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Turkey Sends Troops Into Northern Iraq

Posted October 20th, 2011 at 3:45 pm (UTC-5)
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About 10,000 Turkish troops are taking part in an offensive against Kurdish rebels in southeastern Turkey and northern Iraq, a day after rebel raids near the border killed 24 Turkish soldiers and wounded 18 others. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday that Turkey’s military forces are carrying out a decisive land and air […]

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Greek Parliament Adopts Austerity Plan After a Day of Protests

Posted October 20th, 2011 at 3:25 pm (UTC-5)
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The Greek Parliament adopted new austerity measures Thursday to satisfy its international creditors after a day of violent street protests against the government’s latest move to boost taxes and cut wages. All but one of the ruling Socialist lawmakers voted for the budget-cutting plan. The vote virtually ensures that Greece will secure an $11 billion […]

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Libya’s Gadhafi Shot to Death in Sirte

Posted October 20th, 2011 at 3:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has been killed in an assault by provisional government forces on his hometown of Sirte. Gadhafi was 69 years old. He had ruled Libya for more than four decades. The prime minister of Libya’s National Transitional Council, Mahmoud Jibril, confirmed Gadhafi’s death. At a news conference in Tripoli, Mr. Jibril […]

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ETA Announces End to Armed Activity

Posted October 20th, 2011 at 2:55 pm (UTC-5)
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The Basque separatist group ETA has declared an end to its armed struggle after more than four decades of violence in its quest for a homeland independent of Spain. In a statement posted in the Basque daily Gara Thursday, ETA also called on the Spanish and French governments to open talks with the aim of […]

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Gadhafi’s Death Met with Relief

Posted October 20th, 2011 at 2:45 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama says the death of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi proves “definitively” that the four-decade Gadhafi regime has come to an end. He spoke Thursday at the White House. He said a year ago the notion of a free Libya seemed impossible and congratulated the Libyan people for demanding their rights. Mr. Obama […]

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Reports: Al-Shabab Strikes Back in Mogadishu District

Posted October 20th, 2011 at 2:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Witnesses in Somalia say al-Shabab militants have recaptured most of an important Mogadishu district, after launching a fierce counterattack that killed dozens of African Union troops. Journalists and witnesses told VOA the al-Qaida-linked group retook the Daynile district Thursday afternoon, and they said sporadic gunfire continued into the evening. Witnesses also told VOA they had […]

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Gadhafi’s Death Met with Relief

Posted October 20th, 2011 at 2:20 pm (UTC-5)
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World leaders are congratulating the Libyan people on the start of a new era following the announced death of former Libyan leader, Moammar Gadhafi. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, traveling in Afghanistan, told Fox News that confirmation of Gadhafi’s death would be a “sigh of relief.” She separately told CBS News that while significant, […]

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Libya’s Gadhafi Shot to Death in Sirte

Posted October 20th, 2011 at 2:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has been killed in an assault by provisional government forces on his hometown of Sirte. Gadhafi was 69 years old. He had ruled Libya for more than 40 years. The prime minister of Libya’s National Transitional Council, Mahmoud Jibril, confirmed Gadhafi’s death. At a news conference in Tripoli, Mr. Jibril […]

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Former US envoy: After Gadhafi, Libya’s Real Transition Begins

Posted October 20th, 2011 at 2:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Editor’s Note: This is a partial transcript of an interview Thursday with former U.S. Ambassador Marc Ginsberg, discussing his views of the situation in Libya following the death of Moammar Gadhafi. VOA’s Carla Babb: What does this mean for Libya? Ginsberg: It’s the beginning of the end of the conflict, and it’s the beginning now […]

2 American Women Guilty of Fundraising for Al-Shabab

Posted October 20th, 2011 at 2:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Two American women who claimed they were collecting money for charity could soon be spending substantial time in prison for supporting Somali militants. Jurors Thursday in Minneapolis, Minnesota convicted 35-year-old Amina Farah Ali and 64-year-old Hawo Mohamed Hassan of conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. Prosecutors said the two women funneled […]

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