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Afghan officials say a suicide bomber has killed at least 50 people during a volleyball tournament in the country's east. The match in the Paktika province district of Yahya Khel had drawn a large crowd. At least 80 more people were wounded in the attack...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Monday, November 24, 2014
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Afghan officials say a suicide bomber has killed at least 40 people in an attack during a volleyball tournament in the country's east. The match in the Paktika province district of Yahya Khel had drawn a large crowd.  Dozens more people were wounded...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Sunday, November 23, 2014
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Afghanistan's lower house of parliament has approved agreements with the United States and NATO allowing international forces to remain in the country past the end of this year, amid a renewed offensive by Taliban militants. Sunday's approval came after...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Sunday, November 23, 2014
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Melinda Gates and her husband, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, launched their namesake foundation in 2000 with the aim of improving lives through health care and access to education and technology. At a ceremony in London Friday night, Chatham House,...
From: Voice of America | By: Henry Ridgwell | Saturday, November 22, 2014
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The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday filed a lawsuit against the administration of President Barack Obama over his signature health care reform legislation, fostering another showdown between Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill. The filing...
From: Voice of America | By: Cindy Saine | Friday, November 21, 2014
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China cut interest rates unexpectedly on Friday, stepping up efforts to support the world's second-biggest economy as it heads towards its slowest expansion in nearly a quarter of a century, saddled under a mountain of debt. But the central bank, keen...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Friday, November 21, 2014
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North Korea has issued a strongly worded statement warning of catastrophic consequences for the United States and other countries that supported the recent U.N. resolution condemning North Korea’s human rights record. North Korea’s threat to retaliate...
From: Voice of America | By: Brian Padden | Monday, November 24, 2014
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Russia's finance minister says Russia is on a course to lose more than $100 billion due to Western sanctions and falling oil prices. Anton Siluanov said Monday at an economic forum in Moscow that Russia could lose as much as $40 billion per year because...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Monday, November 24, 2014
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The United States wants to step up its trade dialog with India, Trade Representative Michael Froman said on Monday, after the resolution of a global trade dispute paved the way for President Barack Obama to visit India. Direct contacts between Obama...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Monday, November 24, 2014
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Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen is trying to ease concerns over the social and economic costs of the country's plan with Australia to receive refugees. U.S.-based Human Rights Watch has called for the deal to be halted until Cambodia improves its refugee...
From: Voice of America | By: Ron Corben | Monday, November 24, 2014
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A Philippine court on Monday fined nine Chinese fishermen $102,000 each after they were caught with hundreds of sea turtles in a disputed shoal in the South China Sea amid a festering territorial standoff between the two sides. China claims almost all...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Monday, November 24, 2014
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Nigeria’s main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) party said security forces raided its Lagos offices Saturday, destroying more than a dozen party computers and documents. The Nigerian State Security Service (SSS) reportedly confirmed the raid,...
From: Voice of America | By: James Butty | Monday, November 24, 2014
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Oil prices could plunge to $60 a barrel if OPEC does not agree a significant output cut when it meets in Vienna this week, market players say. Brent crude futures have fallen 34 percent since June to touch a four-year low of $76.76 a barrel on Nov. 14,...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Monday, November 24, 2014
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A Hong Kong court has ruled that a British banker accused of killing two Indonesian women is fit to stand trial after he underwent a psychiatric examination. The judge also adjourned the pre-trial hearing in Rurik Jutting's case until July 6 to give...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Monday, November 24, 2014
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The foreign ministers of Iran and a group of six world powers have reached the final day of their self-imposed, year-long period to agree on a comprehensive deal to ensure Iran's nuclear program is peaceful. Officials from both sides said Sunday they...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Monday, November 24, 2014
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A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying Italy's first female astronaut has safely docked with the International Space Station. The U.S. space agency NASA said Samantha Cristoforetti, along with Russians Anton Shkaplerov and American Terry Virts, arrived...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Monday, November 24, 2014
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He has won all the Grand Slam tennis titles, the ATP Tour finals multiple times, an Olympic gold medal - and during his career spent 302 weeks as the No. 1 ranked player in the world. But until Sunday, 33-year-old Roger Federer of Switzerland had never...
