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A suicide bomb blast in Afghanistan's eastern city of Jalalabad killed 33 people and injured more than 100 outside a bank where government workers collect salaries, the city's police chief said on Saturday. Police were investigating whether there was...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Saturday, April 18, 2015
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The state government of Rio de Janeiro, which is feverishly preparing for next year's Olympic Games, has failed to pay its phone and Internet bills, triggering a cutoff in service, the phone company responsible said on Friday. Brazilian telecoms firm...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Friday, April 17, 2015
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The World Bank is offering an additional $650 million to help Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone recover from the devastating Ebola epidemic. Before Ebola these nations had some of the highest economic growth rates in Africa, but the crisis closed markets,...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Friday, April 17, 2015
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Pakistan said it will consider making India part of a bilateral trade and transit agreement with landlocked Afghanistan as long as New Delhi formally sends a request to both countries. The announcement precedes Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s maiden...
From: Voice of America | By: Ayaz Gul | Thursday, April 16, 2015
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When a pregnant woman develops diabetes during the first 26 weeks of gestation, her baby has an increased risk of developing autism spectrum disorder, according to a new study. VOA's Carol Pearson reports.
From: Voice of America | By: Carol Pearson | Wednesday, April 15, 2015
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The founder of a credit card payments company in the western U.S. city of Seattle is taking a huge pay-cut in order to give every one of his employees a big raise. Dan Price, owner of Gravity Payments, told his employees this week that he is slashing...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Wednesday, April 15, 2015
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Pope Francis is calling for more international help to deal with the growing number of migrants fleeing instability in Africa. Following his meeting with Italian President Sergio Mattarella on Saturday, the pope said it is clear that the scope of the...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Saturday, April 18, 2015
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Australian police Saturday arrested five teenagers suspected of plotting a terrorist attack inspired by the Islamic State (IS) group. "The act that we believe was in preparation involved attacks against police officers on ANZAC Day," Australian Prime...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Saturday, April 18, 2015
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India, long one of the world’s biggest arms importers, wants to expand its own weapons industry and become a supplier to other nations. It’s a move the United States supports for economic and strategic reasons. But industry analysts who spoke to...
From: Voice of America | By: Idrees Ali | Saturday, April 18, 2015
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The United Nations Children’s Fund is voicing concern about the decision by Australia to transfer asylum seekers detained on the Pacific Island of Nauru to Cambodia, possibly as early as Monday. UNICEF’s concerns come amid growing refugee protests...
From: Voice of America | By: Ron Corben | Saturday, April 18, 2015
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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani says the Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing Saturday that killed at least 33 people in eastern Afghanistan. Officials say more than 100 other people were wounded in the attack in Jalalabad....
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Saturday, April 18, 2015
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Iraqi forces retook most of the country's largest refinery from Islamic State on Saturday, security officials said, reversing gains by the militants who seized parts of the sprawling complex this week. The insurgents attacked Iraq's Baiji refinery a...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Saturday, April 18, 2015
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Israel said on Saturday it would transfer $470 million of withheld tax revenues to the Palestinian Authority following talks between a senior Israeli military officer and Palestinian officials. In December, Israel began withholding around $130 million...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Saturday, April 18, 2015
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Russia has key interests in common with the United States and needs to work with it on a common agenda, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday in a television interview. In his comments to the state-run Rossiya channel, Putin appeared to soften...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Saturday, April 18, 2015
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Mobs in South Africa attacked shops owned by immigrants in a poor area of Johannesburg early Saturday following similar violence in another part of the country that killed six people, according to media reports.   There was a heavy police presence in...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Saturday, April 18, 2015
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An Earth Day rally and concert are being held on Washington's National Mall Saturday.  Headliners at Saturday's festivities — hosted by will.i.am and Soledad O'Brien — include Mary J. Blige, Fall Out Boy, No Doubt, Usher, Train, and My Morning Jacket....
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Saturday, April 18, 2015
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Heavy airstrikes by a Saudi-led coalition continued Friday in Yemen, while al-Qaida made gains in the country's east. The Sunni Arab-led coalition carried out bombings in several cities, including the capital, Sana'a, the country's second-largest city...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Saturday, April 18, 2015
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U.S. lawmakers agreed on draft legislation this week to give the White House “fast track” authority to negotiate a free trade deal with Pacific nations. If approved, the bill gives lawmakers the authority to set trade objectives, but limits their...
