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Ex-Zambian President Chiluba Dies

Posted June 18th, 2011 at 4:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Former Zambian President Frederick Chiluba died early Saturday at his home in Lusaka. He was 68-years old. Mr. Chiluba’s spokesman, Emmanuel Mwamba, said the country’s first democratically elected leader suffered a heart attack after spending most of Friday with members of parliment and his lawyers. Mwamba said Mr. Chiluba became ill Friday evening and died […]

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Thousands of Gays, Lesbians Join Pride Marches in Central Europe

Posted June 18th, 2011 at 3:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Thousands of gays and lesbians marched in several Central European capitals Saturday as part of annual Gay Pride parades calling for equal rights and an end to discrimination. Croatian police say about 2,000 people participated in the 10th Gay Pride march in the capital, Zagreb, protected by hundreds of officers who detained 17 people for […]

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Fighting in Northwest Libya, NATO Pounds Tripoli

Posted June 18th, 2011 at 2:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Clashes have erupted between forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and rebels in the northwestern city of Nalut. Rebel fighters said Saturday that at least eight people have been killed in the unrest. Meanwhile, NATO has called Libyan government claims that alliance airstrikes are targeting civilians “outrageous.” At a Saturday news conference from Brussels, […]

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Problems Linger for Stranded US Airline Passengers

Posted June 18th, 2011 at 2:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Frustrated U.S. travelers faced additional delays Saturday after a computer glitch grounded some flights and delayed others. U.S.-based United Airlines said Saturday a problem with its computer network forced its airport processing and reservation to shut down, starting late Friday. Its website was also affected. The company said it fixed the problem by early Saturday […]

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Obama Offers Advise to Dads on Fatherhood

Posted June 18th, 2011 at 1:20 pm (UTC-5)
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President Barack Obama is celebrating Father’s Day weekend in the United States with a reminder for dads that children want their time and unconditional love above all else. In his weekly address to the nation Saturday, Mr. Obama said growing up without a father encouraged him to work hard at doing his best to raise […]

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Greek Communists Protest Govt. Austerity Plans After Cabinet Reshuffle

Posted June 18th, 2011 at 1:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Thousands of Greek communist party supporters have marched through the capital, Athens, to protest government austerity plans aimed at preventing the country from defaulting on its massive debt. About 5,000 protesters marched to the Greek parliament Saturday, led by communist party leader Alex Papariga, who accused the government of colluding with its creditors to “skin […]

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Senegal Rights Groups Oppose VP Plan

Posted June 18th, 2011 at 1:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Senegalese rights groups are criticizing a proposal to change the country’s constitution to create the position of vice president in time for elections next year. Civil society leaders Saturday likened the proposed change to a “coup d’etat.” If adopted, the vice president would automatically take power if the president dies in office. The opposition has […]

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Karzai Announces Peace Talks with Taliban

Posted June 18th, 2011 at 12:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai says the United States and other foreign powers are holding talks with the Taliban aimed at ending the nearly decade-long war. Mr. Karzai’s announcement Saturday to reporters in Kabul is thought to be the first official comment on U.S. involvement in such negotiations. However, the U.S. Embassy declined to comment. The […]

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Egypt Suspends Mubarak Name Ruling

Posted June 18th, 2011 at 12:05 pm (UTC-5)
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An Egyptian court has suspended a ruling to remove former president Hosni Mubarak’s name and the name of his wife, Suzanne, from all public facilities and institutions. The court announced on Saturday that the ruling had been put on hold until an appeal can be heard next Wednesday. Some Egyptian lawyers have filed a lawsuit […]

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Castro Brothers Pay Hospital Visit to Venezuelan Leader

Posted June 18th, 2011 at 12:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez got a visit from Cuba’s top leaders as he recovers from surgery in a Cuban hospital. Photographs published Saturday in the Cuban communist party newspaper, Granma, show Mr. Chavez with Cuban President Raul Castro and his brother, Fidel. The newspaper said the three met Friday and discussed relations between their two […]

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