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Yemen: From Jasmine Revolution to Widespread Unrest

Posted June 5th, 2011 at 11:50 am (UTC-5)
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A timeline of how Yemen has plunged from protests to near full-fledged civil war: January 22: Hundreds of students and other protesters gather at Sana’a University, calling for an end to the 32-year rule of President Ali Abdullah Saleh. The demonstrators were apparently inspired by the protests that led to the ouster of Tunisia’s President. […]

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Sudan Dismisses UN Call For Abyei Withdrawal

Posted June 5th, 2011 at 11:40 am (UTC-5)
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North Sudan’s government has rejected a call from the U.N. Security Council to pull its troops out of the disputed Abyei region. On Friday, the Council condemned the north’s occupation of Abyei, describing it as a “serious violation” of the 2005 peace deal that ended Sudan’s north-south civil war. The north’s foreign minister, Ali Ahmad […]

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Gunmen Attack Yemen Presidential Palace

Posted June 5th, 2011 at 7:00 am (UTC-5)
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Officials in Yemen’s second-largest city say gunmen have killed four soldiers near the presidential palace. Officials say one of the attackers was also killed in the violence Sunday in Taiz. The assault comes a day after Yemen’s authoritarian president left the country to receive medical treatment in Saudi Arabia. Thousands of anti-government protesters in Sana’a […]

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Gates Says Goodbye to Troops in Afghanistan

Posted June 5th, 2011 at 7:00 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who is retiring at the end of the month, arrived in southern Afghanistan Sunday to say goodbye to American troops fighting to defeat Taliban insurgents. Gates visit comes at the same time U.S. President Barack Obama considers the scale and pace of troop withdrawals planned to start next month. Shortly […]

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Volcano Erupts in Southern Chile

Posted June 4th, 2011 at 9:00 pm (UTC-5)
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The Puyehue volcano in southern Chile has erupted for the first time in a half century, sending a column of gas about 10 kilometers into the air. Authorities say they plan to evacuate 3,500 people from areas around the mountain, which is nearly 1,000 kilometers south of the Chilean capital, Santiago. The eruption also prompted […]

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Palestinians Accept French Peace Talks Plan

Posted June 4th, 2011 at 6:45 pm (UTC-5)
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The Palestinians have accepted France’s proposal to try to revive Middle East peace talks with a meeting in Paris. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Saturday he has agreed to the offer made by French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe on Thursday. However, there is no indication that Israel has agreed. On Thursday, Juppe said France wants […]

Egypt Sentences Former Finance Minister

Posted June 4th, 2011 at 4:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Egypt’s former finance minister has become the latest high-ranking official who served in former President Hosni Mubarak’s government to be convicted of corruption. An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced Youssef Boutros Ghali to 30 years in prison on charges that include misusing public funds. Investigators say Ghali used cars waiting in customs for his personal […]

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Drone Strike Kills Top Pakistani Terrorist

Posted June 4th, 2011 at 4:20 pm (UTC-5)
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One of the most wanted terrorist leaders in Pakistan is dead, killed in a suspected U.S. drone strike. Pakistani intelligence sources Saturday said that senior al-Qaida leader Ilyas Kashmiri died in an attack on a location in South Waziristan, along with eight other militants. Kashmiri’s own militant group, Harakat-ul-Jihad al-Islami , also confirmed his death […]

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Former U.S. Secretary of State Dies

Posted June 4th, 2011 at 4:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Former U.S. Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger has died at age 80. Word of his death came from representatives of former President George H.W. Bush and former Secretary of State James Baker. No other details were immediately available. The White House has issued a statement calling Eagleburger “a distinguished diplomat and public servant” and noted […]

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Thousands Mark Anniversary of China’ s Tiananmen Square Crackdown

Posted June 4th, 2011 at 11:05 am (UTC-5)
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The Chinese cities of Beijing and Hong Kong were the scenes Saturday of demonstrations to mark the 22nd anniversary of the bloody Tiananmen Square crackdown during which hundreds, perhaps thousands, died. It was on June 4, 1989, when the Chinese government sent tanks and soldiers into the square in central Beijing, the Chinese capital, to […]

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