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Just weeks ago, Saudi Arabia and Russia traded diplomatic barbs over the conflicts in Yemen and Syria.  Now, the world’s two top oil producers have reached a series of agreements spanning everything from housing to space exploration.  One of those...
From: Voice of America | By: Cecily Hilleary | Monday, June 29, 2015
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A suicide car bomber Tuesday attacked a provincial police headquarters in southern Afghanistan, killing at least two people and wounding more than 51 others. Officials say almost all of the victims were civilians, including women and children. The attack...
From: Voice of America | By: Ayaz Gul | Tuesday, June 30, 2015
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In the aftermath of a recent deadly shooting at a historic black church in South Carolina, calls have increased for South Carolina and other U.S. states to remove Confederate flags from government grounds.  Those who want the flag to be removed say...
From: Voice of America | By: Hu Wei | Tuesday, June 30, 2015
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Texas state officials have criticized the US Supreme Court decision giving same-sex couples the right to marry nationwide. The attorney general of Texas says last week's decision did not overrule constitutional "rights of religious liberty," and therefore...
From: Voice of America | Tuesday, June 30, 2015
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Greece is expected to go technically bankrupt as it faces defaulting on a $1.8 billion debt repayment to the International Monetary Fund, due Tuesday. The government has ordered banks to close and put strict limits on cash withdrawals. As Henry Ridgwell...
From: Voice of America | Tuesday, June 30, 2015
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NBC cut ties with U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump and the "Miss USA" and "Miss Universe" pageants on Monday after the real estate developer and TV personality made comments insulting Mexicans earlier this month. The pageants, part of a 50/50...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Tuesday, June 30, 2015
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Shark experts have a not-so-reassuring explanation for a recent spate of attacks along on the coast of the Carolinas: It's mainly because so many people are getting in the water.   Six shark attacks were recorded in June in North Carolina waters, and...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Tuesday, June 30, 2015
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Taliban militants in western Afghanistan have killed 11 Afghan soldiers. The insurgents ambushed a convoy of soldiers Sunday in the Karukh district of Herat, the Defense Ministry said Monday. Reuters news agency reports six Taliban militants were killed...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Monday, June 29, 2015
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Pakistan's Military says air strikes have killed 23 militants in the country's northwestern tribal regions near the Afghan border. A military statement Sunday said Pakistan's air force struck a huge ammunition dump in the strikes in Khyber and North...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Sunday, June 28, 2015
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Twelve more staffers at the New York prison where two killers escaped three weeks ago have been put on administrative leave, including the prison's superintendent and his deputy in charge of security, officials said Tuesday. A state official who had...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Tuesday, June 30, 2015
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The CIA has consistently failed to promote minorities into its leadership ranks and progress in building diversity at the top of the spy agency has largely stalled in the last decade, according to a CIA-commissioned report released on Tuesday. "Agency...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Tuesday, June 30, 2015
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Kim Kardashian's upcoming appearance as a guest of one of San Francisco's most august institutions has caused a typical "love her/hate her'' stir.   The reality TV star is scheduled to speak and sign copies of her new coffee table book "Selfish'' during...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Tuesday, June 30, 2015
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China on Tuesday announced its contribution to a global climate pact that's supposed to be adopted this year in Paris, pledging to reduce the intensity of its carbon emissions and to halt their growth by 2030. During a visit to the French capital, Chinese...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Tuesday, June 30, 2015
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The U.N. refugee agency said thousands of Burundians continue to flee political instability and violence. About 10-thousand refugees crossed into neighboring countries over the weekend before the government closed the borders prior to parliamentary elections....
From: Voice of America | By: Joe DeCapua | Tuesday, June 30, 2015
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Islamic extremists in Syria have executed more than 3,000 people in the past year, and this week they added to the death toll by beheading two women after accusing them of witchcraft and sorcery, a rights watch group says. The women’s husbands also...
From: Voice of America | By: Jamie Dettmer | Tuesday, June 30, 2015
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The Vatican Tuesday announced the confirmed schedule for the Pope Francis’ apostolic visit to the United States in September with stops in Washington, D.C., New York, and Philadelphia.     The pope’s itinerary includes a welcoming ceremony at the...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Tuesday, June 30, 2015
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Monday was the day the music died for thousands of song downloaders and music streamers in Greece. The imposition of capital controls on Sunday evening means Greeks are no longer able to purchase goods or services from many big international online suppliers...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Tuesday, June 30, 2015
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The United States and Brazil, the world’s second and seventh-largest economies, are pledging to work together to fight climate change. President Barack Obama welcomed Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff to the White House for talks Tuesday, where they...
