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11 Jun 11
Hamas Summer Camps Train Next Generation Terrorists
Hamas is reporting record turnouts for its summer camps for children in 2011. The 'summer camps,' combining Islamic indoctrination, paramilitary training, and social activities are set to begin again this year as United Nation’s summer camps, considered competition by Hamas, are being openly denigrated by jihadists.
Scientists warn of deadly shellfish in part of Alaska
Public health officials warned Alaskans to avoid eating shellfish they harvest from the southeastern tip of the state after high concentrations of a poison than can kill humans was found. State officials said scientists monitoring algae blooms near Ketchikan discovered some of the world's highest-ever recorded levels of toxins that cause paralytic shellfish poisoning -- a potentially fatal ailment that can paralyze vital organs.
West Miami-Dade brush fire consumes over 50,000 acres
The brush fire battle in West Miami-Dade isn't getting any easier for firefighters as it continues to burn Friday morning. The fire has now consumed more than 50,000 acres and is about 55 percent contained, according to the Florida Division of Forestry.
Fed Will Buy $50 Billion of Treasurys in Final QE2 Push
The flood of Federal Reserve money that has supported Wall Street and the rest of the U.S. economy for two and a half years will shrink to a trickle with the conclusion of the Fed's bond purchases announced Friday. The Fed said it will buy $50 billion of Treasurys, the final series of government bond purchases that marks the last phase of the $600 billion program it launched in November 2010 to prevent another recession.
Scientists: ‘Super’ Wheat To Boost Food Security
Scientists say they’re close to producing new “super varieties” of wheat that will resist a virulent fungus while boosting yields up to 15 percent, potentially easing a deadly threat to the world’s food supply. The research is part of a global drive to protect wheat crops from the Ug99 strain of stem rust.
Chile volcano: Ash cloud grounds more flights
A cloud of ash from an erupting volcano in Chile is continuing to cause travel chaos in parts of Argentina and Uruguay. The cloud has also affected flights in the south of Brazil. Flights from the Argentine capital Buenos Aires, and Montevideo in Uruguay, remain grounded for a second day.
Turkey says 4,000 flee Syria, thousands more at border
More than 4,000 Syrians have fled to Turkey to escape a crackdown on protests against President Bashar Assad and thousands more are sheltering near the border, officials and activists said on Saturday. Fearing revenge from security forces for clashes in which authorities said 120 troops were killed this week, the refugees streamed out of the northern town of Jisr al-Shughour ahead of a military operation launched by the army there on Friday.
Libya rebels, Gadhafi forces clash in western city
A Libyan rebel spokesman said opposition forces were battling troops loyal to Moammar Gadhafi on Saturday in the western city of Zawiya. It was the first major fighting in the oil port since government troops crushed opposition forces there in March.
Rare fungal infection strikes Joplin tornado victims
Eight people injured by the devastating Joplin, Missouri, tornado have contracted a rare fungal infection, and three have died, officials said Friday. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is assisting state and local health officials, who are investigating the cases.
'Iran to convene nuclear conference targeting Israel'
Iranian official quoted as saying conference will focus on "Israel's policy of nuclear ambiguity," stresses that US and its allies continue to "ignore Tel Aviv's looming nuclear threats to the Middle East."
Huge Arizona Wildfire Spreads, Health Conditions Worsen
Smoke from a massive wildfire in eastern Arizona that has claimed more than 30 homes and forced nearly 10,000 people to flee has officials worried about serious health impacts to residents and firefighters as tiny particles of soot in the air reached "astronomical" levels.
Roadside Bomb Kills 19 in Southern Afghanistan
Afghan authorities say eight children are among 19 people killed by a roadside bomb that hit a bus in southern Afghanistan today. The Ministry of Interior says the attack took place in Kandahar province. The ministry also said in a statement that one person was wounded in the blast.
Stocks Fall on Dow’s Longest Slump Since 2002
U.S. stocks fell for the sixth straight week, giving the Dow Jones Industrial Average its longest slump since 2002, as investor concern that the global economy is slowing intensified. Technology stocks and consumer companies reliant on discretionary spending led losses in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, dropping more than 2.7 percent as a group.
Syrian army seals off restive town
Syrian tanks have sealed off the entrances to a restive northern town ahead of what activists say will be an all-out assault in the area near the Turkish border. The military operation in the mostly deserted town of Jisr Al Shughour follows government claims that more than 120 officers and security personnel were killed by “armed groups” operating in the area.
WorldDozens killed in series of blasts in Afghanistan
A series of bombs and explosions across Afghanistan killed at least 24 people on Saturday, officials said. In the worst attack, a vehicle hit a roadside mine in southern Kandahar province, one of the main battlegrounds in the nearly 10-year Taliban-led insurgency against the Kabul government and NATO troops. Fifteen civilians were killed, the interior ministry said.
WorldMore than 90,000 in shelters 3 months after Japan's quake
More than 90,000 people are remaining in evacuation centers three months after Japan's devastating March 11 quake and tsunami disaster, public broadcaster NHK said on Saturday.
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