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UN Report: Economy Struggling In West Bank

Posted June 8th, 2011 at 1:05 pm (UTC-5)
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A new report from the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees says the West Bank’s economy is not doing as well as recent reports suggest. The report says accelerating unemployment and a decline in the purchasing power of working people’s wages are slowing economic growth. The report, released Wednesday, says that although employment in the […]

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Obama: Manufacturing Key to US Economic Health

Posted June 8th, 2011 at 12:55 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama says America can “win the future” by rebuilding its manufacturing sector. Mr. Obama spoke Wednesday after visiting an automotive training center at a community college in Virginia, outside Washington. Mr. Obama said a slow economic recovery has left too many Americans out of work, and he called on lawmakers and industries […]

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Spanish Resistance Fighter, Holocaust Survivor, Dies

Posted June 8th, 2011 at 12:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Spanish writer, resistance fighter and Holocaust survivor Jorge Semprun has died in Paris at the age of 87. Semprun documented his experiences in the Nazi death camp Buchenwald in a famous autobiography recently released in English as The Cattle Truck. He also was known for his screenplays Z, directed by Costa Gavras, and The War […]

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E. Coli Crisis to Overshadow EU-Russia Summit

Posted June 8th, 2011 at 12:45 pm (UTC-5)
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European Union and Russian leaders open a two-day summit in the central Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod Thursday that is likely to be overshadowed by a rift over Russia’s E. coli-related ban on EU vegetables. The European Union has reacted angrily to Russia’s decision to ban all EU produce. It wants Russia to lift the […]

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UN Chief Calls for End of AIDS Epidemic Within 10 Years

Posted June 8th, 2011 at 12:35 pm (UTC-5)
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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on the international community to take bold action to end the AIDS epidemic within 10 years. Mr. Ban spoke Wednesday at the start of a high-level U.N. conference on the global AIDS response. He called for world partners to come together to provide universal access to the prevention, […]

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Yemen’s Interim Leader Urged to Start Power Transition

Posted June 8th, 2011 at 12:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Anti-government protesters in Yemen are urging the country’s interim leader to form a transition council that would create a new government, while President Ali Abdullah Saleh recovers from serious injuries in Saudi Arabia. Demonstrations continued on Wednesday outside of Vice President Abd al-Rab Mansur Hadi’s residence in the capital, Sana’a. However, soldiers moved in and […]

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Suspected US Missile Strikes Kill 22 in Pakistan

Posted June 8th, 2011 at 12:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Pakistani officials say U.S. missiles have struck a militant training facility in a tribal region of North Waziristan, killing at least 22 suspected militants. Intelligence officials say the missiles were fired from unmanned drone aircraft within minutes of each other Wednesday. The first strike targeted a vehicle carrying at least four men. Shortly after, a […]

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Lagarde & Carstens Campaign for Top IMF Job

Posted June 8th, 2011 at 11:50 am (UTC-5)
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Both of the announced candidates to head the International Monetary Fund are visiting key emerging nations, seeking support for their rival bids to become the next Managing Director of the global lender. French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde is in Beijing for a series of meetings with top Chinese financial and political officials. She arrived Wednesday, […]

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Clinton Travels to Middle East, Africa

Posted June 8th, 2011 at 11:45 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has set off on a four-nation trip where she will take part in talks on Libya as well as an African economic conference. On Thursday, Clinton will be in the United Arab Emirates for a meeting of the 22-nation Libya Contact Group. Participants are expected to discuss how to […]

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UN Presses China on Fate of Missing Monks

Posted June 8th, 2011 at 11:15 am (UTC-5)
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United Nations human rights investigators are calling on China to disclose the fate of more than 300 Tibetan Buddhist monks they say have been subjected to enforced disappearances after being taken into custody at a monastery in Sichuan province earlier this year. The U.N. Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances says the monks at […]

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