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Indonesian Court Jails 17 in Religious Rampage

Posted June 9th, 2011 at 1:30 pm (UTC-5)
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An Indonesian court has jailed 17 Muslim men for up to five months for a rampage in which two Christian churches were burned and a third heavily damaged to protest what rioters said was a lenient jail sentence for a man accused of insulting Islam. The defendants were part of a crowd estimated at more […]

Businesses Oppose Denmark’s Plan to Tighten Border Controls

Posted June 9th, 2011 at 1:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Danish businesses are criticizing the government’s plans to tighten border controls aimed at fighting illegal immigration and smuggling. Germany and European Union officials also blasted the Danish center-right government’s decision, saying it contradicts the principles of the 25-country, visa-free Schengen zone. The two European countries are part of the Schengen agreement and share a common […]

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US Stocks Rise

Posted June 9th, 2011 at 12:55 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. stock market indexes rose in Thursday’s middday trading. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 rose nine-tenths of a percent and the NASDAQ gained half a percent. European stock markets were higher at the close of trading. London’s Financial Times 100 index gained eight-tenths of a percent to end at 5,856. The […]

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US Defense Nominee Outlines War, Budget Priorities

Posted June 9th, 2011 at 12:45 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. defense secretary nominee Leon Panetta says his first task at the Pentagon will be to ensure the U.S. prevails in the conflicts it is engaged in, including Iraq and Afghanistan. Testifying Thursday at a Senate hearing on his nomination, the current head of the Central Intelligence Agency said that in Afghanistan, the U.S. must […]

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US Poll: Most Disapprove of Obama’s Handling of Economy

Posted June 9th, 2011 at 12:45 pm (UTC-5)
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A new U.S. opinion poll is delivering bad news to President Barack Obama, the latest in a series of surveys to show discontent about his handling of the economy. The Quinnipiac University poll shows a majority of Americans — 58 percent — disapprove of the way the president has addressed the U.S. economy. National unemployment […]

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US Defense Nominee Outlines War, Budget Priorities

Posted June 9th, 2011 at 12:15 pm (UTC-5)
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The nominee for U.S. defense secretary, Leon Panetta, says his first task at the Pentagon will be to ensure the U.S. prevails in the conflicts it is engaged in, including in Iraq and Afghanistan. Panetta, who currently heads the Central Intelligence Agency, testified Thursday at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on his nomination. Panetta […]

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Number of Syrians Fleeing to Turkey Swells

Posted June 9th, 2011 at 12:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Turkey’s foreign minister says the number of Syrians who have crossed into Turkey has swelled to 2,400, as Turkey is erecting encampments to handle the crisis. Ahmet Davutoglu commented Thursday as Syrians in a northern border region continued to flee amid fears of government retaliation. The refugees are looking to escape Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s […]

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Eritrea Accuses British Firm of Espionage

Posted June 9th, 2011 at 12:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Eritrea says a British security firm has committed acts of espionage and attempted acts of terrorism and sabotage on its territory. On December 24, the Eritrean navy detained four British nationals who worked for the British company Protection Vessels International, or PVI. In a statement Thursday, Eritrea’s Foreign Ministry accused the detainees and other PVI […]

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Chinese Company to Launch English Microblog Service

Posted June 9th, 2011 at 12:00 pm (UTC-5)
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The Chinese online media company Sina says it is launching an English-language microblog aimed at users abroad, The company says the English version of its popular Weibo microblog service will debut later this year, but no launch date has been set. Chinese reports last week saying the company was considering the move prompted some analysts […]

NATO Chief Predicts Afghans Will Be In Control by 2014

Posted June 9th, 2011 at 11:55 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the U.S. will not make a hasty withdrawal from Afghanistan, and has urged NATO allies not to rush out either. Gates, who attended his final meeting of NATO defense ministers in Brussels Thursday, said substantial military progress is being made on the ground. He warned that those gains could […]

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