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Calls for justice are growing louder in the embattled St. Louis suburb of Ferguson as violent protests give way to peaceful demonstrations. The unrest began after a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black teenager August 9 after a confrontation...
From: Voice of America | Friday, August 22, 2014
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Ferguson, Missouri saw dwindling numbers of protesters Thursday after the National Guard was withdrawn from the city, which has been rocked by 12 days of unrest following the shooting death of an unarmed black teen. A group of about 100 people marched...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Friday, August 22, 2014
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The first museum-wide show of Arab art in New York City is spread out over five floors at the New Museum, and exhibits work by more than 45 contemporary artists. The New Museum show includes painting, drawing, sculpture, photography and video by artists...
From: Voice of America | By: Carolyn Weaver | Friday, August 22, 2014
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The U.S. judge who barred Argentina from servicing its debt until it settled with investors demanding full payment on their bonds scheduled a new hearing on Thursday. The move comes after the country unveiled plans to sidestep his ruling that led it...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Thursday, August 21, 2014
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The U.S. State Department has offered new rewards for information on four key leaders of the Islamist group militant Haqqani Network, and increased the reward for the group’s top leader. The Haqqani Network is a Pakistan-based group allied with al-Qaida...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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Afghanistan has given New York Times reporter Matthew Rosenberg 24 hours to leave the country for not cooperating with an investigation, a statement from the attorney general's office said on Wednesday. Rosenberg had been summoned to the attorney general's...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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A psychiatrist has told a Human Rights Commission inquiry that Australian immigration officials asked him to bury damning statistics about the deteriorating mental health of children in detention. Peter Young was a medical director for the immigration...
From: Voice of America | By: Phil Mercer | Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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Violence against aid workers hit a record high last year, according to research released Tuesday. London-based consultancy group Humanitarian Outcomes says worldwide 155 aid workers were killed, 171 seriously wounded and 134 were kidnapped in 2013. The...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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A Cornell University professor says when responding to the West Africa Ebola epidemic, officials must consider both the physical and social dimensions of healing. Stacey Langwick said the outbreak has dramatically changed the way people care for the...
From: Voice of America | By: Joe DeCapua | Friday, August 22, 2014
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The U.S. space agency has its eyes on the future - not just future missions, but the scientists who will plan and carry out those missions. At NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center outside Washington, a summer internship gives college, post-graduate and...
From: Voice of America | By: Faiza Elmasry | Friday, August 22, 2014
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On Thailand’s border with Myanmar, also known as Burma, a malaria research and treatment clinic is stepping up efforts to eliminate a drug-resistant form of the parasite - before it spreads abroad. Steve Sandford reports from the Mae Sot, Thailand.
From: Voice of America | By: Steve Sandford | Friday, August 22, 2014
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The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday that it had drawn up a draft strategy plan to combat Ebola in West Africa over the next six to nine months, implying that it does not expect to halt the epidemic this year. More than 1,300 people have...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Friday, August 22, 2014
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Nigeria's health minister has confirmed the country's first cases of Ebola in people who did not have direct contact with Patrick Sawyer, an infected Liberian-American who traveled to Lagos from Liberia. Onyebuchi Chukwu says the spouses of two Ebola...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Friday, August 22, 2014
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When could a video game possibly save your life? A new imaging technology, now being used at Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas, has direct links to video games. It can provide detailed views of patients’ bodies -- helping surgeons plan and execute...
From: Voice of America | Friday, August 22, 2014
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President Barack Obama told a recent interviewer he did not want the U.S. military to become Iraq's air force. But he may have little choice. Iraq had only a fledgling air force when the United States withdrew in 2011. Washington has agreed to bolster...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Friday, August 22, 2014
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The central U.S. town of Ferguson saw dwindling numbers of protesters Thursday after the National Guard was withdrawn from the city, which has been rocked by 12 days of unrest following the shooting death of an unarmed black teen. A group of about 100...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Friday, August 22, 2014
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Pope Francis called the parents of James Foley, the American journalist killed by Islamic State militants in Iraq, to offer his condolences and support, a Vatican spokesman said on Friday. The pope spoke at length with Diane and John Foley on Thursday...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Friday, August 22, 2014
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Kurdish forces have begun an operation to force out militants with the Islamic State group from a strategic town in northern Iraq. Officials said Kurdish peshmerga fighters early Friday retook several areas of Jalawla, 115 kilometers northeast of Baghdad....
