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Bangladesh Joins Global Battle to Save Tigers

Posted June 14th, 2011 at 6:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Bangladesh has joined the global battle to save Royal Bengal tigers, as the big cats continue to face threats to their survival. The country’s newly created Wildlife Crime Control Unit, equipped with modern weapons and high speed boats procured with the help of a $36 million loan from the World Bank, will go deep into […]

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Bernanke Warns Against US Debt Default

Posted June 14th, 2011 at 6:20 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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Top US Lawmaker Warns Obama on Libya Conflict

Posted June 14th, 2011 at 6:15 pm (UTC-5)
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A top U.S. lawmaker has warned President Barack Obama he will violate a law unless U.S. operations in Libya end by this Sunday, or he asks for and receives congressional authorization to continue the mission. The speaker of the House of Representatives, Republican John Boehner, issued the warning in a letter to Mr. Obama Tuesday. […]

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Huge Protests in Yemen Call for Transitional Government

Posted June 14th, 2011 at 6:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Hundreds of thousands of Yemenis have rallied in major cities throughout the country, demanding President Ali Abdullah Saleh step down and calling for a transitional council that excludes members of the current government. In the capital, Sana’a, a huge crowd swelled Tuesday outside the home of Yemen’s acting leader, Vice President Abd al-Rab Mansur Hadi […]

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UN Says Bombing Continues in Sudan Border State

Posted June 14th, 2011 at 5:50 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations says north Sudan has launched new air strikes on the border it shares with south Sudan and says the continued strikes are causing “huge suffering” to the civilian population. A U.N. spokesman says jet fighters dropped 11 bombs Tuesday morning in Sudan’s Southern Kordofan state. He said the bombs targeted an airfield […]

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New Round of Rain in China Forces Evacuation

Posted June 14th, 2011 at 5:40 pm (UTC-5)
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New bouts of torrential rain in central China Tuesday forced the evacuation of more than 55,000 people. Official news media said most of the evacuations were in the city of Xianning in Hubei province. Heavy downpours in the past week have triggered floods and landslides in 13 provinces in central and southern China, affecting more […]

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Russian Court Acquits Top Human Rights Leader of Defaming Chechen Leader

Posted June 14th, 2011 at 5:35 pm (UTC-5)
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A Moscow court has acquitted one of Russia’s top human rights activists of criminal charges of defaming the Kremlin-backed leader of Chechnya. In a surprise decision, the court ruled Tuesday that Oleg Orlov was only expressing his opinion when he said Ramzan Kadyrov was responsible for the murder of a fellow activist. The court said […]

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Gay Judge’s Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Upheld

Posted June 14th, 2011 at 5:20 pm (UTC-5)
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A U.S. federal judge has rejected arguments that the judge who overturned California’s ban on gay marriage was biased. Chief U.S. District Judge James Ware ruled Tuesday Judge Vaughn Walker did not have to reveal that he, himself, was in a same-sex relationship. Lawyers for those in favor of the gay marriage ban argued the […]

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Indian Spiritual Leader Dies After Months of Fasting

Posted June 14th, 2011 at 4:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Indian spiritual leader Swami Nigamanand, who was on a hunger strike for 115 days to protest environmental abuses in the country, died late Monday at the age of 36 in a hospital in Uttarakhand state. Nigamanand was fasting to bring attention to pollution of India’s revered Ganga River, also known as the Ganges. Nigamanand, who […]

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UN Convention on Law of the Sea Defines Nations’ Rights, Responsibilities

Posted June 14th, 2011 at 4:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea is an international agreement that defines the rights and responsibilities of nations in their use of the world’s oceans and management of their natural resources. Nations participating in the third U.N. Conference on the Law of the Sea reached agreement on the treaty in 1982 […]

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