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The Rev. Daniel Berrigan, a Jesuit priest, poet and peace activist, "died peacefully" Saturday at the age of 94 after a "long illness," a spokesman for the Jesuits USA Northeast Province said. Berrigan died at Murray-Weigel Hall, a Jesuit health care...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Sunday, May 1, 2016
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A new project is using solar energy to transform toilet waste into efficient cooking fuel, in an initiative to improve hygiene for people in communities without indoor sanitation and at the same time reduce the felling of trees for charcoal. In the communities...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Friday, April 29, 2016
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The world's most profitable company became less valuable this week when California-based Apple Inc. reported the first decline in iPhone sales in 13 years. Apple CEO Tim Cook blames the struggling Chinese economy for Apple's weaker earnings, but analysts...
From: Voice of America | By: Mil Arcega | Friday, April 29, 2016
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The U.S. military has disciplined 16 service members for their role in a deadly air strike in Afghanistan last year that killed 42 people and destroyed a hospital run by the international medical charity Doctors Without Borders, and it has concluded...
From: Voice of America | By: Carla Babb | Friday, April 29, 2016
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U.S. President Barack Obama has nominated Marine Corps Lieutenant General Thomas Waldhauser to lead AFRICOM, the U.S. military's Africa Command. Defense Secretary Ash Carter called Waldhauser the "perfect pick" to lead AFRICOM. In a statement, Carter...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Friday, April 29, 2016
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U.S. teen pregnancy rates have fallen nearly 50 percent among Hispanic and black teens, and the overall teen birth rate has dropped more than 40 percent in the past 10 years. One expert calls the new figures from the Centers for Disease Control, "One...
From: Voice of America | By: Kevin Enochs | Friday, April 29, 2016
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The Pentagon has disciplined 16 military personnel, including a two-star general, for their role in last year's mistaken airstrike on a hospital in Afghanistan that killed 42 people. The hospital, run by the medical charity Doctors Without Borders, was...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Friday, April 29, 2016
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Hispanic culture permeates everything in Miami’s Little Havana area: elderly men playing dominoes as they discuss politics, cigar rollers deep at work, or Cuban exiles talking with presidential candidates at a Cuban coffee window. With the recent rapprochement...
From: Voice of America | Monday, May 2, 2016
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Iraqi firebrand Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, whose followers stormed Baghdad's heavily fortified International Zone Saturday to shut down parliament, has in recent months mounted an increasingly visible campaign to pressure the government to move...
From: Voice of America | By: Lou Lorscheider | Sunday, May 1, 2016
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Another chapter in revived U.S.-Cuban relations opened Sunday with the first commercial passenger cruise ship to sail to Cuba from the U.S. in more than 50 years. The Adonia of Carnival Cruise Lines' Fathom brand with 700 passengers on board left the...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Sunday, May 1, 2016
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U.S. intelligence chief John Brennan says there is "no evidence" indicating that Saudi Arabia gave backing to al-Qaida for the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York and Washington. Speculation that the Saudis were involved has some in Congress...
From: Voice of America | By: Ken Schwartz | Sunday, May 1, 2016
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Ghana’s opposition National Democratic Party has chosen former first lady Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings as its presidential candidate at the party’s national delegates congress Saturday in the capital, Accra.   National Democratic Party supporters...
From: Voice of America | By: Peter Clottey | Sunday, May 1, 2016
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The first known death from the Zika virus on U.S. territory was reported Friday as lawmakers left Washington for a weeklong recess. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports, neither house of Congress has approved funding to combat Zika, despite increasingly dire...
From: Voice of America | By: Michael Bowman | Sunday, May 1, 2016
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President Barack and Obama and his wife Michelle's elder daughter will take a year off after graduating from high school and attend the prestigious Harvard University in 2017. "The President and Mrs. Obama announced today that their daughter Malia will...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Sunday, May 1, 2016
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From: Voice of America | Sunday, May 1, 2016
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A new U.S. political survey signaled Sunday that Donald Trump, the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination, is surging ahead in the crucial Midwestern state of Indiana, where party voters are holding the next nominating contest on Tuesday....
