International

New York Prosecutors Drop Sex Assault Charges Against Strauss-Kahn

New York prosecutors have asked a judge to drop sexual assault charges against former International Monetary Fund director Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who was arrested in May on suspicion of raping a hotel maid. The prosecutors filed a recommendation to dismiss the charges in a Manhattan court on Monday. U.S. media say a judge will consider that request at a Tuesday court hearing that Strauss-Kahn is expected to attend. He has been free on bail since a brief period of detention after his arrest

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US, Europe Close to New Recession

A U.S. investment bank says that the U.S. and Europe are “dangerously close” to a new recession because of economic policy errors they have made. Wall Street bank Morgan Stanley warned Thursday that the U.S. and the 27-nation European Union are hovering close to a recession within the next year, which it defined as economic contraction in two consecutive three-month periods

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Gadhafi Urges Libyans to Fight NATO

Libyan Leader Moammar Gadhafi has urged his people to take up arms "to liberate Libya." In an audio message broadcast on Libyan television early Monday, Mr. Gadhafi urged Libyans to fight to retake towns held by rebels

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Ban Ki-moon Expresses Concern Over Civilian Casualties in Libya

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed concern over the rising number of civilian casualties in Libya's ongoing conflict between rebel fighters and government loyalists. In a statement Thursday, the secretary-general called on all sides to "exercise extreme caution in their actions, in order to minimize any further loss of civilian life."

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FIFA Donates $1 Million for Somalia Food Relief

The world football body, FIFA, says it will donate $1 million to the International Red Cross to help combat the famine in Somalia. A FIFA statement Thursday says the Red Cross will use the money for life-saving emergency aid and projects designed to boost livelihoods in the worst-off communities

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British PM Cameron Recalls Parliament amid Riots, Vows to Restore Order

British Prime Minister David Cameron has vowed to restore order and punish those responsible for the violent riots that have swept London for a third day and spread to other cities. Mr. Cameron recalled parliament from its summer recess Tuesday and nearly tripled the number of police on the streets to deal with the crisis that has left one person dead and at least 58 injured, most of them police officers

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President Obama Announces Deal to Raise U.S Debt Ceiling

U.S. President Barack Obama says a deal has been reached with House and Senate leaders to raise the nation's debt ceiling and keep the government from defaulting on its $14.3 trillion debt. Mr. Obama appeared in the White House briefing room Sunday night to announce the proposed deal, which he said cuts $1 trillion in spending over 10 years and sets up a bipartisan panel in Congress to look at further reductions

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