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120 Policemen Reported Killed in Syrian Town

Posted June 6th, 2011 at 6:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Syrian state television is reporting the deaths of 120 security personnel in the northwestern city of Jir al-Shughour in what it is calling a “massacre.” The report could not be confirmed since foreign journalists are not allowed in the country. Syrian opposition activists are disputing the casualty count, suggesting it will serve as an excuse […]

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Lady Gaga’s New Album Banned in Lebanon

Posted June 6th, 2011 at 5:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Lebanon has impounded shipments of pop singer Lady Gaga’s new album Born This Way on grounds that it is offensive to Christianity. Officials cite what they call the album’s “bad taste” as a reason for the ban. Lady Gaga is known for her provocative lyrics, and she draws on religious and sexual themes in her […]

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Libyan Rebels Retake Western Mountain Town

Posted June 6th, 2011 at 4:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Libyan rebels say they have seized the western mountain town of Yafran from forces loyal to leader Moammar Gadhafi after NATO airstrikes last week destroyed key government military targets, enabling opposition forces to advance. Ethnic Berber fighters, who have joined the anti-government rebellion, retook Yafran, about 100 kilometers southwest of Tripoli, on Monday. Pro-Gadhafi forces […]

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Calls Increase for Yemen’s President to Resign

Posted June 6th, 2011 at 4:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Calls are increasing for Yemen’s president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, to accept a peace deal put forward by the Gulf Cooperation Council that would end his 33 years in power. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told reporters in Washington Monday that an “immediate transition is in the best interest of the Yemeni people.” Clinton noted […]

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US, Israel Blame Syria for Inciting Border Clashes

Posted June 6th, 2011 at 2:20 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States has joined Israel in blaming Syria for inciting the lethal confrontations that occurred Sunday along the Israeli-Syrian border. Syrian state media say 23 people were killed and more than 325 wounded when Israeli troops opened fire on pro-Palestinian protesters who were attempting to breach the frontier. The Israeli military has termed the […]

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Egypt Lifting Nightly Curfew Imposed During Uprising

Posted June 6th, 2011 at 1:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Egypt’s military rulers are lifting a nightly curfew that was imposed during the height of the country’s popular uprising that ousted longtime leader Hosni Mubarak. Military officials said Monday the curfew would end on June 15 in order to “encourage the return to normal life.” The curfew was imposed on January 28 when Mr. Mubarak […]

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Syria State Media: 80 Police Officers Killed in Northwest Violence

Posted June 6th, 2011 at 1:30 pm (UTC-5)
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The Syrian government says 80 police officers were killed Monday from an attack and gunbattle in the northwestern part of the country, where anti-government protests have raged for days. State media blamed “armed gangs” for Monday’s deaths in the town of Jisr al-Shughour and called the incident an “ambush.” The government has continued to raise […]

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Yemen VP: President Saleh Coming Back ‘In Days’

Posted June 6th, 2011 at 1:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Yemen’s vice president says President Ali Abdullah Saleh will be returning to Yemen “in days” after undergoing surgery in Saudi Arabia for a shrapnel wound. Yemen’s state media quoted Vice President Abd al-Rab Mansur Hadi Monday as saying the president is recovering well. The vice president is serving as the country’s acting leader in Mr. […]

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Syria State Media: 40 Police Officers Killed in Northwest Attack

Posted June 6th, 2011 at 12:45 pm (UTC-5)
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The Syrian government says at least 40 police officers were killed Monday in an attack in the northwestern part of the country, where anti-government protests have raged for days. State media blamed “armed gangs” for Monday’s deaths in the town of Jisr al-Shughour and called the incident an “ambush.” Earlier in the day, the government […]

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Syria State Media: 28 Police Officers Killed in Northwest Attack

Posted June 6th, 2011 at 12:05 pm (UTC-5)
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The Syrian government says 28 police officers were killed Monday in an attack in the northwestern part of the country, where anti-government protests have raged for days. State media blamed “armed gangs” for Monday’s deaths in the town of Jisr al-Shughour and called the incident an “ambush.” Syrian rights groups say at least 35 people, […]

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