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Two Taliban suicide bombers attacked an army bus and another army vehicle in the Afghan capital on Wednesday, killing at least seven people and wounding more than 15, the government said, a day after Afghanistan and the United States signed a long-delayed...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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Afghanistan has signed long-delayed security pacts with the United States and NATO to authorize a small international military force in the country after the end of the year. VOA’s Carla Babb has the story.
From: Voice of America | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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The United States is welcoming the signing of a delayed Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with Afghanistan Tuesday as "an important step in strengthening the strategic partnership between the two countries." The signing of the agreement comes just three...
From: Voice of America | By: Victor Beattie | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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South Korean lawmakers have agreed to launch a new investigation into April’s deadly passenger ferry accident, bringing an end to a months-long deadlock in the country’s National Assembly. But the country’s unity and sympathy for the victims in...
From: Voice of America | By: Jason Strother | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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Activists say U.S.-led airstrikes have hit near a key town along the Syria-Turkey border where Kurdish forces are battling to hold off militants from the Islamic State group. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the aircraft carried...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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It is common in the United States to see tourists flock to sites associated with America's presidents. Some are privately owned and others are run by the National Park Service or the National Archives -- but most have helped draw business and people...
From: Voice of America | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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President Barack Obama hosts Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for talks Wednesday that are expected to focus on nuclear talks with Iran. The White House meeting comes days after Netanyahu told the United Nations General Assembly that Iran is...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying attended the flag-raising ceremony Wednesday to mark China's National Day after refusing to meet pro-democracy demonstrators despite their threats to expand the street protests that have posed the stiffest challenge...
From: Voice of America | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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The Japanese coast guard is searching for nine people thought to be missing after a Chinese ship sank off western Japan. The coast guard says the Chinese-registered ship Lurongyu 2859 sank Tuesday off the coast of Shimane prefecture in the Sea of Japan....
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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Acts of terrorism and violence in Iraq killed more than 1,100 people in September, continuing what has been a particularly deadly year for the country. The United Nations mission in Iraq reported Wednesday the toll from last month included 854 civilians...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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On the 65th anniversary of the founding of Communist China, Hong Kong protesters are hoping to stage the largest pro-democracy demonstration since the 1989 Tiananmen protests. VOA's Brian Padden visited one of the protest sites mid-day, when the atmosphere...
From: Voice of America | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic began his closing statements to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, where he is being tried for war crimes including genocide. Karadzic, who insists he is innocent, has...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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The death toll from Saturday's massive volcanic eruption in central Japan has risen to 48 after rescuers found 12 more bodies on Wednesday. Authorities in Nagano prefecture say the bodies were found near the ash-covered summit of Mount Ontake, which...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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France laid down the gauntlet to EU partners on Wednesday with a 2015 budget setting out how it would bring its borrowing back to within EU limits two years later than promised, a retreat it blamed on a fragile economy. “We have taken the decision...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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Australia's parliament has passed legislation giving intelligence agencies broader powers to fight extremists, such as those associated with the Islamic State group. The National Security Legislation Amendment Bill passed Wednesday has been slammed by...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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Hong Kong officials on Wednesday held ceremonies marking the 65th anniversary of the founding of communist China as city leaders remain locked in a standoff with protesters demanding greater democratic reforms. As the city bristled with tension, an early...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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Kurdish fighters battling Islamic State militants have retaken a key border crossing between northern Iraq and Syria. The Peshmerga forces took control of Rabia after heavy fighting Tuesday, reclaiming one of the areas the militants seized as they swept...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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India's prime minister is on his first visit to Washington, to strengthen political and economic ties between the world's oldest and the world biggest democracies. He came to the U.S. capital from New York, the first stop on his five-day visit to the...
From: Voice of America | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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Both the Indian and Pakistani prime ministers insisted in their recent U.N. speeches that they want engagement with the other, but the actual possibility of meaningful dialogue between the two countries in the near future appears slim. After Indian Prime...
From: Voice of America | By: Ayesha Tanzim | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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Guinea-Bissau President Jose Mario Vaz has pardoned a group of soldiers convicted for a 2012 coup attempt. They include coup leader Pansau Ntchama, who led the soldiers in the attack on an army barracks in an attempt to seize power before a run-off presidential...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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Hundreds of thousands of protesters continue to occupy Hong Kong's central business district. The atmosphere was festive as night fell on the eve of the October 1 national holiday, marking the 65th anniversary of the establishment of the People’s Republic...
From: Voice of America | By: Ivan Broadhead | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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NASA engineers will purposely crash a retired U.S. Marine helicopter, retrofitted with various composite subfloors, to see how well an airframe of that material would protect anyone inside the cabin. According to the space exploration agency there is...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter celebrates his 90th birthday October 1. While not the oldest living president, Carter has set the record for the longest post-presidency of any former occupant of the White House, surpassing Herbert Hoover for the honor...
From: Voice of America | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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If there is one thing I’ve learned over the last decade while interviewing former President Jimmy Carter, it is to be on time, and be ready.  The former Navy officer still lives by a military clock even at the age of 90, and is absolutely punctual. ...
From: Voice of America | By: Kane Farabaugh | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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U.S. lawmakers grilled the head of the Secret Service Tuesday, one day after it was revealed the man who breached White House security nearly two weeks ago not only made it past the front door, but deep inside the executive mansion. VOA’s Aru Pande...
