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Yemen Says High-Ranking Al-Qaida Man Killed

Posted September 10th, 2012 at 10:30 am (UTC-5)
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The Yemeni government says its forces have killed the second-in-command of al-Qaida’s Yemen-based network. A Yemeni defense ministry website reported Monday that Said al-Shehri, a Saudi national, was one of several militants killed during an army operation in Hadramout province in eastern Yemen. No other details were provided. Al-Qaida’s Yemen-based network, al-Qaida in the Arabian […]

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Chicago Teachers on Strike

Posted September 10th, 2012 at 10:30 am (UTC-5)
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Teachers in Chicago, the third largest city in the U.S., went on strike Monday over a months-long dispute about how their job performance should be evaluated. About 29,000 teachers and support staff walked off the job in the dispute, with some joining picket lines outside their schools. The strike shut 350,000 students out of their […]

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Somalia Parliament Votes for New President

Posted September 10th, 2012 at 10:25 am (UTC-5)
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Somalia’s parliament has started selecting a new president, the final step in a plan to create a more effective government and end two decades of chaos and instability. The recently formed parliament began the secret ballot vote Monday at a police academy in the capital, Mogadishu. There are 22 candidates vying for the top post, […]

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UN Chief Slams Syrian Government, Rebels

Posted September 10th, 2012 at 9:40 am (UTC-5)
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U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the Syrian government and rebel groups for choosing violence and force rather than dialogue. In an opening speech Monday to a three-week session of the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva, Mr. Ban also rebuked the U.N. Security Council for failing to take a unified stance to end the […]

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Obama Edges Ahead of Romney in Latest Surveys

Posted September 10th, 2012 at 9:15 am (UTC-5)
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New political surveys in the U.S. show that President Barack Obama has, at least for the moment, edged ahead of Republican Mitt Romney as the two candidates enter the final eight weeks of the country’s presidential election campaign. The two candidates had been virtually tied in surveys a week ago after completion of Mr. Romney’s […]

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Mali Army Spokesman: Lone Soldier Killed 16 Islamic Preachers

Posted September 10th, 2012 at 8:50 am (UTC-5)
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A Malian army spokesman says a lone soldier was to blame for the killing of 16 Islamic preachers at a military checkpoint. Spokesman Idrissa Traore told VOA on Monday the army is not responsible for the killings. “It’s not the Malian army,” said Traore. “… It was one soldier. He was captured and the investigation […]

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15,000 Mine Workers Strike in South Africa

Posted September 10th, 2012 at 8:30 am (UTC-5)
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New labor unrest has hit South Africa’s mining industry, with 15,000 workers going on strike at a mine near Johannesburg. Mining firm Gold Fields Limited says the strike, which began Sunday, has suspended all production at its KDC West gold mine. The company says the reason for the strike is unclear, but its leaders are […]

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More than 30 People Killed in Kenyan Ethnic Clashes

Posted September 10th, 2012 at 7:05 am (UTC-5)
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Officials with the Red Cross say at least 32 people were killed in ethnic clashes in Kenya’s coastal southeastern region Monday. Hundreds of homes were burned during an attack on a village in Kenya’s Tana Delta coastal region. The Red Cross says seven police officers are among the dead. The region has been hit by […]

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Fugitive Iraqi VP Says Death Sentence a Sham

Posted September 10th, 2012 at 7:05 am (UTC-5)
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Iraq’s fugitive Sunni vice president has denounced a murder conviction and death sentence against him as politically motivated, and said he would not return home from Turkey within 30 days as demanded. Tariq al-Hashemi called the trial illegitimate and accused Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki of orchestrating it as part of a political vendetta. The vice […]

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UN Watchdog Demands Access to Iranian Military Site

Posted September 10th, 2012 at 6:45 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations nuclear watchdog chief demanded on Monday that Iran give U.N. inspectors “without further delay” access to a disputed military site where they believe Iran ran may have conducted tests tied to the development of nuclear weapons. Expressing frustration over Iran’s lack of cooperation, Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy […]

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