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US: NATO Members Must Pay Fair Share

Posted June 10th, 2011 at 6:10 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has warned that NATO members that they must increase their defense spending commitments or the alliance will face a “dim, if not dismal” future that might not include the United States. Gates spoke at the Security and Defense Agenda think tank Friday in Brussels, in what is expected to be […]

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China Quake Activist Freed from Prison

Posted June 10th, 2011 at 6:10 am (UTC-5)
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A Chinese activist who was imprisoned for criticizing Beijing’s response after a deadly earthquake has been released. Huang Qi, who is in his late 40s, was released Friday from a prison in Dazhu city in China’s southwestern province of Sichuan. Huang, who had criticized the government’s response to a 2008 earthquake that killed nearly 90,000 […]

Germany Says Sprouts Source of E. Coli Outbreak

Posted June 10th, 2011 at 5:30 am (UTC-5)
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Public health officials in Germany say contaminated sprouts are the source of an E. coli outbreak that has claimed the lives of at least 30 people. The head of the Robert Koch Institute, Reinhard Burger, says the pattern of the outbreak points to the sprouts as the source. Health officials initially blamed the bacterial outbreak […]

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Tokyo Stocks Up, Dollar Down

Posted June 10th, 2011 at 5:20 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese share prices ended higher Friday, while the dollar slipped against the yen. Tokyo’s Nikkei index gained half a percent , to close at 9,514. In currency trading, the dollar was selling at 80.07 yen, down three-tenths of a yen from late Thursday. Gold was trading at $1,543.92 an ounce.

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Syrian Forces Begin Operations in Northern City

Posted June 10th, 2011 at 5:10 am (UTC-5)
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Syrian state television says the nation’s army started operations on Friday to “restore security” in the northern city of Jisr al-Shughour near the Turkish border. State television says the army moved to gain control of the city at the request of residents, who the report says asked the military to arrest “armed gangs” the government […]

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US: NATO Members Must Pay Fair Share

Posted June 10th, 2011 at 5:00 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has warned NATO members that they must increase their defense spending commitments to the alliance. Gates spoke at NATO headquarters in Brussels Friday, in what is expected to be his last major policy speech before retiring at the end of the month. He said U.S. lawmakers are losing patience with […]

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Memorial Service Held for Anti-Apartheid Icon Albertina Sisulu

Posted June 10th, 2011 at 4:40 am (UTC-5)
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South Africa held an official memorial service in Pretoria Thursday for anti-apartheid icon Albertina Sisulu. She will be buried near her husband’s grave on Saturday outside Johannesburg. Thousands of people are expected to travel from across South Africa to attend the funeral. Albertina Sisulu, known as Ma Sisulu, died late Thursday at her home in […]

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Asian Markets Mixed

Posted June 10th, 2011 at 4:30 am (UTC-5)
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Asian stock markets were mixed in early trading Friday. Tokyo’s Nikkei index gained half a percent , to close at 9,514. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index dropped eight-tenths of a percent , to end at 22,418. Elsewhere, share prices were lower in Taipei and Manila. Markets closed higher in Shanghai, Sydney and Wellington. The dollar […]

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Dallas Mavericks on Brink of First NBA Championship

Posted June 10th, 2011 at 4:20 am (UTC-5)
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The Dallas Mavericks are one game away from clinching the National Basketball Association championship after beating the visiting Miami Heat 112-103 Thursday. The Mavericks won with a balanced scoring effort, shooting a sizzling 56.5 percent from the floor, including 13 out of 19 three-point attempts. Dirk Nowitzki finished with 29 points, while teammates Jason Terry […]

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Floods Kill 35 in Central China

Posted June 10th, 2011 at 3:35 am (UTC-5)
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China’s state-run media said Friday that torrential rains have caused flooding across the central part of China, killing at least 35 people in Hubei and Hunan provinces. The Xinhua news agency said floods and landslides toppled homes and destroyed river embankments in Hubei’s city of Xianning, killing 20 people and leaving five others missing. In […]

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