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One of the great figures in American journalism has died. Ben Bradlee, former executive editor of the Washington Post, who oversaw coverage of the Watergate scandal that toppled President Richard Nixon, was 93-years-old. Bradlee died at his home in Washington...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani will travel to China this month, China's Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday, marking what will be the leader's first foreign trip since being sworn in in September after a protracted election stalemate. China had hoped to...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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A giant of American journalism, former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, has died at age 93. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports that Bradlee played a critical role in the Post’s legal battle to publish secret U.S. documents about the Vietnam War, and...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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Poppy production in Afghanistan grew to an all time high in 2013 despite the United States spending some $7 billion in eradication efforts over the past 10 years. A report by the U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction said Afghan...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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New Afghan President Ashraf Ghani signaled a new day for women in Afghanistan during his inauguration speech with a simple but emotional thank you to his wife  for her support and a promise that she will have influence in his presidency. Ghani’s public...
From: Voice of America | By: Spozhmai Maiwandi | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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A remote-controlled bomb blast in Kabul hit a bus carrying Afghan army personnel on Tuesday, killing at least four soldiers. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which comes amid near-daily violence around Afghanistan as international security...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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China’s Communist Party leaders have approved a plan to boost rule of law in the world’s second largest economy, which highlights the need to abide by the country’s constitution, according to a communiqué released at the end of top-level meetings...
From: Voice of America | By: William Ide | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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APEC finance ministers met this week in Beijing seeking points of cooperation amidst a slowing Chinese economy.  The economic cool down is already impacting other countries in Asia.  After decades of rapid economic growth, China’s economy is slowing...
From: Voice of America | By: Shannon Van Sant | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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A struggle has broken out for control of Libya's state-run  energy sector as rival governments in Tripoli and the east compete for power, but a common interest in maintaining oil revenues will keep exports flowing for now. The OPEC producer has had...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Equatorial Guinea's president has granted an amnesty for political crimes, state media reported, as part of efforts to convince exiled politicians and other opposition figures to join a rare round of talks next month. Teodoro Obiang Nguema, who has ruled...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Concerns about the capabilities of U.S. intelligence agencies have been steadily rising, sparked in part by comments from President Barack Obama that they “underestimated” the rise of the group known as Islamic State. But far from an intelligence...
From: Voice of America | By: Jeff Seldin | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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U.S. President Barack Obama, keen to reset relations with Afghanistan that soured under longtime president Hamid Karzai, has invited the leaders of Afghanistan's new unity government to visit the White House early next year. The new Afghan leadership...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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The United States is damaging stability in the Asia-Pacific region by positioning a missile defense radar in Japan, China said on Thursday. Japan, an ally of the United States, has voiced growing anxiety over China's more assertive posture in the East...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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The United Nations Human Rights Committee called on China on Thursday to ensure universal suffrage in Hong Kong, including the right to stand for election and not be subject to vetting. The panel of 18 independent experts, who monitor compliance with...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Officials from the World Health Organization are due to brief reporters Thursday after a meeting to review the latest developments in the Ebola outbreak that has killed about 4,900 people in West Africa. The WHO's Emergency Committee on Ebola began its...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Botswana will on Friday hold what are expected to be its closest elections since gaining independence from Britain 48 years ago as President Ian Khama's ruling party faces growing dissent in a country often heralded as a beacon of African democracy....
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Canada's prime minister says that his country "will never be intimidated" following attacks this week in Ottawa and near Montreal that have killed two soldiers. In a televised address Wednesday evening, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said the attacks...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Two travel agencies say North Korea is barring foreign tourists from entering the country over concerns about the spread of the Ebola virus. The Beijing-based Koryo Tours said in a statement it has been informed Pyongyang will not accept any international...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Major League Baseball’s World Series is under way between the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals. While the Giants have won the baseball championship in recent years, it’s been almost three decades since the Royals made it this far....
From: Voice of America | By: Kane Farabaugh | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Lebanon's army killed three men and arrested several others during a raid on an apartment containing weapons and ammunition where authorities suspected an attack was being planned, security sources said on Thursday. The sources said the apartment in...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Japan's new trade minister said on Thursday a political support group spent money at a racy bar, a blow for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe after his cabinet suffered two high-profile resignations over separate funding scandals. Yoichi Miyazawa, a veteran...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Major League Baseball’s World Series is under way between the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals. While the Giants have won the baseball championship in recent years, it’s been almost three decades since the Royals made it this far....
From: Voice of America | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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A group of Chinese scientists says it has discovered and is testing a virus that could be used to kill cancer cells without harming normal ones. Chinese state media say the virus, known as M1, was extracted from a "certain kind of mosquito" found in...
