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Boko Haram, Nigerian Troops Battle at Wedding Party

Posted May 5th, 2012 at 1:10 pm (UTC-5)
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A wedding thrown by members of the radical Boko Haram Islamist group ended in deadly violence Saturday. A Nigerian military spokesman said troops were monitoring the wedding in the northeastern city of Maiduguri when member of the Boko Haram sect opened fire on them. Lieutenant Colonel Sagir Musa said three civilians were killed and four […]

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Clinton Warns Bangladesh Internal Feuding Must End

Posted May 5th, 2012 at 12:55 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is urging Bangladeshis to end internal feuding that has sparked violent protests and a harsh government crackdown. Clinton met with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Foreign Minister Dipu Moni in Dhaka Saturday, the first day of her visit to a country that many in Washington see as a vital […]

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Explosions in Syria Leave 5 Dead

Posted May 5th, 2012 at 12:15 pm (UTC-5)
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A series of explosions rocked Syria on Saturday, leaving at least five people dead as U.N. observers continued efforts to monitor a frayed cease-fire between the government and the opposition. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says five people were killed in the northern city of Aleppo after an explosion ripped through a car wash […]

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UN Mission Chief in Syria Offers Cautious Hope

Posted May 5th, 2012 at 11:50 am (UTC-5)
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The following is a transcript of an interview with the Head of the U.N. Supervision Mission in Syria, Norwegian General Robert Mood, done in Damascus on May 5, 2012 by VOA Middle East Correspondent Elizabeth Arrott. Elizabeth Arrott: U.N. officials have said they’ve seen signs that there’s been a reduction in violence under the plan, […]

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Post-Shipwreck, Italian Cruise Line Launches New Vessel, Safety Rules

Posted May 5th, 2012 at 11:05 am (UTC-5)
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The Italian cruise line that suffered a deadly shipwreck earlier this year unveiled a new luxury cruise ship Saturday in Venice, along with new safety measures. Costa Crociere’s new nearly $670-million vessel, the Costa Fascinosa, will now be the largest cruise ship flying the Italian flag. The launch of the more than 114,000-ton cruise ship […]

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Clinton in Dhaka to Strengthen US, Bangladesh Ties

Posted May 5th, 2012 at 10:20 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in Bangladesh for talks expected to push ties between Washington and Dhaka to a new level. Clinton arrived in Dhaka Saturday, the latest stop on her South Asian tour. She’s expected to meet later Saturday with Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as well as opposition leader, Begum Khaleda […]

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Ahmadinejad Suffers Major Setback in Iranian Elections

Posted May 5th, 2012 at 10:15 am (UTC-5)
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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has suffered a major setback in run-off parliamentary elections that could influence the outcome of next year’s presidential election. Preliminary results from Friday’s second round of polling show strong support for Iran’s religious leadership, including loyalists to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. State media announced Saturday that Mr. Ahmadinejad’s opponents won […]

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Sept. 11 Attack Mastermind, Co-Plotters to be Arraigned

Posted May 5th, 2012 at 10:00 am (UTC-5)
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Five men accused of planning and helping to carry out the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States are back before a military judge in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to face charges that could lead to their executions. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the self-proclaimed mastermind of the attacks, and his four co-defendants were being arraigned […]

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Thousands Attend the Kentucky Derby

Posted May 5th, 2012 at 9:05 am (UTC-5)
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The bourbon-laced mint juleps are flowing as thousands of people descend Saturday on Churchill Downs for the 138th annual Kentucky Derby. Millions more are watching one of the world’s most famous horse races on television. Spectators at the race in Louisville, Kentucky will likely be decked out in their usual fine regalia – pastel colored […]

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Calm Returns to Cairo Following Deadly Clashes

Posted May 5th, 2012 at 9:00 am (UTC-5)
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Calm returned to Cairo on Saturday after Egypt’s military rulers imposed an overnight curfew following clashes Friday that left a soldier dead and about 300 people injured. On Friday, troops clashed with protesters demanding an immediate end to military rule, just three weeks before Egypt’s landmark presidential election. Soldiers fired tear gas and water cannons […]

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