From: Voice of America | By: Aru Pande | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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Outgoing Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has returned home early from an official trip overseas after sparking protests and anger over his handling of a bill that will end direct elections for local and regional officials. After returning...
From: Voice of America | By: Andy Lala | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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While Mexico's government says the country is getting safer, a record number of Mexicans were victims of crime last year, according to a survey by national statistics institute INEGI published on Tuesday. President Enrique Pena Nieto came to power nearly...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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As the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has worsened over the past months, countries from Cuba to Denmark to Britain have helped fight the disease. Now, it’s the United Nations’ turn. Based in Ghana, the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response,...
From: Voice of America | By: Chris Stein | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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From floods to droughts to powerful storms, more people are impacted by extreme weather as the population increases. In Los Angeles, the Aquarium of the Pacific unveiled a tool to educate the public about extreme weather. Elizabeth Lee has more.
From: Voice of America | By: Elizabeth Lee | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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After a series of attacks by pro-Moscow militia, Ukraine’s prime minister has accused Russia of failing to honor the cease-fire agreement signed on September 5. At least nine Ukrainian soldiers have been killed in the last two days. Tentative peace...
From: Voice of America | By: Henry Ridgwell | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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Some Vietnamese citizens living in Hong Kong have expressed support for local protesters who want China to give the former British colony a fully democratic vote for its next leader. Hang, who declined to give her last name for fear of repercussions...
From: Voice of America | By: Trung Nguyen | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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The head of the Organization of American States this week issued an appeal for member countries to take in detainees from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, calling it a chance to address a "serious humanitarian" issue. OAS Secretary-General...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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U.S. authorities have charged four members of a computer hacking ring with the theft of secret data used in American products, including Xbox games and training software for military helicopter pilots. In a statement Tuesday, the Justice Department said...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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South Korean President Park Geun-hye has responded to North Korean criticism by saying the North's human rights record is “the crux” of Seoul’s policy toward the communist country. Presiding over a Cabinet meeting held Tuesday at Cheong Wa Dae,...
From: Voice of America | By: Hwan Yong Kim | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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At least 35 people were killed in a wave of car bomb and mortar attacks in mainly Shi'ite Muslim districts of Baghdad on Tuesday, Iraqi police and medical sources said. It was one of the most violent days the capital has witnessed since U.S.-led forces...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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One victim was so afraid of an intimate video being shared online she was blackmailed into being gang raped.  Another woman, known for her political views, was the target of online rape and death threats. After her address was spread on social media,...
From: Voice of America | By: Pir Wilayat Shah | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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The U.N.’s humanitarian chief warned Tuesday that tens of thousands more people could be forced to flee Syria if Islamic State militants continue to make territorial gains. Valerie Amos told the U.N. Security Council that during the past two weeks,...
From: Voice of America | By: Margaret Besheer | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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Pneumonia is a leading cause of death worldwide.  The bacterial infection kills one person every 10 seconds, according to experts who say they have discovered how the pathogen behaves so they can develop better treatments.   The bacterium that causes...
From: Voice of America | By: Jessica Berman | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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U.S. medical authorities have diagnosed the country's first case of Ebola. The head of the Centers for Disease Control, Dr. Tom Frieden, confirmed Tuesday that the potentially deadly virus was found in a male patient who was infected in Liberia. He started...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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Venezuela has kept its economic growth figures under wraps this year but empty store shelves, closed factory gates and idled construction projects tell their own story - the economy is contracting and some sectors are in deep trouble. Private industry...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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Chinese authorities in a notoriously restive region in eastern Tibet are forcing residents to participate in a local annual festival, which many started boycotting five years ago following the start of self-immolation protests.   A Tibetan source told...
From: Voice of America | By: Yeshi Dorje | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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The deadline to vote in a global science and technology contest for entrepreneurs is drawing near.  The top 30 vote getters will receive training and other guidance before competing again for a chance to receive up to $15,000 in funding. The Tech-I...
From: Voice of America | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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The Committee to Protect Journalists is honoring correspondents from Burma, Iran, Russia, and South Africa for courageous reporting in the face of censorship, violence and possible imprisonment. The CPJ says its 2014 International Press Freedom Awards...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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The European Union has accused Ireland of swerving international tax rules by letting Apple shelter profits worth tens of billions of dollars from revenue collectors in return for maintaining jobs. European Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia told...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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According to the World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer worldwide and the fourth most common cause of death for both men and women. Survivability rises if it is diagnosed...
From: Voice of America | By: George Putic | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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Two U.N. agencies say they have assisted more than 500,000 people in parts of South Sudan hit hardest by the country's nine-month conflict. UNICEF and the World Food Program say 100,000 children are among those they have assisted with food, sanitation...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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Kurdish fighters launched a series of attacks against Islamic State positions Tuesday in Iraq, supported by the Iraqi military and the U.S.-led coalition. U.S. Central Command said 11 airstrikes Monday and Tuesday were focused largely on the Islamic...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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From: Voice of America | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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Officials in Central Equatoria state said Tuesday that four soldiers were killed and several more wounded in a shootout at a military barracks in Yei River county, in the south of the country. Yei mayor Santo Paul Lasuba said the deadly incident appeared...
From: Voice of America | By: Waakhe Simon Wudu | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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Thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators continued to occupy the center of Hong Kong Tuesday night. Many are university students who say they are not afraid of possible police action. Police had fired rounds of tear gas to disperse the crowds a couple...
From: Voice of America | By: Brian Padden | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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