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New Evidence of Mass Graves in Sudan: Group

Posted August 24th, 2011 at 9:05 am (UTC-5)
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A satellite imagery group says it has new evidence of mass graves in Sudan’s Southern Kordofan state, where the government is accused of committing atrocities against civilians. In a report released Wednesday, the U.S.-based Satellite Sentinel Project says images from space reveal two new mass graves, bringing to eight the total number it has discovered […]

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World Powers Mull Libya Reaction

Posted August 24th, 2011 at 9:00 am (UTC-5)
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World powers are strategizing their next moves for relations with Libya. French envoys said Wednesday the country is working with its allies to draw up a United Nations resolution that would unfreeze Libyan assets. The assets were blocked by U.N. Security Council sanctions. British officials also said Wednesday they are exploring ways to help Tripoli, […]

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Pockets of Fighting in Tripoli

Posted August 24th, 2011 at 8:45 am (UTC-5)
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Fighting has broken out again at Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s compound in Tripoli, one day after revels overran the complex and celebrated what they said was a major victory. Rebels fended off gunfire from Gadhafi supporters Wednesday, and they took weapons, television sets and souvenirs from the site while continuing their search for Mr. Gadhafi. […]

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Afghan President Pardons Children Involved in Suicide Bombings

Posted August 24th, 2011 at 8:45 am (UTC-5)
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai has ordered the release of some 20 children detained for being involved in suicide bombings. President Karzai met with the juveniles at his palace in Kabul Wednesday. He told them that such attacks are un-Islamic and discouraged them from pursuing a path of violence. The Afghan leader then ordered the children […]

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Venezuelan Gold Reserves to be Repatriated

Posted August 24th, 2011 at 8:25 am (UTC-5)
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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has officially nationalized Venezuela’s gold mining industry. The decree signed Tuesday places the gold mining industry under complete government control. The law gives the state the exclusive right to explore and mine gold within the country. It does allow for joint ventures in which private companies hold a minority stake. In […]

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North Korea Ready to Resume Nuclear Negotiations

Posted August 24th, 2011 at 8:10 am (UTC-5)
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A spokeswoman for Russian President Dmitry Medvedev says North Korean leader Kim Jong Il is ready to impose a temporary freeze on his country’s nuclear weapons program if international negotiations about the program resume. Natalya Timakova says Mr. Kim made the offer during a meeting between the two leaders Wednesday at a military base in […]

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European Stocks Higher in Midday Trading

Posted August 24th, 2011 at 8:05 am (UTC-5)
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European stock prices are higher in midday trading Wednesday. London’s Financial Times index is up one-quarter of one percent. The CAC 40 in Paris is up six-tenths of one percent, and the DAX index in Frankfurt is one percent higher. In New York, the S&P futures contract is down more than 7 points, indicating a […]

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UN Envoy Meets Burmese Political Prisoners, Aung San Suu Kyi

Posted August 24th, 2011 at 7:30 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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Yemeni Forces Kill Dozens of Militants

Posted August 24th, 2011 at 7:10 am (UTC-5)
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Officials in Yemen say the military has killed dozens of suspected al-Qaida-linked militants in the country’s south. Military and medical officials said early Wednesday Yemeni forces killed at least 30 militants near Zinjibar in Abyan province, and that seven soldiers were also killed during clashes in the area. Militants have taken control of several areas […]

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South Africa School Bus Crash Kills 15

Posted August 24th, 2011 at 7:10 am (UTC-5)
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South African police say at least 14 children were killed when their school bus veered off the road and plunged into a lake near the southern city of Knysna on Wednesday. Police say the bus driver was also killed in the accident. At least 40 other passengers were rescued and were treated for injuries. Officials […]

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