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Clinton in Libya, Pledges More US Aid

Posted October 18th, 2011 at 8:50 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in Libya for a previously unannounced visit with the country’s new rulers, while Libyan provisional government fighters launch an assault on one of the last remaining strongholds of former leader Moammar Gadhafi. Clinton arrived Tuesday in the capital of Tripoli, where she is pledging millions of dollars in […]

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WHO: Malaria Deaths Drop 20% Since 2000

Posted October 18th, 2011 at 8:50 am (UTC-5)
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The World Health Organization reports that deaths from malaria around the world have dropped more than 20 percent since 2000. The U.N. agency says deaths dropped from 985,000 in 2000 to about 780,000 in 2009. Most deaths occur among children living in Africa. The WHO released the latest figures Tuesday in its World Malaria Report […]

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Kenyan Troops Approach Rebel-Held Somali Town

Posted October 18th, 2011 at 8:45 am (UTC-5)
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Heavy rain is slowing Kenyan forces trying to advance on a town in southern Somalia held by militant group al-Shabab. Kenyan troops were positioned near the rebel-held town of Afmadow on Tuesday, as al-Shabab rushed reinforcements to the city. A Somali journalist tells VOA that the rain has prevented the troops from moving forward. Meanwhile, […]

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Bangladesh’s Opposition Calls for Early Elections

Posted October 18th, 2011 at 8:45 am (UTC-5)
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Bangladesh’s main opposition leader is calling for new elections as she and thousands of her supporters travel across the country. The head of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party, Khaleda Zia, set off from her office in the capital Dhaka on Tuesday en route to the northwestern city of Chapainawabganj. The former prime minister is leading […]

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Tribunal Sets November Date to Start Khmer Rouge Trial

Posted October 18th, 2011 at 8:21 am (UTC-5)
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The U.N.-backed tribunal in Cambodia has set a November 21 date for the beginning of major trial proceedings against the top four surviving Khmer Rouge leaders. The tribunal said Tuesday that the proceedings will begin that day with the reading of charges against the four — including nominal Khmer Rouge head of state Khieu Samphan. […]

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Yemeni Forces Kill 4 Protesters in Capital

Posted October 18th, 2011 at 7:45 am (UTC-5)
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Medical personnel in Yemen say troops loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh have opened fire on protesters in the capital, killing four people and wounding dozens of others. The shootings Tuesday in Sana’a came as demonstrators marched calling for Mr. Saleh’s departure, continuing 10 months of protests against his 33-year rule. On Monday, clashes between […]

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European Stocks Lower in Midday Trading

Posted October 18th, 2011 at 7:40 am (UTC-5)
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European stock prices are lower in midday trading Tuesday. London’s Financial Times index is down one and one-quarter percent lower. The CAC-40 in Paris is down nearly two percent, and trading on the DAX index in Frankfurt is down over one-half of one percent. In New York, the S&P futures contract is down four points, […]

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EU Cancels Meeting with Ukranian President

Posted October 18th, 2011 at 7:25 am (UTC-5)
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The European Union has postponed a meeting planned this week with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych because of concerns over judicial standards following the jailing of former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko. A spokeswoman for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said Tuesday that the meeting is “postponed to a later occasion when the conditions will […]

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New Zealand Oil Cleanup Again Suspended by Bad Weather

Posted October 18th, 2011 at 7:25 am (UTC-5)
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Authorities in New Zealand say salvage crews working to off-load more than 1,000 tons of oil from a grounded container ship have again suspended operations due to bad weather. The government agency Maritime New Zealand said Tuesday the stranded cargo ship, which ran aground nearly two weeks ago, was pounded by heavy seas and 65-kilometer […]

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Israeli Soldier, Palestinian Prisoners Freed in Exchange

Posted October 18th, 2011 at 7:25 am (UTC-5)
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Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit and hundreds of Palestinians were freed Tuesday in a historic prisoner exchange that set off celebrations in both Israel and the Palestinian territories. Looking thin and tired, Israeli military man Gilad Shalit returned to Israel through Egypt which had mediated the swap. Nearly at the same time, Israel set free hundreds […]

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