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AU Troops Recover Relief Food Stolen by Al-Shabab

Posted July 13th, 2012 at 3:35 am (UTC-5)
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African Union troops in central Somalia have recovered over 500 bags of relief food that had been stolen by the Somali insurgent group al-Shabab. The AU says the food, which was meant to help feed drought-stricken Somali families, was instead being used to feed al-Shabab militants at a training camp outside Mogadishu. The African Union […]

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Togo PM, Government Quit Ahead of Elections

Posted July 13th, 2012 at 3:00 am (UTC-5)
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The prime minister of Togo and his government have unexpectedly resigned just months before parliamentary elections in the tiny West African nation. No reason was given for the late Wednesday departure of Prime Minister Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo and his Cabinet ministers. Ebow Godwin, a freelance journalist in the Togolese capital, Lome, tells VOA the resignation […]

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US: Syria Must Safeguard Chemical Weapons

Posted July 13th, 2012 at 2:40 am (UTC-5)
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The United States says the international community will hold Syrian officials accountable if they fail to meet their duty to safeguard the country’s stockpiles of chemical weapons. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland says the U.S. has repeatedly warned Syria it is obligated to protect those weapons. Nuland made her comments after a prominent U.S. newspaper […]

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Clinton to Meet with Burma President

Posted July 13th, 2012 at 2:20 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is scheduled to meet with Burmese President Thein Sein Friday, after the United States formally lifted economic sanctions against the southeast Asian nation. A senior State Department official told VOA the talks will take place on the sidelines of a conference in Cambodia. Clinton met with President Thein Sein […]

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Thailand High Court to Rule on Constitutional Amendments

Posted July 13th, 2012 at 1:50 am (UTC-5)
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Thailand’s Constitutional Court will decide on Friday whether government plans to amend the constitution are legal. The current constitution was drawn up by the military, which deposed former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, and the party of current prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra — Thaksin’s sister — says the amendments are needed to bring more democracy to […]

US Improves Visa Application Process for Chinese Visitors

Posted July 13th, 2012 at 1:25 am (UTC-5)
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A growing number of Chinese citizens are taking advantage of recent changes that make it easier to apply for visas to the United States. The U.S. State Department says its has processed more than one million visa applications so far this year. That is an increase of over 43 percent compared to same period last […]

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China’s Economic Growth Slows to 3-Year Low

Posted July 13th, 2012 at 1:25 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese officials say economic growth has slumped to a three-year low, dragged down by global economic uncertainties. The National Bureau of Statistics reported Friday that the economy grew by 7.6 percent in the second quarter of 2012, sharply slowing from a 9.7 percent growth rate in the same quarter of 2011. The figure was the […]

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US Jobless Claims Fall to 4-Year Low

Posted July 13th, 2012 at 12:10 am (UTC-5)
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The number of people signing up for U.S. unemployment financial aid dropped to a four-year low last week. The head of a company that helps match job seekers and companies that have jobs to fill says many of the companies he works with are continuing their recovery from the recession. Rich Milgram, the CEO of […]

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New Poll Says Most Americans Think Health Care Law A Tax Hike

Posted July 13th, 2012 at 12:00 am (UTC-5)
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A recent poll says most American voters think the new health care law is a tax hike. The Quinnipiac poll released Thursday, showed 55 percent of voters regarded the law as a tax increase, while 36 percent said it is not. A plurality of 49 percent of voters said the health care law should be […]

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