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Friday, August 22, 2014
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Witnesses say the first trucks from a Russian aid convoy crossed the border into Ukraine after Moscow said it was tired of waiting for Kyiv's permission to move forward. Russia's foreign ministry said in a statement Friday that all excuses for the delay...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Friday, August 22, 2014
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India has blocked the release of a film about the assassination of former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, saying it glorifies her killers and could trigger violent public protests. India's certification board said the film lauds the Sikh bodyguards...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Friday, August 22, 2014
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A leading human rights group says General Prayuth Chan-ocha's appointment as Thailand's prime minister "does not advance human rights or a return to democratic rule," saying widespread repression continues three months after the military seized power....
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Friday, August 22, 2014
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At least 191,369 people have been killed in Syria's conflict through April, more than double the figure documented a year ago and probably still an underestimate, the United Nations human rights office said on Friday. The U.N. report, based on data from...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Friday, August 22, 2014
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U.N. diplomats say the United States and European nations are working on a Security Council resolution to end fighting between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. A two-page document circulated Thursday calls for an immediate end to Hamas rocket attacks...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Friday, August 22, 2014
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The UN's Office on Drugs and Crime is starting a new program to help Myanmar's law enforcement system better crack down on drug trafficking and transnational crime. Rights groups are welcoming the program as a way to tackle the impunity and criminal...
From: Voice of America | By: Ron Corben | Friday, August 22, 2014
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Some residents of Liberia’s West Point say Ebola-related restrictions are becoming unbearable. And they say if the situation continues for another week, the already angry residents could become even angrier. The World Health Organization says nearly...
From: Voice of America | By: James Butty | Friday, August 22, 2014
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Malaysia is observing a day of national mourning as the first remains of 43 of its citizens killed aboard Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 were returned to Kuala Lumpur. A chartered flight carrying the bodies and ashes of 20 Malaysians arrived early Friday...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Friday, August 22, 2014
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No one knows when the U.S. Federal Reserve will begin again to raise the key interest rate that banks pay on overnight loans, but the central bank's July meeting minutes suggest it could be soon. Since 2008, the Fed's key interest rate has been near...
From: Voice of America | By: Kells Hetherington | Friday, August 22, 2014
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While terrorism experts around the globe knew of the Islamic State militants in Syria - also known as "ISIL" or "ISIS" -  they were taken aback at its rapid success in Iraq in recent months. ISIL used savvy messaging and political deal brokering to...
From: Voice of America | By: Ayesha Tanzeem | Friday, August 22, 2014
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Human rights activists say Mali's government continues to jail children accused of having been members of the armed rebel and extremist groups, and that the government is committing human rights abuses in the north.     Amnesty International says some...
From: Voice of America | By: Katarina Hoije | Friday, August 22, 2014
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U.S. President Barack Obama has called for a federal strategy to promote the health of bees that have been declining. The honeybee has been waning due to parasites, disease and pesticides. Wild bees may be used to take over their role as crop pollinators....
From: Voice of America | By: Deborah Block | Friday, August 22, 2014
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South Korean families who lost loved ones in April's ferry disaster are demanding accountability from the government, but some have grown weary of strident activists adopting their cause for political ends. The overloaded Sewol capsized and sank on a...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Thursday, August 21, 2014
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The governor of Missouri is pulling out National Guard troops who are assisting state and local police in Ferguson, Missouri, as protests continue there, following last week's killing of an unarmed African-American by a white police officer. VOAs Carolyn...
