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Michelle Obama to Travel to Africa

Posted June 3rd, 2011 at 12:05 pm (UTC-5)
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The White House has announced that first lady Michelle Obama will travel to South Africa and Botswana for an official visit later this month. The wife of U.S. President Barack Obama will travel to Africa on June 21 for a five-day visit focusing on youth leadership, education, health and wellness. Mrs. Obama will visit Johannesburg […]

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Greece: Fiscal Check by EU, IMF Is ‘Positive’

Posted June 3rd, 2011 at 11:45 am (UTC-5)
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The Greek Finance Ministry says an inspection of the country’s finances by the European Union, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund has ended “positively.” Talks in Athens Friday measured how much progress Greece has made in reforming its economy in line with last year’s $159 billion bailout package of loans from the three institutions. […]

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Pakistani Taliban Claim Cross-Border Attack

Posted June 3rd, 2011 at 11:35 am (UTC-5)
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The Pakistani Taliban says its forces in Afghanistan are responsible for a deadly raid in Pakistan. A Taliban spokesman made the claim Friday during a phone call with reporters. He said about 40 to 50 insurgents were involved in the cross-border attack on a security checkpoint near Pakistan’s northwestern Dir tribal area. The government says […]

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Two Japanese Workers Exceed Radiation Exposure Limits

Posted June 3rd, 2011 at 11:35 am (UTC-5)
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Two workers at Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant have been exposed to radiation levels more than twice the government limits. Friday’s announcement by the government and the plant operator is the first report that workers may have been exposed to dangerous limits of radiation. However, Tokyo Electric Power says more workers may have been […]

John Edwards Charged over Campaign Funds

Posted June 3rd, 2011 at 11:15 am (UTC-5)
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A federal grand jury has indicted former U.S. Senator and presidential candidate John Edwards on charges he violated campaign finance laws by using political donations to keep an extramarital affair secret. The case includes six counts — one count of conspiracy, four counts of illegal campaign contributions and one count of false statements. It was […]

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Two Japanese Workers Exceed Radiation Exposure Limits

Posted June 3rd, 2011 at 11:05 am (UTC-5)
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Two workers at Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant have been exposed to radiation levels more than twice the government limits. The announcement by the government and the plant operator Friday is the first report that workers may have been exposed to dangerous limits of radiation. However, Tokyo Electric Power says more workers may have […]

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US Stocks Fall

Posted June 3rd, 2011 at 11:05 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. stock market indexes fell in Friday’s morning trading after some disappointing reports on the U.S. labor market. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, the S&P 500 and the NASDAQ all dropped half a percent. European stock markets were mixed in afternoon trading. London’s Financial Times 100 index gained one-tenth of a percent, the CAC-40 in […]

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British Police Cleared of Assaulting Suspected Terrorist

Posted June 3rd, 2011 at 11:00 am (UTC-5)
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Four British police officers have been acquitted of violently assaulting terrorist suspect Babar Ahmad in 2003 when they arrested him on suspicion of helping to raise money to fund terrorist campaigns. The jury at the London court, in its decision Friday, found the four not guilty of claims by Ahmad that police had beaten him […]

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Bahrain Grand Prix Restored Amid More Protests

Posted June 3rd, 2011 at 10:40 am (UTC-5)
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Amid new unrest, auto racing’s world governing body, FIA, has agreed to reschedule the Bahrain Grand Prix that was called off in March after anti-government protests. The Bahrain event was to have been the opening race of the season. FIA officials, meeting in Barcelona, announced Friday that it will now be run October 30. That […]

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Assisted Suicide Advocate Kevorkian Dead at 83

Posted June 3rd, 2011 at 10:30 am (UTC-5)
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Jack Kevorkian, the U.S. doctor who was jailed for helping terminally ill people commit suicide, has died at the age of 83. The former pathologist’s attorney and friend says Kevorkian died early Friday at a hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. He was hospitalized last month with kidney problems. In 2007, Kevorkian was released from prison […]

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