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2010 June


Jun 30 2010 Britain Slashes Social Programs To Avert Debt Crisis

LONDON - Britain’s new coalition government has passed an emergency budget after warning the state of the country’s finances is much worse than anticipated.
The Clapham Park Estate was once voted one of the worst social housing developments in London.  The window frames are crumbling, the apartments are dark and damp and the estate suffers from […]


Jun 30 2010 Hungary Elects Pal Schmitt As President

BUDAPEST - Hungary’s parliament has elected the country’s new president, amid opposition concerns he will be too accommodating to plans of the ruling center right Fidesz Party, which include changing the nation’s constitution.
Hungary’s parliament applauded Pal Schmitt, a leading figure of the ruling center right Fidesz party, after he was elected president with an overwhelming […]


Jun 30 2010 Palestinians Seek More Rights In Lebanon

BEIRUT - Lebanese politicians are considering easing restrictions on Palestinian refugees, after 62 years.
Like the tangled electricity wires at Bourj al Barajne camp outside Beirut, the situation of Palestinians in Lebanon is complicated.
Despite the fact that many have been living in Lebanon for generations, they are still refugees, and as such are forced to live […]


Jun 29 2010 G20 To Slash Deficits Despite Obama Spending Spree

TORONTO - Leaders of major industrialized and developing nations have returned to their home countries, after endorsing a plan that calls for the world’s richest nations to cut deficits in half within three years.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the plan at the end of the G20 summit in Toronto.
Countries will be allowed to slash […]


Jun 28 2010 US Senator Robert Byrd Dead At 92

WASHINGTON - Senator Robert Byrd, the longest serving member of the United States Congress, has died.
A spokesman for the 92-year-old Democrat from the state of West Virginia said Byrd had been hospitalized since last week.  At first he was thought to be suffering from heat exhaustion and severe dehydration but other medical conditions developed. 
On Sunday, […]


Jun 26 2010 US Warns North Korea Against Provocative Actions

WASHINGTON - The United States Friday warned North Korea against aggravating regional tensions after Pyongyang declared a no-sail warning for waters off its western coast. Similar warnings in the past have preceded North Korean missile tests.
The State Department is cautioning North Korea against provocative actions after its no-sail warning to international shipping, which coincided with […]


Jun 26 2010 Italian Workers Strike Over Spending Cuts

ROME - Italian transportation workers have staged a strike to protest austerity cuts by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s government designed to bring the deficit under control.
CGIL, Italy’s largest union, says Friday’s strike will effect the country’s public transportation systems for at least four hours.  Other workers may be off for a longer period.
The union says […]


Jun 25 2010 South Korea Observes 60th Anniversary Of War

SEOUL - South Korea marks the 60th anniversary Friday of the three-year war with the North. The conflict ended with a truce in 1953 and the Korean peninsula has remained in an uneasy state between war and peace.
At a subdued ceremony in an Olympic gymnasium, South Korea paid tribute to its soldiers and allies who […]


Jun 24 2010 US Federal Judge Rules Against Obama Second Time

NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has denied a request by the Obama administration to overturn a judicial ruling that allows oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. 
The Obama administration had imposed a six-month moratorium on all deepwater drilling following the massive oil spill in the Gulf. 
However, U.S. District Court Judge Martin Feldman on Tuesday […]


Jun 24 2010 Two More Deaths Linked To BP Oil Spill

NEW ORLEANS - BP oil company has removed a pipeline collecting oil from a damaged well in the Gulf of Mexico, after detecting a problem with the system.  Officials hope to replace the device to stop oil from gushing into the water.
Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen said engineers were forced to remove the containment cap […]


Jun 23 2010 General Petraeus Replaces McChrystal In Afghanistan

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama has accepted the resignation of General Stanley McChrystal as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan.
President Obama said Wednesday he is replacing McChrystal with General David Petraeus.
McChrystal resigned from the post following comments he and his staff made mocking senior members of the Obama administration in a magazine article.
Earlier Wednesday, […]


Jun 23 2010 McChrystal Scandal Highlights Profound Schism

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is deciding whether to fire his commander in Afghanistan after the officer, General Stanley McChrystal, and his staff made derogatory statements about the president and other senior administration officials.  The comments were made to a reporter for Rolling Stone magazine.
President Obama took the unusual step of ordering General McChrystal home […]


