16 Jun 2011

Political turmoil in Greece amid austerity uproar

“Squeezed between worried creditors and an angry public, Greece’s beleaguered prime minister tried to tamp down an escalating revolt within his own Socialist party Thursday over new austerity measures. Two prominent Socialist lawmakers resigned hours before Prime Minister George Papandreou was to reschuffle his Cabinet, a tactic he hoped would

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16 Jun 2011

Jihadist websites: Al-Zawahiri appointed al Qaeda’s new leader

“Ayman al-Zawahiri has been appointed the new leader of al Qaeda, according to a statement posted on several jihadist websites. Al-Zawahiri has played a defining role in al Qaeda for more than a decade as Osama bin Laden’s deputy. Even before the announcement, he had been widely regarded as the

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15 Jun 2011

Greek government realigned amidst protests

“After violent protests against austerity measures Wednesday, Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou announced a government reshuffle in a bid to solve his nation’s debt woes. Papandreou said in a brief televised statement that he will seek a vote of confidence in the new government Thursday. He did not offer any

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15 Jun 2011

Military asks private industry not to abandon Colombia over FARC ‘terrorism’

“Military commander Admiral Edgar Cely asked private industry not to abandon Colombia after the kidnappings of four Chinese oil workers and assures that increasing terrorist acts by the FARC are signs of desperation. “What we ask of the businesses of exploitation [oil and mining] is to follow safety guidelines in

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15 Jun 2011

Eleven dead in twin Afghan suicide blasts

“The Taliban targeted top government officials in Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing 11 people in two suicide blasts and firing rockets at the vice president and interior minister, who escaped unhurt. Nine civilians were among those who died in the attacks, which came days after the United Nations warned of an

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15 Jun 2011

Yemen’s militants step up attacks amid turmoil

“Al-Qaida-linked militants temporarily seized parts of a provincial capital in southern Yemen on Wednesday, the latest in a series of brazen attacks by extremists taking advantage of the turmoil in the poor Arab nation. The increasingly bold fighters are expanding their reach after wounded President Ali Abdullah Saleh left Yemen

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15 Jun 2011

Amtrak steps up security after track tampering

“There is stepped up security at Amtrak stations around the country after an attempted derailment involving a freight train. Officials say it happened in Iowa. Investigators say many people could have been killed. The train was carrying flammable liquid, which could have burned for a long time. The incident has

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15 Jun 2011

U.S. issues terror-related travel warning for Philippines

“U.S. citizens should “exercise extreme caution” when traveling to the Philippines, the U.S. State Department said Tuesday in a statement. “Targeted sites may be public gathering places including, but not limited to, airports, shopping malls, conference centers, and other public venues,” said the statement. The warning, which is an update

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14 Jun 2011

OPEC sees risk of price rise, shortage

“Oil prices will rise and could harm the economy if an expected supply shortage materializes later this year, OPEC Secretary General Abdullah al-Badri said on Tuesday. Consumer countries urged the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries to pump more to replace supplies shut down in Libya and to prevent fuel

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14 Jun 2011

Arizona wildfire is now the state’s largest ever

“The Wallow Fire in Arizona has become the largest wildfire in the state’s history, surpassing the 2002 Rodeo-Chediski fire, according to officials with Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest” (Source: Arizona wildfire is now the state’s largest ever – CNN.com.)

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