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Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Resigns in Political Rift

Posted June 21st, 2011 at 1:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Iran’s deputy foreign minister quit Tuesday as his boss was facing impeachment proceedings over his appointment in a growing political rift between hardliners and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Iranian media reported that Mohammad Sharif Malekzadeh resigned after 33 Iranian lawmakers signed an impeachment draft against Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi. The newly-appointed Malekzadeh is facing corruption […]

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Seven Killed in Northern Nigeria Attacks

Posted June 21st, 2011 at 1:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Seven people in northern Nigeria have been killed in two attacks blamed on Boko Haram, a radical Islamist group. Witnesses say the dead include five police officers and two civilian bystanders. Several Boko Haram members launched an attack on a police station in the town of Kankara in Katsina state late Monday. The other attack […]

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Former Ukraine PM Tymoshenko to Stand Trial

Posted June 21st, 2011 at 1:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Ukraine’s former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko is to stand trial Friday on charges of abuse of power. Her trial is to open at Kyiv’s Pechersk court. According to the Ukrainian Interfax news agency, representatives from the U.S. law firm Covington & Burling will make up part of the team advising Ms. Tymoshenko’s defense at the […]

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At Least 7 Dead in Continuing Syrian Protests

Posted June 21st, 2011 at 1:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Activists say supporters and opponents of the Syrian government have clashed in several cities, and least seven people have been killed. Witnesses and human rights activists say Syrian security forces fired on anti-government crowds Tuesday, causing casualties in the central cities of Homs and Hama and the Mayadin district of Deir al-Zour. Demonstrations also erupted […]

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US Stocks Rise Strongly

Posted June 21st, 2011 at 1:15 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. stock market indexes rose strongly in Tuesday’s midday trading. The Dow Jones Industrial Average advanced nine-tenths of a percent, the S&P 500 rose 1.2 percent and the NASDAQ gained 1.9 percent. European stock markets were higher at the close of trading. London’s Financial Times 100 index gained 1.4 percent to close at 5,775. The […]

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Obama to Address Nation Wednesday on Afghanistan

Posted June 21st, 2011 at 1:05 pm (UTC-5)
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The White House says President Barack Obama will address the nation Wednesday evening on his plans for withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan. Spokesman Jay Carney says the president will lay out how he will implement the strategy he outlined in December 2009 on drawing down American troops. U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Tuesday the […]

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Hong Kong Declares Scarlet Fever Outbreak

Posted June 21st, 2011 at 12:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Health officials in Hong Kong have declared an outbreak of scarlet fever, closing a kindergarten after a five-year-old boy died Tuesday in the city after a week-long illness. Authorities say the boy is the second child in the past three weeks to die from the disease, which mainly affects children between ages 2 and 8. […]

World’s Oldest Person Dies

Posted June 21st, 2011 at 12:55 pm (UTC-5)
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A Brazilian woman who in May was declared the world’s oldest person by Guinness World Records has died. Maria Gomes Valentim died Tuesday. Guiness World Records says she was 114 years, 347 days old. With her death, the titles now belongs to American Besse Cooper who is 114 years 299 days old, younger by 48 […]

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Former Ambassador, Governor Enters US President Race

Posted June 21st, 2011 at 12:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Jon Huntsman, a Republican former governor of Utah and former U.S. ambassador to China, officially entered the 2012 U.S. presidential race on Tuesday. Huntsman made the announcement in New Jersey with the Statue of Liberty as a backdrop, the same location where Ronald Reagan announced his candidacy for the White House in 1980. Huntsman was […]

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Clinton Backs Saudi Women’s Right to Drive

Posted June 21st, 2011 at 12:35 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has thrown her support behind women in Saudi Arabia who are protesting the kingdom’s ban on female drivers. In Washington Tuesday, Clinton said the women are “brave” and that their goal is “right.” She stressed that the movement was born from local women seeking equal rights within Saudi Arabia […]

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