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Syria Death Toll Mounts in Protests

Posted June 3rd, 2011 at 12:35 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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US Stocks Fall

Posted June 3rd, 2011 at 12:35 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. stock market indexes fell in Friday’s midday trading after some disappointing reports on the U.S. labor market. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 were off by six-tenths of one percent while the NASDAQ slid seven-tenths of a percent. European stock markets were up at the close of trading. London’s Financial Times […]

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Report: US Economy Gains Just 54,000 New Jobs

Posted June 3rd, 2011 at 10:25 am (UTC-5)
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The U.S. economy had a net gain of just 54,000 jobs in May, the smallest increase since last September. Friday’s report from the Labor Department shows the unemployment rate rose one-tenth of a percent to hit 9.1 percent. The figures surprised many economists who were expecting a slightly lower jobless rate, and a bigger gain […]

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Mladic Refuses to Offer a Plea to ‘Obnoxious’ Charges

Posted June 3rd, 2011 at 6:45 am (UTC-5)
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Former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic has made his first appearance before the U.N. war crimes tribunal at The Hague, but refused to enter a plea to what he said are “obnoxious” charges of genocide against him. Mladic told the court’s three judges on Friday that he was defending “my people and my country” […]

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Yemeni Troops Clash with Tribesman Pushing Towards Capital

Posted June 2nd, 2011 at 5:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Yemeni security forces have clashed with thousands of opposition fighters preparing to enter the capital, Sana’a, to reinforce fellow tribesmen loyal to Sheikh Sadeq al-Ahmar. The rising chaos is pushing the conflict closer to an all-out civil war. Witnesses said Thursday that government troops, including elite Republican Guard units, confronted the tribal fighters at a […]

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Syrian Opposition Calls for President’s Departure

Posted June 2nd, 2011 at 2:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Syrian opposition figures have wrapped up a two-day meeting in Turkey with a call for President Bashar al-Assad’s immediate resignation. The 300 delegates issued the call in a joint declaration as Syrian forces continued to pound the central town of Rastan. Activists say at least 15 people were killed Thursday in the government’s shelling. The […]

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Death Toll Rises From Deadly European Bacteria

Posted June 2nd, 2011 at 1:30 pm (UTC-5)
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European and World Health Organization scientists say a deadly outbreak of E. coli bacteria that has killed 18 people is a rare and virulent strain of the bacteria. The latest victim died Wednesday night in Germany. The United Nations agency said Thursday that preliminary genetic tests suggest the highly infectious strain is a mutant of […]

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US Senator Meets Aung San Suu Kyi in Burmese Capital

Posted June 2nd, 2011 at 1:30 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Senator John McCain — in Burma to assess prospects for democratic reforms — has promised opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi continued U.S. support for efforts to bring democracy to the Southeast Asian nation. McCain met Thursday with the pro-democracy leader in Rangoon for about an hour. Afterward, in comments to reporters, Aung San […]

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US Stocks Fall

Posted June 2nd, 2011 at 1:10 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. stock market indexes declined in Thursday’s midday trading. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost four-tenths of a percent, the S&P 500 moved down three-tenths, while the NASDAQ slid one-tenth of a percent. European stock markets were lower at the close of trading. London’s Financial Times 100 index lost 1.4 percent to end at 5,848. […]

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NATO Says Forces Capture Bin Laden Associate in Afghanistan

Posted June 2nd, 2011 at 10:30 am (UTC-5)
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NATO says Afghan and coalition troops have captured an al-Qaida facilitator who was a former associate of terrorist leader Osama bin Laden. In a statement Thursday, NATO said the man was captured in the Nahr-e Shahi area of northern Balkh province, but did not give his name. The coalition said the Pakistan-based man planned attacks […]

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