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Clinton Heads to Hungary, Lithuania

Posted June 24th, 2011 at 2:45 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will travel to Hungary and Lithuania at the end of June to promote human rights and democracy in the region. A State Department statement released Friday says Clinton will travel to Hungary June 29 where she will meet with Prime Minister Viktor Orban and civil society leaders. She will […]

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Pakistan’s Military Rejects Phone Report on Bin Laden’s Links

Posted June 24th, 2011 at 2:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Pakistan’s military has rejected a U.S. media report that says a cell phone found during the raid that killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan contained contacts to a militant group that has “strong ties” to Pakistan’s intelligence agency. A military spokesman called The New York Times news report Friday part of a “smear […]

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US Calls for Calm Over South China Sea

Posted June 24th, 2011 at 2:40 pm (UTC-5)
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A top U.S. official says Washington wants nothing more than peace and stability for the hotly contested South China Sea. Assistant U.S. Secretary of State Kurt Campbell told reporters 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 […]

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US Opposes New Flotilla Challenging Israel’s Gaza Blockade

Posted June 24th, 2011 at 2:30 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States Friday sharpened its warnings to activists planning a new attempt to break the Israeli naval blockade and deliver relief supplies to Palestinians in the Gaza strip. The Obama administration says the United States is making diplomatic appeals to countries around the eastern Mediterranean, including Israel, to avoid a repeat of the deaths […]

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US Lawmakers Reject Measure to Cut Funding for Libya Mission

Posted June 24th, 2011 at 2:25 pm (UTC-5)
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The Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives has rejected two competing measures on the U.S. military role in Libya, which has been a source of anger for many in Congress. House lawmakers voted Friday against both resolutions — one to authorize ongoing U.S. military action in Libya and another to cut off funding for U.S. military […]

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Armenia, Azerbaijan Fail to Agree on Nagorno-Karabakh

Posted June 24th, 2011 at 2:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Armenia and Azerbaijan have failed to reach an agreement in their long and often violent dispute over the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, but said they had made some progress during a summit hosted by Russia. In a meeting Friday in the Russian city of Kazan, Armenian President Serzh Sarkisyan and his Azeri counterpart, Ilham Aliyev, were […]

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Zimbabwe Arrests Another Tsvangirai Ally

Posted June 24th, 2011 at 2:00 pm (UTC-5)
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For the third time this year, Zimbabwe police have arrested a Cabinet minister from Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change. The MDC said police arrested Jameson Timba in Harare Friday on allegations he had undermined the authority of President Robert Mugabe of ZANU-PF. A police spokesman in Harare confirmed the arrest but said […]

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Russia Questions US Sanctions Against Iran

Posted June 24th, 2011 at 1:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Moscow on Friday said that sanctions imposed by the United States on Tehran could affect Russian companies doing work in Iran and demanded the U.S. revise the policy. Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement Friday that Washington’s decision raised “serious questions” and could put Russian firms at risk. The U.S. Treasury Department on Thursday […]

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Four Dead in Violence in Southern Yemen

Posted June 24th, 2011 at 1:40 pm (UTC-5)
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At least three Yemeni soldiers were killed on Friday after an explosion in the southern port city of Aden. The blast in Aden’s free-trade zone came after Yemeni security forces opened fire on thousands of people gathered nearby for a funeral, killing at least one person. The violence wounded at least six other people Friday. […]

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Iran’s Ahmadinejad Hosts Summit with Pakistani, Afghan Presidents

Posted June 24th, 2011 at 1:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari arrived in Tehran Friday for a meeting with his two counterparts, Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmedinejad and Afghanistan’s Hamid Karzai. Mr. Zardari also is expected to discuss with Mr. Ahmedinejad a range of bilateral issues, including the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project. President Zardari’s meetings in Iran come as relations between Islamabad and […]