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Suicide Bombing Kills 5 in Eastern Nigeria

Posted April 30th, 2012 at 7:00 am (UTC-5)
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Authorities in eastern Nigeria say a suicide bombing targeting a police official has killed at least five people. Officials said the explosion Monday in Jalingo, the capital of the largely peaceful Taraba state, was triggered near the state ministry of finance and police headquarters. The police official was not harmed. The attack comes a day […]

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River Management Conference Meeting in Thailand

Posted April 30th, 2012 at 6:55 am (UTC-5)
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Hundreds of river managers from around the world are gathering in Thailand to discuss how best to meet growing food, water and energy needs while doing as little harm to the environment as possible. The “Mekong2Rio” three-day, international conference opens Tuesday in the Thai resort of Phuket. Hans Guttman, the leader of the Mekong River […]

Al-Qaida Offers Hostage Release for Freeing of Cleric

Posted April 30th, 2012 at 6:15 am (UTC-5)
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A statement on a militant website says al-Qaida’s north African branch has offered to release a British man abducted in Mali if Britain frees radical Islamist cleric Abu Qatada. The statement attributed to al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), which could not be verified, said the group would release Stephen Malcolm, who was taken from […]

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Spain in Recession

Posted April 30th, 2012 at 5:05 am (UTC-5)
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Spain’s economy has slumped into a recession. Spain’s National Statistics Institute data showed Monday that the country’s economy shrank 0.3 percent in the first quarter of 2012, after a similar contraction in the final three months of last year. The news comes as Standard & Poor’s agency downgraded the ratings of several top Spanish banks, […]

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4 Killed in Nepal Blast

Posted April 30th, 2012 at 4:10 am (UTC-5)
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Officials in southern Nepal say a blast has killed four people and wounded at least 20. Authorities say the explosion happened Monday in Janakpur during a demonstration called by the Mithila Struggle Committee to protest a proposal to divide the country into federal provinces.

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Gunmen Kill 15 During Christian Service in Northern Nigeria

Posted April 30th, 2012 at 4:00 am (UTC-5)
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Gunmen in northern Nigeria attacked a university theater used for church services, killing at least 15 people. Security officials say the gunmen threw small explosives into the site at Bayero University in Kano on Sunday, then fired on worshippers as they ran outside. A faculty member at the university, Dr. Nasir Fagge, told VOA the […]

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Burma Opposition Ends Boycott

Posted April 30th, 2012 at 3:45 am (UTC-5)
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Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi said Monday she and her fellow opposition lawmakers have ended their boycott of parliament and will pledge to “safeguard” the constitution, accepting a term that created the dispute. Aung San Suu Kyi and other members of the National League for Democracy party will attend Burma’s parliament for the […]

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Top UN Truce Monitor in Syria Urges Halt to Killings

Posted April 30th, 2012 at 3:00 am (UTC-5)
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The newly appointed head of the U.N. observer mission in Syria has called on President Bashar al-Assad’s troops and the opposition to stop fighting and allow a tenuous cease-fire to take hold. Major General Robert Mood arrived Sunday in Damascus to lead an advance team of 30 unarmed U.N. observers tasked with monitoring an April […]

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UN Chief Meets with Burma President

Posted April 30th, 2012 at 1:50 am (UTC-5)
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Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi said Monday a dispute with the government over the wording of a legislative oath has been resolved, and she will soon be sworn-in to become a member of parliament. It is not immediately clear how the dispute was resolved. Her party had objected to a phrase in the […]

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Sudan Declares State of Emergency Along Southern Border

Posted April 30th, 2012 at 1:15 am (UTC-5)
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Sudan has declared a state of emergency along the border with South Sudan, signaling a continued push toward all-out war as hostilities intensify between the neighboring countries. Sudan’s official news agency SUNA reported Sunday the decree gives Khartoum broader powers to arrest and try suspects in the volatile region. It allows President Omar al-Bashir and […]

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