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Pakistani Doctor Who Helped US Agents Appeals Conviction

Posted June 1st, 2012 at 1:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Lawyers for a Pakistani doctor jailed after he helped U.S. agents track down Osama bin Laden have appealed his conviction. A tribal court in the northwestern Khyber agency last month sentenced Shakil Afridi to 33 years in prison on charges of colluding with Islamist militants. Court documents say he met with commanders of the banned […]

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Obama Knew of Cyber Attacks on Iran – N.Y. Times

Posted June 1st, 2012 at 1:45 pm (UTC-5)
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A prominent U.S. newspaper says U.S. President Barack Obama has been orchestrating secret, sophisticated cyber attacks on Iran’s main nuclear facility. The New York Times cited anonymous sources close to the program who said the order – given just after Mr. Obama took office – a major expansion of America’s cyberweapons program. The Times reported […]

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Google Warns Chinese Users on Faulty Web Searches

Posted June 1st, 2012 at 12:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Cyber-giant Google — locked in a tug-of-war with China over Internet freedom — has issued a warning to users in the People’s Republic that some search words may disrupt connections, and is encouraging them to try other search terms. A statement posted on Google’s website says searches from China have for several years produced results […]

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Obama Express Regret Polish President for Holocaust Gaffe

Posted June 1st, 2012 at 12:40 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama has expressed “regret” for what he called an inadvertent verbal gaffe that caused a storm of controversy in Poland. Earlier this week, Mr. Obama used the term “Polish death camp” while honoring a Polish World War Two resistance hero, instead of referring to the camp as one operated by the Nazis […]

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California Teen Wins US National Spelling Bee

Posted June 1st, 2012 at 12:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Snigdha Nandipati has won the 2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee. Announcer: “Guetapens.” Nandipati: “Guetapens. Is it French?” Announcer: “It’s from French.” Nandipati: “Guetapens. G-U-E-T-A-P-E-N-S, Guetapens. [Applause] Second announcer: “And guess what? We have a champion of the 2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee, Snigdha Nandipati.” Her correct spelling of the French word meaning ambush earned Snigdha […]

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US Jobless Rate Rises Slightly; Job Creation Weaker Than Expected

Posted June 1st, 2012 at 11:25 am (UTC-5)
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The U.S. unemployment rate increased slightly during May, rising by one-tenth of a percentage point to 8.2 percent. Friday’s report from the Labor Department said the U.S. economy had a net gain of just 69,000 jobs during the month – the smallest in a year. Government data says 12.7 million Americans are unemployed, with four […]

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Irish Voters Approve EU’s Treaty to Control Spending

Posted June 1st, 2012 at 11:25 am (UTC-5)
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Irish voters have approved the European Union’s new treaty to control government spending in the continent’s only referendum on the issue. The government said Friday more than 60 percent of those voting a day earlier supported the pact that eventually is likely to impose new government deficit limits throughout the 17-nation bloc that uses the […]

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2 NATO Soldiers, 3 Kosovo Serbs Wounded in Clashes

Posted June 1st, 2012 at 11:20 am (UTC-5)
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Two NATO soldiers and at least three Kosovo Serb civilians have been wounded in clashes between troops and a crowd trying to prevent the soldiers from removing barricades in tense northern Kosovo. The clashes took place Friday in a Serb-dominated area near the town of Zvecan. Witnesses say NATO-led troops in armored personnel carriers tried […]

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Obama Focuses on Veterans, Fundraising

Posted June 1st, 2012 at 11:00 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama is visiting the north-central state of Minnesota Friday, where he will urge Congress to take action to boost job opportunities for military veterans and focus on fundraising for his re-election campaign. As part of his congressional “to-do list,” President Obama is calling on lawmakers to pass legislation creating a Veterans Job […]

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UN Rights Chief Calls for Independent Probe of Syrian Massacre

Posted June 1st, 2012 at 10:20 am (UTC-5)
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The U.N. human rights chief is calling for an independent investigation into last week’s slaughter of dozens of civilians in the Syrian town of Houla, as activists on Friday reported the killing of at least 12 more civilians. Navi Pillay’s comments were provided in a statement to the U.N. Human Rights Council during an emergency […]

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