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Greek Police Clash with Protesters as Workers Strike

Posted June 28th, 2011 at 3:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Thousands of protesters are clashing with Greek police on the streets of Athens, hurling rocks and fire bombs at them on the first day of a general strike protesting a new round of national austerity reforms. At least 4,000 police converged on the central part of the Greek capital Tuesday as about 20,000 people rallied […]

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Russia Ends Blanket Ban on EU Vegetable Imports

Posted June 28th, 2011 at 3:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Russia has resumed accepting vegetable imports from the Netherlands and Belgium, ending its ban on European Union exports imposed at the height of fears about contamination from a deadly strain of E. coli bacteria. Russian consumer authorities ended the 26-day ban for the two countries on Tuesday. They are also reviewing when imports might resume […]

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Obama Orders 33,000 Troops Out of Afghanistan

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 5:30 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama goes to New York Thursday to promote his plan to withdraw 33,000 American troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2012. Mr. Obama is due to meet with soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, New York. It is one of the most frequently deployed divisions to Afghanistan. In […]

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Afghanistan Ready for US Troop Drawdown

Posted June 22nd, 2011 at 11:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Afghan officials say they are ready to handle security in the country once U.S. troops begin withdrawing in July. U.S. President Barack Obama announced late Wednesday that 10,000 troops will be pulled out by the end of the year, with 23,000 more leaving Afghanistan by September of 2012. In Kabul, Afghan Defense Ministry spokesman General […]

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Syrian Troops Storm Village Near Turkish Border

Posted June 18th, 2011 at 8:00 am (UTC-5)
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Syrian rights activists say government troops have stormed a village near the Turkish border, firing machine guns and arresting residents. Troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad swept into the town of Bdama on Saturday in at least six tanks, 10 armored personnel carriers and other military vehicles. Witnesses said 70 residents were arrested and gunmen […]

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US Mulls War Crimes Charges Against Syrian President

Posted June 17th, 2011 at 11:30 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States says is it considering if war crimes charges can be brought against Syria’s president as part of a larger diplomatic effort to get his government to end its crackdown on dissent. In a telephone conference with reporters Friday, two senior White House officials said the U.S. is also considering economic sanctions against […]

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Syrian Troops Move into Two Northern Cities

Posted June 17th, 2011 at 7:40 am (UTC-5)
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Syrian security forces have mounted new assaults in the country’s restive northwest, sending tanks and troops into two more cities. Rights activists and witnesses said Friday the Syrian military sent large numbers of soldiers into Maaret al-Numaan, a city of 100,000 on the highway linking the capital Damascus and the country’s largest city, Aleppo. Many […]

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U.S. Vows to Find Al-Qaida’s Zawahri and Kill Him

Posted June 16th, 2011 at 11:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States is vowing to capture and kill new al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri, just as it did his predecessor, Osama bin Laden. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, made the pledge Thursday, saying the Egyptian surgeon turned terrorist leader should expect the same treatment as bin Laden. U.S. commandos […]

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Al-Qaida Picks Zawahri as Bin Laden Successor

Posted June 16th, 2011 at 4:35 am (UTC-5)
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Al-Qaida says it has picked Egyptian-born Ayman al-Zawahri to succeed Osama bin Laden as head of the terror network. Al-Qaida posted the announcement on an Islamist website. The group vowed to immediately continue its pursuit of jihad, or holy war, against the United States and Israel and called them “apostate invaders.” Al-Qaida said it would […]

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As Its Crackdown Continues, Syria Calls for Refugees to Return

Posted June 15th, 2011 at 6:55 am (UTC-5)
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Syria is calling for refugees who fled to Turkey to escape its violent crackdown on anti-government protesters in Jisr al-Shughour to return home. The Syrian government’s official news agency Sana said that “calm and security” had been restored in the town and surrounding area. It said “all necessary needs” would be provided for the returning […]

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