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Israeli Soldiers Kill Two Demonstrators in Golan Heights

Posted June 5th, 2011 at 5:50 am (UTC-5)
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Syrian media say Israeli soldiers shot and killed at least two pro-Palestinian demonstrators and wounded several others Sunday in the Golan Heights area. The crowd had gathered at a fence at the Syrian border to mark the anniversary of the Arab defeat in the 1967 Middle East war. Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria […]

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UN Secretary-General Expected to Seek Re-Election

Posted June 5th, 2011 at 5:20 am (UTC-5)
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U.N. diplomats say Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is likely to announce his plans to seek another five-year term as early as Monday. Mr. Ban, a former South Korean foreign minister, is poised to get another term pending a recommendation from the Security Council and a vote by the 192 members. There has been no public announcement […]

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Voting Begins in Portugal Elections

Posted June 5th, 2011 at 4:15 am (UTC-5)
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Voting began in Portugal Sunday in an election that will choose a new government to implement the country’s $110 billion bailout programs. Latest opinion polls indicate that the opposition center-right Social Democrats have the backing of about 36 percent of voters, while the ruling center-left Socialist Party would collect about 31 percent of the vote. […]

Gates Says Goodbye to Troops in Afghanistan

Posted June 5th, 2011 at 4:10 am (UTC-5)
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The U.S. defense secretary, who is retiring at the end of the month, has arrived in southern Afghanistan where he is saying goodbye to American troops fighting to defeat Taliban insurgents. Robert Gates arrived in Kandahar Sunday to begin his farewell tour of military bases in the south. Gates visits Afghanistan at the same time […]

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Hundreds of Vietnamese Stage Anti-China Protest

Posted June 5th, 2011 at 3:45 am (UTC-5)
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Hundreds of demonstrators in Vietnam gathered at the Chinese embassy in Hanoi Sunday, demanding that China stay out of waters claimed by Vietnam. Police allowed the mostly young demonstrators to protest peacefully for awhile before dispersing them. The rare demonstration came after Vietnamese officials said a Chinese patrol vessel intentionally cut a submerged cable last […]

Raging Arizona Wildfires Force Thousands to Evacuate

Posted June 5th, 2011 at 3:00 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. authorities say one of the largest fires in Arizona history is raging on, consuming at least 57,000 hectares in the eastern part of the state. The Wallow Fire has forced the evacuation of 2,500 people near White Mountains in the southwestern U.S. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer toured the scorched landscape by helicopter Saturday, calling […]

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Macedonia Holds Snap Elections

Posted June 5th, 2011 at 3:00 am (UTC-5)
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Polls opened in Macedonia Sunday for snap elections that many hope will speed up reforms necessary for membership in the European Union. About 1.8 million voters are eligible to cast their ballots to elect deputies for the 123-seat parliament, which will have a four-year mandate. The main contenders are the ruling 24-party coalition led by […]

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