From: Voice of America | By: Mil Arcega | Saturday, April 18, 2015
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India's push to accommodate a booming urban population and attract investment rests in large part with dozens of “smart” cities like the one being built on the dusty banks of the Sabarmati River in western India. So far, it boasts modern underground...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Saturday, April 18, 2015
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U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has urged Greece to go through "every line" in its budget to draft a reform plan to satisfy its international creditors. Lew, speaking Friday in Washington, said he believes that is the level of detail required. "This...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Saturday, April 18, 2015
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It sounds like the musical equivalent of Hungarian goulash: Take the gypsy fiddles of a leading folk band, blend them with the drums, bells and xylophones of the country's top percussion ensemble, then stir and season to taste. No one knew quite what...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Saturday, April 18, 2015
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Jaki Kweka is that rare breed of gourmet chocolatier. She makes fine chocolate in Africa using local African ingredients. Other African companies such as Ghana's Golden Tree use local cocoa but import milk powder and sugar. Multinationals such as Nestle...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Saturday, April 18, 2015
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The men in ragged clothes, many barefoot and covered in grime, scramble deep into the earth, searching for veins of a blue-green stone believed to exist only in the southwestern mountains of the Dominican Republic.   The stone is larimar, and its existence...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Saturday, April 18, 2015
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India's surprise decision to agree to phase down the use of a potent greenhouse gas after years of opposition is a "significant step'' toward global action to address climate change, the U.S. State Department's climate change envoy said Friday. India...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Saturday, April 18, 2015
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Formula One has published a statement committing the sport to respect for human rights as it prepares for one of the more controversial races on the calendar in Bahrain this weekend. An uprising led by the strategic Gulf kingdom's Shi'ite Muslim majority...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Friday, April 17, 2015
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South Korea’s point man on North Korea said Friday that he expected to see progress in inter-Korean relations soon. South Korean Unification Minister Hong Yong-pyo told reporters his government would enhance efforts to improve ties with Pyongyang....
From: Voice of America | By: Kim Eunjee | Friday, April 17, 2015
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Chinese President Xi Jinping is due to arrive in Pakistan on Monday for a two-day trip that Pakistan says will be a game-changer in the economic development of the region. VOA’s Ayesha Tanzeem reports.
From: Voice of America | By: Ayesha Tanzeem | Friday, April 17, 2015
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Many areas around the world suffer from frequent power outages, so consumers often rely on backup power sources such as gasoline or diesel-powered generators. While efficient as a quick remedy for power outages, they can be deadly if used without proper...
From: Voice of America | Friday, April 17, 2015
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An exhibition dedicated to French singer Edith Piaf, whose ballads of love and sorrow made her an international star, has opened in Paris to mark 100 years since her birth. Hundreds of posters, letters, manuscripts, photographs, film clips and even her...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Friday, April 17, 2015
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A new survey released Friday indicates 60 percent of Kenyans believe their country is headed in the wrong direction after a spate of terror attacks, and more than three quarters of the respondents deem militant group al-Shabab a serious threat. The new...
From: Voice of America | By: Mohammed Yusuf | Friday, April 17, 2015
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The Democratic Republic of Congo’s government has signed up for a new plan to stabilize North Kivu, the DRC province with the worst levels of violence and insecurity. The plan's authors say it involves more local consultation than previous plans. The...
From: Voice of America | By: Nick Long | Friday, April 17, 2015
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As thousands of Iraqis continue to flee the contested area around Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, the Pentagon says Sunni tribesmen are critical to efforts to secure the area. Days after the Islamic State group captured three villages on Ramadi's...
From: Voice of America | By: Carla Babb | Friday, April 17, 2015
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People with no known contact with Western civilization nonetheless harbored microbes carrying genes that disarm the most modern antibiotics.   That's one finding from new research in the journal Science Advances that studied the bacteria, fungi and...
