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Somali, AU Forces Seize Area From al-Shabab

Posted March 30th, 2012 at 2:20 pm (UTC-5)
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African Union forces supporting the Somali government say they have seized an area near the capital from Islamist militant group al-Shabab. A spokesman for the AU force, known as AMISOM, told VOA that al-Shabab was driven from the Daynile district Friday. “AMISOM conducted an operation, and the objective was to capture district of Daynile. We […]

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Turkey Passes Bill Extending Access to Islamic Education

Posted March 30th, 2012 at 2:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Turkish lawmakers have approved a controversial education bill that allows middle school students to attend religious courses. The legislation passed Friday with 295 votes in favor and 91 against. The reform extends compulsory education from the current eight years to 12. It also reverses a 1997 law backed by the military, which closed Islamic middle […]

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Chinese President in Cambodia As Summit Opens

Posted March 30th, 2012 at 1:25 pm (UTC-5)
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China’s President Hu Jintao is in Cambodia on a four-day state visit that coincides with a key regional summit where participants are expected to voice growing opposition to Chinese territorial claims in the South China Sea. Mr. Hu was to meet with Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni and confer with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, as […]

Tens of Thousands Flee Fighting Between Pakistani Military and Insurgents

Posted March 30th, 2012 at 1:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Families across Pakistan’s northwestern tribal area are fleeing their homes, fearful of being caught up in the military’s latest campaign to route insurgents in the area. Tens of thousands of Pakistani women and children have abandoned their homes in the border region near Afghanistan, many pouring into the Jalozai camp run by the United Nations […]

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Eurozone Boosts Bailout Fund to More Than $1 Trillion

Posted March 30th, 2012 at 12:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Europe’s euro currency bloc has sharply boosted its financial rescue fund to more than $1 trillion, its latest effort to protect itself and the world economy against defaults by debt-ridden governments. The finance ministers from the 17 nations that use the euro agreed Friday in Copenhagen to add another $500 billion over the coming year […]

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Ukraine, EU Initiate Association Agreement

Posted March 30th, 2012 at 12:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Ukraine and the European Union have initiated an association agreement, putting Kyiv one step closer to membership in the bloc. European officials have referred to Friday’s proceeding as a technical measure similar to proofreading the lengthy document, which is the product of five years of negotiations. The accord must now be translated into more than […]

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Foxconn Pledges Labor Improvements at Chinese Factories

Posted March 30th, 2012 at 11:55 am (UTC-5)
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Taiwan manufacturing giant Foxconn has agreed to improve conditions at its China-based factories, where workers assemble popular devices for iconic U.S. technology giant Apple and several other high-tech companies. The company says it will increase the employees’ wages, reduce their overtime hours and upgrade their living conditions. Foxconn announced the changes after the U.S.-based monitoring […]

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$540 Million Jackpot Sparks Lottery Frenzy in US

Posted March 30th, 2012 at 11:15 am (UTC-5)
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A record $540 million U.S. lottery jackpot has people across the country racing to buy tickets. Lottery officials are calling the winnings at stake in Friday’s Mega Millions drawing the “largest lottery jackpot in world history.” The dream of half a billion dollars has sparked lines at convenience stores across the 42 states where tickets […]

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Envoy Demands Cease-fire in Syria as Fresh Clashes Erupt

Posted March 30th, 2012 at 11:15 am (UTC-5)
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U.N.-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan says the Syrian government must immediately implement a cease-fire and stop its attacks on opposition groups, as fresh clashes broke out across the country on Friday. Mr. Annan’s spokesperson told reporters in Geneva that the “deadline is now” for President Bashar al-Assad to implement the six-point peace plan drawn up […]

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Aung San Suu Kyi Cites Burmese Election Irregularities Ahead of Polls

Posted March 30th, 2012 at 10:35 am (UTC-5)
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Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi says parliamentary candidates in her National League for Democracy party have campaigned in the face of threats and violence ahead of Sunday’s by-elections. But the Nobel laureate says both she and her colleagues are determined to go forward because “we think that is what our people want.” “As […]