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Thein Sein: Burma Experiencing “Amazing” Changes

Posted September 27th, 2012 at 1:00 pm (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 U.N. General Assembly, Thein Sein said political prisoners are being granted amnesty, censorship in the media is being abolished, and people are participating more in the political process. He said Burma […]

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Twin Car Bombs Target Syrian Military HQ

Posted September 26th, 2012 at 6:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Syrian rebels detonated two suicide car bombs at President Bashar al-Assad’s heavily guarded army headquarters in Damascus Wednesday, killing four security guards and sparking a gunbattle in which an Iranian journalist also died. Security video aired by Syrian state TV showed a white van driving on a busy street outside the military compound, then veering […]

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Obama Calls for End to Extremism, Criticizes Syria

Posted September 25th, 2012 at 8:50 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama told the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday to “speak out forcefully against violence and extremism.” Mr. Obama dedicated much of his annual speech to world leaders on the violent protests sparked by a privately produced anti-Muslim video shot in the United States. He said the world can only make progress by […]

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Obama Calls for End to Extremism, Criticizes Syria and Iran

Posted September 25th, 2012 at 2:40 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 a privately-produced anti-Muslim video […]

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Obama Calls for End to Extremism, Slams Syria and Iran

Posted September 25th, 2012 at 2:10 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 a privately-produced anti-Muslim video […]

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Protests Erupt Across Islamic World Over Video

Posted September 21st, 2012 at 1:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Fresh protests erupted Friday across the Islamic world, sparked by an Internet video produced in the United States that mocks the Prophet Muhammad. Thousands of people took to the streets in Pakistan, where at least 17 people were killed and dozens wounded in clashes between security forces and protesters. The deadliest violence was in the […]

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Protests Erupt Across Islamic World Over Video

Posted September 21st, 2012 at 10:45 am (UTC-5)
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Fresh protests have erupted across the Islamic world, sparked by the Internet video that mocks the Prophet Muhammad. In Pakistan, protests turned violent in the capital, Islamabad, and in Karachi and Peshawar. At least 13 people were killed in clashes between security personnel and protesters, including a policeman in Karachi. Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry says it […]

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Protests Erupt Across Pakistan Against Video

Posted September 21st, 2012 at 8:35 am (UTC-5)
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Protests are being held in cities across Pakistan against an Internet video that demonstrators say insults the Prophet Muhammad. The Pakistani television station, ARY, said one of its employees was killed Friday in the northeastern city of Peshawar after police opened fire on protesters who torched a cinema. At least 11 people were wounded in […]

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Blast Kills At Least 30 in Syria’s North

Posted September 20th, 2012 at 2:15 pm (UTC-5)
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A Syrian rights group says a blast in northeast Syria has killed at least 30 people and wounded dozens of others. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights quotes witnesses as saying the blast occurred when an air strike hit a fuel station in al-Raqqa province. The group’s director says witnesses told him they saw […]

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Syrian Rebels Seize Northern Border Crossing

Posted September 19th, 2012 at 3:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Syrian rebels have seized control of a third border crossing with Turkey after fierce battles with government troops, as fighting raged in the key cities of Aleppo and Damascus. VOA correspondent Elizabeth Arrott reported from the Syrian capital Wednesday that thick, black smoke was rising from contested suburbs there – and that residents are getting […]

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