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Pakistan’s Ruling Party Names Another PM Nominee

Posted June 22nd, 2012 at 8:10 am (UTC-5)
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Pakistan’s ruling party has nominated another controversial figure to replace ousted Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, as the country copes with a political crisis. The Pakistan People’s Party selected former water and power minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, who has been hit with corruption allegations and is partly blamed for the electricity crisis in the country. […]

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Obama to Address Hispanic Group Crucial to Re-election

Posted June 22nd, 2012 at 7:55 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama will address a group of Hispanic leaders in Florida Friday, where he will likely receive a warm welcome for his recent decision to exempt some young illegal immigrants from deportation. Mr. Obama will appear before the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials one week after announcing a directive that […]

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Activists: 26 Syrian Regime Supporters Killed

Posted June 22nd, 2012 at 7:50 am (UTC-5)
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Syrian activists say 26 men reported to be pro-government “shabiha” militia fighters have been killed in an ambush in Syria’s northern Aleppo province. Rami Abdelrahman, the head of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, told VOA on Friday he has received a video showing the bloodied bodies of the men piled on the side […]

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Taliban Siege of Afghan Hotel Ends; 18 Killed

Posted June 22nd, 2012 at 7:30 am (UTC-5)
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Afghan officials say the militant siege of a lakeside hotel outside the capital has ended, with at least 18 people killed. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the nearly 12-hour attack on the Spozhmai Hotel outside Kabul that ended early Friday. Authorities say at least 14 civilians, three hotel guards and one police officer were killed. […]

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UN: 1.5 Million in Syria Need Humanitarian Assistance

Posted June 22nd, 2012 at 7:05 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations says up to 1.5 million Syrians are now in need of humanitarian assistance as it warns of a deteriorating situation in Syria and activists report fresh clashes. The figure reported by the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs is up from an earlier estimate of 1 million. The U.N. reached […]

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Defense Rebuts Insanity Claim in Breivik Trial

Posted June 22nd, 2012 at 6:35 am (UTC-5)
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The trial of confessed Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik entered its last day Friday with the defense seeking to prove he was sane when he launched twin attacks last July that killed 77 people. Breivik has confessed to the killings during the bombing and shooting rampage on a government building in Oslo and a […]

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Egypt Braces for Protests, Awaits Election Results

Posted June 22nd, 2012 at 5:50 am (UTC-5)
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Thousands of mostly Islamist protesters gathered in Cairo’s Tahrir Square early Friday to denounce what they see as a power grab by Egypt’s interim military rulers and to call on officials to release the delayed results of last week’s runoff. Egypt’s election commission has postponed the results, which were due to be released Thursday, because […]

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US Restores $350 Million in Aid to Malawi

Posted June 22nd, 2012 at 5:15 am (UTC-5)
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The United States has restored a $350-million aid package to Malawi that was suspended last year following deadly clashes between police and protesters in the southern African country. The Millennium Challenge Corporation, a U.S. government agency that assists developing countries, said it will release the aid because of democratic steps taken by Malawi’s new leader, […]

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Afghan Hotel Attack Kills 16

Posted June 22nd, 2012 at 5:15 am (UTC-5)
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Afghan officials say a Taliban attack on a hotel outside of Kabul has killed at least 16 people. Authorities say 12 civilians, three hotel guards and a police officer were killed in the 12-hour siege on the Spozhmai Hotel that began late Thursday and ended early Friday. Taliban suicide bombers and gunmen seized civilian hostages, […]

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Pakistan Announces New Prime Minister Nominee

Posted June 22nd, 2012 at 4:25 am (UTC-5)
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Pakistan’s ruling party has nominated former water and power minister Raja Pervez Ashraf to replace ousted prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani. Ashraf has been dogged by allegations of corruption from his tenure in the water and power post, but he is expected to be approved as the Pakistan People’s Party holds a majority in parliament […]

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