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Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi to Travel Outside Rangoon

Posted June 30th, 2011 at 11:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Supporters of Burma’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi said Friday that she will travel outside Rangoon next week for the first time since her release from house arrest in November. The sources said the Nobel peace laureate will travel to the ancient city of Baban with her son Kim Aris Monday for a private […]

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EU, South Korea Trade Pact Takes Effect

Posted June 30th, 2011 at 11:05 pm (UTC-5)
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A landmark free trade agreement between the European Union and South Korea took effect Friday. Under the deal, Seoul and Brussels would eliminate or phase out tariffs on 96 percent of EU goods and 99 percent of South Korean products within three years. Ignacio Garcia Bercero, the EU’s chief negotiator on the deal, said at […]

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Libya Tops Agenda at African Union Summit

Posted June 30th, 2011 at 10:10 pm (UTC-5)
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The current head of the African Union is calling for less foreign intervention in African affairs. Speaking at the start of an African Union summit Thursday, Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema said foreign moves to defend human rights in Africa have only deepened problems on the continent. Mr. Obiang also said the AU is […]

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US Treasury Secretary to Stay in Post for “Foreseeable Future”

Posted June 30th, 2011 at 10:05 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner says he has no immediate plans to resign, addressing media reports he is considering stepping down after the current round of debt ceiling negotiations. He says the United States is facing a lot of challenges that he is going to help solve “for the foreseeable future.” He says he has […]

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Armenian President Visits Ukraine

Posted June 30th, 2011 at 9:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Armenian President Serzh Sarkisyan begins an official visit to Ukraine Friday aimed at boosting bilateral economic and cultural ties. During the two-day visit, President Sarkisyan will hold talks with his Ukrainian counterpart, Viktor Yanukovych, Parliament Speaker Vladimir Litvin and other top officials in Kyiv. He also will meet with Ukrainian business and culture leaders and […]

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Poland Begins EU Presidency

Posted June 30th, 2011 at 9:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Poland is taking over the European Union rotating presidency from Hungary as Europe struggles with the debt crisis in Greece and other member nations. Poland’s six-month mandate began Friday — its first since the eastern European nation joined the bloc in 2004. Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk hosts EU leaders at an inaugural ceremony in […]

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Petraeus Confirmed as CIA Director

Posted June 30th, 2011 at 8:30 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. Senate has confirmed General David Petraeus as the new head of the Central Intelligence Agency. The four-star general easily won approval Thursday, on a vote of 94 to 0. Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein says General Petraeus is the right man for the job, noting his military service and analytical skills will […]

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Syrian Forces Kill 12 in Border Area; Aleppo Sees First Protests

Posted June 30th, 2011 at 8:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Syrian security forces have killed at least 12 people in two days during an ongoing military operation near the Turkish border in the country’s northwest as anti-government protests broke out for the first time in the key strategic city of Aleppo. Rights activists said Thursday that Syrian troops backed by tanks and helicopters consolidated their […]

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British Royal Couple on First Overseas Tour

Posted June 30th, 2011 at 7:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Britain’s Prince William and his wife, Catherine, are in the Canadian capital for their first overseas tour as a married couple. The royal couple arrived in Ottawa Thursday and attended a wreath-laying ceremony at a war memorial. Their presence sparked screams of delight from thousands of onlookers. They later attended a welcoming ceremony at Rideau […]

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Clinton Emphasizes Democracy In Hungary

Posted June 30th, 2011 at 7:00 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has called for support of political activism in the Arab world and for resistance to attempts anywhere at curbing freedom of information. Clinton told an international audience in Lithuania’s capital, Vilnius, Thursday that for every advance in information technology, there are forces trying to use such tools as a […]

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