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Vatican to Launch Online Database, Intl. Conference to Combat Sex Abuse

Posted June 18th, 2011 at 11:50 am (UTC-5)
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The Vatican says it is taking new steps to combat sex abuse by Roman Catholic clergy, including preparations for an online database and an international conference to offer guidance to priests and abuse victims. At a news conference Saturday, Vatican officials said they will launch a multi-lingual e-learning center to educate Catholic authorities around the […]

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US President, House Speaker Tee Off

Posted June 18th, 2011 at 11:40 am (UTC-5)
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One of the most anticipated sporting events in Washington got underway Saturday, though few people may ever learn the final score. U.S. President Barack Obama teed off against one of his fiercest critics, Republican Congressman John Boehner . The 18-hole match at a golf course at Andrews Air Force Base, just outside the U.S. capital, […]

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Egypt Suspends Ruling to Remove Mubarak

Posted June 18th, 2011 at 11:20 am (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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Syria Expands Crackdown on Dissent

Posted June 18th, 2011 at 10:05 am (UTC-5)
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Syrian forces have stormed a village near the Turkish border as part of the government’s widening crackdown on dissent. Rights activists and witnesses say troops with tanks and armored personnel carriers swept into Bdama, where they fired machine guns and arrested at least 70 people Saturday. Witnesses say the forces set at least two houses […]

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Reports: Russian Authorities Sue Tycoon-Turned-Politician for Tax Evasion

Posted June 18th, 2011 at 10:05 am (UTC-5)
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Russian media say a tycoon who recently entered politics is being sued by a local government for $70 million in allegedly unpaid taxes. The reports, published Saturday, say Russian tax inspectors in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk filed the lawsuit against Mikhail Prokhorov, head of the Onexim investment holding company. Officials told Russian media that […]

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Armed Inmates Hold Off Troops at Venezuelan Prison

Posted June 18th, 2011 at 9:50 am (UTC-5)
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Hundreds of Venezuelan troops are trying to regain control of a large prison east of Caracas where thousands of armed inmates have been holding them off for a week. Since Sunday, 24 people have been killed at the El Rodeo prison in Guatire, east of the capital – 21 prisoners, one visitor and two national […]

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Suicide Bombers Attack Kabul Police Station

Posted June 18th, 2011 at 9:45 am (UTC-5)
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Afghanistan officials say three militants armed with suicide vests and guns stormed a police station near the presidential palace in Kabul, killing four security force members and five civilians. Authorities say the attack triggered a shootout between the militants and the police Saturday in the Afghan capital. At least one of the attackers wore an […]

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Fighting in Northwest Libya, NATO Pounds Tripoli

Posted June 18th, 2011 at 9:20 am (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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Syrian Troops Storm Village Near Turkish Border

Posted June 18th, 2011 at 8:00 am (UTC-5)
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Syrian rights activists say government troops have stormed a village near the Turkish border, firing machine guns and arresting residents. Troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad swept into the town of Bdama on Saturday in at least six tanks, 10 armored personnel carriers and other military vehicles. Witnesses said 70 residents were arrested and gunmen […]

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Suicide Bombers Attack Kabul Police Station

Posted June 18th, 2011 at 6:50 am (UTC-5)
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Afghanistan officials say suicide bombers have stormed a police station near the presidential palace in the capital, killing at least two people. Authorities say the attack triggered a shootout between the militants and the police Saturday in Kabul. They say at least one of the two people killed in the attack was a police officer. […]

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