From: Voice of America | By: Steve Baragona | Friday, April 17, 2015
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International health officials say just two capsules a day of Vitamin A reduces the chance of a child dying by 22%. Children without iodine lose 13 IQ points and stay one year less in school. Efforts to promote child health support vitamin and mineral...
From: Voice of America | By: William Eagle | Friday, April 17, 2015
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Thousands more migrants have arrived on the southern shores of Italy from North Africa in the past two days. Authorities say they expect the total number of arrivals this year to far exceed previous levels; and the government has said military action...
From: Voice of America | By: Zlatica Hoke | Friday, April 17, 2015
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Like many people, Bree Britt dreamed of starting her own business. But unlike many people, the 16-year-old didn’t wait till she grew up to become an entrepreneur. She’s already launched her own business. Bree may not have the experience, but as Faiza...
From: Voice of America | By: Faiza Elmasry | Friday, April 17, 2015
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We’re tallying the five most popular songs in the Billboard Hot 100 Pop Singles chart, for the week ending April 18, 2015.   The chart gets all shook up this week…but nothing really changes. Let’s open in fifth place, where Ed Sheeran drops two...
From: Voice of America | By: Ray McDonald | Friday, April 17, 2015
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Several South African cities are grappling with violent attacks against foreigners. These are the worst xenophobic attacks in a decade in South Africa, with five people killed and thousands displaced in the last few weeks. What are the reasons behind...
From: Voice of America | By: Emilie Iob | Friday, April 17, 2015
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The Iranian government is increasing the frequency and sophistication of its hacking attacks targeting the U.S. and its allies, according to a study released on Friday.  The study, “The Growing Cyber Threat From Iran,” was co-authored by the American...
From: Voice of America | By: Doug Bernard | Friday, April 17, 2015
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A series of bombings ripped through Baghdad on Friday, mainly targeting public places and killing at least 29 people, Iraqi officials said.   No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks but violence has escalated both in Baghdad and...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Friday, April 17, 2015
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In a key test of President Barack Obama's efforts to overhaul immigration law without congressional action, administration lawyers will on Friday ask a federal appeals court to lift an injunction blocking his executive action meant to help undocumented...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Friday, April 17, 2015
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President Barack Obama will welcome the leaders of the Gulf Cooperation countriies of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates at the White House and the Camp David presidential retreat on May 13 - 14, the White House...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Friday, April 17, 2015
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The White House is hosting Italy’s prime minister Friday for discussions on economics, European trade, Libyan violence and a deepening humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean region. Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is visiting President Barack Obama and...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Friday, April 17, 2015
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Iraqi officials say they believe government forces have killed Saddam Hussein's former deputy who later allied himself with Islamic State militants - Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri.   Al-Douri was known as the "king of clubs'' in the deck of playing cards issued...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Friday, April 17, 2015
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Russia has warned that the presence of foreign military personnel could "destabilize" the situation in Ukraine, after U.S. paratroopers arrived this week to train Ukrainian solders. A spokesman for President Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Peskov, told reporters...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Friday, April 17, 2015
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A Sicilian fishing boat with seven people on board was seized overnight in an apparent act of piracy 40 miles from the coast of Libya, a trade association said on Friday. Libyan government launches have stopped such boats in the past, sometimes as they...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Friday, April 17, 2015
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After a protracted silence, South African President Jacob Zuma publicly has condemned a rise in attacks on foreign nationals in two major cities. But critics point out that the leadership in the Rainbow Nation — including Zuma himself — has been...
From: Voice of America | By: Anita Powell | Friday, April 17, 2015
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Russian President Vladimir Putin, in his annual televised call-in program, again denied there were any Russian troops fighting in Ukraine. He also said the West was trying to ‘contain’ Russia with sanctions. Henry Ridgwell reports on reactions to...
From: Voice of America | By: Henry Ridgwell | Friday, April 17, 2015
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An Ohio man accused of plotting to commit terrorism in the U.S. after traveling to Syria for terrorist training is expected to enter not guilty pleas at an arraignment Friday.   A federal indictment says Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud, 23, of Columbus, left...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Friday, April 17, 2015
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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Turkish military and logistical support was the main factor that helped insurgents to seize the northwestern city of Idlib from government control last month. Idlib, a short drive from the Turkish border, is only...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Friday, April 17, 2015
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