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Kenyan Anti-Corruption Head Calls for Minister’s Resignation

Posted June 15th, 2011 at 9:55 am (UTC-5)
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Kenya’s anti-corruption chief is urging the country’s education minister and his deputy to step down because of the loss of millions of dollars in their ministry. Patrick Lumumba, head of the Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission, called for the resignation of Education Minister Sam Ongeri and his permanent secretary James Kiyiapi late Tuesday. Lumumba said the officials […]

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Congress Studies ‘Muslim Radicalization’ in US

Posted June 15th, 2011 at 9:50 am (UTC-5)
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A U.S. congressional committee is meeting once again to investigate Islamic radicalization in the United States – a topic that has drawn criticism from Muslims and other groups. The congressman who heads the panel, New York Republican Peter King, says he called the hearings because al-Qaida is actively trying to radicalize young Muslims in the […]

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Pakistan Denies Arresting Army Major for US Ties

Posted June 15th, 2011 at 9:30 am (UTC-5)
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Pakistan’s army is rejecting reports one of its officers was arrested in a round-up of informants who are said to have facilitated the U.S. raid that killed terror mastermind Osama bin Laden. Pakistani Army spokesman Major General Athar Abbas Wednesday called the report of the officer’s arrest “false and totally baseless.” The statement came in […]

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US Officials Continue Talks on Deficit

Posted June 15th, 2011 at 9:05 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is holding his eighth session Wednesday with a bipartisan committee of lawmakers to work on a plan for reducing the nation’s budget deficit. Biden and the members of Congress are trying to negotiate how much and what spending could be cut to accompany a needed increase to the country’s debt […]

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Zuma Judge Appointment Challenged in Court

Posted June 15th, 2011 at 9:00 am (UTC-5)
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Two South African legal groups are challenging a decision by President Jacob Zuma to extend the term of the country’s top judge. The groups say Mr. Zuma may have overstepped his constitutional powers with the decision earlier this month. They said Wednesday that they will seek a hearing in Pretoria’s High Court. President Zuma announced […]

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Islamic Militants Attack Southern Yemeni Town

Posted June 15th, 2011 at 8:30 am (UTC-5)
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Islamic militants have attacked the southern Yemeni town of Houta in a dawn raid that left one policeman dead and at least three others injured. About 150 to 200 militants clashed with police Wednesday around security and government buildings, the central bank and courts. The militants, including suspected members of al-Qaida, seized entire neighborhoods after […]

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Suspected US Missile Strikes Kill 10 in Pakistan

Posted June 15th, 2011 at 8:30 am (UTC-5)
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Pakistani intelligence officials say U.S. missile strikes have killed at least 10 militants in Pakistan’s northwest tribal region. Wednesday’s drone strikes hit a militant compound and a vehicle near Wana, the main town in the South Waziristan tribal area, along the Afghan border. Officials say those killed are believed to have been allied with militant […]

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Thai Army Chief Issues Veiled Election Endorsement

Posted June 15th, 2011 at 7:55 am (UTC-5)
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Thailand’s army chief is urging the public to elect “good people” and defend the king in next month’s national elections in what is seen as a veiled endorsement of the ruling pro-monarchy Democrat party. In a late Tuesday broadcast on military television stations, General Prayuth Chan-ocha said security services have found widespread evidence of disrespect […]

Deal on Sudan’s Abyei Region Coming Apart

Posted June 15th, 2011 at 7:50 am (UTC-5)
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A reported deal to ease tensions in Sudan’s disputed Abyei region appears to be unraveling, as negotiations drag into a fourth day. VOA correspondent Peter Heinlein is at the scene of the talks in Addis Ababa. He says that according a source involved in the talks, points which were previously settled have come unsettled, and […]

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European Stocks Lower in Midday Trading

Posted June 15th, 2011 at 7:45 am (UTC-5)
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European stock prices are lower in midday trading Wednesday. London’s Financial Times index is down two-tenths of one percent. The CAC-40 in Paris is down half a percent, and the DAX index in Frankfurt is down four-tenths of a percent. In New York, the S&P futures contract is down six points, indicating a lower opening. […]

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