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No Answers on Europe’s E. Coli Outbreak; WHO Warns of Unsupervised Antibiotic Use

Posted June 3rd, 2011 at 3:10 pm (UTC-5)
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With scientists on Friday still puzzling over the cause of a potentially lethal form of E. coli that has killed at least 18 people and sickened hundreds more in Europe, the World Health Organization is cautioning against the use of antibiotics and other medications. Instead the U.N. health agency is calling on people to quickly […]

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Iraq Bombings Kill 21

Posted June 3rd, 2011 at 3:05 pm (UTC-5)
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At least 21 people have been killed following apparently coordinated bombings in the Iraqi city of Tikrit. The first blast took place as worshippers were leaving a Sunni mosque at the conclusion of Friday prayers. Investigators say 16 people were killed and more than 50 others wounded. Hours later, a suicide bomber detonated explosives at […]

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Spain’s King Undergoes Successful Knee Surgery

Posted June 3rd, 2011 at 3:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Spanish King Juan Carlos has undergone successful knee replacement surgery that has prompted new concern about his overall health. Doctors say there were no complications as the 73-year-old king had his right knee replaced with an artificial joint. They say the surgery was performed to alleviate pain from old sports injuries, and he is expected […]

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US Pushes for Accounting of Tiananmen Victims

Posted June 3rd, 2011 at 2:50 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. government is urging China to account for all those killed, arrested or still missing from the crackdown on democracy protesters in Tiananmen Square 22 years ago. State Department spokesman Mark Toner on Friday called on China to stop its harassment of the Tiananmen protesters and their families. On June 4, 1989, China’s Communist […]

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Rights Groups Urges Pakistan to Stop Unlawful Killings

Posted June 3rd, 2011 at 2:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Amnesty International is urging the Pakistani government to take urgent steps to end killings and abductions in the southwestern province of Baluchistan. The rights group on Friday condemned the killing of Saba Dashtiyari, a professor who was shot and killed by gunmen on June 1 in the provincial capital, Quetta. While no one has claimed […]

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Report: US Economy Gains Just 54,000 New Jobs

Posted June 3rd, 2011 at 2:35 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. economy had a net gain of only 54,000 jobs in May, the smallest increase since last September. Friday’s report from the Labor Department shows the unemployment rate rose slightly to hit 9.1 percent. The figures surprised many economists who were expecting the jobless rate to decline a little bit and a bigger gain […]

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34 Dead Following Protests in Syria

Posted June 3rd, 2011 at 2:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Syrian rights groups say at least 34 people were killed after security forces opened fire on a large group of demonstrators in Hama, a stronghold of opposition to President Bashar al-Assad’s government. Activists said shooting broke out after Friday prayers in Hamas, which is about 300 kilometers north of Damascus. Witnesses said thousands of people […]

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Yemen’s President Survives Challenges From Protesters, Tribes and Al-Qaida

Posted June 3rd, 2011 at 2:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Yemen’s president, wounded Friday in a rocket attack on his compound, has survived three decades of challenges. President Ali Abdullah Saleh has ruled Yemen since the country’s unification in 1990. He had served as leader of North Yemen since 1978 and played a key role in the merger between the North and the communist South. […]

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US Diplomat Prepares for East Asian Swing

Posted June 3rd, 2011 at 2:00 pm (UTC-5)
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The top U.S. diplomat to East Asia is preparing for a four-nation tour next week. Kurt Campbell, the assistant secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, leaves Sunday for Beijing where he will attend a series of meetings on cooperation in the region. He is also expected to discuss concerns about North Korea […]

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Wounded Yemeni President Makes No Public Appearance After Compound Attack

Posted June 3rd, 2011 at 1:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has made no appearance in public after being wounded by rockets fired into the presidential compound in the capital, Sana’a. Yemen state media had said the president would address the nation Friday, just hours after the attack – possibly to refute a report aired by an opposition-controlled television station that […]

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