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US Jobless Claims Drop, Housing Starts Rise

Posted June 16th, 2011 at 11:00 am (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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Syrian Forces Expand Assault in Northwest Region

Posted June 16th, 2011 at 10:50 am (UTC-5)
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Syrian rights activists say the country’s security forces are expanding their assault in the northwest region that for days has been under a military crackdown. The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Thursday that the Syrian military used dozens of tanks, armored cars, personnel carriers and army trucks to begin an assault on Khan […]

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Roadside Bomb Kills 4 in Southern Afghanistan

Posted June 16th, 2011 at 10:45 am (UTC-5)
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A roadside bomb has killed three women and one man in southern Afghanistan. Provincial officials say a tractor carrying the civilians drove over the bomb in the Maruf district of Kandahar province late Wednesday. The blast wounded three other people. The United Nations mission in Afghanistan said last week that May was the deadliest month […]

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Al-Qaida Names Bin Laden Successor

Posted June 16th, 2011 at 10:40 am (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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Indian Activist to Resume Anti-Corruption Fast

Posted June 16th, 2011 at 10:30 am (UTC-5)
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A veteran Indian activist says he will resume his anti-corruption hunger strike, after accusing the government of not being serious about fighting graft. Anna Hazara told reporters in New Delhi Thursday that he will begin a new fast on August 16, because the government has not fulfilled its promise to enact anti-corruption legislation. The 73-year-old […]

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Blast Hits Nigeria Police Headquarters

Posted June 16th, 2011 at 10:25 am (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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Philippines on Alert for Possible Manila Bomb Plot

Posted June 16th, 2011 at 10:20 am (UTC-5)
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Philippine security forces are on alert for possible attacks in Manila after reports one of Asia’s top terrorist suspects may have deployed bombing teams to the capital. Intelligence reports seen by Western journalists did not specify possible targets Islamist militants might have, and the government has not commented on Western news accounts . One document […]

Iraq Sentences Alleged Al-Qaida Gunmen to Death

Posted June 16th, 2011 at 10:00 am (UTC-5)
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An Iraqi court has sentenced 15 suspected al-Qaida members to death for their roles in the 2006 massacre of 70 wedding party members. The criminal court issued its sentence on Thursday for the militants, who were convicted of planning and carrying out the attack. The attack, which took place north of Baghdad, was considered one […]

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Former VP in Uganda Charged With Corruption

Posted June 16th, 2011 at 9:55 am (UTC-5)
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Uganda’s former vice president has pleaded not guilty to corruption charges in a Kampala court. Gilbert Bukenya told the court Thursday that the charges are “absolutely not true.” He was freed on $20,000 bail. Bukenya is accused of making millions of dollars by inflating rental prices paid for vehicles used to transport visiting heads of […]

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European Stocks Lower in Midday Trading

Posted June 16th, 2011 at 9:55 am (UTC-5)
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The major U.S. stock indexes were mixed at the start of Thursday’s trading, following reports on jobless claims and the housing market. The Dow Jones Industrial Average edged up slightly, while the S&P 500 Index gained one-tenth of a percent and the NASDAQ fell almost two-tenths of a percent. European stock prices were lower in […]

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