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Police Launch Operations in Pakistan’s Karachi

Posted August 24th, 2011 at 10:40 am (UTC-5)
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Pakistani police and paramilitary forces are conducting raids throughout Karachi, after more than 100 people were killed in a week of political and ethnic violence. Officials said Wednesday that at least 14 people have been arrested in overnight joint operations in Pakistan’s largest city. Security forces also confiscated a large number of weapons and ammunition. […]

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Indian Political Parties Unite to Urge End to Activist’s Fast

Posted August 24th, 2011 at 10:40 am (UTC-5)
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Opposition parties have joined Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in urging a prominent anti-corruption activist to end his nine-day hunger strike. Anna Hazare, who is encamped in an open-air venue in Delhi with thousands of supporters, vowed Wednesday to continue his fast indefinitely unless parliament passes his version of an anti-corruption bill by August 30. […]

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Foreign Journalists Trapped in Libyan Capital

Posted August 24th, 2011 at 10:30 am (UTC-5)
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Forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi are preventing about 35 foreign journalists from venturing outside of their hotel in Tripoli. Pro-Gadhafi forces have not allowed the journalists to leave the Rixos hotel for at least four days, although much of Tripoli appears to be under rebel control. Some reporters have hung banners outside of […]

2 Nigerian Soldiers Accused in Obi Kidnapping

Posted August 24th, 2011 at 10:10 am (UTC-5)
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Two Nigerian soldiers are accused of helping to kidnap the father of football star John Obi Mikel. Police told reporters in the city of Jos Wednesday that the soldiers are among eight suspects in the case. Mikel plays for Chelsea in the English Premier League. His father, Michael Obi, was kidnapped in Jos on August […]

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Ukrainian Opposition Activists Rally on Independence Anniversary

Posted August 24th, 2011 at 10:00 am (UTC-5)
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Thousands of Ukrainian opposition activists have rallied in the capital, Kyiv, to protest the arrest and jailing of their leader, former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, as the country marks its 20th anniversary of independence from the Soviet Union. The activists gathered Wednesday near a monument to national poet Taras Shevchenko in central Kyiv and tried […]

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Syrian Forces Launch Raids, Make Arrests

Posted August 24th, 2011 at 10:00 am (UTC-5)
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Syrian security forces are again raiding towns and villages throughout the country and arresting suspected government opponents as part of President Bashar al-Assad’s crackdown on political dissent. Human rights groups said Wednesday that tanks were used in some of the raids, which began late Tuesday and continued into Wednesday. Meanwhile, the Reuters news agency quoted […]

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US Stocks Fall

Posted August 24th, 2011 at 9:55 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. stock market indexes declined in Wednesday’s early trading. The Dow Jones Industrial Average retreated two-tenths of one percent, while the S&P 500 and the NASDAQ both lost one-tenth of a percent. European stock markets were higher in afternoon trading. London’s Financial Times 100 index gained nine-tenths of one percent, the CAC-40 in Paris moved […]

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UN Envoy Meets Burmese Political Prisoners, Aung San Suu Kyi

Posted August 24th, 2011 at 9:45 am (UTC-5)
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United Nations officials say special envoy Tomas Quintana spoke with political prisoners at Burma’s notorious Insein Prison on Wednesday, ahead of what he described as a “very productive” meeting with pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Aye Win, a U.N. spokesman based in Burma, told VOA’s Burmese service that Quintana was permitted to speak to […]

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Hurricane Irene Strengthens on Path toward US Coast

Posted August 24th, 2011 at 9:20 am (UTC-5)
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Hurricane Irene has strengthened to a major storm as it bears down on The Bahamas on a path toward the eastern coast of the United States. The National Hurricane Center said in its latest bulletin Wednesday that Irene’s winds have increased to nearly 185 kilometers per hour, making it a Category Three storm on the […]

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US Factory Sector Rises

Posted August 24th, 2011 at 9:05 am (UTC-5)
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Orders for aircraft and autos boosted demand for long-lasting U.S. manufactured goods in July. Wednesday’s report from the Commerce Department says “durable goods” orders jumped 4 percent for the month, a big change from the previous month’s decline. The gains were partly due to automakers overcoming the shortage of parts from Japanese factories damaged by […]

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