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New York Times Launches Chinese-Language Website

Posted June 28th, 2012 at 7:20 am (UTC-5)
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The New York Times has launched a Chinese-language news website aimed at China’s massive online population. The paper said in a statement the site, (http://cn.nytimes.com/) which went active Thursday, hopes to draw readers from China’s “growing number of educated, affluent citizens.” China has an estimated 500 million Internet users, making it the world’s largest online […]

NATO Weighs Response to Syria’s Downing of Military Jet

Posted June 26th, 2012 at 5:10 am (UTC-5)
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NATO envoys are considering their response to Syria’s downing of a Turkish military jet last week. Turkey requested Tuesday’s meeting in Brussels following the attack it says happened in international airspace. Syria calls the incident an act of self-defense. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is expected to give more details of his country’s response […]

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Egypt Set to Announce Election Results Sunday

Posted June 24th, 2012 at 7:20 am (UTC-5)
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Egyptians learn the winner of a divisive presidential election Sunday. The official results were supposed to be released Thursday, but the election commission said it needed more time to investigate fraud allegations by both candidates — Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi and former prime minister Ahmed Shafiq. Egyptian officials have deployed extra security forces to Cairo […]

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Egypt Braces for Protests, Awaits Election Results

Posted June 22nd, 2012 at 5:50 am (UTC-5)
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Thousands of mostly Islamist protesters gathered in Cairo’s Tahrir Square early Friday to denounce what they see as a power grab by Egypt’s interim military rulers and to call on officials to release the delayed results of last week’s runoff. Egypt’s election commission has postponed the results, which were due to be released Thursday, because […]

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Survey Offers Rare Glimpse of Somalis’ Political Views

Posted June 20th, 2012 at 3:05 pm (UTC-5)
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A new VOA survey offers a rare look at the political views of people in war-torn Somalia. More than 3,000 people throughout Somalia responded to an unprecedented survey about the country’s proposed constitution. More than three-quarters of the respondents supported the draft constitution. The vast majority backed a provision calling for Islamic law, or Sharia. […]

Two More Tibetans Self-Immolate in Anti-China Protest

Posted June 20th, 2012 at 2:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Two more young Tibetans have set themselves on fire, while calling for Tibetan independence and a long life for their exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama. Exile leaders say the activists, age 22 and 24, were carrying Tibetan national flags as they launched their midafternoon Wednesday protest in an ethnic Tibetan area of China’s western […]

G20 Leaders Talk Eurozone Crisis

Posted June 19th, 2012 at 1:25 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama is spending the last day of the G20 summit in Mexico Tuesday in further talks with his counterparts about the ongoing eurozone debt crisis. French President Francois Hollande was quoted by the Reuters news agency Tuesday as saying he and German Chancellor Angela Merkel know that Europe must come up with […]

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European Stocks Fail to Sustain Rally After Greek Election

Posted June 18th, 2012 at 5:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Stocks in Europe gave up their early gains Monday, failing to echo the rally in Asia after pro-bailout parties won enough votes in Greece’s parliamentary elections to form a government. Greece’s stock exchange surged more than 7 percent at one point, but lost much of its early gain. Elsewhere in Europe, fears about other struggling […]

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Voting Under Way in Greek Election

Posted June 17th, 2012 at 6:55 am (UTC-5)
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Polls are open in Greece for an election that could decide the future of the debt-laden country in the 17-nation eurozone. The main contenders – the New Democracy conservatives and the Syriza leftist radicals – have pledged to form a government that will renegotiate the harsh austerity conditions of Greece’s bailout by the European Union […]

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Syria Violence Intensifies; Russia Digs In on Assad

Posted June 15th, 2012 at 1:25 pm (UTC-5)
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The head of the U.N. observer force in Syria has accused both rebels and government troops of stoking violence in the country. This comes as Russia hardens its position against Western pressure to topple embattled President Bashar al-Assad. Major General Robert Mood said Friday that fighting over the past 10 days has been “willingly intensified […]

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