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Academic Abdel-Rahim El-Keeb to Lead Libyan Transition

Posted November 1st, 2011 at 3:35 am (UTC-5)
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Libya’s new interim Prime Minister Abdel-Rahim el-Keeb is an academic and businessman who spent decades in the United States before returning to Libya to support the uprising against Moammar Gadhafi. He is technocrat not widely known before his election Monday, but has been praised as a moderate with wide appeal. El-Keeb was educated in the […]

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Saudi Crown Prince Dies

Posted October 22nd, 2011 at 6:40 am (UTC-5)
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Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdul-Aziz, who died Saturday, was the kingdom’s defense minister, a post he had held for nearly 50 years. He was one of the sons of the founder of modern Saudi Arabia, King Abdul Aziz. Prince Sultan was one of a group of princes groomed for high office, receiving his […]

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A Look At Libya’s Sirte, Gadhafi Loyalists’ Last Stronghold

Posted October 20th, 2011 at 7:15 am (UTC-5)
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Libya’s provisional government fighters have gained control of Sirte, a move that could allow the National Transitional Council to say the country is fully liberated. Here are some facts about Sirte. -Sirte is the hometown of former leader Moammar Gadhafi and has been a stronghold for his supporters. -The coastal town is located about 360 […]

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Captured Israeli Soldier at Center of Israel-Hamas Prisoner Swap

Posted October 18th, 2011 at 12:05 am (UTC-5)
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Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was held for more than five years by the Palestinian militant group Hamas. Members of Hamas and other militant groups captured Shalit on June 25, 2006 during a cross-border raid from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel. The raiders killed two other Israeli soldiers, while Israeli troops killed two of the […]

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LRA’s Joseph Kony: Leader of 23-Year Terror Campaign

Posted October 17th, 2011 at 1:05 pm (UTC-5)
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The leader of the notoriously violent Lord’s Resistance Army is a mysterious figure who claims his rebel group’s 23-year campaign of terror is rooted in spiritual principles. Joseph Kony was born into northern Uganda’s Acholi tribe in the early 1960s. He gained power as the nephew of the tribe’s mystic, whose Holy Spirit Movement called […]

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Captured Israeli Soldier at Center of Israel-Hamas Prisoner Swap

Posted October 11th, 2011 at 2:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Israel has been trying to secure a deal with the Palestinian militant group Hamas for the release of abducted Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit for more than five years. Reports on Tuesday say a deal is now near between Israel and Hamas to free him. Members of Hamas and other militant groups captured Shalit on June […]

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Gbowee Harnessed Power of Women to Help End War

Posted October 7th, 2011 at 2:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee says she is “overwhelmed” and “re-energized” by the news Friday that she has jointly received the Nobel Peace Prize. The 39-year-old former social worker has been honored for bringing together thousands of women to help end a bloody, 13-year war in Liberia that killed 250,000 people. Gbowee founded Women of […]

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Leymah Gbowee Harnessed Power of Women to Help End War

Posted October 7th, 2011 at 10:50 am (UTC-5)
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Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee, joint winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, harnessed the power and bravery of women to help end a bloody war. The 39-year-old Gbowee, a social worker by training, helped unite Christian and Muslim women against warlords in her country, a campaign believed to have helped end 13 years of conflict. […]

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Liberia’s ‘Iron Lady’ Snares Peace Prize, Sparks Controversy

Posted October 7th, 2011 at 10:05 am (UTC-5)
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The choice of Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as one of three Nobel Peace Prize winners this year is already sparking controversy. Mrs. Sirleaf tells VOA she is humbled by the award and called it an achievement for the Liberian people. But skeptics are questioning whether the Norwegian-based Nobel Committee is interfering with Liberia’s domestic […]

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A Look at Radical Cleric Awlaki, Killed in Yemen

Posted September 30th, 2011 at 11:20 am (UTC-5)
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Radical U.S.-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, killed by a U.S. strike in Yemen on Friday, was a notorious and outspoken figure within al-Qaida, and a leader of the terrorist network’s wing in wing in Yemen. The Obama administration targeted Awlaki for his role in orchestrating terrorism aimed at the United States. He had become more prominent […]

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