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Death Toll Rises to 43 in Afghan Avalanche

Posted March 7th, 2012 at 10:45 am (UTC-5)
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Authorities say the death toll from Monday’s avalanche in northern Afghanistan has risen to 43 people. Rescuers in Badakhshan province are still shoveling through deep snow in the search for victims from the disaster that buried an entire village of some 200 people. A day earlier, Afghan army helicopters had descended on the area to […]

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Greece Still Short of Reaching Debt Write-off Goal

Posted March 7th, 2012 at 10:20 am (UTC-5)
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Greece is edging closer to its goal of getting the country’s private lenders to eliminate $142 billion of the money it owes them, but remained short of the target as a Thursday deadline neared. The Athens government says it needs the banks, pension funds and other financial institutions holding at least two-thirds of the country’s […]

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Tense Sudan, South Sudan Talks Enter 2nd Day

Posted March 7th, 2012 at 10:00 am (UTC-5)
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Talks to resolve tension between Sudan and South Sudan have entered a second day, after negotiations ended in shouting Tuesday. A VOA correspondent at the scene, in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, reports the talks are in a delicate stage as the sides try to resolve simmering disputes over oil, borders, and citizenship issues. Talks on […]

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US Sees Progress in North Korea Food Aid Talks

Posted March 7th, 2012 at 9:30 am (UTC-5)
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A top U.S. envoy say progress was made in negotiations with North Korean officials on details of a plan to supply 240,000 tons of U.S. food aid to the communist nation. Robert King, the special envoy for human rights in North Korea, spoke to reporters after Wednesday’s talks in Beijing. “We’ve discussed a number of […]

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No Jail Time Possible for Confessed Norwegian Killer

Posted March 7th, 2012 at 9:15 am (UTC-5)
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The 33-year-old man who confessed to Norway’s worst peacetime massacre may not face time behind bars. Prosecutors Wednesday formally charged Anders Behring Breivik with murder and terrorism for the July 2011 bombing and shooting rampage that left 77 people dead. The murder charges call for a maximum sentence of 21 years in prison, but prosecutors […]

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India Police Arrest Iran-Linked Journalist for Attack on Israeli Diplomat

Posted March 7th, 2012 at 8:50 am (UTC-5)
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Indian police say they have arrested a local journalist working for an Iranian news agency for possible connections to last month’s bombing of an Israeli diplomatic vehicle. Mohammed Kazmi appeared in a New Delhi court Wednesday, a day after his arrest. Authorities claim Kazmi had been in touch with a suspect they believe may have […]

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Six British Soldiers Presumed Dead in Afghanistan

Posted March 7th, 2012 at 8:10 am (UTC-5)
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Six British soldiers are believed dead after their armored vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan. The soldiers were patrolling in Helmand province Tuesday evening when the blast struck. If the deaths are confirmed, it would be the single deadliest incident for British troops in Afghanistan since a helicopter crash in 2006 […]

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UN Humanitarian Chief Heads to Battered Syrian City

Posted March 7th, 2012 at 7:05 am (UTC-5)
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The U.N. humanitarian chief is traveling to the battered Syrian city of Homs on the first day of her mission to push for relief workers to be given unhindered access to those in need of aid. A U.N. spokesman said Valerie Amos arrived Wednesday in Damascus, where she held talks with Syrian foreign ministry officials. […]

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China Paints Self-Immolators as Distressed Criminals, Terrorists

Posted March 7th, 2012 at 7:05 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese officials are attempting to discredit Tibetans who have set themselves on fire to protest China’s rule over their region. Wu Zegang, the head of Aba Prefecture, where many of the self-immolations have taken place, said Wednesday the protests were being “orchestrated” and “planned” by foreign Tibetan exile groups who want to divide China. “There […]

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Buddhist Ceremony Aims to Unite Kenyan Communities

Posted March 7th, 2012 at 6:50 am (UTC-5)
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Buddhist priests from Japan have conducted a symbolic healing ceremony in an effort to bring warring ethnic groups in Kenya closer together. Traditional dancers in warrior regalia performed alongside chanting Buddhist priests this week at a closing ceremony to the peace conference, which also included spiritual leaders from India, Afghanistan, Europe, and the United States. […]

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