From: Voice of America | By: Ken Bredemeier | Sunday, May 1, 2016
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The roars of lions filled the cargo section of Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport Saturday evening as 33 lions rescued from South American circuses landed in South Africa where they will be released into a bush sanctuary for big cats.   It...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Sunday, May 1, 2016
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is due late Sunday in Geneva as part of a U.S. bid to reaffirm a U.S.-Russian mediated cease-fire as violence escalates in Syria, especially in its largest city, Aleppo. “The secretary made clear that ending the violence...
From: Voice of America | By: Luis Ramirez | Sunday, May 1, 2016
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With about 92 percent of the world's declared chemical weapons stockpiles destroyed, the watchdog agency overseeing the elimination of poison gas and nerve agents is looking now to counter emerging threats from extremist groups while still dealing with...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Sunday, May 1, 2016
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With "Holy Fire,'' fireworks and solemn Masses, Orthodox Christians around the world celebrated Easter on Sunday, commemorating the day followers believe that Jesus was resurrected more than 2,000 years ago.    Roman Catholics and Protestants marked...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Sunday, May 1, 2016
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Militant group al-Shabab attacked and recaptured a town in Somalia’s Middle Shabelle region early Sunday morning, killing 22 Somali soldiers, an official told VOA on condition of anonymity. The militants claimed that they had killed more than 32 soldiers...
From: Voice of America | By: Abdulaziz Osman | Sunday, May 1, 2016
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U.S. President Barack Obama was the main attraction as journalists, politicians and celebrities attended the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner Saturday night in Washington.
From: Voice of America | Sunday, May 1, 2016
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The Yemeni government suspended direct peace talks to end the country's civil war on Sunday after the Houthi movement and its armed allies seized a military base north of the capital Sana'a, two members of the official delegation to the talks said. The...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Sunday, May 1, 2016
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Baghdad is in a state of emergency, protesters are occupying parts of the once-secure International Zone (IZ), lawmakers have run away and the military is on high alert. By Sunday morning, protesters led by Shi’ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr continued...
From: Voice of America | Sunday, May 1, 2016
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With the conflict still raging across much of Turkey’s predominantly Kurdish southeast, between the rebel PKK and the Turkish state, many Kurds are trying to escape the turmoil by focusing on the success of their football team Amedspor in Diyarbakir....
From: Voice of America | By: Dorian Jones | Sunday, May 1, 2016
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Venezuela's president has ordered a 30 percent increase in the country's minimum wage. Nicolas Maduro's announcement comes as the South American country is experiencing rampant inflation and economic stagnation.  The change officially pushes the minimum...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Sunday, May 1, 2016
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Baghdad teeters on the edge of political chaos Sunday. The city is in a state of emergency, protesters are occupying parts of the once-secure International Zone (IZ), lawmakers have run away and the military is on high alert. By Sunday morning, protesters...
From: Voice of America | By: Sharon Behn | Sunday, May 1, 2016
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Workers across Asia called for higher wages and better working conditions Sunday in observation of the international day to honor laborers, while Turkish police and protesters clashed in Istanbul as several dozen people tried to reach the capital's Taksim...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Sunday, May 1, 2016
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A car bomb explosion outside police headquarters in the southeastern Turkish city of Gaziantep Sunday killed at least one police officer and wounded 13 other people, a local governor said. Turkish media quoted Gaziantep regional governor Ali Yerlikaya...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Sunday, May 1, 2016
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Taiwan's ruling party on Saturday strongly condemned the deportation of 32 Taiwanese to China from Malaysia on suspicion of telecommunications fraud, and the outgoing cabinet said Malaysia had acted "under pressure" from Beijing. The case comes weeks...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Sunday, May 1, 2016
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A grandmother and four of her grandchildren were killed and another person also died in floods in Texas caused by storms that unleashed tornadoes, damaging hail and torrential rains on several central U.S. states, officials said on Saturday. The woman...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Sunday, May 1, 2016
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Hundreds of people demonstrated in Vietnam on Sunday against a Taiwanese firm they accuse of causing mass fish deaths along the country's central coast, with some also blaming the government for a sluggish response to a major environmental disaster....
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Sunday, May 1, 2016
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Geneva Sunday for talks on the Syrian situation. Kerry would discuss ongoing efforts to reaffirm a cessation of hostilities throughout Syria with the foreign ministers of Jordan and Saudi Arabia, as well...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Sunday, May 1, 2016
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Hundreds of followers of Iraq's mercurial Shi'ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr set up camp overnight near Baghdad's parliament, hours after breaking into the government-controlled Green Zone and storming the building. "We assure our people that the situation...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Sunday, May 1, 2016
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The Islamic State (IS) group has claimed responsibility for an attack Saturday in which a Hindu tailor was hacked to death in central Bangladesh, the U.S.-based monitoring organization SITE Intelligence Group said. At least two machete-wielding assailants...
