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7,000 US Marines patrolling southern Afghan desert

Posted: 06/08/2009 - Some 7,000 new U.S. troops ordered to Afghanistan by President Barack Obama are fanning out across the country's dangerous south on a mission to defeat an increasingly violent Taliban insurgency.

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Pakistanis rise against Taliban after mosque blast

Posted: 06/08/2009 - A local police chief says retaliation by Pakistani tribesman for a deadly mosque attack continues with two militant strongholds surrounded and the homes of Taliban commanders destroyed.

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North Korea bans ships from coastal waters

Posted: 06/08/2009 - Japan's coast guard says North Korea has warned maritime traffic away from the country's east coast, and that's being seen as one more sign that another missile launch is coming.

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U.S. trading partners warn of protectionism

Posted: 06/08/2009 - Canada and the European Union are complaining loudly, warning that protectionist moves by Congress could poison global trade relations.

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Obama ramps up stimulus spending to create jobs

Posted: 06/08/2009 - President Barack Obama is promising to deliver more than 600,000 jobs through his $787 billion stimulus plan this summer, with federal agencies pumping billions into public works projects, schools and summer youth programs.

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Pakistan mosque bombing leaves 30 dead

Posted: 06/05/2009 - A government official says an attack on a northwestern Pakistan mosque was carried out by a suicide bomber and that the death toll has hit 30.

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No 'hard commitment' on Gitmo from Germans

Posted: 06/05/2009 - President Barack Obama says hasn't asked Germany to take specific detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and that Chancellor Angela Merkel hasn't agreed to any "hard commitments."

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Obama sees mood better for Mideast peace talks

Posted: 06/05/2009 - President Barack Obama says he's worked harder than other presidents in recent years to arrange a Mideast peace agreement, arguing he's created "the space, the atmosphere" for new talks.

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Obama urges 'new beginning' with Muslim world

Posted: 06/04/2009 - President Barack Obama is calling for "a new beginning" between the United States and the Muslim world, saying it's time to focus on the interests they share rather than their differences.

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Ships getting closer to crash site

Posted: 06/03/2009 - The head of France's accident investigation agency says he is "not optimistic" that rescuers will recover the plane's black boxes, which are probably miles underwater.

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Supreme court nominees pays Senate courtesy calls

Posted: 06/02/2009 - Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor comes calling on Capitol Hill today, paying traditional courtesy calls on top lawmakers, starting with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

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