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Peru’s Christ Statue Plan Angers Lima Residents

Posted June 13th, 2011 at 11:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Peruvian President Alan Garcia’s plan to build the world’s tallest statue of Jesus in Lima has angered local residents. The statue is to be 22 meters tall and stand atop a 15 meter base. Residents fear the huge “Christ of the Pacific” statue will mar the scenic view of the Pacific coastline. Lima’s mayor Susana […]

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Hezbollah-Led Government Formed in Lebanon

Posted June 13th, 2011 at 11:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati Monday announced a long-delayed coalition government – dominated by the Iranian-backed militant group Hezbollah and its allies. Formed after five months of political stalemate, the move caps Hezbollah’s steady rise from resistance group against Israel to Lebanon’s most powerful military and political force. The Hezbollah-led bloc holds the majority of […]

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Bahrain Doctors Plead Not Guilty to Protest-Related Charges

Posted June 13th, 2011 at 10:05 pm (UTC-5)
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A group of mostly Shi’ite medical professionals in Bahrain accused of attempting to overthrow the kingdom’s Sunni rulers have declared their innocence before a special military tribunal. Several doctors pleaded not guilty Monday to a range of charges including seizing control of a hospital during recent anti-government demonstrations, storing weapons and keeping people prisoner. Many […]

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House Grants Weiner a Leave of Absence

Posted June 13th, 2011 at 8:55 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. House of Representatives has approved a two-week leave of absence for New York Democratic Representative Anthony Weiner, as he seeks professional help following his involvement in an Internet sex scandal. Lawmakers Monday approved the request by Weiner, who has admitted he sent a lewd photograph of himself to a female college student using […]

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Libyan Rebels Push West from Misrata

Posted June 13th, 2011 at 8:50 pm (UTC-5)
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(WRITETHRU; NEW INFO IN GRAFS 1-8; NEW HEAD)) Libyan rebels have advanced from the western port of Misrata towards the capital, Tripoli, breaking a government siege as fighters across the country renew their revolt against leader Moammar Gadhafi. Several rebel units Monday pushed the front lines west from Misrata to the outskirts of Zlitan, a […]

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Republican Presidential Hopefuls Debate Economy, Other Issues

Posted June 13th, 2011 at 8:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The seven Republicans seeking their party’s nomination to oppose U.S. President Barack Obama in next year’s election participated in the first major debate of this campaign season Monday evening. The Republican contenders criticized President Obama’s handling of the economy at the event in Manchester, New Hampshire, and largely focused on how they would cut taxes […]

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Turk, Israeli Charged With Organ Trafficking in Kosovo

Posted June 13th, 2011 at 8:00 pm (UTC-5)
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A European Union prosecutor in Kosovo has indicted a Turkish and an Israeli citizen for involvement in illegal trafficking of human organs at a clinic in Pristina. The European Union justice mission in Kosovo announced Monday that Yusuf Sonmez of Turkey and Israel’s Moshe Harel were charged last week with trafficking in persons, unlawful medical […]

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Venezuela Implements Measures to Conserve Energy

Posted June 13th, 2011 at 7:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Venezuela has announced a package of measures aimed at saving electricity, saying consumption must be reduced by 10 percent. Vice President Elias Jaua announced the new regulations Monday, saying they are designed to avoid “inappropriate and excessive use” of electricity. The measures call for the country’s biggest energy consumers, such as industrial and commercial centers, […]

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US Praises Afghan-Pakistani Trade Agreement

Posted June 13th, 2011 at 7:45 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States has welcomed the announcement by Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his Pakistani counterpart, Asif Ali Zardari, to fully implement the June 12 Transit Trade Agreement between the two countries. In a statement Monday, the State Department said the announcement is a concrete demonstration of the common vision of development, prosperity and peace […]

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AU: North, South Sudan Agree to Demilitarize Abyei

Posted June 13th, 2011 at 7:25 pm (UTC-5)
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North and south Sudan have agreed in principle to demilitarize the disputed Abyei region and to allow an Ethiopian peacekeeping force into the area. The two sides have also tentatively agreed to withdraw all forces from the heavily militarized Abyei region before the south secedes on July 9. The agreement came after what were described […]

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