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Clinton Discusses Security, Economy Cooperation with Czech FM

Posted June 2nd, 2011 at 11:00 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has met with her Czech counterpart in Washington for wide-ranging talks. Clinton said she used her Thursday talks with Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg to thank the Czech Republic for increasing its troop contributions to the mission in Afghanistan. She also offered condolences for the recent loss of a […]

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Death Toll from US Tornado Rises to 138

Posted June 2nd, 2011 at 9:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Officials have updated the death toll to 138 from a powerful tornado that hit the central U.S. city of Joplin, Missouri last month. Missouri public safety officials said Thursday the toll rose after four hospitalized people died from injuries suffered during the tornado. The twister tore through Joplin on May 22 with winds topping 300 […]

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Napolitano: Lashkar-e-Taiba Like Al-Qaida in Strength and Organization

Posted June 2nd, 2011 at 8:50 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says the Pakistan-based terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba is a danger to India and could also be a threat to the United States. Napolitano Thursday said Thursday that Lashkar is “al-Qaida-like” in its “strength and organization.” Napolitano held security cooperation talks in India last week, where she and Indian officials discussed […]

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Top US Lawmakers: US Will Not Default on Debt

Posted June 2nd, 2011 at 8:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Senior U.S. lawmakers say Republicans and Democrats will eventually reach a deal to raise the country’s $14 trillion debt limit. The number two Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives, Steny Hoyer , says financial markets should know that lawmakers will come to an agreement on the issue. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi says members […]

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Top US Lawmakers: US Will Not Default on Debt

Posted June 2nd, 2011 at 6:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Senior U.S. lawmakers say Republicans and Democrats will eventually reach a deal to raise the country’s $14 trillion debt limit. The number two Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives, Steny Hoyer , says financial markets should know that lawmakers will come to an agreement on the issue. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi says member […]

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5 Killed in Shootings in Arizona

Posted June 2nd, 2011 at 4:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Police in Arizona say five people have been killed in a series of shootings that forced officials to lock down a school and government buildings. Police spokesman Clint Norred says one other person was injured in the shootings Thursday in Arizona’s Yuma County. He says the shootings are connected. Norred would not confirm whether the […]

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US Launches New Push for Healthy Eating

Posted June 2nd, 2011 at 2:45 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States has launched a new initiative to encourage healthy eating, replacing its food pyramid guidelines in favor of simpler recommendations. The Department of Agriculture on Thursday unveiled the “MyPlate” icon showing a plate with four quadrants — one each for fruits, vegetables, grains and protein. A cup marked “dairy” is next to the […]

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Moody’s Warns Washington On Debt Impasse

Posted June 2nd, 2011 at 2:20 pm (UTC-5)
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A global rating agency says it may consider downgrading the credit rating for the United States if bickering politicians cannot reach an agreement to raise the debt limit. Moody’s Investor Services says the political wrangling over debts and spending has “exceeded expectations.” Current law limits U.S. government debt to about $14.3 trillion, but that limit […]

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US: Mitt Romney Entering Race to Oust Obama in 2012

Posted June 2nd, 2011 at 2:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney has become the latest high-profile Republican to join the U.S. presidential race, hoping to deny President Barack Obama a second term. Romney launched his 2012 campaign Thursday in the northeastern state of New Hampshire, telling supporters Mr. Obama “has failed America.” He pledged to slash government spending, repeal President Obama’s […]

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US Senator Meets Aung San Suu Kyi in Burmese Capital

Posted June 2nd, 2011 at 1:30 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Senator John McCain — in Burma to assess prospects for democratic reforms — has promised opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi continued U.S. support for efforts to bring democracy to the Southeast Asian nation. McCain met Thursday with the pro-democracy leader in Rangoon for about an hour. Afterward, in comments to reporters, Aung San […]

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