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Authorities in Afghanistan said Monday at least five people were killed and more than 60 wounded when a suicide bomber drove his explosives-packed vehicle into the gate of a government building in the southern province of Zabul. The deadly bombing targeted...
From: Voice of America | By: Ayaz Gul | Monday, May 25, 2015
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Afghanistan’s Taliban has rejected reports that its officials traveled to China last week and held talks with Kabul’s peace envoys. The reported two-day discussions were said to have taken place in the northwestern Chinese city of Urumqi. It was...
From: Voice of America | By: Ayaz Gul | Monday, May 25, 2015
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Greece cannot make debt repayments to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) next month unless it achieves a deal with creditors, its interior minister said on Sunday, the most explicit remarks yet from Athens about the likelihood of default if talks...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Sunday, May 24, 2015
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Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian goes on trial in Tehran Tuesday on spy charges in a court that will be closed to the public, press and family. Rezaian was arrested last July and held in the Iranian capital's notoriously dangerous Evin Prison....
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Tuesday, May 26, 2015
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Nigeria's fuel wholesalers say they have reached a deal with the government to resume fuel distribution, ending a crisis that brought airlines, banks and phone companies to a standstill. The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association said Monday after...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Tuesday, May 26, 2015
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Human rights group Amnesty International says there is overwhelming evidence of ongoing war crimes in Ukraine, despite a tentative cease-fire with pro-Russian rebels. Researchers interviewed more than 30 prisoners from both sides of the conflict and...
From: Voice of America | By: Henry Ridgwell | Tuesday, May 26, 2015
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Every year, on the last Monday in the month of May, millions of Americans honor the memories of those killed while serving in the armed forces. Memorial Day is a tradition that dates back to the 19th Century. While many people celebrate the federal holiday...
From: Voice of America | By: Arash Arabasadi | Monday, May 25, 2015
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Every year, on the last Monday in the month of May, millions of Americans  honor the memories of those killed while serving in the armed forces. Memorial Day is a tradition that dates back to the 19th Century. While many people celebrate the federal...
From: Voice of America | By: Arash Arabasadi | Tuesday, May 26, 2015
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A United Nations-sponsored Yemeni peace conference that was to start Thursday in Geneva has been indefinitely postponed, officials said, as battles raged across the country. The talks were meant to end weeks of heavy fighting and Saudi-led airstrikes...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Monday, May 25, 2015
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Some Native Hawaiians disapprove of the name of a movie filmed and set in Hawaii, saying that titling it "Aloha" is a disrespectful misappropriation of culture and simplifies a word that's rich with meaning.   The Cameron Crowe film starring Bradley...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Monday, May 25, 2015
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Residents of Beni, a town in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, are on a tax strike following a series of massacres in the area. Local activists have called for the strike to go on until security is restored. Civil society groups in Beni territory...
From: Voice of America | By: Nick Long | Monday, May 25, 2015
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For more than a decade, pink and brown buses meandered through Karachi’s chaotic traffic, shuttling passengers between downtown and a neighborhood dominated by Shi'ite Ismailis for a largely uneventful commute. Then on May 13, gunmen boarded one of...
From: Voice of America | By: Sadaqat Jan | Monday, May 25, 2015
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The Rolling Stones launched their "Zip Code'' North American tour in San Diego Sunday with more than two hours of music.   In front of a sold-out crowd at Petco Park, the stalwart foursome rocked hit after hit from their 50-year catalog.     Mick...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Monday, May 25, 2015
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Police and anti-government protesters clashed again Monday in Burundi as the United States and United Nations urged all parties to get back to peace talks. The opposition quit the talks after the leader of the UPD party, Zedi Feruzi, and his bodyguard...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Monday, May 25, 2015
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President Barack Obama laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns as part of his observance of Memorial Day. The ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery was attended by dignitaries, military personnel and families of the fallen.
From: Voice of America | Monday, May 25, 2015
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A look at the best news photos from around the world.
From: Voice of America | Monday, May 25, 2015
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U.S fighter jets escorted an Air France plane to a safe landing in New York Monday morning after a chemical weapons threat was made against the aircraft. The anonymous threat prompted the military to scramble its jets as Air France Flight 22 from Paris...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Monday, May 25, 2015
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Flash floods from record rains in the central U.S. states of Texas and Oklahoma have left three people dead and washed away at least 400 homes.
