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Britain Resumes Efforts to Deport Radical Cleric

Posted April 17th, 2012 at 1:30 pm (UTC-5)
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British authorities have arrested a radical Islamist cleric, accused of ties to late al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, in an effort to deport him to Jordan. Britain has attempted to extradite Jordanian preacher Abu Qatada since 2005, arguing that he poses a risk to national security. Jordan has convicted Qatada in absentia of terrorism charges […]

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Obama Calls for ‘Crackdown’ on Oil Market Trading

Posted April 17th, 2012 at 1:25 pm (UTC-5)
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With American motorists facing high gas prices, U.S. President Barack Obama is calling for a government “crackdown” on manipulation of oil markets. Mr. Obama asked Congress Tuesday to approve a $52-million plan to expand the government’s regulation of oil trading and stiffen penalties against market manipulation. “We can’t afford a situation where speculators artificially manipulate […]

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US Eases Sanctions on Burma

Posted April 17th, 2012 at 1:10 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. has eased sanctions on Burma to permit non-governmental U.S. groups into the country for humanitarian and development work. The U.S. Treasury announced Tuesday that it would allow not-for-profit activities between Americans and Burmese as the East Asian nation undertakes democratic reforms after decades of military rule. The move taken by the Obama administration […]

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IMF: Growth Resuming, Dangers Remain

Posted April 17th, 2012 at 12:50 pm (UTC-5)
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(Updates headline, fixes typo in graf 2, new info grafs 5 & 6) The International Monetary Fund is a little more optimistic about global economic growth as European nations have taken action to cope with their debt crisis, and the U.S. economy grew a little faster. Speaking about the IMF’s “World Economic Outlook” on Tuesday, […]

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N. Korea Rejects UN Condemnation of Rocket Launch

Posted April 17th, 2012 at 12:35 pm (UTC-5)
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North Korea on Tuesday rejected the United Nations’ condemnation of Pyongyang’s failed rocket launch, and is vowing to continue trying to fire a long-range rocket into space to place a satellite in orbit. The North Korean foreign ministry insisted that Pyongyang was within its legal rights when it launched a rocket last week that it […]

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Syrian Forces Pound Protest Hubs as Cease-fire Teeters

Posted April 17th, 2012 at 12:30 pm (UTC-5)
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With a cease-fire in Syria teetering, Syrian forces widened their attacks on opposition strongholds on Tuesday as an advance team of international observers worked to broaden its mission in the country. Rights groups and activists say at least two people were killed in violence on Tuesday. They say forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad continued […]

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Norway Killer Says He Would Do it Again

Posted April 17th, 2012 at 11:50 am (UTC-5)
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The gunman on trial for killing 77 people in Norway last year described his killings as a “preventative” attack committed in order to avoid a wider civil war, adding that he would do it all over again. In a lengthy address to the court Tuesday, Anders Behring Breivik said he was defending his country by […]

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Mali Soldiers Arrest Key Government Figures

Posted April 17th, 2012 at 11:20 am (UTC-5)
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Mali soldiers have arrested at least seven prominent political figures, raising questions about a promise by coup leaders to return power to civilians. Witnesses and political aides say the arrests happened in the capital Bamako late Monday and early Tuesday. A source close to those arrested tells VOA that former prime minister Soumaila Cisse is […]

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Retired Space Shuttle Makes Final Voyage to Washington-Area Museum

Posted April 17th, 2012 at 11:15 am (UTC-5)
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The retired U.S. space shuttle Discovery has landed at the Dulles International Airport in northern Virginia on the way to its new home in a Washington-area aviation museum. The 28-year-old orbiter departed the Kennedy Space Center in Florida Tuesday, hitching a ride on the back of one of the U.S. space agency NASA’s specially outfitted […]

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Indonesia’s Aceh Elects Ex-Rebel Governor

Posted April 17th, 2012 at 11:15 am (UTC-5)
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Officials in Indonesia say a former rebel won this month’s governor’s election in Aceh province — the only province in the country ruled by Islamic law. Former rebel leader Zaini Abdullah, who once lived in exile, won nearly 56 percent of the vote in the April 9 poll. He defeated incumbent Governor Irwandi Yusuf. Coastal […]