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Pakistan security forces killed 30 militants in gun battles in the mountainous northwestern Khyber region on Saturday, a senior official said, but a spokesman for the militants denied suffering any losses. Both sides have been making conflicting claims...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Saturday, March 28, 2015
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The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) urged India on Friday to further tighten its nuclear safety regulations by assuring the legal independence of its atomic watchdog and allowing more outside inspections. India, which has tested nuclear weapons...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Friday, March 27, 2015
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The U.S. Senate has passed a bill that proposes deep cuts to the federal budget, setting up a fight between congressional Republicans and Democratic President Barack Obama. At an all-night session that lasted until early Friday, senators passed their...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Friday, March 27, 2015
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Two international organizations launched campaigns Thursday to raise public awareness about journalists around the world who are jailed because of their work or are killed in the line of duty. The Committee to Protect Journalists launched the "Press...
From: Voice of America | By: Isabela Cocoli | Thursday, March 26, 2015
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Afghanistan’s president, Ashraf Ghani, says the Taliban is a “political opposition” and peace with the Islamist insurgent group is essential for ending the conflict in his country. However, he reiterated that neighboring Pakistan, where Taliban...
From: Voice of America | By: Ayaz Gul | Thursday, March 26, 2015
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Fragments of ancient beer-brewing basins unearthed in Tel Aviv indicate that Egyptians more than 5,000 years ago had settled farther north than previously known and were imbibing in what is now Israel's most hard-partying city. Israel's Antiquities Authority...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Sunday, March 29, 2015
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Nigeria's closely fought general elections were forced into a second day on March 29 after failures in controversial new technology delayed the polling.
From: Voice of America | Sunday, March 29, 2015
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Polling stations reopened in some parts of Nigeria Sunday, after technical problems with a new voter identification system caused delays and kept some Nigerians from casting ballots in the country’s tightest election in 16 years. Vote tallying was...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Sunday, March 29, 2015
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Michelle Obama celebrated the beauty, power and tenacity of black women while spreading her own message of education for girls at Black Girls Rock!, an annual event honoring trailblazing women of color from all walks of life. "No matter who you are,...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Sunday, March 29, 2015
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The United States will submit plans for slowing global warming to the United Nations early this week, but most governments will miss an informal March 31 deadline, complicating work on a global climate deal due in December. The U.S. submission, on Monday...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Sunday, March 29, 2015
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Voting started in France on Sunday to elect thousands of local councilors in a test of the far-right National Front's growing hold on grassroots politics. Marine Le Pen's anti-immigrant, anti-euro FN party is banking on building a base of locally elected...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Sunday, March 29, 2015
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Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena's youngest brother has died two days after he was attacked with an ax in what authorities said was a personal dispute. Priyantha Sirisena, 42, died in a private hospital in Colombo on Saturday after he was airlifted...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Sunday, March 29, 2015
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Tens of thousands of people waving flags brave heavy rain and line the streets to catch a last glimpse of the country's first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew as his coffin is taken by gun carriage on a 15-kilometer procession through the streets of the country...
From: Voice of America | Sunday, March 29, 2015
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Tens of thousands of Tunisians marched through the capital in a show of solidarity against Islamist militants on Sunday, hours after the government said its forces had killed nine members of a group suspected of carrying out this month's deadly Bardo...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Sunday, March 29, 2015
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Voting is under way in Uzbekistan Sunday where voters are almost certain to return President Islam Karimov to a fourth term. He has ruled the country for a quarter-century. Three other candidates are also vying for the presidency, but those candidates...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Sunday, March 29, 2015
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Switzerland as attempts continue to reach an Iranian framework nuclear deal by a Tuesday deadline. With the looming deadline, Kerry has canceled plans...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Sunday, March 29, 2015
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Pope Francis led the world's Roman Catholics in Palm Sunday celebrations by paying tribute to those killed for their faith, a reference to the victims of Islamic State militants. Francis, who earlier this month began the third year of his papacy, presided...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Sunday, March 29, 2015
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Arab leaders have agreed to form a joint military force in the face of the "challenges" facing the region, Egypt's president announced on the final day of a two-day Arab summit. President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi made the comment Sunday during the Arab...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Sunday, March 29, 2015
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The lights went out in countries across the world on Saturday to mark Earth Hour, a campaign to raise awareness about climate change. In Jordan, about 200 people attended an event in Amman. This year's theme was "#YourPower," aimed at promoting sustainable,...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Sunday, March 29, 2015
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Guinea's President Alpha Conde has declared a 45-day "health emergency" in five regions in the west and southwest of the Ebola-hit nation in a bid to stem the spread of the deadly disease. Conde announced measures on state TV late Saturday that will...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Sunday, March 29, 2015
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Nguyen Van Liem has bought a few Swiss watches over the years, but his latest acquisition stands out from the rest of the collection. On the face of Liem’s new watch are the words, “Hoang Sa & Truong Sa belong to Vietnam,” and on the back is...
