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AU Force Presses Offensive to Ease Somali Food Aid

Posted August 1st, 2011 at 9:10 am (UTC-5)
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African Union troops remain on the offensive in Somalia in an effort to ease the flow of food aid to the famine-stricken country. A spokesman for the AU peacekeeping force, Paddy Akunda, tells VOA that troops are trying to capture a Mogadishu football stadium and other key areas controlled by militant group al-Shabab. Al-Shabab has […]

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Suspected US Drone Strike Kills 4 in NW Pakistan

Posted August 1st, 2011 at 8:45 am (UTC-5)
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Pakistan intelligence officials a U.S. drone strike has killed at least four suspected militants in the country’s northwest, along the Afghan border. The missiles fired from a pilotless aircraft hit a vehicle near Wana, the main town in the South Waziristan tribal region. The area is a known stronghold of Taliban and al-Qaida-linked insurgents. Monday’s […]

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BBC Journalists on Second 24-Hour Strike

Posted August 1st, 2011 at 8:40 am (UTC-5)
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Many journalists at the British Broadcasting Corporation are taking part in their second 24-hour strike within weeks. Members of Britain’s National Union of Journalists began their strike to protest compulsory layoffs early Monday, just after midnight. The journalists’ union says the BBC is not willing “to engage in finding reasonable resolutions” for those forced to […]

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25 Found Dead on Refugee Boat From Libya to Lampedusa

Posted August 1st, 2011 at 8:15 am (UTC-5)
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The Italian coast guard found 25 dead bodies on a refugee boat fleeing Libya Monday as it crossed the Mediterranean on the way to the Italian island of Lampedusa. Survivors told the authorities the overcrowded boat, which held almost 300 people, left Libya three days ago. Coast guard officials received a call for assistance when […]

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Guinean President: Trusts Army Despite Assassination Attempt

Posted August 1st, 2011 at 7:40 am (UTC-5)
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Guinea’s President Alpha Conde has said he trusts his army, despite an attempt on his life by mutinous soldiers two weeks ago. In an interview with VOA , Mr. Conde said the army is undergoing changes and is now a “republican army,” under civilian control. The president said some high-level officers do not like the […]

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Philippines Pledges to Pursue Militants Despite Ramadan

Posted August 1st, 2011 at 7:10 am (UTC-5)
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Philippines officials say there will be no let-up in their pursuit of a militant group that beheaded two soldiers last week, even as the military winds down other operations during Ramadan. President Benigno Aquino said Monday that the pursuit of the Abu Sayyaf guerrillas would remain the focus of military operations in the Muslim-dominated southern […]

Japan Widens Ban on Cattle-Shipments

Posted August 1st, 2011 at 7:10 am (UTC-5)
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Japan expanded its ban on cattle-shipments to a third area Monday, as nuclear contamination threatened more of the country’s beef production. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano told reporters the government has extended the ban to Iwate prefecture, the nation’s fifth-largest beef producer, after banning shipments last month from Miyagi and nearby Fukushima prefectures. Radiation from […]

European Markets Higher at Midday

Posted August 1st, 2011 at 7:05 am (UTC-5)
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European stock markets were higher in midday trading Monday. London’s Financial Times 100 index was up 1.32 percent , to 5,892. The CAC-40 in Paris rose eight-tenths of a percent , to 3,702. And the DAX in Frankfurt gained seven-tenths of a percent , at 7,209. The S&P futures contract was up 19 points, indicating […]

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Britain Calls for Expanded Pressure Against Syria

Posted August 1st, 2011 at 6:40 am (UTC-5)
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Britain has called for stronger international pressure on Syria, as residents and rights activists said Syrian security forces attacked the central city of Hama for a second day. The activists said Syrian tanks shelled Hama Monday, a day after killing at least 80 people in the city. British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Monday there […]

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Asian Markets Close Higher

Posted August 1st, 2011 at 6:35 am (UTC-5)
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Asian stock markets closed higher across the board Monday. Tokyo’s Nikkei index jumped one-and-one-third percent to close at 9,965. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index climbed one percent to end at 22,663. Elsewhere, share prices were higher in Taipei, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Wellington and Manila. Markets also closed higher in Shanghai, Seoul, Sydney, Singapore, Mumbai and […]

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