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Tunisia’s Ousted President Says Tricked into Leaving

Posted June 20th, 2011 at 9:40 am (UTC-5)
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Tunisia’s ousted president Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali says he was tricked into leaving his country for Saudi Arabia, as Tunisia begins to try him in absentia in the first of what are expected to be multiple trials related to his years in power. Mr. Ali said Monday in a statement issued by his lawyers that […]

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IAEA Chief: Nuclear Safety Must be Improved

Posted June 20th, 2011 at 9:35 am (UTC-5)
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The head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog agency is urging the world to re-examine safety measures in the aftermath of the accident at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility three months ago. Yukiya Amano said adherence to current practices is “not an option.” His remarks came at the start of a week-long meeting of the […]

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Medvedev Hints at Presidential Run

Posted June 20th, 2011 at 9:20 am (UTC-5)
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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev says he would like to run for a second term as president, but he says a race against his predecessor, Vladimir Putin, would not be good for the country. Mr. Medvedev told the Financial Times newspaper Monday that he and Prime Minister Putin represent the same political force, to a large […]

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Joint Force Kills Rogue Afghan Soldier

Posted June 20th, 2011 at 9:00 am (UTC-5)
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A rogue Afghan soldier suspected of killing an Australian soldier last month has been tracked down and killed by coalition and Afghan forces. NATO says the Afghan was killed Sunday in Khost province after pulling a gun on troops attempting to capture him. Officials say a man believed to be the soldier’s brother was detained […]

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Suspected US Drone Attack Kills 11 in Pakistan

Posted June 20th, 2011 at 8:55 am (UTC-5)
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Pakistani officials say U.S. drones fired missiles at a vehicle and house in northwest Pakistan, killing at least 11 militants, including Afghans. Monday’s rare attack in the Kurram tribal region was said to have killed members of the Haqqani network, which has been attacking NATO and Afghan forces in neighboring Afghanistan. The United States has […]

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Michelle Obama on 5-day Trip to Africa

Posted June 20th, 2011 at 8:05 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. first lady Michelle Obama is on her way to South Africa as she begins a five-day trip to the continent to focus on youth leadership, education and health and wellness. The wife of U.S. President Barack Obama will arrive in the capital Pretoria on Monday, where she will meet with South African President Jacob […]

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Tens of Thousands Protest in Yemen’s Capital

Posted June 20th, 2011 at 8:00 am (UTC-5)
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Tens of thousands of Yemenis are demonstrating in the capital, Sana’a, to demand that relatives of embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh vacate key government posts and leave the country. Protesters on Monday called for the removal of Mr. Saleh’s family from security leadership roles. The protesters focused on the removal of the president’s son, Ahmed […]

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UNCHR Expresses Concern About Refugees Arrested in Thailand

Posted June 20th, 2011 at 7:50 am (UTC-5)
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The U.N. refugee agency has told Thailand it is profoundly concerned about the arrest of 32 refugees and asylum seekers during the last two weeks. In a press release Monday, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees said asylum seekers should not be locked up simply for being refugees. Those arrested in four locations included Pakistanis […]

UNCHR Expresses Concern About Refugees Arrested in Thailand

Posted June 20th, 2011 at 7:00 am (UTC-5)
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The U.N. refugee agency has told Thailand it is profoundly concerned about the arrest of 32 refugees and asylum seekers during the last two weeks. In a press release Monday, the U.N. Commission on Human Rights said refugees should not be locked up simply for being refugees. Those arrested in four locations included Pakistanis and […]

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European Markets Lower at Midday

Posted June 20th, 2011 at 7:00 am (UTC-5)
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European stock markets were lower in midday trading Monday. London’s Financial Times 100 index was six-tenths of a percent , to 5,681. The CAC-40 in Paris dropped 1.03 percent , to 3,785. And the DAX in Frankfurt was down one percent , at 7,095. The S&P futures contract was down six points, indicating a lower […]

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