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Venezuela's opposition-run National Assembly defied President Nicolas Maduro's government and ratcheted up a conflict of powers Thursday by reinstating three lawmakers banned over fraud accusations in the December parliamentary vote. With the OPEC member...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Friday, July 29, 2016
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Pedro Pablo Kuczynski took office as Peru's president on Thursday, asking the opposition-controlled Congress to help him fight income inequality and ensure all Peruvians have access to running water, health care and free primary education. The 77-year-old...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Friday, July 29, 2016
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Increases in airstrikes, U.S. injuries, and a wider range of authorities for U.S. troops are revealing a much more involved U.S. military presence in Afghanistan, despite a planned reduction of troops there by the end of the year. The top U.S. general...
From: Voice of America | By: Carla Babb | Thursday, July 28, 2016
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When this year’s Rio Olympics begin next week, more than 130,000 police, soldiers and security guards will be working to keep the Games safe, with the help of eye-in-the-sky monitors using cutting-edge, high-tech cameras. Developed for the U.S. military...
From: Voice of America | By: George Putic | Thursday, July 28, 2016
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Afghanistan is one of only two countries in the world where children still get infected by polio. The other is Pakistan. Mahbooba Akhtarzada who is from Afghanistan, was disabled by polio, but has managed to overcome the obstacles caused by this crippling...
From: Voice of America | Thursday, July 28, 2016
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Five U.S. special operations troops in Afghanistan have been wounded in combat with Islamic State fighters, according to the top U.S. commander in the country. General John Nicholson, top commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, told reporters...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Thursday, July 28, 2016
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More than a year after it took off from Abu Dhabi, the four-engine experimental plane Solar Impulse 2 became the first aircraft to circumnavigate the world using only power collected from the sun. Its pilots hope that their record-setting flight will...
From: Voice of America | By: George Putic | Wednesday, July 27, 2016
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A new study recommends that people who work in a sedentary, office situation should get an hour of “brisk exercise” every day to offset the risk of early death. The recommendations were published in the journal Lancet, which also reported that heart...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Thursday, July 28, 2016
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The International Monetary Fund failed to demand debt relief as part of Greece's 2010 bailout despite widespread staff views that this was critical to the program's success, an internal audit report showed on Thursday. The IMF also did not make a serious...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Thursday, July 28, 2016
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U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says he was being "sarcastic" when he encouraged Russia to hack into the email server of his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, to find deleted emails from her years as secretary of state.   The...
From: Voice of America | By: Ken Bredemeier | Thursday, July 28, 2016
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Children caught in six conflict-affected areas are often held for months or even years as national security threats, and untold numbers have been tortured or died in custody, according to a Human Rights Watch report.   The 36-page report released Thursday...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Thursday, July 28, 2016
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Authorities in Pakistan say tens of thousands of families who took refuge in Afghanistan two years ago after fleeing a Pakistani counter-militancy offensive have until Monday to register to return home. Pakistani authorities have been pushing for the...
From: Voice of America | By: Ayaz Gul, Noor Zahid | Thursday, July 28, 2016
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The Islamic State group presence in Afghanistan is directly linked to the parent organization in Iraq and Syria, the U.S. Army general in charge of American and NATO troops in Afghanistan said on Wednesday. Gen. John Nicholson, speaking to The Associated...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Thursday, July 28, 2016
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A fiery anti-mining activist and former governor of a gold-rich region in Peru who was freed from jail on Wednesday accused the government of locking him up for two years in order to keep him from power. Gregorio Santos welcomed the Supreme Court's decision...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Thursday, July 28, 2016
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Afghanistan has alleged for the first time that the former leader of an outlawed Pakistani militant group, who is wanted in the United States and India, is overseeing attacks by Islamic State fighters in the war-torn country. During a meeting between...
From: Voice of America | By: Ayaz Gul | Wednesday, July 27, 2016
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Several years ago, when 33-year-old Angie Morelli was serving as a U.S. Marine in Afghanistan, she would never have guessed that she would be a delegate at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia this week. “I grew up in a Republican...
