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UN Holding Conference on Global AIDS Response

Posted June 8th, 2011 at 10:15 am (UTC-5)
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World leaders are meeting Wednesday in New York for the first day of a United Nations AIDS conference aimed at charting the path of the global response to the epidemic. The U.N. says member states are expected to adopt a new declaration outlining their commitments. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the General Assembly’s high-level meeting […]

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Elders Group Urges Aid for North Korea, Talks With Pyongyang

Posted June 8th, 2011 at 10:10 am (UTC-5)
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A group of former world leaders, known as the Elders, is urging the international community to work with aid agencies to provide food aid to North Korea, and is calling for countries to back a resumption of talks between North and South Korea. The recommendations are in the report of an Elders’ visit to North […]

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Prices Rise After OPEC Says No New Deal On Oil Production

Posted June 8th, 2011 at 10:05 am (UTC-5)
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Members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries did not reach a new agreement on oil production quotas at Wednesday’s meeting in Vienna. Oil prices rebounded in New York and London after the news. Oil prices had been declining in anticipation that OPEC members might work out a deal to boost production. The OPEC nations […]

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Bin Laden Eulogy Video Issued by Deputy

Posted June 8th, 2011 at 9:55 am (UTC-5)
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Al-Qaida’s second in command has issued a message eulogizing the terrorist group’s leader, Osama bin Laden, who was killed in a U.S. raid in Pakistan last month. In a 28-minute video posted on militant websites Thursday, Ayman al-Zawahri said bin Laden terrified the United States while alive and would continue to do so in death. […]

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Syria Resolution Expected at UN as Refugees Flee to Turkey

Posted June 8th, 2011 at 9:50 am (UTC-5)
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United Nations diplomats are working on a resolution that would condemn Syria for its deadly anti-government crackdown, as refugees from the violence cross Syria’s northern border into Turkey. British Prime Minister David Cameron says Britain and France will put forth a draft resolution on Wednesday that condemns “repression” in Syria. But its fate is unclear […]

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Bus Crash Kills 22 in India

Posted June 8th, 2011 at 9:35 am (UTC-5)
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Police in India say 22 people were killed after a speeding bus plunged off a bridge and burst into flames in the country’s south. Officials say the crash occurred Tuesday night in Tamil Nadu state when the driver of the bus swerved to avoid two trucks which had collided with each other. Only two people, […]

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NATO Defense Chiefs Discuss Libya Campaign

Posted June 8th, 2011 at 9:15 am (UTC-5)
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NATO warplanes rocked the Libyan capital, Tripoli, overnight before alliance defense ministers began talks to assess their military campaign against forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says he expects the Wednesday meeting in Brussels to discuss preparations for the future of Libya without Mr. Gadhafi. On Tuesday, NATO carried […]

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Stricken Japanese Conductor to Perform Comeback Concerts

Posted June 8th, 2011 at 9:15 am (UTC-5)
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Acclaimed Japanese conductor Seiji Ozawa, stricken last year with esophageal cancer, is set to perform a comeback concert in August with a series of opera performances in Japan. The 75-year-old maestro, who also underwent back surgery early this year, says he will conduct Japan’s Saito Kinen orchestra in late August for four performances at a […]

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Nigerian Blasts Kill 11; Boko Haram Blamed

Posted June 8th, 2011 at 9:05 am (UTC-5)
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Police in Nigeria say 11 people have been killed in bomb attacks that are suspected to be the work of a radical Islamic group. Multiple bombs went off Tuesday at a police station and a church in the northeastern city of Maiduguri, the scene of frequent violence in recent months. Borno state police say the […]

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Top Nigerian Lawmaker Pleads Not Guilty in Graft Case

Posted June 8th, 2011 at 8:50 am (UTC-5)
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A top political figure in Nigeria has pleaded not guilty to charges that he misappropriated millions of dollars of parliamentary funds. Former parliament speaker Dimeji Bankole appeared in a federal court in the capital Abuja Wednesday to answer to 16 charges of fraud. Prosecutors say they are preparing more charges against him. The court ordered […]

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