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Militants Storm Pakistani Checkpoint, Killing Eight Soldiers

Posted June 9th, 2011 at 3:55 pm (UTC-5)
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More than 100 Taliban militants attacked a security checkpoint in Pakistan’s South Waziristan region, triggering gunbattles that left eight soldiers dead. The attack took place early Thursday morning in the Marabi area near the border with Afghanistan. Officials say Pakistani forces killed at least 10 Taliban fighters. At least seven soldiers were also wounded in […]

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9 Civilians, 2 NATO Troops Killed in Afghanistan

Posted June 9th, 2011 at 3:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Afghan officials say militants in eastern Nangarhar province have killed nine members of a wedding party. Local authorities said the militants Thursday stormed a house in Dur Baba district where wedding guests had gathered. Reports say the groom, who was one of the victims, was a relative of the district chief of Dur Baba. The […]

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Italy Condemns Brazil for Releasing Fugitive

Posted June 9th, 2011 at 3:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Officials in Italy are expressing outrage over Brazil’s decision to free an Italian fugitive wanted for murder. Victims and officials described as a slap in the face the ruling Wednesday by Brazil’s Supreme Court to release former left-wing militant Cesare Battisti. Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini promised to pursue his country’s claims with the International […]

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Crude Oil Prices Rise

Posted June 9th, 2011 at 3:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Here are the prices of some key commodities traded in New York on Thursday: Crude oil prices rose more than $1 to close at $101.93 a barrel. Coffee prices gained 3 cents to finish at $2.67 per pound. Copper prices lost a fraction of a cent to end the day’s trading at $4.10 a pound. […]

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Alabama Governor Signs Tough Illegal Immigration Law

Posted June 9th, 2011 at 3:30 pm (UTC-5)
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The governor of Alabama has signed into law a tough new illegal immigration measure that requires public schools to determine students’ immigration status. Republican Governor Robert Bentley signed the measure on Thursday and says it is the strongest immigration bill in the country. Critics agree. The new law will not enable schools to deny illegal […]

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Key US Counterterror Chief Resigns

Posted June 9th, 2011 at 3:00 pm (UTC-5)
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The director of the U.S. National Counterrorism Center is leaving his post after four years on the job. Officials said Thursday that National Counterterrorism Center Director Mike Leiter is resigning. He is expected to step down in July. Leiter rarely played a public role in the war on terror during his tenure running the agency, […]

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UN: Fighting Spreads in Sudan’s South Kordofan State

Posted June 9th, 2011 at 2:00 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations Mission in Sudan says fighting in a north-south border state has spread and the humanitarian crisis there has worsened. In an interview with VOA Thursday, spokesman Kouider Zerrouk described the security situation in and around the capital of South Kordofan state as “volatile and tense.” He said fighting between the north’s Sudanese […]

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World Powers Pledge More Than $1B to Aid Libyan Opposition

Posted June 9th, 2011 at 1:40 pm (UTC-5)
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International envoys have pledged more than one billion dollars to help Libya’s opposition council and Libyans affected by the country’s conflict. World powers announced the series of financial measures on Thursday as they met in the United Arab Emirates to plan for a Libya without its embattled leader, Moammar Gadhafi. Among the donors, Italy – […]

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Maoist Rebels Kill 5 Policemen in Central India

Posted June 9th, 2011 at 1:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Police say Maoist rebels have killed five policeman in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh. The five officers died in a shootout with rebels who attacked a police camp in the Naryanpur district early Thursday. There were no reports of casualties among the attackers. Late last month, Maoist rebels ambushed a group of police investigating […]

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More EU Deaths Fuel Fight Over Contaminated Vegetables

Posted June 9th, 2011 at 1:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Three more deaths pushed the death toll from Europe’s E. coli outbreak to 30 Thursday, ahead of a crucial meeting between European Union and Russian leaders. German officials say the latest fatalities included a 68-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman. The bacterial outbreak blamed on contaminated vegetables has now sickened more than 2,800 people, costing […]

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