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Apple Inc's blockbuster results and a ballooning cash pile may prompt the company to boost share buybacks and dividends this year, with some analysts expecting the iPhone maker to return more than $200 billion to investors. Apple's shares rose as much...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 1) is about more than just the NFL's American football championship and big parties to watch the game. Viewers also tune in for the world famous commercials that send Facebook and Twitter abuzz. With an estimated 113 million domestic...
From: Voice of America | By: Daniela Schrier | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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A study at the National Cancer Institute shows using both an MRI and ultrasound technology can help doctors pinpoint aggressive prostate tumors, an advantage over the normal biopsies for this type of cancer. Ultrasound uses sound waves to give doctors...
From: Voice of America | By: Carol Pearson | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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A partial skull retrieved from a cave in northern Israel is shedding light on a pivotal juncture in early human history when our species was trekking out of Africa to populate other parts of the world and encountered our close cousins the Neanderthals....
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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Pakistan's military says recent airstrikes targeting suspected militants along the country's northwestern border with Afghanistan have left 76 of them dead. An official statement said the strikes took place Tuesday in and around the Datta Khel area of...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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Even as the Islamic State was in retreat from Kobani in northern Syria this week, the militant group claimed growing influence farther afield. Fighters loyal to IS said they carried out a deadly attack Tuesday on a hotel in Libya's capital. The day before,...
From: Voice of America | By: Iftikhar Hussain | Tuesday, January 27, 2015
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A court in southern China has upheld a death sentence against a Vietnamese convicted of selling more than 20 babies for money for years. Huang Qingheng was found guilty of smuggling babies and young children to be sold in China.  In some instances,...
From: Voice of America | By: Colin Nguyen | Tuesday, January 27, 2015
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Draft Chinese government regulation would force technology vendors to meet stringent security tests before they can sell to China's banks, an acceleration of efforts to curb the country's reliance on foreign technology that has drawn a sharp response...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Friday, January 30, 2015
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Three U.S. defense contractors helping train Afghan air force personnel were gunned down at the Kabul airport in what military sources say was an "insider attack." The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the killings Thursday night. Spokesman for...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Friday, January 30, 2015
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Officials in Moscow say Kim Jong Un will attend celebrations in Russia in May marking the Soviet victory over Germany in World War II. The decision by the North Korean leader to go to Russia before visiting his chief ally China could indicate a breach...
From: Voice of America | By: Brian Padden | Friday, January 30, 2015
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If Jordan decides to negotiate with Islamic State militants on a prisoner exchange, it could give the terrorist group leverage. However, an analyst tells VOA that such negotiations are not unprecedented. VOA State Department Correspondent Pam Dockins...
From: Voice of America | Friday, January 30, 2015
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has been ticketed $50 for failing to clear the sidewalk outside his Boston home after a snow storm pummeled the northeastern United States this week. After a blizzard dumped 60 centimeters of snow on his city, Boston...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Friday, January 30, 2015
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The FBI on Thursday added a U.S. citizen born in Somalia to its list of most-wanted terrorists, saying he might have knowledge of U.S. government buildings, Washington airports and the area's subway system. The wanted man is Liban Haji Mohamed. Officials...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Friday, January 30, 2015
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As Russia's President Vladimir Putin faces international pressure over Ukraine and a failing economy, unofficial domestic groups are rallying to his support. One such youth organization, CET, or Network, uses creative multimedia to appeal to Russia's...
From: Voice of America | By: Daniel Schearf | Friday, January 30, 2015
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U.S. authorities issued arrest warrants Thursday for 29 suspects in an alleged drug ring accused of smuggling cocaine and laundering money from Venezuela to the United States. Federal agents and Colombian law enforcement authorities simultaneously executed...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Friday, January 30, 2015
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Facing grim economic prospects at home, desperate young Egyptians are seeking jobs in Libya — a country sliding into lawlessness where armed groups battle for control and dozens of their compatriots have been kidnapped. Tackling unemployment in Egypt,...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Friday, January 30, 2015
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The first home of the U.S. Library of Congress in Washington was in the Capitol, and when that building was burned during the War of 1812, many of the library's 3,000 books were destroyed. Former President Thomas Jefferson offered his huge personal library...
