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Obama to Meet Bahrain Crown Prince at White House

Posted June 7th, 2011 at 9:05 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama plans to meet the crown prince of Bahrain at the White House Tuesday. Although the visit is not on Mr. Obama’s official schedule, White House officials say the president will join an afternoon meeting between Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad bin al-Khalifa and National Security Advisor Tom Donilon. The crown prince […]

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Taiwan Protesters Pelt US Mission with Fish

Posted June 7th, 2011 at 8:45 am (UTC-5)
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Fishermen in Taiwan have pelted the de facto U..S. embassy in Taipei with dead fish, to protest the death of a Taiwanese fishing captain killed last month in a crossfire between the U.S. Navy and Somali pirates. The protesters, members of the Taiwan Fishermen’s Rights Association, demanded a public apology from the United States for […]

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Gates Says NATO Forces Ready for Decisive Blow in Afghanistan

Posted June 7th, 2011 at 7:35 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates says U.S.-led NATO forces in Afghanistan are on track to deliver a “decisive blow” against the Taliban. Gates spoke Tuesday in Kabul as he wrapped up a four-day trip to visit American troops in southern and eastern Afghanistan. The trip is his last to the country before he steps down […]

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US Treasury Official Tours East Asia to Press Iran Sanctions

Posted June 7th, 2011 at 4:40 am (UTC-5)
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A senior U.S. Treasury official will be meeting with counterparts in Japan and South Korea this week to urge the strict enforcement of sanctions on Iran and discuss whether additional measures are needed. The Treasury Department said David Cohen, the assistant secretary for terrorist financing, will be in the region from Tuesday through Friday. It […]

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German Chancellor to Visit White House

Posted June 7th, 2011 at 4:00 am (UTC-5)
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel is in Washington to meet with U.S. President Barack Obama. The two leaders are set on Tuesday to discuss NATO operations in Libya, a project Germany has not supported. Officials say the two leaders are also likely to touch on Afghanistan, Tunisia, the Middle East peace process, and the global economy. […]

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US to Deploy Troubled Aircraft to Okinawa

Posted June 7th, 2011 at 2:40 am (UTC-5)
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The U.S. military says it will deploy a controversial aircraft to an airbase in southern Japan by late 2012. A Defense Department spokesman says the V-22 Osprey aircraft will replace helicopters currently in use at the U.S. Marine Corps’s Futenma Air Station based on the southern island of Okinawa. U.S. officials are stressing the safety […]

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German Chancellor Beginning Official Visit to US

Posted June 6th, 2011 at 8:55 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama formally welcomes German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the White House Tuesday for an official visit that will include both pomp and politics. Ms. Merkel’s one-day visit will start with a 19-gun salute on the White House South Lawn and end with an elaborate black-tie dinner. She is scheduled to attend a […]

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Congressman Admits Lying About Lewd Photograph

Posted June 6th, 2011 at 8:20 pm (UTC-5)
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New York Democratic Representative Anthony Weiner has admitted he sent a lewd photograph to a female college student using his Twitter account after previously denying he had done so. Weiner apologized for lying but said he will not resign. During a televised news conference Monday in New York, an emotional Weiner also admitted that he […]

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US Official to Press Japan and South Korea on Iranian Sanctions

Posted June 6th, 2011 at 7:50 pm (UTC-5)
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A senior official from the U.S. Treasury Department on Tuesday begins a mission to Japan and South Korea to press for implementation of international sanctions against Iran. According to a Treasury Department statement, Undersecretary David Cohen will consult with officials in the two countries on steps to increase pressure on what were described as “those […]

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Obama to Decide on Afghanistan Troop Drawdown

Posted June 6th, 2011 at 7:20 pm (UTC-5)
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The White House says U.S. President Barack Obama will soon decide on the scope and pace of the drawdown of U.S. troops from Afghanistan set to begin in July. Mr. Obama met with his national security team Monday to discuss situation in Afghanistan and neighboring Pakistan. The meeting was the first since U.S. special forces […]

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