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Cross-Border Attack Kills 65 in Northwest Pakistan

Posted June 2nd, 2011 at 9:05 am (UTC-5)
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At least 65 people have been killed in a militant attack on a checkpoint in northwestern Pakistan along the Afghan border. Police say the fighting, which began Wednesday and continued into Thursday, occurred in a remote village in Pakistan’s Dir tribal area when about 200 militants crossed the border from Afghanistan’s Kunar province. Officials say […]

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Pakistani General Rules Out North Waziristan Offensive

Posted June 1st, 2011 at 4:30 pm (UTC-5)
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A top Pakistani army commander says the military has no plans to launch an offensive against Taliban and al-Qaida-linked militants in the North Waziristan tribal region. Lieutenant General Asif Yasin Malik refuted media reports earlier this week that said the military was planning such an operation at the request of the United States. He said […]

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Syrian Government Opponents Discuss Regime Change

Posted June 1st, 2011 at 3:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Syrian opposition leaders meeting in Turkey have rejected their government’s offer of a general amnesty and say they will continue to push for a regime change. More than 300 dissidents are attending a conference in the Turkish town of Antalya on Wednesday. Meanwhile, the Syrian government freed hundreds of political prisoners on Wednesday, a day […]

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Pakistan’s Spy Agency Denies Involvement in Journalist’s Death

Posted June 1st, 2011 at 2:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Pakistan’s main intelligence agency is rejecting allegations of involvement in the killing of a Pakistani journalist who was investigating possible links between the military and extremists. Syed Saleem Shahzad was buried in Pakistan’s southern port city of Karachi on Wednesday, as hundreds of relatives, journalists and local politicians looked on. Shahzad’s body was found about […]

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UN Panel: Libyan Forces and Opposition Committed War Crimes

Posted June 1st, 2011 at 2:45 pm (UTC-5)
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A U.N. panel investigating the conflict in Libya says forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and opposition forces in the country have committed war crimes. The report, published Wednesday by three U.N.-appointed experts, says the violations committed by pro-Gadhafi forces were severe enough to also constitute crimes against humanity. They said violations by opposition […]

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Economic Concerns Send US Stocks Sliding

Posted June 1st, 2011 at 12:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Concerns about job creation and a slowing U.S. economic recovery pushed the major stock indexes lower in Wednesday’s midday trading. The Dow Jones Industrial Average slid almost 1.5 percent. The S&P 500 index fell 1.4 percent. And the NASDAQ dropped almost 1.3 percent. European stock prices also fell, closing lower. London’s Financial Times index dipped […]

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Gates Says Afghan Warnings Reflect “Pain” of War

Posted June 1st, 2011 at 12:40 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates says warnings about civilian casualties from Afghan President Hamid Karzai reflect the “pain and suffering” the Afghan people have endured after 30 years of war. Gates told reporters late Tuesday that it is important for both sides to jointly investigate civilian casualties and that Mr. Karzai and the Afghan people […]

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