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U.S. Vows to Find Al-Qaida’s Zawahri and Kill Him

Posted June 16th, 2011 at 11:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States is vowing to capture and kill new al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri, just as it did his predecessor, Osama bin Laden. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, made the pledge Thursday, saying the Egyptian surgeon turned terrorist leader should expect the same treatment as bin Laden. U.S. commandos […]

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Roadside Bomb Kills 4 in Southern Afghanistan

Posted June 16th, 2011 at 10:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Afghan officials said Thursday a roadside bomb killed four civilians and wounded three others in southern Kandahar province. Provincial officials said a tractor drove over the bomb in the Maruf district late Wednesday. Elsewhere in southern Afghanistan Thursday, NATO said two of its service members were killed. No details were given. The United Nations mission […]

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NATO Pounds Tripoli, Rebels Reject Election Offer

Posted June 16th, 2011 at 10:10 pm (UTC-5)
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NATO fighter jets bombed targets near Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s Tripoli compound Thursday after his son said Mr. Gadhafi was willing to hold elections and step aside if he lost. That offer was rejected by rebels and the United States. Seif al-Islam Gadhafi told an Italian newspaper Thursday the vote could take place within three […]

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US Allows Return of Embassy Personnel To Ivory Coast

Posted June 16th, 2011 at 9:30 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. State Department is easing its travel warning for Ivory Coast and allowing nonessential U.S. diplomats along with most of their family to return to the West African nation. The State Department said Thursday that security conditions have improved following the country’s post-election crisis. However, it said that Americans should continue to exercise caution […]

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Mongolian, US Presidents Pledge Increased Economic Partnership

Posted June 16th, 2011 at 8:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Mongolian President Tsakhia Elbegdorj and U.S. President Barack Obama have pledged to increase bilateral trade, investment and people-to-people connections. The two leaders met Thursday at the White House at the end of Mr. Elbegdorj’s four-day trip to the United States. In a joint statement after the meeting, both presidents said they will “further develop” their […]

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Mbeki Predicts Cease-fire in Southern Sudan ‘Within Days’

Posted June 16th, 2011 at 8:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Former South African President Thabo Mbeki says he hopes to have a cease-fire deal in place within days to halt more than a week of heavy fighting in Sudan’s Southern Kordofan state. Members of Mr. Mbeki’s Sudan mediation panel broke away from talks in Ethiopia on Sudan’s political future Thursday for an urgent trip to […]

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Lawmakers Say Sri Lankan Soldiers Attack Tamil Political Meeting

Posted June 16th, 2011 at 8:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Sri Lanka’s main ethnic minority Tamil party says government troops have attacked its political meeting in the country’s former war zone in the north. Lawmakers from the Tamil National Alliance said Thursday dozens of soldiers armed with sticks attacked a group of supporters in the main town of Jaffna, ahead of local council elections scheduled […]

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Syrian Forces Widen Assault in Northwest

Posted June 16th, 2011 at 8:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Syrian security forces have expanded their assault on cities and villages in the country’s northwest, as detentions continue and scores of people continue to flee to the border with Turkey. Residents and rights groups said Thursday that the Syrian military had deployed dozens of tanks, armored personnel carriers and trucks around Khan Sheikhun, a town […]

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Hu: Chinese-Russian Border Disputes Resolved ‘Once and for All’

Posted June 16th, 2011 at 8:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Chinese President Hu Jintao says China and Russia have resolved their border disputes once and for all, and are now each other’s most important strategic partner. Mr. Hu was in Moscow Thursday as he and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev marked the 10th anniversary of the Treaty of Good Neighborliness. The pact solidified Chinese-Russian friendship after […]

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Air Canada Strike Ends

Posted June 16th, 2011 at 7:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Air Canada’s striking ticket and customer service agents tentatively agreed on a contract Thursday, shortly after the federal government threatened legislation to force the employees back to work. The deal will include wage increases and preserve most of the benefits in their pension plans. Union members must still vote to confirm the deal. One outstanding […]

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