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Spain’s Rajoy Hints He Might Seek Bailout

Posted August 3rd, 2012 at 2:15 pm (UTC-5)
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After months of denial, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is hinting for the first time that his debt-ridden country may seek an international bailout. Before deciding, Mr. Rajoy said he would first study how the European Central Bank structures its new plan to buy government bonds of debtor nations, including Spain and Italy. The bank’s […]

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1 Killed in Nairobi Blast Ahead of Clinton Visit

Posted August 3rd, 2012 at 1:25 pm (UTC-5)
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An explosion in Kenya’s capital Friday killed one person, a day before U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is due to visit the city. A VOA reporter says the blast was the result of a failed grenade attack outside the gates of a Kenya Air Force base. A witness said the attacker tried to throw […]

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UN Assembly Condemns Syrian Government

Posted August 3rd, 2012 at 1:10 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations General Assembly on Friday approved a non-binding resolution that condemns Syria’s government’s use of heavy weapons in the fight against rebel forces. The vote also criticizes the U.N. Security Council for failing to stem the violence in Syria. The vote came as Syrian activists report more violence in the 17-month uprising against […]

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US Labor Market Advances, but Jobless Rate Is Higher

Posted August 3rd, 2012 at 12:50 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. says its labor market improved markedly in July, even as the national jobless rate edged higher. The government reported Friday that employers added 163,000 jobs last month, after three straight months of sluggish hiring, and the most since February. But even as more unemployed workers found new jobs, the country’s unemployment rate increased […]

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At Least 1 Killed in Nairobi Blast Ahead of Clinton Visit

Posted August 3rd, 2012 at 12:45 pm (UTC-5)
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An explosion in Kenya’s capital has killed at least one person, a day before U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is due to visit the city. A VOA reporter in Nairobi says the explosion occurred in the neighborhood of Eastleigh, an area where many Somali immigrants live. He says the explosion was apparently the result […]

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UN Assembly to Vote on Syria Resolution

Posted August 3rd, 2012 at 12:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations General Assembly is meeting on a Saudi-drafted resolution on Syria, as activists report more violence in the 17-month uprising against President Bashar al-Assad. Kicking off debate on the resolution late Friday morning, U.N. leader Ban Ki-moon said the Syria conflict is now a “proxy war” and urged major powers to end the […]

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India Facing First Drought in 3 Years

Posted August 3rd, 2012 at 12:20 pm (UTC-5)
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India is facing its first drought in three years, with this year’s monsoon rains down by nearly 20 percent. In a report issued late Thursday, the Indian Meteorological Department said more than half of India has received deficient rainfall between June and August of this year. Portions of the country’s northwest, including key food-producing states […]

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Clinton Urges Sudan, South Sudan to Settle Issues

Posted August 3rd, 2012 at 11:55 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is urging Sudan and South Sudan to resolve bitter disputes that earlier this year pushed the countries to the brink of war. Clinton spoke to reporters Friday during a brief visit to the southern capital, Juba, where she met with South Sudanese President Salva Kiir. VOA correspondent Anne Look, […]

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Women Make History on Day 7 of the London Games

Posted August 3rd, 2012 at 11:10 am (UTC-5)
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Fans at the 2012 London games witnessed history Friday, watching as several countries fielded female athletes for the very first time. Spectators met Saudi Arabia’s Wojdan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani with a round of applause when she took to the mat in the women’s judo competition, becoming the first Saudi woman ever to compete in […]

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Pakistan’s Supreme Court Strikes Down Contempt Law

Posted August 3rd, 2012 at 10:30 am (UTC-5)
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Pakistan’s Supreme Court has struck down a law that would have given the prime minister immunity from contempt charges, as a fight between the judiciary and government heats up. Parliament passed the law last month to protect Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf and other top government officials from the same fate as former Prime Minister […]

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