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Mali interim government urged by Ecowas

A summit of Western African leaders has called for a national unity government to end the political crisis gripping Mali since a military coup in March. The regional bloc, Ecowas, also urged Mali to request international military intervention to win back the country's rebel-held…

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Getting Real on Human Rights at the U.N.

In the past several days, sound and fury again erupted in Geneva, with allegations of hypocrisy leveled against the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). In testimony before the Council, Thor Halvorssen argued that allowing Venezuela and other bad guys seats on the Council prevents it from promoting human rights. I agree that states with egregious human rights records should ...

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Cyprus seeks to avoid tough terms of European aid

Philippos Christou Cyprus President Dimitris Christofias, left, and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso seen at the Presidential Palace, in Nicosia, Cyprus, Friday, July 6, 2012. Cyprus took over the six-month, rotating EU Presidency from Denmark on July 1st, 2012. NICOSIA, Cyprus — Cyprus won’t accept conditions it deems unfair in exchange for a European bailout, the country’s left-wing president said ...

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"Friends of Syria" hail defection of general, pledge more support to opposition

PARIS, July 6 (Xinhua) — Participants of the “Friends of Syria” meeting here on Friday were overjoyed when their host France confirmed the defection of a Syrian general and pledged more assistance to Syria’s opposition. Manaf Tlass, head of Syria’s Republican Guard Brigade 105 and the son of a former defense minister, had defected and fled Syria, French Foreign Minister ...

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U.S. troops doing better at avoiding IEDs in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON — Almost afraid to say it out loud, lest they jinx their record, U.S. troops in Afghanistan achieved one small but important victory over the past year: They found and avoided more homemade bombs meant to kill and maim them than a year ago, thanks to a surge in training, equipment and intelligence. Bomb-planters have picked up the pace ...

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UN condemns peacekeeper’s death

United Nations – The UN Security Council on Friday strongly condemned a rebel ambush on a UN peacekeeper patrol in Democratic Republic of Congo which left an Indian soldier dead. The 15-nation Security Council and UN leader Ban Ki-moon…

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Higgs boson discovery marks new start in probing the unknown

A new subatomic particle believed to be the “Higgs boson,” hunted for more than 40 years by particle physicists around world, has been discovered at long last. The European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, on the Swiss-French border near Geneva, announced the discovery on Wednesday. This can definitely be called a glorious accomplishment that will go down in history. ...

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US STOCKS-Jobs disappointment knocks Wall St lower

* Sluggish US jobs growth latest sign of global slowdown * Spanish bond yields return to pre-summit levels * Indexes fall: Dow 1.2 pct, S&P 1.1 pct, Nasdaq 1.6 pct By Burton Frierson NEW YORK, July 6 (Reuters) – U.S. stocks fell sharply on Friday after dismal jobs data reinforced the view that the economy is stuck in a slow-growth ...

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Sweet summer blueberries enrich streusel puffs

Kate Lawson Comments Purchase Image Kate Lawson / The Detroit News) When I go on vacation I don’t do much of anything save read, walk the beach, bike, shop and sun. But after a couple of days I begin to get antsy and hear the kitchen calling, so I add bake and cook to the activity list. This is usually ...

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In Afghanistan, another turncoat shooting wounds five Americans

KABUL, Afghanistan — An Afghan soldier opened fire on a group of American troops, wounding five of them, Western and Afghan military officials said Wednesday. The attack, which took place Tuesday in Wardak province in eastern Afghanistan, was the second incident of its kind in three days. On Sunday, an Afghan policeman shot and killed three British soldiers. The phenomenon ...

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