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Russia Successfully Tests Ballistic Missile

Russia has successfully test launched its new ballistic missile from a nuclear submarine, after several previous failed attempts.

Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said Tuesday the latest underwater launch of the Bulava missile had met all parameters.

The missile was fired from Russia's northern White Sea and reached the Kura testing area on Kamchatka in the Pacific Ocean more than 5,500 kilometers away.

Military officials said that with four more successful launches, the Bulava could become part of Russia's military arsenal.

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Zimbabwe Energy Minister Acquitted

Zimbabwe's Energy Minister Elton Mangoma, a member of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), was acquitted Tuesday in Harare's High Court of charges he abused tender procedures. Mangoma’s arrest in March seriously threatened the relative stability brought to Zimbabwe by the country's inclusive government.

Harare High Court Judge Chinembiri Bhunu dismissed charges against Elton Mangoma, saying the state had failed to provide evidence against him.

Venezuelan Government Dismisses Reports Chavez Seriously Ill

Venezuelan officials have dismissed reports that President Hugo Chavez could be seriously ill, as his opponents demand information about his health, more than two weeks after he underwent surgery in Cuba.

President Chavez has not been seen in public since the June 10 operation for what authorities have said was an abscess in his pelvic area. Mr. Chavez's voice was last heard publicly June 12, when he called a television network and said he was on the mend.

Zimbabwe Arrests Another Tsvangirai Ally

For the third time this year, Zimbabwe police have arrested a Cabinet minister from Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change.

The MDC said police arrested Jameson Timba in Harare Friday on allegations he had undermined the authority of President Robert Mugabe of ZANU-PF.

A police spokesman in Harare confirmed the arrest but said he had no information on possible charges.

Timba this week accused Mr. Mugabe of lying about the outcome of a regional summit on Zimbabwe's tense political situation.

EU Imposes New Sanctions on Syria

The European Union has expanded its financial and travel sanctions against Syria and moved to condemn its brutal crackdown on anti-government protesters.

The EU on Friday announced it froze the assets and banned European travel of seven more individuals and four companies, bringing its overall list to 34, including Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Among others, the new sanctions targeted three commanders of Iran's Revolutionary Guard the EU accused of supporting Assad's three-month effort to quell dissent in the Arab nation.

Burma's Aung San Suu Kyi Asks for US Support for Rights Inquiry

The leader of Burma’s opposition movement has urged the U.S. Congress to do what it can to make sure that her government adheres to a United Nations Human Rights Council resolution on Burma.

Aung San Suu Kyi told members of Congress a resolution that the U.N. Human Rights Council passed in March is a clear guide for what needs to be done to bring democracy to Burma.

Key Trial of Khmer Rouge Leaders Starts in Cambodia

On Monday the United Nations-backed tribunal in Phnom Penh will open its hearing into the four surviving leaders of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge movement.

Cambodians have waited three decades for this day: when the surviving leaders of the Khmer Rouge movement appear in court charged with an array of crimes - genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, murder. The list is long.

Argentine President Announces Re-Election Bid

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has ended speculation about her political future, announcing Tuesday that she will run for reelection in October.

Although many polls suggest she is likely to win a second term, it had been unclear whether she would run because of recent health problems. President Fernandez cancelled a visit to Mexico for medical reasons in April and took a brief medical leave in January.

Britain Arrests Teen Hacker For Attacks on Business, Intelligence

British police say they have arrested a 19-year-old man believed to be responsible for cyber attacks against major businesses and intelligence agencies.

Working with the FBI, police arrested the teen Monday night in Wickford, a town east of London. Investigators were examining material collected from a home there.

Police say the arrest was made in connection with a number of cyber attacks led by a single hacking group.

Two of the most active digital hacking collectives are Anonymous and Lulz Security. Lulz has attacked websites and stolen private data such as passwords and logins.

China Warns Vietnam of Possible Military Response in South China Sea

China's state-controlled media are warning Vietnam that Beijing will "take whatever measures necessary," including military action, to protect its interests in the South China Sea.

The Global Times newspaper, in an editorial Tuesday, issued Beijing's sternest public warning yet to Vietnam as regional tensions rise over conflicting maritime claims to territories thought to be rich in oil and natural gas deposits.

Agreement Reached on Sudan's Abyei Region

The two sides in the dispute over Sudan's Abyei region have signed an agreement after several days of negotiations in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

Their accord calls for the oil-rich region to be demilitarized and for Ethiopian peacekeepers to be deployed there.

The north and south negotiators also agreed to establish a council to oversee security in Abyei. The council will be comprised of two members of the north, two members from the south and a representative from the African Union.

Castro Brothers Pay Hospital Visit to Venezuelan Leader

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez got a visit from Cuba's top leaders as he recovers from surgery in a Cuban hospital.

Photographs published Saturday in the Cuban communist party newspaper, Granma, show Chavez with Cuban President Raul Castro and his brother, Fidel.

The newspaper said the three met Friday and discussed relations between their two countries and world events.

The Venezuelan leader had surgery in Cuba last week for what officials said was an abscess in his pelvic area.

Degar-Montagnards: Youth Group Shows Solidarity with Political Prisoners

Hundreds of Montagnard people from different cities across North Carolina attended the Montagnard Foundation convention on June 4th 2011 at a local Greensboro church. The convention was in remembrance of the Montagnard Christians imprisoned in Vietnam for advocating religious freedom and human rights. The convention began with an opening prayer for the Montagnard prisoners and their families. International human rights organizations have estimated the current number of Montagnard prisoners as being over 350.

ASI Former FBI Agent Says Obama's AG Holder Must Go

Dear Friend of America's Survival:

We are continuing to move ahead with exposing Leon Panetta. We plan to have another major report done in time for our June 28 conference in Washington, D.C. But it will only be available to those who attend this major event.
In that connection, we are pleased to announce another major speaker:

Former FBI Agent Rick Hahn will speak on "Why Eric Holder Must Go"

His bio:

Burma Clashes Raise Concern of Spreading Conflict

Fighting in northeast Burma between the army and ethnic Kachin rebels has spilled over into neighboring Shan state, raising concerns about the conflict spreading. Thousands of villagers have fled to the border with China, which is urging restraint from both sides.

Sporadic clashes continued Thursday between Burma's army and ethnic Kachin rebels near a mountainous border with China.

The fighting in northern Kachin state, which started a week ago, has spilled into neighboring Shan state, home to the ethnic Shan.