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Vietnam Plans Military Exercise Near Disputed Waters

Posted June 10th, 2011 at 10:05 am (UTC-5)
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Vietnam plans to hold live-fire naval exercises in the South China Sea, as the dispute over control of the region and its potentially rich mineral deposits continues to heat up. Hanoi said the exercise would be held Monday and warned civilian ships to stay out of the area near its Quang Nam province. The training […]

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US Stocks Fall

Posted June 10th, 2011 at 10:05 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. stock markets declined in Friday’s early trading. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 lost two-thirds of a percent, while the NASDAQ slid nearly half a percent. European stock markets were lower in afternoon trading. London’s Financial Times 100 index was down three-tenths of a percent. The CAC 40 in Paris lost […]

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UN: Both Sides in Ivory Coast Conflict May Have Committed Rights Violations

Posted June 10th, 2011 at 10:00 am (UTC-5)
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A United Nations human rights body says investigators have found evidence that both sides in the Ivory Coast conflict may have committed crimes against humanity and war crimes. The U.N. Human Rights Council sent an inquiry panel to the country May 4-28. After visiting several cities, the panel concluded that serious human rights violations, including […]

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Sudanese Border Battles Put Thousands on the Run

Posted June 10th, 2011 at 10:00 am (UTC-5)
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Tens of thousands of people are fleeing from intense fighting along the undefined border region between northern and southern Sudan, with humanitarian officials warning the violence is getting worse. The United Nations said Friday conditions have deteriorated rapidly in the north’s South Kordofan state, where civilians are getting caught between the north’s Sudanese Armed Forces […]

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Residents Continue to Flee Deadly Unrest in Syria

Posted June 10th, 2011 at 9:40 am (UTC-5)
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Syrian security forces opened fire Friday on protesters in a southern village, killing at least two people as refugees fleeing the nationwide violence continued streaming into Turkey. Activists and witnesses say the deaths happened on Friday in a village in the Daraa region, where about 1,000 people had gathered for an anti-government protest. They say […]

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Germany Says Private Creditors Must Help With Greek Bailout

Posted June 10th, 2011 at 9:35 am (UTC-5)
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German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble told parliament Friday that private investors will have to help with a new financial aid package for Greece. Schaeuble said European finance ministers are setting up a working group to find a “good solution” for the involvement of the private sector that the European Central Bank can support. He said […]

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Afghan President in Pakistan for Talks on Taliban

Posted June 10th, 2011 at 9:20 am (UTC-5)
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai has arrived in Pakistan for talks that are expected to focus on what role Islamabad can play as the Afghan government tries to broker peace with the Taliban. President Karzai’s visit is the first since al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden was killed in a U.S. raid in the Pakistani city of […]

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Rival Rallies Unfold in Politically-Charged Yemen

Posted June 10th, 2011 at 8:35 am (UTC-5)
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Rival rallies are unfolding across Yemen where supporters of President Ali Abdullah Saleh are cheering his reported recovery from injuries while opponents are calling for the formation of a transitional government without him. Mr. Saleh’s loyalists are celebrating word from Saudi Arabia that the president has been moved out of intensive care there. He is […]

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Israeli Police Briefly Enter Jerusalem Holy Compound

Posted June 10th, 2011 at 8:35 am (UTC-5)
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Israeli police briefly entered Jerusalem’s holy mount complex on Friday to disperse Palestinian demonstrators who Israeli authorities say were hurling rocks. The Old City compound is known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary. Israeli police say they used stun agents to disperse the crowds that threw rocks at […]

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Alaska to Release Ex-Governor Palin’s Official E-mails

Posted June 10th, 2011 at 7:55 am (UTC-5)
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Officials in the northwestern U.S. state of Alaska are releasing more than 24,000 pages of Sarah Palin’s e-mails from her first two years as governor. The e-mails were first requested by journalists in 2008 after Palin was picked by Republican presidential nominee John McCain to be his vice-presidential running mate. The messages cover the time […]

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