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EU summit doubts weigh on Swiss franc moves

Tweet ZURICH: The Swiss franc hovered against the euro and the dollar on Wednesday as growing doubts that the upcoming European summit would deliver concrete measures capped any moves. German Chancellor Angela Merkel ruled out a suggestion of common euro zone bonds – favoured by France, Italy and…

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Nine months after ‘Don’t Ask’ repeal, gay troops slowly come out

In the nine months since being given the legal right to serve openly in the military, gay service members are increasingly speaking out about the double lives they led under the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law. As gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans and their supporters celebrate June as “Pride Month,” two senior officers — a Navy woman and an ...

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Writer, director Nora Ephron dies

Los Angeles – Writer and film director Nora Ephron, known for her work on movies such as When Harry Met Sally, has died in New York at age 71, according to media reports on Tuesday night, hours after it was first revealed that she was gravely ill and near death. A spokesperson for her…

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Syria is in a “state of war”, says President Assad

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has declared on Tuesday that his country is at war. Assad urged his government to continue the fight against the foreign back terrorist rebels at all costs. The fate of the nation is a stake! In a statement broadcast live on Syrian TV Assad said: “We live in a real state of war from all angles,” ...

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UN Expert: Justice For All Victims Of Human Trafficking

Wednesday, 27 June 2012, 2:36 pm Press Release: OHCHR UN Expert Calls For Justice For All Victims Of Human Trafficking … Even The ‘Imperfect’ Ones GENEVA (26 June 2012) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children, Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, said that the human rights of trafficked persons are not yet the primary consideration ...

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$12.3 billion Hanford plant sees new costs, delays

YAKIMA, Wash. — A new cost estimate and construction schedule for a massive waste plant being built at the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site will be delayed at least a year as workers try to resolve serious technical problems raised by whistleblowers about design and safety, the U.S. Department of Energy said Tuesday. The announcement seemed certain to spark new ...

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Shrine fire: Shutdown disrupts life in Kashmir

Srinagar: Life across Kashmir was disrupted Tuesday due to a strike called by separatists over gutting of the 200-year-old Dastageer Sahib shrine in Khanyar area of the city. Schools, colleges, offices, shops and other commercial establishments were closed due to the strike called by almost all separatist groups including both factions of…

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Militants kill 13 Pakistan troops, behead 7

Militants crossed into Pakistan from Afghanistan and killed 13 Pakistani troops, beheading seven of them, the Pakistani military charged Monday. Outraged, Pakistan’s new prime minister said he would protest to the Afghan president. The border skirmish is a new sign of tensions between Pakistan and Afghanistan, two uneasy neighbors. Pakistan has complained that militants use parts of Afghanistan for sanctuary ...

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