From: Voice of America | Monday, May 25, 2015
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REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT ON MEMORIAL DAY Arlington National Cemetery Arlington, Virginia 11:32 A.M. EDT   THE PRESIDENT:  Good morning, everybody.  Thank you, Secretary Carter, for your leadership of our men and women in uniform.  General Dempsey;...
From: Voice of America | Monday, May 25, 2015
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As the United States honored its war dead, among them nearly 4,500 Americans who died in Iraq since 2003, questions continued to swirl Monday about the direction of the campaign against the Islamic State group. U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter on...
From: Voice of America | By: Carol Guensburg | Monday, May 25, 2015
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Turkey’s AK Party is seeking a fourth successive general election victory, with the goal of securing two-thirds of the seats in parliament to rewrite the constitution. AK Party member of parliament, Nesrin Ulema is rallying the party faithful. The...
From: Voice of America | By: Dorian Jones | Monday, May 25, 2015
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Few places in America have experienced war like Waterloo. This small town in the Midwest state of Iowa became famous during World War II not for what it accomplished, but what it lost. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, the legacy of one family’s sacrifice...
From: Voice of America | By: Kane Farabaugh | Monday, May 25, 2015
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People in the United States are honoring those who died in military service with the annual Memorial Day holiday.
From: Voice of America | Monday, May 25, 2015
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The aid agency Oxfam says more than 70,000 refugees from Burundi have crossed the border into Tanzania fearing political violence at home. Aid agencies are seeking more support as disease and overcrowding take a toll on the refugee population. Most of...
From: Voice of America | By: Gabe Joselow | Monday, May 25, 2015
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A great deal has been written over the years about the necessity of computer users to be proactive if they want to guard their privacy and keep their machines clean of viruses. Habits such as changing passwords, updating software, running anti-virus...
From: Voice of America | By: Doug Bernard | Monday, May 25, 2015
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Iranian Afshin Ghaffarian dreams of becoming a dancer from a young age. He hacks into YouTube and watches dancers like Michael Jackson and Rudolf Nureyef. But dancing is illegal in the Islamic Republic. Desert Dancer by filmmaker Richard Raymond is based...
From: Voice of America | By: Penelope Poulou | Monday, May 25, 2015
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A wanted man newly elected to Nigeria's Senate will appear in court Monday to fight his extradition to the United States on 20-year-old charges related to the TV hit Orange is the New Black.   Senator-elect Buruji Kashamu, 56, has declared his innocence....
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Monday, May 25, 2015
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A United Nations envoy urged Lebanon's feuding political leaders to pick a new president, warning on Monday that the country's year-long power vacuum had undermined its ability to deal with the impact of the Syrian crisis and a host of other problems....
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Monday, May 25, 2015
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Iraq's prime minister Haider al-Abadi says the city of Ramadi would be retaken from Islamic State militants in the coming days, not weeks, the BBC reported Monday. In an interview with the British broadcaster, the Iraqi leader admitted the insurgent...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Monday, May 25, 2015
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The Vatican bank posted a sharp rise in net profit in 2014 after absorbing the costs of a cleanup that hit earnings the year before as part of a wide-ranging drive to tighten financial governance and eliminate abuse, a statement showed on Monday. The...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Monday, May 25, 2015
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Army chiefs of staff of Arab countries have drafted a protocol for a new joint force to intervene in Middle East hotspots on missions ranging from fighting Islamic militants to Iran-backed groups — despite lingering disagreements on some details,...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Monday, May 25, 2015
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U.S. authorities on Sunday blew up a pressure cooker found in a vehicle parked near the U.S. Capitol and later arrested the vehicle's owner. Pressure cooker bombs were used to kill three people and injured more than 250 others at the Boston Marathon...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Monday, May 25, 2015
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China has lodged a complaint with Washington over a U.S. spy plane that flew over parts of the disputed South China Sea last week, the Foreign Ministry said on Monday. Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying made the remarks at regular briefing, adding that...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Monday, May 25, 2015
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'Desert Dancer' by filmmaker Richard Raymond is based on the true story of a group of young Iranians, who form an underground dance troupe in the Islamic Republic of Iran. This is the latest in a genre of films that focus on dance as a form of freedom...
