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Two Guards Killed in Attack on NATO Contractor

Posted November 3rd, 2011 at 3:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Unknown insurgents killed two Afghan security guards in an attack on a compound housing NATO contractors in Afghanistan’s western Herat province. Thursday’s attack began with a suicide car bombing outside the offices of Monaco-based ES-KO. Gunmen then stormed the offices and launched an hours-long gunbattle with Afghan security forces. NATO said it provided air and […]

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Kenya Tweets Warning: Do Not Sell Donkeys to Al-Shabab

Posted November 3rd, 2011 at 2:15 pm (UTC-5)
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A Kenyan military spokesman has sent out this warning on Twitter: Do not sell donkeys to Somali militant group al-Shabab. Major Emmanuel Chirchir has been using the social networking site to communicate with the public as Kenya’s military battles the al-Qaida-linked militant group on Somali soil. Chirchir tweeted on Thursday that al-Shabab militants have “resorted […]

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Eurozone Debt Crisis Focus of G20 Summit

Posted November 3rd, 2011 at 1:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Leaders of the world’s leading economies met Thursday in the French resort city of Cannes to discuss global economic problems, with the summit dominated by the European debt crisis and questions about a Greek bailout deal. The summit host, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, welcomed news from Greece that some members of the political opposition there […]

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At Least 10 Killed in Syria Despite Peace Plan

Posted November 3rd, 2011 at 1:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Activists say Syrian security forces killed at least 10 people on Thursday, a day after the government agreed to a plan that calls for an end to violence against opposition demonstrators. The activists say Syrian troops targeted citizens in the flashpoint city of Homs. At least some of the deaths came after troops attacked with […]

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Greek PM Drops Referendum, Says Early Election Would Be ‘Catastrophic’

Posted November 3rd, 2011 at 1:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou says Greece must implement a bailout plan offered by the European Union and warned that calling early elections would be “catastrophic.” Speaking to members of his ruling Socialist party in Athens, he asked them to “bear the pressure” of the latest developments. Earlier Thursday, Mr. Papandreou told his Cabinet that […]

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Report: Berlusconi to Seek Vote on Economic Measures

Posted November 3rd, 2011 at 1:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has promised European members of the Group of 20 leading economies that lawmakers will soon hold a vote on new measures to deal with Italy’s economic problems. According to an Italian official at the G20 summit Thursday, Mr. Berlusconi said his government will submit new cost-cutting plans to the Italian […]

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US Report Cites Growing Economic Cyber Espionage

Posted November 3rd, 2011 at 12:45 pm (UTC-5)
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A new U.S. intelligence report says China and Russia are using cyber espionage to steal U.S. trade and technology secrets to help build their economies. It says Chinese and Russian intelligence services have swallowed up large amounts of high-tech American research and development data, posing “a growing and persistent threat” to U.S. economic security. The […]

Pirates Sieze Oil Tanker off Nigeria

Posted November 3rd, 2011 at 12:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Pirates have hijacked an oil tanker off the coast of Nigeria, in the Gulf of Guinea. Initial reports on the hijacking are sketchy, but agree the tanker, the MT Halifax, was seized in waters near Port Harcourt, Nigeria. It was not immediately clear how many crew members are on board. The Malta-flagged tanker is managed […]

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11th Tibetan Buddhist Self-Immolates in Southwestern China

Posted November 3rd, 2011 at 12:05 pm (UTC-5)
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China says a Tibetan nun has died after setting herself on fire in southwestern China. It was the 11th such self-immolation protest this year involving Buddhist monks and nuns in the restive region. Thirty five-year-old Palden Chetso died Thursday in Sichuan province. A witness told VOA’s Tibetan service he found the nun drenched in gasoline […]

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Reports: Greek PM Refuses to Resign, Drops Referendum Plans

Posted November 3rd, 2011 at 12:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Reports say Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou has told his Cabinet he will not resign his post, but is prepared to drop a plan for a nationwide referendum on a European Union bailout package. Officials say Mr. Papandreou made the comments during an emergency Cabinet meeting Thursday, after the opposition said they would support the […]

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