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Syrian Military Push Forces Hundreds More into Turkey

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 11:05 am (UTC-5)
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Hundreds more refugees are pouring from Syria into Turkey as they try to escape advancing Syrian troops trying to crush a 3-month long political uprising. The Turkish Red Crescent says at least 600 new refugees fled from the Syrian border town of Khirbet al-Jouz early Thursday after Syrian tanks rolled into the area backed up […]

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New Harry Potter Website, E-Books Out Soon

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 11:05 am (UTC-5)
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Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling has unveiled an interactive website featuring new material about her fictional young wizard. The Harry Potter adventures will also be sold as e-books for the first time through the new website, which will appear at the end of July on a limited basis. Rowling told reporters in London Thursday she […]

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Greek Finance Minister Meets Creditors on Austerity Bill, Unions Plan Strike

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 11:00 am (UTC-5)
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Greece’s new finance minister is meeting with the country’s international creditors to discuss details of an austerity package, as European Union leaders are expected to focus on the Greek debt crisis. Evangelos Venizelos met Thursday with inspectors from the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund to discuss the austerity bill, […]

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US Envoy Demands ‘Immediate’ Power Transfer in Yemen

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 10:40 am (UTC-5)
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A U.S. envoy Thursday called for an “immediate” power transfer in Yemen U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman, visited top Yemeni officials in the capital, Sana’a, to try to broker an end to Yemen’s political crisis. Feltman later told reporters that beleaguered President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who is recovering in […]

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Son of Former Bangladeshi PM Jailed for Bribery

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 10:40 am (UTC-5)
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A Bangladeshi court has sentenced the son of former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia to six years in prison for money laundering. Arafat Rahman Koko was convicted of laundering through banks in Singapore $2.7 million in bribes from foreign companies. He was accused of accepting the money in exchange for helping the firms obtain government contracts. […]

US Stocks Decline

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 10:20 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. stock market indexes fell sharply in Thursday’s early trading. The Dow Jones Industrial Average retreated 1.7 percent, the S&P 500 lost 1.8 percent and the NASDAQ dropped 1.6 percent. European stock markets were lower in afternoon trading. London’s Financial Times 100 index lost 1.5 percent, the CAC-40 in Paris moved down 2.1 percent, and […]

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Kurdish Lawmakers Boycott Parliament

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 10:15 am (UTC-5)
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Kurdish lawmakers on Thursday decided to boycott Turkey’s parliament to protest a decision to strip a newly-elected Kurdish politician of his seat. Turkey’s new parliament is due to convene on Tuesday, June 28. The Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party won 36 seats in the 550-seat chamber in last week’s election. Turkey’s electoral board took away […]

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India, Pakistan Hold Peace Talks

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 10:15 am (UTC-5)
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India and Pakistan have restarted peace talks that stalled after the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks blamed on Pakistan-based Islamic militants. India’s Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao and her Pakistani counterpart, Salman Bashir, met Thursday in Islamabad to start two days of discussions on a wide range of issues, including control of the disputed Kashmir region. Prior […]

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Senegalese Violence Spreads, Opposition Gaining Ground

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 10:10 am (UTC-5)
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Fierce clashes are spreading through the Senegalese capital, where demonstrators are taking to the streets to protest proposed changes to the country’s election laws. VOA’s correspondent in Dakar said Thursday hundreds of demonstrators took control of the main square in front of the National Assembly building, assaulting riot police with stones. Riot police fought back, […]

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Obama Tells VOA ‘Tide of War Is Receding’

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 10:05 am (UTC-5)
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President Barack Obama has told the American people he is withdrawing 33,000 troops from Afghanistan, and he is sending the same message to U.S. soldiers themselves Thursday. The president told VOA in an interview broadcast worldwide, including in Afghanistan, that he and his top advisers feel “the tide of war is receding,” and he pledged […]

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