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The Afghan Taliban have urged followers to disregard “enemy propaganda” about fractures in the movement and unite behind their new leader. Tuesday's statement by spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid called on supporters to “help write messages and letters...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Tuesday, August 4, 2015
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Israel's Shin Bet security agency says it is interrogating the suspected head of a Jewish extremist group after an arson attack last week that killed a Palestinian toddler in the West Bank. The Shin Bet would not say if 23-year-old Meir Ettinger is suspected...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Tuesday, August 4, 2015
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The government of Puerto Rico has confirmed that it failed to make a $58 million debt payment that was due Saturday, a move that amounted to a default for the first time in its 117 years as a United States possession. Puerto Rican officials had warned...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Monday, August 3, 2015
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U.S. President Barack Obama will formally unveil an ambitious plan to combat climate change by reducing carbon emissions from U.S. power plants. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports, the initiative faces stiff opposition from coal-producing states and their...
From: Voice of America | By: Michael Bowman | Sunday, August 2, 2015
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U.S. President Barack Obama is set to unveil new regulations Monday aimed at cutting carbon pollution that comes from the nation’s power plants. The goal is for plants to reduce their carbon emissions by 32 percent below 2005 levels by the year 2030....
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Sunday, August 2, 2015
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An immediate, focused effort to halt the spread of antibiotic-resistant germs could save tens of thousands of lives and prevent hundreds of thousands of new infections over the next five years, according to a U.S. government report released Tuesday....
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Tuesday, August 4, 2015
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President Obama urged the Mandela-Washington fellows of the Youth African Leaders Initiative to build on the progress Monday in Washington
From: Voice of America | By: Arash Arabasadi | Tuesday, August 4, 2015
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As the middle class and tourism industry grow in Uganda, so too do the number of restaurants and high-end hotels. However the owners of these establishments have often had to recruit executive chefs from neighboring countries like Kenya and Tanzania,...
From: Voice of America | By: Serginho Roosblad | Tuesday, August 4, 2015
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"Iron Man" star Robert Downey Jr. was named the world's top-earning actor on Tuesday by Forbes, taking first place on a list that featured leading men from Bollywood as well as Hollywood for the first time. Downey, 50, earned an estimated $80 million...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Tuesday, August 4, 2015
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A group of pastors who worked closely with Lim Hyeon-soo, a Korean-Canadian pastor who confessed to attempting to overthrow North Korea, claim the detained pastor made a false confession against his will. Lim, the head pastor of the Light Korean Presbyterian...
From: Voice of America | By: William Kim | Tuesday, August 4, 2015
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President Barack Obama said Tuesday that the world might have to come up with a "different plan" for South Sudan if the young country's feuding leaders fail to meet an August 17 deadline for a peace deal. "If they miss that target, then I think it's...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Tuesday, August 4, 2015
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Poland has awarded the journalist daughter of slain Russian democracy advocate and opposition leader Boris Nemtsov a $1.1 million human rights prize in recognition of the duo's advocacy. Zhanna Nemtsova accepted the Solidarity award Tuesday in Warsaw,...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Tuesday, August 4, 2015
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Iceland is a tiny windswept nation on the edge of the Arctic Circle in the North Atlantic. Its raw beauty is the subject of a new photo exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington. VOA’s Rosanne Skirble takes us on a...
From: Voice of America | Tuesday, August 4, 2015
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As the middle class and tourism industry grow in Uganda, so, too, do the number of restaurants and high-end hotels. The owners of these establishments, however, have often had to recruit executive chefs from neighboring countries like Kenya and Tanzania,...
From: Voice of America | By: Serginho Roosblad | Tuesday, August 4, 2015
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As the middle class and tourism industry grow in Uganda, so too do the number of restaurants and high-end hotels. However the owners of these establishments have often had to recruit executive chefs from neighboring countries like Kenya and Tanzania,...
From: Voice of America | By: Serginho Roosblad | Tuesday, August 4, 2015
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New York's largest recorded outbreak of Legionnaires' disease has killed seven people and infected 86 others as the city moved Tuesday to draw up new legislation to halt future outbreaks. It is the largest appearance of the disease in New York City that...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Tuesday, August 4, 2015
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The family of Sandra Bland, the woman found dead in a Texas jail cell last month, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the arresting officer and other officials in what they say is an effort to get information about the case. The 28-year-old Bland...
