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Pakistan President Nominates Minister for PM

Posted June 20th, 2012 at 8:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has nominated textile industry minister Makhdoom Shahabuddin for the post of prime minister. Mr. Zardari had been engaged in crisis talks with allies to select a consensus candidate to replace Yousuf Raza Gilani who was ousted by the Supreme Court earlier this week. Shahabuddin will file his nomination papers later […]

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Former Romanian PM Attempts Suicide After Court Upholds Jail Sentence

Posted June 20th, 2012 at 8:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Former Romanian prime minister Adrian Nastase shot himself Wednesday in an apparent suicide attempt after the Supreme Court upheld a two-year prison sentence for corruption. Romanian media report Nastase shot himself in the throat at his home while police sat in another room. His lawyer says Nastase is conscious in a Bucharest hospital, but his […]

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More Clashes in North Nigeria as Violence Kills Close to 100

Posted June 20th, 2012 at 7:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Violent clashes between Christians and Muslims in Nigeria’s north flared again Wednesday, bringing the death toll from four days of unrest close to 100. The clashes took place despite a round-the-clock curfew in the cities of Kaduna and Damaturu. Witnesses reported a large number of soldiers patrolling the streets. The wave of unrest began Sunday, […]

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House Panel Holds Attorney General in Contempt of Congress

Posted June 20th, 2012 at 7:25 pm (UTC-5)
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A U.S. House panel has voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for failing to turn over documents on a failed gun running scheme. The panel voted along party lines Wednesday — with 23 Republicans voting for contempt and 17 Democrats opposing. The entire House of Representatives will take up the […]

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Red Cross Prepares to Enter Syria’s Homs

Posted June 20th, 2012 at 7:10 pm (UTC-5)
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The International Committee of the Red Cross says its aid teams are ready to evacuate trapped and wounded civilians from the bitterly contested city of Homs as violence killed at least 53 people across Syria Wednesday. The ICRC said both sides agreed to its request for a temporary truce so the group can carry out […]

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Somalia-Somaliland Talks Begin Outside London

Posted June 20th, 2012 at 7:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Representatives from the Somali Transitional Government and the breakaway region of Somaliland began two days of talks outside London Wednesday on a wide range of issues, including the future of the self-declared republic. Ten officials — five from each side — are taking part in the closed-door discussions organized by Britain and the European Union. […]

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New Greek PM a Fiery Conservative

Posted June 20th, 2012 at 6:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Greece’s new prime minister Antonis Samaras is a fiery conservative who reluctantly accepted the European bailout and vows to push the country’s lenders to rewrite its harsh terms. The 61-year-old Samaras comes from one of Greece’s most prominent families, which includes politicians, professors, and authors. He was educated in the United States, with degrees from […]

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Suicide Bomber Kills 21 in Afghanistan

Posted June 20th, 2012 at 5:55 pm (UTC-5)
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A suicide bomber on a motorcycle killed at least 21 people, including three NATO service members and two Afghan police officers, in an attack on a joint NATO-Afghan patrol in the eastern Afghan province of Khost. Provincial police chief General Sardar Mohammad Zazai told VOA the attacker struck a checkpoint near a busy market, where […]

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Clinton to Travel to Russia, Meet with Lavrov

Posted June 20th, 2012 at 5:25 pm (UTC-5)
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The State Department says U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be in Russia next week, were she will meet with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Clinton will be leading the U.S. delegation to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation’s Women and the Economy Forum in St. Petersburg. The United States and Russia have been struggling to bridge […]

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Pakistan Moves to Elect New PM

Posted June 20th, 2012 at 5:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has summoned lawmakers to meet Friday for discussions on electing a new prime minister to replace Yousuf Raza Gilani who was ousted by the Supreme Court. The president’s office made the announcement Wednesday, a day after the Supreme Court declared Mr. Gilani ineligible for office because of a prior conviction. […]

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