From: Voice of America | By: Aru Pande | Tuesday, June 30, 2015
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Australian Researchers Working for Rheumatoid Arthritis Vaccine
From: Voice of America | Tuesday, June 30, 2015
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After months of intense negotiations, Iran and world powers have missed their self-imposed June 30 deadline for a final deal that restricts Tehran's ability to produce nuclear weapons in exchange for sanctions relief. As VOA State Department correspondent...
From: Voice of America | By: Pamela Dockins | Tuesday, June 30, 2015
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Russian investigators announced Tuesday they are reopening the case of the 1998 killing of a Siberian mayor and consider former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky a prime suspect. At the time when Nefteyugansk Mayor Vladimir Petukhov was shot dead, he was...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Tuesday, June 30, 2015
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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has launched a 2016 campaign for president.   The Republican governor formally announced his plans in a Tuesday morning event in the gymnasium of his old high school.   He says both political parties "have failed our...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Tuesday, June 30, 2015
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The U.N. Children’s Fund reports millions of Iraqi children displaced by violence are in desperate straits.  UNICEF says growing violence in this war-torn country is putting children’s lives at risk and stripping them of essential life-saving assistance....
From: Voice of America | By: Lisa Schlein | Tuesday, June 30, 2015
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Despite improving security in the last few years, Somalia remains one of the most dangerous countries to be a journalist – even more so for someone who cannot see. Abdulaziz Billow has the story of journalist Abdifatah Hassan Kalgacal, who has been...
From: Voice of America | By: Abdulaziz Billow | Tuesday, June 30, 2015
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Dubai said it would construct a small office building using a 3D printer for the first time, in a drive to develop technology that would cut costs and save time as the city grows. 3D printing, which uses a printer to make three-dimensional objects from...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Tuesday, June 30, 2015
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Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi on Tuesday pledged to change laws “within days” to bring swift justice following a car bombing that killed the country's chief prosecutor, the first assassination of a top Egyptian official in a quarter century....
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Tuesday, June 30, 2015
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China's stock market continued its roller coaster ride Tuesday, with shares first dipping, but rising dramatically in the last few hours of trading on what analysts said was a government driven boost. The late day trading leap followed on the heels of...
From: Voice of America | By: William Ide, Saibal Dasgupta | Tuesday, June 30, 2015
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Turkey has warned it will retaliate if it feels its security is threatened by either Islamic extremists or Syrian Kurds along its border, but it appears for now Ankara is not contemplating a broader go-it-alone intervention to establish a buffer zone...
From: Voice of America | By: Jamie Dettmer | Tuesday, June 30, 2015
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The white supremacist Ku Klux Klan has received approval from South Carolina officials to hold a pro-Confederate flag rally at the state capitol, a newspaper reported on Monday, less than two weeks after a white man shot dead nine people in a black church....
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Tuesday, June 30, 2015
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Robert Redford said he came the United Nations Monday not as an actor but as an environmental advocate, father, grandfather and concerned citizen to urge the world's nations to take action now on climate change. The 78-year-old Oscar winner said his...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Tuesday, June 30, 2015
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Hundreds of excited and hungry customers ate at Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) in Yangon on Tuesday, as Myanmar's first-ever major U.S. fast restaurant chain opened in the country's largest city. Before opening for lunch, several dozen people lined up,...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Tuesday, June 30, 2015
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Author Tess Gerritsen has dropped her lawsuit against Warner Bros. over similarities between the 2013 film "Gravity" and her 1999 book, she wrote in a statement Monday, citing brutal emotional and financial costs. Both the film and the novel focus on...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Tuesday, June 30, 2015
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The gunman who killed 39 people in a Tunisian beach hotel attack last week was in contact with militants in Libya and likely received training there, an official source said on Tuesday. Saif Rezgui, disguised as a tourist, opened fire at the Imperial...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Tuesday, June 30, 2015
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A French prosecutor says Friday's attack on a U.S. gas factory in Lyon bears the hallmarks of the Islamic State militant group. Prosecutor Francois Molins said Tuesday that the man who is suspected of carrying out the attack, Yassin Salhi, had a "terrorist...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Tuesday, June 30, 2015
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Kuwait has detained 60 people and closed a local charity for alleged violations in raising funds for Syrians, local media said Tuesday, as part of a crackdown on suspected militant links after the Gulf Arab state's worst ever suicide bombing. Kuwait...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Tuesday, June 30, 2015
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Greek banks remain shut on Tuesday as the nation looks set to formally default on a $1.8 billion loan repayment to the International Monetary Fund. While the country's economic future remained uncertain early Tuesday, the Greek finance ministry said...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Tuesday, June 30, 2015
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Syrian activists say Islamic State militants have beheaded women in Syria for the first time. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Tuesday that the women were beheaded along with their husbands in Syria's eastern Deir al-Zour province...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Tuesday, June 30, 2015
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In India, selfies of smiling fathers with daughters have flooded social media following a call by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who hopes such pictures will boost a national campaign to combat female feticide. The prime minister borrowed the idea from...
