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Thai Monks Rally Against Muslim Violence

Posted October 3rd, 2012 at 10:25 am (UTC-5)
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Buddhist monks are protesting a wave of violence targeting the Buddhist community in Bangladesh. About 200 monks marched peacefully in Bangkok, some carrying banners pleading for peace and harmony. Others carried posters demanding an end to “Muslim Terrorism” against Bangladesh’s small Buddhist community. A monk from Chittagong, Phra Jyotisen Bhikko, called for U.N. help. ”If […]

Mali Islamists Execute Man in Timbuktu

Posted October 3rd, 2012 at 9:55 am (UTC-5)
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Islamist militants who control northern Mali have publicly executed a man accused of murder. A spokesman for militant group Ansar Dine tells VOA the man, a Malian Tuareg, was killed by firing squad in Timbuktu late on Tuesday. The spokesman, Sanda Ould Bouamama, says Ansar Dine was acting in line with Islamic law. “We judged […]

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Despite Debt Woes, Greece to Fund Formula One Track

Posted October 3rd, 2012 at 9:55 am (UTC-5)
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Despite its debt crisis and deep recession, Greece says it is planning to invest in the construction of a Formula One race track. The Athens government said Wednesday it will spend more than $37 million on the project, about a third of the cost of building the track it hopes will attract Grand Prix races. […]

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At Least 40 Killed as Car Bombs Strike Syria

Posted October 3rd, 2012 at 9:45 am (UTC-5)
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Four massive explosions ripped through a government-controlled section of Syria’s largest city, Aleppo, killing at least 40 people and wounding nearly 100 others. The Syrian government and its opponents said Wednesday three of the blasts were car bombs that targeted Saadallah Jabri Square, near a hotel that residents said housed pro-government militiamen. An officers’ club […]

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US, Afghanistan Launch Bilateral Commission

Posted October 3rd, 2012 at 9:05 am (UTC-5)
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The United States and Afghanistan are launching a bilateral commission as part of a strategic agreement signed earlier this year. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is set to hold talks with Afghan Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul at the State Department Wednesday. The strategic deal signed in May outlines the future relationship between the two […]

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Iranian Police Clash with Protesters After Currency Plunge

Posted October 3rd, 2012 at 7:10 am (UTC-5)
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Witnesses in Iran’s capital say police have clashed with protesters who were speaking out against a plunge in the nation’s currency. Police in riot gear were reported to be breaking up the Wednesday demonstrations in central Tehran. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has rejected growing domestic criticism of his domestic policies as the rial slumped to […]

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Obama, Romney Facing High Stakes in First Debate

Posted October 3rd, 2012 at 7:05 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney will confront each other Wednesday in the first of three scheduled nationally televised debates of the 2012 presidential race. With just five weeks remaining before the November 6 election, Mr. Obama is entering the debate with a lead over Mr. Romney in voter opinion polls […]

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Obama Sued by Chinese Firm for Blocking Wind Farm Deal

Posted October 3rd, 2012 at 6:45 am (UTC-5)
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A Chinese-owned company has sued U.S. President Barack Obama for blocking its bid to build a wind farm near a sensitive American naval site used to test unmanned drones. China’s official Xinhua news agency says the company, Ralls Corp., claims Mr. Obama exceeded his constitutional rights and did not provide evidence as to why the […]

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Rights Group Alleges Violations by South Sudan Forces in Jonglei

Posted October 3rd, 2012 at 6:40 am (UTC-5)
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Amnesty International says South Sudanese security forces have committed “shocking” human rights violations, while carrying out a campaign to disarm civilians in Jonglei state. The group said in a report Wednesday the violations by members of the police and army include torture, shootings and sexual violence. The report is based on interviews with people in […]

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Russia Hopes Georgia Election Leads to Normalized Ties

Posted October 3rd, 2012 at 6:05 am (UTC-5)
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Russia’s Foreign Ministry says it hopes that Monday’s parliamentary election in Georgia will help normalize relations between the two countries. Foreign Ministry Spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said in a statement Wednesday that “Georgian society has voted for changes”. He expressed hope that Georgia will move towards a “normalization” and “establishment of constructive and respectful relations” with […]

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