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Doctors: 116 More Afghan Students, Mostly Girls, Poisoned

Posted June 19th, 2012 at 3:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Doctors in central Afghanistan say they are treating at least 116 Afghan students, mostly girls, after they became sick at school. Health officials in Bamiyan province made the announcement Tuesday. For the past several weeks, hundreds of female students across Afghanistan have complained about noticing strange smells in their schools before becoming dizzy and nauseous […]

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Aung San Suu Kyi Returns to Oxford After 24 Years

Posted June 19th, 2012 at 3:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has visited her alma mater, Oxford University, for the first time since she left to return to Burma and care for her sick mother 24 years ago. The opposition leader attended Oxford in the 1960s and raised her family in the British university town until 1988. She did […]

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Russian Ship Suspected of Carrying Arms to Syria Turns Back

Posted June 19th, 2012 at 2:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Britain says a Russian ship believed to be carrying munitions to Syria has apparently turned back after a British insurance company cancelled its insurance. The Britain-based Standard Club insurer said Tuesday it was made aware of allegations that the cargo ship Alaed was carrying weapons destined for Syria and informed the ship’s owners its insurance […]

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Pakistan Top Court Disqualifies PM from Office

Posted June 19th, 2012 at 2:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Pakistan’s highest court has declared Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani ineligible for office, throwing the country into a new round of political turmoil. On April 26, the Supreme Court found Mr. Gilani guilty of contempt for refusing to ask Swiss authorities to reopen their corruption investigation into President Asif Ali Zardari. Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry […]

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Report: Asians Pass Hispanics as Largest Wave of New Immigrants to US

Posted June 19th, 2012 at 1:45 pm (UTC-5)
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A new study says Asian Americans have overtaken Hispanics as the largest group of new immigrants arriving in the United States each year. The report released Tuesday by a U.S.-based think tank, the Pew Research Center, also found that Asian Americans are the “highest-income, best-educated and fastest growing racial group in the United States.” The […]

G20 Leaders Talk Eurozone Crisis

Posted June 19th, 2012 at 1:25 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama is spending the last day of the G20 summit in Mexico Tuesday in further talks with his counterparts about the ongoing eurozone debt crisis. French President Francois Hollande was quoted by the Reuters news agency Tuesday as saying he and German Chancellor Angela Merkel know that Europe must come up with […]

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Pakistan Top Court Disqualifies PM from Office

Posted June 19th, 2012 at 12:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Pakistan’s highest court has declared Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani ineligible for office, throwing the country into a new round of political turmoil. On April 26, the Supreme Court found Mr. Gilani guilty of contempt for refusing to ask Swiss authorities to reopen their corruption investigation into President Asif Ali Zardari. Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry […]

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G20 Leaders Talk Eurozone Crisis

Posted June 19th, 2012 at 12:50 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama is spending the last day of the G20 summit in Mexico Tuesday in further talks with his counterparts about the ongoing eurozone debt crisis. French President Francois Hollande was quoted by the Reuters news agency Tuesday as saying he and German Chancellor Angela Merkel know that Europe must come up with […]

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Christian, Muslim Clashes in Nigeria Leave 3 Dead

Posted June 19th, 2012 at 12:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Fresh sectarian violence has flared in two northern Nigerian cities, after church bombings and rioting killed at least 50 people on Sunday. Police told VOA Tuesday that at least three security officers were killed after gunfire erupted in the city of Damaturu. Some residents blamed the Islamist militant group Boko Haram, which has claimed responsibility […]

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EU Set to Ease Greek Bailout Terms

Posted June 19th, 2012 at 11:25 am (UTC-5)
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The European Union says it is set to ease the strict austerity conditions of Greece’s financial bailout, possibly agreeing to changes in the rescue package in the next few months. With Greece on the verge of forming a new coalition government after Sunday’s parliamentary elections, one EU official anonymously said given the country’s worsening economic […]

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