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Rights Activists Say Syrian Forces Stage Fresh Raids

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 7:10 am (UTC-5)
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Syrian rights activists say government security forces have carried out fresh raids in several parts of the country, and that a man has been shot dead in a northern village near the Turkish border. The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Wednesday a bullet killed the man as he stood on a balcony in […]

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Eight Turkish Soldiers Dead in Kurdish Rebel Ambush

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 7:05 am (UTC-5)
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Turkey’s defense minister says eight Turkish soldiers were killed when their military convoy was ambushed by Kurdish rebels in the country’s southeast. Officials say the attack happened early Wednesday in Hakkari province near Turkey’s border with Iraq. Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz vowed retaliation against the rebels, saying that members of the Kurdistan Workers Party, or […]

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Burmese President Invites Return of Citizens Abroad

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 7:05 am (UTC-5)
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Burmese President Thein Sein is urging citizens who have fled abroad to come back to Burma and help rebuild the economy, saying his government is ready to forgive past differences. Khin Shwe, a prominent businessman and member of parliament, told VOA’s Burmese service that Thein Sein made the appeal during a meeting with businessmen and […]

Iran Praises Russian Plan for Restarting Nuclear Talks

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 6:55 am (UTC-5)
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Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has praised a Russian plan for restarting talks between Tehran and six world powers on Iran’s nuclear program. His comments came Wednesday after meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who said he hopes the proposal will help bring the parties back to the negotiating table. Last month, Lavrov […]

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Asia Markets Close Mostly Higher

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 6:50 am (UTC-5)
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Major Asian stock markets closed mixed Wednesday. Tokyo’s Nikkei index lost just over one-half of one percent to finish at 9,057. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index gained nearly four-tenths of one percent to finish the day’s trading at 20,289. Share prices were higher in Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Mumbai, Seoul, Sydney and Wellington, but lower in […]

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UN Prosecutors Seek Two Separate Trials for Mladic

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 6:45 am (UTC-5)
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United Nations prosecutors are seeking two separate trials for ex-Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic, in an attempt to speed up the prosecution and ensure that a verdict is handed down to the aging war crimes suspect. The chief prosecutor for the U.N. war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia says he wants Mladic to […]

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UN Burma Envoy Expected to Meet Aung San Suu Kyi

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 6:15 am (UTC-5)
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Burmese government officials have confirmed that U.N. human rights investigator Tomas Quintana will meet senior officials in the capital next week after having been denied a visa for more than a year. Reports Wednesday say Quintana will also be allowed to meet in Rangoon with pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, something he was not […]

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Lebanon Tribunal Makes Hariri Murder Indictment Public

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 6:05 am (UTC-5)
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The U.N.-backed tribunal investigating the 2005 murder of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri has released its indictment against the four Hezbollah members who prosecutors say carried out the attack. The court said Wednesday it has confirmed the charges against the suspects and made the indictment public after prosecutors showed there was sufficient evidence to […]

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Spanish Police: Student Planned Gas Attack on Anti-Pope Protest

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 5:53 am (UTC-5)
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Spanish police say they have arrested a Mexican chemistry student who was allegedly planning to attack demonstrators who are protesting an upcoming visit to Spain by Pope Benedict. Officials say the student, whose identity has not been released, was arrested Tuesday in Madrid. Police say he planned to use asphyxiating gases and other chemical substances […]

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Libya’s Rebels Deny Holding Talks With Gadhafi Aides

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 5:53 am (UTC-5)
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Libyan rebels are dismissing claims that they have held talks with aides to leader Moammar Gadhafi, as fighters have made recent gains in their push to oust his government from power. The head of the rebel Transitional National Council, Mustafa Abdel Jalil, said Tuesday there have been no direct or indirect talks with Mr. Gadhafi’s […]

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