From: Voice of America | By: Anjana Pasricha | Tuesday, June 30, 2015
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A United Nations agency and the European Union mission in Thailand on Tuesday called on the country’s ruling junta to release 14 pro-democracy students arrested and charged with sedition. In a statement the U.N.’s Human Rights Office for Southeast...
From: Voice of America | By: Steve Herman | Tuesday, June 30, 2015
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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif returned to Vienna on Tuesday to rejoin the negotiations on Iran's nuclear program with a group of six world powers, as they try to reach a long-sought comprehensive agreement. Zarif flew back to Iran on...
From: Voice of America | By: Pamela Dockins | Tuesday, June 30, 2015
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The corpse of a 17-year-old Liberian has tested positive for the Ebola virus, Liberia's first reported case since the country was declared Ebola-free on May 9. Liberia's deputy health minister Tolbert Nyenswah stressed Tuesday that there is no need to...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Tuesday, June 30, 2015
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A passenger on one of Japan's high-speed bullet trains set himself on fire Tuesday, filling a carriage with smoke, Japanese officials said. National broadcaster NHK said the man and a female passenger were dead. Japan's transport ministry and a fire...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Tuesday, June 30, 2015
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Former Zambian President Rupiah Banda said he feels vindicated after a court acquitted him Monday of corruption charges.  Banda had been accused of abusing his authority and personally benefiting from a $2.5 million oil deal with Nigeria.  He was stripped...
From: Voice of America | By: James Butty | Tuesday, June 30, 2015
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An Indonesian military transport plane has crashed into a residential neighborhood on the island of Sumatra. Local media report the Hercules C-130 crashed around midday Tuesday into two houses in the town of Medan. Pictures from social media showed the...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Tuesday, June 30, 2015
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A South Korean navy boat fired warning shots Tuesday after a North Korean patrol vessel crossed onto the southern side of the tense Yellow Sea border, according to Seoul. South Korea's military said the North Korean boat quickly retreated to its side...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Tuesday, June 30, 2015
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Burundi’s ruling National Council for the Defense of Democracy-Forces for the Defense of Democracy (CNDD-FDD) party said it is happy with the turnout in Monday’s parliamentary elections despite an opposition boycott and international criticism...
From: Voice of America | By: James Butty | Tuesday, June 30, 2015
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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will join an already crowded field when he officially declares his candidacy for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination Tuesday at his high school alma mater in the town of Livingston.   Christie was first elected...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Tuesday, June 30, 2015
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Uber, the ride-hailing smartphone application, this month reported it is logging one million rides every day in China. The company is making aggressive efforts to win over consumers and compete with local rivals. Uber, the San Francisco-based ride hailing...
From: Voice of America | By: Shannon Van Sant | Tuesday, June 30, 2015
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The United States will lift holds on security assistance to the Bahrain Defense Force and National Guard that were put in place after Bahrain cracked down on demonstrations in 2011, the U.S. State Department said on Monday. "While we do not think that...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Tuesday, June 30, 2015
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The first semifinal game of the FIFA Women's World Cup tournament in Canada will feature a showdown between the top two ranked football teams in the world -- Germany and the United States. The top-seeded Germans and the second-seeded Americans will square...
From: Voice of America | By: Mike Richman | Tuesday, June 30, 2015
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