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France Arrests 10 in Terror Crackdown

Posted April 4th, 2012 at 7:25 am (UTC-5)
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French police arrested 10 people in a series of pre-dawn raids, part on an ongoing crackdown against suspected Islamic extremists. Wednesday’s raids targeted Roubaix, near the border with Belgium, and the southern port city of Marseille. French officials speaking on the condition of anonymity said the 10 suspects were tracked on extremist websites and had […]

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Suicide Bomber Kills 6 in Somali Capital

Posted April 4th, 2012 at 7:10 am (UTC-5)
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Officials say a suicide bombing at Somalia’s national theater has killed at least six people, including the president of the country’s Olympic committee and the head of its soccer federation. The blast Wednesday in the capital, Mogadishu, came during a ceremony to mark the first anniversary of a national television station. Somalia re-opened the theater […]

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North Korean Defector Sees Signs of Chinese Policy Shift

Posted April 4th, 2012 at 6:50 am (UTC-5)
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A research organization in Seoul says it is hopeful of better treatment for North Korean defectors in China following signs that the Chinese policy of forcing them to return home has eased. Kung Chul Hwan, a founding director of the North Korea Strategy Center in Seoul, spoke to VOA Wednesday about media reports that a […]

ASEAN Ends Summit Urging End to Burma Sanctions

Posted April 4th, 2012 at 6:50 am (UTC-5)
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Southeast Asian leaders are formally calling for Western nations to promptly lift economic sanctions on Burma. The appeal was included in their closing statement Wednesday after a two-day summit in Cambodia. The 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations also pledged to intensify efforts to resolve maritime disputes with China in the South China Sea and […]

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Syria Clashes Continue as Government Claims Troop Pullout

Posted April 4th, 2012 at 6:35 am (UTC-5)
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Syrian forces have launched fresh military operations just hours after the government said it had started to withdraw troops from some cities in compliance with an international cease-fire plan. Activists said Wednesday tanks were storming and shelling several towns and villages. They said the operations were ongoing “from the Turkish border in the northeast to […]

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Suicide Bomber Kills 5 in Northern Afghanistan

Posted April 4th, 2012 at 6:25 am (UTC-5)
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Officials in northern Afghanistan say a suicide bomber has killed at least five people and wounded 26 others. The attack happened Wednesday near a park in the city of Maimanah, capital of Faryab province. Police officials say four of the dead are police officers. Also Wednesday, NATO said a bombing in northern Afghanistan killed two […]

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Elderly Turkish Coup Leaders Face Trial

Posted April 4th, 2012 at 5:45 am (UTC-5)
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Retired Turkish generals Kenan Evren and Thasin Sahinkaya are on trial, more than three decades after leading a coup that led to years of torture, executions and disappearances. Hundreds of protesters gathered outside the courthouse in Ankara Wednesday, demanding justice and for more of the coup leaders to be brought to justice. The 94-year-Evren and […]

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First Group of U.S. Marines Deploys in Australia

Posted April 4th, 2012 at 5:35 am (UTC-5)
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The first wave of U.S. Marines has arrived in northern Australia, marking the start of a larger U.S. military presence in the Asia-Pacific region. Australian Defense Minister Stephen Smith greeted the 200 Marines as they stepped off a charter flight in Darwin Wednesday. The Marines are the first contingent of an eventual 2,500-member Air Ground […]

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Suicide Bomber Kills 5 in Northern Afghanistan

Posted April 4th, 2012 at 5:05 am (UTC-5)
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Officials in northern Afghanistan say a suicide bomber has killed at least five people and wounded 26 others. The attack happened Wednesday near a park in the city of Maimanah, the capital of Faryab province. Police officials say four of the dead are police officers. Also Wednesday, NATO said a bombing in northern Afghanistan killed […]

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IMF Chief Lays Out Agenda for Global Recovery

Posted April 4th, 2012 at 4:30 am (UTC-5)
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The head of the International Monetary Fund is warning world leaders against a false sense of security as the global economy recovers from its hardest winter in a generation. Speaking in Washington Tuesday, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said she sees welcomes signs of a thaw in the world economy compared to a few months […]