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Japan Finance Chief: Europe Pledges ‘Speedy’ Debt Action

Posted June 5th, 2012 at 11:50 am (UTC-5)
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Japan’s finance chief says his European counterparts have pledged to take quick action to quell the deepening debt crisis in the 17-nation euro currency union. Financial officials from the Group of Seven world-leading economies conferred in a special conference call Tuesday about the plight of debt-ridden eurozone nations. Afterwards, Japanese Finance Minister Jun Azumi told […]

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Jury Selection Begins in Former Penn State Coach’s Sex Abuse Trial

Posted June 5th, 2012 at 11:15 am (UTC-5)
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Jury selection has begun in the child sex abuse trial of former U.S. college football coach Jerry Sandusky. The retired Pennsylvania State University assistant coach faces 52 counts of sexual abuse for allegedly molesting 10 boys over 15 years. Prosecutors say the 68-year-old Sandusky met many of his accusers through a charity he founded for […]

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G-7 Officials Discuss Eurozone Crisis

Posted June 5th, 2012 at 10:35 am (UTC-5)
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Finance chiefs from the world’s seven leading industrialized nations held a special conference call Tuesday to discuss the deepening debt crisis in the 17-nation euro currency union. The financial leaders from the Group of Seven nations conferred amid new evidence of the difficulties faced by the eurozone’s debt-ridden countries. The finance chiefs from the U.S., […]

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20 Detained as Russia Debates Tougher Protest Restrictions

Posted June 5th, 2012 at 9:50 am (UTC-5)
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Russian police have detained some 20 people outside the country’s parliament who were protesting a bill that would dramatically raise fines for holding unsanctioned rallies. The bill, introduced by the ruling United Russia party, would raise maximum fines for joining illegal rallies from $30 to $9,000. The party originally proposed an increase to at least […]

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Solar-Powered Plane Makes Bid for 1st Inter-Continental Flight

Posted June 5th, 2012 at 9:40 am (UTC-5)
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A Swiss adventurer is flying an experimental solar-powered plane from southern Europe toward northern Africa in a bid to complete the world’s first inter-continental flight by an aircraft without using fuel. Bertrand Piccard took off from the Spanish capital Madrid, early Tuesday aboard the Solar Impulse plane on a 2,500 kilometer journey to the Moroccan […]

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US Wants India to Play Greater Role in Afghanistan

Posted June 5th, 2012 at 9:10 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. officials say Defense Secretary Leon Panetta will encourage India to take a more active role in Afghanistan, as he meets with officials to discuss regional security and defense relations. Panetta arrived Tuesday in New Delhi for two days of talks. He is scheduled to meet with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, National Security Adviser […]

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US Drone Strike in Pakistan Targets Al-Qaida No. 2

Posted June 5th, 2012 at 8:50 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. officials say a drone strike in northwestern Pakistan targeted al-Qaida’s second in command, but they do not know if the militant leader was killed. The officials, speaking to U.S. media on condition of anonymity, said the airstrike Monday in the North Waziristan tribal region targeted Abu Yahya al-Libi. They said his death, if confirmed, […]

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Nigeria Plane Crash Toll Rises to 157

Posted June 5th, 2012 at 8:50 am (UTC-5)
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Nigerian authorities say the death toll from Sunday’s plane crash in Lagos is up to a least 157, after officials confirmed the deaths of at least four people on the ground. Workers have recovered at least 137 bodies from the crash site but torrential rain and strong winds slowed recovery efforts on Tuesday. The Dana […]

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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth Concludes Celebration of Diamond Jubilee

Posted June 5th, 2012 at 8:25 am (UTC-5)
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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth has attended a service of thanksgiving in London to begin the last day of celebrations marking her Diamond Jubilee. Thousands of cheering Londoners waving British flags lined the streets Tuesday to cheer the 86-year-old monarch as she was driven from Buckingham Palace to St. Paul’s Cathedral for the solemn service, joining her […]

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China Says United With Russia Against Intervention in Syria

Posted June 5th, 2012 at 8:15 am (UTC-5)
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China says it remains united with Russia in opposing foreign intervention in Syria’s conflict, as Syria barred a number of U.S. and European diplomats on Tuesday. With the Russian president visiting Beijing, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Liu Weimin said the two countries oppose regime change by force in Syria, led for 11 years by President […]

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