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Battles Rage in Syria’s Aleppo for Third Day

Posted September 29th, 2012 at 10:00 am (UTC-5)
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Battles are raging in Syria’s most populous city, Aleppo, as rebels continued their offensive to take the city that began three days ago. Mataz Suheil, of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, told VOA Saturday clashes broke out in Aleppo’s Arkub and Azzizia neighborhoods. At least three rebel fighters were killed in fighting in […]

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Clinton Says US Taking Aggressive Steps to Protect Diplomats

Posted September 18th, 2012 at 6:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the United States is taking aggressive steps to protect diplomats worldwide, as protests against an anti-Islam film produced in the United States spread. Clinton said Tuesday that officials are reviewing security at every post and adding to it when necessary. The secretary said the State Department had no actionable […]

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Pakistan Protesters March on US Consulate

Posted September 16th, 2012 at 2:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Hundreds of Pakistanis protesting an anti-Islam video produced in the United States have clashed with police as they tried to march toward the U.S. Consulate in the southern city of Karachi. Police fired tear gas and water cannon at the demonstrators Sunday as they approached the heavily guarded consulate. Karachi police chief Iqbal Mehmood said […]

US Consulate Staffer Killed in Protest in Libya

Posted September 11th, 2012 at 7:55 pm (UTC-5)
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A U.S. national was killed and another wounded Tuesday in Libya as a group of militants attacked the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, during a protest against a film they say offends Islam. An angry mob gathered outside the consulate and set fire to the building. The U.S. State Department confirmed the attack and said that […]

Colombian Rebels to Press for Cease-Fire with Government

Posted September 6th, 2012 at 7:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Colombia’s main leftist rebel group — battered by a years-long government military offensive — says it will seek a cease-fire next month at the start of preliminary talks with the Bogota government. Thursday’s cease-fire announcement by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia — better known as FARC — comes just days after President Juan Manuel […]

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Boko Haram Threatens VOA Reporters

Posted September 6th, 2012 at 6:20 pm (UTC-5)
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A radical Nigerian sect is again threatening reporters working with Voice of America. The warning issued Thursday by Boko Haram came in the same statement in which it claimed responsibility for attacking and destroying mobile phone towers in the northern part of the country. Boko Haram spokesman Abu Qaqa said in the statement the group […]

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Egypt, Turkey Criticize Syria’s Assad

Posted September 5th, 2012 at 7:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Egypt’s president says Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad must learn from “recent history” and step down before it is too late, while Turkey’s prime minister said Syria has become a “terrorist state” carrying out massacres against its own people. Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi told a meeting of the Arab League in Cairo Wednesday that a resolution […]

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Mourners Attend Funeral of Ethiopia’s Meles

Posted September 2nd, 2012 at 2:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Thousands of mourners gathered Sunday along with many African leaders for the state funeral for Ethiopia’s longtime leader Meles Zenawi. Mr. Meles died in Belgium last month at the age of 57 following a lengthy illness. He ruled Ethiopia for more than 20 years. Sunday’s state funeral, in the capital, Addis Ababa, was attended by […]

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Clinton, Pacific Leaders Agree on Gender Equality

Posted September 1st, 2012 at 12:40 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has joined Pacific leaders in a call for full gender equality – equal treatment of men and women in all parts of social, economic and political life. Clinton and other leaders attending the 16-member Pacific Islands Forum signed a joint statement in the Cook Islands Saturday, noting that overall […]

Men Convicted of Beating Mali Leader Sentenced to 6 Months

Posted August 29th, 2012 at 8:10 am (UTC-5)
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Six men convicted of severely beating Mali’s interim president have been sentenced to six months in prison for the attack. A judge convicted and sentenced the men during proceedings in the capital, Bamako, on Wednesday. The men were part of a group that broke into the office of Interim President Dioncounda Traore on May 21 […]

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