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Suicide Bomber Targets Afghan Provincial Governor

Posted June 21st, 2011 at 5:50 am (UTC-5)
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A suicide bomber has targeted the offices of a provincial governor in Afghanistan, seriously wounding a child. Officials said the bomber was outside the office of the governor of Parwan province when he detonated his suicide vest. There were no immediate reports of harm to the governor. On Monday, NATO said that coalition and Afghan […]

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NATO Confirms Libya Airstrike; Government Says Civilians Killed

Posted June 21st, 2011 at 5:20 am (UTC-5)
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NATO said Monday it carried out an airstrike on a “high-level” command center in Libya, while the government said the strike destroyed a large family compound belonging to a close associate of leader Moammar Gadhafi. The alliance had at first denied the strike, saying it had not conducted any recent operations in the area of […]

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China Hosts Libyan Rebel Envoy, Seeking Mediator’s Role

Posted June 21st, 2011 at 5:05 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese state media say talks Tuesday between Chinese officials and a top representative of the Libyan rebel movement will likely focus on Beijing’s efforts to mediate an end to the North African conflict. The Chinese Foreign Ministry has said little about the visit, announcing only that Mahmoud Jibril, the chairman of the executive board of […]

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Hurricane Beatriz Threatens Mexican Coast

Posted June 21st, 2011 at 4:02 am (UTC-5)
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Tropical Storm Beatriz has turned into a hurricane just before making landfall on the southwest coast of Mexico. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the center of the storm is expected to move near the coast overnight before moving away from the coast late Tuesday. The hurricane has win speeds of up to 130 kilometers […]

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Car Bombs Kill 22 Outside Iraqi Governor’s House

Posted June 21st, 2011 at 3:43 am (UTC-5)
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Iraqi officials say two car bombs have exploded in Diwaniyah, killing at least 22 people and wounding 30 others. Authorities said the attack happened Tuesday outside a local governor’s house in Diwaniyah, which is located about 150 kilometers south of the capital, Baghdad. It was not immediately clear if the governor was among the casualties.

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Japan’s Nikkei Closes in Positive Territory

Posted June 21st, 2011 at 2:59 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese markets closed higher Tuesday, while the U.S. dollar is lower against the Japanese yen. Tokyo’s Nikkei index gained nearly one and one-fourth percent to finish at 9,460. In currency trading, the dollar was selling at 80.19 yen, a slight drop from Monday’s closing figures. The Taipei market finished at 8,598, a gain of more […]

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Mexican Journalist, Family Killed

Posted June 21st, 2011 at 1:55 am (UTC-5)
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Mexican authorities say a newspaper columnist and his family were killed in the eastern city of Veracruz. Officials say an unknown number of gunmen entered the home of Miguel Angel Lopez Velasco Monday morning, shooting him, his wife, and their 21-year-old son. No one has been arrested in the case. Lopez wrote a regular column […]

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Report Calls Prison Rates for Aboriginal Australians a “National Disgrace”

Posted June 21st, 2011 at 1:40 am (UTC-5)
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An Australian parliamentary committee has found that Aboriginal children are 28 times more likely than non-indigenous youth to be placed in jail. In a report issued Tuesday, the committee said the incarceration rate of indigenous Australians has only grown worse in the 20 years since a landmark study on the death rate of Aborigines in […]

Wife of Chinese Dissident Sees Husband Before Release

Posted June 21st, 2011 at 1:25 am (UTC-5)
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The wife of a leading Chinese dissident says she has been taken to see her husband in prison ahead of his scheduled release on Sunday. Zeng Jinyan, the wife of prominent dissident Hu Jia, has written on her Twitter account and confirmed to journalists that she was detained by eight men when she arrived from […]

US Senator Defends Comments Linking Wildfires to Illegal Immigrants

Posted June 21st, 2011 at 12:55 am (UTC-5)
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As at least three major wildfires continue to force evacuations in the southwestern state of Arizona, a U.S. Senator is defending comments he made blaming illegal immigrants for some of the blazes. Senator John McCain said on Saturday there was substantial evidence that the fires were started by people who illegally crossed into Arizona from […]

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