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France Provided Weapons, Food to Libyan Rebels

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 10:55 am (UTC-5)
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French military officials say they aided Libyan rebels this month with weapons, munitions and food in their battle against government forces in the western Libyan mountains. Western news agencies on Wednesday quote unidentified French military officials confirming a Le Figaro newspaper reports of “large amounts” of weapons parachuted into the Jebel Nafusa region. Rebels on […]

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Ukraine Court Adjourns Tymoshenko Trial

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 10:50 am (UTC-5)
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A Ukranian court on Wednesday adjourned the trial of opposition politician and former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko. Judge Rodion Kireyev postponed the proceedings after Ms. Tymoshenko asked for more time to go over the charges against her. The trial is to resume July 4. Ms. Tymoshenko, who is accused of abusing the office of prime […]

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New Security Measures Imposed in Nigerian Capital

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 10:35 am (UTC-5)
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Authorities in Nigeria have imposed new security measures in the capital, Abuja, following a deadly bomb attack at the national police headquarters. City administrators announced the security measures for a range of popular gathering places in a statement Wednesday. Nightclubs, beer gardens and cinemas in Abuja are now required to close by 10 p.m. Places […]

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Bahrain Forms Commission to Investigate Rights Violations

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 10:00 am (UTC-5)
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Bahrain’s king announced on Wednesday that an independent commission will be formed to investigate possible rights violations during recent anti-regime protests. King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa’s said in a televised speech to the nation that despite an international outcry over a crackdown by the government, Bahraini leaders respect human rights and want reform. But […]

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US Stocks Rise

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 9:55 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. stock market indexes rose in Wednesday’s early trading. The Dow Jones Industrial Average advanced three-tenths of a percent, the S&P 500 rose four-tenths of a percent and the NASDAQ gained one-tenth of a percent. European stock markets were higher in afternoon trading. London’s Financial Times 100 index gained 1.2 percent, the CAC-40 in Paris […]

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Greek Parliament Approves Austerity Plan

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 9:45 am (UTC-5)
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The Greek parliament has approved the first step in sweeping new austerity measures aimed at securing international financing for the debt-ridden nation. Socialist Prime Minister George Papandreou won passage Wednesday of his $40 billion plan to increase taxes, cut spending and sell state-owned assets. Lawmakers voted to pass the legislation as protesters opposed to the […]

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Pakistan Charges 7 in Videotaped Killing

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 9:35 am (UTC-5)
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A Pakistani court has charged six members of the paramilitary forces and a civilian with murder for the videotaped killing of an unarmed man earlier this month. The charges came Wednesday, three weeks after 22-year-old Sarfaraz Shah died in the southern city of Karachi. A hearing is set for Thursday. The video shows a civilian […]

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Floods Kill at Least 25 in Southern Philippines

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 9:30 am (UTC-5)
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Philippine authorities say flash flooding on the southern island of Mindanao has killed at least 25 people, many of them children washed away from their homes during the night. Fifteen others in Davao City were reported missing Wednesday. Rivers in the city of 1.4 million residents, swollen by torrential rains, inundated residential areas. Emergency officials […]

Iranian President Warns Against Arrest of Allies

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 9:15 am (UTC-5)
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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has warned authorities against arresting members of his government on charges of corruption. Mr. Ahmadinejad said Wednesday the arrests are politically motivated and an attempt to put pressure on his government. His comments come nearly a week after a former deputy foreign minister and close ally, Mohammed Sharif Malekzadeh, was arrested […]

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Britain Accuses Iran of Secretly Testing Nuclear-Capable Missiles

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 9:10 am (UTC-5)
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British Foreign Secretary William Hague says Iran has conducted secret tests of ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads in violation of a U.N. resolution. In comments to the British parliament on Wednesday, Hague said secret Iranian tests of nuclear-capable missiles contravene U.N. Security Council Resolution 1929. He also accused Iran of engaging in covert […]

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