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Belarus Authorities Detain More than 450

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 1:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Belarus authorities rounded up more than 450 people who responded to anonymous Internet-based calls for anti-government rallies across several cities. Thousands turned out for the Wednesday night demonstrations, marking their protests by clapping their hands while walking down city sidewalks. Most of those detained were released on Thursday, but at least 20 were taken to […]

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CIA Nominee Petraeus a Veteran War Commander

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 1:25 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama’s pick to head the Central Intelligence Agency, General David Petraeus, is a prominent wartime commander who has led the way for U.S. troops in both Iraq and Afghanistan. The 58-year-old general assumed command of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan in July of last year, after overseeing a wider region encompassing […]

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G20 Targets High Food Prices

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 1:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Twenty of the world’s most important economies have agreed on measures aimed at controlling high and volatile food prices. Meeting together for the first time, agriculture ministers from the G20 group of leading and emerging nations committed thermselves to increasing regulation of commodity markets. They made plans to set up an emergency humanitarian food reserve […]

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Bomb Blasts Target Baghdad Market, At Least 17 Dead

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 1:15 pm (UTC-5)
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A series of bomb blasts has ripped through a Baghdad neighborhood, killing at least 17 people. An official with Iraq’s Interior Ministry says the explosions rocked a market in a Shi’ite section of southwestern Baghdad late Thursday. Officials say at least another 34 people were wounded. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Iraq has […]

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Aid Group Decries Mass Rape in DR Congo

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 1:15 pm (UTC-5)
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A medical aid group says more than 100 women in the Democratic Republic of Congo were raped during a two-day attack in South Kivu province this month.. Doctors Without Borders says the rapes took place around the town of Fizi on June 10 through June 12. A regional official with the group, Megan Hunter, said […]

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Aid Group Decries Mass Rape in DR Congo

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 1:05 pm (UTC-5)
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A medical aid group says more than 100 women in the Democratic Republic of Congo were raped during a two-day attack in South Kivu province this month.. Doctors Without Borders says the rapes took place around the town of Fizi from June 10 to June 12. A regional official with the group, Megan Hunter, said […]

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Oil Importers Release Emergency Supplies To Ease Prices

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 12:55 pm (UTC-5)
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(new info grafs 3 & 5) The 28 member nations of the International Energy Agency say they will release millions of barrels of oil from emergency stocks over the next month to make up for production curtailed by fighting in Libya. IEA officials say disruptions in Libya have kept 132 million barrels of high grade […]

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Fever Outbreak Kills 40 Children in India

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 12:45 pm (UTC-5)
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A fever that is believed to be caused by encephalitis has killed 40 children in eastern India. The deaths occurred in the Muzzafarpur district of Bihar state. Another 32 children are being treated after falling ill. Health officials said Thursday they were in the process of identifying the exact cause of the deaths, but that […]

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Amnesty Slams Romania on Forced Evictions of Roma

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 12:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Human rights group Amnesty International on Thursday criticized Romania for its practice of forced evictions of its minority Roma population. In a report released Thursday Amnesty said Roma families have been evicted from where they live because the legal system works against them. Amnesty researcher Barbora Cernusakova said the result is a de facto segregation […]

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Obama’s Troop-Withdrawal Plan May Be Risky, US Commander Says

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 12:15 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama has told the American people he is withdrawing 33,000 troops from Afghanistan, and he is delivering the same message to U.S. soldiers Thursday. He told VOA in an interview broadcast worldwide, including in Afghanistan, that the United States is not abandoning the country by withdrawing troops. He said U.S. forces will […]

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