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VOA Beams New Shows to Horn of Africa

Posted September 7th, 2011 at 10:40 pm (UTC-5)
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VOA begins two new shows for the Horn of Africa Thursday evening, both focused on the drought and famine afflicting the region. A Somali-language show, “Lifeline Somali,” will run from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Somali time, five days a week, Monday through Friday. It will be followed on the same nights by an Amharic-language show, […]

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Pakistan Imposes Sanctions on Doctor Involved in Bin Laden Raid

Posted September 6th, 2011 at 11:20 pm (UTC-5)
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A Pakistani commission has imposed sanctions on the Pakistani doctor who assisted the United States in its raid against al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden while a U.S. senator urges the U.S. cut off all aid to Pakistan. The Pakistani government-appointed Abbottabad Commission said Tuesday that all persons involved in the May 2 raid that killed […]

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Obama Approval Hits New Lows

Posted September 1st, 2011 at 6:40 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama’s approval ratings have hit new lows. A Quinnipiac poll released Thursday puts President Obama’s overall job disapproval rating at a record 52 percent, with 42 percent in favor of his performance. Congressional leaders fare even worse in the ratings. Meanwhile, nearly two-thirds of Americans surveyed for a CNN/ORC poll say they […]

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Nine Killed, More than 20 Wounded in Chechnya Suicide Attacks

Posted August 31st, 2011 at 1:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Russian officials say three suicide bombers killed at least nine people Tuesday, including seven policemen, in the Chechen capital, Grozny. The first bomber blew himself up when police tried to detain him near the parliament building in central Grozny. Two other suicide bombers set off their explosives near the same place about 20 minutes later, […]

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Kosovar Admits Killing 2 US Airmen, Wounding 2 Others

Posted August 31st, 2011 at 9:55 am (UTC-5)
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A 21-year-old man from Kosovo went on trial in Frankfurt, Germany, Wednesday and confessed to killing two U.S. Air Force personnel and wounding two others earlier this year. Arid Uka admitted his guilt and apologized on the opening day of his trial, saying he had been influenced by Islamist propaganda. He added that he could […]

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Syria Rejects Arab League Call for End to ‘Bloodshed’

Posted August 28th, 2011 at 3:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Syria has rejected an Arab League statement calling for an end to deadly violence that has shaken the country, as the government cracks down on a five-month-old pro-democracy uprising. In a statement issued early Sunday after an emergency meeting in Cairo, the Arab bloc called for a stop to “bloodshed” in Syria “before it is […]

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Turkish Soldiers Injured by Roadside Bomb

Posted August 25th, 2011 at 8:55 am (UTC-5)
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Turkish authorities say a roadside bomb exploded in southeastern Turkey Thursday, wounding several soldiers traveling in a minibus. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack in Hakkari province, near the border with Iraq. Kurdish rebels fighting for autonomy in the region have killed some 40 Turkish soldiers since July. Turkish troops retaliated with six […]

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Report: Cheney Advised Bush to Bomb Syria

Posted August 25th, 2011 at 7:40 am (UTC-5)
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HEAD: Report: Cheney Advised Bush to Bomb Syria DATE: 08/25/11 NUMBER: 1297931 TYPE: CN )) Former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, in a memoir obtained by the New York Times, says he urged former President George W. Bush to bomb a suspected Syrian nuclear reactor site in 2007. The report says Cheney advised Mr. Bush […]

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US Says China’s Military Expanding Rapidly

Posted August 24th, 2011 at 10:50 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. Defense Department says China is on pace to achieve its goal of building a modern military by 2020, a move it says could potentially destabilize the Asia-Pacific region. In its annual assessment to Congress, the Pentagon Wednesday said China is rapidly modernizing its military equipment and achieved several advances in the past year. […]

Venezuelan Gold Reserves to be Repatriated

Posted August 24th, 2011 at 8:25 am (UTC-5)
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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has officially nationalized Venezuela’s gold mining industry. The decree signed Tuesday places the gold mining industry under complete government control. The law gives the state the exclusive right to explore and mine gold within the country. It does allow for joint ventures in which private companies hold a minority stake. In […]

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