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New Zealand Holds General Election Saturday

Posted November 25th, 2011 at 5:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Voters in New Zealand are casting ballots to elect members of parliament and decide on the future of the country’s voting system. Polling stations opened at 09:00 a.m. local time Saturday and will close at 07:00 p.m. Preliminary election results are expected late Saturday. A coalition led by the centrist National Party of Prime Minister […]

Violence Mars ‘Black Friday’ Shopping Spree

Posted November 25th, 2011 at 4:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Violence has marred the annual “Black Friday” crush of bargain hunting that traditionally kicks off the U.S. holiday shopping season following the Thanksgiving Day holiday. Authorities say a woman at a Wal-Mart store in Los Angeles, California pepper-sprayed other shoppers in order to gain an edge on customers seeking to purchase Xbox video game consoles […]

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Nuclear Waste Enters Germany, Sparking Protests

Posted November 25th, 2011 at 3:05 pm (UTC-5)
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German police fired water cannons on anti-nuclear protesters Friday in Germany as a train carrying nuclear waste made its way closer to a controversial storage site. Protesters blocked the road with large tree branches and lit flares on the road near the railroad track. Police in riot gear followed in an armored personnel carrier clearing […]

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Ethiopia May Join Battle Against Somalia’s Al-Shabab

Posted November 25th, 2011 at 2:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Ethiopia says it may contribute troops to an alliance fighting al-Qaida-linked militants in Somalia. Ethiopian officials said they would consider sending the troops following a request made by a six-nation regional block known as IGAD . The head of the bloc, Mahboub Maalim, said Ethiopia had agreed to help. IGAD leaders met in the Ethiopian […]

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Pakistanis Protest Trade Ties With India

Posted November 25th, 2011 at 2:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Hundreds of Islamist activists took to the streets of Pakistani-controlled Kashmir on Friday to protest the government’s plan to boost trade with longtime rival India. Earlier this month, the Pakistani Cabinet approved a proposal granting India “Most Favored Nation” trade status. The designation removes tariffs and allows the countries to trade on equal terms. Members […]

At Least 14 Reported Killed in Syria, Arab League

Posted November 25th, 2011 at 1:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Syria has moved closer to possible Arab League sanctions, as the country’s death toll from opposition-related unrest continues to mount. The Arab League’s midday Friday deadline for Syria to accept international monitors, or face additional penalties, passed with no formal response from Damascus. However, league ministers say they will give Syria until the end of […]

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Congo Ready for National Poll

Posted November 25th, 2011 at 1:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Election officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo says they are ready for Monday’s presidential and parliamentary elections. A senior electoral official, Jacques Djoli Eseng’Ekeli, told VOA that training for poll workers is complete. He said all voting materials have been delivered to regional headquarters, and that ballots will be sent by helicopter to more […]

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Violence Mars US ‘Black Friday’ Shopping

Posted November 25th, 2011 at 1:35 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. holiday shopping season has officially begun, with shoppers crowding stores for post-Thanksgiving sales in a yearly event nicknamed “Black Friday.” The competition for the best deals took a violent turn Thursday night, when officials say a woman at a Walmart in Los Angeles used pepper spray to gain an advantage, injuring about 20 […]

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US First Lady Receives White House Christmas Tree

Posted November 25th, 2011 at 1:05 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama received the official White House Christmas tree Friday. Mrs. Obama inspected the tree with daughters Sasha and Malia and family dog Bo, after it was delivered on a horse-drawn carriage. After walking around the nearly 5.8-meter tree, the Obamas gave a thumbs-up signifying their approval. The tree comes from a […]

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Protesters Pack Cairo’s Tahrir Square, Despite Government’s Concessions

Posted November 25th, 2011 at 12:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Tens of thousand of Egyptians gathered in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Friday where they pressed their demand for an end to military rule despite the ruling military’s appointment of a new prime minister. The number of protesters has continued to swell over the past week, in spite of a series of concessions announced by the […]

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