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Jerry Lewis Cancels Sydney Show in Australia Because of Illness

Posted June 24th, 2011 at 11:20 pm (UTC-5)
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American entertainer Jerry Lewis was rushed to a hospital Friday, just moments before he was to take to the stage in Sydney, Australia for a benefit show. The 85-year-old performer is in Australia to raise funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation Australia. Lewis is the long-time chairman of the U.S. Muscular Dystrophy Foundation, which is […]

2 Killed in US Train-Truck Collision

Posted June 24th, 2011 at 9:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Authorities say two people have been killed and many others injured in a collision involving an Amtrak passenger train and a tractor-trailer in the western U.S. state of Nevada. Amtrak says the truck drove into the side of the train Friday on a rural highway near Reno, Nevada. The impact created a massive burst of […]

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US Gangster Appears in Court to Face Murder Charges

Posted June 24th, 2011 at 8:05 pm (UTC-5)
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A gangster in U.S. custody after 16 years on the run has appeared in federal court in Massachusetts to face charges he committed 19 murders. James “Whitey” Bulger faced several judges Friday in a Boston court, after appearing in handcuffs under tight security. Bulger asked for a public defender. But prosecutors objected, citing the $800,000 […]

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Former Ukraine Prime Minister Goes on Trial

Posted June 24th, 2011 at 7:30 pm (UTC-5)
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) The trial of Ukraine’s former prime minister, Yulia Tymoshenko, opened Friday with her accusing President Viktor Yanukovych of using the proceeding to keep her out of politics. Ms. Tymoshenko, now a top Ukrainian opposition leader, is on trial for alleged abuse of power. The former prime minister denounced the trial as a pre-arranged farce […]

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Mubarak Supporters Clash With Opponents

Posted June 24th, 2011 at 7:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Dozens of people have been injured as hundreds of supporters of ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak clashed with his opponents in central Cairo. Pro-Mubarak demonstrators took to the streets Friday, prompting angry reactions from the deposed leader’s detractors. Mr. Mubarak is being held at a hospital in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, where […]

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US Concerned By Violence, Rights Abuses in Northern Burma

Posted June 24th, 2011 at 7:10 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States says it is concerned by violence between Burma’s government and rebels in northern Kachin state, particularly by reports of human rights abuses in the area. A State Department spokeswoman said Friday there are reports of casualties, rapes, and the displacement of thousands of local residents. She called for an end to the […]

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3 Killed in Peru Airport Clash

Posted June 24th, 2011 at 7:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Peruvian hospital officials say three people have been killed in clashes between police and mostly indigenous protesters who tried to occupy an airport in southeastern Peru. A doctor says the three people killed died from gunshot wounds Friday at Manco Capac airport in the city of Juliaca in Puno state. At least 12 people were […]

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UNESCO Adds Sites in Africa, East Asia to World Heritage List

Posted June 24th, 2011 at 6:00 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations’ cultural body has named five sites from across Africa and East Asia to become World Heritage properties. The U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization announced Friday it has added sites from Kenya, Senegal, Australia, Japan and China. UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee is meeting in Paris through next week to examine 37 sites […]

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Turkish Court Denies Release to Newly Elected, Jailed General

Posted June 24th, 2011 at 6:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Turkey’s Anatolia news agency says a Turkish court has ruled against releasing from jail a retired general who was elected to parliament earlier this month. The general, Engin Alan, has been accused of participating in a coup plot. The semi-official news agency reported a judge Friday rejected a petition from Alan’s lawyer asking for his […]

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US Calls for Calm Regarding South China Sea

Posted June 24th, 2011 at 5:50 pm (UTC-5)
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A top U.S. diplomat has appealed for restraint by all parties to the South China Sea territorial dispute. Assistant U.S. Secretary of State Kurt Campbell said Friday the U.S. does not take a stand on the sovereignty of the sea, claimed by China, the Philippines and Vietnam. The three countries have been arguing about the […]

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