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Obama Lays Out Top Three Goals For Second Term

Accepting his party’s renomination for president at the Democratic National Convention Thursday night, Barack Obama zeroed in on the top policy goals he will seek to accomplish in a second term.

Mars Curiosity Rover Exercises Robotic Arm, Leaves More Tracks (Photos)

NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover has now driven 358 feet, about the length of a football field since, landing on the Red Planet exactly one month ago, NASA reported on Thursday.

Just 96,000 Jobs Added To Payrolls; Unemployment Rate Dips To 8.1 Percent

The number of jobs on private and public payrolls grew by just 96,000 in August from July, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said this morning.

Canada cuts diplomatic ties with Iran

Canada has closed its embassy in Tehran and ordered the expulsion of Iranian diplomats from Ottawa.

Deadly earthquakes hit south-west China

A series of earthquakes hit south-west China on Friday, killing at least 43 people and damaging 20,000 homes, the government said.

Despite obstacles, aid groups says Syria refugee exodus growing

(Reuters) – Flights from Damascus have been cancelled, at least one crossing into Iraq shut, and shells are landing close to the Jordanian border, but more than 246,000 refugees have already fled Syriaand the exodus is growing, humanitarian agencies said on Friday.

South African police shot fleeing miners, witness says

(Reuters) – A survivor of last month’s police killing of 34 strikers at a South African mine says officers shot fleeing and surrendering men beyond the eyes of the media, challenging police assertions that they fired only in self-defense.

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