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US President Calls on Sudan To Stop ‘Campaign of Intimidation’

Posted June 14th, 2011 at 8:35 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama is calling on Sudan’s government to stop its “campaign of intimidation” in the country’s southern border area or face international isolation. Mr. Obama told VOA Tuesday that Sudan’s government must immediately cease its military actions in southern Sudan including aerial bombardments and the forced displacement of civilians. He said if Sudanese […]

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Rights Groups Urge Bahrain to Stop Military Trials

Posted June 14th, 2011 at 8:35 pm (UTC-5)
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International rights groups are urging Bahrain to stop all proceedings before a special military tribunal amid allegations the proceedings are politically motivated and defendants arrested during anti-government protests were tortured. U.S.-based Human Rights Watch said Tuesday most of the court’s convictions are for “blatantly political charges” such as participating in unauthorized demonstrations and “incitement of […]

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Kurdish Rebel Cease-fire Deadline Expires Wednesday in Turkey

Posted June 14th, 2011 at 8:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Wednesday is the deadline set by imprisoned Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan for Turkey’s government to start talks on rebel demands. Ocalan had warned that he will call off a cease-fire if his demand for negotiations is not met. Ocalan leads the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK. The PKK is demanding greater autonomy for […]

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NATO Resumes Airstrikes on Libyan Capital

Posted June 14th, 2011 at 8:05 pm (UTC-5)
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NATO has resumed airstrikes on the Libyan capital after a brief layoff, hitting several targets late Tuesday. Witnesses say they heard loud explosions in the center of Tripoli and saw plumes of smoke. Libyan state media say the bombings hit civilian sites, and there were reports of casualties. The Libyan capital and its surrounding areas […]

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Burmese Refugees Flee Fighting Between Army, Kachin Rebels

Posted June 14th, 2011 at 8:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Fighting between Burma’s military forces and an ethnic militia in northern Burma has forced hundreds of civilians to flee across the border to China. A spokesman for the Kachin rebels said from Thailand that Burmese troops pushed the ethnic forces from a key mountain post Tuesday. Kachin rebels destroyed a strategic bridge used by the […]

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‘War Crimes’ Investigation into 2003 CIA Detainee Death

Posted June 14th, 2011 at 7:50 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. Justice Department has begun a war crimes investigation into the notorious killing of a suspected Iraqi insurgent at Abu Ghraib prison in 2003. Reports Tuesday said federal prosecutor John Durham had begun calling witnesses before a grand jury in Virginia, near the U.S. capital. The grand jury will be considering whether there is […]

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Afghan Court Sentences 2 Bank Killers to Death

Posted June 14th, 2011 at 7:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Afghanistan’s top court on Tuesday sentenced two men to death and a third to at least 10 years in prison for killing 38 people in a February attack on a bank in the northeastern city of Jalalabad. A group of militants armed with guns and suicide bombs stormed a branch of Kabul Bank in the […]

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Bernanke Warns Against US Debt Default

Posted June 14th, 2011 at 7:00 pm (UTC-5)
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The head of the U.S. central bank says politicians must not allow the government to default on its loans, saying even a short-term break in payments could cause “severe disruptions” in financial markets. Federal Reserve Chairman Benjamin Bernanke said in a speech Tuesday the “debt ceiling” should not be used as a bargaining chip to […]

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Protesters to Form Human Chain Around Greek Parliament

Posted June 14th, 2011 at 7:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Greek protesters say they plan to prevent lawmakers from entering the parliament in Athens Wednesday to try and stop debate on another round of deep spending cuts. Demonstrators say they will form a human chain around the building as part of another 24-hour general strike against the government’s economic plans. Trains, ferries, and busses will […]

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2 Pakistani Security Officials Removed After Videotaped Killing

Posted June 14th, 2011 at 6:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Pakistan’s military said Tuesday it had removed two senior officials in Sindh province in response to the videotaped killing of an unarmed man in the southern port city of Karachi on June 8. The military said the head of the paramilitary Rangers force Major General Ijaz Chaudhary and Sindh police chief Fayyaz Leghari have been […]

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