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Hong Kong teenage student leader Joshua Wong is set to face trial on charges relating to his role in storming government headquarters nearly a year ago in a protest that sparked pro-democracy street occupations. Wong pleaded not guilty to charges of...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Wednesday, September 2, 2015
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According to the old saying, you're only as young as you feel. But U.S. health experts say the familiar cliche may be deceiving. A new study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says about three out of four Americans have hearts that...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Tuesday, September 1, 2015
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The rise of income inequality has been diverse, affecting who has access to good schools, health care, and even tax planners to find cushy loopholes. Now inequality may be creeping into a lesser-known realm: the right to be forgotten. This issue is a...
From: Voice of America | By: Lien Hoang | Tuesday, September 1, 2015
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Republican Jeb Bush offered his most direct assault on Donald Trump to date on Tuesday, retaliating for a series of personal insults with a review of his front-running rival's past record of supporting Democratic causes. In a Web video, the Bush campaign...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Tuesday, September 1, 2015
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Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer says she's pregnant with identical twins.   Mayer says on a posting on her blog that she and her husband are expecting the twin girls in December.   "I have some exciting news to share - I'm pregnant!'' she says on her Tumblr...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Tuesday, September 1, 2015
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Award-winning investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova has been sentenced by an Azerbaijan court to seven and a half years in prison.  A day before the verdict was announced the contributor to Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) called Azerbaijan's...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Tuesday, September 1, 2015
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Afghanistan's president has called for a “holy war” against corruption, one of the major problems facing his war-torn country as he tries to improve its economy and create jobs. Ashraf Ghani, who has been in power almost a year, said Tuesday that...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Tuesday, September 1, 2015
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Award-winning investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova called Azerbaijan's government a "repression machine" at the close of her trial on corruption charges Monday, dismissing her trial as a "scam" aimed to silence her. Before she was cut off without...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Monday, August 31, 2015
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More than 100 girls were taken to hospital from their school in western Afghanistan on Monday after breathing in toxic gas, officials said, and police were investigating whether the incident was deliberate. Elements of Afghanistan's ultra-conservative...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Monday, August 31, 2015
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The Afghan Taliban published a biography of their new leader Monday as hundreds of insurgents met to resolve a dispute over his appointment following the death of figurehead Mullah Mohammad Omar. The 5,000-word biography, emailed to journalists in five...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Monday, August 31, 2015
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North America's tallest mountain doesn't just have a new name. It also has a new elevation. Denali, the Alaska mountain formerly known as Mount McKinley, is now officially 3 meters (10 feet) shorter, measuring 6,190 meters (20,310 feet) at its highest...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Wednesday, September 2, 2015
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A judge in the eastern U.S. city of Baltimore has rejected a defense motion to dismiss charges against six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray - the 25-year-old African-American man who died from a spine injury he suffered while in police custody....
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Wednesday, September 2, 2015
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Aid agencies warn Yemen is on the brink of humanitarian disaster – with up to half a million children facing severe malnutrition, and hospitals running out of basic medicines. There are fears Yemen's civil war could escalate as the coalition led by...
From: Voice of America | By: Henry Ridgwell | Wednesday, September 2, 2015
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American defense officials are looking at a military prison facility in South Carolina as a possible site to house detainees now held by the U.S. at Guantanamo, Cuba. A survey team has begun a two-day visit to the U.S. Naval Consolidated Brig in Charleston,...
From: Voice of America | By: Carla Babb | Wednesday, September 2, 2015
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Four secular bloggers have been murdered in Bangladesh this year, and many others say they do not feel safe. Fearing for their lives, some online writers have left the country, and others are working quietly to flee. “Many of them have already left...
From: Voice of America | By: Shaikh Azizur Rahman | Wednesday, September 2, 2015
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The abduction of 18 Turkish construction workers in Baghdad Wednesday is likely retaliation from Islamic State militants angered by Turkey's efforts to defeat the group, according to Carnegie Europe scholar Marc Pierini.  No one has claimed responsibility....
From: Voice of America | By: Heather Murdock | Wednesday, September 2, 2015
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As anti-government street protests continue to rock Lebanon’s capital, the country’s political elites are scrambling to find a way to quell rising public anger over alleged government incompetence and graft. In a crisis that has grown out of lacking...
