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Key European Leaders Call for Tighter Financial Control

Posted June 26th, 2012 at 3:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Key European leaders are calling for much tighter central control of spending by the 17 countries that use the euro in the latest effort to resolve the continent’s unrelenting debt crisis. Four officials produced the plan Tuesday — European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, Eurogroup President Jean-Claude Juncker and […]

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British Monarch Arrives in Northern Ireland

Posted June 26th, 2012 at 3:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth met with relatives of people killed in an Irish Republican Army bomb attack 25 years ago in the Northern Ireland town of Enniskillen. The 86-year-old monarch and her husband, Prince Philip, were welcomed to the seaside town by scores of villagers waving British flags. Enniskillen was the scene of one of the […]

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Aung San Suu Kyi Urges France to Support Burma

Posted June 26th, 2012 at 2:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has asked France to support her country’s fragile democratic movement. During a visit to Paris Tuesday, she told reporters that it is very important to make the country’s powerful military understand that democracy is for the good of everyone in Burma, not only one segment of society. The […]

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Officials: US Drone Strike Kills 6 in Pakistan

Posted June 26th, 2012 at 2:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Pakistani intelligence officials say a U.S. drone strike has killed at least six suspected militants in the country’s northwest. Two missiles hit a compound in the Shawal area of the North Waziristan tribal agency on Tuesday, in the latest strike to hit the al-Qaida and Taliban militant stronghold. Officials told VOA’s Deewa Radio that those […]

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NATO Condemns Syria’s Downing of Turkish Jet

Posted June 26th, 2012 at 1:55 pm (UTC-5)
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NATO has condemned Syria for shooting down a Turkish military jet last Friday, calling the attack an example of the Syrian government’s “disregard for international norms, peace and security, and human life.” Following a meeting of alliance envoys in Brussels, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said he does not expect the situation to escalate. He […]

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UN: Insurgents Should End Attacks on Afghan Civilians

Posted June 26th, 2012 at 1:50 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations is calling on insurgents to end attacks on civilians in Afghanistan. The U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan said Tuesday that 214 Afghan civilians were killed or wounded last week in 48 separate incidents. UNAMA said “anti-government elements” were responsible for 98 percent of the casualties. On Friday, heavily-armed militants laid siege to […]

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Korean Peninsula Faces Worst Drought in a Century

Posted June 26th, 2012 at 1:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Large parts of the Korean peninsula are battling the worst regional water shortages in more than a century, with reports of North Korean soldiers hand-carrying water to irrigate parched farmland, and 80 percent of the South facing extreme drought. North Korean news reports on Tuesday said more than 20,000 hectares of cropland have been destroyed […]

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UN Peacekeeping Chief: Syria Too Dangerous for Monitors

Posted June 26th, 2012 at 12:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.N. peacekeeping chief says the situation in Syria is too dangerous for U.N. monitors to resume their work there. Diplomats at Tuesday’s U.N. Security Council briefing say Herve Ladsous told the council that the observer mission will remain suspended in Syria because of the mounting conflict. He added that the Syrian government also refuses […]

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Ukraine Court Postpones Tymoshenko Appeal Hearing

Posted June 26th, 2012 at 12:35 pm (UTC-5)
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A Ukraine court has again delayed an appeal by jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko of her seven-year prison sentence for abuse of power. Ukraine’s High Court on Tuesday granted a prosecutor’s motion for the hearing to be postponed until a medical examination is done to assess whether she is fit for trial. It set […]

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Protesters Clash with Rebel Rulers in Northern Mali Town

Posted June 26th, 2012 at 12:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Witnesses in northern Mali report a clash between protesters and one of the armed groups that controls the area’s major cities. A youth leader in the city of Gao tells VOA that members of the Tuareg separatist group MNLA fired on about 200 protesters who had marched to the group’s local headquarters Tuesday. He says […]

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