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Guinea-Bissau Junta Seeks New “Constitutional Arrangements”

Posted April 17th, 2012 at 11:15 am (UTC-5)
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Guinea-Bissau’s military junta says it wants to work out a new “constitutional arrangement” for the country, defying international demands for the current constitution to be restored. A spokesman for the junta, Lieutenant Colonel Dahba Na Walma spoke by phone to VOA on Tuesday. He said junta leaders are in consultation with opposition parties, trying to […]

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Obama Calling for ‘Crackdown’ on Oil Market Trading

Posted April 17th, 2012 at 10:25 am (UTC-5)
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With American motorists facing high gas prices, U.S. President Barack Obama is set to call for a government “crackdown” on manipulation of oil markets. Mr. Obama is planning to ask Congress Tuesday to approve a $52 million request to regulate oil trading. The White House said it is “critically important” to make sure that “illegal […]

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Retired Space Shuttle Takes Final Flight to Washington-Area Museum

Posted April 17th, 2012 at 9:55 am (UTC-5)
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The retired U.S. space shuttle Discovery is on its final voyage to 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 Boeing 747 jumbo jets. The shuttle is being flown over a variety […]

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Afghanistan’s Karzai Wants $2 Billion a Year From US

Posted April 17th, 2012 at 9:55 am (UTC-5)
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai says he wants the United States to provide $2 billion a year to fund Afghan security forces once international combat troops leave the country in 2014. President Karzai said Tuesday a U.S.-Afghan strategic partnership agreement that is being negotiated should include a written guarantee that Washington will provide at least $2 […]

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Mali Soldiers Arrest Key Government Figures

Posted April 17th, 2012 at 9:50 am (UTC-5)
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Officials in Mali say 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 […]

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IMF: Global Economic Growth 3.5% This Year

Posted April 17th, 2012 at 9:40 am (UTC-5)
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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 IMF’s “World Economic Outlook” on Tuesday, research director Oliver Blanchard said the global economy has been on a “roller coaster” […]

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Malaysian Lawmakers Pass Law Curbing Arrest Abuses

Posted April 17th, 2012 at 9:40 am (UTC-5)
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A law aimed at preventing police from detaining suspects indefinitely or arresting them for their political beliefs has been approved by Malaysia’s parliament. The legislation, passed Tuesday by the lower house of parliament, replaces the notorious 1960 Internal Security Act, a draconian law long used to detain opposition leaders and other government critics without trial. […]

New Footage Depicts Self-Immolation in Tibet

Posted April 17th, 2012 at 9:40 am (UTC-5)
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A pro-Tibetan advocacy group says it has obtained video of one of the dozens of Tibetans who have set themselves on fire this year to protest against China’s repressive rule. The International Campaign for Tibet says the video shows the self-immolation of Losang Jamyang on the streets of the western Chinese city of Aba back […]

AU Suspends Guinea-Bissau

Posted April 17th, 2012 at 7:55 am (UTC-5)
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The African Union has suspended Guinea-Bissau, following last week’s coup by the military. The AU Peace and Security Council said Tuesday that Guinea-Bissau is suspended from all AU activities until the return of constitutional order in the West African country. In a statement, AU Commission Chairman Jean Ping rejected efforts by coup leaders to set […]

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Malaysian Lawmakers Pass Law Curbing Arrest Abuses

Posted April 17th, 2012 at 7:30 am (UTC-5)
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Malaysia’s parliament has approved a law aimed at preventing police from detaining suspects indefinitely or arresting them for their political beliefs. The legislation, passed Tuesday by the lower house of parliament, replaces the notorious 1960 Internal Security Act, a draconian law long used to detain opposition leaders and other government critics without trial. The new […]