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2 Leading US Senators Call for Limited US Role in Libya

Posted June 21st, 2011 at 11:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Two leading U.S. senators have introduced a resolution that would limit the role of the U.S. military in Libya. Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry, a Democrat , and a leading Republican, John McCain , unveiled the measure Tuesday. The resolution would impose a one-year limit on U.S. military involvement in the NATO coalition in […]

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New Greek Government Wins Crucial Vote of Confidence in Parliament

Posted June 21st, 2011 at 10:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou won a crucial parliamentary vote of confidence for his new government Tuesday, making passage of controversial economic reforms more likely. One hundred-55 lawmakers voted to back the new government while 143 voted against it. Two abstained. As expected, the vote was strictly along party lines. It came after a day […]

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Greece Criticizes New Macedonian Statue of Alexander the Great

Posted June 21st, 2011 at 10:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Greece is criticizing Macedonia for erecting a huge statue of the ancient warrior king Alexander the Great in the center of Skopje. The French news Agency quotes Greek Foreign Minister Stavros Lambrinidis as calling the statue a “provocation.” Hundreds of Macedonians cheered as a crane lowered the statue of Alexander astride a horse. The statue […]

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Official: Japan’s PM to Resign in August

Posted June 21st, 2011 at 10:00 pm (UTC-5)
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A Japanese ruling party official says Prime Minister Naoto Kan is set to resign by the end of August after reaching an agreement with the opposition. Kyodo news agency Tuesday quoted a senior lawmaker of the Democratic Party of Japan as saying Mr. Kan will resign after securing parliamentary passage of the second extra budget […]

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Haiti Parliament Rejects PM Nominee

Posted June 21st, 2011 at 9:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Lawmakers in Haiti have rejected President Michel Martelly’s pick for prime minister — a political blow for the newly sworn-in leader of the impoverished Caribbean nation. The vote Tuesday was 42 – 19 against Daniel-Gerard Rouzier, with some accusing him of tax evasion, a charge he has denied. Others raised questions over his business dealings […]

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US Charges Kosovo Gunman with Murdering 2 US Airmen

Posted June 21st, 2011 at 9:15 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. federal prosecutors have filed formal murder charges against a Kosovo man who allegedly shot dead two U.S. Air Force personnel in Germany in March. The U.S. attorney’s office in New York says Arid Uka chanted “God is great” in Arabic and kept shooting until his gun would not fire any more. Uka is in […]

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Israeli PM Congratulates Turkish Counterpart on Election Victory

Posted June 21st, 2011 at 8:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Mr. Erdogan repeatedly criticized Israel for launching a major offensive against the Palestinian militant group Hamas in Gaza in late 2008. Israel said the offensive was aimed at stopping Palestinian rocket attacks on Israeli communities.

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Indonesian Lawmakers Urge Protection for Migrant Workers

Posted June 21st, 2011 at 8:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Indonesian lawmakers have called for a ban on sending domestic labor to countries which have not signed an agreement to protect the rights of foreign workers. The House of Representatives urged the government Tuesday to apply the ban especially to Saudi Arabia and Malaysia, which critics say have a record of abusing foreign workers. Saudi […]

Mexico Arrests La Familia Leader

Posted June 21st, 2011 at 8:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Mexican President Felipe Calderon says police have arrested the leader of a powerful drug cartel, dealing a major blow to organized crime. Mr. Calderon congratulated police for the arrest of one of Mexico’s “most wanted criminals” on his personal twitter account Tuesday. A government spokesman identified the gang leader as Jose de Jesus Mendez Vargas, […]

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Second Night of Violence in N. Ireland

Posted June 21st, 2011 at 8:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Violence has erupted for a second straight night in Northern Ireland between Protestants and Catholics. Police say both sides threw rocks and gasoline bombs in east Belfast while officers struggled to keep them apart. Riots Monday night left two people shot in the leg. Northern Ireland officials call the two nights of violence the worst […]

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