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Pakistani Police Detain Dozens After Suicide Bombings

Posted September 8th, 2011 at 12:51 pm (UTC-5)
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Police say they have detained some 170 suspects in connection with Wednesday’s suicide bombings that killed 28 people in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta. Senior police official Hamid Shakil told VOA on Thursday that many of those being questioned are Afghan refugees. Two suicide bombers attacked the home of Farrukh Shehzad, the deputy head […]

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Syrian Forces Launch New Raids, Russia Pushes Diplomacy

Posted September 8th, 2011 at 12:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Syrian forces have raided a northwestern village as the government continues its crackdown on dissent. Activists said there were reports of machine gun fire on Thursday after armored vehicles and jeeps stormed into the town of Ibleen. The French news agency quotes activists who say forces killed three military defectors during a raid on a […]

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Russia Mourns Crash Victims, Medvedev Demands Airline Reforms

Posted September 8th, 2011 at 12:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Russia is mourning victims of an airplane crash that killed one of the country’s top ice hockey teams, as President Dmitry Medvedev called for tough reforms of the country’s airline industry. Mr. Medvedev said Russia should drastically reduce the number of airlines operating in the country, quickly replace its aging fleet of domestic aircraft, and […]

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US Stocks Mixed in Midday Trading

Posted September 8th, 2011 at 12:40 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. stock market indexes were narrowly mixed in midday trading Thursday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 were both down a bit more than a tenth of one percent, while the NASDAQ was up fractionally from Wednesday’s close. European stocks ended the day higher. London’s Financial Times 100 index and the CAC […]

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US: Al-Qaida Cash Flow Drying Up

Posted September 8th, 2011 at 12:25 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States says terrorists are now struggling to secure steady financing. U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told a symposium in Washington Thursday that al-Qaida can “no longer rely on a thick Rolodex and a simple bank transfer.” Geithner said that the struggle to secure cash is the result of ongoing U.S. and international efforts […]

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Pakistan President Appeals to UN for Flood Assistance

Posted September 8th, 2011 at 12:06 pm (UTC-5)
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Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has appealed to the United Nations and the international community to provide humanitarian and rehabilitation aid for millions of people affected by recent flooding in his country. The Foreign Office said the president made the appeal on Thursday, noting that some five million people have been displaced and directly affected […]

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Pakistan Asks Afghan Help to Free Kidnapped Youths

Posted September 8th, 2011 at 12:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Pakistan is again calling on the Afghan government to help secure the release of about 30 Pakistani youths who were kidnapped after mistakenly crossing into Afghanistan. Pakistan’s Cabinet on Thursday condemned the abduction and asked for Kabul’s assistance in freeing the boys. Earlier this week, Pakistan’s Interior Minister Rehman Malik made a similar plea to […]

Bahrain Releases Detained Doctors on Bail

Posted September 8th, 2011 at 11:55 am (UTC-5)
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Bahrain says it has released on bail doctors and medics detained for their role in pro-democracy protests earlier this year. Bahrain’s Information Affairs Authority said Thursday their trial will resume on September 29. Opposition activists had reported several of the detained doctors had led a hunger strike. Bahrain detained 48 doctors and nurses who treated […]

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President Obama Set to Deliver Major Economic Address

Posted September 8th, 2011 at 11:46 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama goes to Capitol Hill later Thursday to outline his plans for creating jobs, after recent figures showed job creation at a standstill, threatening a possible second recession. The president will deliver his nationally televised address to a joint session of Congress. The White House has released very few details about Mr. […]

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Somali Soldier Shoots 5 at Food Aid Site

Posted September 8th, 2011 at 11:41 am (UTC-5)
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Witnesses say a Somali government soldier has shot and killed at least five people at a food aid distribution site in the capital, Mogadishu. At least one other person was wounded in the shooting Thursday. It was not immediately clear what prompted the soldier to open fire. Somali authorities have taken the soldier into custody. […]

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