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Aung San Suu Kyi Calls for International Investment in Burma

Posted June 14th, 2012 at 12:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has called for international aid and investment that will help promote further democratic reform in Burma at the start of her European tour. In Geneva, Switzerland, Thursday, the newly elected lawmaker said in an address to the International Labor Organization that she would like to see the Burmese […]

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Death Toll Rises in Burma’s Sectarian Violence

Posted June 14th, 2012 at 12:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Officials say 28 people have died in Burma’s western Rakhine state, as a top U.N. envoy visits there to assess tensions between Buddhists and Muslims. The outbreak of sectarian violence between ethnic Rahkines and ethnic Rohingyas has caused death and property damage on both sides. Officials say tens of thousands of people have been displaced, […]

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Court Ruling Casts Cloud of Confusion over Egypt

Posted June 14th, 2012 at 12:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Tempers flared and protesters took to the streets after Egypt’s constitutional court issued twin rulings, sparking confusion just days ahead of a presidential run-off election. Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court Thursday rejected a parliamentary law that barred officials from the rule of former president Hosni Mubarak from running for office, clearing the way for former prime […]

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UN Observers Enter Battered Syrian Town

Posted June 14th, 2012 at 11:55 am (UTC-5)
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United Nations observers arrived in the Syrian town of al-Haffeh Thursday after government forces overran the opposition enclave, while Syria’s envoy to Moscow denied that Russia is supplying Syria with attack helicopters. The U.N. monitors had been trying to enter al-Haffeh after several days of intense clashes. They found the Sunni Muslim town nearly deserted, […]

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US Unveils New Strategy for Sub-Saharan Africa

Posted June 14th, 2012 at 11:45 am (UTC-5)
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The United States has unveiled what it calls a new strategy toward sub-Saharan Africa, focusing on democracy, economic growth, peace and development. A White House statement Thursday said the plan takes a “proactive and forward-looking” approach toward Africa, one that is grounded in partnership. The U.S. says it will push for government accountability, promote human […]

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Report: US Expands Air Surveillance Across Africa

Posted June 14th, 2012 at 11:40 am (UTC-5)
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The Washington Post reports the U.S. military has set up small air bases across Africa to conduct surveillance of terrorist groups. The newspaper, quoting U.S. and African officials, says about a dozen bases have been set up since 2007 in a number of countries, including Burkina Faso, Uganda, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya and the Seychelles. Instead […]

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British Court Rejects Appeal by WikiLeaks Founder to Reopen Case

Posted June 14th, 2012 at 11:35 am (UTC-5)
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Britain’s Supreme Court has rejected an application by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to reopen his appeal against extradition to Sweden, where he faces charges for sex crimes. In a ruling issued Thursday, all seven Supreme Court justices dismissed the application as being “without merit,” rejecting arguments by Assange’s lawyers that they had not been given […]

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Report: US Expands Air Surveillance Across Africa

Posted June 14th, 2012 at 11:10 am (UTC-5)
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The Washington Post reports the U.S. military has set up small air bases across Africa to conduct surveillance of terrorist groups. The newspaper, quoting U.S. and African officials, says about a dozen bases have been set up since 2007 in a number of countries, including Burkina Faso, Uganda, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya and the Seychelles. The […]

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Karzai: Afghanistan Site of Cooperation Against Terrorism

Posted June 14th, 2012 at 10:10 am (UTC-5)
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai says international partners are cooperating to help his country fight terrorism and radicalism and bring peace and economic progress to the region. President Karzai spoke Thursday at a one-day conference in Kabul, where officials were discussing the future of Afghanistan after foreign troops withdraw in 2014. The talks follow similar discussions […]

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Ex-Mubarak Official Shafiq Cleared for Presidential Run

Posted June 14th, 2012 at 8:55 am (UTC-5)
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Tempers are flaring in Cairo, where the country’s constitutional court has cleared former prime minister Ahmed Shafiq to contest this weekend’s presidential run-off election. Crowds gathered outside the courthouse chanting, demanding the “fall of military regime.” Shafiq placed second to the Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate, Mohamed Morsi, in the first round of voting in late May. […]

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