From: Voice of America | By: Deborah Block | Friday, January 30, 2015
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The presidential contest between Nigeria’s incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan and main rival General Mohammadu Buhari from the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) is too close to call, according to the latest Afrobarometer opinion poll. Survey...
From: Voice of America | By: Peter Clottey | Friday, January 30, 2015
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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged Americans on Thursday to get vaccinated for measles amid an outbreak that began at Disneyland in December, saying that 2014 saw the highest number of cases in two decades. So far more than 90...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Friday, January 30, 2015
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Children spill into the Jewish Cultural Association, their cheeks red from the winter cold. The staff hands out cups of coffee to visitors, and members drop in to chat. This is the hub of Jewish community life in Creteil, just outside Paris. In many...
From: Voice of America | By: Lisa Bryant | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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Falling fuel prices delight most consumers and provide a boost for most economies. But researchers in a couple of nations tell VOA's Jim Randle, there are some surprising - and sometimes deadly - downsides to cheaper gasoline.
From: Voice of America | By: Jim Randle | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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The Central African Republic on Thursday rejected a cease-fire deal signed by rival militias that calls for amnesty for those responsible for more than a year of sectarian violence. The talks, between a splinter group of the mainly Muslim Seleka alliance...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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The troubled life of the famous 19th century Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh has been told through many books and films, but never in the way a group of filmmakers now intends to do. Loving Vincent will be the first ever feature-length film made of animated...
From: Voice of America | By: George Putic | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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The troubled life of the famous 19th century Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh has been told through many books and films, but never in the way a group of filmmakers now intends to do. "Loving Vincent " will be the first ever feature-length film made of...
From: Voice of America | By: George Putic | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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Twenty-five people were killed in a bomb attack on military buildings in the capital of Egypt's restive North Sinai province on Thursday, while an army major was shot dead at a checkpoint in Rafah near the Gaza Strip, medical and security sources said....
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko spooked bond markets on Thursday by speaking of a possible restructuring of $4 billion of Belarussian foreign debt falling due this year, then softened his comments to refer only to refinancing. During a marathon...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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Despite a global oil glut, the U.S. Senate has voted 62-36 to approve construction of a controversial pipeline to transport Canadian crude to U.S. Gulf states. President Barack Obama has threatened to veto the project, which pits powerful business interests...
From: Voice of America | By: Michael Bowman | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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Talks on South Sudan's future, mediated by the East African group of nations known as the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, ended without agreement Thursday, further postponing a deal to end more than a year of fighting in the country.   Speaking...
From: Voice of America | By: Gabe Joselow | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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As law enforcement officials piece together how the Paris and Belgian terror cells carried out their recent attacks, questions are being asked about how they obtained military grade assault weapons - which are illegal in the European Union. As VOA's...
From: Voice of America | By: Jeff Swicord | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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Scientists thought they knew much about how life works, until a discovery more than two decades ago challenged conventional beliefs. Scientists found that there are organisms that breathe rocks. And it is only recently that the scientific community is...
From: Voice of America | By: Elizabeth Lee | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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A bipartisan group of eight U.S. senators has introduced legislation to lift all restrictions on Americans traveling to Cuba. While some Cuban American lawmakers strongly oppose the Obama administration’s sudden shift in U.S. policy towards Cuba, others...
From: Voice of America | By: Cindy Saine | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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The Central African Republic's long-awaited reconciliation process is being threatened by a spike in kidnappings of officials and government ministers by factions of the former Seleka rebels and anti-balaka militias. The kidnappings began the day after...
From: Voice of America | By: Emilie Iob | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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Three former U.S. secretaries of state, with diplomatic experience reaching across three decades, appeared before a Congressional committee Thursday to offer their views on current challenges to world and U.S. security. VOA's Jeff Custer reports.
