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Greek Election a Referendum on Its Eurozone Membership

Posted June 13th, 2012 at 7:45 am (UTC-5)
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Greece’s parliamentary elections on Sunday have effectively become a referendum — will Athens keep its eurozone membership or become the first to quit the 17-nation currency bloc? It is a simple question, but one with potentially far-reaching implications for Greece, the rest of Europe and the world economy. The Greek government has piled up a […]

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UN: Afghan War Kills or Wounds 5 Children a Day

Posted June 13th, 2012 at 7:45 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations says more children are becoming casualties of the Afghan war, with five children killed or wounded in Afghanistan per day. In a new report released by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, more than 1,700 children were killed or injured in the conflict last year compared with nearly 1,400 in 2010. More than 300 […]

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UN Envoy Arrives in Strife-Torn Western Burma

Posted June 13th, 2012 at 7:20 am (UTC-5)
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A top aide to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has arrived in western Burma, where security forces are presiding over an uneasy calm following days of deadly sectarian clashes between Buddhists and Muslims. U.N. officials told VOA that Vijay Nambiar, the international body’s top envoy for Burma, arrived Wednesday in western Rakhine state, where government […]

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Bombs Kill 46 in Iraq, Shi’ite Pilgrims Targeted

Posted June 13th, 2012 at 7:10 am (UTC-5)
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Bombs have exploded in cities across Iraq as Shi’ite Muslims gathered for annual religious processions. Iraqi authorities say at least 46 people were killed in one of the country’s deadliest waves of violence this year. They said four bombs targeted Shi’ite pilgrims in and around Baghdad, killing at least 19 people, while car bombs killed […]

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Ivory Coast Says Exiled Officers Planned Coup

Posted June 13th, 2012 at 7:00 am (UTC-5)
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Officials in Ivory Coast say they have foiled a plot to overthrow the government by a group of exiled military officers with ties to former president Laurent Gbagbo. Interior Minister Hamed Bakayoko told state television late Tuesday that authorities arrested several people, including Colonel Kate Gnatoa, whom he identified as the leader of the group. […]

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Survey Says Global Opinion of President Obama, US Mixed

Posted June 13th, 2012 at 6:30 am (UTC-5)
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A new international opinion poll indicates that U.S. President Barack Obama and his policies are more favorably regarded in Europe than in the Muslim world. The U.S.-based Pew Research Center conducted a survey of people living in 21 nations and found that attitudes towards the U.S. are generally more positive now than in 2008, when […]

Clinton, Indian Foreign Minister to Hold Talks

Posted June 13th, 2012 at 6:30 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says U.S. ties with India have never been stronger, as she prepares to hold talks with Indian Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna. The meeting Wednesday in Washington marks the latest round of high-level talks between the two countries, following a visit to India last week by U.S. Defense Secretary Leon […]

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Syrian Rebels Flee Northwestern Area Bombarded by Troops

Posted June 13th, 2012 at 6:20 am (UTC-5)
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A Syrian rights group says rebels have retreated from villages around a northwestern town after days of shelling by Syrian troops. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Wednesday the rebels had pulled out from areas near al-Haffeh in Latakia province, where government forces have been carrying out attacks with helicopters and tanks. The […]

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Report: China Shipped Missile Launch Vehicles to North Korea

Posted June 13th, 2012 at 5:05 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese officials say China has violated a U.N. embargo by supplying North Korea with vehicles capable of transporting and launching ballistic missiles. Local media Wednesday quoted government sources as saying that a Chinese company sent four giant, 16-wheel missile launch vehicles to North Korea last August. The Asahi Shimbun, which first reported the story, said […]

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Bombs Kill 44 in Iraqi Cities as Shi’ite Pilgrims Gather

Posted June 13th, 2012 at 4:55 am (UTC-5)
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Iraqi authorities say bombs have exploded in several cities as Shi’ites gathered for annual religious processions, killing at least 44 people and wounding many others. They said four bombs targeted Shi’ite pilgrims in and around Baghdad, killing at least 18 people, while two car bombs killed at least five people in the mainly Shi’ite town […]

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