Saturday, July 30, 2011

World News Briefs -- July 30, 2011

U.S. Senate Kills House Debt Limit Increase, Advancing Own Plan -- SFGate

The Senate swiftly rejected a House Republican plan to raise the U.S. debt limit and cut spending as Democrats pressed for passage of their own alternative before an Aug. 2 deadline to avoid default.

Democratic Senate leaders planned to work through the weekend, starting with a possible move at 1 a.m. on July 31 for a longer-term increase in the nation's debt limit.

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Turkey military chiefs resign over Sledgehammer 'coup plot' arrests. Analysis: Turkish government strengthens control on military.

US review finds Iraq deadlier now than a year ago.

9 reported slain in Syrian protests.

Iran may release detained U.S. hikers soon: Lawyer.

Egypt: Militants attack gas pipeline to Israel.


U.S. labels North Korea talks 'constructive and businesslike'.

Pakistan torturing Balochistan activists, report says.

Gunmen kill Shia passengers in Pakistan. Gunmen kill 18 in two days in southwest Pakistan.

U.S. military bases in Korea begin cleanup after massive rainstorm.


Libyan rebel forces commander's body found in Benghazi. Libya rebels say Younis killers were 'Islamist element'.

Islamists show solidarity in massive Egypt rally. In Tahrir Square demonstration, Islamists display clout.

Ending civil war hasn't worked out like Sudan had hoped.

Africa reemerging as heroin trafficking hub-U.N.

World Bank drought plan focuses on Ethiopia, Kenya.


Norway suspect tells police he was considering other targets.

NATO in north Kosovo withdraws from Serb roadblock .

Turkey's military in turmoil as top brass quit.

Spain PM calls early election, conservatives ahead.

Ukraine mourns 25 dead in mine accidents.


Dems, GOP still at loggerheads as clock ticks. US House and Senate divided over debt ceiling issue.

Hugo Chavez’s opponents see an opportunity.

Bolivia's president says he fears possible U.S. plot.

Honduras recovers 7.3 tons more cocaine from sub.

Commercial plane crashes in Guyana; No deaths.


White House adviser says U.S. has 6 months to ‘knock out’ rattled Qaeda leadership.

U.S. boosting efforts against Al Qaeda in Pakistan.

Al-Qaeda WMD threat remains after Bin Laden's death, ex-official says.

Report: UK seeks to question Guantanamo detainees.


Nortel completes $4.5B sale of patent portfolio.

How Apple is sucking the profit out of the mobile phone market.

Wall Street ends worst week in year on debt stalemate.

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