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Polls Open for Egypt’s Historic Presidential Election

Posted May 23rd, 2012 at 3:45 am (UTC-5)
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Egyptians have begun casting ballots in a historic presidential election that marks the start of the final phase of a political transition that resulted in the departure of longtime President Hosni Mubarak. Twelve candidates are in the running to become the first president since massive anti-government protests lead to Mr. Mubarak’s 2011 resignation. VOA correspondent […]

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World Bank: Growth in Developing East Asia Strong, but Slowing

Posted May 23rd, 2012 at 3:15 am (UTC-5)
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The World Bank says growth in East Asia’s developing economies remains strong, but warns they need to reduce their reliance on exports as the global economic slowdown continues. The Washington-based lender said in a biannual report Wednesday that it expects growth to slow to 7.6 percent this year in developing East Asia, which excludes Japan. […]

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Guinea-Bissau Coup Leaders Say Power Returning to Civilians

Posted May 23rd, 2012 at 3:10 am (UTC-5)
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The leaders of a military coup in Guinea-Bissau say they are handing power to a new transitional government. A junta spokesman made the announcement Tuesday and said coup leaders would no longer speak publicly to the press. Meanwhile, the leader of the transitional government, Manuel Serifo Nhamadjo, named 28 government ministers. The installation of the […]

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Human Rights Watch Criticizes Chinese Para-Police for Abuses

Posted May 23rd, 2012 at 3:05 am (UTC-5)
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A leading human rights group says the Chinese law enforcement agency in charge of urban management is fueling public resentment and stoking social tensions with its heavy-handed behavior. Human Rights Watch released a report Wednesday entitled “Beat Him, Take Everything Away” detailing abuses by China’s “chengguan” para-police agency. It documents reports of illegal detention, theft, […]

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EU Leaders to Focus on Economic Growth at Brussels Summit

Posted May 23rd, 2012 at 2:50 am (UTC-5)
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Leaders of the 27 nations that make up the European Union will gather in Brussels Wednesday for a summit aimed at solving the debt crisis that is threatening the EU’s very existence. The EU’s focus has shifted from austerity to pro-growth policies since the election of Socialist Francois Hollande as president of France, and the […]

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Polls Open for Egypt’s Historic Presidential Election

Posted May 23rd, 2012 at 2:45 am (UTC-5)
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Egyptians have begun casting ballots in a historic presidential election that marks the start of the final phase of a political transition that resulted in the departure of longtime President Hosni Mubarak. Television video showed long lines at several polling stations early Wednesday. About 50 million Egyptian’s are eligible to cast ballots in the two-day […]

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World Powers Meet with Iran in Baghdad

Posted May 23rd, 2012 at 2:15 am (UTC-5)
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Representatives of six world powers are meeting with Iran’s nuclear negotiator in Baghdad to try to negotiate an agreement for Iran to stop producing highly-enriched uranium that Western nations fear could be used to make a nuclear bomb. Wednesday’s meeting comes hours after the head of the U.N. nuclear agency said he expects Iran to […]

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World Bank: Growth in Developing East Asia Strong, but Slowing

Posted May 23rd, 2012 at 12:50 am (UTC-5)
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The World Bank says growth in East Asia’s developing economies remains strong, but warns they need to reduce their reliance on exports as the global economic slowdown continues. The Washington-based lender said in a biannual report Wednesday that it expects growth to slow to 7.6 percent this year in developing East Asia, which excludes Japan. […]

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Lebanese Women Kidnapped in Syria Return Home

Posted May 23rd, 2012 at 12:35 am (UTC-5)
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Several dozen women who were part of a group of Lebanese Shi’ites kidnapped in Syria arrived in Beirut early Wednesday after being freed by their captors. Television video showed the women being greeted by relatives as they arrived at the airport. The women were among a group of pilgrims transiting Syria by bus after visiting […]

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