Jun 23 2010 Obama Budget Director To Resign

WASHINGTON - Democratic Party officials say Peter Orszag, U.S. President Barack Obama’s budget director, will leave his post next month, becoming the first member of the president’s economic team to step down.
Orszag heads the Office of Management and Budget, which shapes the administration’s spending priorities.  He played key roles in helping Mr. Obama pass a […]


Jun 23 2010 Arizona Prepares To Enforce New Immigration Law

PHOENIX - Some law enforcement officials in Arizona are concerned that the state’s controversial new immigration law, which takes effect on July 29, will create a burden for police. The law requires police in the state to check the immigration status of anyone they encounter in a lawful stop who shows some indication of being […]


Jun 22 2010 US Federal Judge Blocks Obama Drilling Ban

NEW ORLEANS - A U.S. federal judge has blocked a six-month moratorium on offshore oil drilling ordered by the Obama administration, and the White House says it will immediately appeal the ruling.
New Orleans Judge Martin Feldman made the ruling on Tuesday.  He is reversing a ban imposed by U.S. President Barack Obama May 27 in […]


Jun 22 2010 Drug Addiction To Narcotics Grows In Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD - A new United Nations study says that Afghanistan, the world’s largest opium producer, has become a leading consumer of its own narcotics.  It says that about a million Afghans, or 8 percent of the war-shattered country’s total population, is suffering from drug addiction. 
Deputy Chief of U.N Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), Robert Watkins, […]


Jun 22 2010 Times Square Terrorist Bomber Pleads Guilty

NEW YORK - Calling himself a “Muslim soldier,” Faisal Shahzad, the Pakistani-born man accused in a failed attempt to ignite a car bomb in New York City’s Times Square last month, has pleaded guilty to all ten counts against him.
“I want to plead guilty, and I’m gonna plead guilty 100 times over,” he said at […]


Jun 21 2010 Ancient Egyptian City Found In Nile Delta

CAIRO - An Australian archaeology team has located an ancient Egyptian city used by foreign occupiers some 3,500 years ago.
Egypt’s antiquities department says pictures taken by radar show an underground city complete with streets, houses and temples.
It is located in an area in Egypt’s Nile Delta.
Antiquities Chief Zahi Hawass says the ancient city could be […]


Jun 21 2010 Afghan War Effort Moves Slower Than Anticipated

WASHINGTON - U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the war in Afghanistan is a “tough pull” (a hard job) but that momentum is shifting toward the United States and its partners.
In a televised interview on Fox News Sunday, Secretary Gates said that although progress against the Taliban is being made in southern Afghanistan, the war […]


Jun 19 2010 BP Accused Of Willful Misconduct

WASHINGTON - BP’s chairman says Chief Executive Officer Tony Hayward will be handing over the company’s oil spill response in the Gulf of Mexico to Managing Director Robert Dudley, an American citizen.
Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg made the comment Friday in an interview with Britain’s Sky News.  Dudley is a member of the BP board and recently […]


Jun 18 2010 Afghanistan Seeks Investors For Minerals

KABUL - Afghan President Hamid Karzai says he is concerned about a looming international battle over his country’s untapped mineral wealth and that major aid donors should be given priority for investment.
President Karzai told reporters in Tokyo that there will be a “rivalry over resources, especially now that the world knows the significance of Afghan […]


Jun 18 2010 US Seeks To Build Anti-Missile Shield In Romania

WASHINGTON - U.S. and Romanian officials are working out details of a proposal to place interceptors in Romania as part of a U.S. anti-missile shield in Europe.
The U.S. Under Secretary of State for Arms Control, Ellen Tauscher, began talks with Romanian officials in Bucharest late Thursday.
The officials say they are working on details to place […]


Jun 18 2010 Poland To Hold Presidential Election Sunday

WARSAW - Poland is preparing to elect a new president on Sunday, with a center-right and far-right candidates in the lead.  The election is being held earlier than originally scheduled, following the death of Polish President Lech Kaczynski in a plane crash.  The crash is still casting its shadow over Polish politics.
Sunday, Polish voters cast […]


Jun 17 2010 Europeans To Slash Social Benefits

BERLIN - Austerity is on everyone’s mind as European governments — one after another — introduce spending cuts to get deficits under control and shore up the beleaguered Euro. Most experts agree belt-tightening is needed, but it’s not always popular and comes at a cost, often to social benefits.
Austerity is the order of the day […]


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