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Kenya Church Grenade Attack Kills Child, 2 Policemen Shot Dead

Posted September 30th, 2012 at 4:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Kenyan police say a grenade attack at a church in the capital, Nairobi, Sunday killed a nine-year-old boy and wounded three other children. Police chief Moses Ombati says he believes sympathizers of al-Shabab Islamic militants were responsible. Police say the children were at a Sunday school service at Saint Polycarp Church in Nairobi when someone […]

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Wave of Bomb Attacks Kills 26 in Iraq

Posted September 30th, 2012 at 9:45 am (UTC-5)
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Iraqi officials say a wave of bombings struck Shi’ite neighborhoods, security forces and other targets across the country Sunday, killing at least 26 people and wounding scores of others. At least eight cities and towns were hit. The deadliest attack occurred in Taji, a former al-Qaida stronghold just north of the capital, Baghdad. Three car […]

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Iran Vows to Retaliate Against Any Attack

Posted September 28th, 2012 at 5:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Iran has vowed to retaliate against any attack, after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on the world to draw a “clear red line” on Tehran’s nuclear program. Iran’s deputy U.N. ambassador, Eshagh al-Habib, accused Mr. Netanyahu of making “baseless allegations” against Tehran, which insists its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes. World powers say […]

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Bo Xilai Expelled from Communist Party; China Vows ‘Justice’

Posted September 28th, 2012 at 7:05 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese state media say disgraced politician Bo Xilai, who is at the center of China’s biggest political scandal in decades, has been kicked out of the country’s Communist Party and will “face justice.” The official Xinhua news agency said Bo, once considered a rising star in Chinese politics, will face charges including corruption, abuse of […]

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UN Chief Welcomes Agreement Between Sudans

Posted September 27th, 2012 at 9:50 pm (UTC-5)
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United Nations Secretary-general Ban Ki-moon has welcomed an agreement on security and cooperation issues reached by Sudan and South Sudan. Presidents Omar al-Bashir of Sudan and Salva Kiir of South Sudan signed the agreement at a ceremony in Addis Ababa Thursday, after four days of talks. Mr. Ban commended the two leaders for choosing peace […]

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Thein Sein: Burma Experiencing “Amazing” Changes

Posted September 27th, 2012 at 11:45 am (UTC-5)
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Burmese President Thein Sein says Burma has experienced “amazing” changes as its military-backed government strives to achieve democratic reforms. In his address to the United Nations General Assembly Thursday, Thein Sein said his country has been granting amnesty to political prisoners, abolishing censorship in the media, and affording people greater participation in the political process. […]

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Syrian Rights Group: Dozens ‘Arbitrarily’ Detained in Banias

Posted September 25th, 2012 at 7:10 pm (UTC-5)
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A Syrian human rights group says security forces have arrested at least 68 people, including three children, over the past few days in and around the coastal city of Banias. Mataz Suheil of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told VOA Tuesday the “arbitrary detentions” of 25 women, three children and at least 40 […]

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Romney: Idleness, Poverty, Corruption Causes Anger in Mideast

Posted September 25th, 2012 at 4:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says idleness, poverty, and government corruption fuel anger among young people across the Middle East. Mr. Romney told world leaders at the Clinton Global Initiative forum in New York Tuesday that religious extremism is not the whole story. He said promoting jobs and free enterprise would be what he calls […]

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Obama Calls for End to Extremism, Slams Syria and Iran

Posted September 25th, 2012 at 12:05 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama has called on global leaders to “speak out forcefully against violence and extremism,” saying the world can only make progress by pursuing tolerance and freedom. Mr. Obama spent much of his speech Tuesday at the United Nations General Assembly on the weeks of violent protests sparked by an anti-Muslim film made […]

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International Observers Criticize Belarus Vote

Posted September 24th, 2012 at 6:25 pm (UTC-5)
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International observers are strongly criticizing Sunday’s parliamentary elections in Belarus as not being competitive from the start. The Organization for Security and Cooperation Monday said “a free election depends on people being free to speak, organize and run for office.” The observer mission said none of that happened during the Belarus campaign. U.S. State Department […]

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