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European Stocks Fail to Sustain Rally After Greek Election

Posted June 18th, 2012 at 9:55 am (UTC-5)
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Stocks in Europe gave up their initial gains Monday, failing to continue a rally seen in Asia after pro-bailout parties won enough votes in Greece’s parliamentary elections to form a government. Greece’s stock exchange was the exception, holding a 6-percent advance hours into trading. But elsewhere in Europe, fears about other struggling economies — especially […]

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Gunmen Infiltrate Israel from Egypt

Posted June 18th, 2012 at 9:50 am (UTC-5)
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Unidentified gunmen crossed into Israel from Egypt’s Sinai desert early Monday and killed a construction worker before Israeli troops returned fire and killed two of the attackers. Israel’s military says the gunmen ambushed two vehicles carrying workers involved in building a fence along the border. It said the assailants detonated a roadside bomb and opened […]

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6 Powers Urge Iran to ‘Engage Seriously’ in Moscow Nuclear Talks

Posted June 18th, 2012 at 9:25 am (UTC-5)
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An EU spokesman says six world powers have begun talks with Iran in Moscow with an appeal for the Iranian side to “engage seriously” with an offer to resolve international concerns about the Iranian nuclear program. Speaking to VOA by phone from the Russian capital, Michael Mann said the five permanent members of the U.N. […]

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Egypt Military Leaders Reaffirm Vow to Hand Power to President By Month’s End

Posted June 18th, 2012 at 9:20 am (UTC-5)
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Egypt’s ruling military leaders have vowed to honor their promise to hand over power to the newly elected president by the end of the month. The ruling generals’ announcement Monday comes a day after they declared a new interim constitution, a move that diminishes the powers of the eventual election winner. The military council has […]

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U.N.: Crises Create 800,000 Refugees in 2011

Posted June 18th, 2012 at 7:40 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations refugee agency says 800,000 people around the world became refugees last year, the highest number recorded so far this century. The agency’s “Global Trends 2011” report, released Monday, says an additional 3.5 million were forcibly displaced within their countries. It says most of the displacement stemmed from humanitarian crises in Africa, starting […]

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Conservative Leader Gets 3 Days to Form Greek Coalition

Posted June 18th, 2012 at 6:55 am (UTC-5)
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Greek conservative leader Antonis Samaras will have three days to form a coalition government, after his pro-bailout party won the most seats in Sunday’s parliamentary elections. Samaras met Monday with Greek President Carolos Papoulias, who gave him a mandate to pursue coalition talks. The conservative New Democracy party won 30 percent of the vote to […]

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6 Powers Urge Iran to ‘Engage Seriously’ in Moscow Nuclear Talks

Posted June 18th, 2012 at 6:05 am (UTC-5)
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An EU spokesman says six world powers have begun talks with Iran in Moscow with an appeal for the Iranian side to “engage seriously” with an offer to resolve international concerns about the Iranian nuclear program. Speaking to VOA by phone from the Russian capital, Michael Mann said the five permanent members of the U.N. […]

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Chinese Astronauts Enter Space Station Module

Posted June 18th, 2012 at 5:50 am (UTC-5)
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Three Chinese astronauts boarded an experimental space module Monday, in the latest step toward Beijing’s effort to build a permanent space station. The Shenzhou 9 and its three-person crew, including China’s first woman in space, linked with the Tiangong 1 module just after 0600 UTC. The three will spend nearly two weeks performing experiments in […]

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European Stocks Fail to Sustain Rally After Greek Election

Posted June 18th, 2012 at 5:45 am (UTC-5)
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Stocks in Europe gave up their initial gains Monday, failing to continue a rally seen in Asia after pro-bailout parties won enough votes in Greece’s parliament elections to form a government. Greece’s stock exchange was the exception, maintaining a 5-percent jump hours into trading. But elsewhere in Europe, fears about other struggling economies – including […]

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Afghan Blast Kills 5, Wounds 17

Posted June 18th, 2012 at 5:45 am (UTC-5)
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Officials in eastern Afghanistan say a bomb blast has killed five and wounded 17 people. Authorities say the explosion Monday in Kapisa province killed a local police commander, his son, two bodyguards, and one civilian. Earlier this month, four French soldiers were killed in Kapisa, where hundreds of French troops have been deployed to fight […]

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