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Tunisian Elections Postponed Again

Posted June 8th, 2011 at 6:25 am (UTC-5)
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Tunisia’s interim prime minister says the country’s elections have been further postponed until October 23. Beji Caid Essebsi announced the latest one week delay on Wednesday. Officials said it is to ensure the vote is free and transparent. The elections were first set for July. The vote will be the first since the January ouster […]

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Iran to Move, Triple Higher-Enriched Uranium Production

Posted June 8th, 2011 at 5:45 am (UTC-5)
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Iran’s nuclear chief says the country will move its production of higher enriched uranium to a new site, while also tripling its production capacity for the nuclear fuel. Iranian state media on Wednesday quoted Fereydoon Abbasi-Davani saying Iran will transfer production of 20 percent-enriched uranium to its Fordo facility near the city of Qom this […]

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Syrian Refugees Fleeing Threats Enter Turkey

Posted June 8th, 2011 at 4:45 am (UTC-5)
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A group of 122 Syrian refugees has crossed into neighboring Turkey, as civilians flee a restive border town following a government vow to respond “decisively” to recent violence. The group entered Turkey Wednesday near the town of Karbeyaz after Syria accused “armed gangs” of “massacring” 120 of its security men. Residents and activists disputed the […]

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NATO Defense Chiefs to Discuss Libya Campaign

Posted June 8th, 2011 at 2:00 am (UTC-5)
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NATO defense ministers are set to meet Wednesday in Brussels to assess the campaign in Libya, a day after NATO warplanes pounded Tripoli with some of the most intense airstrikes since the coalition operation began in March. NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says he expects to discuss preparations for the future of Libya without leader […]

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Hundreds Flee Syrian Town, Fearing Reprisals

Posted June 7th, 2011 at 9:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Syrian civilians are fleeing a restive border town with troops and tanks approaching, fearing retribution after the government accused “armed gangs” of “massacring” scores of its security men. Local residents disputed the official account, saying the violence broke out following a wave of defections from security forces sent to attack the city. Witnesses in Jisr […]

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France to Pursue Mideast Peace Conference

Posted June 7th, 2011 at 7:45 pm (UTC-5)
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French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe says Paris will move ahead with efforts to organize a Mideast peace conference in coming weeks despite reservations expressed by the U.S. and Israel. Juppe told reporters at the United Nations headquarters in New York Tuesday that France is still working on the initiative, saying he expects “positive developments” on […]

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Obama Supports Efforts by Bahrain to Ease Crisis

Posted June 7th, 2011 at 7:25 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama has reaffirmed the strong U.S. commitment to Bahrain, and says he supports efforts by the Gulf nation to ease its political crisis. Mr. Obama made his remarks after meeting Tuesday at the White House with Bahrain’s Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad bin al-Khalifa. The White House said the president welcomed the […]

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US, Yemeni Officials: Saleh Badly Burned in Blast

Posted June 7th, 2011 at 6:10 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. and Yemeni officials say President Ali Abdullah Saleh suffered injuries far more severe than previously reported in last week’s attack on his presidential palace, raising doubts about his return to power — even as fighting in the south killed dozens of people. Mr. Saleh was initially said to have received a shrapnel wound, and […]

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Obama Supports Efforts by Bahrain to Ease Crisis

Posted June 7th, 2011 at 6:05 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama has reaffirmed the strong U.S. commitment to Bahrain, and says he supports efforts by the Gulf nation to ease its political crisis. Mr. Obama made his remarks after meeting Tuesday at the White House with Bahrain’s Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad bin al-Khalifa. The White House said the president expressed support […]

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US, Yemeni Officials: Saleh Badly Burned in Blast

Posted June 7th, 2011 at 6:00 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. and Yemeni officials say President Ali Abdullah Saleh suffered injuries far more severe than previously reported in last week’s attack on his presidential palace, raising doubts about his return to power — even as fighting in the south killed dozens of people. Mr. Saleh was initially said to have received a shrapnel wound, and […]

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