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China launches Shenzhou 8 ahead of space docking test

BEIJING (Reuters) – China launched an unmanned spacecraft on Tuesday ahead of a docking exercise that will be a key test of the rising power’s plans to secure a long-term manned foothold in space. Employees transfer the Long March II-F rocket, loaded with Shenzhou-8 spacecraft, to the launchpad in the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, Gansu province October 26, 2011. (REUTERS/China ...

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World Passes 7 Billion Milestone:Need to Meet Key Challenges

Tuesday, 1 November 2011, 3:53 pm Press Release: UN News As World Passes 7 Billion Milestone, UN Urges Action to Meet Key Challenges New York, Oct 31 2011 – Top United Nations officials today marked the global population reaching 7 billion with a call to action to world leaders to meet the challenges that a growing population poses, from ensuring ...

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Dalai Lama Says: Japan Has Courage, Resilience to Move On

Article by Yeshe Choesang, WN Correspondent Dharamshala. Dharamshala: – Sharing suffering with Japanese people affected by the recent natural disasters, the spiritual leader of Tibet, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Monday 31st October, praised their resilience to rebuild their nation from even from ashes as they did after the second world war. On his fourth day visiting Japan (Tuesday, 1st ...

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Greek leader’s referendum bombshell

Prime minister George Papandreou shocked his parliament and his country with a plan to allow a public vote on the EU rescue deal Greeks protest against austerity measures in June. The country could now have a chance to vote on the EU rescue, and its associated conditions. Photograph: Lefteris Pitarakis/AP In the ever surprising saga of Europe’s debt crisis, few ...

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Could be a long week for Herman Cain

The Herman Cain camp is getting a serious workout as allegations of impropriety surface.    His campaign spent yesterday morning denouncing a Politico report claiming that two women accused Cain of sexually suggestive behavior when he was the head of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s.    According to Politico, Cain allegedly used innuendo, asked personal questions about sex, ...

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RBA cuts key rate a quarter point to 4.5% as inflation eases

Tuesday, 1 November 2011, 5:30 pm Article: BusinessDesk Australia’s central bank cuts key rate a quarter point to 4.5% as inflation eases Nov. 1 (BusinessDesk) – The Reserve Bank of Australia cut its benchmark interest rate as expected, saying early fears of resurgent inflation hadn’t borne out and the global economy was cooling. The RBA cut the cash rate 25 ...

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James Forrester, Gay-Union Foe, Dies at 74

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — State Senator James Forrester, a physician and social conservative, died on Monday in Gastonia, N.C., just weeks after leading a successful fight to put a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage on the North Carolina ballot next spring. He was 74. Follow for breaking news and headlines. His death was confirmed by his daughter Mary Paige Forrester. ...

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7 billion reasons to empower women

October 31, 2011 — Updated 1325 GMT (2125 HKT) A Philippine health worker discusses family planning with a class of pregnant women in suburban Manila this year. Editor’s note: Ted Turner is the founder and chairman of the United Nations Foundation and the founder of CNN and Turner Broadcasting. He no longer plays an active role in CNN’s operations. He ...

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