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Kidnapped French Journalists Freed in Afghanistan

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 7:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Two French journalists who were kidnapped in Afghanistan by Taliban insurgents 18 months ago have been freed by their captors. The office of French President Nicolas Sarkozy confirmed Wednesday that two reporters for France-3 television, Stephane Taponier and Herve Ghesquiere, have been released, along with their Afghan translator, Reza Din. President Sarkozy praised Afghan President […]

US Nominee Seeks to Coordinate Global Response to Burma

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 6:45 pm (UTC-5)
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The nominee to be the U.S. special envoy to Burma says he is seeking better international coordination to push for democratic reform in Burma. Derek Mitchell said Wednesday that the inability of key members of the global community to coordinate their approach to Burma has undermined their efforts to press Burma’s government. Mitchell said he […]

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Belarusian Police Detain Protesters

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 6:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Belarusian police violently dispersed a peaceful anti-government rally Wednesday in the capital Minsk. Local rights activists said more than 100 people had been arrested, including journalists. Witnesses say they saw police beat demonstrators with batons. Hundreds of people defied official warnings and torrential rain to protest the authoritarian regime of President Alexander Lukashenko and the […]

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Venezuelan TV Airs New Video of Chavez

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 6:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Venezuelan state television aired new footage Wednesday of President Hugo Chavez, whose prolonged stay in Cuba after surgery has triggered speculation about his health. The footage showed the 56-year-old president walking and talking with his friend, former Cuban leader Fidel Castro. The two are seen in a garden in Cuba, where Mr. Chavez underwent emergency […]

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US Sanctions Syrian, Iranian Security Officials for Syria Crackdown

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 5:45 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States has imposed sanctions against Syrian police unit and key Iranian security officials in connection with Syria’s brutal crackdown on anti-government protesters. The U.S. Treasury Department announced Wednesday it has targeted the Syrian Political Security Directorate – one of the country’s four main security services – and the head of Syrian Air Force […]

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Karzai: Kabul Hotel Attack Will Not Deter Security Transition

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 5:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai says attacks like the one on a luxury Kabul hotel that killed 11 people and wounded eight others will not deter the country’s forces from taking over their security role as planned. The five-hour highly coordinated siege of the Inter-Continental Hotel by heavily armed militants ended early Wednesday after all nine […]

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British Schools Sever Ties with ‘Bin Laden Town’

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 4:55 pm (UTC-5)
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A group of British schools in the northwestern English town of Blackburn has decided to sever ties with teachers and students in the northern Pakistani city of Abbottabad, where al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden was killed May 2. Local authorities said Wednesday the schools cancelled a planned visit by teachers from Abbottabad shortly after the […]

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Census: Croatia’s Population Declined by 150,000 in Past Decade

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 4:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Preliminary results from the latest census in Croatia show that the country lost about 150,000 residents in the past 10 years. Croatia’s Bureau of Statistics said Wednesday that fewer than 4.3 million people now live there, compared to more than 4.4 million a decade ago. Demographers say about 100,000 more people died than were born […]

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US Official Lays Out New Counterterrorism Strategy

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 4:15 pm (UTC-5)
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The Obama administration has laid out a new national counterterrorism strategy, saying al-Qaida is severely weakened due to increased pressure on the organization. The administration’s top counterterrorism adviser, John Brennan, made the comment Wednesday. He said the United States and its partners, including Pakistan and Yemen, have strangled al-Qaida’s finances and decimated its leadership ranks, […]

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Oil Prices Rise Sharply

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 4:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Here are the prices of some key commodities traded in New York on Wednesday: Crude oil prices gained more than $2 to close at $95.30 per barrel. Coffee futures rose 2 cents to finish at $2.60 per pound. Copper prices rose 13 cents to end at $4.22 a pound. Cocoa prices rose $96 to finish […]

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