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UN: More than 200,000 Sudanese Have Fled Country

Posted June 20th, 2012 at 4:50 pm (UTC-5)
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VIDEO: WEB: map; timeline #2560190; interactive version will be updated; TYPE: OCN )) The United Nations says more than 200,000 Sudanese have fled violence in the country’s southern border states of Blue Nile and South Kordofan. Spokesman Martin Nesirky told reporters in New York Wednesday the refugees fled to camps in Ethiopia and […]

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Egypt Presidential Election Results Delayed

Posted June 20th, 2012 at 4:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Egypt’s Election Commission says it has delayed Thursday’s planned announcement of the results of a runoff presidential vote while it continues to review appeals from the two candidates, hiking tension as allegations of fraud mounted. The commission said Wednesday that judges are still looking into some 400 complaints of alleged campaign violations and disputed vote […]

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US Central Bank Sees Slower Economic Growth

Posted June 20th, 2012 at 3:45 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. central bank says it sees the American economy growing at a slower pace than it thought just two months ago, and that the country’s jobless rate will remain high through 2014. The Federal Reserve said Wednesday that it now expects the economy, the world’s largest, will advance a maximum of 2.4 percent this […]

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Hostages at Toulouse Bank Freed, Suspect Detained

Posted June 20th, 2012 at 3:10 pm (UTC-5)
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A gunman who took four hostages in a bank in Toulouse, France, has been arrested and his captives freed, after a six-hour standoff with police. Police say the suspect was slightly injured in the efforts to free the hostages, but the hostages, all CIC bank employees, were unharmed. Two of the hostages, both women, were […]

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Survey Offers Rare Glimpse of Somalis’ Political Views

Posted June 20th, 2012 at 3:05 pm (UTC-5)
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A new VOA survey offers a rare look at the political views of people in war-torn Somalia. More than 3,000 people throughout Somalia responded to an unprecedented survey about the country’s proposed constitution. More than three-quarters of the respondents supported the draft constitution. The vast majority backed a provision calling for Islamic law, or Sharia. […]

Two More Tibetans Self-Immolate in Anti-China Protest

Posted June 20th, 2012 at 2:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Two more young Tibetans have set themselves on fire, while calling for Tibetan independence and a long life for their exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama. Exile leaders say the activists, age 22 and 24, were carrying Tibetan national flags as they launched their midafternoon Wednesday protest in an ethnic Tibetan area of China’s western […]

US Central Bank Extends Stimulus Measure to Spur Economy

Posted June 20th, 2012 at 1:35 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. central bank has decided to extend one of its stimulus measures in a new effort to boost the country’s sluggish economy. Federal Reserve policy makers decided Wednesday to expand a program to replace short-term government bonds with longer-term notes, shifting another $267 billion through the end of 2012. The central bank said the […]

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Suicide Bomber Attacks NATO Troops in Afghanistan

Posted June 20th, 2012 at 1:00 pm (UTC-5)
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A suicide bomber killed at least 21 people, including three coalition soldiers, in an attack on a joint NATO and Afghan patrol in eastern Afghanistan. Provincial police chief General Sardar Mohammad Zazai told VOA the attacker struck a checkpoint where coalition and Afghan forces were conducting biometric surveys of residents in Khost city. The blast […]

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Millions Pay Tribute on World Refugee Day

Posted June 20th, 2012 at 12:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Many people around the world are marking World Refugee Day Wednesday by paying tribute to the more than 42 million people who have been forcibly displaced from their homes. In a special message, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said “refugees leave because they have no choice.” He said everyone must choose to help. U.S. Secretary of […]

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Pakistan Moves to Elect New PM

Posted June 20th, 2012 at 12:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has summoned lawmakers to meet later this week for discussions on electing a new prime minister, following the dismissal of Yousuf Raza Gilani. The president’s office announced Wednesday that Mr. Zardari had summoned the lower house of parliament to meet Friday. The announcement comes a day after the Supreme Court […]

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