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Top Democrats Call for Weiner to Resign

Posted June 11th, 2011 at 3:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Leaders of the U.S. Democratic Party are calling on Representative Anthony Weiner to resign as he faces an online sex scandal. The House Democratic leader, Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, said Saturday Weiner “needs help” and he should get some “without the pressures of being a member of Congress.” National party chairman, Representative Debbie Wasserman […]

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Raging US Wildfire Spreads into Second State

Posted June 11th, 2011 at 2:40 pm (UTC-5)
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A raging wildfire in Arizona that has forced nearly 10,000 people from their homes has now spread across the border into New Mexico. Firefighters have made some progress against the blaze, with six percent of it contained, an improvement since early Thursday when the fire was “zero percent” contained. Crews were bracing for strong winds […]

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Adrian Downgraded to Tropical Storm

Posted June 11th, 2011 at 12:35 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. weather forecasters say the first hurricane of the 2011 season has been downgraded to a tropical storm. The National Weather Service says Adrian, off Mexico’s Pacific coast, is weakening quickly. It said the storm’s winds had dropped Saturday morning to 110 kilometers per hour. The weather service said it anticipated Adrian to weaken below […]

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US Spy Chief Continues Pakistan Visit

Posted June 11th, 2011 at 6:55 am (UTC-5)
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CIA Director Leon Panetta began the second day of his unannounced visit to Pakistan on Saturday. Panetta, nominated to take over as defense secretary next month, held talks Friday with Pakistani Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and Pakistani spy chief Lieutenant General Ahmed Shuja Pasha. Panetta’s trip to Pakistan is his first since the […]

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Report: US Intelligence to Pakistan Compromised

Posted June 11th, 2011 at 1:40 am (UTC-5)
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A prominent U.S. newspaper reports U.S. intelligence officials have twice provided information to Pakistan about the specific locations of insurgent bomb-making factories, only to find the sites abandoned before Pakistani troops arrived. The Washington Post reported Friday that U.S. officials say they do not know how the operation was compromised. The newspaper says the U.S. […]

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Alaska Releases Ex-Governor Palin’s E-Mails

Posted June 10th, 2011 at 11:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Officials in the far northwestern U.S. state of Alaska have released more than 24,000 pages of Sarah Palin’s e-mails from her first two years as governor. The e-mails were distributed in paper form to reporters Friday, at the state capital, Juneau. Several news agencies have begun scanning them for distribution electronically. Two major U.S. newspapers […]

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Clinton: Africa Must Fight Corruption to Expand Trade

Posted June 10th, 2011 at 9:50 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is voicing concern about China’s aid and investment practices in Africa. During a visit to Zambia Friday, Clinton said China’s foreign assistance to Africa is not always consistent with generally accepted international norms of transparency and good governance. She said the United States does not regard China’s growing involvement […]

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Progress in Battle with Ferocious US Wildfire

Posted June 10th, 2011 at 9:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Fire crews are making progress in the fight against a raging wildfire in Arizona that has forced around 10,000 people to flee their homes. Authorities said Friday they had managed to create a containment barrier around about five percent of the fire — an improvement since early Thursday when the fire was “zero percent” contained. […]

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Alaska Releases Ex-Governor Palin’s E-mails

Posted June 10th, 2011 at 8:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Officials in the far northwestern U.S. state of Alaska have released more than 24,000 pages of Sarah Palin’s e-mails from her first two years as governor. The e-mails were distributed in paper form to reporters Friday, at the state capital, Juneau. Several news agencies have begun scanning them for distribution electronically. Two major U.S. newspapers […]

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US Court Overturns Guantanamo Detainee’s Release

Posted June 10th, 2011 at 5:35 pm (UTC-5)
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A Guantanamo detainee who was to be freed must now remain in jail after a federal appeals court ruled there is enough evidence linking him to al-Qaida. The judges Friday overturned an earlier decision freeing Hussain Salem Mohammad Almerfedi, saying the lower court had not “given sufficient weight” to the “reliable evidence.” The judges said […]

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