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Islamist Group Executes Two in Northern Mali

Posted July 30th, 2012 at 2:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Islamist militants in northern Mali say they have executed a man and a woman for alleged adultery. Sanda ould Bouamama, a spokesman for militant group Ansar Dine, told VOA the group carried out the executions Sunday in Aguelhok, a small town in Mali’s Kidal region. Bouamama said the man and woman received, in his words, […]

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Colorado Massacre Suspect Charged With Murder, Attempted Murder

Posted July 30th, 2012 at 1:00 pm (UTC-5)
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The suspect in a U.S. movie theater massacre has been charged with multiple counts of first degree murder and attempted murder in the shooting attack, in which 12 people were killed and 58 wounded. Prosecutors formally filed charges against suspect James Holmes in Colorado on Monday. They say they may seek the death penalty in […]

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U.S., Germany Confident on Eurozone Reform Success

Posted July 30th, 2012 at 12:20 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. and German finance chiefs are voicing confidence that the 17-nation euro currency union will be able to reform and further integrate its financial operations. U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner met with German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble at his North Sea vacation retreat Monday. Later, the finance chiefs said in a statement that the […]

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Third Day of Olympics Features Swimming Finals, Men’s Gymnastics

Posted July 30th, 2012 at 12:15 pm (UTC-5)
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The third full day of competition at the London Olympics launched Monday, featuring 12 medal finals. Four of the medals are in swimming. Swimmers will compete later Monday in the finals for the men’s 200-meter freestyle and 100-meter backstroke and the women’s 100-meter backstroke and 100-meter breaststroke. Earlier, China won its second straight gold medal […]

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Romney Closes Foreign Trip in Poland

Posted July 30th, 2012 at 12:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is in Poland, wrapping up a foreign trip that included stops in Israel and Britain. Romney met with Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk on Monday before his planned visit with former president Lech Walesa later in the day. Romney is also expected to attend a wreath-laying ceremony at the Westerplatte […]

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Burma Rejects Criticism of Response to Buddhist-Muslim Riots

Posted July 30th, 2012 at 11:45 am (UTC-5)
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Burmese officials have told a visiting U.N. human rights expert that security forces exercised “maximum restraint” in responding to deadly riots between Buddhists and Muslim Rohingyas in the country’s west last month. In a statement Monday, the Burmese foreign ministry said it “strongly rejects” accusations that authorities engaged in abuses and excessive force to end […]

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Museveni Urges Ugandans to Limit Contact After Ebola Outbreak

Posted July 30th, 2012 at 11:20 am (UTC-5)
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Uganda’s president is urging people to avoid physical contact because of an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus. The highly-contagious virus has killed at least 14 people in western Uganda. Authorities say there are at least 20 confirmed cases in the Kibaale district. During a state broadcast Monday, President Yoweri Museveni called on the public […]

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British Officials: Top Syrian Diplomat Defects

Posted July 30th, 2012 at 11:00 am (UTC-5)
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Britain’s Foreign Office says Syria’s chief diplomat in London has defected, making him the latest in a series of top officials, including military officers, who have quit President Bashar al-Assad’s embattled government in recent weeks. The foreign office said Monday that charge d’affaires Khaled al-Ayoubi informed it that he would no longer represent President Assad’s […]

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Jailed Punk Rockers Plead Not Guilty in Moscow

Posted July 30th, 2012 at 10:50 am (UTC-5)
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Three young women have pleaded not guilty to charges of ‘hooliganism’ for staging a punk-rock protest against Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow’s main cathedral. The trio, members of an all-female punk rock band , entered Christ the Savior Cathedral in February, where they staged an impromptu performance of a song whose lyrics call on […]

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Blackout Leaves More than 300 Million Without Power in India

Posted July 30th, 2012 at 10:00 am (UTC-5)
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A grid failure knocked out power to more than 300 million people in northern India on Monday, the worst blackout in the country in a decade. The power outage severely disrupted transport networks including the rail service, while traffic signals went out in major cities, causing huge traffic jams in the capital, New Delhi. Indian […]

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