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UN: ‘Utter Devastation’ on Sudan’s North-South Border

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 9:00 am (UTC-5)
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A senior U.N. human rights official says clashes along Sudan’s north-south border have caused “utter devastation” in the region. The U.N. Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Kyung-wha Kang, says urgent action is needed to prevent the violence from spreading and to protect civilians caught in the unrest. Kang, who visited the region last week, […]

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Militants Storm Kabul Hotel, Killing 11

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 9:00 am (UTC-5)
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In Afghanistan, heavily-armed militants have stormed one of Kabul’s landmark hotels in an overnight attack that killed at least 11 civilians and police officers. The five-hour siege of the Inter-Continental Hotel ended early Wednesday after all nine attackers either blew themselves up or were killed by Afghan security forces, with the help of NATO. The […]

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Greek Police, Protesters Clash at Parliament

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 8:35 am (UTC-5)
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Clashes broke out Wednesday between police and protesters trying to surround the Greek parliament, and police fired tear gas to disperse the crowd. Workers in Greece are in the second day of a 48-hour general strike, and the country is all but shut down by the protest action, aimed against a new round of national […]

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Irishman To Be Pardoned 150-Years After Execution

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 8:15 am (UTC-5)
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The governor of the U.S. state of Rhode Island is set to pardon John Gordon, an Irish immigrant, who was hanged 150 years ago following what is believed to be a tainted murder trial. Gordon was convicted of killing the brother of a U.S. senator and hanged in 1845. Historians and law professors believe the […]

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Greek Police and Protesters Clash A Second Day

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 7:40 am (UTC-5)
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Clashes broke out Wednesday between police and protesters trying to surround the Greek parliament building. Police fired tear gas in an effort to disperse the crowd. Greece is enduring the second day of a 48-hour general strike in protest of a proposed new round of national austerity reforms. The new clashes Wednesday took place as […]

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European Stocks Higher in Midday Trading

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 7:40 am (UTC-5)
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European stock prices are higher in midday trading Wednesday. London’s Financial Times index is up one and one-half percent. The CAC-40 in Paris is up two percent, and the DAX index in Frankfurt is up nearly two percent. In New York, the S&P futures contract is up eight points, indicating a higher opening. Tokyo’s Nikkei […]

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Taliban Militants Kill 10 Civilians in Kabul Hotel Attack

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 7:25 am (UTC-5)
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Afghan officials say 10 Afghan civilians were killed Tuesday night when heavily armed Taliban militants stormed a luxury hotel in the capital, Kabul. The officials said the five-hour siege of the InterContinental Hotel ended after all nine of the suicide bombers either blew themselves up or were killed by security forces early Wednesday. The attack, […]

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Taliban Militants Kill 10 Civilians in Kabul Hotel Attack

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 7:15 am (UTC-5)
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Afghan officials say 10 Afghan civilians were killed Tuesday night when heavily armed Taliban militants stormed a luxury hotel in the capital, Kabul. The officials said the five-hour siege of the InterContinental Hotel ended after all nine of the suicide bombers either blew themselves up or were killed by security forces early Wednesday. The attack, […]

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Yemen Air Raid Kills 4

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 7:10 am (UTC-5)
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Medical officials in Yemen say a military air raid hit a vehicle in volatile southern Abyan province Wednesday, killing four civilians and wounding 12 others. The Yemeni army is battling hundreds of Islamist militants affiliated to al-Qaida who have seized control of several areas in the province, including the southern city of Zinjibar and smaller […]

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Asia Markets Close Mostly Higher

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 7:05 am (UTC-5)
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Major Asian stock markets closed mostly higher Wednesday. Tokyo’s Nikkei index rose just over one and one-half percent to finish at 9,797. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index closed at 22,061, virtually unchanged from Tuesday. Share prices were higher in Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Mumbai, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney and Taipei, but lower in Manila, Shanghai and Wellington. […]

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