From: Voice of America | By: Amanda Scott | Tuesday, August 4, 2015
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Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale filed for divorce on Monday, seeking to end a nearly 13-year marriage between two members of rock music royalty.   Stefani filed her petition citing irreconcilable differences and Rossdale filed a response shortly thereafter,...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Tuesday, August 4, 2015
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The African rhino is a seriously endangered species and one subspecies, the northern white rhinoceros, is on the brink of extinction. After the recent death of a female, only four northern white rhinos are still alive. Only one of them is a male. Scientists...
From: Voice of America | By: George Putic | Tuesday, August 4, 2015
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Germany's justice minister has fired the country's top public prosecutor, after he accused the ministry of interfering in the widely criticized treason probe of a news website. The dismissal of Federal Prosecutor Harald Range was announced Tuesday in...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Tuesday, August 4, 2015
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In the first major skirmish of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, 10 of the 17 Republican Party presidential contenders debate Thursday in Cleveland. Billionaire Donald Trump, who will be center stage at the debate, has taken the Republican race by...
From: Voice of America | By: Jim Malone | Tuesday, August 4, 2015
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One day before U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a major speech urging approval of an international nuclear pact with Iran, U.S. lawmakers expected to vote on the deal wrestled with the possible consequences of rejecting it.   “This committee and...
From: Voice of America | By: Michael Bowman | Tuesday, August 4, 2015
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The fear of civil war breaking out in Burundi is growing as violence and human rights violations in the country increase. The U.N. Human Rights Office says it is extremely worried about the situation in which activists and journalists are being targeted...
From: Voice of America | By: Lisa Schlein | Tuesday, August 4, 2015
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Kenya's new Chinese-built rail line will cut through the capital's sprawling sanctuary for lions, giraffes and zebras, wildlife officials said last week, replacing the colonial-era railway known as the "Lunatic Express." Kenya's game parks and abundant...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Tuesday, August 4, 2015
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Zooey Deschanel is now a wife and mother.   A spokeswoman for the 35-year-old entertainer confirmed Tuesday that Deschanel recently married Jacob Pechenik and gave birth to the couple's "beautiful, healthy'' baby girl.   Publicist Lauren Auslander...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Tuesday, August 4, 2015
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Doctors usually want to run tests on blood samples as quickly as possible, before they start to degrade. As it turns out, such a practice may not be necessary. Scientists conducting experiments with a small drone have found that blood samples remained...
From: Voice of America | By: Jessica Berman | Tuesday, August 4, 2015
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Guinea and Sierra Leone each recorded single cases of Ebola in the past week, putting a year-end goal of ending the deadly epidemic within reach although risks remain, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday. "The progress is real ... as...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Tuesday, August 4, 2015
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Three U.S. airlines banned the shipment of hunting trophies this week after the killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe last month. Delta Air Lines was the first to announce the ban on Monday. It was soon followed by American Airlines and United Airlines....
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Tuesday, August 4, 2015
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The death in Norway last month of Zimbabwe writer and activist Chenjerai Hove rocked the African literary world. Hove, who was 59, went into exile in 2001. He had been a critic of the government of President Robert Mugabe. Fellow writers and readers...
From: Voice of America | By: Adam Phillips | Tuesday, August 4, 2015
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A look at the best news photos from around the world.
From: Voice of America | Tuesday, August 4, 2015
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Secretary of State John Kerry is promoting the benefits of the proposed 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement that would involve about 40 percent of global trade. VOA State Department Correspondent Pam Dockins is with the secretary in Singapore....
From: Voice of America | Tuesday, August 4, 2015
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One year after participating in President Barack Obama’s Young African Leadership Initiative (now called the Mandela Washington Fellowship) in Washington, 28-year-old Ndeye Absa Ngingue is back in Senegal - her home country - and thriving. VOA's Mariama...