From: Voice of America | By: Kane Farabaugh | Wednesday, July 27, 2016
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Australian athletes preparing for the Summer Olympics were briefly evacuated from their living quarters in Rio de Janeiro on Friday after a small fire broke out in the basement of the building. The team tweeted about the evacuation Friday, saying all...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Friday, July 29, 2016
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Two years after starting to produce electric cars, U.S. car maker Tesla Motors has opened the first part of its huge battery manufacturing plant, which will eventually cover more than a square kilometer. Situated close to Reno, Nevada, the so-called...
From: Voice of America | Friday, July 29, 2016
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Diplomats and other officials from more than 20 countries, the European Union and the United Nations strategized Friday at the State Department about how to try to rebuild religious and ethnic communities shattered by the Islamic State group. “It would...
From: Voice of America | By: Steve Herman | Friday, July 29, 2016
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The president of the African Wildlife Foundation has called on African governments to urgently address the issue of poaching, which he said is depriving the continent of its resources. But Zimbabwe says the international ban on the sale of ivory —...
From: Voice of America | By: Sebastian Mhofu | Friday, July 29, 2016
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The secretary of the Navy plans to name a new ship after a gay rights icon, according to a Navy official. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus sent a congressional notification July 14 stating his intention to name a new oiler USNS Harvey Milk, the Navy official...
From: Voice of America | By: Carla Babb | Friday, July 29, 2016
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A look at the best news photos from around the world.
From: Voice of America | Friday, July 29, 2016
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The Afghan government lost control of approximately 5 percent of the country's districts in the first five months of this year, and high attrition within the national army is affecting the experience level of front-line troops, a United States federal...
From: Voice of America | By: Ayaz Gul | Friday, July 29, 2016
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A school in Cambodia has denied having links to the network led by self-exiled Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen, who Turkey claims was behind a bloody coup attempt on July 15. Rumors that the Zaman Group, which runs the Zaman International School (ZIS)...
From: Voice of America | By: Chanbota Chorn | Friday, July 29, 2016
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Cambodian-American swimmer Pou Sovijja has been selected to represent Cambodia at the Olympic Games in Brazil this year. The 21-year-old swimmer says he was thrilled to be offered the opportunity to represent his homeland at the prestigious event. "To...
From: Voice of America | By: Ten Soksreinith | Friday, July 29, 2016
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The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) warned more than one million people in Iraq could be forced to flee their homes in coming months as fighting intensifies in different parts of the country. More than 10 million people are in need of...
From: Voice of America | By: Lisa Schlein | Friday, July 29, 2016
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Cambodia's foreign minister, Prak Sokhon, has said that the country is working behind the scenes to mediate disputes between its ally, China, and partners in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) over regional maritime claims in the South...
From: Voice of America | By: Hul Reaksmey | Friday, July 29, 2016
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Tens of thousands of President Joseph Kabila's supporters rallied in Democratic Republic of Congo's capital on Friday, in a growing stand-off with opposition parties who have accuse him of trying to cling to power. Crowds packed the 50,000-seat Tata...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Friday, July 29, 2016
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China and Laos are both committed to a high-speed rail project linking the Chinese southwestern city of Kunming with the Lao capital of Vientiane, officials from both countries said this week, and the project will go ahead despite delays. The line should...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Friday, July 29, 2016
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We're counting down the five most popular songs in the Billboard Hot 100 Pop Singles chart, for the week ending July 30, 2016. Number 5: The Chainsmokers & Daya " Don't Let Me Down" The Chainsmokers and Daya step back two slots to number five with...
From: Voice of America | By: Ray McDonald | Friday, July 29, 2016
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A U.S. Court of Appeals struck down Friday a North Carolina law that required voters to show photo identification before casting their ballot. The three-judge panel in the 4th circuit court of appeals ruled that the law had "discriminatory intent" and...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Friday, July 29, 2016
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Vladimir Putin will step up Russia's campaign to end European Union sanctions with a visit to Slovenia on Saturday, encouraged by signs his tactic of lobbying what he views as more pliant southern and eastern European states is starting to pay off. The...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Friday, July 29, 2016
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A tribunal ordered Chad's ex-dictator Hissene Habre on Friday to pay more than 4,700 victims at least $17,000 each for abuses suffered during his time in power. The Extraordinary African Chambers in Senegal found Habre guilty and sentenced him to life...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Friday, July 29, 2016
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Turkish-Russian relations look set to be one of the main beneficiaries of the July 15 failed coup attempt in Turkey. Even before the botched putsch, rapprochement efforts were slowly taking bilateral ties out of the deep freeze, after Turkey downed a...
