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Congress Presses Obama Administration on Rights in Asia

Posted June 3rd, 2011 at 10:05 am (UTC-5)
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Members of Congress pressed State Department officials about U.S. policy on the human rights situation in Burma, North Korea and Tibet, Thursday and were sharply critical of China’s rights performance. Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who chairs the House Foreign Affairs Committee, opened a hearing on human rights in Asia by saying that China is at the […]

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Pakistan, US to Resume Joint Intelligence Operations

Posted June 3rd, 2011 at 9:10 am (UTC-5)
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Pakistan’s foreign ministry has confirmed that Pakistan and the United States will resume joint intelligence operations against Islamist militants, in a step toward mending strained relations between the two countries. Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Tehmina Janjua says U.S. and Pakistani teams will share intelligence, but she would not comment on whether U.S. forces would be allowed […]

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US Unemployment Rate Rises Slightly

Posted June 3rd, 2011 at 8:50 am (UTC-5)
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The U.S. economy had a net gain of just 54,000 jobs in May, while the unemployment rate rose slightly. Friday’s report from the Labor Department shows the jobless rate rose one-tenth of a percent to hit 9.1 percent. Economists say at least 200,000 jobs need to be created each month to bring the jobless rate […]

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US Jobs Rate Likely to Show Drop in Hiring

Posted June 3rd, 2011 at 7:35 am (UTC-5)
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Economists are predicting the U.S. Labor Department will issue a report Friday showing anemic job growth during May. The forecasts vary on how many Americans were hired last month, with many economists settling on just over 160,000 jobs created – a sharp decline from the 244,000 increase reported in April. The U.S. unemployment rate will […]

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Reports: John Edwards Facing Charges over Campaign Funds

Posted June 3rd, 2011 at 6:05 am (UTC-5)
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News outlets say former U.S. Senator and presidential candidate John Edwards may be charged Friday with illegally using campaign donations to keep an extramarital affair secret. Reports that Edwards’ lawyer, Gregory Craig, would be in (the southeastern U.S. state) of North Carolina Friday has fueled speculation that federal prosecutors are ready to indict Edwards or […]

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McCain Urges Burma to Quickly Implement Reforms

Posted June 3rd, 2011 at 5:50 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Senator John McCain, ending a three-day visit to Burma, called on the government to free its more than 2,000 political prisoners and quickly implement democratic reforms. McCain told a news conference Friday that it was clear from his meetings with top officials that Burma wants closer relations with the United States. However, he said […]

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Pakistan and US to Carry Out Joint Intelligence Operations

Posted June 3rd, 2011 at 5:35 am (UTC-5)
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Pakistan’s foreign ministry says Pakistani and U.S. teams will carry out joint operations and share intelligence in the campaign against militants. The announcement indicates the U.S. and Pakistan are trying to repair their frayed ties following the secret U.S. raid in May that killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.. Pakistani leaders were angered […]

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Third Time the Charm for Winner of 2011 US Spelling Contest

Posted June 3rd, 2011 at 4:35 am (UTC-5)
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A 14-year-old girl from Pennsylvania won the 2011 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington Thursday. Sukanya Roy won the $30,000 cash prize when she correctly spelled a word that means having wavy hair . The Indian-American eighth grader from Abington Township also won a reference library and more than $10,000 in scholarships and other prizes. […]

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US to Sell Remaining Shares in Chrysler

Posted June 3rd, 2011 at 2:45 am (UTC-5)
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Italian automaker Fiat has reached an agreement to buy the U.S. government’s remaining stake in Chrysler for an estimated $560 million. The U.S. Treasury Department said Thursday Fiat will pay $500 million to buy the Treasury’s six percent interest in Chrysler. The department is also getting $60 million of the $75 million Fiat is paying […]

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US Lists 2 Kenyans as Drug Kingpins

Posted June 3rd, 2011 at 1:35 am (UTC-5)
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The United States has added two Kenyans, including a member of parliament, to its list of drug kingpins who face sanctions. Being added to the list means parliamentarian Tharun Mwau and businesswoman Naima Nyakinywa are now denied access to U.S. financial institutions and barred from transactions with U.S. businesses and individuals. A recent report by […]

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