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Want a Real Economic Stimulus and Jobs Plan? Forgive Student Loan Debt

“Forgiving the student loan debt of all Americans will have an immediate stimulative effect on our economy.  With the stroke of the President’s pen, millions of Americans would suddenly have hundreds, or in some cases, thousands of extra dollars in their pockets each and every month with which to spend on ailing sectors of the economy.  As consumer spending increases, ...

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Clinton arrives in Libya on unannounced visit

updated 7:53 AM EST, Tue October 18, 2011 U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with Maltese Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi before travelling to Libya today Tripoli, Libya (CNN) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton landed in Tripoli on Tuesday, making her the first Cabinet-level American official to visit Libya since the ouster of longtime strongman Moammar Gadhafi. Clinton ...

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Malaria deaths fall nearly 40% worldwide in last decade

There has been a fall of nearly 40% in the number of deaths from malaria worldwide in the past decade, the World Health Organization says. A new report said that one-third of the 108 countries where malaria was endemic were on course to eradicate the disease within 10 years. Experts said if targets continued to be met, a further three…

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More oil spills from stricken New Zealand ship

Fresh oil leaked from a container ship stuck on a New Zealand reef Tuesday, as bad weather halted both salvage work on the vessel and a massive pollution clean up on the coast. Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) said the Rena was pounded by four metre (13 foot) swells and 35 knot (65 kilometres per hour) winds overnight, forcing salvage crews ...

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Teens accidentally killed Vincent van Gogh?

AMSTERDAM: Two American authors believe Vincent van Gogh was accidentally shot by two teenagers and did not die from self-inflicted wounds, but the new theory won a skeptical reception on Monday from experts at the museum dedicated to the 19th century Dutch…

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Iranian Filmmaker Panahi Loses Appeal Against Jail Term

Iranian director Jafar Panahi has lost his appeal against his six-year prison sentence for campaigning against the country’s government. Panahi, a vocal supporter of the country’s opposition leader Mir-Hossein Mousavi, was convicted last year of protesting against the political regime and for acting against national security. He was ordered to serve time behind bars and handed a 20-year travel and ...

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