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DR Congo Candidates Urged to Avoid Hate Speeches

Posted October 28th, 2011 at 2:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Political candidates in the Democratic Republic of Congo are being urged to avoid hate speech as they campaign for upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections. Campaigning for the November 28 poll opened on Friday. Human Rights Watch told VOA that since March, the organization has documented dozens of cases of “apparent ethnic hate speech and incitement […]

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White House: US Drones in Ethiopia

Posted October 28th, 2011 at 2:15 pm (UTC-5)
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The White House says the United States has drones in Ethiopia and that the unmanned aircraft are there to conduct reconnaissance missions, not airstrikes. Spokesman Jay Carney told reporters on Friday that the operation is part of the U.S. government’s partnership with Ethiopia to promote stability in the Horn of Africa and combat terrorism. U.S. […]

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US Stocks Mixed in Midday Trading Friday

Posted October 28th, 2011 at 2:00 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. stocks were narrowly mixed in midday trading Friday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was ahead by two-tenths of a percent, while the S&P was virtually unchanged from Thursday’s close. The NASDAQ composite index slid two-tenths of one percent. European stock indexes closed mixed. London’s Financial Times index ended down two-tenths of one percent to […]

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Clinton Meets Yemeni Nobel Laureate

Posted October 28th, 2011 at 1:35 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has met with the Yemeni women’s rights activist who was awarded, along with two other women, this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. Clinton met Tawakkul Karman Friday at the State Department, where she praised Karman’s commitment to democracy and human rights. Clinton said the U.S. wants to be a good […]

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As Thailand Floodwaters Rise, Economic Fortunes Wane

Posted October 28th, 2011 at 1:25 pm (UTC-5)
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As the floodwaters rise in Thailand, its economic fortunes are diminishing. The Bank of Thailand said Friday the flooding that is now inundating the capital, Bangkok, has a “severe and widespread” economic impact. The central bank said the flooding is affecting both the country’s agricultural and industrial interests. The bank projected that the flooding will […]

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US Congressman Urges West Not to Lose Focus on Kosovo

Posted October 28th, 2011 at 1:15 pm (UTC-5)
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A U.S. congressman has warned that unresolved tensions in the Balkans could erupt into yet another conflict with far-reaching consequences for the stability of Europe. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, in an exclusive interview with VOA’s Serbian service, says it is crucial that Western leaders and policymakers work to re-establish and strengthen the region’s hard-won peace, and […]

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London Landmark Reopens, City Seeks to Oust Occupiers

Posted October 28th, 2011 at 12:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Protesters inspired by the “Occupy Wall Street” movement cleared a path to London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral, allowing the landmark to reopen Friday. But officials in the British capital say they still want the demonstrators to clear out completely. Several hundred protesters started pitching tents and camping out in front of the tourist attraction almost two […]

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NATO Votes to End Libya Mission Next Week

Posted October 28th, 2011 at 12:30 pm (UTC-5)
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NATO is ending its seven-month-old mission in Libya. NATO ministers approved a resolution Friday that will terminate the air campaign next week. The decision comes a day after the U.N. Security Council voted to cancel its mandate that established the mission. In its Friday vote, NATO formalized a preliminary decision to end its Libya mission […]

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Blast Strikes Military Convoy in Eastern Kenya

Posted October 28th, 2011 at 12:00 pm (UTC-5)
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A blast struck a paramilitary convoy in eastern Kenya on Friday, seriously wounding three security officers . The explosion happened just outside the town of Garissa on a road that leads to Kenya’s massive Dadaab refugee complex and continues to the Somali border about 150 kilometers away. Authorities were investigating if a land mine or […]

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Ai Weiwei Exhibit to Open in Taiwan

Posted October 28th, 2011 at 11:40 am (UTC-5)
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Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is set to open a new exhibit in Taiwan even though he himself is not allowed to leave Beijing. The exhibit, titled “Absent,” officially opens Saturday at the Fine Arts Museum in Taipei. It features 21 of his works, including a photo of someone making an obscene gesture in Beijing’s […]

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