ryan, a congressman from Wisconsin, delivered his acceptance speech before the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, and a nationwide TV audience.
 
The 42-year old Congressman was little known nationally just a few weeks ago.  But he was thrust […]

 
 

Aug 29 2012 Romney Nominated As Republican Presidential Candidate

TAMPA - Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney was officially nominated as the Republican Party’s presidential candidate Tuesday, ending a lengthy selection process that began with the Iowa caucus vote in early January.  Republican delegates attending the party’s national convention in Tampa, Florida, also heard a  rousing speech from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
Although there was […]

 
 

Aug 27 2012 Taliban Beheads Afghan Civilians

KABUL - Officials in southern Afghanistan say Taliban insurgents have beheaded 17 Afghan civilians.
Authorities in Helmand province say the militants killed the 15 men and two women in Musa Qala district late Sunday because the group had organized a mixed-sex party with music and dancing - activities the Taliban disapproves.
 
Hours after the beheadings, Taliban insurgents […]

 
 

Aug 27 2012 Sectarian Violence Breaks Out In Lebanon

BEIRUT -  Another round of sectarian fighting broke out in Lebanon’s northern coastal city of Tripoli, between residents of a Sunni Muslim district and their Alawite neighbors. The clashes are raising concerns that sectarian violence in Syria is spilling into Lebanon.
Rounds of automatic weapons were heard throughout the night, as shooting engulfed the front line […]

 
 

Aug 24 2012 Lebanon Kidnappings Raises Fears Of War

BEIRUT - The Lebanese clan that kidnapped dozens of Syrians and a Turkish businessman last week in a bid to get a captured relative freed in Syria, says it will allow more time for government efforts to free the relative before it takes further action. The kidnappings stoked fears that Lebanon is being drawn further […]

 
 

Aug 24 2012 Lance Armstrong Banned From Cycling

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said late Thursday it will strip famed cyclist Lance Armstrong of his titles and ban him from competitive cycling.
The USADA made its announcement after Armstrong said he would stop fighting the agency’s doping charges, following a U.S. federal court decision to dismiss his lawsuit against the agency. Armstrong won […]

 
 

Aug 23 2012 US Troop Deaths Reach Over 2,000 In Afghanistan

WASHINGTON - The number of U.S. military members killed in the war in Afghanistan has surpassed 2,000, with more than half the deaths coming in the past 27 months.
The increased casualty rate came after U.S. President Barack Obama sent thousands of extra troops into the country to intensify the U.S.-led NATO coalition’s battle against insurgents. 
 
Those […]

 
 

Aug 23 2012 Syrian Capital Under Violent Siege

DAMASCUS - Parts of Syria’s capital were under siege Thursday with Syrian government forces battling rebels in and around Damascus in pitched fighting.
 
Activists reported a campaign of shelling and house-to-house raids in Daraya, on the southwest edge of Damascus, as well as continuing clashes in the city’s Hajar al-Aswad district.
 
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human […]

 
 

Aug 18 2012 Syrian Refugees Increase As Fighting Continues

GENEVA - The United Nations Refugee Agency says that the Syrian refugee exodus continues to escalate. It says the exodus is particularly significant from Syria’s most populous city of Aleppo where fighting continues between government and opposition forces.
 
UNHCR says it has registered more than 170,000 Syrian refugees in Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, and Iraq.  It says […]

 
 

Aug 18 2012 Japan, China Feud Over Senkaku Islands

WASHINGTON - The chain of uninhabited islands at the center of a territorial dispute between China and Japan sits on top of what are thought to be vast oil deposits, and are surrounded by rich fishing grounds.
But the islands, known as Senkaku in Japanese and Diaoyu in Chinese, have a long history of straining relations […]

 
 

Aug 14 2012 Paul Ryan Leads On Economic Issues

WASHINGTON - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate has thrust the Wisconsin congressman from relative obscurity into the national spotlight.  Republicans are hoping the pick will boost Romney’s campaign.
Many political pundits were caught off guard when Mitt Romney named the Paul Ryan, 42, as his vice presidential choice.
 The […]

 
 

Aug 11 2012 Romney Picks Paul Ryan For Vice President

WASHINGTON - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has chosen Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as his running mate. The choice will push the issue of government spending to the top of the campaign agenda.
Romney made the announcement Saturday in Norfolk, Virginia, as he began a four-day bus trip through four states considered critical to winning […]

 
 

Aug 7 2012 US Relations With Iraq Deteriorate Following Withdrawal

WASHINGTON - From its sprawling, $750 million embassy in Baghdad - the largest, most expensive American diplomatic mission in the world - Washington had hoped for a cozy relationship with the Iraqi government, forged after a U.S.-led military coalition ousted former president Saddam Hussein.
But in the seven months since the United States withdrew its combat […]

 
 

Aug 7 2012 Hillary Visits Africa For Trade Summit Meeting

JOHANNESBURG - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in South Africa as part of her tour of the continent.  She met with former president Nelson Mandela at his home Monday before taking part in a high-level summit aimed at promoting U.S. investment and trade — which has been a key focus of the secretary’s […]

 
 

Aug 6 2012 US Jobless Rate Remains High Under Obama

WASHINGTON - The U.S. economy had a net gain of 163,000 jobs in July - better than the previous month - but at the same time the unemployment rate edged up slightly, to 8.3 percent. While efforts to improve unemployment seem stalled, experts from firms that connect companies with job seekers say big companies are […]

 
 

Aug 6 2012 Syrian Prime Minister Defects To Jordan

DAMASCUS - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government suffered a significant blow Monday when Prime Minister Riyad Hijab fled with his family to Jordan, two months after taking the top post.
Hijab said he defected. Syrian state media said he was fired.
 
 ”I announce today my defection from the killing and terrorist regime and I announce that I […]

 
 

Aug 4 2012 US Begins Clean Up Of Agent Orange In Vietnam

BANGKOK - The United States next week in Vietnam will begin cleaning up leftover deposits of the toxic chemical dioxin from the herbicide Agent Orange sprayed by U.S. forces on vegetation during the Vietnam War.  The toxin was found at former U.S. air bases and has been linked to disease and birth defects. 
The significance of […]

 
 

Aug 4 2012 Kofi Annan To Resign Post As Syrian Envoy

BEIRUT - The joint United Nations-Arab League envoy for Syria, Kofi Annan, announced Thursday that he will leave his post on August 31, saying that increased militarization in Syria and disunity in the international community have hampered his ability to carry out his work.
Annan told reporters in Geneva that without serious and united international pressure, […]

 
 

Aug 3 2012 US Unemployment Rate Leaps to 8.3 Percent

WASHINGTON - The U.S. said its labor market improved markedly in July, even as the national jobless rate edged higher.
The government reported Friday that employers added 163,000 jobs last month, after three straight months of sluggish hiring, and the most since February.
 
But even as more unemployed workers found new jobs, the country’s unemployment rate increased […]

 
 

Aug 2 2012 Romney Praises Poland

WARSAW - U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney praised Poland for embracing free market principles after years under communist rule, calling it a nation “with an extraordinary future.”
In a speech delivered Tuesday in Warsaw at the Polish Institute of International Affairs, Romney celebrated the historical bond between the United States and Poland, saying they belong […]

 
 

Aug 2 2012 US House Approves Tough Sanctions Against Iran

WASHINGTON - The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed tough new economic sanctions designed to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons.  The bill passed the House by a vote of 421 to 6.  It was crafted with the Senate, which is expected to approve the measure this week.
House Committee on Foreign Affairs Chairwoman Ileana […]

 
 

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