From: Voice of America | By: Craig Gabriel | Monday, November 24, 2014
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Burkina Faso's military has held on to powerful posts in a new Cabinet unveiled Sunday, three weeks after the army took over in the wake of a popular revolt. Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida will remain prime minister and also take over as defense minister. ...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Monday, November 24, 2014
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Once again, President Barack Obama is defending his executive order shielding millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation, as Republican lawmakers decry the move but have yet to specify what, if anything, they plan to do in response. VOA’s...
From: Voice of America | By: Michael Bowman | Monday, November 24, 2014
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Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi says she and her supporters will continue pushing to amend a constitutional clause that bars her from running for president next year. In an exclusive interview with the VOA's Burmese Service Sunday, the Nobel...
From: Voice of America | By: Than Lwin Htun | Sunday, November 23, 2014
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Iranian authorities have granted bail to a British-Iranian woman jailed earlier this month for trying to attend a men's volleyball match despite laws banning women from men's sporting events. Family members of 25-year-old Ghoncheh Ghavami say she was...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Sunday, November 23, 2014
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Dutch air crash investigators have completed their recovery of the wreckage of a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet that was downed over rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine four months ago. Workers sent the last pieces of the airliner on a train Sunday...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Sunday, November 23, 2014
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U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and his wife met Sunday with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians, during the last day of his visit to Turkey. The Bidens visited the Church of St. George, a Greek-Orthodox...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Sunday, November 23, 2014
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The Israeli Cabinet has approved a contentious legislative proposal declaring Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people. A divided Cabinet approved the measure Sunday, but it still must be approved by parliament to become law. The bill calls for...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Sunday, November 23, 2014
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U.S. President Barack Obama has dismissed criticism of his executive order changing how the country deals with some undocumented immigrants, urging Republican lawmakers to pass a bill if they are not satisfied with his unilateral action. Opponents of...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Sunday, November 23, 2014
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A look at the best news photos from around the world.
From: Voice of America | Sunday, November 23, 2014
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The U.S. says it is planning to buy arms for Sunni tribesmen in Iraq in an expanded effort to try to halt the advance of Islamic State militants. In a document prepared for Congress, the Defense Department says the weapons purchase would cost more than...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Sunday, November 23, 2014
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During a weekend commemoration for millions who died of starvation in Ukraine in the early 1930s, President Petro Poroshenko lashed out at Soviet-era totalitarianism for causing the deaths and accused today’s Russian-backed rebels in the east of using...
From: Voice of America | By: Daniel Schearf | Sunday, November 23, 2014
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Witnesses and authorities in Nigeria say suspected Boko Haram gunmen killed at least 25 people in the country's northeast. They said the victims were mostly fishermen in the remote community of Doron Baga, north of Maiduguri in Borno state. Some witnesses...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Sunday, November 23, 2014
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Chinese officials say an earthquake has hit a thinly populated area of western China, leaving at least four people dead and more than 50 injured. The U.S. Geological Survey put the magnitude of the quake at 5.9 at a depth of 14 kilometers and said it...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Sunday, November 23, 2014
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Tunisians are voting Sunday for their first directly elected president since the 2011 revolution that led to the Arab Spring pro-democracy uprisings in other regional countries. Sunday’s vote marks the long-awaited completion of a transition to democracy...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Sunday, November 23, 2014
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A grand jury decision is not expected until at least Monday in the case of the killing of an unarmed African-American teenager by a white police officer in the central U.S. city of Ferguson, Missouri. Various media are reporting that "sources" have told...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Sunday, November 23, 2014
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Marion Barry, Jr., a sharecroppers’s son and a civil rights activist who became a maddening and beloved mayor of Washington, DC, has died. Barry was 78 years old when he died early Sunday morning in a Washington hospital, just hours after being discharged...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Sunday, November 23, 2014
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Cleanup has begun in the mountainous area of central Japan where a powerful 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck Saturday night, injuring at least 39 and causing several homes to collapse. The quake was centered near Nagano and was felt as far away as Tokyo....
