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NATO: Errant Strike May Have Killed Civilians in Libya

Posted June 19th, 2011 at 4:55 pm (UTC-5)
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NATO has admitted another accidental airstrike by its forces may have killed civilians in the Libyan capital, Tripoli. The alliance said the air strikes were launched against a military missile site in Tripoli Sunday, but “one weapon did not strike the intended target” because of a possible “weapons system failure.” NATO said it regretted the […]

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NATO Admits Accidentally Hitting Libyan Rebels

Posted June 18th, 2011 at 10:25 pm (UTC-5)
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NATO admits it accidentally hit Libyan rebels in an airstrike two days ago. The alliance said Saturday its forces saw a column of military vehicles in an area of conflict between rebels and Libyan forces and attacked it. The convoy was later confirmed to be an opposition patrol. NATO gave no figures on casualties but […]

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Britons Asked to Leave Syria as Crisis Deepens

Posted June 18th, 2011 at 8:10 pm (UTC-5)
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The British Foreign Office is urging Britons in Syria to leave “immediately,” as the political crisis in the country continues to deteriorate. In a travel advisory issued Saturday, British officials warned that it was “highly unlikely” the British embassy in the Syrian capital, Damascus, would be able to assist if the situation worsened. The warning […]

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Rush is On to Save Greece

Posted June 17th, 2011 at 3:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Politicians both inside and outside Greece are scrambling to rescue the debt-ridden country, hoping to make sure it does not drag Europe into an even larger economic crisis. France and Germany set aside key differences Friday, promising a new rescue package would be completed as soon as possible. Their agreement came as Greek Prime Minister […]

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US, European Stocks Edge Higher

Posted June 17th, 2011 at 12:35 pm (UTC-5)
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The major U.S. stock market indexes posted gains in Friday’s midday trading. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose six-tenths of one percent, while the S&P 500 rose almost six-tenths of a percent. The NASDAQ gained almost three-tenths of a percent. European stock prices closed higher. London’s Financial Times index gained three-tenths of a percent to […]

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At Least Six Killed in Syrian Crackdown on Protests

Posted June 17th, 2011 at 10:25 am (UTC-5)
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Security forces have shot and killed anti-government protesters in several cities in Syria, as the government continues to widen its crackdown on dissent. Activists and witnesses say at least six protesters were killed on Friday, after thousands of Syrians poured onto the streets with renewed calls for President Bashar al-Assad’s resignation. Western news reports say […]

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Roadside Bomb Kills 4 in Southern Afghanistan

Posted June 16th, 2011 at 10:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Afghan officials said Thursday a roadside bomb killed four civilians and wounded three others in southern Kandahar province. Provincial officials said a tractor drove over the bomb in the Maruf district late Wednesday. Elsewhere in southern Afghanistan Thursday, NATO said two of its service members were killed. No details were given. The United Nations mission […]

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NATO Pounds Tripoli, Rebels Reject Election Offer

Posted June 16th, 2011 at 10:10 pm (UTC-5)
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NATO fighter jets bombed targets near Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s Tripoli compound Thursday after his son said Mr. Gadhafi was willing to hold elections and step aside if he lost. That offer was rejected by rebels and the United States. Seif al-Islam Gadhafi told an Italian newspaper Thursday the vote could take place within three […]

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Syrian Forces Widen Assault in Northwest

Posted June 16th, 2011 at 8:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Syrian security forces have expanded their assault on cities and villages in the country’s northwest, as detentions continue and scores of people continue to flee to the border with Turkey. Residents and rights groups said Thursday that the Syrian military had deployed dozens of tanks, armored personnel carriers and trucks around Khan Sheikhun, a town […]

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US Urges Burma to End Hostilities

Posted June 16th, 2011 at 7:25 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States is urging Burma to cease hostilities in northern ethnic minority regions, as deadly clashes between government forces and rebels have forced many refugees to flee toward neighboring China. State Department spokeswoman Kelly McKellogg Thursday called on the Burmese authorities to start a dialogue toward reconciliation with opposition and ethnic minority groups. She […]

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