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UN: Fighting in Syria Escalated ‘Dramatically’ Since February

Posted June 27th, 2012 at 6:40 am (UTC-5)
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United Nations investigators say fighting in Syria has “escalated dramatically” despite a commitment by both the government and opposition forces to halt violence under international envoy Kofi Annan’s peace plan. In a report Wednesday to the U.N. Human Rights Council, the investigators said the situation in Syria is “dangerously and quickly deteriorating.” The report said […]

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Syria Says Terrorists Kill 3 in TV Station Attack

Posted June 27th, 2012 at 2:25 am (UTC-5)
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Syria’s state-run news agency says an “armed terrorist group” killed three people during an attack on a pro-government television station. SANA said terrorists planted explosives during the attack early Wednesday at the headquarters of the al-Ikhbaria satellite channel, but did not say how the employees died. Syria often uses the term “armed terrorists” to label […]

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Assad: Syria at ‘War’ as Damascus Suburbs See Heaviest Fighting

Posted June 26th, 2012 at 4:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has acknowledged that his country is in a “state of war” as activists reported the heaviest fighting between government and rebels forces near the capital since the start of a 15-month opposition uprising. Syria’s state news agency SANA says Mr. Assad made the comment Tuesday as he addressed his new cabinet. […]

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Officials: US Drone Strike Kills 6 in Pakistan

Posted June 26th, 2012 at 2:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Pakistani intelligence officials say a U.S. drone strike has killed at least six suspected militants in the country’s northwest. Two missiles hit a compound in the Shawal area of the North Waziristan tribal agency on Tuesday, in the latest strike to hit the al-Qaida and Taliban militant stronghold. Officials told VOA’s Deewa Radio that those […]

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UN Peacekeeping Chief: Syria Too Dangerous for Monitors

Posted June 26th, 2012 at 12:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.N. peacekeeping chief says the situation in Syria is too dangerous for U.N. monitors to resume their work there. Diplomats at Tuesday’s U.N. Security Council briefing say Herve Ladsous told the council that the observer mission will remain suspended in Syria because of the mounting conflict. He added that the Syrian government also refuses […]

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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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Bomb Blast Kills 6 Afghan Police

Posted June 25th, 2012 at 4:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Afghan authorities say a roadside bomb has killed six police officers in central Uruzgan province. Local officials Monday said the policemen were patrolling in Chora district when their vehicle struck the explosives. The French News Agency quotes the Taliban as claiming responsibility for the deadly attack on its website. In other violence, NATO said one […]

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8 Dead in Pakistan Shooting

Posted June 23rd, 2012 at 7:50 am (UTC-5)
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Gunmen riding on motorcycles have shot and killed eight people at a business in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta. Pakistani police say another person was wounded in the attack on a laundry Saturday in a busy area of Quetta, the capital of restive Baluchistan province bordering Afghanistan and Iran. There was no immediate claim […]

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More Clashes in North Nigeria as Violence Kills Close to 100

Posted June 20th, 2012 at 7:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Violent clashes between Christians and Muslims in Nigeria’s north flared again Wednesday, bringing the death toll from four days of unrest close to 100. The clashes took place despite a round-the-clock curfew in the cities of Kaduna and Damaturu. Witnesses reported a large number of soldiers patrolling the streets. The wave of unrest began Sunday, […]

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