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Russia Concerned over Arms Sales, Sanctions

Posted October 17th, 2012 at 3:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Russia has lashed out against international moves that restrict transactions with Syria and Iran. Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday only sanctions imposed by the U.N. Security Council could serve as a basis for limiting its weapons supplies to any country. “Nobody can use any pretext to dictate to Russia or any other country on […]

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VOA’s Middle East Voices Wins Prestigious Journalism Award

Posted September 24th, 2012 at 12:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Voice of America’s Middle East Voices website is being recognized for outstanding digital journalism. Middle East Voices won a 2012 Online News Association award for “Topical Reporting, Large Site,” for its reporting on the Arab Spring. The ONA made the announcement on Saturday at its annual conference in San Francisco. VOA’s Chief of English for […]

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East Timor Votes In National Elections

Posted July 6th, 2012 at 7:35 pm (UTC-5)
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East Timorese are voting to choose members of parliament, following a relatively peaceful two-round presidential contest in March and April. Polls opened early Saturday in an electoral process that is expected to result in the withdrawal of U.N. peacekeepers in December. Twenty-one parties have fielded candidates for the 65-seat parliament. The two top parties are […]

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East Timor Holds National Elections Saturday

Posted July 6th, 2012 at 7:05 am (UTC-5)
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East Timorese go to the polls Saturday to choose members of parliament, following a relatively peaceful two-round presidential contest in March and April. The electoral process is expected to result in the withdrawal of U.N. peacekeepers in December. Twenty-one parties have fielded candidates for the 65-seat parliament. The two top parties are the National Congress […]

Senior US Official to Visit Vientam, Brunei, Thailand

Posted June 18th, 2012 at 4:55 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. Department of State says Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs, Andrew J. Shapiro, will leave Tuesday for a five-day East Asia tour that will take him to Vietnam, Brunei and Thailand. A statement issued Monday says the tour will begin in the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi, where Shapiro will attend the fifth meeting […]

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Secretary Clinton Extends US Support to Middle East Activists

Posted May 29th, 2012 at 1:25 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton welcomed Middle East democracy activists to the State Department Tuesday, asking for their input on how the United States can help advance freedom and human rights in the region. Greeting the activists before the meeting, Clinton called on them to give their “honest assessments” of the best ways for […]

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Asian Nations Top Arms Buyers; China Seen as Threat

Posted April 18th, 2012 at 1:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Russia’s state agency for arms sales says Asian nations have become Russia’s top military technology buyers, a development some arms experts blame on China. The Rosoboronexport company, part of a Russian delegation to an international arms exhibition in Malaysia, says 43 percent of Russia’s arms exports last year were to Asian countries. The Stockholm International […]

Asian Nations Top Arms Buyers; China Seen as Threat

Posted April 18th, 2012 at 11:50 am (UTC-5)
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Russia’s state agency for arms sales says Asian nations have become Russia’s top military technology buyers, a development some arms experts blame on China. The Rosoboronexport company, part of a Russian delegation to an international arms exhibition in Malaysia, says 43 percent of Russia’s arms exports last year were to Asian countries. The Stockholm International […]

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Former Independence Fighter New President of East Timor

Posted April 17th, 2012 at 5:25 am (UTC-5)
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Former independence leader Taur Matan Ruak has won East Timor’s presidential election. Election officials announced Tuesday that Ruak won the presidential runoff with 61 percent of the vote to 39 percent for Francisco Guterres, another independence leader known as “Lu Olo.” Guterres placed slightly ahead of Ruak in last month’s first round of the presidential […]

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Former Independence Fighter New President of East Timor

Posted April 17th, 2012 at 3:20 am (UTC-5)
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Former independence leader Taur Matan Ruak has won East Timor’s presidential election. Elections officials announced Tuesday that Ruak won the presidential run-off with 61 percent of all votes cast, compared to 38 percent for Francisco Guterres, another independence leader known as “Lu Olo.” Guterres placed slightly ahead of Ruak in last month’s first round of […]

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