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Ukraine Judge Again Delays Tymoshenko Trial

Posted August 14th, 2012 at 9:25 am (UTC-5)
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A judge in Ukraine has again delayed the tax evasion and embezzlement trial of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. The judge Tuesday set the next hearing for September 11 after the 51-year-old opposition leader cited her poor health and refused to appear in court in the eastern city of Kharkiv. She is being treated for […]

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3 Killed At Texas University Shooting

Posted August 14th, 2012 at 9:10 am (UTC-5)
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Police in the U.S. state of Texas say a gunman killed two people near Texas A&M University before officers shot and killed him. Authorities say one police officer and a bystander were killed Monday after a gunman opened fire near the university in College Station. They say several other people were wounded in the shooting. […]

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Burma’s President Tells VOA He Will Open Schools for Muslims

Posted August 14th, 2012 at 8:55 am (UTC-5)
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Burmese President Thein Sein says his government will open schools to improve the education of minority Rohingya Muslims who accuse the majority Buddhist state of persecuting them. In an exclusive interview with VOA Burmese Service chief Lwin Htun Than, President Thein Sein said education is an important tool to help different communities live in harmony […]

New Round of Wildfires in Western United States

Posted August 14th, 2012 at 8:35 am (UTC-5)
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Firefighters are battling raging wildfires across much of the western United States, including California and Idaho. The U.S. Forest Service says a firefighter was killed Sunday when she was crushed by a falling tree while fighting a fire in northern Idaho. In northern California, firefighters have made progress against a wildfire that has consumed several […]

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UN: Battle for Key Somali Port Appears ‘Imminent’

Posted August 14th, 2012 at 8:25 am (UTC-5)
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The U.N. humanitarian chief for Somalia says fighting for control of al-Shabab’s largest remaining stronghold appears “imminent.” In a statement Tuesday, U.N. official Mark Bowden said he is “deeply concerned” about reports of civilian casualties in Port Kismayo caused by naval gunfire and airstrikes. He called for all parties to minimize the conflict’s impact on […]

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Clash in Northwest Pakistan Kills 30

Posted August 14th, 2012 at 8:20 am (UTC-5)
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At least 30 people, mostly militants, have been killed in a clash with security forces in Pakistan’s northwest. Officials say militants ambushed soldiers Tuesday in the Ghaljo area of the Orakzai tribal agency. At least two soldiers were killed and 16 others were wounded in the resulting fighting. The military has been conducting operations against […]

Indian Yoga Guru Ends Anti-Corruption Hunger Strike

Posted August 14th, 2012 at 8:00 am (UTC-5)
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A popular Indian yoga guru has ended a six-day hunger strike but vowed to continue his fight against government corruption. Baba Ramdev sipped a glass of juice Tuesday to break his fast as several thousand supporters cheered him in New Delhi. Ramdev criticized Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the ruling-Congress Party, calling for its downfall […]

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S. Korea-Japan Dispute Could Affect U.S. Plans for Asia

Posted August 14th, 2012 at 7:25 am (UTC-5)
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Analysts say a worsening territorial dispute between Japan and South Korea could jeopardize U.S. policy in the Asia-Pacific region. The dispute escalated last week, when South Korean President Lee Myung-bak visited a group of uninhabited islands claimed by both countries, prompting Japan to recall its ambassador. It was the first visit by a South Korean […]

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Defected PM: Syrian Government Near Collapse

Posted August 14th, 2012 at 7:10 am (UTC-5)
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The Syrian prime minister who defected says President Bashar al-Assad’s government is on the verge of economic and moral collapse and controls no more than 30 percent of the country’s territory. Riad Hijab’s comments came Tuesday in his first public appearance since he defected to the opposition earlier this month. Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of Defense […]

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Euro Economy Shrinks in 2nd Quarter

Posted August 14th, 2012 at 6:55 am (UTC-5)
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The economy in the debt-crippled eurozone shrank in the second quarter of this year, after showing no growth in the first three months of 2012. Statistics released Tuesday show the gross domestic product in the 17-nation bloc contracted by 0.2 percent compared to the previous quarter. Germany – the eurozone’s strongest economy – grew by […]

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