From: Voice of America | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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Kurdish fighters, backed by U.S. airstrikes, pushed back Islamic State fighters from the Syrian border town Kobani this week. This exclusive video, taken on January 27, 2015, shows the destruction of the city, celebrations of the fighters, plus continued...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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A journalist in Azerbaijan was sentenced on Thursday to five years in prison in a case critics say highlights a government-led crackdown on dissent in the oil-rich former Soviet republic. Seymur Hazi, a journalist with opposition newspaper Azadlig and...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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Fighting continued Thursday in the northern sector of the former cease-fire line in eastern Ukraine as Russian-backed rebels pressed their offensive aimed at moving the line farther west. The battle has left Popasna, and many other towns in the Luhansk...
From: Voice of America | By: Al Pessin | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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Math is a big part of every American's education, but too often, teaching kids to use that math for planning budgets or managing money isn't in the curriculum. A financial literacy program at a Maryland high school is designed to give young people money...
From: Voice of America | By: Faiza Elmasry | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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A look at the best news photos from around the world.
From: Voice of America | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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The upper house of parliament in Myanmar, also known as Burma, has begun debating two controversial interfaith bills that critics say could escalate conflict between religious groups in the country. The bills, introduced by the government of President...
From: Voice of America | By: Aung Ye Maung Maung | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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The fate of pilot Lieutenant Mu'ath al-Kaseasbeh and fellow hostage Japanese journalist Kenji Goto was unknown late Thursday after a deadline set by the Islamic State group in a proposed prisoner exchange expired at sunset Thursday.
From: Voice of America | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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European Union Justice and Interior Ministers are discussing ways to strengthen information sharing and border control, among other measures to crack down on terrorism. Their two-day meeting ends Friday in Riga, Latvia. Proposals by the EU justice and...
From: Voice of America | By: Lisa Bryant | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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North Korea will not be admitting foreign tourists into the country in the near future, according to a British travel agency. The U.K.-based Lupine Travel, which specializes in budget tours to unusual destinations, including North Korea, Iran, and Chernobyl...
From: Voice of America | By: Yeon Cheol Lee | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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A group of at least 10 Tibetan nomads has been taken away by police in China's Sichuan province after protesting what the group says was an illegal land grab. The protest took place Wednesday in Chengdu outside the Jin Jiang hotel, where local officials...
From: Voice of America | By: Tsering Kyi | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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The White House said in a statement Thursday that President Barack Obama is looking to end "the era of manufactured crises and mindless austerity" as he gets set to unveil his 2016 government spending plan. The statement said Obama, a Democrat, would...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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A suicide bomber attacked a funeral in eastern Afghanistan Thursday, killing 16 people and injuring dozens more. A local official says the attack took place in Mehtarlam, in Laghman province, during services for a police commander and three other people...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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Zimbabwe confirmed it is releasing wild game in an effort to push about 200 families off farmland where first lady Grace Mugabe wants to set up a new game park.  But the families at Manzou farm insist they will stay on the land where they have lived...
From: Voice of America | By: Sebastian Mhofu | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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Seen as a potential driver of economic recovery, Egypt’s plan to expand the Suez Canal has raised hopes the end of the country’s economic crisis may be in sight.  But some analysts say as unrest continues, they expect the project may cost too much...
From: Voice of America | By: Heather Murdock | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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The United Nations Children’s Fund is appealing for a record-breaking $3.1 billion to assist 62 million children facing conflict, disease and other humanitarian crises.  The biggest chunk of the money — nearly $1 billion — targets the deepening...
From: Voice of America | By: Lisa Schlein | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization says food security in Somalia has actually improved of late, following years of drought. But as experts point out, Somalia’s food situation is still far from normal. The disastrous dry spells that have wracked...
From: Voice of America | By: Hilary Heuler | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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Angola's oil-dependent economy is set to slow this year, key infrastructure projects will be shelved and swaths of social spending are facing the chop as a global crude price slump takes its toll on Africa's second-biggest producer. Angola's cabinet...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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