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Five U.S. Soldiers, At Least 13 Iraqis Killed in Separate Attacks

Posted June 6th, 2011 at 8:35 am (UTC-5)
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Five U.S. soldiers and at least 13 Iraqis were killed on Monday in separate attacks in Iraq. It was the deadliest day for American troops in Iraq in more than two years and comes months before most U.S. soldiers are scheduled to withdraw. American authorities did not release details of the U.S. deaths. But Iraqi […]

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Gates Says Goodbye to Troops in Afghanistan

Posted June 5th, 2011 at 5:20 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who is retiring at the end of the month, visited southern Afghanistan Sunday to say goodbye to American troops fighting Taliban insurgents. In his remarks during visits to bases in Kandahar and Helmand provinces, Gates said a soon-to-begin U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan should start with support troops, not combat […]

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Opposition Unseats Socialists in Portugal

Posted June 5th, 2011 at 5:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Portugal’s opposition has unseated the ruling Socialists in the troubled country’s parliamentary election. Outgoing Prime Minister Jose Socrates conceded defeat late Sunday after several television exit polls gave the Social Democrats an insurmountable lead. He says he will also step down as Socialist Party leader. Social Democratic leader Pedro Passos Coelho will likely become the […]

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Israeli Troops Fire at Protesters on Golan; Syria Reports 14 Dead

Posted June 5th, 2011 at 12:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Israeli troops on Sunday fired at pro-Palestinian protesters who tried to rush the barbed-wire fence between Syria and the Israeli-held Golan Heights. Syrian state media report that 14 protesters were killed, scores more wounded. Among those reported killed were a woman and child. The protesters were marking the 44th anniversary of the Arab defeat in […]

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Celebrations Mark Departure of Yemen’s President

Posted June 5th, 2011 at 11:20 am (UTC-5)
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There were celebrations in Yemen’s capital, Sana’a, on Sunday, after word spread that embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh had left the country. Mr. Saleh was wounded in Friday’s rocket attack on the presidential compound. He and several high-ranking officials were flown to Saudi Arabia Saturday for medical treatment. There is no official word on his […]

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Fresh Explosions Rock Libyan Capital

Posted June 4th, 2011 at 4:20 pm (UTC-5)
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A series of powerful explosions rocked Tripoli late Saturday, in what could be new NATO airstrikes over the Libyan capital. Earlier, NATO announced that it had, for the first time, sent attack helicopters on low-altitude missions against military installations. British Foreign Secretary William Hague met with leaders of the opposition Transitional National Council in the […]

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Death Toll Rises in Europe’s E. Coli Outbreak

Posted June 3rd, 2011 at 8:10 pm (UTC-5)
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The death toll in Europe from the outbreak of a virulent strain of E. coli bacteria rose to 19 Friday when another person succumbed to the infection in Germany. The disease is now reported in 12 countries, including Britain and the United States, infecting about 2,000 people, most of them in Germany. All of the […]

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Former US Presidential Candidate Edwards Indicted

Posted June 3rd, 2011 at 3:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Former U.S. senator and presidential candidate John Edwards has been indicted on charges he violated campaign finance laws by using political donations to hide an extramarital affair. The indictment was filed Friday in Edwards’ home state of North Carolina. Edwards was charged on six counts — one count of conspiracy, four counts of illegal campaign […]

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Syria Death Toll Mounts in Protests

Posted June 3rd, 2011 at 1:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Syrian rights groups say at least 34 people were killed after security forces opened fire on a large group of demonstrators in Hama, a stronghold of opposition to President Bashar al-Assad’s government. Activists said shooting broke out after Friday prayers in Hamas, which is about 300 kilometers north of Damascus. Witnesses said thousands of people […]

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Wounded Yemeni President Yet to Appear in Public After Compound Attack

Posted June 3rd, 2011 at 1:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has yet to appear in public after being wounded by rockets fired into the presidential compound in the capital, Sana’a. Yemen state media had said the president would address the nation Friday, just hours after the attack – evidently to refute a report aired by an opposition-controlled television station that […]

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