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Nation Marks 67th Anniversary of D-Day

Posted June 5th, 2011 at 11:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Monday, June 6, marks the 67th anniversary of D-Day, the allied invasion of Normandy in Nazi-occupied France during World War Two. In the United States, two veterans of the Normandy invasion will share their experiences with visitors to the National World War Two Museum in New Orleans . The National D-Day Memorial in the eastern […]

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Australia Eases Policy on Children in Refugee Swap Plan

Posted June 5th, 2011 at 11:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Australia is backing away from a plan to send unaccompanied children to Malaysia as part of a refugee swap arrangement with Malaysia. Immigration Minister Chris Bowen said in a radio interview Monday the government will now assess children on an individual basis under the plan, which had drawn harsh criticism. The United Nations refugee agency […]

NATO Continues Air Assault on Libya

Posted June 5th, 2011 at 10:05 pm (UTC-5)
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NATO war planes on Sunday continued their assault on targets in and around Tripoli, hitting a military barracks in the Libyan capital and checkpoints near Brega. The attacks are designed to keep up pressure on Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to bring to an end his 42 years in power. British Foreign Secretary William Hague, who […]

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Greeks March Against More Spending Cuts

Posted June 5th, 2011 at 9:45 pm (UTC-5)
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As many as 80,000 furious protesters filled a square in central Athens Sunday in the largest protest in weeks against Greek government plans for more budget cuts. Many in the crowd chanted “thieves” as they pointed their fingers at the parliament building. The majority of the demonstrators were ordinary Greeks, livid that they are being […]

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Australians Rally in Support of Carbon Tax

Posted June 5th, 2011 at 9:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Thousands of Australians have rallied in support of a government plan to impose a tax on carbon emissions, which have been blamed for global warming. Demonstrators in major cities across the nation carried signs Sunday and shouted slogans saying yes to carbon tax. June fifth is United Nations – designated World Environment Day. Environmental activists […]

US, Europe Engage Yemeni Officials as Saleh Recovers

Posted June 5th, 2011 at 9:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Yemeni government and opposition officials met separately with U.S. and European diplomats Sunday as President Ali Abdullah Saleh recovered from a successful operation in Saudi Arabia to remove shrapnel from his chest. Mr. Saleh was wounded in a rocket attack Friday on his presidential compound. He was later flown to a military hospital in Riyadh […]

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4 NATO Soldiers Die as Gates Bids Farewell to Troops in Afghanistan

Posted June 5th, 2011 at 8:35 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who is retiring at the end of the month, visited southern Afghanistan Sunday to say goodbye to American troops fighting Taliban insurgents. In his remarks during visits to bases in Kandahar and Helmand provinces, Gates said a soon-to-begin U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan should start with support troops, not combat […]

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Partial Results: Humala Ahead in Peruvian Elections

Posted June 5th, 2011 at 8:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Partial results in Peru’s presidential run-off elections Sunday show former army officer Ollanta Humala emerging as the winner over the daughter of imprisoned former President Alberto Fujimori. A count of selected ballots by Lima-based researcher Ipsos-Apoyo found Humala leading with 51.5 percent of the vote, over Fujimori’s 48.5 percent. Participating in elections is mandatory for […]

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Opposition Unseats Socialists in Portugal

Posted June 5th, 2011 at 7:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Portugal’s opposition has unseated the ruling Socialists in the troubled country’s parliamentary election. With all votes counted except those cast by Portuguese living overseas, official results give the conservative Social Democrats 105 seats and the Socialists 73 seats. Outgoing Prime Minister Jose Socrates conceded defeat earlier Sunday after television exit polls gave the Social Democrats […]

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China Seeks to Placate Neighbors In Disputed Waters

Posted June 5th, 2011 at 7:05 pm (UTC-5)
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China claims it is committed to peace and stability in the South China Sea as its smaller neighbors protest Beijing’s activity in the disputed waters. Defense Minister Liang Guanglie told a regional forum in Singapore Sunday that China is not seeking dominance and is not a threat to any country. Earlier Sunday, hundreds of demonstrators […]