From: Voice of America | Tuesday, August 4, 2015
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The United States is ready to provide military training to help Nigeria's battle against Islamic extremists, the leader of a U.S. Congressional delegation said here. Nigeria's military is not outgunned by Boko Haram and needs training, not arms, to defeat...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Tuesday, August 4, 2015
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The European Union and the United States have welcomed Kosovo Parliament’s vote Monday to establish a special war crimes court to prosecute former Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) guerrillas as a step forward to ensure justice for the victims. EU Foreign...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Tuesday, August 4, 2015
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At least seven people were killed and about 20 others were kidnapped by suspected Boko Haram militants in an overnight raid on a village near Cameroon's northern border, a senior military officer said Tuesday. Tchakarmari, the village targeted early...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Tuesday, August 4, 2015
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Ukraine has granted citizenship to the daughter of a former Russian prime minister and a prominent journalist, both of whom are vocal Kremlin critics. Maria Gaidar and Vladimir Fedorin were handed Ukrainian passports Tuesday by President Petro Poroshenko...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Tuesday, August 4, 2015
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Cambodia’s wild bears are under unprecedented pressure. Their native forests are being cut down at record rates, and China's huge demand for traditional medicine has made them targets. But experts say Cambodia's conservation efforts are setting an...
From: Voice of America | By: Robert Carmichael | Tuesday, August 4, 2015
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An Ethiopian court sentenced 17 Muslim activists on Monday to prison terms ranging from seven to 22 years on charges they plotted to create an Islamic state in the majority Christian country. A journalist for a Muslim newspaper was also sentenced for...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Tuesday, August 4, 2015
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Algeria is in the grips of political intrigue, as the president nears death and rumors of coup attempts swirl. Now, the unprecedented firing of three top generals is generating fear that a power struggle within the regime will break into the open —...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Tuesday, August 4, 2015
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French police have released the chief of staff to Gabon's President Ali Bongo who was detained for questioning in a corruption probe after the Foreign Ministry said he had diplomatic immunity, a judicial source said on Tuesday. Monday's arrest of one...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Tuesday, August 4, 2015
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The white man accused of shooting dead nine black people at a South Carolina church wants to know how the federal government plans to lay out any evidence against him.   Dylann Roof, 21, faces dozens of federal charges, including hate crimes, related...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Tuesday, August 4, 2015
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Islamic State fighters did scary things to Sarah Said Haydar. Ultimately, they almost scared her to death. Sixteen-year-old Sarah was among thousands of Yazidis fleeing an Islamic State onslaught in northern Iraq in August 2014. The teenager and her...
From: Voice of America | By: Dakhil Shammo | Tuesday, August 4, 2015
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Firefighters were working aggressively to regain control after a raging California fire jumped a highway that had served as a containment line for the massive blaze — one of 20 wildfires burning in California. Cooler weather had helped crews build...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Tuesday, August 4, 2015
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The dimly-lit, dust-caked stacks of the Baghdad National Library hide a treasure of the ages: crinkled, yellowing papers holding the true stories of sultans and kings; imperialists and socialists; occupation and liberation; war and peace. These are the...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Tuesday, August 4, 2015
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Russia has submitted its bid for vast territories in the Arctic to the United Nations, the Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.   The ministry said in a statement that Russia is claiming 1.2 million square kilometers (over 463,000 square miles) of Artic sea...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Tuesday, August 4, 2015
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The Greek stock market is suffering a second day of losses since reopening, with banks shares down the most.   The main index was down 4 percent soon after the start of trading Tuesday. It fell 16.2 percent Monday, when it reopened after a five-week...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Tuesday, August 4, 2015
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The Philippines says it will back calls by the United States for a series of measures aimed at reducing tensions in the South China Sea during a regional security forum in Kuala Lumpur Wednesday. Washington wants countries to stop building artificial...
From: Voice of America | By: Simone Orendain | Tuesday, August 4, 2015
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Iceland is a geologically active wonder, with diverse and magnificent landscapes. Its geology offers a behind-the-scenes look at how the planet was formed and continues to evolve.
From: Voice of America | Tuesday, August 4, 2015
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The head of the Afghan Taliban’s political office in Qatar has resigned, and issued a highly critical statement that highlights growing internal schisms since last week’s confirmation of the death of founder Mullah Mohammad Omar. In a statement released...
From: Voice of America | By: Ayaz Gul | Tuesday, August 4, 2015
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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visits the White House Tuesday for talks with U.S. President Barack Obama on a range of issues. A spokesperson for Ban says the topics that he and President Obama will discuss include climate change, and the...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Tuesday, August 4, 2015
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