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NATO Chief Hopes Pakistan Supply Route Will Reopen Soon

Posted June 13th, 2012 at 4:45 am (UTC-5)
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NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen says he hopes supply routes through Pakistan into neighboring Afghanistan will be reopened soon. Rasmussen spoke Wednesday during a visit to Australia, days after a team of U.S. negotiators left Pakistan without a new transit deal. Pakistan closed the NATO supply lines in November after U.S. airstrikes mistakenly killed 24 […]

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UN Envoy Arrives in Strife-Torn Western Burma

Posted June 13th, 2012 at 4:45 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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Oklahoma City Takes 1-0 Lead in NBA Finals

Posted June 13th, 2012 at 3:25 am (UTC-5)
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The Oklahoma City Thunder downed the visiting Miami Heat 105-94 Tuesday to take the first game of the National Basketball Association’s best-of-seven championship series. Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 36 points, 17 of them in the fourth quarter as his team rallied from seven-point halftime deficit. Teammate Russell Westbrook narrowly missed achieving a triple-double […]

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Suu Kyi Departs on Landmark Trip to Europe

Posted June 13th, 2012 at 2:55 am (UTC-5)
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Long-time Burmese democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi has departed on a landmark European tour that will include her formal acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to her more than 20 years ago. The opposition leader, who spent much of the past two decades under house arrest, set out from Rangoon Wednesday for her […]

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Ex-Giiffords Aide Wins Her Congressional Seat

Posted June 13th, 2012 at 2:35 am (UTC-5)
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Democrat Ron Barber has won a special election in Arizona to finish the term of a congresswoman who was wounded in a mass shooting last year. Barber, who was an aide to former Democratic representative Gabrielle Giffords, defeated Republican Jesse Kelly in Tuesday’s election. Giffords resigned her seat in the House of Representatives this past […]

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Bombs Kill at Least 31 People in Baghdad, Hilla

Posted June 13th, 2012 at 2:20 am (UTC-5)
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Iraqi authorities say several bombs exploded in Baghdad and the central city of Hilla early Wednesday, killing at least 31 people and wounding many others. They said four bombs targeted Shi’ite pilgrims who were gathering in the Iraqi capital for an annual procession in honor of a revered Shi’ite imam. At least least 18 people […]

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Suu Kyi Departs on Landmark Trip to Europe

Posted June 13th, 2012 at 2:00 am (UTC-5)
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Long-time Burmese democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi has departed on a landmark European tour that will include her formal acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to her more than 20 years ago. The newly elected member of parliament, who spent much of the past two decades under house arrest, set out from Rangoon […]

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Report: China Shipped Missile Launch Vehicles to North Korea

Posted June 13th, 2012 at 12:45 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 […]