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Friday, Oct. 21, 2011

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Secretary of State Clinton said terrorists have operated in Pakistan for "too long," adding to an earlier warning that the nation will pay if it fails to act against militants staging attacks on U.S. forces.

Google, the subject of a Federal Trade Commission investigation, is following Microsoft Corp. in ratcheting up its lobbying.

France is among euro-region sovereigns likely to be downgraded in a stressed economic scenario, according to Standard & Poor's. The sovereign ratings of Spain, Italy, Ireland and Portugal would also be reduced by another one or two levels in either of New York-based S&P's two stress scenarios.

McDonald's, the world's biggest restaurant chain, said third-quarter profit gained 8.6 percent as lower-priced items boosted U.S. store sales.

European leaders braced for a six- day battle over how to save Greece from default, shield banks from the fallout, and build more powerful defenses against the debt crisis rocking the 17-nation euro economy.

The dollar fell to a post-World War II low against the yen on speculation further monetary easing by the Federal Reserve will debase the U.S. currency.

Mobile telephones don't raise the chance of developing central nervous system cancers, said a study of Danish mobile-phone subscribers published today in the British Medical Journal.

AP Top Stories

A toddler who was twice run over by vans and then ignored by passers-by on a busy market street died Friday a week after the accident and after days of bitter soul-searching over declining morality in China.

The killing of Libya's Muammar Gaddafi fueled demonstrations across Syria after Friday prayers that called for the ouster of President Bashar al-Assad, braving a heavier than normal security presence, activists and residents said.

The Senate defeated two more pieces of President Obama's economic stimulus bill, despite a lengthy and concerted White House campaign urging Congress to pass the legislation.

President Obama on Friday signed free trade deals with South Korea, Colombia and Panama that were strongly opposed by many of his fellow Democrats, capping a five-year push by Republicans to get them approved.

Some prisons in Texas have stopped serving lunch to inmates in Texas to try to shave off $2.8 million in food expenses. "About 23,000 inmates in 36 prisons are eating two meals a day on Saturdays and Sundays instead of three," The New York Times reports. The state cut special-request "last meals" for death row prisoners last month.

German scientists say they expect pieces of a defunct satellite hurtling toward the atmosphere to hit Earth this weekend.

GE reported an 18 percent profit rise that met Wall Street's expectations, helped by strong revenue growth in key foreign markets including Brazil, Russia and China.

BBC

Libyan officials delay the burial of slain ex-leader Col Gaddafi, amid uncertainty over his final resting place and the circumstances of his death.

The first satellites for Galileo - Europe's GPS - are launched from French Guiana on a Soyuz rocket.

Mexican President Felipe Calderon says violence along his country's border with the US is fuelled in part by the US opting to deport rather than prosecute criminals.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says he is free of cancer after returning from Cuba for health checks, four months after surgery there.

Dozens of students in Chile occupy the Senate headquarters for several hours to demand a referendum on education and other social policies.

NATO is expected to declare an end to its Libya campaign in the coming hours.

Some 10,000 Turkish soldiers are taking part in a military offensive in northern Iraq and south-east Turkey, following a deadly attack by Kurdish rebels.

WorldNetDaily

The dark scourge of anti-Semitism has reared up at many "Occupy" protests across the country, and the subject could well become a campaign 2012 issue as Republicans have been quick to point out to voters that many Democrats, including the president, are aligning themselves with the protests.

Sudanese leader Omer Hassan Al-Bashir is moving forward with rewriting the country's constitution to implement Shariah law, according to reports from organizations with links inside the Muslim-dominated nation.

For the families of Pan Am 103, the death of the Moammar Gadhafi meant some closure can finally begin on one of the worst terrorist attacks of the 20th century. The bombing left a total of 270 killed: 259 on board the Pan Am flight and 11 on the ground.

India is developing nuclear torpedoes at a deep-water lake in land-locked Kyrgyzstan and intends to equip its navy with them because of the threat posed by Chinese warships in the Indian Ocean and South China Sea, informed regional sources have told Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin.

Palestinian diplomats are trying to muster support for a UN Security Council vote in New York on November 11 on their bid for membership in the global body.

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