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Joint Force Kills Rogue Afghan Soldier

Posted June 20th, 2011 at 7:55 pm (UTC-5)
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NATO says a rogue Afghan soldier suspected of killing an Australian soldier last month was tracked down and killed by coalition and Afghan forces Sunday. The alliance said in a statement Monday that the Afghan was killed in eastern Khost province after pulling a gun on troops attempting to capture him, and that a man […]

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At Least 40 Reported Killed in Russian Plane Crash

Posted June 20th, 2011 at 7:45 pm (UTC-5)
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A passenger plane with nearly 50 people on board has crashed in Russia’s northern republic of Karelia. Local media and officials said at least 40 people were killed. The plane, a Tupolev 134, crashed on a motorway about 15 kilometers away from Petrozavodsk airport late Monday. It caught fire after the crash, which damaged the […]

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Obama to Announce Afghan Plans Wednesday

Posted June 20th, 2011 at 7:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The White House says President Barack Obama on Wednesday will announce his plans for withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan. A senior administration official said Mr. Obama will outline both a plan to start bringing U.S. troops home beginning in July and future withdrawals aimed at giving Afghans control of their own security by 2014. The […]

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Japan’s PM Mulls Resigning in July

Posted June 20th, 2011 at 7:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Japanese news media say that Prime Minister Naoto Kan is likely to step down in exchange for obtaining opposition support to pass a new extra budget and a bill the government needs to issue deficit-covering bonds. Kyodo News agency said Monday that the embattled prime minister is expected to announce in the coming days when […]

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China Offers Riot Informers Rewards

Posted June 20th, 2011 at 7:00 pm (UTC-5)
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China has offered rewards to migrant workers who help identify participants in recent riots in southern city of Zengcheng. The city’s newspaper, the Zengcheng Daily, published a notice offering rewards to individuals who provide information on suspected rioters. The rewards include cash of up to $1,500, “outstanding migrant worker” titles, and workers residency permits for […]

US Extends Ban on New Mining Near Grand Canyon

Posted June 20th, 2011 at 6:55 pm (UTC-5)
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The Obama administration has extended a temporary halt on new uranium mining near the Grand Canyon as it eyes a possible 20-year ban. Speaking from the rim of the canyon, U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Monday that wisdom, caution, and science are needed when protecting the area. Salazar noted that more than four-million people […]

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US Official: Base Relocation in Japan To Be Postponed

Posted June 20th, 2011 at 6:50 pm (UTC-5)
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A senior U.S. official says a planned relocation of an American military base on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa will be postponed. Under a 2006 agreement, the Marine Corps Air Station Futenma is to be relocated to a less crowded area of the island and some troops are to be moved to the U.S. […]

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Hurricane Warnings for Mexican West Coast

Posted June 20th, 2011 at 6:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Mexican officials have issued a hurricane warning for parts of the west coast as Tropical Storm Beatriz sets its sites on southwestern Mexico. Hurricane warnings are posted from Zihuatanejo north to Cabo Corrientes, with tropical storm warnings out for other parts of the Pacific coast. The National Hurricane Center in Miami predicts Beatriz will strengthen […]

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Lawyer: Egypt’s Mubarak Has Cancer

Posted June 20th, 2011 at 6:00 pm (UTC-5)
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A lawyer for Egypt’s former president, Hosni Mubarak, says the hospitalized ex-leader has stomach cancer. Farid el-Deeb said Monday the 83-year-old ousted president underwent “critical surgery” in Germany last year to remove his gallbladder and part of his pancreas, which were cancerous. He said there is evidence suggesting the cancer has come back. The lawyer […]

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Chinese President Wraps Up Eurasian Tour

Posted June 20th, 2011 at 5:25 pm (UTC-5)
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China’s President Hu Jintao is returning to Beijing after wrapping up his Eurasian tour, which took him to Kazakhstan, Russia and Ukraine. China’s official news agency Xinhua reported that President Hu left Ukraine’s capital Kyiv late Monday. Earlier in the day, the Chinese president and his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovych oversaw the signing of $3.5 […]

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