From: Voice of America | By: Lien Hoang | Saturday, March 28, 2015
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A summit between European Union officials and Ukraine's leaders is scheduled to be held in Kyiv at the end of April. A statement on Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's official website said that during a Saturday phone conversation with European Commission...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Saturday, March 28, 2015
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France announced Saturday the death of another French citizen wounded in the March 18 terror attack on Tunisia's National Bardo Museum. President Francois Hollande's office identified the victim as Huguette Dupeu. She had been hospitalized in Tunis....
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Saturday, March 28, 2015
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An American astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut began a record-setting year in space Saturday, entering the International Space Station for a mission designed to study the long-term effects of zero gravity on the human body. Scott Kelly and Mikhail Kornienko...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Saturday, March 28, 2015
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Libya's Tripoli-based government, which leads one of two warring factions, has ordered its forces to withdraw from bases near major oil ports to fight Islamic State militants in the central city of Sirte, a Tripoli lawmaker said Saturday. The withdrawal...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Saturday, March 28, 2015
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Nigeria Decides 2015: Kano
From: Voice of America | Saturday, March 28, 2015
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In cities with heavily congested traffic, people can get around much faster on a motorcycle than in a car. But a rider who is not sure of his route may have to stop to look at the map or consult a GPS. A Russian startup company is working to make navigation...
From: Voice of America | By: Zlatica Hoke | Saturday, March 28, 2015
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Arab leaders met for the 26th biannual Arab League summit in the Egyptian resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh on Saturday, amid intense discussion of the ongoing Saudi-led military operation in Yemen. Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi opened the summit...
From: Voice of America | By: Edward Yeranian | Saturday, March 28, 2015
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Jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi has described in his first public remarks from prison how he “miraculously survived 50 lashes” as part of a conviction that sparked an international outcry, the German weekly Der Spiegel reported on Saturday. Badawi...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Saturday, March 28, 2015
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In cities with heavily congested traffic, people can get around much faster on a motorcycle than in a car. But a rider who is not sure of his route may have to stop to look at the map or consult a GPS. A Russian start-up company is working to make navigation...
From: Voice of America | Saturday, March 28, 2015
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Nigerians go to the polls to vote in the tightest presidential election in 16 years.
From: Voice of America | Saturday, March 28, 2015
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Two female Czech tourists kidnapped in Pakistan in 2013 have been released and have returned to the Czech Republic, Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said Saturday. “I am glad that I can confirm that Hana Humpalova and Antonie Chrastecka have returned...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Saturday, March 28, 2015
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The French and German ministers joined the talks in Switzerland on Iran’s nuclear program Saturday, as negotiators, including the U.S. secretary of state and Iran’s foreign minister, work toward a midnight Tuesday deadline. The ministers held private...
From: Voice of America | By: Al Pessin | Saturday, March 28, 2015
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American warplanes joined Iraq's battle against the so-called 'Islamic State' in northern Iraq late Wednesday, as Iraqi ground troops launched a massive assault on Tikrit. Analysts say the offensive could take the coalition a step further towards Mosul,...
