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New Miss Universe Vows to Help Home Country Angola

Posted September 13th, 2011 at 8:05 am (UTC-5)
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The new Miss Universe says she will use her crown to help her home country of Angola. Twenty-five-year-old Leila Lopes was named Miss Universe 2011 Monday night in Sao Paulo, Brazil. She beat out 88 other contestants to become the first Angolan to win the coveted title. Afterward, Lopes said that as Miss Angola she […]

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Iran Says 2 US Hikers to Be Freed in Days

Posted September 13th, 2011 at 7:45 am (UTC-5)
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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says he thinks that two American men convicted of spying on his country will be released “in a couple of days.” Mr. Ahmadinejad told a U.S. television interviewer that Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal will be freed on humanitarian grounds. He made the comment during an interview conducted in Iran by […]

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European Stocks Mixed in Midday Trading

Posted September 13th, 2011 at 7:45 am (UTC-5)
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European stock prices are lower in midday trading Tuesday. London’s Financial Times index is down over three-tenths of one percent. The CAC-40 in Paris is trading one percent lower, and the DAX index in Frankfurt is up just over one-quarter of one percent. In New York, the S&P futures contract is down less than one […]

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Turkey May Launch Ground Strikes Against Kurdish Rebels in Iraq

Posted September 13th, 2011 at 6:57 am (UTC-5)
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Turkey says it is considering a cross-border ground offensive against Kurdish rebels operating in northern Iraq. Turkish Interior Minister Idris Naim Sahin said Tuesday that discussions with Iraq are underway regarding a land operation against the rebels, saying an offensive could be launched at “any time.” The outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, has escalated […]

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At Least 82 Killed in Kenya Pipeline Blast

Posted September 13th, 2011 at 6:56 am (UTC-5)
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Kenyan officials say the death toll from a massive gasoline pipeline explosion and fire in the capital continues to rise. At least 82 people perished in the fire and more than 100 others were injured. Nairobi residents joined local officials Tuesday in the continuing search for more victims. Authorities say the trouble began Monday morning […]

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Asia Markets Close Mostly Lower

Posted September 13th, 2011 at 6:55 am (UTC-5)
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Most Asian stock markets closed mostly lower Tuesday. However, Tokyo’s Nikkei index gained nearly one percent to finish at 8,617. Share prices were also higher in Kuala Lumpur, Sydney and Wellington, but lower in Bangkok, Jakarta, Manila, Mumbai, Shanghai, Singapore and Taiwan. Indexes in Hong Kong and Seoul were closed Tuesday. In currency trading, the […]

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UN Sees Meth Use Surging in Southeast Asia

Posted September 13th, 2011 at 6:51 am (UTC-5)
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A United Nations agency says amphetamine-type stimulants, or ATS, are now the number-one illicit drug threat facing East and Southeast Asia. The U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime says in a report Tuesday that methamphetamine seizures increased fourfold in the Greater Mekong countries of Laos, Burma, Thailand and China between 2008 and 2010. It says […]

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Obama Urges Congress to Pass Jobs Bill

Posted September 13th, 2011 at 6:45 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama is traveling to Ohio Tuesday to build public support for his $447 billion proposal aimed at creating jobs and boosting the nation’s anemic economy. Mr. Obama will speak at a high school in the capital, Columbus, near the congressional district represented by Republican House Speaker John Boehner. The president is expected […]

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Afghan Insurgents Target Coalition Force Headquarters, Embassy District

Posted September 13th, 2011 at 6:35 am (UTC-5)
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Taliban insurgents have claimed responsibility for a series of ongoing attacks in the Afghan capital of Kabul on Tuesday, apparently targeting international coalition force headquarters and local government facilities. There have been multiple explosions, as well as gunfire, near the International Security Assistance Force headquarters in Kabul. VOA personnel also confirm at least two explosions […]

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Kenya Intensifies Search for Kidnapped Briton

Posted September 13th, 2011 at 6:20 am (UTC-5)
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The Kenyan government has intensified its search for a kidnapped British woman whose husband was killed at a luxury resort near the Somali border. The Coast Province police chief told the French news agency Tuesday the search continues, but no there are no new leads in the case. Some officials believe the kidnap victim has […]

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