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Jun 30 2012 Obama Administration Fails To Reach Agreement With Russia

WASHINGTON - Top U.S. and Russian diplomats have failed to reach an agreement on how to deal with the rising violence across Syria.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton held talks with her Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov Friday in St. Petersburg, ahead of an international conference on the Syrian crisis.  U.S. officials said the two failed […]


Jun 30 2012 Morsi Sworn In As President Of Egypt

CAIRO - Egyptian president-elect Mohamed Morsi has been sworn in Saturday, marking a new chapter in the history of a country that elected its first civilian president. He took the oath of office in an inauguration ceremony at the Supreme Consitituional Court (SCC).
Moris vowed to respect the constitution. He also promised to respect the rule […]


Jun 30 2012 US Military Plans To Conduct Operations In Africa

WASHINGTON - U.S. military leaders are promising a small-scale, but effective plan for dealing with terrorist threats throughout Africa.  The head of the military’s Africa Command says that U.S. forces are carrying out reconnaissance missions across the continent but Washington has no plans to expand its permanent presence in Africa.
Onboard a U.S. military transport plane […]


Jun 29 2012 Tensions Mount Between Vietnam, China

HANOI - Vietnam’s new Law on the Sea, passed last week, has sparked a fresh round of tensions with China about competing territory in the South China Sea.
When Vietnam’s National Assembly passed the law on June 21, the reaction from China was immediate and aggressive.
The law states Vietnam’s sovereignty claims of the Spratly and Paracel […]


Jun 29 2012 US Track Team Prepares For Olympics Near London

BIRMINGHAM - Crowded London will be even more crowded during the Olympics. More than 200 Olympic teams will descend on London this summer to compete for medals in dozens of sporting events.  The city will be crowded with athletes, fans, officials and dignitaries.  But the USA Track & Field team will escape the crowds and […]


Jun 29 2012 EU Sanctions Against Iranian Oil To Be Imposed

LONDON - European Union sanctions on Iran’s oil industry go into full effect on Sunday, adding to the pressure on Iranian leaders to negotiate a settlement of the international concerns about their nuclear program.
The world runs on oil, much of it transported on ships from countries in the Middle East, including Iran. But the European […]


Jun 29 2012 Turkey Increases Forces Along Syrian Border

ISTANBUL - Turkey said Thursday it is stationing anti-aircraft batteries on its border with Syria following the downing of one of its warplanes.
The military movements follow Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s announcement Tuesday that the rules of engagement have been changed with Syria and that any Syrian forces approaching the border can be considered […]


Jun 29 2012 US Attorney General Held In Contempt Of Congress

WASHINGTON - The U.S. House of Representatives voted Thursday to cite Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for refusing to release documents relating to “Fast and Furious” - a failed government operation that put guns in the hands of Mexican drug cartels.  The was vote viewed by many as a legal and political […]


Jun 29 2012 US Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court handed President Barack Obama a major victory Thursday, upholding the key part of his controversial health care plan in a 5-4 decision.
The so-called “individual mandate” requires Americans to have health insurance or face a financial penalty.  U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the court’s more liberal justices, writing […]


Jun 25 2012 Mohamed Morsi Elected President Of Egypt

CAIRO - The Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi has been elected the next president of Egypt.  The victory for the long-repressed Islamist group begins a new act in a central drama of the nation’s politics over the past 60 years - the Brotherhood versus the military.  Morsi addressed the nation late Sunday.
In his first speech as […]


Jun 23 2012 Israel Launches Air Strikes On Gaza

JERUSALEM - Violence has erupted on the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip, which is ruled by the Palestinian militant group Hamas. At least one Palestinian has been killed and 20 others are wounded. One Israeli was also injured.
Ambulances ferried wounded Palestinians to hospitals in Gaza as Israel launched air strikes. On the other […]


Jun 23 2012 US Senate Approves Farm Bill

WASHINGTON - A bill extending and reforming U.S. agricultural programs cleared a key legislative hurdle on Thursday as the Senate approved a five-year, half-trillion-dollar farm bill by a vote of 64 to 35.
The Senate appeared to cast aside partisan politics to pass bill, which will help low-income Americans buy food and compensate U.S. farmers for […]


