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Thai Police To Question Ex-PM on 2010 Opposition Crackdown

Posted November 28th, 2011 at 11:00 am (UTC-5)
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Thai police have summoned former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and his deputy to answer questions about a 2010 crackdown on opposition protesters that left at least 90 people dead and 2,000 others injured. Police Lieutenant General Vinai Thongsong Monday said the questioning, set for December 2, is part of a probe into the deaths of […]

International Pressure Increases on Syria

Posted November 28th, 2011 at 10:55 am (UTC-5)
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The European Union plans to impose more sanctions on the embattled government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad over its crackdown on protesters. The EU and the United States already have sanctions in place against Syria, and EU foreign ministers will vote Thursday to further restrict trade and economic dealings with Damascus. The news of the […]

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Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran Discuss Opium Smuggling

Posted November 28th, 2011 at 10:50 am (UTC-5)
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Ministers from Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan have met in Kabul to discuss cooperation in fighting opium smuggling and production across the region. Monday’s meeting of anti-narcotic officials was the second day of the talks organized by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Yuri Fedotov, who heads the agency, told the Associated Press that […]

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British Film Director Ken Russell Dies

Posted November 28th, 2011 at 10:40 am (UTC-5)
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British film director Ken Russell, known for his provocative films, has died at the age of 84. Russell’s son says he died peacefully in his sleep on Sunday after a series of strokes. One of the director’s best known works is the 1969 adaptation of D.H. Lawrence’s novel, Women in Love, which includes the famous […]

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Somali Militants Ban 16 Aid Agencies

Posted November 28th, 2011 at 10:10 am (UTC-5)
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Rebels from the Somali militant group al-Shabab have banned 16 international aid organizations and raided their offices in central and southern Somalia. In a statement Monday, the al-Qaida-linked group accused the agencies of promoting secularism, immorality and what it described as “the degrading values of democracy in an Islamic country.” Among the forbidden agencies are […]

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Gunmen Attack Poll Station in Southern DRC

Posted November 28th, 2011 at 9:45 am (UTC-5)
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Gunmen have attacked a poll station in the southern Democratic Republic of Congo, killing at least two people and burning some ballot boxes. The attack occurred in the city of Lubumbashi Monday as Congolese voters cast ballots in presidential and legislative elections, only the second multi-party polls since independence. A local journalist tells VOA that […]

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Norwegian Film Crew Missing After Big Storm

Posted November 28th, 2011 at 9:35 am (UTC-5)
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Norwegian rescue teams are searching for members of a film crew, swept away by a giant wave while filming a storm on Sunday. Rescue officials were looking for the pair on Monday off the southwestern coast of Norway. But officials say there is little hope of finding them alive. One member of the film crew […]

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Opposition to Retail Reform Halts India’s Parliament

Posted November 28th, 2011 at 9:20 am (UTC-5)
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India’s parliament abruptly adjourned Monday following an uproar by lawmakers opposed to the government’s recent decision to allow foreign retailers into the country. The Cabinet last week approved a measure allowing global firms to own up to 51 percent of multi-brand retail companies in India such as supermarkets. Foreign companies can also own up to […]

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Kenya Court Issues Arrest Warrant for Sudan’s Bashir

Posted November 28th, 2011 at 9:15 am (UTC-5)
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Kenya’s High Court has issued an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted for alleged war crimes and genocide in Sudan’s Darfur region. Human rights groups had criticized Kenya for failing to arrest Mr. Bashir when he attended a ceremony in Nairobi for Kenya’s new constitution in August 2010. High Court Justice […]

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Big Turnout as Egypt Votes in Landmark Elections

Posted November 28th, 2011 at 9:05 am (UTC-5)
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Egyptians are casting their ballots in the first parliamentary elections since a popular uprising ended the 30-year rule of former president Hosni Mubarak in February. Voters stood in long lines Monday well before polling stations opened, suggesting a large turnout. Many said they were voting for the first time. By midday, there were no reports […]

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