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S. Korea Holds Military Drills Despite N. Korea Threat

Posted February 19th, 2012 at 9:20 pm (UTC-5)
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South Korea held a routine military exercise near a disputed border with North Korea Monday despite the northern threat of retaliation if the border is violated. The drill included cannons, mortars, and helicopters. An announcer on a radio broadcast from the North warned of an immediate and merciless counter-attack if even a “single column of […]

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Huge Rally in Pakistan for Women’s Rights

Posted February 19th, 2012 at 8:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Tens of thousands of women rallied in Pakistan’s southern port city of Karachi Sunday to call for improved rights and gender equality. Organizers of the event called “Empowered Women – Stronger Pakistan” said more than half a million female activists and supporters of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement political party took part, while local media reported […]

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At Least 1 Dead in Senegal Protest Violence

Posted February 19th, 2012 at 7:20 pm (UTC-5)
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At least one person has been killed in Senegal as protesters clash with police over President Abdoulaye Wade’s bid for a third term, with one week to go before the vote. Officials said a young man was killed Sunday in the city of Kaolack, about 180 kilometers southeast of the capital, Dakar. In the capital, […]

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UN Nuclear Inspector: Priority is Getting Iran to Answer Weapon Allegations

Posted February 19th, 2012 at 7:15 pm (UTC-5)
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The chief U.N. nuclear inspector begins another to visit to Iran on Monday, saying his “highest priority” is getting answers to allegations of military dimensions to the Iranian nuclear program. Speaking before he left Vienna on Sunday, International Atomic Energy Agency deputy director Herman Nackaerts said he wants to see “concrete results” from his two […]

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Greeks Protest Ahead of Bailout Vote

Posted February 19th, 2012 at 6:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Thousands of Greeks have protested in Athens against massive spending and salary cuts as European Union officials get ready to vote on a new bailout for the debt-crippled nation. Sunday’s protests were generally peaceful. But a group of youths broke away from the main march and threw rocks and bottles at riot police, who responded […]

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Syrian Forces Flood Damascus District, Prevent More Mass Protests

Posted February 19th, 2012 at 5:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Syrian security forces have deployed heavily in a tense Damascus neighborhood, blocking opposition activists from staging a second day of mass protests, as the government continued a nationwide crackdown on protest hubs. Activists said Syrian police flooded the Mezze district on Sunday to prevent a funeral for a young protester from turning into a major […]

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Bomb Kills 8 Tribal Militia in NW Pakistan

Posted February 19th, 2012 at 4:20 pm (UTC-5)
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A bomb blast Sunday in Pakistan’s troubled northwestern Khyber tribal district killed at least eight members of a pro-government tribal militia. Local officials said the explosion wounded at least six other people at a strategic checkpoint in Khyber, on the main land route through Pakistan into Afghanistan. They said at least one militant was also […]

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Another Tibetan Burns Himself to Death in China

Posted February 19th, 2012 at 4:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Another Tibetan has burned himself to death in China, even as Chinese authorities in Tibetan areas continue to crack down on anti-government activists ahead of this week’s celebration of the Tibetan New Year Tibetans living in exile in India tell VOA that another Tibetan set himself on fire Sunday at the Zamthang monastery in Ngaba. […]

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Singer Whitney Houston Buried Sunday in New Jersey

Posted February 19th, 2012 at 3:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Grammy award-winning singer Whitney Houston was buried Sunday at a private ceremony in her home state of New Jersey. Fans gathered along the road and at the entrance of the cemetery paying their final respects to the pop superstar, as a gold-colored hearse carried the body to the grave site. Houston was buried next to […]

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Iran Halts Oil Sales to France, Britain

Posted February 19th, 2012 at 2:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Iran says it has stopped selling crude oil to France and Britain, in an apparent retaliatory move against the European Union for its phased ban on Tehran’s crucial fuel exports. Iran’s Oil Ministry said Sunday that all shipments to French and British companies have ceased and that the Islamic Republic has taken steps to deliver […]

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