Jun 22 2012 US, South Korea Hold Live Fire War Games

SEOUL - South Korean and U.S. warplanes fired rockets and dropped bombs on mock targets near the North Korean border Friday, in some of the largest live-fire maneuvers since the end of the Korean War.
U.S. tanks and Apache helicopters pounded targets at Pocheon, as some 2,000 U.S. paratroopers and South Korean combat troops maneuvered nearby.
The […]


Jun 22 2012 Pakistan Elects New Prime Minister

ISLAMABAD - Pakistani lawmakers have elected a new prime minister to replace ousted Yousuf Raza Gilani.
Parliament voted overwhelmingly Friday in favor of former water and power minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, who has been hit with corruption allegations and is partly blamed for the country’s electricity crisis.
Mr. Ashraf won 211 votes in the 342-member national assembly.
He […]


Jun 22 2012 Syrian Air Force Colonel Defects To Jordan

AMMAN - Jordan’s information ministry says a Syrian fighter pilot has landed at a military base in Jordan and asked for political asylum, in a high-profile defection from the armed forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Syrian state media reported earlier Thursday that the military had lost contact Colonel Hassan al-Hamade while he was flying a […]


Jun 22 2012 Syrian Chemical Weapons Cause Concern

WASHINGTON -The Syrian Army is by regional standards a highly-capable military force and its air force is one of the largest in the Middle East.
In addition to that, Western experts believe Syria has a large chemical weapons arsenal including mustard gas, the more modern sarin and even VX - the most toxic of all chemical […]


Jun 21 2012 Greece Creates New Government

LONDON - Ending weeks of political limbo, Antonis Samaras, the leader of Greece’s New Democracy party was sworn in Wednesday as prime minister after agreeing to form a coalition government with the Socialists and a smaller left-wing party, the Democratic Left.
After winning Sunday’s election, the president gave the New Democracy party three days to form […]


Jun 21 2012 Syrian Air Force Poses Threat To Region

WASHINGTON - The Syrian air force is one of the largest in the Middle East, with 30,000 members and composed of aircraft provided first by the Soviet Union and, later, by Russia.
They include MiG-21 interceptors, MiG-23 ground assault aircraft and the more modern MiG-29 combat aircraft. They also have a fleet of Sukhoi fighter jets.
Pieter […]


Jun 21 2012 Obama Invokes Executive Privilege During Congressional Investigation

WASHINGTON - For the first time, President Barack Obama has invoked executive privilege, a power used by the Executive Branch of the U.S. government to deny requests for documents or reject subpoenas to compel testimony by senior officials. 
Mr. Obama acted before a congressional committee voted along party lines to cite the U.S. attorney general for […]


Jun 20 2012 Egyptians Protest Military Power Grab

CAIRO - Tens of thousands of Egyptians have packed Cairo’s Tahrir Square to protest the ruling military’s bid to grab new powers, while ex-president Hosni Mubarak was moved to a military hospital from prison after reportedly suffering a stroke.
Interior Ministry spokesman Alaa Mahmoud said Tuesday the 84-year-old Mubarak was moved by ambulance from the hospital […]


Jun 18 2012 Conservatives Win Big In Greek Elections

ATHENS - European leaders say they are hopeful Greece will be able to “quickly” form a government after pro-bailout parties won the most seats in Sunday’s parliamentary elections.
The conservative New Democracy party won 30 percent of the vote to take 129 of the 300 seats in parliament, including the 50-seat bonus given to the party […]


Jun 18 2012 Israel Deports African Migrants

JERUSALEM - Israel is deporting a first planeload of African migrants back to their home country.
Israel says the deportation of 120 Africans to South Sudan is the first step toward expelling thousands more. More than 4,000 migrants who came from African countries that have friendly ties with Israel will be sent home on weekly flights.
Describing […]


Jun 18 2012 Syrian Forces Increase Attacks In Cities

DAMASCUS - Syrian government forces stepped up their attacks across the country Sunday, employing artillery barrages in the flashpoint city of Homs, as well as the suburbs of Damascus and Aleppo, and the towns of Rastan, Telbiseh and Deir ez Zor.
Webcam images showed thick plumes of smoke rising from artillery strikes across the besieged city […]


Jun 17 2012 UN Suspends Syria Mission Due To Violence

NEW YORK - Escalating violence in Syria forced some 300 unarmed United Nations observers to suspend their mission Saturday.
The head of the mission, Major General Robert Mood, said observers will not leave the country but “will remain in place.” 
“In this high-risk situation, UNSMIS is suspending its operations. U.N. observers will not be conducting patrols and […]


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