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Dutch Court Acquits Anti-Islam Lawmaker

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 6:05 am (UTC-5)
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A Dutch court Thursday acquitted populist politician Geert Wilders of hate speech and discrimination against Muslims. The Amsterdam court ruled that Wilders’ anti-Islamic statements fell within the bounds of legitimate political debate. Following the verdict, Wilders called the ruling a victory for free speech in the Netherlands. Wilders faced five counts of hate speech and […]

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Kuwaiti Prime Minister Survives No-Confidence Vote

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 5:40 am (UTC-5)
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Kuwait’s prime minister has survived a no-confidence vote in parliament, which stemmed from allegations he favored relations with Iran over those with other nations in the region. Lawmakers defeated the motion Thursday, with 25 members voting in support of Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Mohammed al-Ahmad al-Sabah and 18 others backing the no-confidence measure. It is […]

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Chinese Red Cross Denounces Microblogger’s Lavish Claims

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 5:40 am (UTC-5)
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The Red Cross Society of China is worried about reduced donations after a young woman claiming to be a manager at the charity boasted on the Internet about her extravagant lifestyle. Chinese press reports Thursday quote from a statement by the society as denying any connection with 20-year-old Guo Meimei, who claimed on a microblog […]

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Obama Orders 33,000 Troops Out of Afghanistan

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 5:30 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama goes to New York Thursday to promote his plan to withdraw 33,000 American troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2012. Mr. Obama is due to meet with soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, New York. It is one of the most frequently deployed divisions to Afghanistan. In […]

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Japan’s Nikkei Loses Ground

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 5:30 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese markets closed lower Thursday, while the U.S. dollar is higher against the Japanese yen. Tokyo’s Nikkei index lost more than one-quarter of one percent to finish at 9,597. In currency trading, the dollar was selling at 80.58, a gain of more than one-quarter of a yen from Wednesday. Gold is trading at $1,542.38 an […]

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Ai Weiwei’s Movements Restricted for One Year

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 5:15 am (UTC-5)
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Celebrated artist Ai Weiwei is at home on bail after almost three months in Chinese detention, but officials say his movements will be restricted for one year. At a foreign ministry briefing Thursday, spokesman Hong Lei said the investigation of the 54-year activist will remain open during that time. He said Ai remains confined to […]

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UNESCO Declares Two Rainforests as Endangered Sites

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 5:05 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations’ cultural body has placed rainforests in Indonesia and Honduras on its list of endangered sites because of illegal activities. The U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization announced Wednesday that it was placing Indonesia’s Sumatran rainforest on its Danger List due to years of agricultural encroachment, road construction, illegal logging and poaching. UNESCO […]

Aid Groups Say China is Expelling Kachin Refugees

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 5:00 am (UTC-5)
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Refugee aid workers say China is ordering hundreds of refugees who fled fighting between Burmese government troops and Kachin rebels to return to Burma. The aid workers say at least 2,000 villagers have been displaced by the Burmese offensive against rebels of the Kachin Independence Army, which began earlier this month. Most have sought shelter […]

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Syrian Soldiers Enter Village Near Turkish Border

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 4:55 am (UTC-5)
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Activists say Syrian soldiers and tanks have entered a village near the Turkish border, as European Union diplomats prepare to expand sanctions against Syria. Witnesses said Thursday the troops entered Khirbet al-Jouz, continuing a government crackdown on a pro-democracy uprising that began in March. Turkey has set up tent camps to house 10,000 Syrians who […]

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Britain, Germany, France All Plan Afghan Troop Withdrawals

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 4:40 am (UTC-5)
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Britain, Germany and France all say they plan to follow the U.S. lead and withdraw their troops from the Afghan warfront. The three European allies on Thursday quickly announced the eventual end of their involvement in fighting Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan after U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday night spelled out his plan to withdraw […]

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