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Report: Freedoms in Libya, Egypt Improving

Posted January 16th, 2013 at 3:20 am (UTC-5)
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A new report by the pro-democracy watchdog group Freedom House says political rights and civil liberties have improved in Libya and in Egypt, but declined in Russia, Nigeria and 25 other countries. The annual report to be issued in Washington later Wednesday says that despite the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in […]

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Obama Awards Highest Civilian Honor to 13 Recipients

Posted May 29th, 2012 at 8:25 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama has awarded the country’s highest civilian honor to a music legend, a pioneer astronaut, and the first female U.S. secretary of state. They were among 13 recipients Tuesday of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. At a White House ceremony, Mr. Obama said the winners had an incredible impact on so many […]

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Obama to Award Highest Civilian Honor to 13 Recipients

Posted May 29th, 2012 at 2:05 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama is set Tuesday to award the Israeli president, a World War II resistance fighter, a former U.S. astronaut, and several others the nation’s highest civilian honor — the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In a ceremony at the White House, the president will give the medal to 13 people deemed to have […]

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Obama to Award Highest Civilian Honor to 13 Recipients

Posted May 29th, 2012 at 1:00 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama is set Tuesday to award a former Israeli president, a World War Two resistance fighter, a former U.S. astronaut, and several others the nation’s highest civilian honor — the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In a ceremony at the White House, the president will give the medal to 13 people deemed to […]

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Burma’s Suu Kyi Backs Plan to Lift US Sanctions

Posted May 15th, 2012 at 1:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi says she is cautiously backing a proposal to lift U.S. economic sanctions on Burma. Aung San Suu Kyi says she supports efforts by U.S. Senator John McCain to suspend, rather than eliminate, sanctions. She says it would send a strong message that the United States supports the country’s […]

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UN Chief: Arab Spring Helps Ease Controls on Journalists

Posted May 3rd, 2012 at 11:40 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations and media rights groups marking World Press Freedom Day say the Arab Spring has loosened the control of some governments over journalists, but they also say many nations still repress the media. At a World Press Freedom Day event in New York, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the growth of new media […]

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UN, Media Groups Mark World Press Freedom Day

Posted May 3rd, 2012 at 7:10 am (UTC-5)
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The U.N. and media rights groups marking World Press Freedom Day say the Arab Spring has eased the grip of some governments on journalism, but many nations still repress the media. In a joint statement, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UNESCO leader Irina Bokova said changes in the Arab world have shown the “power for […]

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UN, Media Groups Mark World Press Freedom Day

Posted May 3rd, 2012 at 2:25 am (UTC-5)
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The U.N. and media rights groups marking World Press Freedom Day say the Arab Spring has eased the grip of some governments on journalism but many nations still use tactics to repress the media. In a joint statement on Thursday, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UNESCO leader Irina Bokova said changes in the Arab world […]

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Dylan, Glenn, Albright to Receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

Posted April 26th, 2012 at 5:20 pm (UTC-5)
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A folk song legend, a pioneering astronaut, and a former U.S. secretary of state are three of the 13 recipients of this year’s Presidential Medal of Freedom. The medal is the highest civilian honor, presented to those who have made lasting contributions to America’s national interest, world peace and culture. This year’s winners include Bob […]

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Burma, UN Hold Discussions on New Media Laws

Posted March 22nd, 2012 at 4:00 am (UTC-5)
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In conjunction with the Burmese government, the United Nations’ cultural agency staged the first meeting of a workshop examining the Burmese government’s relationship with the media. In Rangoon, the joint workshop held by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) and officials with Burma’s Ministry of Information began with two days of discussions on […]

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