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Tajikistan Detains BBC Reporter

Posted June 16th, 2011 at 2:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Authorities in Tajikistan have detained a BBC reporter on suspicion of ties to a banned Islamic organization. The British Broadcasting Corporation Thursday called for the immediate release of Urumboi Usmonov, who was reported missing by his family on Monday. The BBC says family members reported he appeared to have been beaten up when he was […]

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Blast Hits Nigeria Police Headquarters

Posted June 16th, 2011 at 1:50 pm (UTC-5)
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A suicide bombing outside Nigeria’s national police headquarters in Abuja has killed at least two people, including the bomber. A spokesman for the Islamist radical group Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the blast in an interview with VOA. The group is blamed for a string of deadly attacks in Nigeria’s north that have targeted police […]

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Boehner Disputes White House Account on Libya

Posted June 16th, 2011 at 1:45 pm (UTC-5)
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The speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, John Boehner, has disputed a White House argument that U.S. forces are not facing hostilities in Libya. The White House said in a report to Congress Wednesday that the U.S. military action in Libya does not require congressional authorization because American forces are playing a “limited, supporting” […]

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France: 7 Children Infected with E. Coli, Strain Not Linked to German Outbreak

Posted June 16th, 2011 at 1:45 pm (UTC-5)
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French health authorities say seven children have been hospitalized with E. coli infections in northern France, five of them after eating defrosted beef burgers. The officials said Thursday the strain of E. coli that infected the children is not linked to a deadly outbreak of bacteria in Germany that has killed at least 39 people […]

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Zawahri Named as Bin Laden Successor

Posted June 16th, 2011 at 1:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Al-Qaida says it has picked Egyptian-born Ayman al-Zawahri to succeed Osama bin Laden as head of the terror network. Al-Qaida posted the announcement on an Islamist website. The group vowed to immediately continue its pursuit of jihad, or holy war, against the United States and Israel and called them “apostate invaders.” Al-Qaida said it would […]

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EU Pushes for Aid, Stability for Pakistan

Posted June 16th, 2011 at 1:35 pm (UTC-5)
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The European Union is refusing to give up on Pakistan despite the country’s struggles with terrorism and the slow pace of political and economic reform. Top EU officials arrived in Islamabad Thursday for a series of high-level meetings and to reaffirm the EU’s pledge to boost development aid to Pakistan by 50 percent, to more […]

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Bodies From Atlantic Plane Crash Brought to France

Posted June 16th, 2011 at 1:25 pm (UTC-5)
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The remains of 104 people recovered from the wreckage of an Air France jet that crashed into the Atlantic two years ago have been brought to France for identification. The bodies and wreckage from the Airbus 330 plane arrived by ship on Thursday at the port of Bayonne in southwestern France. Police officials say the […]

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China Denies Blocking Refugees From Burmese Fighting

Posted June 16th, 2011 at 1:15 pm (UTC-5)
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China is denying charges that its border guards have turned back thousands of refugees who are fleeing a Burmese government assault on ethnic rebels in northern Burma. The Thailand-based Kachin News Group, which has close ties to the rebels, says more than 10,000 Kachin refugees have fled to the Chinese border over the past three […]

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Timeline of US Congressman’s Internet Sex Scandal

Posted June 16th, 2011 at 1:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Friday May 27: A lewd photograph appears on U.S. Representative Anthony Weiner’s Twitter feed. The message, sent to a 21-year-old female college student, is quickly deleted. Weiner then tweets that his Facebook account was hacked. Monday May 30: Weiner’s office says he has hired a lawyer to help him decide what to do about the […]

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US Jobless Claims Drop, Housing Starts Rise

Posted June 16th, 2011 at 12:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Americans put in fewer new claims for unemployment benefits last week while the number of new home construction projects last month rose. The U.S. Labor Department said Thursday first-time jobless claims dropped to 414,000 for the week ending June 11, a decrease of 16,000 from the week before. The number of unemployed Americans continuing to […]

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