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Indian State Yields to Farmers on Land Policy

Posted June 3rd, 2011 at 7:15 am (UTC-5)
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One northern Indian state is hoping a new land acquisition policy can calm rising tensions between farmers and industrialists. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati says the changes will remove the government as the middleman in land deals between farmers and private companies. She says the government would still act as a facilitator but that farmers […]

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Yemen Fighting Escalates Further

Posted June 3rd, 2011 at 7:05 am (UTC-5)
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Clashes in the Yemeni capital escalated further on Friday, with the destruction of the headquarters of an opposition TV station. Reports say the fighting in Sana’a is expanding into new neighborhoods of the city, and tribesmen loyal to the opposition are traveling to the capital city to take part in the fighting. The rising chaos […]

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European Markets Flat at Midday

Posted June 3rd, 2011 at 7:05 am (UTC-5)
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European stock markets were flat in midday trading Friday. London’s Financial Times 100 index was nearly unchanged , to 5,850. The CAC-40 in Paris was down slightly , to 3,888. And the DAX in Frankfurt was up a quarter of a percent , at 7,092. The S&P futures contract was down six points, indicating a […]

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Indian Yoga Guru Ready to Begin Fast

Posted June 3rd, 2011 at 6:55 am (UTC-5)
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India’s most famous yoga guru says he is ready to begin his “fast unto death” against corruption if the government does not take action on the country’s deep corruption problems. Baba Ramdev said Friday he will not succumb to pressure from Indian Prime Minister Monmahan Singh and other senior government officials. The yoga guru has […]

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Mladic Refuses to Offer a Plea to ‘Obnoxious’ Charges

Posted June 3rd, 2011 at 6:45 am (UTC-5)
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Former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic has made his first appearance before the U.N. war crimes tribunal at The Hague, but refused to enter a plea to what he said are “obnoxious” charges of genocide against him. Mladic told the court’s three judges on Friday that he was defending “my people and my country” […]

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Asian Markets Close Mostly Lower

Posted June 3rd, 2011 at 6:40 am (UTC-5)
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Asian stock markets closed mostly lower Friday. Tokyo’s Nikkei index lost two-thirds of a percent , to close at 9,492. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index dropped 1.31 percent , to end at 22,950. Elsewhere, share prices were lower in Seoul, Sydney, Mumbai, Singapore, Bangkok, Wellington and Manila. Markets closed higher in Shanghai, Taipei, Kuala Lumpur […]

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Gates Meets with U.S. Allies at Asian Security Conference

Posted June 3rd, 2011 at 6:35 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. and Chinese defense chiefs said Friday that military relations between the two countries had made some progress and are moving in a positive direction. U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates and his Chinese counterpart, General Liang Guanglie made the statement Friday in Singapore, where they held talks ahead of the start of the Shangri-La Dialogue […]

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Reports: John Edwards Facing Charges over Campaign Funds

Posted June 3rd, 2011 at 6:05 am (UTC-5)
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News outlets say former U.S. Senator and presidential candidate John Edwards may be charged Friday with illegally using campaign donations to keep an extramarital affair secret. Reports that Edwards’ lawyer, Gregory Craig, would be in (the southeastern U.S. state) of North Carolina Friday has fueled speculation that federal prosecutors are ready to indict Edwards or […]

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McCain Urges Burma to Quickly Implement Reforms

Posted June 3rd, 2011 at 5:50 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Senator John McCain, ending a three-day visit to Burma, called on the government to free its more than 2,000 political prisoners and quickly implement democratic reforms. McCain told a news conference Friday that it was clear from his meetings with top officials that Burma wants closer relations with the United States. However, he said […]

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Pakistan and US to Carry Out Joint Intelligence Operations

Posted June 3rd, 2011 at 5:35 am (UTC-5)
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Pakistan’s foreign ministry says Pakistani and U.S. teams will carry out joint operations and share intelligence in the campaign against militants. The announcement indicates the U.S. and Pakistan are trying to repair their frayed ties following the secret U.S. raid in May that killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.. Pakistani leaders were angered […]

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