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European Union leaders hope to agree on tough cuts for carbon emissions during a two-day summit that ends Friday. The talks in Brussels promise to be difficult - and they are only part of the agenda that includes fighting Ebola and turning around the...
From: Voice of America | By: Lisa Bryant | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Germany's potential for economic growth is far too low and the country must invest more, the EU's top economic official said on Friday, joining a growing chorus of leaders who want Europe's biggest economy to spend more to avoid euro zone stagnation....
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Friday, October 24, 2014
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A health care worker who just returned to New York from West Africa has been rushed to a hospital after complaining of a high fever and nausea. The medical aid group Doctors Without Borders said the patient worked in one of the countries affected by...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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U.S. President Barack Obama, keen to reset relations with Afghanistan that soured under longtime president Hamid Karzai, has invited the leaders of Afghanistan's new unity government to visit the White House early next year. The new Afghan leadership...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani will travel to China this month, China's Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday, marking what will be the leader's first foreign trip since being sworn in in September after a protracted election stalemate. China had hoped to...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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One of the great figures in American journalism has died. Ben Bradlee, former executive editor of the Washington Post, who oversaw coverage of the Watergate scandal that toppled President Richard Nixon, was 93-years-old. Bradlee died at his home in Washington...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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A giant of American journalism, former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, has died at age 93. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports that Bradlee played a critical role in the Post’s legal battle to publish secret U.S. documents about the Vietnam War, and...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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Poppy production in Afghanistan grew to an all time high in 2013 despite the United States spending some $7 billion in eradication efforts over the past 10 years. A report by the U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction said Afghan...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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New Afghan President Ashraf Ghani signaled a new day for women in Afghanistan during his inauguration speech with a simple but emotional thank you to his wife  for her support and a promise that she will have influence in his presidency. Ghani’s public...
From: Voice of America | By: Spozhmai Maiwandi | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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A man was fatally shot in New York Thursday after attacking a group of police officers with a hatchet, critically wounding one. The recent police academy graduates were posing for a photo when a man wearing a hooded jacket lunged at them, swinging the...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Friday, October 24, 2014
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The United States has confirmed it is scaling back a major annual defense exercise in Thailand, where Washington has criticized a coup by the country's military. A spokesperson for the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok told VOA on Friday the so-called Cobra Gold...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Friday, October 24, 2014
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An international police operation is targeting corrupt Chinese officials who have fled to Australia with an estimated $1 billion in bribes and embezzled money. China has enlisted the help of several Western countries in a far-reaching anti-corruption...
From: Voice of America | By: Phil Mercer | Friday, October 24, 2014
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The mother of a man who Canadian police say killed a soldier in Ottawa Wednesday before shooting up the halls of Parliament said she has "no explanation to offer" for what her estranged son did. Susan Bibeau told the Associated Press that part of her...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Friday, October 24, 2014
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A Canadian couple accused of spying near China's sensitive border with North Korea has been kept in near isolation for more than 80 days, their son said, and they have repeatedly been denied access to legal counsel. Treatment of the couple, who are being...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Friday, October 24, 2014
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Hong Kong's student protest leaders plan to hold a vote to measure demonstrator support for government reform proposals offered at talks earlier this week. A coalition of protest groups says it will hold the referendum on Sunday at the main downtown...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Friday, October 24, 2014
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The U.S. military said Thursday that Iraq's military is "months" away from a major offensive to retake territory lost to the Islamic State group. Iraqi Kurdish militia fighters known as the peshmerga are preparing to travel to the Syria-Turkey border...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Friday, October 24, 2014
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China has launched an unmanned spacecraft that for the first time in the country's space program will fly around the moon and return to Earth. The unnamed probe took off early Friday from the Xichang satellite launch center in the southwestern province...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Friday, October 24, 2014
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The United States is forming medical teams that will rush to any part of the country where a new Ebola case is suspected. The Centers for Disease Control Ebola Response Teams, or CERTs for short, are made up of experts who are specially trained to diagnose...
From: Voice of America | Friday, October 24, 2014
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While the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong are primarily about the right to vote without China first vetting the candidates, anxiety about the rising cost of living and the growing wealth gap in the city are also contributing factors. Many on the...
From: Voice of America | By: Brian Padden | Friday, October 24, 2014
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While the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong are primarily about the right to vote without China first vetting the candidates, anxiety about the rising cost of living and the growing wealth gap in the city are also contributing factors. VOA's Brian...
From: Voice of America | Friday, October 24, 2014
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The governor of the Mexican state of Guerrero resigned Thursday, nearly one month after the unresolved disappearance of 43 students that is linked to politicians, police and drugs cartels. Ángel Aguirre Rivero said on social media that he was confident...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Friday, October 24, 2014
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Tunisians go to the polls Sunday to elect a new assembly, in the second free election since the uprising that ousted President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali in January 2011. The vote is seen as a test of the transition to democracy amid a region in turmoil....
From: Voice of America | By: Henry Ridgwell | Friday, October 24, 2014
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The United States has agreed to an indefinite delay in handing over wartime control of troops on the Korean peninsula to South Korea. The US has held wartime authority over South Korean troops since the Korean War in the early 1950s. A transfer of authority...
From: Voice of America | Friday, October 24, 2014
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A research team led by an assistant professor at the University of Maine in Orono has uncovered what are now the world's highest known Ice Age settlements. Professor Kurt Rademaker reported the discovery in an article that appeared Thursday in the journal...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Friday, October 24, 2014
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The United States has agreed to an indefinite delay in handing over wartime control of troops on the Korean peninsula to South Korea. The U.S. has held wartime authority over South Korean troops since the Korean War in the early 1950s. A transfer of...
