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US Foils Alleged Iranian Plot to Assassinate Saudi Ambassador

Posted October 11th, 2011 at 7:10 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. Justice Department filed charges Tuesday against two Iranians, accusing them of conspiring with elements of the Iranian government to kill Saudi ambassador to the United States Adel al-Jubeir. The White House says President Barack Obama called the Saudi ambassador to express solidarity against the plot, which he called a “flagrant violation” of U.S. […]

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Saudi Envoy to US Al-Jubeir Targeted in Alleged Iranian Bomb Plot

Posted October 11th, 2011 at 7:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Saudi Ambassador to the United States Adel Al-Jubeir, a target of an alleged Iranian-backed assassination plot, is a seasoned diplomat well-known in the West. Born in 1962 in Al Majma’ah in Saudi Arabia, Al-Jubeir attended schools in the kingdom, Germany, Yemen, Lebanon and the United States. In 1987, he joined Saudi Arabia’s diplomatic service and […]

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Senate Rejects Obama Jobs Bill

Posted October 11th, 2011 at 7:05 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. Senate has rejected President Barack Obama’s plan to create millions of new jobs through government work programs and tax breaks for businesses. Tuesday’s vote was a procedural vote — called by Democrats to see whether the bill could be brought to a full debate and final consideration. Earlier in the day, Mr. Obama […]

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US Renews Calls On China to Respect Minority Rights

Posted October 11th, 2011 at 6:55 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States has renewed its call on China to respect the rights of Tibetans and to address policies in Tibetan areas that have created tensions. A spokeswoman for the State Department, Victoria Nuland, told reporters Tuesday that the U.S. government is concerned about recent self-immolations of Tibetan monks, and the clear anger and frustration […]

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Senate Passes China Currency Bill

Posted October 11th, 2011 at 6:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The Senate has passed a bill that could bring sanctions against China or any country found to be deliberately manipulating the value of its currency – 63 senators voted yes while 35 said no. The law would open the door for U.S. sanctions if the Treasury Department finds a country is manipulating its currency and […]

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WHO: Number Tuberculosis Cases Drops for First Time

Posted October 11th, 2011 at 6:15 pm (UTC-5)
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The World Health Organization says the number of people with tuberculosis is declining, and that the number of TB deaths is at a 10-year low. A new WHO report says 8.8 million people were infected with the lung disease last year — down from a peak of 9 million in 2005. The WHO attributes the […]

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Campbell: US To Improve Ties With Laos

Posted October 11th, 2011 at 6:15 pm (UTC-5)
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A senior U.S. official says the United States is committed to enhancing communication and engagement with Laos. Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell says Washington and Vientiane have been cooperating on unresolved issues stemming from the Vietnam War, such as unexploded ordinance. And he says some of the most enduring areas of cooperation are related […]

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Cape Verde’s Pires Discusses Post-Prize Plans

Posted October 11th, 2011 at 6:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Cape Verde’s former president, Pedro Pires, who won a a $5-million prize for good governance in Africa, says he will use the money to help “fulfill some ideas and dreams. Mr. Pires told VOA Tuesday he does not intend to continue in politics. But the president, who stepped down this year after two terms in […]

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Saudi King Abdullah to Undergo New Operation

Posted October 11th, 2011 at 6:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Saudi Arabia’s royal palace says King Abdullah will undergo new back surgery in the capital, Riyadh, in the coming days, following two similar operations last year in the United States. Details of the planned procedure, announced Tuesday, were not disclosed. The health of the ruler of the world’s leading oil exporter is closely followed, given […]

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Indian Opposition Leader Begins Anti-Graft Campaign

Posted October 11th, 2011 at 6:05 pm (UTC-5)
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An Indian political leader has begun his nationwide anti-corruption campaign, setting off Tuesday on a 38-day journey across northeastern Bihar state. As supporters chanted slogans, Lal Krishna Advani, the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party’s senior leader, said he wants to raise consciousness about the need for clean politics and good governance and to restore people’s faith […]

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