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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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US Congressional Reports Urges Tougher Screening on Chinese Investment

Posted November 14th, 2012 at 7:01 am (UTC-5)
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An American Congressional report is urging tougher screening laws for investment by China’s state-owned enterprises, saying China is what it calls the “most threatening actor in cyberspace.” . The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission acknowledges in a report Wednesday that growing Chinese investment in the United States is an important source of job growth. […]

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UN Report Paints Grim Picture for Youth in Somalia

Posted October 1st, 2012 at 12:55 pm (UTC-5)
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A new United Nations report is painting a bleak picture of life for youth in Somalia, especially women, and says a “powerful new vision” is needed to transform the country. The 2012 Somalia Human Development Report says the unemployment rate for Somalis age 30 and under is 67 percent – one of the highest rates […]

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Chinese Media Criticizes US Religious Freedom Report

Posted July 31st, 2012 at 3:35 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese state media criticized a U.S. report on worldwide religious freedom, saying the release is “counterproductive.” The state-run Xinhua news agency said in a commentary Tuesday that the report is a “political tool” and that the United States is imposing its own religious policy standards. The annual State Department report released Monday said there has […]

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Clinton Says World Looking To Egypt To Form Inclusive Government

Posted July 30th, 2012 at 5:50 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says Egyptians and the international community are looking to the new Egyptian president, Mohammed Morsi, to appoint an inclusive government that includes women and Christians. Clinton said Christians in Egypt wonder if a government led by the Islamic Muslim Brotherhood will stand up for non-Muslims and Muslims equally. She […]

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UN Report: Somali Gov’t Deeply Corrupt

Posted July 16th, 2012 at 2:25 pm (UTC-5)
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A United Nations report obtained by VOA says Somalia’s transitional government is so deeply corrupt that it is ruled by a popular Somali phrase — “What’s in it for me?” The U.N. Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea suggests some leaders want to “hijack or derail” Somalia’s political transition process for personal gain. The government’s […]

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UN Report: Somali Gov’t Deeply Corrupt

Posted July 16th, 2012 at 10:00 am (UTC-5)
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A United Nations report obtained by VOA says Somalia’s transitional government is so deeply corrupt that it is essentially ruled by a popular Somali phrase – “What’s in it for me?” The U.N. Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea suggests rampant theft of public funds is behind efforts by some political leaders to “hijack or […]

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No Improvement Expected in US Employment Report

Posted July 6th, 2012 at 2:30 am (UTC-5)
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The unemployment rate in the United States is expected to remain stalled at 8.2 percent when the Labor Department releases its jobs report for June on Friday. But economists believe the government report may show employers added anywhere between 90,000 and 100,000 jobs last month, better than the 69,000 jobs added in May. Recent reports […]

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Probe Finds Human Error In 2009 Air France Crash

Posted July 5th, 2012 at 5:40 pm (UTC-5)
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French investigators have found that a combination of human error and technical malfunction caused the fatal 2009 crash of an Air France jet flying from Rio de Janeiro to Paris. Investigators Thursday said the Airbus 330 spun out of control at a very steep angle and was impossible to set right once it started to […]

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UN: Trafficking, Use of Illegal Drugs on the Rise in Asia

Posted June 26th, 2012 at 6:15 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations says increased trafficking and use of amphetamine type stimulants, or ATS, as well as the illicit production and abuse of drugs is a growing problem in Asia. In its global drug report released Tuesday, the U.N.’s Office on Drugs and Crime says the trend is especially troubling in China and South East […]

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