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Israel Authorizes New Gaza Housing Project

Posted June 21st, 2011 at 5:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Israel has approved one of the largest housing projects the Gaza Strip has seen in years, authorizing the construction of 1,200 new homes and 18 schools in the impoverished Palestinian territory. Military spokesman Guy Inbar said Tuesday that Israel had given the United Nations Relief and Works Agency – which assists Palestinian refugees – the […]

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Lithuanian Parliament Passes Holocaust Compensation Fund

Posted June 21st, 2011 at 5:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Lithuania’s parliament has approved $53 million in compensation to Jews and their families for property stolen by the invading Nazis in World War Two. The money will be paid out over 10 years starting in 2013. Organizations representing the country’s Jewish community will administer the fund. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland says the United States […]

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Indian Activists Disappointed with Draft of Anti-Graft Law

Posted June 21st, 2011 at 5:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Indian activists leading a nationwide anti-corruption campaign on Tuesday expressed deep disappointment with a draft law aimed at tackling widespread graft in the country. After weeks of negotiations with the government, the activists hoped to lay the groundwork for a powerful anti-corruption ombudsman. But following their last meeting with top ministers in New Delhi Tuesday, […]

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2 Leading US Senators Call for Limited US Role in Libya

Posted June 21st, 2011 at 5:05 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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European Delegation Meets Democracy Leader in Burma

Posted June 21st, 2011 at 4:40 pm (UTC-5)
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A European Union delegation visiting Burma has held talks with the country’s main opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. The delegation led by Robert Cooper, a special adviser to EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, met with Burma’s pro-democracy leader Tuesday in the coastal city of Rangoon. Details of the talks were not disclosed, but […]

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2 Civilians, NATO Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

Posted June 21st, 2011 at 4:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Afghan officials say a suicide bomber blew himself up outside the offices of the central Parwan province’s governor Tuesday, killing two people and wounding two others. Officials said the governor escaped unharmed. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing. In other violence Tuesday, NATO said one of its soldiers was killed following a bomb […]

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Pakistan Investigates General for Links to Banned Group

Posted June 21st, 2011 at 4:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Pakistan’s military has confirmed that an army officer working at the military headquarters in the garrison city of Rawalpindi had been detained for suspected ties to a banned Islamic extremist group. Army spokesman Major General Athar Abbas told VOA Tuesday that Brigadier General Ali Khan was being questioned about his links to Hizb-ut-Tahrir. Abbas said […]

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Oil Prices Rise

Posted June 21st, 2011 at 4:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Here are the prices of some key commodities traded in New York on Tuesday: Crude oil prices rose 54 cents to close at $94.17 a barrel. Coffee futures fell a fraction of a cent to finish at $2.44 per pound. Copper prices gained one cent to end at $4.09 a pound. Cocoa futures gained $60 […]

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US Stocks Rise Strongly

Posted June 21st, 2011 at 4:15 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. stock market indexes rose strongly in Tuesday’s trading. The Dow Jones Industrial Average advanced nine-tenths of a percent to finish at 12,190. The S&P 500 rose 1.3 percent to close at 1,296 and the NASDAQ gained 2.2 percent to end at 2,687. European stock markets were higher at the close of trading. London’s Financial […]

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Poll: Most Pakistanis Disapprove of Bin Laden’s Killing

Posted June 21st, 2011 at 4:10 pm (UTC-5)
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A recent poll shows that most Pakistanis disapprove of the U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden. The al-Qaida chief was killed by U.S. special forces in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad on May 2. The survey conducted by the Pew Research Center shows that 63 percent of Pakistanis disapproved of the bin Laden raid, […]

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