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When the Dow Jones Industrial Average topped 16,000 earlier this month, headlines throughout the country trumpeted the milestone as a sign of recovery for the economy.
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The U.S. government pleaded Saturday for North Korean authorities to release of 85-year-old Merrill Newman, with a spokeswoman saying officials are "deeply concerned" about him and another American being held in the isolated East Asian nation.
Three major U.S. airlines on Saturday confirmed that pilots were complying with Chinese government demands that it be notified of plans to traverse the newly declared air defense zone over the East China Sea.
U.S. to reopen 18 of 19 embassies closed amid security concerns
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Eighteen of the 19 U.S. embassies closed this month due to worries about potential terrorist attacks will reopen on Sunday, the U.S. State Department said on Friday. "Our embassy in Sanaa, Yemen, will remain closed because of ongoing concerns about a threat stream indicating the potential for terrorist attacks emanating from Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said. The United States will also keep its consulate in Lahore, Pakistan, shuttered, Psaki said, adding it closed on Thursday due to a "separate credible threat. ... ...
Gunmen kidnap 2 Turkish Airlines pilots in Lebanon
BEIRUT (AP) — Gunmen intercepted a van carrying Turkish Airlines employees from Beirut's international airport to a hotel in the Lebanese capital Friday, kidnapping two pilots but leaving the four other crew members behind, officials said. ...
Pro-Palestine Activist’s Shocking Rant in Canada: ‘We Give Them (Jews) Two Minutes, and Then We Start
"We say get out or you are dead. We give them two minutes and then we start shooting and that's the only way they'll understand." ...
Mandela makes 'dramatic' progress, says daughter
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nelson Mandela has made "dramatic progress," and may be going home "anytime soon," said his daughter Zindzi on the eve of his 95th birthday. ...
Bangladesh opposition leader gets death penalty
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A special tribunal sentenced a senior leader of an Islamic political party to death on Wednesday for his role in the kidnapping and killing of people involving Bangladesh's independence war against Pakistan in 1971. ...
China holds lawyer as crackdown on activism grows
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities have detained a well-known rights lawyer in a move activists described as the widening of a crackdown on individuals calling for greater accountability to fight graft — even as new accusations of official corruption surfaced. ...
M.I debuts on billboard ‘Next big sound’ charts
Wave-making rapper and hit maker, Jude Abaga, popularly known as M.I, has given his numerous fans cause to celebrate as their efforts at supporting and promoting his music on online social media platforms has led to his debut on the ninth position of the Billboard’s Next Big Sound 25.This feat by the ‘short black boy’ of Nigerian rap is worth mentioning bearing in mind that ‘the chart is for fastest accelerating artistes during the past week across all major social music sites, statistically predicted to achieve future success as measured by Next Big sound.’ mi.jpg read more ...