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8:31am

Thu June 21, 2012
The Two-Way

Arrest Warrant Issued For Pakistan's Prime Minister Nominee

Makhdoom Shahabuddin, who has been nominated to be Pakistan's next prime minister.
Aamir Qureshi AFP/Getty Images

"Turmoil" doesn't seem like a strong enough word anymore to describe what's happening in Pakistani politics.

Tuesday, Pakistan's highest court ruled that Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani was "disqualified" from remaining in office because he had refused to reopen a multi-million-dollar corruption probe aimed at President Asif Ali Zardari.

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8:08am

Thu June 21, 2012
The Two-Way

Zimmerman's Account Of Fatal Encounter With Trayvon Made Public

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 12:06 pm

Defense attorney Mark O'Mara (left) with his client, George Zimmerman, at an April hearing related to second-degree murder charges in the killing of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla.
Pool Getty Images

George Zimmerman's written, audio and video accounts of what happened when he shot and killed Trayvon Martin have been put online by his defense team. Much of what is in the materials has been previously reported, but their release offers the most detailed looks so far at his claim that he acted in self defense.

The materials, posted here, include the statement Zimmerman wrote on Feb. 26 — the day of his fatal encounter with 17-year-old Trayvon in Sanford, Fla. In it, the neighborhood watch volunteer writes:

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8:03am

Thu June 21, 2012
Tiny Desk Concerts

Mariachi El Bronx: Tiny Desk Concert

Claire O'Neill NPR

Being a mariachi is a specialized gig. You might be able to fool people who don't know the music by wearing those tight pants and little jackets and playing with lots of vibrato. But hardcore mariachi fans will call you out in a minute if you try to fake it.

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7:58am

Thu June 21, 2012

7:25am

Thu June 21, 2012
Around the Nation

Mercury Sets Met's Ticket Prices With Yankees

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7:14am

Thu June 21, 2012
The Two-Way

Syrian Fighter Jet Lands In Jordan, Pilot Reportedly Seeks Asylum

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 12:11 pm

"A Syrian MiG 21 fighter jet has landed in Jordan," al-Jazeera and other news outlets report. And according to Reuters, a Jordanian official says the pilot has asked for asylum. The BBC is reporting that news as well.

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7:12am

Thu June 21, 2012
Europe

British Monarchy Posts House Manager Opening

According to the royal website, the applicant who's chosen will have dominion over the royal residences — including Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle, overseeing a staff of 60. The position is described as "challenging and exciting."

6:53am

Thu June 21, 2012
The Two-Way

Reminder: Supreme Court's Heath Care Ruling Possible Today

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 10:29 am

Waiting for word: The U.S. Supreme Court building.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Update at 10:30 a.m. ET: The Supreme Court is done issuing opinions today and its take on the constitutionality of the 2010 health care overhaul was not among them.

The next likely day: Monday.

Our Original Post:

What we said on the last two Mondays applies again today:

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6:21am

Thu June 21, 2012
Asia

Ai Weiwei Says He Is Barred From Leaving China

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 10:41 am

In a park in Beijing, Chinese artist Ai Weiwei holds a copy of a government document informing him of the expiry of his bail term.
Ed Jones AFP/Getty Images

Dissident and artist Ai Weiwei said Thursday that he has been forbidden from leaving China, despite the lifting of strict bail conditions imposed after he was released from detention last year. This comes a day after a hearing on his tax evasion case, which he was prevented from attending.

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5:26am

Thu June 21, 2012
Around the Nation

Why Wildfire Mitigation Would Pay Off Later

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 6:21 am

Crews in Colorado are struggling to get the upper hand on the massive High Park wildfire that's destroyed more homes and property than any blaze in the state's history. With Colorado and the rest of the drought-plagued Southwest coming off a winter with record low snowpack, officials are braced for more fires. But previous forest management techniques could be partly to blame for the severe fires.

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