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Burma’s State Television Says Prisoner Release Imminent

Posted October 11th, 2011 at 3:35 am (UTC-5)
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Burma’s state television announced Tuesday that the government will begin releasing more than 6,000 prisoners Wednesday. The brief announcement, monitored by VOA’s Burmese service, said the prisoners will be released for good conduct. It did not say how many would be freed in the first group or whether the release would include any of Burma’s […]

11 Chinese Sailors Killed in River Boat Attack

Posted October 10th, 2011 at 12:10 pm (UTC-5)
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China has suspended shipping on the Mekong river, days after 13 sailors were killed on two cargo boats in an apparent hijacking by drug smugglers. The official Xinhua news agency said the shipping ban extends to passenger vessels as well as cargo ships. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin said the two boats came under […]

Nobel Economics Prize Goes to 2 Americans

Posted October 10th, 2011 at 8:20 am (UTC-5)
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Americans Thomas Sargent and Christopher Sims have been awarded the 2011 Nobel economics prize for research on the relationship between government policy decisions and the economy. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the prize Monday to the two American professors “for their empirical research on cause and effect in the macroeconomy.” The prize committee […]

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Russia “Concerned” Over Naval Missile Interceptor Deployment Off Spanish Coast

Posted October 6th, 2011 at 2:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Russia says a U.S. plan to deploy naval missile interceptors off the Spanish coast is “unacceptable” and “cannot fail to cause concern.” The U.S. plans to deploy four Aegis cruisers as part of NATO’s anti-ballistic missile defense system. Its goal is to protect European NATO states and the United States from long-range missile attacks from […]

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Turkey Threatens Syria Sanctions Despite UN Resolution Veto

Posted October 5th, 2011 at 10:00 am (UTC-5)
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HEAD: Turkey Threatens Syria Sanctions Despite UN Resolution Veto DATE: 10/05/11 NUMBER: 1456184 TYPE: CN )) Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Recep Erdogan says his government will impose its own sanctions on Syria, despite the failure of a European-drafted resolution at the U.N. Security Council. Russia and China vetoed the resolution Tuesday, sparking U.S. and European […]

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Greece To Miss Deficit Reduction Goal

Posted October 3rd, 2011 at 8:45 am (UTC-5)
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The Greek Finance Ministry says it will miss a deficit reduction goal by nearly a full percentage point. Markets around much of the world reacted negatively to the news Monday, fearing a Greek debt default might be inevitable. Greece is struggling to prove to its lenders that it is cutting spending and raising revenue so […]

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Four Arrested Ahead of German Reunification Celebrations

Posted October 2nd, 2011 at 3:15 pm (UTC-5)
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German police say they have arrested four alleged Islamists on suspicion of illegally obtaining weapons, ahead of ceremonies Monday marking the 21st anniversary of German reunification. But authorities later said they found no evidence of plans for an attack. Prosecutors said no weapons or other dangerous items were discovered during apartment searches in the Bonn […]

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EU Leaders Criticize Belarus, Ukraine

Posted September 30th, 2011 at 9:50 am (UTC-5)
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European Union leaders on Friday condemned Belarus for its continued poor record on human rights and the rule of law. Speaking at the first day of a summit in Poland aimed at bringing former Soviet states closer to the European Union, EU leader Herman Van Rompuy called for the release of all political prisoners in […]

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Kazakhstan Parliament Passes Tough Religious Legislation

Posted September 29th, 2011 at 8:27 am (UTC-5)
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The upper house of Kazakhstan’s parliament has approved tough new legislation on religious activity. Supporters of the measure say it will help combat the growing threat of religious extremism, while opponents call it a blow to religious freedom. The measure is expected to quickly be signed into law by President Nursultan Nazarbayev, who proposed the […]

Kurdish Politicans End Boycott of Turkish Parliament

Posted September 28th, 2011 at 3:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Kurdish lawmakers in Turkey said Wednesday they would end their boycott of parliament and take their oath of office later this week. Selahattin Demirtas, chairman of the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party said the decision was taken to work for peace in Turkey. The party led the boycott after the June parliamentary elections. Some of […]

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