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Europe Working to Ensure the Euro’s Survival

Posted November 29th, 2011 at 10:50 am (UTC-5)
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European finance ministers gathered in Brussels Tuesday in another effort to resolve the continent’s debt crisis and save the euro as its common currency. The ministers appeared set to negotiate terms of proposals that would have — until recently — been unthinkable. They could force the 17 countries that use the euro to cede control […]

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Clinton Arrives in S. Korea, Ahead of Historic Burma Visit

Posted November 29th, 2011 at 10:40 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has arrived in South Korea, on the first leg of a two-nation tour that includes the first visit to Burma by a U.S. secretary of state in 50 years. Clinton meets Wednesday with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak and attends the opening of a key international forum on global […]

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NATO to Retrain All Troops in Afghanistan in Protecting Civilians

Posted November 29th, 2011 at 10:15 am (UTC-5)
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NATO’s top commander in Afghanistan has ordered tens of thousands of troops to be retrained in the coming days in how to avoid civilian casualties during counter-insurgency operations. U.S. General John Allen announced the retraining program in a letter to Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who has frequently complained about deaths and injuries to Afghan civilians […]

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Facebook May Go Public Valued at $100 Billion

Posted November 29th, 2011 at 10:10 am (UTC-5)
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The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Facebook is moving closer to an initial public stock offering that could value the company at more than $100 billion. The newspaper said “people familiar with the matter” told a reporter late Monday that the company could go public in the second quarter of 2012. The sources said […]

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Iranians Storm British Embassy

Posted November 29th, 2011 at 9:50 am (UTC-5)
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Iranian protesters have stormed the British embassy in Tehran in response to Britain’s new economic sanctions against Iran for its suspected program to develop nuclear weapons. Iranians scattered embassy documents, threw stones, broke windows and replaced the British flag with an Iranian one Tuesday. The rioters also looted a portrait of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth. Outside […]

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Pressure Mounts on Syria, Government Raids Continue

Posted November 29th, 2011 at 9:45 am (UTC-5)
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Syria is facing increased pressure from world powers to end its crackdown on dissent, but activists say violence in the country continues to escalate. An activist with the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told VOA on Tuesday that Syrian forces have publicly executed 22 activists in a Damascus suburb and arrested about 600 people. The […]

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Russia Opens New Anti-Missile Facility in Kaliningrad

Posted November 29th, 2011 at 9:30 am (UTC-5)
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Russia has officially opened a new anti-missile radar station in the Baltic Sea region of Kaliningrad to counter what it perceives as a threat from a joint U.S.-NATO missile defense system being implemented in Europe. President Dmitry Medvedev opened the new facility Tuesday, saying it shows Russia’s readiness for an adequate response to, in his […]

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Merkel Hopes to Change Pakistan’s Mind on Afghan Conference

Posted November 29th, 2011 at 9:20 am (UTC-5)
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she hopes Pakistan will change its mind about boycotting the upcoming international conference in Bonn on Afghanistan’s future. Ms. Merkel said Tuesday that her government will try to persuade Pakistani officials to change their decision — taken in protest of NATO airstrikes that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers last week in […]

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China Uges Sudan, South Sudan to Resolve Oil Dispute

Posted November 29th, 2011 at 9:15 am (UTC-5)
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China has called on Sudan and South Sudan to resolve a dispute that has blocked the flow of oil exports from the south. Beijing purchases nearly five percent of its total oil imports from South Sudan. A Chinese foreign ministry spokesman on Tuesday urged the two Sudans to exercise “restraint” and use a “flexible and […]

Nepal Extends Parliament’s Term Again

Posted November 29th, 2011 at 9:10 am (UTC-5)
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Nepal has extended parliament’s term for a fourth time in order to draft a new constitution for the new republic. Speaker Subash Nemwang said Tuesday that 505 out of 508 lawmakers voted to extend the Constituent Assembly’s term by another six months. The Constituent Assembly was formed in 2008, after Nepal’s monarch was abolished. The […]

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