From: Voice of America | By: Jamie Dettmer | Wednesday, September 2, 2015
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The first-ever World Hepatitis Summit kicked off today in Glasgow, Scotland, where health officials are urging countries to develop national hepatitis treatment and prevention programs. While an estimated 400 million people worldwide are infected with...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Wednesday, September 2, 2015
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Europe is facing mounting criticism over how it’s handling its biggest migration crisis since World War II. But not all Europeans believe building walls or passing repressive policies are the answer. A school for migrants in the French port city of...
From: Voice of America | By: Lisa Bryant | Wednesday, September 2, 2015
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Hundreds of Black Lives Matter activists, black and white, marched outside the Minnesota State Fair this weekend, hoping to bring attention to the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of police. Inside the fair, a booth also represented the group,...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Wednesday, September 2, 2015
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U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter had some strong words for North Korea Tuesday in the wake of escalating tensions along what is considered the world’s most dangerous border.   "We need to make sure that North Koreans always understand that any...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Wednesday, September 2, 2015
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U.S. President Barack Obama becomes the first sitting president to visit a community north of the U.S. Arctic Circle Wednesday as he wraps up a three-day Alaska trip aimed at highlighting the effects of climate change. Obama will travel to Kotzebue,...
From: Voice of America | By: Candace Williams, William Gallo | Wednesday, September 2, 2015
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Australia expressed alarm on Wednesday at escalating strategic rivalry in the South China Sea, saying it puts Asia at the risk of a military blunder with potentially serious consequences. China's recent assertiveness in the South China Sea has increased...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Wednesday, September 2, 2015
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Kim Davis sat in a church pew on a Sunday morning about four years ago, listening as the man in the pulpit preached of forgiveness and God's grace. Davis until then might have seemed an unlikely candidate to wage a moral war over the institution of marriage....
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Wednesday, September 2, 2015
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Fastest Drummer In The World Has A Bionic Arm
From: Voice of America | Wednesday, September 2, 2015
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In a new report, U.S.-based Human Rights Watch accused Turkish police of engaging in severe ill-treatment and abuse of detainees in the battle against the Kurdish PKK rebel group. The report, citing a series of case studies, was compiled in Turkey’s...
From: Voice of America | By: Dorian Jones | Wednesday, September 2, 2015
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A U.S. senator's announcement Wednesday that she will support the international agreement to restrict Iran's nuclear program gave President Barack Obama a major foreign-policy victory. Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, a Democrat, was the 34th member...
From: Voice of America | By: Cindy Saine | Wednesday, September 2, 2015
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As Pope Francis prepares for his first trip to the United States later this month, a survey finds that many Catholics are becoming more tolerant of families not headed by a married man and woman. In a report issued Wednesday, the Pew Research Center...
From: Voice of America | By: Richard Green | Wednesday, September 2, 2015
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The launch of a military satellite this morning provided a spectacular light show over the skies of southern Florida. The Atlas V rocket blast off at 6:18 a.m. Wednesday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station carrying a military communications satellite....
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Wednesday, September 2, 2015
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At least ten people were killed and scores wounded when a car bomb exploded in the Syrian city of Latakia on Wednesday, state television said, in a rare attack in a coastal stronghold of President Bashar al-Assad. The explosion was in a main square,...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Wednesday, September 2, 2015
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China is making final preparations for a high-profile military parade in Beijing to mark the defeat of Japanese forces at the end of World War II. Heads of state from 30 countries are expected to attend the Thursday parade in Tiananmen Square. The most...
From: Voice of America | By: William Gallo | Wednesday, September 2, 2015
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"Is this really our train? Is this the train to Germany?!" Maha screams with delight. It is Monday evening in Vienna's central train station and the 25-year-old Arabic teacher, carrying her one-year old son in her arms, can't quite believe that her family's...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Wednesday, September 2, 2015
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Officials in the United States and Japan have urged global financial leaders and central bankers to make the Chinese economy a key focus of talks of the Group of Twenty major economies when they meet on Friday and Saturday in Turkey. Just how much will...
From: Voice of America | By: William Ide, Joyce Huang | Wednesday, September 2, 2015
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The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says the number of women and children fleeing countries of violence heading for Europe has increased sharply in recent months. UNICEF says those arriving in the gateway country of the former Yugoslav Republic...
