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US Ambassador Nominee: N. Korea Not Ready for Talks

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 7:20 pm (UTC-5)
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President Barack Obama’s nominee to be the new U.S. ambassador to South Korea says he does not believe North Korea is ready to resume nuclear talks. Sung Kim said at his nomination hearing before the Senate Thursday that the North’s recent actions show it is not interested in negotiations and serious diplomacy. Kim was U.S. […]

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British Artists Lucian Freud Dies at 88

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 7:20 pm (UTC-5)
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British artist Lucian Freud, grandson of the founder of modern psychoanalysis Sigmund Freud, has died. He was 88 years old. The painter’s New York art dealer, William Acquavella, says Freud passed away Wednesday night at his home in London after an unspecified illness. Lucian Freud was famous for his dramatic self-portraits and paintings of nude […]

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Caribbean Officials Condemn Nuclear Waste Shipment

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 7:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Caribbean officials have called for an immediate halt to a British shipment of radioactive nuclear waste that is due to pass through the Caribbean on its way to Japan. The Caribbean Community, or CARICOM, has condemned as “unacceptable and injurious” the practice by Britain, France and Japan to transport hazardous waste through the Caribbean Sea. […]

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Anti-Piracy Effort Takes Aim at Pirate Bigshots

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 7:00 pm (UTC-5)
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An multinational effort against Somali pirates has resulted in a task force aimed at taking down the organizers, financiers, and negotiators behind the piracy business. A U.S. State Department official told VOA Thursday The Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia believes there are only a handful of individuals in charge of the […]

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Musharraf: Bin Laden’s Death Won’t Weaken al-Qaida

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 6:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf says he does not think al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden’s death will weaken the terrorist group. In a TV interview at the VOA studios in Washington Thursday , Mr. Musharraf said he was “surprised and shocked” that bin Laden was found in Pakistan. Mr. Musharraf denied Pakistani support for bin […]

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Musharraf: Bin Laden’s Death Won’t Weaken al-Qaida

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 6:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf says he does not think al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden’s death will weaken the terrorist group. In a TV interview at the VOA studios in Washington Thursday , Mr. Musharraf said he was “surprised and shocked” that bin Laden was found in Pakistan. Mr. Musharraf denied Pakistani support for bin […]

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Somali Militants Deny Famine Reports

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 5:55 pm (UTC-5)
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The rebel group that controls two famine-stricken regions of Somalia is rejecting international reports of the crisis. Al-Shabab spokesman Sheikh Ali Mohamoud Rage said Thursday the United Nations’ declaration of famine in Somalia is “100% false and propaganda.” The U.N. this week declared a famine in southern Somalia’s Bakool and Lower Shabelle regions, both strongholds […]

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Egypt’s PM Promises Reform as New Cabinet Sworn In

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 5:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Egypt’s prime minister has promised to fight corruption and implement other reforms, as a newly reshuffled Cabinet was sworn in under pressure from protesters demanding faster change and a deeper purge of former president Hosni Mubarak’s allies. In a nationally televised address late Thursday, Essam Sharaf said he would set up an anti-corruption body and […]

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European Leaders Poised to Adopt Second Greek Bailout

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 5:45 pm (UTC-5)
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European leaders have adopted another package of measures aimed at preventing Greece from defaulting on its huge public debt and stabilizing the common European currency. The European Union and the International Monetary Fund said Thursday they will give Greece a second bailout worth about $155 billion. In addition, Greece will get voluntary loans from the […]

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US Stocks Rise

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 4:20 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. stock market indexes rose in Thursday’s trading. The Dow Jones Industrial Average advanced 1.2 percent to end at 12,724. The S&P 500 rose 1.4 percent to finish at 1,344, while the NASDAQ gained seven-tenths of a percent to reach 2,834. European stock markets were higher at the close of trading. London’s Financial Times 100 […]

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