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Dallas Defeats Miami to Win NBA Title

Posted June 12th, 2011 at 11:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The Dallas Mavericks defeated the Miami Heat 105-95 in the sixth game of the NBA finals on Sunday night to win their first ever National Basketball Association championship. Series MVP Dirk Nowitzki fought through illness and a tough shooting night to score 21 points and grab 11 rebounds in the Dallas victory. Ten of Nowitzki’s […]

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Syrian Troops Retake Control of Northern Town

Posted June 12th, 2011 at 10:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Elite Syrian troops backed by helicopter gunships and tanks have seized control of a rebellious northern city. Syrian state media said government troops entered Jisr al-Shughour early Sunday after defusing explosives planted by gunmen on roads and bridges. It said one soldier and two armed men were killed in clashes around the town. After first […]

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Indonesia’s President Warns of Rising Asian Needs

Posted June 12th, 2011 at 10:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Indonesia’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has called on Asian political and business leaders to make efforts to meet the region’s rising need for food, energy and water. President Yudhoyono made his appeal in his opening address to the World Economic Forum Sunday in Jakarta. He said Asia has the potential to help the world achieve […]

China Bans Eight New Food Additives

Posted June 12th, 2011 at 9:45 pm (UTC-5)
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China has banned eight new food additives after they were found to be tainted with an industrial chemical. The state food and drug administration has ordered catering companies to stop using products contaminated with DEHP that may cause hormonal disfunction in children if consumed in large doses. Primarily employed in the manufacture of plastics, DEHP […]

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Study; 3 Genes Linked to Migraine Headaches

Posted June 12th, 2011 at 9:10 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. scientists have found three genes linked to crippling migraine headaches, including one that explains why women are the primary sufferers. The findings appear in the British journal Nature Genetics. The team of scientists from Harvard Medical School found variations in three genes common in migraine sufferers. Migraines are painful debilitating headaches whose symptoms often […]

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Thailand Extradites British Fraud Suspect to UAE

Posted June 12th, 2011 at 8:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Officials in Dubai say Thailand has extradited a British man accused of fraud in the United Arab Emirates. The state news agency WAM reported Sunday that Michael Bryan Smith was extradited from Thailand on June 7, and is now in custody in Dubai. Smith is wanted by the emirate on charges of embezzling $150 million […]

Hamas Rejects Fayyad to Head New Palestinian Government

Posted June 12th, 2011 at 8:20 pm (UTC-5)
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The militant Palestinian Islamist group Hamas has rejected its secular rival Fatah’s nominee to head a future unity government. Fatah on Saturday nominated current Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, a political independent, as its candidate to lead the new government. Fayyad is a U.S.-educated economist and former International Monetary Fund official who enjoys the respect of […]

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Award-Winning Travel Writer Patrick Leigh Fermor Dies at 96

Posted June 12th, 2011 at 7:35 pm (UTC-5)
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World renowned British travel writer Patrick Leigh Fermor, who kidnapped the Nazi military commander of occupied Crete in World War II, has died at age 96. Leigh Fermor’s books about life in Greece and travel across Europe and the Caribbean are regarded as some of the best travel books ever written. They include The Traveller’s […]

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Chinese President Begins Visit to Kazakhstan

Posted June 12th, 2011 at 7:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Chinese President Hu Jintao has begun a state visit to Kazakhstan, aimed at boosting ties with the central Asian country and a regional cooperation group. Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev met Mr. Hu and his wife Sunday on arrival at the airport in the Kazakh capital Astana. Before his trip, the Chinese leader issued a statement […]

Libyan Rebel Forces Relaunch Attacks

Posted June 12th, 2011 at 7:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Fresh fighting between troops loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and resurgent anti-government rebels has broken out across the war-torn country as rebel forces take advantage of increased coordination with NATO to mount a series of attacks. In Zawiyah, a strategic city 50 kilometers west of the capital, Libyan rebels regrouped and clashed with pro-Gadhafi […]

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