From: Voice of America | By: Carla Babb | Friday, October 24, 2014
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The latest figures from the World Health Organization show that Ebola epidemic has claimed nearly 5,000 lives, mostly in West Africa.  But as we hear, that number could be 18 times greater in just one county in Liberia within two months. Of the three...
From: Voice of America | By: Carol Pearson | Friday, October 24, 2014
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Zambia is set to celebrate its golden anniversary on Friday. The Southern African country gained independence from former colonial power Great Britain, on October 24, 1960. Officials say several heads of state and government have confirmed their participation...
From: Voice of America | By: Peter Clottey | Friday, October 24, 2014
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The Executive Secretary of Botswana’s Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) says the electoral body is fully prepared to administer credible parliamentary and local government elections on Friday.  "I can confirm that all the materials have reached...
From: Voice of America | By: Peter Clottey | Friday, October 24, 2014
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Former head of Bangladesh's largest Islamist party Ghulam Azam, who was sentenced to 90 years in prison for masterminding atrocities during the country's 1971 war, has died. The 91-year-old Azam was the wartime head of the Jamaat-e-Islami party who later...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Friday, October 24, 2014
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A U.S. federal court has indicted two South African brothers for defrauding American hunters by taking them on illegal rhinoceros hunts in South Africa. The head of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service calls their alleged crimes "appalling," but not as...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Friday, October 24, 2014
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2014 Nobel Prize chemistry prizewinner, Eric Betzig has developed a new microscope that captures 3-D images of subcellular activity in real time.
From: Voice of America | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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2014 Nobel Prize chemistry prizewinner, Eric Betzig has developed a new microscope that captures 3-D images of subcellular activity in real time
From: Voice of America | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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While the Ebola outbreaks in Senegal and Nigeria were recently declared over, transmission of the disease remains persistent and widespread in the three most affected countries - Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.  Health experts from countries that...
From: Voice of America | By: Mariama Diallo | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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A new microscope that can capture 3-D images in real time may lead to a better understanding of the inner workings of life.   For more than a century, scientists thought they had reached the limit of what they could see under an optical microscope....
From: Voice of America | By: Rosanne Skirble | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Kosovo's foreign minister, Enver Hoxhaj, has made what he calls a historic first-ever official visit to Serbia for European Union-sponsored talks. This is the first time Kosovo's top diplomat has gone to Belgrade since Kosovo declared its independence...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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A U.S. District Court judge heard oral arguments Thursday in a lawsuit brought by victims of Haiti’s cholera outbreak, who are seeking compensation from the United Nations.  The plaintiffs blame a contingent of Nepalese peacekeepers for bringing the...
From: Voice of America | By: Margaret Besheer | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Militants around the world appear to be turning more and more to the type of apparent “Lone Wolf” attack that hit Canada’s capital, Ottawa, on Wednesday, and in Quebec province on Monday. As VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London, such attacks are...
From: Voice of America | By: Al Pessin | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Reactions in Baghdad have been mixed to the convictions of four former Blackwater security guards found guilty in the 2007 shooting of more than 30 Iraqi civilians. Some Iraqis welcomed the U.S. jury’s decision on Wednesday. But others, like Ali Abbas,...
From: Voice of America | By: Sharon Behn | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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A senior U.N. official says rape is used as a weapon of war in the conflict between government SPLA and opposition forces in South Sudan.  The official who recently visited this war-torn country says sexual violence against women and girls is rampant...
From: Voice of America | By: Lisa Schlein | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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For decades, aid groups have assumed they know what's best for refugees and the poor; a growing body of evidence suggests they're wrong. Both academic research and practical experience, such as with the mass of Syrians fleeing civil war, shows that simply...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Former U.S. government officials say the release of an American who had been detained in North Korea for nearly six months is not likely to significantly affect relations between Washington and Pyongyang. Jeffrey Fowle was released and sent home earlier...
From: Voice of America | By: Kim Yonho | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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New research suggests that some anti-inflammatory drugs, like aspirin, may improve symptoms of clinical depression.  The findings were based on observations that people with inflammatory diseases suffer from more depression than others and are helped...
From: Voice of America | By: Jessica Berman | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Zimbabwe’s first lady, Grace Mugabe, has publicly called on the country’s vice president to resign, accusing her of corruption and incompetence. The first lady also has suggested for the first time that she may want to become president, following...
From: Voice of America | By: Sebastian Mhofu | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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The daughter of new Indonesian President Joko Widodo has turned a routine civil service exam into the subject of a national focus by turning down the special privileges normally afforded to the relatives of the country's elite. Kahiyang Ayu did nothing...
From: Voice of America | By: Yudha Satriawan | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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The emergency Ebola committee of the World Health Organization has again come out against bans on travel and trade with the countries where the virus is wreaking the greatest havoc.  The committee of experts says this will not stop the spread of Ebola....
From: Voice of America | By: Lisa Schlein | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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From: Voice of America | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Nongovernmental organizations fear a draft law in Egypt will roll back freedoms won in the 2011 uprising and could threaten their existence, but the country’s minister of social solidarity is urging them not to prejudge the measure. Ghada Wali said...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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European leaders aimed to agree on a new decade of energy policy at an EU summit Thursday, but sharp differences over sharing the costs of cutting climate-warming gas emissions meant that securing a deal was likely to prove difficult. The 28 member...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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While the West Africa Ebola outbreak did not start in Liberia, the country has been the hardest hit with the most cases and deaths.  The group ActionAid said it’s not clear just how many cases of Ebola remain unaccounted for in the country. ActionAid...
From: Voice of America | By: Joe DeCapua | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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China’s Communist Party leaders have approved a plan to boost rule of law in the world’s second largest economy, which highlights the need to abide by the country’s constitution, according to a communiqué released at the end of top-level meetings...
From: Voice of America | By: William Ide | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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