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South Africa’s Mandela Has Lung Infection

Posted December 11th, 2012 at 9:25 am (UTC-5)
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Former South African leader Nelson Mandela is responding to treatment for a lung infection that has reoccurred. In a statement Tuesday, a spokesman for President Jacob Zuma also said doctors have concluded tests on Mr. Mandela that revealed the infection. The 94-year-old former president was admitted to a Pretoria hospital Saturday for what government officials […]

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US – China Trade Dispute Heats Up

Posted September 17th, 2012 at 10:30 am (UTC-5)
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Trade disputes between the United States and China are heating up, as Washington complains about Chinese auto parts and Beijing files a complaint about a new U.S. tariff law. Monday, China went to the World Trade Organization accusing the United States of unfairly raising tariffs on 30 products, including tires and kitchen appliances. Beijing’s action […]

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Europe Moves to Bolster Economy; Stocks Soar

Posted September 6th, 2012 at 4:15 pm (UTC-5)
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A key U.S. stock index soared to the highest level since the Great Recession began four years ago, after the European Central Bank moved to bolster the continent’s troubled economies Thursday. Spanish stocks gained nearly five percent, while French and German shares gained around three percent. European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said policy makers […]

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Assad: Syria at ‘War’ as Damascus Suburbs See Heaviest Fighting

Posted June 26th, 2012 at 4:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has acknowledged that his country is in a “state of war” as activists reported the heaviest fighting between government and rebels forces near the capital since the start of a 15-month opposition uprising. Syria’s state news agency SANA says Mr. Assad made the comment Tuesday as he addressed his new cabinet. […]

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Conservative Leader Gets Three Days to Form Greek Coalition Government

Posted June 18th, 2012 at 1:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Greek conservative leader Antonis Samaras will have three days to form a coalition government, after his pro-bailout party won the most seats in Sunday’s parliamentary elections. The conservative New Democracy party won 30 percent of the vote to take 129 of the 300 seats in parliament, including the 50-seat bonus given to the party with […]

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China Rejects US Call to Release Tiananmen Prisoners

Posted June 4th, 2012 at 5:30 am (UTC-5)
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China’s foreign ministry has expressed “strong dissatisfaction” with a U.S. call for Beijing to free all those still imprisoned for the 1989 Tiananmen Square demonstrations. Responding to a question from the VOA Mandarin service, foreign ministry spokesman Liu Weimin told reporters that the American call was a gross intervention in China’s internal affairs and a […]

World Bank President Calls Oil Company Nationalization “Mistake”

Posted April 19th, 2012 at 12:35 pm (UTC-5)
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The President of the World Bank, Robert Zoellick, criticized Argentina’s plans to nationalize its largest oil company. Robert Zoellick spoke Thursday in Washington at a news conference. He cautioned policymakers against moves based on populism and protectionism that could hurt the economy. The Argentine government announced plans earlier this week to take over YPF, an […]

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World Bank Chooses US Candidate Kim as Next President

Posted April 16th, 2012 at 4:35 pm (UTC-5)
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The directors of the World Bank have named another American, Jim Yong Kim, to be the president of the global development agency. Dr. Kim is a physician, anthropologist, and president of Dartmouth College. Previously, he ran United Nations’ efforts to fight AIDS, created a non-governmental organization to promote health care for impoverished nations, and taught […]

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International Pressure Intensifies to Hold Syria Cease-fire

Posted April 12th, 2012 at 2:35 pm (UTC-5)
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International pressure was intensifying Thursday on Syria to maintain a fragile truce with its opponents, as Russia and China said they will support deploying an observer mission to Syria to monitor the cease-fire that went into effect early Thursday. From the United Nations, VOA’s Margaret Besheer reports the truce was holding, despite scattered violence. Russian […]

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30 Killed in Clashes in Yemen

Posted March 31st, 2012 at 11:20 am (UTC-5)
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Fierce clashes have erupted between military forces and suspected al-Qaida-linked militants in southern Yemen, leaving at least 30 people dead. Yemeni officials say the fighting broke out early Saturday when militants attacked an army post in the town of Mallah, in Lahij province. The area is near Abyan province, an al-Qaida stronghold. Yemeni officials say […]

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