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France, Germany and Poland Form EU Combat Group

Posted July 5th, 2011 at 11:35 pm (UTC-5)
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France, Germany and Poland say they have joined forces to form a joint European Union combat group. The agreement was signed Tuesday in Brussels, four days after Poland assumed the rotating EU presidency. The EU maintains a rotation of rapid reaction forces, known as battle groups, to be deployed in cases of emergency, although they […]

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Obama Invites Lawmakers for Debt Negotiations

Posted July 5th, 2011 at 11:20 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama plans to host the leaders of both political parties at the White House on Thursday to continue negotiations on an increase to the nation’s borrowing limit, as a key deadline looms. Mr. Obama announced the meeting on Tuesday during a rare appearance at a regularly scheduled White House press briefing. The […]

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Reconciliation Talks Begin in Bahrain

Posted July 5th, 2011 at 10:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Bahrain’s Sunni rulers and opposition leaders have begun a national dialogue on the reform demands made by the kingdom’s majority Shi’ites. The state-run Bahrain News Agency says the talks, which got under way on Tuesday, represent a “crucial stage” in the path to democracy, and include representatives of political associations, labor unions, non-governmental organizations and […]

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Obama Meets with New Afghanistan Team, Defense Secretary

Posted July 5th, 2011 at 9:45 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama met with his new Afghanistan team and new Defense Secretary Leon Panetta Tuesday to discuss the U.S. civilian and military effort in Afghanistan. Lieutenant General John Allen, who takes over leadership of the U.S. and NATO command from General David Petraeus, and new U.S. Ambassador to Kabul Ryan Crocker will implement […]

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Picasso Drawing Stolen in Broad Daylight

Posted July 5th, 2011 at 9:35 pm (UTC-5)
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A valuable drawing by the famous artist Pablo Picasso has been stolen from an art gallery in the western U.S. city of San Francisco. Gallery owners told police the brazen theft happened Tuesday, when a man in dark glasses walked off with the drawing, called “Tete de Femme,” in the middle of the day while […]

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Vatican to Display Historic Secret Documents

Posted July 5th, 2011 at 9:25 pm (UTC-5)
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The Vatican has announced that 100 specially selected documents from its secret archives will go on unprecedented public display in Rome next February. The priceless artifacts include papers from the trial of Italian inventor Galileo, charged with heresy for contradicting 17th-century church teachings that the sun revolves around the Earth. Other documents include a letter […]

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4 Afghan Civilians Killed by British Drone

Posted July 5th, 2011 at 9:25 pm (UTC-5)
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The British Defense Ministry confirmed Wednesday that one of its drones killed four Afghan civilians and wounded two others during an attack on a Taliban commander in southern Helmand province. A ministry statement issued early Wednesday said the drone, controlled from a U.S. air force base in (the southwestern state of)) Nevada, was supposed to […]

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President Lee Urges Effort to Bring Olympics to South Korea

Posted July 5th, 2011 at 9:10 pm (UTC-5)
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South Korea’s President Lee Myung-bak has called for the maximum effort to bring the 2018 Winter Olympics to the South Korean city of Pyeongchang. The International Olympic Committee is scheduled to choose the winning city by secret ballot Wednesday in the South African city of Durban. On the eve of the crucial vote, President Lee […]

US Government Asks Texas to Halt Mexican’s Death Sentence

Posted July 5th, 2011 at 9:05 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. government has called on the state of Texas to stay the execution of a Mexican national, saying he was not told at the appropriate time of his right to consular assistance from Mexican authorities. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters Tuesday that the federal government filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme […]

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Somali Man Brought to US To Face Terror Charges

Posted July 5th, 2011 at 8:55 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. officials say a Somali man accused of ties to Islamist militant groups was interrogated for nearly two months aboard a U.S. warship and is now in New York to face terrorism charges. The officials say Ahmed Abdulkadir Warsame was questioned at sea by intelligence officials for his connections to the Somalia-based al-Shabab militant group […]

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