From: Voice of America | By: William Gallo | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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A bomb has exploded at a bus station in northeastern Nigeria, killing at least five people and wounding 12 others. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast late Wednesday in Azare.  The town, in Bauchi state, has seen multiple attacks...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Gunmen opened fire on a bus in the capital of Pakistan's volatile Baluchistan province on Thursday, killing eight Shiite Muslims from the ethnic Hazara minority community. Police say four assailants on motorcycles targeted the men, who were coming from...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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The head of British retail giant Tesco says he will step down following the revelation of a $422 million accounting discrepancy. An interim earnings report released Thursday included the news that chairman Richard Broadbent will leave the company after...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Syrian activists say a month of U.S.-led airstrikes in Syria has killed 553 people, mostly militants from the Islamic State group and al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Thursday the deaths include...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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The director of a Moscow airport and his deputy have resigned following a plane crash earlier this week that killed four people, including the chairman of France energy company Total. Vnukovo airport announced on its website Thursday that the departures...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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U.S. jazz musician Kenny G is playing down his visit to Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests, saying he did not intend to show support for the demonstrators. The saxophonist on Wednesday stopped by the protest site in the semiautonomous Chinese territory,...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Malawi’s former budget director has become among the latest high profile people to be arrested by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) in the public graft case known as Cashgate. The recent arrest of Paul Mphwiyo and his wife was the first of a new series...
From: Voice of America | By: Lameck Masina | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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A U.S. nongovernmental organization accused of instigating Hong Kong's pro-democracy "Occupy" street protests says it is engaged in normal cooperation with civic groups in the Chinese territory and has nothing to hide. Chinese state media and pro-Beijing...
From: Voice of America | By: Michael Lipin | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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A 23-year-old man is in police custody Thursday after he climbed over a White House fence, prompting a lockdown at the U.S. presidential compound in the second such security breach since September. A Secret Service spokesman said Dominic Adesanya, a...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Pakistan is the only country where poliovirus is still spreading fast. This year, 208 cases of paralysis were recorded, accounting for 85 percent of worldwide victims. The country is coming under extreme pressure to contain its infections and boost vaccinations,...
From: Voice of America | By: Ayaz Gul | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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The fighting in Kobani, northern Syria, has forced some 200,000 residents to flee into southeastern Turkey. Residents in nearby towns in Turkey are trying to accommodate them but are worried about the future. On a warm afternoon in Suruc, some 10 kilometers...
From: Voice of America | By: Scott Bobb | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Police in Canada are investigating recent shooting incidents in Ottawa and near Montreal that have killed two soldiers and spooked the nation. Zlatica Hoke reports that U.S. and Canadian air forces have been put on high alert following the Wednesday...
From: Voice of America | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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A Romanian princess who ran a cockfighting business from her U.S. home was sentenced to three years’ probation on Wednesday and ordered to pay a large fine. Irina Walker, the third daughter of former Romanian King Michael I, pleaded guilty along with...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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It’s a familiar premise in Hollywood film: a good man in need of money is talked into participating in a crime against his better judgment. But in Fishing Without Nets, by first-time director Cutter Hodierne, an American, the protagonist is a poor...
From: Voice of America | By: Carolyn Weaver | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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A decent man who needs money is talked against his better judgment into participating in a crime. It’s a familiar premise for Hollywood filmmakers. But in a new film from a first-time director, the man is a poor Somali fisherman -- and the crime is...
From: Voice of America | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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For the second time in a little more than a month, a man has jumped the White House fence, but this time the intruder was apprehended with the help of Secret Service dogs. The jumper was caught Wednesday evening outside the White House after he scaled...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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An American arrested and held for nearly six months in North Korea has returned home to the United States to hugs and tears of joy from his family. As VOA correspondent Meredith Buel reports, analysts say it is still too early to tell whether the release...
From: Voice of America | By: Meredith Buel | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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A judge who led a United Nations inquiry into North Korea's human rights record says the North should be prosecuted in the International Criminal Court for its dismal record. Retired Australian Judge Michael Kirby spoke to reporters Wednesday in New...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Tanzania main opposition Chadema and other rival political parties are preparing to launch a legal challenge to the government’s decision to hold a referendum about the country’s draft constitution in April 2015. That’s according to Ibrahim Lipumba,...
From: Voice of America | By: Peter Clottey | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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U.S. citizens of Latin American descent, or Latinos, could play an important role in the midterm elections November 4, when Americans vote for members of the U.S. House of Representatives, a third of the Senate, and other state and local officials around...
From: Voice of America | By: Mike O'Sullivan | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has granted provisional recognition to Kosovo’s National Olympic Committee (NOC). The Executive Board of the IOC, meeting Wednesday in Montreux, Switzerland, also proposed that the Kosovo NOC be granted full...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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The Pentagon is confirming that Islamic State militants seized one of the 28 bundles of weapons and medical supplies dropped to Kurdish forces on Monday. The news comes as forces battling Islamic State in Iraq repelled an offensive by the militants....
From: Voice of America | By: Carla Babb | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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From: Voice of America | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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Estonia has summoned the Russian ambassador after a Russian spy plane entered the Baltic country’s airspace without permission. A spokeswoman for the Estonian Foreign Ministry said the Baltic country considers the violation serious and “demands an...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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Award-winning conservationist Dr. Laurie Marker warns that unless we act quickly, the world will likely lose its remaining cheetahs within the next ten years. That dire prediction comes on the heels of a newly released report by World Wildlife Fund,...
From: Voice of America | By: Julie Taboh | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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A new study finds that children can be successfully followed by their fingerprints, making an electronic health registry feasible. This is critical in the developing world, where 2.5 million children die each year from preventable diseases because they...
From: Voice of America | By: Rosanne Skirble | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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