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US Senator Visits Rangoon to Meet Aung San Suu Kyi

Posted June 2nd, 2011 at 6:30 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Senator John McCain is in Rangoon for a meeting with Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. McCain paid a visit earlier Thursday to the Rangoon headquarters of the Free Funeral Service Society. An opposition spokesman told VOA’s Burmese service the senator was also slated to see representatives of five small ethnic parties. McCain’s […]

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Pakistani General Rules Out North Waziristan Offensive

Posted June 2nd, 2011 at 5:25 am (UTC-5)
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Officials in northwestern Pakistan say militants have killed at least 23 security forces in an attack on a checkpoint that lasted for more than a day. The attack began Wednesday in the town of Shaltalo, when police say about 200 militants crossed the border from Afghanistan’s Kunar province into Pakistan’s Dir tribal area. Officials said […]

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Kan Offers Future Resignation as Party Faces Possible Defeat

Posted June 2nd, 2011 at 2:40 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan offered to resign in the coming months, speaking hours before a parliamentary vote that failed to bring down his government. Mr. Kan said at a meeting of his Democratic Party of Japan Thursday that he would like to hand over power to a younger generation once the prospects for dealing […]

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Tornado Strikes Northeastern US

Posted June 1st, 2011 at 8:10 pm (UTC-5)
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A tornado has touched down in a heavily populated area of Massachusetts, causing damage and injuring a number of people. The National Weather Service said witnesses reported sighting the tornado near the city of Springfield on Wednesday afternoon. Television footage of the area showed dangling power lines, shattered windows, and debris strewn on the road. […]

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US Vice President Praises Italy as ‘Important’ US Ally

Posted June 1st, 2011 at 6:55 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has praised Italy as an important ally and partner of the United States during talks with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano in Rome. Mr. Biden met with President Napolitano Wednesday to discuss the situation in North Africa and the Middle East, including the conflict in Libya. At a joint news conference […]

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Google: Chinese Hackers Break Into E-Mail Accounts

Posted June 1st, 2011 at 6:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Google says computer hackers in China have broken into the e-mail accounts of hundreds of people, including senior U.S. officials, journalists, and Chinese political activists. The Internet giant says the scheme to steal user passwords from G-Mail accounts originated in Jinan in eastern China. It gave no details of whose accounts were violated but the […]

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Oil Prices Plunge on Economic Data

Posted June 1st, 2011 at 4:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Here are the prices of some key commodities traded in New York on Wednesday: The price of crude oil slid $2.41 to close at $100.29 a barrel after a series of reports on jobs and manufacturing sparked concerns that the U.S. economic recovery may be starting to stagnate. Coffee prices fell almost 9 cents to […]

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Turkish PM Blames Opposition for Pre-election Violence

Posted June 1st, 2011 at 4:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has blamed the opposition for provoking clashes in Turkey ahead of June 12 parliamentary elections. In a speech in Istanbul Wednesday, Mr. Erdogan said the provocations were a ploy to drag his ruling Justice and Development Party into what he called a “trap,” and vowed to steer clear of […]

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Obama, House Republicans Have ‘Productive’ Meeting on Debt

Posted June 1st, 2011 at 3:25 pm (UTC-5)
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The White House says President Barack Obama has had a “productive” meeting with Republicans on reducing the country’s debt. Spokesman Jay Carney said the talks Wednesday with members of the House Republican Conference were an opportunity for Mr. Obama to hear their side and for them to hear from him. Carney said the large meeting […]

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Germany Reports Another Bacteria Death, Cause Still a Mystery

Posted June 1st, 2011 at 3:15 pm (UTC-5)
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German officials say another person has died from a mysterious killer bacteria, raising the death toll in Europe to 17, all but one in Germany. Local authorities reported Wednesday that an 84-year-old woman died on Sunday from the food-borne bacterial outbreak, which has sickened more than 1,500 people in nine European countries since mid-May. Germany […]

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