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Mexico’s Supreme Court Says Soldiers Can Face Civil Trials

Posted July 12th, 2011 at 11:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Mexico’s supreme court said Tuesday that soldiers accused of human rights abuses may face civil trials instead of closed door military tribunals. The supreme court ruling follows an international tribunal recommendation. Some Mexican soldiers involved in the war on organized crime and the drug cartels have been accused various infractions including firing on civilians at […]

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Former Lebanese PM Urges Hezbollah Cooperation in Hariri Probe

Posted July 12th, 2011 at 10:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has urged Lebanon to arrest four Hezbollah members accused in his father’s 2005 murder, saying the Iranian-backed Shi’ite militant group cannot change the course of justice. Mr. Hariri warned Tuesday that Lebanon “will pay the price” if Hezbollah refuses to turn over members of the group indicted for the […]

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Clinton Announces Travel to Indonesia, Hong Kong

Posted July 12th, 2011 at 9:35 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States says Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will travel to Indonesia and Hong Kong later this month. The State Department says Clinton will arrive in Bali July 21 and will attend the annual gathering of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. A State Department spokeswoman says the visit demonstrates the U.S. commitment to […]

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Russian FM: Missile Defense an Irritant in Ties with US

Posted July 12th, 2011 at 8:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says U.S. missile defense plans for Europe remain an irritant in relations with the United States. Lavrov said at the Russian embassy in Washington Tuesday that Moscow believes the U.S. plans threaten Russian security and could force Russia to respond militarily. Missile defense may dominate Lavrov’s talks with President Barack […]

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US Warns of Travel Dangers to South Sudan

Posted July 12th, 2011 at 8:25 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States is warning its citizens of the dangers of traveling to South Sudan, despite the celebration of the country’s new independence. The U.S. embassy in South Sudan urged Americans Tuesday not to travel to border regions between Sudan and South Sudan, citing recent fighting between forces loyal to the two countries’ armies as […]

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Obama Sharpens Rhetoric Against Syria’s Assad

Posted July 12th, 2011 at 8:25 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama says Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is “losing legitimacy in the eyes of his people,” echoing remarks the U.S. secretary of state made a day earlier. Mr. Obama told CBS News Tuesday the Syrian government has perpetrated what he called an “unacceptable degree of brutality” on peaceful demonstrators protesting Mr. Assad’s authoritarian […]

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US Deports Guatemala Massacre Suspect

Posted July 12th, 2011 at 8:05 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. authorities have deported a Guatemalan man wanted for allegedly taking part in a 1982 massacre that left at least 162 people dead in the Central American nation. Officials from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Tuesday that 54-year-old Pedro Pimentel Rios was taken to Guatemala on a flight chartered by the agency and “immediately […]

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Afghan President’s Half-Brother Assassinated

Posted July 12th, 2011 at 7:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s half-brother, Ahmad Wali Karzai, was assassinated at his home in Kandahar city Tuesday by a man identified as a member of his security team. Afghan officials say Ahmad Wali Karzai — a powerful figure in the country’s south — was shot and killed by his longtime friend, Sardar Mohammad, who was […]

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IMF Names Chinese Managing Director

Posted July 12th, 2011 at 7:05 pm (UTC-5)
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The International Monetary Fund has named a Chinese economist to a high-ranking position, a move seen as recognizing China’s growing power in the global economy. Zhu Min was named to the post of deputy managing director of the IMF on Tuesday. Also Tuesday, the IMF named a senior White House official, David Lipton, to the […]

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George W. Bush, Michelle Obama Gather for Betty Ford Funeral

Posted July 12th, 2011 at 6:55 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. first lady Michelle Obama and former president George W. Bush were among those at a funeral for former first lady Betty Ford, who died Friday in California at the age of 93. Rosalynn Carter, another former first lady and close friend of Mrs. Ford, gave the first of three eulogies Tuesday. Mrs. Carter praised […]

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