From: Voice of America | By: Lisa Schlein | Wednesday, September 2, 2015
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The president of Shell Oil Co. said exploratory drilling off Alaska's northwest coast is going well despite stormy weather last week that caused the company to halt operations for a few days. And in an interview Tuesday with The Associated Press, Marvin...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Wednesday, September 2, 2015
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Human Rights Watch has called for Houthi fighters and pro-government forces in Yemen's southern city of Aden to humanely treat detainees and to punish anyone responsible for committing abuses against them. The Houthis seized Aden in March, but fighters...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Wednesday, September 2, 2015
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The United States has called for the release of Chinese lawyer Zhang Kai and a group of religious figures, including Christian pastors, accused of threatening public order and national security. The U.S. ambassador to the U.N., Samantha Power, has also...
From: Voice of America | By: Victor Beattie | Wednesday, September 2, 2015
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Thailand's military junta and police are speaking of “significant progress” in their investigation of last month's bombing of a Bangkok shrine, which left 20 people dead and wounded more than 120 others, many of them Asian visitors. The authorities...
From: Voice of America | By: Steve Herman | Wednesday, September 2, 2015
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The trial of a former Congolese rebel leader known as "The Terminator" began Wednesday at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Bosco Ntaganda, one of the founders of the M23 rebel movement, denies the 18 charges against him. They include 13...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Wednesday, September 2, 2015
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Gunmen in Iraq's capital kidnapped 16 Turkish workers Wednesday, the interior ministry said. The workers, who were part of a crew building a football field, were taken in the mainly Shi'ite Habibiya district in northeastern Baghdad.  There was no indication...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Wednesday, September 2, 2015
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Eurostar trains traveling between Britain and France were stopped for several hours overnight because of suspicions that illegal migrants were blocking the tracks, in one of the latest developments in Europe's migration crisis. Hundreds of passengers...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Wednesday, September 2, 2015
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Major stock markets in China and elsewhere in the region saw another day of volatile trading Wednesday, as the head of the IMF warned that concerns over Asia's economy are reverberating across the globe. Shanghai stocks plunged nearly 4.5 percent at...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Wednesday, September 2, 2015
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Sierra Leone Tuesday quarantined 50 people in the northern district of Kambia, where a 76 year-old woman died over the weekend from Ebola. The country had just celebrated the release from the hospital of its last known Ebola patient. Abdulai Bayraytay,...
From: Voice of America | By: James Butty | Wednesday, September 2, 2015
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will give a speech Wednesday in Philadelphia in support of the international agreement on Iran's nuclear program, while Democrats in Congress are on the verge of guaranteeing lawmakers will not be able to pass a measure...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Wednesday, September 2, 2015
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Official figures from across the United States reveal a startling increase in the number of murders in several major cities this year -- and officials are at a loss to pinpoint the exact reasons why.  The New York Times says more than 30 cities across...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Wednesday, September 2, 2015
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Nigeria’s military said its forces Tuesday retook from Boko Haram the economic and strategic town of Gamboru Ngala on the border with Cameroon. Nigerian Army Spokesman Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman told VOA Tuesday the operation involved the air force...
From: Voice of America | By: James Butty | Wednesday, September 2, 2015
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North Korea has denied apologizing for a landmine explosion that injured two South Koreans, and says Seoul risks hurting bilateral relations if it implies otherwise.  The North's expression of "regret" over the attack was a central part of a deal reached...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Wednesday, September 2, 2015
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Against the backdrop of war in Iraq, Yemen and Syria, and concerns about Iran’s behavior, U.S. President Barack Obama will welcome Saudi King Salman to the White House Friday. It will be the Arab leader’s first visit to the United States since ascending...
From: Voice of America | Wednesday, September 2, 2015
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The International Organization for Migration says more than 350,000 migrants have made the perilous journey across the Mediterranean this year, fleeing turmoil and poverty in the Middle East and Africa in search of a better life in Europe. VOA's Mike...
From: Voice of America | Wednesday, September 2, 2015
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Guatemala's Congress lifted President Otto Perez Molina's immunity of office Tuesday, opening him up to possible prosecution in a widening customs corruption scandal that has rocked his administration and the country's political system. With 132 of 158...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Wednesday, September 2, 2015
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