Archive For June 2009

55 whales die after mass beaching in South Africa

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At least 55 whales stranded on a beach near Cape Town were put down or died after rescue teams failed to return them to the ocean, a sea rescue institute said on Sunday.

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Afghan presidential hopeful vows to create PM post

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Afghan presidential hopeful and former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah said he would revise Afghanistan’s constitution to install a prime minister and boost the powers of parliament if he wins elections in August.

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Six killed when Abbas forces hit Hamas in West Bank

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Six people were killed on Sunday when forces loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas raided a Hamas hideout, just days after he promised in Washington to fulfill his security commitments.

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Rebel Georgian region holds election, tension builds

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Georgia’s rebel region of South Ossetia voted on Sunday in its first election since Russian forces saved it from being retaken by Georgian troops, but internal tensions grew over its leader’s policies.

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Pakistanis secure Swat town, clash in other areas

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Pakistani forces consolidated their hold on the main town in the Swat valley on Sunday and began trucking supplies to 40,000 civilians stranded there, as fighting flared in South Waziristan on the Afghan border.

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Kennedy plan to outline U.S. healthcare overhaul

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Democratic plans for revamping U.S. healthcare are taking shape, with Senator Edward Kennedy soon to announce a proposal which could form the core of the nation’s new health system.

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U.S., Cuba agree to resume migration talks

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The United States and Cuba have agreed to resume direct talks on migration, last held in 2003, and open discussions on establishing direct mail service between the two countries, a U.S. official said on Sunday.

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Senators spar over remarks by top court nominee

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Four key U.S. Senate Republicans on Sunday questioned past statements and legal decisions by Judge Sonia Sotomayor but stopped short of threatening to derail her nomination to the Supreme Court.

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U.S. average gasoline price rises with oil: survey

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The average price for a gallon of gasoline in the United States rose 19 cents in the past two weeks on a rise in crude oil prices related to a weaker dollar, according to the Lundberg survey released on Sunday.

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Extra U.S. troops in Afghanistan by mid-July

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The majority of the 17,000 extra U.S. troops being sent to fight a growing Taliban-led insurgency in southern and western Afghanistan should be on the ground by mid-July, the U.S. military said on Sunday.

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