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Croatian President Says No Innocents Will Be Convicted of War Crimes

Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 2:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Croatian President Ivo Josipovic says Croatia will work to ensure that no one who is innocent will be convicted of war crimes. His comments Wednesday came after a Serbian court indicted more than 40 people for alleged crimes committed in the eastern Croatian town of Vukovar during the Balkan conflict of the 1990s. In an […]

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Al-Shabab Returning Somali Refugees to Famine Zones

Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 2:53 pm (UTC-5)
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A traditional leader in southern Somalia says al-Shabab militants are returning families to famine zones they fled. Ugas Isaq Ibrahim Hassan told VOA the Islamist extremists began moving the families out of the al-Shabab-controlled town of Baidoa earlier this week. Hassan said the al-Qaida-linked group gave the families 100 kilograms of rice, flour, cooking oil […]

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International Counterterrorism Forum Convenes

Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 2:31 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her Turkish counterpart, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, have headed up the launch of a new multilateral organization aimed at fighting terrorism. The new group – the Global Counterrorism Forum – was launched Thursday on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. The group includes […]

US Military: Pakistan Supported Attack on US Embassy in Kabul

Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 2:29 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. military’s top officer has accused Pakistan of supporting attacks on U.S. targets in Afghanistan, including last week’s militant assault on the U.S. Embassy in Kabul. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Navy Admiral Mike Mullen, told U.S. senators Thursday that the al-Qaida-linked Haqqani network, acting with support from Pakistan’s military spy […]

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Iran’s President Blasts Western Powers in UN Speech

Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 2:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, during a speech to the U. N. General Assembly Thursday, harshly criticized the United States, Israel, and the West, accusing them of provoking wars, promoting global discord and spreading “totalitarianism.” Mr. Ahmadinejad also blamed what he called “arrogant powers” of the West for causing worldwide recession and social inequalities. While he […]

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Australia Delays Vote on Malaysia Refugee Swap

Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 2:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Australia’s parliament has delayed until next month a vote on changes to a controversial immigration law that would allow a proposed refugee swap with Malaysia to go forward. Parliament began debate on changes to the law Thursday, before adjourning to October 11. Prime Minister Julia Gillard proposes to send 800 undocumented asylum seekers to be […]

Croatian President Says No Innocents Will Be Convicted of War Crimes

Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 1:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Croatian President Ivo Josipovic says Croatia will work to ensure that no one who is innocent will be convicted of war crimes. His comments Wednesday came after a Serbian court indicted more than 40 people for alleged crimes committed in the eastern Croatian town of Vukovar during the Baltic conflict of the 1990s. In an […]

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Riots in Zambia as Country Nervously Awaits Election Results

Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 1:47 pm (UTC-5)
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Violent protests broke out in north-central Zambia Thursday as the county awaited final results in a tight presidential race. Police say demonstrators stoned cars and buildings in the cities of Kitwe and Ndola and set fire to a market in Kitwe. Regional police chief Martin Malama told reporters that police were trying to contain the […]

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Palestinian Official: Abbas Stays Course on UN Membership Bid

Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 1:45 pm (UTC-5)
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A senior Palestinian official says President Mahmoud Abbas will formally ask the U.N. Security Council to recognize Palestine as a full member of the world body on Friday, despite U.S. President Barack Obama’s threat to veto the move. The Palestinian Authority news agency Wafa quotes Abbas aide Yasser Abed Rabbo as saying Thursday the Palestinian […]

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Pope Warns German Lawmakers Not to Abuse Power

Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 1:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Pope Benedict has warned German lawmakers not to abuse power, referring to excesses in Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany as a lesson in history. In a speech to the German parliament Thursday, at the start of his first state visit to his native country, the pope said Germans know from experience what happens when power is […]

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