From: Voice of America | By: Maaz Hussain | Sunday, May 1, 2016
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Journalists, politicians and celebrities attended the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner Saturday in Washington. It was a chance for U.S. President Barack Obama to poke fun one last time at friends and enemies in the media and on Capitol Hill....
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Sunday, May 1, 2016
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President Barack Obama appeared at for a final time on Saturday the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner, a night of playful ribbing of both politicians and the news media. The black-tie event, which Obama has previously joked is "a night when Washington...
From: Voice of America | Sunday, May 1, 2016
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Household pollution kills more than 4 million people each year. Most of these fatalities are in the developing world, mostly in Africa. Many people die from inhaling smoke from cooking over wood or coal stoves. Solar cookers could be the answer, and...
From: Voice of America | By: Darren Taylor | Sunday, May 1, 2016
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Republican presidential candidates have been wooing local party leaders in California, a state that could be decisive in selecting the party's nominee for U.S. president. VOA's Mike O’Sullivan reports delegates to the California party convention have...
From: Voice of America | By: Mike O'Sullivan | Sunday, May 1, 2016
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The acting chairman of Ghana’s main opposition party says it's united in its determination to wrest power from President John Dramani Mahama in the upcoming elections, but backers of the New Patriotic Party say infighting may have eroded its prospects....
From: Voice of America | By: Peter Clottey | Saturday, April 30, 2016
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Scores of migrants were missing Saturday off the Libyan coast after their inflatable boat took on water and sank, European monitors said. The International Organization for Migration said 84 people remained missing at midday, hours after an Italian cargo...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Saturday, April 30, 2016
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Plumes of smoke filled the air of a muddy Nairobi National Park as Kenya’s President Kenyatta presided Saturday over the burning of 105 tons of elephant ivory and 1.35 tons of rhino horns to send a message to the world that ivory is worth more on an...
From: Voice of America | By: Jill Craig | Saturday, April 30, 2016
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The African Union has welcomed the formation of a new transitional government of national unity in South Sudan, calling it a positive step toward peace in the nation.    The formation of the transitional administration is part of the peace accord signed...
From: Voice of America | By: Peter Clottey | Saturday, April 30, 2016
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About 30 airstrikes by Syrian government warplanes and helicopter gunships hit rebel-held areas of the northern city of Aleppo Saturday killing at least five people. According to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, nearly 250 civilians...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Saturday, April 30, 2016
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A top Ukrainian official said that elections in eastern Ukraine are only possible after Ukraine's sovereignty is renewed in the region and the Russia's presence is eliminated in those territories. A deputy speaker of the Ukrainian Parliament, Oksana...
From: Voice of America | By: Isabela Cocoli | Saturday, April 30, 2016
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An animal rights group rescued more than 30 lions from abuse at circuses in Peru and Colombia and flew the animals to South Africa Friday in what it called the largest-ever airlift of lions. Animal Defenders International (ADI), an American-based non-profit...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Saturday, April 30, 2016
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Supporters of Iraq’s mercurial Shi’ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr have stormed the Iraqi parliament, after entering Baghdad’s government-controlled “Green Zone.” A Saturday session of parliament to approve members of a new government had been called...
From: Voice of America | By: Edward Yeranian | Saturday, April 30, 2016
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"Jazz is perhaps the most honest reflection of who we are as a nation. Because after all, has there ever been any greater improvisation than America itself?," said U.S. President Barack Obama, who with his wife Michelle, hosted the fifth annual International...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Saturday, April 30, 2016
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China has denied a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier access to a port in Hong Kong. The Pentagon said Friday the USS Stennis and its accompanying vessels were refused entry into the port. The reason for denying access to the port was not clear. China sent a...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Saturday, April 30, 2016
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With the two-month old cessation of hostilities in Syria rapidly disintegrating, the United States is finding itself in an increasingly uncomfortable position, trying to expand cooperation with Russia while not simultaneously playing into Russia’s...
From: Voice of America | By: Jeff Seldin | Saturday, April 30, 2016
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