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Ethiopia Rejects Rumors, Says PM’s Health Improving

Posted August 2nd, 2012 at 10:30 am (UTC-5)
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A top Ethiopian official says the health of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi is “much improved” in recent days, following treatment for an unspecified illness. Mr. Meles has not been seen in public for more than a month, and opposition websites this week reported the Ethiopian leader is dead. In an interview with Ethiopian television late […]

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Ex-Libyan Oil Minister Found Dead in Danube in Vienna

Posted April 29th, 2012 at 6:35 pm (UTC-5)
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The body of former Libyan oil minister Shukri Ghanem was found floating in the Danube River in Vienna on Sunday. Police say there is no sign of foul play and that it is possible Ghanem became sick and fell into the water. Authorities say they will perform an autopsy. Ghanem was Libya’s oil minister from […]

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Ex-Libyan Oil Minister Found Dead in Danube in Vienna

Posted April 29th, 2012 at 4:30 pm (UTC-5)
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The body of former Libyan oil minister Shukri Ghanem was found floating in the Danube River in Vienna early Sunday. Police say there is no sign of foul play and that it is possible Ghanem became sick and fell into the water. Authorities will perform an autopsy. Ghanem was Libya’s oil minister from 2006 until […]

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Bosnian Parliament Votes in New PM

Posted January 12th, 2012 at 11:35 am (UTC-5)
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The parliament of Bosnia-Herzegovina has voted in ethnic Croat economist Vjekoslav Bevanda as its new prime minister, some 15 months after the last general elections. Thursday’s move ends months of political wrangling among lawmakers from Bosnia’s three main communities — Muslims, Serbs and Croats. In a speech before the vote, Mr. Bevanda said his priorities […]

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Man Slaps Indian Minister

Posted November 24th, 2011 at 9:35 am (UTC-5)
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A man angry about corruption slapped Indian Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar on Thursday. The attacker hit Pawar in the face while the minister was talking to reporters in New Delhi. The man, identified as Harvinder Singh, was then pulled away by security, as he shouted slogans against corruption and rising food prices. Television footage showed […]

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Burmese Minister: Japan to Review Suspended Development Projects

Posted October 24th, 2011 at 4:45 am (UTC-5)
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Burma’s foreign minister says Japan has agreed to send experts to Burma to determine the feasibility of re-starting a number of suspended development projects. Wunna Maung Lwin told VOA’s Burmese service that the countries have also agreed to reciprocal visits by government officials and politicians. The foreign minister was interviewed in Bangkok on his way […]

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Cuba Holds Day of Mourning Following Defense Minister’s Death

Posted September 5th, 2011 at 3:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Cuba has held an official day of mourning to mark the death of Defense Minister Julio Casas Reguerio, who passed away Saturday of heart failure at age 75. In Havana Monday, President Raul Castro took part in a private ceremony to remember Casas, who ran the Cuban military’s economic ventures for several years. Several Cuban […]

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Cuban Defense Minister Dies

Posted September 3rd, 2011 at 4:35 pm (UTC-5)
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State-run media in Cuba say the country’s defense minister died from a heart attack Saturday. Julio Casas Regueiro fought alongside Fidel and Raul Castro in the guerrilla war that brought the two brothers to power in 1959. He succeeded Raul Castro as head of the armed forces in 2008, when Castro replaced his brother Fidel […]

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New South Korean Minister Promises Flexibility Toward North

Posted August 31st, 2011 at 5:55 am (UTC-5)
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South Korea’s new minister for relations with North Korea said Wednesday he will seek ways to be flexible in his dealings with Pyongyang. Yu Woo-ik, who was appointed as unification minister in a cabinet reshuffle Tuesday, told reporters he will maintain the government’s existing policies on North Korea. But, he said, he will look for […]

New South Korean Minister Promises Flexibility Toward North

Posted August 31st, 2011 at 4:05 am (UTC-5)
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South Korea’s new minister for relations with North Korea said Wednesday he will seek ways to be flexible in his dealings with Pyongyang. Yu Woo-ik, who was appointed as unification minister in a cabinet reshuffle Tuesday, told reporters he will maintain the government’s existing policies on North Korea. But, he said, he will look for […]

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