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Aung San Suu Kyi: Warm British Welcome No Challenge to Burmese President

Posted June 20th, 2012 at 9:10 am (UTC-5)
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Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi was awarded an honorary doctorate Wednesday from Oxford University, which she said “stood up and spoke for her” during her long years of isolation under house arrest in her homeland. In her acceptance address, the Nobel laureate told her audience that she survived years of imprisonment under Burmese […]

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Samaras To Be Sworn in as Greek Prime Minister

Posted June 20th, 2012 at 8:55 am (UTC-5)
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Greek officials say conservative New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras will be sworn in as prime minister shortly. The three political parties – New Democracy, Democratic Left, and PASOK – said Wednesday they have agreed on the formation of a coalition government, after two-and-a-half days of talks. Socialist party leader Evangelos Venizelos told reporters more details […]

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Suicide Bomber Attacks NATO Troops in Afghanistan

Posted June 20th, 2012 at 8:50 am (UTC-5)
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A suicide bomber attacked NATO troops in eastern Afghanistan Wednesday, killing at least 16 people. Provincial police chief General Sardar Mohammad Zazi told VOA the attacker struck a checkpoint where coalition and Afghan forces were using biometric data to screen residents in Khost city. At least 30 others were wounded in the blast, and Afghan […]

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Nigeria Curfews in Place After Violence Kills Dozens

Posted June 20th, 2012 at 8:25 am (UTC-5)
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Residents in two northern Nigeria cities remained under curfews Wednesday, after three days of violence that killed dozens. Nigerians in the cities of Kaduna and Damaturu were confined to their homes 24 hours-a-day, leaving the streets virtually deserted. Witnesses report a large number of soldiers patrolling the streets. There were conflicting death toll estimates Wednesday, […]

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Gunman Takes Hostages at Toulouse Bank

Posted June 20th, 2012 at 8:05 am (UTC-5)
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French police say a gunman has taken four hostages inside a bank in the southern city of Toulouse. Authorities say they are trying to establish communications with the hostage-taker, who reportedly fired a shot. No injuries have been reported. The neighborhood around the bank, which is near a school, has been cordoned off. One media […]

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Officials: Al-Qaida Leader Detained in Pakistan

Posted June 20th, 2012 at 8:00 am (UTC-5)
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Officials in Pakistan say an al-Qaida leader has been detained near the country’s border with Iran. Pakistani authorities said Wednesday that Naamen Meziche, a French national of Algerian origin, was captured during a raid near Quetta — the capital of Baluchistan province. They said he was arrested while trying to flee the country, but provided […]

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Activists Say Rebels Kill 20 Syrian Soldiers; UN Team Will Stay

Posted June 20th, 2012 at 7:00 am (UTC-5)
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Syrian rights activists say rebel fighters have killed at least 20 government soldiers in clashes overnight, while the head of a United Nations monitoring mission says his team is committed to staying in the war-torn country. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Wednesday the fighting lasted for hours in the northwestern province, Latakia. […]

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Suicide Bomber Attacks NATO Convoy in Afghanistan

Posted June 20th, 2012 at 7:00 am (UTC-5)
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A suicide bomber has attacked a NATO convoy in eastern Afghanistan, killing at least 12 people. Provincial officials say the attacker was on a motorcycle when he struck the convoy Wednesday as it traveled through the city of Khost. At least 16 others were wounded in the blast, and Afghan officials say the casualties include […]

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Democratic Left to Back Greek Coalition

Posted June 20th, 2012 at 6:30 am (UTC-5)
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The head of Greece’s small Democratic Left party says it will support a coalition government led by the conservative New Democracy party, which won the most seats in Sunday’s parliamentary elections. Fotis Kouvelis said Wednesday he expects the announcement of a final agreement later in the day. The coalition will likely also include the PASOK […]

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WikiLeaks Founder Seeks Asylum in Ecuador

Posted June 20th, 2012 at 6:20 am (UTC-5)
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British authorities say WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is “beyond the reach of police” now that he has sought refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. The 40-year-old Australian entered the embassy Tuesday. Ricardo Patino, Ecuador’s foreign minister, told reporters Tuesday in the capital, Quito, that it was considering Assange’s request for political asylum in the […]

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