International

Pressure Mounts at UN Ahead of Israeli, Palestinian Standoff Over Statehood

International pressure mounted Wednesday to head off a diplomatic clash at the United Nations, as Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas pushed ahead with a campaign for full U.N. recognition of a Palestinian state. U.S. President Barack Obama is pressing Israeli and Palestinian leaders to get both sides to return to peace talks. The president held talks with Mr. Netanyahu and was to meet with Mr. Abbas Wednesday

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Ban on gays in US military ends

A policy banning open homosexuality in the US military has been repealed after nearly two decades. The dropping of "don't ask, don't tell" means service members can now reveal they are gay without fear of investigation or discharge. "Repeal Day" parties have been organised across the country to mark the victory for gay rights

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IMF to Loan Ivory Coast $614 Million

The International Monetary Fund says it plans to lend Ivory Coast $614 million to help its economy recover from months of post-election violence. In a statement Thursday, the IMF said the loan will be spread over three years, until 2014, subject to the approval of its executive board

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World Trade Center Memorial Opens to Public

The National September 11 Memorial has opened to the public Monday in New York City, more than a decade after the twin towers of the World Trade Center were taken down by terrorists. Visitors will see for the first time the reflecting pools surrounded by bronze panels engraved with the names of those lost on September 11, 2001 and in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing

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Gaddafi still in Libya

Ousted Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is urging his remaining supporters to rise up against the new powers in Libya, whom he dismisses as spies and mercenaries. Gadhafi kept up his defiance Thursday, saying he remains in Libya and that "millions" of his countrymen are showing their support for him by marching in the streets

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United States Eases Business Regulations to Boost Economy

The U.S. is easing 500 government regulations it says will save businesses $10 billion over the next five years and help boost job growth in the country. The government said the changes will affect rules at more than two dozen agencies, regulations that American businesses have often said are onerous and needlessly cut their profits

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