From: Voice of America | By: Dorian Jones | Friday, July 29, 2016
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Ivory Coast is the world's top producer of cocoa but hardly any of it is processed into chocolate there. Instead, the cocoa is sent abroad to chocolate makers in Europe and elsewhere. This is a general problem throughout Africa – massive exports of...
From: Voice of America | Friday, July 29, 2016
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If you're hesitating about sending a brelfie, the United Nations says go for it. A social media trend of mothers sharing "brelfies" – pictures of themselves breastfeeding – is a good way to break down any stigma about breastfeeding in public and...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Friday, July 29, 2016
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Researchers say the Earth had much more oxygen than thought nearly a billion years ago, a finding that could recast theories about how life on Earth evolved. The conclusion was reached by researchers from Brock University in Canada who developed a method...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Friday, July 29, 2016
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The U.S. economy expanded at a disappointing 1.2 percent annual rate in April, May, and June, as weak business investment outweighed strong consumer spending. Friday's Commerce Department report also said the previous quarter's growth was slower than...
From: Voice of America | By: Jim Randle | Friday, July 29, 2016
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Protests over a police killing of an unarmed black youth in Ferguson, Missouri, two years ago forged a new national civil rights movement, and are now shaping a law-and-order message from Republican candidates for state governor. Four Republicans and...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Friday, July 29, 2016
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The Southern state of Florida has reported four cases of the Zika virus, seemingly not linked to travel, Florida Governor Rick Scott told a press conference Friday. "Florida has become the first state in our country to have a local transmission of the...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Friday, July 29, 2016
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The computers of the House Democratic campaign committee have been hacked in an intrusion that investigators say resembles the recent cyber breach of the Democratic National Committee, a spokeswoman for the committee said Friday. Details were initially...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Friday, July 29, 2016
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Myanmar's government released a long-awaited economic policy on Friday, but the document was noticeably light on specifics and will likely do little to ease the concern of businesses that have grown frustrated with the lack of a detailed plan. At just...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Friday, July 29, 2016
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The Afghan government has been unable to help some of its most vulnerable citizens, those displaced internally by violence, due to resistance from provincial governments, lack of capacity in key ministries, and corruption, according to the Special Inspector...
From: Voice of America | By: Ayesha Tanzeem | Friday, July 29, 2016
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It seems that the strong start to the year was another false dawn for the eurozone economy and that the European Central Bank will have more to do in the months ahead to shore up growth.   New figures released Friday confirmed that the eurozone, which...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Friday, July 29, 2016
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Democrat Hillary Clinton’s historic selection this week as the first female presidential nominee of a major U.S. political party doesn’t mean she has the women’s vote locked up in November.   Gender and experience are not the key determining factors...
From: Voice of America | By: Katherine Gypson | Friday, July 29, 2016
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A new Indian law to boost reforestation across the country ignores the importance of indigenous people in conserving land and tramples on their rights, analysts and activists said. India's upper house of parliament passed a bill late on Thursday that...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Friday, July 29, 2016
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Britain had its Brexit. Now some in Hong Kong are dreaming of their own version. As the Asian financial center prepares for legislative elections in September, a new wave of radical political activists is planning to join the campaign, including some...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Friday, July 29, 2016
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French police have detained a Syrian asylum seeker in connection with the Normandy church attack, two sources said on Friday, as security services widened their investigation into the killing of an elderly priest at the altar by two would-be jihadists....
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Friday, July 29, 2016
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Two men thought to be connected to the militants who carried out the Paris attacks in November have been extradited to France from Austria, the prosecutors' office in the city of Salzburg said on Friday. The two men, an Algerian believed to be 29 and...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Friday, July 29, 2016
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Bongani Skhosana ran a business driving children to school in South Africa’s rural Umuziwabantu Municipality. The 40-year-old father of three was also running for local office as a candidate from the ruling African National Congress. But just weeks...
From: Voice of America | By: Anita Powell | Friday, July 29, 2016
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