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Congo’s Tshisekedi Assails Kabila Government

Posted December 23rd, 2011 at 3:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Democratic Republic of Congo opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi is lashing out at the government of President Joseph Kabila, calling its actions against him “idiocy.” In an interview with VOA Friday, Mr. Tshisekedi charged government security forces killed eight of his supporters as they rallied at Martyrs Stadium in the capital for his self-declared “swearing-in” ceremony. […]

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Russian Satellite Crashes After Rocket Failure

Posted December 23rd, 2011 at 3:00 pm (UTC-5)
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A Russian military satellite crashed into Siberia on Friday, just moments after the rocket carrying it was launched. Russia’s Interfax new agency said the rocket suffered a third state failure, seven minutes after take-off and two minutes before separation. The Median communications satellite was on a Soyuz rocket, the same type used to send three […]

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Twin Bombings Unusual for Syria

Posted December 23rd, 2011 at 2:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Friday’s deadly twin car bombings in Damascus are believed to be the first large-scale attacks of their kind since the start of Syria’s opposition protests nine months ago. The government says it suspects al-Qaida militants may be responsible for the blasts. However, some opposition groups have expressed doubts about the government’s claim. The Syrian General […]

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Russian President Appoints NATO Envoy to Defense Post

Posted December 23rd, 2011 at 1:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has appointed Russia’s NATO envoy as deputy prime minister in charge of the country’s defense sector. Dmitry Rogozin was named to the post Friday. He replaces Sergei Ivanov, who was named Kremlin chief of staff on Thursday. The appointments are part of a government reshuffle ahead of presidential elections set for […]

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DRC Security Clamps Down on Opposition ‘Inauguration’

Posted December 23rd, 2011 at 1:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Police in the Democratic Republic of Congo fired tear gas Friday at supporters of opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi who had gathered in Kinshasa for his self-declared “swearing-in” ceremony. Mr. Tshisekedi insists he won last month’s presidential poll and called on supporters to gather at Martyrs Stadium in the capital for his inauguration . The government […]

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Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi Registers Party, Visits Parliament

Posted December 23rd, 2011 at 1:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Burma’s democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi formally registered her National League for Democracy as a political party Friday, clearing the way for her to run for a seat in parliament. Party officials say they will contest a series of coming by-elections once the registration is formally approved, expected within a week. Aung San Suu […]

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Syria Says 40 Killed in Twin Bombings

Posted December 23rd, 2011 at 12:35 pm (UTC-5)
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WEB: TYPE: CN )) Syrian officials say twin suicide bombings in Damascus have killed at least 40 people and left 150 others injured. State television reports that two bombers used vehicles packed with explosives to attack a pair of state security facilities in the capital on Friday. The state-run SANA news agency displayed graphic photos […]

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Turkey Accuses France of Committing Genocide

Posted December 23rd, 2011 at 12:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Turkey has responded angrily to a French parliament vote making it a crime to publicly deny as genocide the mass killings of Armenians during the Ottoman era in Turkey nearly a century ago. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday accused France of committing genocide in Algeria more than 60 years ago. He said […]

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Death Toll in Belgian Attack Climbs to Six

Posted December 23rd, 2011 at 12:05 pm (UTC-5)
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A hospital in the Belgian city of Liege says a 20-year-old man wounded in a grenade and shooting rampage last week has died, raising the death toll in the killing spree to six. The young man sustained critical head injuries when a gunman threw hand grenades and opened fire with an assault rifle on Saint […]

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Kenya Rules Out Ebola in Woman’s Death

Posted December 23rd, 2011 at 11:55 am (UTC-5)
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The Kenyan government has ruled out Ebola in the death of a woman in Nairobi, calming fears around the country about the highly-contagious virus. During a press conference on Friday, public health director Dr. Shanaz Shariff said medical tests showed the woman did not die from the Ebola virus or any viral hemorrhagic fever. Doctors […]

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