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Humala Claims Victory in Peru Presidential Runoff

Posted June 6th, 2011 at 9:15 am (UTC-5)
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Former Peruvian army officer Ollanta Humala claimed victory late Sunday in a presidential runoff, with a narrow lead over Keiko Fujimori, the daughter of imprisoned former president Alberto Fujimori. With just over 80 percent of the vote counted, official results put the former leftist officer ahead with more than 51 percent of the vote, while […]

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Gates Continues His Farewell Tour in Afghanistan

Posted June 6th, 2011 at 9:10 am (UTC-5)
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Outgoing U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates is wrapping up his final visit to American troops in Afghanistan with a visit to a base in Paktika province, near the border with Pakistan. Secretary Gates is retiring at the end of the month. He has used the trip to outline to troops his recommendations for a soon-to-begin […]

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Libyan Rebels Push Into Gadhafi-Held West

Posted June 6th, 2011 at 9:10 am (UTC-5)
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British Foreign Secretary William Hague told reporters in London Sunday that the campaign against pro-Gadhafi forces is intensifying. But he rejected suggestions that it has strayed from the U.N. mandate to protect civilians. Hague defended the use of British and French attack helicopters, which were employed for the first time on Saturday. But Russian Deputy […]

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Heat Top Mavericks for 2-1 NBA Finals Lead

Posted June 6th, 2011 at 7:15 am (UTC-5)
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The Miami Heat held on to win game three of the National Basketball Association championship series 88-86 Sunday, as Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki missed a potential game-tying shot as time expired. The visiting Heat narrowly avoided blowing a double-digit lead for a second consecutive game, and now lead the best-of-seven series two games to […]

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Thai Groups Secure Release of Ahmadiyah Refugees

Posted June 6th, 2011 at 7:10 am (UTC-5)
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Authorities in Thailand have freed 96 members of a Muslim minority sect after almost six months in detention. The Ahmadiyah practitioners had fled from Pakistan, where the sect is persecuted, and all but two have been recognized as refugees by the United Nations. The group, which includes 34 children below the age of 12, were […]

Suicide Blast Kills 12 in Iraq

Posted June 6th, 2011 at 5:50 am (UTC-5)
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Iraqi officials say a suicide attacker has detonated a bomb-laden car in the city of Tikrit, killing at least 12 people and wounding 15 others. The blast happened Monday outside a compound that houses several palaces built during the rule of the late Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. Officials say an Iraqi army colonel and several […]

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17 Killed in US Drone Attacks in Pakistan

Posted June 6th, 2011 at 3:25 am (UTC-5)
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Intelligence officials in northwest Pakistan say three U.S. drone-fired missile strikes have killed at least 17 militants. Authorities say all the strikes Monday were in South Waziristan, the country’s restive tribal region near the Afghan border. U.S. drone strikes against insurgents in the border region of Pakistan have been a source of friction between the […]

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Kan Resignation Battle Threatens Japanese Reconstruction Bills

Posted June 6th, 2011 at 2:30 am (UTC-5)
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Crucial legislation to finance Japan’s post-earthquake reconstruction is at risk amid a political struggle over the timing of Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s planned resignation. Leaders of Mr. Kan’s Democratic Party of Japan said after talks with the prime minister Sunday that Mr. Kan wants to remain in office long enough to try to push the […]

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China Seeks to Placate Neighbors In Disputed Waters

Posted June 5th, 2011 at 7:05 pm (UTC-5)
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China claims it is committed to peace and stability in the South China Sea as its smaller neighbors protest Beijing’s activity in the disputed waters. Defense Minister Liang Guanglie told a regional forum in Singapore Sunday that China is not seeking dominance and is not a threat to any country. Earlier Sunday, hundreds of demonstrators […]

Death Toll from Violence in Northwest Syria Rises to 35

Posted June 5th, 2011 at 6:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Syrian rights groups say the death toll in a two-day government crackdown on protesters in the northwest has risen to 35 as exiled opposition figures called for the isolation of authoritarian President Bashar al-Assad. The violent clashes began Saturday and continued into Sunday, after thousands of residents turned out for the funerals of other anti-government […]

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