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Baghdad Bomb Blasts Kill 23, Scores Wounded

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 3:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Iraqi security officials say three bombs ripped through a Shi’ite neighborhood in the capital, Baghdad, late Thursday, killing at least 23 people and wounding 107 others. Sources at three local hospitals say at least 34 people died. Interior Ministry officials say the explosions occurred in quick succession in southwestern Baghdad. One targeted a Shi’ite mosque […]

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Karzai: US Troop Withdrawal from Afghanistan ‘Good for Both Countries’

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 3:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Thursday welcomed U.S. President Barack Obama’s announcement to start a phased withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan next month, calling it the “right decision for the interest of both countries.” Mr. Karzai said it is time for the “youth” of Afghanistan to take responsibility for security in the country. But […]

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Obama: US Withdrawal from Afghanistan Will Preserve Gains

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 3:45 pm (UTC-5)
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President Barack Obama has told U.S. soldiers the country is going to conduct its withdrawal from Afghanistan in a “steady way” to make sure the gains that have been made are sustained. Speaking at Fort Drum in upstate New York Thursday, President Obama said the U.S. has “turned a corner in Afghanistan” and is not […]

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UN Report: Heroin, Cocaine, Canabis Markets Decline or Stabilize

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 3:20 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime says global markets for heroin, cocaine and cannabis declined or remained stable last year, but the production and abuse of prescription and synthetic drugs increased. In its annual World Drug Report issued Thursday, the U.N. agency says global production of heroin’s key ingredient, opium, dropped 38 percent […]

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US First Lady Promotes Healthy Living in South Africa

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 3:05 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. first lady Michelle Obama teamed up with Nobel Peace Prize laureate Desmond Tutu to promote healthy living during the latest stop on her African tour. The first lady met with the archbishop emeritus at Cape Town Stadium Thursday, before taking to the pitch and kicking a football (soccer ball) around with some children. Obama […]

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US Slaps Sanctions on Iran Air and Shipping Concerns

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 2:35 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States is imposing new sanctions against Iran, targeting its national airline and a major Iranian port company. The U.S. Treasury Department announced the moves on Thursday against Iran Air and Tidewater Middle East Company and three other firms. The Obama administration says the entities are targeted because of illegal shipping activity and weapons […]

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Clinton Highlights Progress in Afghanistan

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 2:25 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says considerable progress has been made in Afghanistan through the increased presence of U.S. military, civilian and diplomatic personnel. Clinton testified before a Senate panel Thursday, one day after U.S. President Barack Obama announced plans to withdraw 33,000 American troops from Afghanistan in about a year. Those troops were […]

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4 DRCongo Police Sentenced to Death for Activist’s Murder

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 2:25 pm (UTC-5)
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A military court in the Democratic Republic of Congo has sentenced four police officers to death for the murder of an influential human rights activist. The court sentenced another police officer to life in prison for the death of Floribert Chebeya. Chebeya headed one of Congo’s most prominent human rights organizations – Voice of the […]

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US Stocks Decline

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 2:05 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. stock market indexes fell sharply in Thursday’s midday trading. The Dow Jones Industrial Average retreated 1.2 percent, the S&P 500 lost 1.1 percent, and the NASDAQ dropped two-tenths of a percent. European stock markets were lower at the close of trading. London’s Financial Times 100 index lost 1.7 percent to close at 5,674. The […]

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US Reservist Charged in Shootings at Military Buildings

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 1:50 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. prosecutors have charged a 22-year-old Marine Corps reservist in five Washington area shootings at military installations. Yonathan Melaku was detained last week near the Pentagon. Prosecutors say he had a backpack containing spent 9mm shell casings, and ammonium nitrate, which can be used to make explosives. U.S. Attorney Neil MacBride said the charges announced […]

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