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Obama: US to Keep Pressure on Al-Qaida

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 12:40 pm (UTC-5)
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President Obama says the United States will continue to keep pressure on al-Qaida, even as U.S. forces draw down in Afghanistan. The president said 33,000 U.S. troops will be out of Afghanistan within a year. Those troops were sent to the country as part of a surge Mr. Obama announced in December 2009. The United […]

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Obama: Greater Equality for Gays a ‘Good Thing’

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 12:35 pm (UTC-5)
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President Obama says he thinks it is a “good thing” that the United States is moving in the direction of greater equality for homosexuals. He said the legalization of gay marriage in New York was part of what he called a “profound recognition” on the part of the American people that gays, lesbians and transgender […]

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Obama Defends US Involvement in Libyan Conflict

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 12:20 pm (UTC-5)
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President Obama has defended U.S. involvement in Libya, saying the international operation has protected thousands of people in the North African country. Mr. Obama said he did not violate the War Powers Resolution, a U.S. law that requires congressional approval within 60 days if U.S. forces are involved in hostilities. He said Libyan leader Moammar […]

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US Stocks Rise

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 12:20 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. stock market indexes rose in Wednesday’s midday trading. The Dow Jones Industrial Average advanced six-tenths of a percent, the S&P 500 rose eight-tenths of a percent, and the NASDAQ gained four-tenths of a percent. European stock markets were higher at the close of trading. London’s Financial Times 100 index gained 1.5 percent to finish […]

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US: Clinton Leaves on Three-Nation European Trip

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 12:20 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is headed to Europe on a four-day visit to Hungary, Lithuania and Spain. Clinton left Wednesday for Hungary, where she is inaugurating a human rights center named after a late U.S. congressman, Hungarian-born Tom Lantos, who founded the Human Rights Caucus in Congress. She also plans to meet with […]

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Obama: Deficit Agreement Will Require ‘Tough Decisions’

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 12:05 pm (UTC-5)
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President Obama says any agreement to reduce the nation’s deficit is going to require “tough decisions,” including decisions on what he called “spending in the tax code” by eliminating some tax benefits for the wealthy. The president called reducing the deficit one of the most important and urgent things the U.S. government can do for […]

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Obama Calls on Congress to Take Action on Economy

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 11:55 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama has called on Congress to take action that he says would strengthen the economy and help Americans who are struggling financially. At a White House news conference Wednesday, Mr. Obama said the nation’s economic problems will not be solved immediately. He said Americans are still looking for work, or seeking better-paying […]

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Activists Say Syrian Troops Kill 4 in Northern Villages

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 11:55 am (UTC-5)
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Syrian rights activists say government troops have attacked several villages in the country’s northwest, killing at least four civilians as part of a months-long crackdown on pro-democracy protests. The activists say Syrian tanks shelled the village of Rameh in Idlib province Wednesday, prompting many residents to flee as soldiers conducted searches for dissidents. They say […]

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Poland’s Walesa Leaves Hospital

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 11:55 am (UTC-5)
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Lech Walesa, Poland’s former president and Nobel Peace Prize winner, on Wednesday left the hospital where he was being treated for pneumonia. Mr. Walesa said he still needs another month to fully recuperate. It was not clear what had caused the infection, which developed after Mr. Walesa returned from a visit to Tunisia earlier this […]

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Dozens of Soldiers Killed in Yemen Fighting

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 11:50 am (UTC-5)
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Military officials in Yemen say at least 26 soldiers have been killed in heavy fighting with militants in the southern city of Zinjibar. At least 14 Islamist militants also were killed as the two sides battled Wednesday for control of a stadium on the outskirts of the city. The fighting comes as part of daily […]

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