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Report: Syrian Operation May Be Crime Against Humanity

Posted July 5th, 2011 at 8:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Amnesty International says Syrian security forces may have committed crimes against humanity during a deadly operation last month in a town near the Lebanese border. Citing witness accounts, the London-based rights group accused Syria of rounding up scores of male residents in Talkalakh and torturing most of them, with at least nine people dying in […]

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US ‘Understands’ EU Decision to Provide Food Aid to North Korea

Posted July 5th, 2011 at 8:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States says it “understands” the European Union’s decision to provide North Korea with food aid, but that it has not yet decided whether to resume its own food deliveries to the impoverished nation. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters Tuesday the U.S. government has discussed the issue with the EU officials and […]

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Clinton to Meet With Incoming Peruvian President

Posted July 5th, 2011 at 7:55 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. officials say Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will meet Wednesday with Peruvian President-elect Ollanta Humala in Washington. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland Tuesday said officials very much welcome Mr. Humala’s visit to the United States and look forward to continuing to strengthen U.S. ties with Peru. The incoming Peruvian president and leftist former army […]

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Activist: Russian Fight Against Militants is Inefficient

Posted July 5th, 2011 at 7:45 pm (UTC-5)
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A top Russian human rights activist has told President Dmitry Medvedev that the government’s operation against Islamic militants in the Caucasus is inefficient and counterproductive. Svetlana Gannushkina and other activists met with Mr. Medvedev Tuesday in the republic of Kabardino-Balkaria. She said allegations of kidnappings, torture and murders by Russian security forces create public anger […]

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Mexico Searches for 7 Missing in Boat Accident

Posted July 5th, 2011 at 7:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Mexican authorities are continuing the search for seven American tourists whose fishing boat capsized and sank during a storm off Mexico’s Baja California peninsula. The incident happened Sunday after the 35-meter vessel, the Erik, left the port of San Felipe for a fishing trip on the Sea of Cortez. One American was killed in the […]

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Dalai Lama Visits US for Birthday and Meditation

Posted July 5th, 2011 at 7:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader is in the United States for a birthday celebration and a 10-day prayer and meditation ritual. The Dalai Lama arrived in the U.S. capital, Washington, DC, Tuesday afternoon. His visit also is expected to include high-level meetings with U.S. politicians, even though the spiritual leader formally retired from politics earlier this […]

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World Bank Managing Director Nominated For Nigerian Cabinet

Posted July 5th, 2011 at 6:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Nigeria’s president has nominated the World Bank’s managing director, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, for a post in his new Cabinet. Nigeria’s senate leader read a letter from President Goodluck Jonathan Tuesday asking lawmakers to confirm her nomination. The president did not say which post he wants Okonjo-Iweala to fill, but it is widely believed the economist will […]

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At Least 11 Libyan Rebels Killed in Misrata Clashes

Posted July 5th, 2011 at 6:55 pm (UTC-5)
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At least 11 Libyan rebels have been killed in clashes with pro-government forces near the opposition-held city of Misrata. Medics and rebels say the deaths occurred late Monday and Tuesday after forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi shelled targets on the outskirts of Misrata, about 200 kilometers east of Tripoli. They say more than […]

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Japan’s Cabinet Agrees on Second Disaster Recovery Budget

Posted July 5th, 2011 at 6:55 pm (UTC-5)
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The Japanese Cabinet has approved a $25-billion special budget to finance relief and recovery from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. The ministers agreed Tuesday not to issue new bonds to finance the second supplementary budget for this fiscal year but to use leftover funds from last year. The Cabinet will submit its plan to […]

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Dalai Lama Visits US for Birthday and Meditation

Posted July 5th, 2011 at 6:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader is in the United States for a birthday celebration and a 10-day prayer and meditation ritual. The Dalai Lama arrived in the U.S. capital, Washington, DC, Tuesday afternoon. The visit that is also expected to include high-level meetings with U.S. politicians, even though the spiritual leader formally retired from politics earlier […]

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