International

Muslims Gather in Mecca for Hajj

Officials in Saudi Arabia say some two million Muslim pilgrims have made the journey for the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca. The Hajj is the oldest and most sacred ritual of Islam, required of all physically- and financially-able Muslims. Mecca is the birthplace of the Prophet Mohammed

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Liberia Officials Accused of Resisting Anti-Corruption Probe

Liberia’s Anti-Corruption Commission has accused government officials of refusing to cooperate with efforts to verify their assets. In a report released over the weekend, the commission accused 22 senior government officials, including Defense Minister Brownie Samukai and Police Director Chris Massaquoi of “deliberately” refusing to cooperate with its assets verification team

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Google, Facebook Carve out ‘Internet Empires’

The Internet is dominated by the two “empires” of Google and Facebook, according to researchers at Oxford University in England. As the above map shows, Google dominates much of the West and India, while Facebook can claim supremacy in the Middle East, North Africa and much of the Spanish-speaking Americas

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Shots Fired Outside US Capitol

The U.S. Capitol was on a security lockdown after shots apparently were fired outside the building. U.S. Capitol police report at least one person wounded in the shooting. The victim has been identified as a Capitol police officer

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Netanyahu, Obama meet at White House

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House on Monday. Iran is expected to be at the top of the discussion list for the two world leaders. President Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani recently had a 15-minute telephone conversation, ending a nearly 35-year diplomatic freeze

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US Government on Verge of Shutdown

The U.S. Senate is scheduled to meet on Monday afternoon, allowing itself just hours to reach a compromise with the House of Representatives on a spending bill before a midnight deadline for a partial shutdown of the U.S. government

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