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Home of Golf’s Masters Admits First Female Members

Posted August 20th, 2012 at 12:25 pm (UTC-5)
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The prestigious U.S. golf club that is the home of the Masters Tournament has admitted the first female members in its 80-year history. Augusta National Golf Club announced Monday that it has invited former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and South Carolina business executive Darla Moore to join when the club opens for a new […]

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Pakistan’s President Orders Report on Girl’s Arrest for Blasphemy

Posted August 20th, 2012 at 11:05 am (UTC-5)
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Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has asked the country’s Interior Ministry for a report about the arrest of a Christian girl on blasphemy charges for allegedly desecrating a religious text. Police say the girl was taken into custody on Thursday after angry neighbors surrounded her house in Islamabad and accused her of burning pages inscribed […]

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US Military Cites Progress in Afghanistan Despite Recent Attacks

Posted August 20th, 2012 at 10:50 am (UTC-5)
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Top US military officials cite progress in the campaign against insurgents in Afghanistan, despite the recent wave of attacks by Afghan soldiers and police against their international counterparts. The chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, and the commander of U.S. Central Command, General James Mattis arrived in Afghanistan for talks […]

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South African Mine Reopens Following Strike, Clashes

Posted August 20th, 2012 at 10:35 am (UTC-5)
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The South African platinum mine where police killed 44 people last week has reopened, with its owner extending a deadline for striking workers to return. Lonmin PLC said in a statement that work at its Marikana mine resumed Monday with about one-third of 28,000 employees reporting to their jobs. The company had said striking workers […]

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China’s Gu Given Suspended Death Sentence for Murder of Brit

Posted August 20th, 2012 at 10:00 am (UTC-5)
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The wife of disgraced former Communist Party leader Bo Xilai has received a suspended death sentence from a Chinese court for the murder of a British businessman. The case rocked the Communist party ahead of its once-a-decade handover. Gu Kailai, who confessed to the killing, was convicted Monday of “intentional homicide” and sentenced to death, […]

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Aid Agencies Fight Cholera Outbreak in Northern Mali

Posted August 20th, 2012 at 9:15 am (UTC-5)
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Aid agencies are fighting a renewed cholera outbreak in rebel-controlled northern Mali, one of several parts of West Africa dealing with the disease. Authorities in Mali’s Gao and Asongo districts have reported 147 cases and 12 deaths since early July. The number of cases, which had begun to fall earlier this month, are again on […]

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Pakistan’s President Orders Report on Girl’s Arrest for Blasphemy

Posted August 20th, 2012 at 8:25 am (UTC-5)
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Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has asked the country’s Interior Ministry for a report about the arrest of a Christian girl on blasphemy charges for allegedly desecrating a religious text. Police say the girl was taken into custody on Thursday after angry neighbors surrounded her house in Islamabad and accused her of burning pages inscribed […]

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New Somali Parliament to Hold First Session

Posted August 20th, 2012 at 8:00 am (UTC-5)
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Somalia’s new parliament begins its work Monday, as the country moves ahead with a plan to establish a stable, permanent government. A selection committee has named only 225 lawmakers for the 275-seat body, but officials say that is enough for the parliament to convene. In an interview with VOA , Constitution and Reconciliation Minister Abirahman […]

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Top US Military Officials Cite Progress in Afghanistan Despite Recent Attacks

Posted August 20th, 2012 at 7:55 am (UTC-5)
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Top US military officials cite progress in the campaign against insurgents in Afghanistan, despite the recent wave of attacks by Afghan soldiers and police against their international counterparts. The chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, and the commander of U.S. Central Command, General James Mattis arrived in Afghanistan for talks […]

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UN Observers Leaving Syria After Mandate Ends

Posted August 20th, 2012 at 7:00 am (UTC-5)
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Members of the United Nations observer mission have left the Syrian capital, Damascus, after the expiration of their mandate to watch over a cease-fire that never took hold. The monitors who departed for Lebanon Monday are some of the last remaining from a group that at one time included 300 observers. The rest of the […]

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