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29 Officers Hurt in Northern Ireland Clashes

Posted January 12th, 2013 at 8:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Twenty-nine police officers have been injured in the latest bout of rioting in Northern Ireland’s capital, Belfast, over limits to the flying of the British flag. Riot police used water cannon and fired six plastic bullet rounds at protesters who threw rocks and other objects at officers during the clashes in east Belfast Saturday. The […]

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Northern Ireland’s First Abortion Clinic Opens, Draws Protests

Posted October 18th, 2012 at 11:40 am (UTC-5)
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The first abortion clinic on the predominantly Catholic island of Ireland has opened in the British-controlled northern city of Belfast. The clinic operated by London-based family planning group Marie Stopes received its first clients on Thursday. Hours ahead of the opening, about 200 conservative Catholics and Protestants held a protest outside the clinic, holding signs […]

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Islamists Segregate Boys, Girls in Mali School

Posted June 28th, 2012 at 8:50 am (UTC-5)
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Even before they seized full control of the Malian city of Gao this week, Islamist militants imposed sharia law on the town’s residents. VOA French to Africa reporter Idriss Fall, who spent several days in Gao last week, found the restrictions extended to the city’s lone operating school, where militants forced teachers to segregate boys […]

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Clashes in N. Mali Kill 20

Posted June 27th, 2012 at 7:30 pm (UTC-5)
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(new info grafs 2-3, edits throughout)) Witnesses in northern Mali say at least 20 people were killed Wednesday in clashes between Islamist militants and rebels fighting for a separate Tuareg state in the region. A VOA reporter said the al-Qaida-linked group MUJAO (The Unity Movement for Jihad in West Africa) seized control of a key […]

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Clashes in N. Mali Kill 20

Posted June 27th, 2012 at 2:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Witnesses in northern Mali say clashes between Islamist militants and Tuareg rebels Wednesday killed at least 20 people. A VOA reporter said the al-Qaida-linked MUJAO militant group was able to seize control of Gao from the separatist group MNLA. There were exchanges of heavy weapons fire throughout the day. After the fighting, he said militants […]

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Tuareg Rebels, Islamist Militants Clash in Northern Mali

Posted June 27th, 2012 at 12:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Witnesses in northern Mali say Islamist militants have taken over the town of Gao after clashing with Tuareg rebels Wednesday. A VOA reporter said the MUJAO militant group was able to push the Tuareg separatist MNLA from the town after exchanging heavy weapons fire throughout the day. After the fighting, he said militants reportedly looted […]

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Tuareg Rebels, Islamist Militants Clash in Northern Mali

Posted June 27th, 2012 at 8:15 am (UTC-5)
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Witnesses in a restive northern Mali town say fighting has broken out between Taureg rebels and Islamist militants. Residents say gunfire erupted in the center of Gao on Wednesday between the Tuareg separatist MNLA and the MUJAO militant group. A VOA reporter says residents took shelter in their homes as the two sides fire heavy […]

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Protesters Clash with Rebel Rulers in Northern Mali Town

Posted June 26th, 2012 at 12:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Witnesses in northern Mali report a clash between protesters and one of the armed groups that controls the area’s major cities. A youth leader in the city of Gao tells VOA that members of the Tuareg separatist group MNLA fired on about 200 protesters who had marched to the group’s local headquarters Tuesday. He says […]

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Protesters Clash with Rebel Rulers in Northern Mali Town

Posted June 26th, 2012 at 11:40 am (UTC-5)
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Witnesses in northern Mali report a clash between protesters and one of the militant groups that controls the area’s major cities. A youth leader in the city of Gao tells VOA that members of the Tuareg separatist group MNLA fired on about 200 protesters who had marched to the group’s local headquarters Tuesday. He says […]

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Judge Refuses Bail for Suspected IRA Bombers

Posted September 29th, 2011 at 2:50 pm (UTC-5)
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A judge in Northern Ireland refused bail for three suspected Irish Republican Army dissidents Thursday, after they were charged with possession of a bomb. Police discovered the explosive device Monday when they stopped the men’s car at a road checkpoint on the outskirts of Londonderry. The men were questioned and arrested. Several IRA splinter groups […]

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