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NATO, Russia Still Disagree Over Missile Plan

Posted June 8th, 2011 at 7:50 pm (UTC-5)
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NATO and Russia have failed to reach an agreement to cooperate on the alliance’s plan for a missile defense system in Europe. At a meeting Wednesday in Brussels, NATO rejected Moscow’s proposal, which would divide the continent into Russian and NATO zones of responsibility. But NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the two sides could […]

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White House Defends Obama Meeting with Gabon President

Posted June 8th, 2011 at 7:05 pm (UTC-5)
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The White House has defended President Barack Obama’s decision to meet Gabon’s president despite corruption accusations leveled against him. Mr. Obama meets with Gabon President Ali Bongo at the White House Thursday, after welcoming Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday. White House spokesman Jay Carney said the invitation to Mr. Bongo was appropriate because Gabon […]

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Obama Expresses ‘Sorrow’ over Recent Civilian Casualties in Afghanistan

Posted June 8th, 2011 at 6:20 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama has expressed his “sorrow” to Afghan President Hamid Karzai over civilian deaths that U.S.-led airstrikes recently caused in Afghanistan’s Helmand province. White House press secretary Jay Carney says Presidents Obama and Karzai spoke for about an hour via videoconference Wednesday to discuss the state of the war in Afghanistan. Carney said […]

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Gunmen Killed Moderate Theologian in Dagestan

Posted June 8th, 2011 at 6:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Gunmen have killed a leading Muslim professor and his nephew in the restive southern Russian republic of Dagestan. Police say Maksud Sadikov and his nephew Zalimkhan Musayev were mowed down in a hail of bullets Tuesday night outside Sadikov’s home in Makhachkala, Dagestan’s capital. The attackers wounded another man before fleeing the scene. Regional investigators […]

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Iran to Triple Higher-Enriched Uranium Production

Posted June 8th, 2011 at 5:50 pm (UTC-5)
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The head of Iran’s atomic energy agency has announced plans to triple the country’s output of higher-grade uranium while also moving production of the nuclear fuel to an underground site that was secret until 2009. Fereydoon Abbasi said Wednesday that Tehran will transfer production of 20 percent-enriched uranium from its Natanz nuclear site to the […]

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Kazakh President Calls for Islamic Food Fund

Posted June 8th, 2011 at 5:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev has proposed the creation of a food reserve for Muslim countries to improve food security in the Islamic world. President Nazarbayev addressed the World Islamic Economic Forum in the Kazakh capital Astana Wednesday. He said member nations of the Organization of the Islamic Conference should establish a regional fund to stave […]

India’s Anti-Corruption Activists Renew Pressure on Government

Posted June 8th, 2011 at 5:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Two high-profile anti-corruption activists in India have renewed pressure on the government in New Delhi to deal with graft, widely seen as the country’s most pressing problem. India’s wealthiest yoga guru, Baba Ramdev, who is continuing his anti-corruption hunger strike from his base in northern India, warned of violence as he condemned the government crackdown […]

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US Stocks Decline

Posted June 8th, 2011 at 4:40 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. stock market indexes fell in Wednesday’s trading. The Dow Jones Industrial Average retreated two-tenths of a percent to close at 12,049. The S&P 500 lost four-tenths of a percent to end at 1,280 while the NASDAQ composite index dropped one percent to 2,675. European stock markets were lower at the close of trading. London’s […]

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Crews Battle Ferocious US Wildfire

Posted June 8th, 2011 at 4:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Fire crews battled Wednesday to contain a wildfire that has consumed nearly 160,000 hectares in the southwestern U.S. state of Arizona, and is showing no signs of letting up. Officials say the blaze has forced some 3,000 people to evacuate their homes in mountain communities near Arizona’s border with the state of New Mexico. There […]

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Gadhafi Forces Attack Misrata

Posted June 8th, 2011 at 4:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Government forces in Libya have carried out a heavy assault on the rebel-held city of Misrata on the same day that NATO vowed to keep up its air campaign against the embattled Libyan leader. Witnesses say the port city came under heavy shelling Wednesday as thousands of pro-Gadhafi troops advanced from the south, east and […]

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