From: Voice of America | By: Carolyn Presutti | Thursday, August 21, 2014
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U.S. President Barack Obama’s proposed comprehensive immigration reform remains stalled in a politically divided Congress, but business leaders around the country say immigration reform is needed to keep the economy growing. The situation was the focus...
From: Voice of America | By: Greg Flakus | Thursday, August 21, 2014
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Peru's President Ollanta Humala failed to find enough support in Congress to ratify his new cabinet on Thursday after key conservative allies withheld their votes, underscoring his waning political power as the economy slows. The crisis threatens to...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Thursday, August 21, 2014
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Comedian Robin Williams' ashes have been scattered in the San Francisco Bay following his apparent suicide, according to a death certificate released by Marin County on Thursday. Williams, 63, was found hanged in his Tiburon, California, home last week....
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Thursday, August 21, 2014
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The “he said, she said” controversy over the shooting of Michael Brown tearing the city of Ferguson, Missouri, apart is sparking a wave of interest in a technology that has yet to be used widely in the United States. Body cameras mounted on a police...
From: Voice of America | By: Matthew Hilburn | Thursday, August 21, 2014
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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is promising a fair and thorough federal investigation into the shooting death of black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Holder spoke about his visit to Ferguson in unusually personal terms to reporters...
From: Voice of America | By: Jim Malone | Thursday, August 21, 2014
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The Liberian capital swirled with fear and confusion Thursday, as a nationwide nighttime curfew to slow the spread of Ebola went into full effect and a slum neighborhood was violently quarantined off from the rest of city. With Liberia reporting the...
From: Voice of America | By: Mike Eckel, James Butty | Thursday, August 21, 2014
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The Palestinian unity government of Mahmoud Abbas has failed to convince Hamas to agree to Egyptian-negotiated terms with Israel on a Gaza cease-fire. VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns reports on what the Gaza conflict means for President...
From: Voice of America | By: Scott Stearns | Thursday, August 21, 2014
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The United Nations has launched what it describes as one of the biggest aid operations in 30 years in northern Iraq, as hundreds of thousands of refugees flee the extremist Sunni militant group calling itself the Islamic State. As Kurdish and Iraqi forces...
From: Voice of America | By: Henry Ridgwell | Thursday, August 21, 2014
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The sophistication, wealth and military might of Islamic State militants pose a major threat to the United States that may surpass that from al-Qaida, U.S. military leaders said on Thursday. "They are an imminent threat to every interest we have, whether...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Thursday, August 21, 2014
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This month, the World Health Organization declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a global public health emergency.   Many international and national organizations are working to get supplies to medical teams in the field.   The international effort...
From: Voice of America | By: William Eagle | Thursday, August 21, 2014
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The governor of the central U.S. state of Missouri on Thursday ordered the withdrawal of the National Guard from a town rocked by nearly two weeks of protests following the August 9 shooting death of an unarmed black teen by a white policeman.   The...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Thursday, August 21, 2014
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Kungfu film star Jackie Chan has apologized for his son's arrest in China last week on drug charges. In a blog post on Wednesday, the martial arts master said he was "enraged" and "disappointed" with son Jaycee Chan, 31. "You’ve done something wrong...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Thursday, August 21, 2014
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The international news outlet that American journalist James Foley reported for says his Islamic captors demanded $132 million in ransom for his release before they decided to behead him. Foley was freelancing for GlobalPost when he was captured in Syria...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Thursday, August 21, 2014
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From: Voice of America | Thursday, August 21, 2014
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Turkey’s ruling AK Party has chosen Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu as the successor to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan - who is now the president-elect. The central committee of Turkey’s ruling AK Party named Foreign Minister Davutoglu as the...
From: Voice of America | By: Dorian Jones | Thursday, August 21, 2014
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A new report says global spending for capital projects and infrastructure will top nine-trillion-dollars a year by 2025. That’s up from four-trillion in 2012. Asian countries, especially China, are expected to lead the way. The spending projections...
From: Voice of America | By: Joe DeCapua | Thursday, August 21, 2014
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