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UN Rights Commissioner Calls for Syria Probe

Posted June 15th, 2011 at 1:25 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations’ top human rights official has called for a thorough investigation into allegations of widespread abuses in Syria during the government’s crackdown on dissent. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay also renewed her call on Wednesday for Syria to grant access for a U.N. fact-finding mission. Her office has released a report […]

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Suspected US Missile Strikes Kill 15 in Pakistan

Posted June 15th, 2011 at 12:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Pakistani intelligence officials say U.S. missile strikes have killed at least 15 militants in Pakistan’s northwest tribal region. Two of Wednesday’s drone strikes hit a militant compound and a vehicle near Wana, the main town in the South Waziristan tribal area, along the Afghan border. Officials say those killed are believed to have been allied […]

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US Stocks Fall

Posted June 15th, 2011 at 12:50 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. stock market indexes declined in Wednesday’s midday trading. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and the NASDAQ lost 1.5 percent while the S&P 500 fell 1.7 percent. European stock prices were sharply lower at the close of trading. London’s Financial Times index lost one percent to end at 5,743. The CAC-40 in Paris slipped 1.5 […]

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Suicide Bomber Kills 7 in Eastern Afghanistan

Posted June 15th, 2011 at 10:00 am (UTC-5)
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A suicide car bomber has killed at least seven people in Afghanistan’s Kapisa province, while Afghan leaders have escaped an attack in neighboring Wardak. In Kapisa, the bomber detonated his explosives Wednesday near government buildings and the provincial governor’s office. At least two police officers were among those killed. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the […]

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Syria Widens Crackdown in North and East

Posted June 14th, 2011 at 9:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Syrian security forces have expanded their deployment to strategic regions in the north and east of the country in an attempt to crush the popular uprising against authoritarian President Bashar al-Assad. Activists and residents said Tuesday that tanks and armored vehicles had deployed to the eastern cities of Deir al-Zour and al-Boukamal, a region near […]

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Obama Makes Rare Presidential Visit to Puerto Rico

Posted June 14th, 2011 at 4:00 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama has reiterated his support for a referendum to allow Puerto Ricans to decide whether to remain a part of the United States. On a rare presidential visit to the semi-autonomous U.S. Commonwealth Tuesday, Mr. Obama pledged to “stand by” the people of Puerto Rico, as soon as they make a “clear […]

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Gunmen in Iraq Storm Provincial Council Building

Posted June 14th, 2011 at 1:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Iraqi police say insurgents stormed a provincial government compound Tuesday, killing eight people and wounding at least 24 others. Witnesses and officials said the attackers detonated two car bombs near the entrance of the compound where a provincial council was preparing to hold its weekly meeting in Baquba, the capital of Diyala province. Security officials […]

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US Stocks Push Higher

Posted June 14th, 2011 at 12:35 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. stock market indexes moved higher in Tuesday’s midday trading. The Dow Jones Industrial Average advanced slightly more than 1 percent. The S&P 500 gained 1.3 percent and NASDAQ rose 1.5 percent. European stock markets closed higher. London’s Financial Times 100 index gained half a percent to end at 5,803. The CAC-40 in Paris moved […]

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China ‘Firmly Opposed’ to Foreign Involvement in Maritime Disputes

Posted June 14th, 2011 at 9:30 am (UTC-5)
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China says it is “firmly opposed” to foreign involvement in territorial disputes in the South China Sea, and is warning other Asian nations to refrain from “irresponsible” comments on their competing maritime claims in the region. Tuesday’s warning in the Liberation Army Daily newspaper comes as the Philippines made clear it would welcome U.S. help […]

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Vietnam Holds Naval Drill as Tensions with China Grow

Posted June 13th, 2011 at 5:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Vietnam’s navy conducted live-fire artillery drills off its central coast Monday, following rising tensions with China over control in the South China Sea. The maneuvers began near an unoccupied island about 40 kilometers off the coast of Quang Nam province. Hanoi described the exercises as “routine training,” but Chinese state media strongly criticized the drills […]

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