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US Condemns Attack on Pro-Assad Syrian TV Station

Posted June 27th, 2012 at 8:00 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States has condemned a deadly attack by gunmen on a Syrian pro-government television station and said it hopes an upcoming meeting of world powers in Geneva will be a turning point in resolving Syria’s 15-month conflict. Militants attacked the headquarters of the al-Ikbariya satellite channel near Damascus with guns and bombs before dawn […]

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Stockton, California to Declare Bankruptcy

Posted June 27th, 2012 at 7:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Stockton, California will be the latest and largest U.S. city to seek federal bankruptcy protection. The city council voted 6 to 1 to file for bankruptcy under Chapter 9 of the federal bankruptcy code, under which a judge would decide how the city would pay off its debts. Some city residents appealed to the council […]

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Clashes in N. Mali Kill 20

Posted June 27th, 2012 at 7:30 pm (UTC-5)
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(new info grafs 2-3, edits throughout)) Witnesses in northern Mali say at least 20 people were killed Wednesday in clashes between Islamist militants and rebels fighting for a separate Tuareg state in the region. A VOA reporter said the al-Qaida-linked group MUJAO (The Unity Movement for Jihad in West Africa) seized control of a key […]

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Raging Wildfires Spread in Colorado, Threaten the State’s Second Largest City

Posted June 27th, 2012 at 6:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Flames are spreading quickly across Colorado where firefighters are battling to save homes and lives. Officials said Wednesday the Waldo Canyon Fire had doubled in size to more than 6,200 hectares. They said the flames are so intense that it is difficult to assess the damage. The fire has forced some 32,000 people to evacuate […]

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US Federal Jury Convicts Saudi Student of Planning Terrorist Bombing

Posted June 27th, 2012 at 5:35 pm (UTC-5)
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A U.S. federal jury in Texas has convicted a Saudi student on charges of planning a terrorist bombing. The Justice Department says Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari’s list of possible targets included dams in California and Colorado, nightclubs, and the Dallas address for former President George W. Bush. Prosecutors say Aldawsari bought bomb-making chemicals and equipment and […]

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Bomb at Southwest Pakistan Train Station Kills 5

Posted June 27th, 2012 at 4:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Pakistani authorities say a bomb has exploded at a railway station in the southwestern province of Baluchistan, killing at least five people and wounding more than 20 others. The attack happened late Wednesday as a train pulled into the station in Sibi city. There were no immediate claims of responsibility and no word of any […]

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Spain Warns of Increasing Debt Costs

Posted June 27th, 2012 at 2:45 pm (UTC-5)
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With Spain’s economy sliding at a faster pace, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is warning that the government will not be able to sustain its high borrowing costs for much longer. Mr. Rajoy told parliament Wednesday that European leaders need to adopt strong banking and fiscal ties when they hold a two-day summit, starting Thursday in […]

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Vietnam Protests China’s Oil Auction in Disputed South China Sea

Posted June 27th, 2012 at 2:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Vietnam is protesting China’s decision to post bids on offshore oil blocks in the disputed South China Sea. The China National Offshore Oil Corporation on Saturday announced that nine oil and gas lots were open for exploration. Vietnam’s foreign ministry said in a statement the blocks lie entirely within Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone and continental […]

130 Rescued from Capsized Refugee Boat Off Australia

Posted June 27th, 2012 at 2:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Australian authorities have rescued most of the people on board a crowded refugee boat that overturned Wednesday in the Indian Ocean. Rescuers saved 130 people from where the ship capsized, about 200 kilometers north of Australia’s remote Christmas Island. Authorities say one body has been recovered, and several others could still be missing. The sinking […]

Clashes in N. Mali Kill 20

Posted June 27th, 2012 at 2:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Witnesses in northern Mali say clashes between Islamist militants and Tuareg rebels Wednesday killed at least 20 people. A VOA reporter said the al-Qaida-linked MUJAO militant group was able to seize control of Gao from the separatist group MNLA. There were exchanges of heavy weapons fire throughout the day. After the fighting, he said militants […]

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