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Survivors: strong gas odor before Venezuela blast

August 27, 2012 • World NewsComments Off

Flames rise after an explosion in the Amuay refinery near Punto Fijo, Venezuela, Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012. Venezuelans who live next to the country’s biggest oil refinery said they smelled a strong odor of sulfur hours before a gas leak ignited in an explosion on Saturday that killed at least 39 people and injured more [&hellip...

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Hispaniola death toll from Isaac climbs to 10

August 27, 2012 • World NewsComments Off

In this photo released by the U.N. mission in Haiti, MINUSTAH, a woman swims through flood waters in a low lying area affected by Tropical Storm Isaac in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012. Tropical Storm Isaac swept across Haiti’s southern...

10 Afghan soldiers killed in checkpoint attack

August 27, 2012 • World NewsComments Off

FILE — In this Sunday Aug. 5, 2012 file photo, a Pakistani Taliban militant holds a rocket-propelled grenade at the Taliban stronghold of Shawal, in Pakistani tribal region of Waziristan, Pakistan. Pakistani officials said Saturday that it is...

Powerful typhoon lashes Japan's Okinawa island

August 27, 2012 • World NewsComments Off

High waves pound seawall in Yonabarucho, Okinawa Prefecture, southern Japan, Sunday afternoon, Aug. 26, 2012. Residents were being told to stay indoors and warned wind gusts from the strongest typhoon to approach Okinawa in several years could overturn cars...

Hamas scales back hopes of open Egypt border

August 26, 2012 • World NewsComments Off

In this Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012 photo, Palestinian Hamas border guards patrol the Egyptian Gaza border while an Egyptian bulldozer works on the demolition of a smuggling tunnel, as seen from Rafah, southern Gaza Strip. Hamas had hoped the Islamists who took...

Mexican Navy: Police fired on US gov't vehicle

August 25, 2012 • World NewsComments Off

An armored U.S. Embassy vehicle attacked by unknown assailants on the highway leading to the city of Cuernavaca, is checked by security personal near Tres Marias, Mexico, Friday, Aug. 24, 2012. Two U.S. government employees were shot and wounded in an attack...

Russia: West 'instigating' Syrian opposition

August 23, 2012 • World NewsComments Off

FILE – In this Friday, Aug. 17, 2012 file photo, a Syrian man walks by a building destroyed in an airstrike in Aleppo, Syria. The growing use of air power by the Syrian regime is causing a spike in civilian casualties, according to activists. Its forces...

Syrian civil war shakes Damascus-Beirut ties

August 23, 2012 • World NewsComments Off

In this Aug. 9, 2012 photo, Lebanese security forces stand at the entrance building of former Lebanese Information Minister Michel Samaha as they raid his house after they arrested him. Samaha an ardent supporter of President Bashar Assad who has long acted...

Epic patent trial over iPhone technology wraps up

August 22, 2012 • World NewsComments Off

People wait in line to get inside for the Apple and Samsung trial during a lunch break at a federal courthouse in San Jose, Calif., Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012. After three weeks of listening to technology experts, patent professionals and company executives...

Wife of disgraced Chinese politician sentenced

August 21, 2012 • World NewsComments Off

Police officers arrive at the Hefei City Intermediate People’s Court before the verdict trial of Gu Kailai, wife of ousted Chinese politician Bo Xilai, is held Monday, Aug. 20, 2012 in Hefei, Anhui Province, China. Gu, the fallen Chinese...