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Syrian Intensifies Crackdown on City; Residents Flee

Posted June 11th, 2011 at 3:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Syrian security forces backed by tanks increased their efforts to control a northern city near Turkey’s border, as the number of Syrians who have fled into Turkey swelled to more than 4,300. Turkish officials say they expect the influx of refugees to continue. Most of the Syrians are from Jisr al-Shughour. Witnesses and activists say […]

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Blasts Across Afghanistan Kill 20

Posted June 11th, 2011 at 11:55 am (UTC-5)
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A series of bombings across Afghanistan Saturday killed at least 20 people, including eight children. A roadside bomb ripped through a vehicle, killing 15 people in southern Afghanistan. Local authorities say most of those killed in the Kandahar province attack were children. In the eastern Afghan province of Laghman, police investigating an explosion were hit […]

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Alaska Releases Ex-Governor Palin’s E-Mails

Posted June 10th, 2011 at 11:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Officials in the far northwestern U.S. state of Alaska have released more than 24,000 pages of Sarah Palin’s e-mails from her first two years as governor. The e-mails were distributed in paper form to reporters Friday, at the state capital, Juneau. Several news agencies have begun scanning them for distribution electronically. Two major U.S. newspapers […]

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US Stocks Close Lower, Dow Under 12,000

Posted June 10th, 2011 at 4:40 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. stocks were lower at closing Friday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 1.4 percent , falling below 12,000 to 11,952. The S&P 500 also fell 1.4 percent to 1,271. The Nasdaq Composite Index dropped 1.5 percent to 2,644. European stock markets were lower at the close of trading. London’s Financial Times 100 index was […]

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Karzai Urges Pakistan Role in Afghan Peace Process

Posted June 10th, 2011 at 1:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai is calling on Pakistan to help his country achieve stability. Mr. Karzai arrived in Islamabad Friday for a meeting with his counterpart Asif Ali Zardari. Following talks, both presidents told reporters that Afghanistan-Pakistan relations remain strong, with both countries sharing the common goal of peace and prosperity. The Afghan leader said […]

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Syrian Forces Begin Operations in Northern City

Posted June 10th, 2011 at 7:20 am (UTC-5)
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Syrian state television says the nation’s army started operations on Friday to “restore security” in the northern city of Jisr al-Shughour near the Turkish border. State television says the army moved to gain control of the city at the request of residents, who the report says asked the military to arrest “armed gangs” the government […]

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Militants Storm Pakistani Checkpoint, Killing Eight Soldiers

Posted June 9th, 2011 at 3:55 pm (UTC-5)
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More than 100 Taliban militants attacked a security checkpoint in Pakistan’s South Waziristan region, triggering gunbattles that left eight soldiers dead. The attack took place early Thursday morning in the Marabi area near the border with Afghanistan. Officials say Pakistani forces killed at least 10 Taliban fighters. At least seven soldiers were also wounded in […]

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US Stocks Rise

Posted June 9th, 2011 at 12:55 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. stock market indexes rose in Thursday’s middday trading. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 rose nine-tenths of a percent and the NASDAQ gained half a percent. European stock markets were higher at the close of trading. London’s Financial Times 100 index gained eight-tenths of a percent to end at 5,856. The […]

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US Defense Nominee Outlines War, Budget Priorities

Posted June 9th, 2011 at 12:45 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. defense secretary nominee Leon Panetta says his first task at the Pentagon will be to ensure the U.S. prevails in the conflicts it is engaged in, including Iraq and Afghanistan. Testifying Thursday at a Senate hearing on his nomination, the current head of the Central Intelligence Agency said that in Afghanistan, the U.S. must […]

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Obama Expresses Sorrow Over Afghan Civilian Deaths

Posted June 8th, 2011 at 3:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States is trying to ease tensions over continuing civilian casualties in Afghanistan, even as it prepares to pull some of its troops out of the country. U.S. President Barack Obama “expressed his sorrow” over civilian casualties, most recently in Helmand province. He spoke during a video teleconference Wednesday with Afghan President Hamid Karzai. […]

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