From: Voice of America | By: Penelope Poulou | Monday, May 25, 2015
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A U.N.-brokered peace conference for Yemen scheduled to take place later this week appeared in doubt Monday with Yemeni officials saying the talks had been postponed. There was no immediate public confirmation from the U.N. that Thursday's meeting would...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Monday, May 25, 2015
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From: Voice of America | Monday, May 25, 2015
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 U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter attributes the fall of the Iraqi provincial capital of Ramadi to Islamic State (IS/ISIL) forces last week to a lack of will by Iraqi forces to fight. Carter's comments follow President Barack Obama’s assessment...
From: Voice of America | By: Victor Beattie | Monday, May 25, 2015
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Syrian government forces carried out at least 15 airstrikes Monday targeting Islamic State fighters in the seized central city of Palmyra, activists said. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors violence in Syria through...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Monday, May 25, 2015
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The U.N. Security Council has condemned the killing of an opposition leader in Burundi whose death has derailed efforts to resolve the country's crisis through U.N.-sponsored negotiations. Zedi Feruzi of the Union for Peace and Development party was...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Monday, May 25, 2015
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Authorities in Burkina Faso are exhuming the remains of former President Thomas Sankara and 12 of his colleagues, 28 years after they were killed during a 1987 coup.  Younger brother Paul Sankara said the exhumation will answer a number of key questions,...
From: Voice of America | By: James Butty | Monday, May 25, 2015
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Colombia's Juan Pablo Montoya won his second Indianapolis 500 title on Sunday, outdueling Australia's Will Power and New Zealand's Scott Dixon with dramatic passes for the lead over the tension-packed final laps. Montoya passed Dixon with four laps remaining...
From: Voice of America | By: AFP | Monday, May 25, 2015
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Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced Monday to eight months in prison for unlawfully accepting money from a U.S. supporter, capping the dramatic downfall of a man who only years earlier led the country and hoped to bring about a historic...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Monday, May 25, 2015
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Organizers of the Burundi protests have indicated they will return to the streets Monday for more demonstrations after an opposition leader and his bodyguard were killed. The opposition has also announced it has quit peace talks with the government....
From: Voice of America | By: James Butty | Monday, May 25, 2015
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Malaysia's police chief says 139 graves believed to contain the remains of migrants have been found near the country's border with Thailand, and that some graves contained more than one body. National Police Chief Khalid Abu Bakar told reporters Monday...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Monday, May 25, 2015
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One body was missing an eye and had bruises on its face. Another had its teeth knocked inward. One had a gunshot in the top of the head. Relatives of some of the people killed in what authorities say was a shootout with drug cartel gunmen in Michoacan...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Monday, May 25, 2015
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For many US war veterans, the Memorial Day holiday is an opportunity to look back at a divisive conflict in the nation’s history and to remember those who did not make it home.
From: Voice of America | By: Katherine Gypson | Monday, May 25, 2015
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Syrian observers say Islamic State militants have executed 217 people, including children, in the eastern region of Homs since they captured the historic city of Palmyra more than a week ago. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights on Sunday...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Sunday, May 24, 2015
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The French film Dheepan won director Jacques Audiard the Palme d'Or prize, the top honor, at the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival. Dheepan is about a group of Sri Lankan refugees who pretend to be a family in order to flee their war-torn country for...
From: Voice of America | Sunday, May 24, 2015
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Who has enough clout to get Fortune 500 giants like PepsiCola, Nike, Disney, Ikea and Apple to change their environmental practices? That credit would go to a Boston-based nonprofit with 80 employees and an $11 million budget. Ceres was founded in 1989...
From: Voice of America | By: Jan Sluizer | Sunday, May 24, 2015
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Somalia's government says a parliament member killed in Mogadishu Saturday was shot by mistake by government soldiers. The Somali defense ministry says soldiers opened fire on the car of lawmaker Yusuf Dirir because they thought it might be on its way...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Sunday, May 24, 2015
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