From: Voice of America | By: Heather Murdock | Saturday, March 28, 2015
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The ravine echoes with helicopter rotors, the scrape of metal on stone, the rumble of sliding scree as the remnants of Germanwings Flight 9525 dislodge from the mountainside. The somber mission to recover the remains of 150 people killed when their plane...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Saturday, March 28, 2015
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A memorial service was held in the town of Dignes-les-Bains Saturday to honor victims of Germanwings plane crash in the French Alps.   About 200 people, including family, relatives and friends of the victims, attended the mass led by the Bishop of Digne,...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Saturday, March 28, 2015
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Al-Qaida's affiliate in Syria, the Nusra Front, captured most of the northwestern city of Idlib from government forces Saturday, sweeping into neighborhoods in the center of the city in a powerful blow to President Bashar Assad's government, opposition...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Saturday, March 28, 2015
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In this week’s address, the President highlights the progress made protecting American consumers since he signed Wall Street Reform into law five years ago, including an important new step taken by the independent Consumer Financial Protection Bureau...
From: Voice of America | Saturday, March 28, 2015
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One year ago, the Philippine government reached an agreement with a Muslim rebel group that was meant to put an end to more than four decades of conflict that had left about 120,000 people dead and displaced millions. But the peace process is facing...
From: Voice of America | By: Simone Orendain | Saturday, March 28, 2015
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Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi has called the Shi'ite Houthi rebels that have taken over much of the country "Iran's puppet," at an Arab League summit that opened on Saturday in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh. In referencing the Iran-backed...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Saturday, March 28, 2015
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Senator Ted Cruz of Texas kicked off in recent days what is likely to be the longest, most expensive and perhaps most contentious Republican Party presidential battle in history. Cruz has been lagging in the national polls and hoped that his early announcement...
From: Voice of America | By: Jim Malone | Saturday, March 28, 2015
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After weeks of delays over an Islamist insurgency, Nigerians head to the polls on March 28 to elect a president for Africa's biggest economy
From: Voice of America | Saturday, March 28, 2015
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Voter accreditation is under way in Nigeria ahead of national elections later in the day. All voters must go through the accreditation process before casting ballots Saturday afternoon. However, the process is going slowly in some areas, in part due...
From: Voice of America | By: Dan Joseph | Saturday, March 28, 2015
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Saudi Arabia's navy evacuated dozens of foreign diplomats from troubled Yemen, including Saudis, state television reported Saturday. The diplomats were transported from Yemen's southern port city of Aden to Saudi Arabia's Red Sea port of Jeddah. The...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Saturday, March 28, 2015
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A California jury on Friday cleared venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers of gender discrimination claims brought against it by a former female partner. After further deliberation, the jury also cleared Kleiner on a claim that the...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Saturday, March 28, 2015
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The Islamic State fighter, a prisoner of Kurdish YPG forces, asked his family asking for forgiveness: "I destroyed myself and I destroyed them along with me." The Syrian youth was one of two detainees who spoke to VOA’s Kurdish Service about the path...
From: Voice of America | By: Zana Omer | Saturday, March 28, 2015
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President Barack Obama on Friday announced a new five-year plan to fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria, saying it is one of the most serious public health issues faced today. Obama told reporters at the White House, before meeting privately with his...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Saturday, March 28, 2015
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More is being discovered about the co-pilot in the crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 in the French Alps. Investigators say he was hiding a medical condition, raising questions about the mental qualifications of pilots. VOA's Carolyn Presutti reports.
From: Voice of America | By: Carolyn Presutti | Saturday, March 28, 2015
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Italy's highest court has overturned the murder convictions of American Amanda Knox and her former Italian boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, ending a years-long high-profile case. Friday's ruling by the Court of Cassation ends the legal battle by Knox and...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Friday, March 27, 2015
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The United Nations' Human Rights council has concluded its latest session with a commitment to counter violent extremism. The United States says 77 nations signed the U.S.-sponsored statement to counter extremism, while also protecting human rights and...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Friday, March 27, 2015
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