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Pakistani Prime Minister to Be Indicted for Contempt

Posted February 2nd, 2012 at 5:25 am (UTC-5)
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Pakistan’s Supreme Court has ordered Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani to appear in court February 13 to be indicted for contempt of court. The court announced its decision Thursday in a longstanding battle over Mr. Gilani’s refusal to ask a Swiss court to reopen corruption charges against Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari. The prime minister […]

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UN Security Council Continues Negotiations on Syrian Resolution

Posted February 2nd, 2012 at 5:20 am (UTC-5)
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U.N. Security Council diplomats continue talks Thursday aimed at convincing Russia to support a resolution that endorses an Arab League plan to end months of deadly violence in Syria. Western diplomats said that some progress was made Wednesday during three hours of closed-door negotiations in New York. But Russia has expressed reservations at the current […]

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Philippine Military Strike Kills Three Top-Ranking Terrorists

Posted February 2nd, 2012 at 4:40 am (UTC-5)
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The Philippine military says a trio of senior leaders of two al-Qaida-linked terrorist groups have been killed in an air raid on the remote southern island of Jolo. The three terrorist leaders have been identified as Umbra Jumdail, a leader in the Abu Sayyaf group, and Jemaah Islamiyah leaders Zulkifli bin Hir and Abdullah Ali. […]

NATO Defense Ministers Discuss Afghanistan Withdrawal

Posted February 2nd, 2012 at 4:10 am (UTC-5)
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NATO defense ministers are meeting in Brussels Thursday to discuss possible changes to the alliance’s strategy in Afghanistan, including ending combat operations earlier than planned. U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and French President Nicolas Sarkozy have each suggested the coalition should end its combat role in 2013, more than a year ahead of previous plans, […]

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Hundreds Rescued from Papua New Guinea Ferry Disaster

Posted February 2nd, 2012 at 4:05 am (UTC-5)
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More than 200 passengers have been rescued from a ferry that sank early Thursday off the northern coast of Papua New Guinea. Nerae Marimahu, a spokeswoman with the Pacific nation’s National Maritime Safety Authority in Port Moresby, told VOA the MV Rabaul Queen sank about 16 kilometers off Cape Fortification. She said it was not […]

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Red Cross Denies al-Shabab Accusation of Distributing Spoiled Food to Somalis

Posted February 2nd, 2012 at 3:45 am (UTC-5)
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The International Committee of the Red Cross is denying accusations by a Somali insurgent group that it distributed spoiled food to aid recipients in southern Somalia. Earlier this week, al-Shabab announced it was permanently shutting down Red Cross operations in areas that it controls, accusing the aid group of handing out food that was “unfit […]

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Scholar: US Should Adopt China’s Attitude Towards Government

Posted February 2nd, 2012 at 3:40 am (UTC-5)
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A noted scholar says the United States should adopt China’s practice of long-term planning to maintain its position as the world’s leading economy. Ann Lee, author of the book “What the U.S. Can Learn from China,” tells VOA American political and business leaders have become “too enamored with short-term results and short-term solutions.” “We need […]

Egyptians to Protest Lack of Security Following Soccer Disaster

Posted February 2nd, 2012 at 2:55 am (UTC-5)
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Egyptian activists have called for large demonstrations Thursday to protest the failure of police to prevent violence at a soccer match that left at least 74 people dead and hundreds injured in the northern city of Port Said. Many are angry that televised images showed riot police in the stadium mostly standing idly by as […]

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Tributes Pour in for Late Soul Train Creator

Posted February 2nd, 2012 at 1:40 am (UTC-5)
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Tributes are pouring in to the late U.S. television host and music promoter Don Cornelius, who was found dead of a gunshot wound to the head in his Los Angeles home Wednesday. Cornelius was the founder of the iconic Soul Train television show that helped introduce African-American music and culture to mainstream America from 1971 […]

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Polish Nobel Laureate Dies

Posted February 2nd, 2012 at 1:40 am (UTC-5)
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Polish Nobel Laureate Wislawa Szymborska has died at the age of 88. Authorities say the reclusive poet passed away Wednesday evening of lung cancer at her home in Krakow. Syzmborska’s style has been described as reflective and playful because of her approach to serious subjects such as war in Poland, death and torture. She had […]

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