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Sunday, November 23, 2014
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A Monday deadline to reach a comprehensive deal on Iran's nuclear program appears to be very unlikely. The Iranian Students News Agency quotes an unidentified member of Iran's negotiating team Sunday in Vienna as saying a new pact will not be possible...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Sunday, November 23, 2014
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Tunisians go to the polls on Sunday to vote for a new president in just the third free election since the 2011 revolution that ended the regime of autocrat Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. Nearly 30 candidates are running, but a race has emerged between a veteran...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Sunday, November 23, 2014
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A powerful 6.8-magnitude earthquake shook central Japan on Saturday night, injuring more than 20 and causing several homes to collapse. The quake was centered near Nagano and was felt as far away as Tokyo. No tsunami warnings were issued. Rescuers pulled...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Sunday, November 23, 2014
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has accused the West of seeking a "regime change" in Russia by imposing sanctions because of the Ukraine conflict. Lavrov said Saturday that prominent figures in Western countries are saying there is a need to impose...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Saturday, November 22, 2014
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The United States has released another inmate from the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Muhammed Murdi Issa al-Zahrani, who was transferred to Saudi Arabia, spent 12 years at the prison for allegedly fighting for al-Qaida. The Pentagon said the Saudi...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Saturday, November 22, 2014
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A new congressional report concludes there was no wrongdoing by the U.S. military and the CIA in the response to the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012. The attack by Islamic extremists killed Ambassador Christopher...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Saturday, November 22, 2014
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The military chief of Myanmar, also known as Burma, has told VOA the constitutional clause barring opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from becoming president is not aimed at her in particular. In an exclusive interview with VOA's Burmese Service, General...
From: Voice of America | By: Alex Villarreal | Saturday, November 22, 2014
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In the Normandy town where he grew up, Maxime Hauchard was known as a nice young man who liked movies and tinkering with motorbikes. He converted to Islam, but apart from that, nobody remembers anything remarkable about him. Hauchard's Facebook page...
From: Voice of America | By: Lisa Bryant | Saturday, November 22, 2014
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Islamic State militants reportedly have killed at least 25 members of a Sunni Muslim tribe in a village on the eastern edge of the provincial capital Ramadi, in apparent revenge for tribal opposition to the radical Islamists. Local officials said bodies...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Saturday, November 22, 2014
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New public opinion polls in Hong Kong indicate declining support for pro-democracy demonstrations after weeks of street protests. VOA’s Bill Ide in Guangzhou and Pros Laput in Hong Kong spoke with protesters and observers about whether demonstrators...
From: Voice of America | By: William Ide, Prospero Laput | Saturday, November 22, 2014
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Mali has confirmed a new case of the Ebola virus and said two more patients are being tested for the disease. The government said in a statement Saturday that the patient who tested positive for Ebola has been quarantined and is receiving intensive treatment....
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Saturday, November 22, 2014
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Tension is high in Ferguson, Missouri, as a grand jury weighs whether to indict a white police officer in the August killing of a black teenager. While local demonstrators in Ferguson have been training for nonviolent protests, some far-right and far-left...
From: Voice of America | By: Ayesha Tanzeem | Saturday, November 22, 2014
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U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has called on Europe to diversify its energy supplies to reduce its dependence on Russia. Speaking at an energy summit in Istanbul, Biden said "now," repeating the word three times, is the time to act. He said Ukraine's...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Saturday, November 22, 2014
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Saturday marks the 51st anniversary of the assassination of U.S. President John Kennedy, who brought youth and energy to the White House when he became president in 1961. He and first lady Jacqueline Kennedy brought a unique sense of style and glamour...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Saturday, November 22, 2014
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A prominent activist group monitoring Syria's civil war says U.S.-led airstrikes in the country have killed more than 900 people since the campaign against Islamic State militants began in September. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Saturday, November 22, 2014
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A year on, the relatives of protesters who died in Ukraine’s EuroMaidan uprising aren’t the only ones angered by the country’s direction since the ouster of pro-Moscow President Viktor Yanukovych. The lack of progress in investigating the slayings...
From: Voice of America | By: Jamie Dettmer | Saturday, November 22, 2014
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