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According to a group of prominent U.S. scientists, the dominant form of life in the universe is likely not biological creatures... but superintelligent robots. As improved astronomical instruments keep discovering potentially habitable planets in our...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Friday, December 19, 2014
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Pakistan has intensified counterterrorism security operations near the border with Afghanistan, killing scores of Islamist militants since Tuesday’s school massacre that left 149 people dead, most of them children. A top Pakistani official said evidence...
From: Voice of America | By: Ayaz Gul | Friday, December 19, 2014
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Scientists at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm have proven that physical exercise changes not only our health, but also our DNA. It has been known that certain diets or exposure to chemicals can change the way genes send and receive biochemical...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Friday, December 19, 2014
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Pakistan's military said troops have ambushed and killed at least 32 militants near the Afghan border. The operation Friday comes as Pakistan stepped up air strikes and ground operations against Taliban militants who attacked an army-run school in the...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Friday, December 19, 2014
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Afghan authorities say a suicide bomber detonated his vehicle, killing one police officer and wounding at least two more on the outskirts the capital, Kabul. Afghan security officials said the police were following the bomber's car to prevent him from...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Thousands of Kurdish peshmerga fighters advanced on Islamic State extremists Saturday in the Sinjar Mountains of northwestern Iraq, two days after breaking a months-long siege that trapped thousands of persecuted Yazidi minorities. Kurdish leaders and...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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A gunman fatally shot two New York police officers as they sat in their squad car Saturday and then killed himself, The New York Times reported, in the first deaths of police officers by gunfire in the city in three years. Quoting a law enforcement source,...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Sunday, December 21, 2014
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President Barack Obama's decision to restore diplomatic ties with Cuba has drawn support from people who take tourists there and farmers who want to sell more food to the island nation. The decades-old embargo on U.S. residents doing business in Cuba...
From: Voice of America | By: Jim Randle | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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President Barack Obama won praise from Cuba's leader Saturday for moving to restore diplomatic relations between Washington and Havana, but President Raul Castro told his nation that the change did not mean the end of communist rule in Cuba. In a speech...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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Fighters join the so-called Islamic State [IS] for myriad motives, but one big reason might be the lure of one of the most basic human desires: sex. “The offer of access to sex is part of the Islamic State's recruitment strategy,” said Jytte Klausen,...
From: Voice of America | By: Matthew Hilburn | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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Zambia’s information minister says the ruling Patriotic Front has a much better chance of winning next month's presidential by-election now that acting President Guy Scott has publicly reconciled with the party’s presidential candidate, Edgar Lungu....
From: Voice of America | By: Peter Clottey | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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A Sierra Leone government spokesman says Freetown is pleased with the cooperation of citizens after a ban on all public celebrations during Christmas began in a bid to contain Ebola. The police, army and other security agencies have been deployed to...
From: Voice of America | By: Peter Clottey | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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The Interior Ministry of Bahrain says a bomb blast in a Shi'ite village wounded three policemen on Friday. A ministry statement described the explosion in Bani Jamra, near the capital, Manama, as a "terrorist blast." The statement, posted on the ministry's...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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Four Afghans held for over a decade at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have been sent home to Afghanistan, the Pentagon said on Saturday, the latest step in a slow-moving push by the Obama administration to close the facility. The men...
From: Voice of America | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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The U.S. State Department has issued a travel alert for Americans traveling abroad. A news release issued Friday said the recent deadly hostage incident in Australia "is a reminder that U.S. citizens should be extra cautious" concerning their personal...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday urged countries affected by the Ebola virus to avoid discriminating against healthcare workers fighting to end the disease. Ban was speaking in Guinea on the second day of a whistle-stop tour aimed at thanking...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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Radical environmentalists who threw acid and smoke bombs at Japanese whalers have been found in contempt of court for continuing their campaign to disrupt Japan's annual whale hunt in the waters off Antarctica. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals based...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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U.S. President Barack Obama said in his weekly address Saturday the U.S. is entering the new year with "new confidence that America is making significant strides where it counts." Obama said the steps the country took nearly six years ago to rescue the...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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U.S. President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, their two daughters and two dogs have arrived in Hawaii for their annual winter vacation. Obama was born there and spent much of his childhood in Hawaii where he was known "Barry." The family has...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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The death toll from Ebola in the three worst-affected countries in West Africa has risen to 7,373 among 19,031 cases known to date there, the World Health Organization said on Saturday. The latest data, posted overnight on the WHO website, reflected...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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A prominent U.S. newspaper says an internal Federal Bureau of Investigation probe has revealed that its agents around the country have "mishandled, mislabeled and lost evidence."   The New York Times says it obtained a copy of the FBI report about the...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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Saudi security forces killed four militants in a clash in Awamiya region on Saturday, the Interior Ministry said. The troops raided a militant hideout in Awamiya town and killed the four in an exchange of fire. The dead were behind the killing of a member...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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Pakistani security officials say at least five Taliban militants have been killed in a U.S. drone strike in the tribal region of North Waziristan. Authorities say a U.S. drone fired two missiles Saturday in the Datta Khail district, which is a hub for...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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Australian police say they have arrested the mother of most of the eight children killed in the northern city of Cairns.  The children had apparently been stabbed to death. Authorities said the 37-year-old woman was under guard Saturday after being...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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Russia says it has a historic right to Crimea and has dismissed new U.S. sanctions imposed on Russia because of its annexation of the territory. The Russian foreign ministry said Saturday the sanctions will not force Russia to give up Crimea because...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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President Barack Obama has told North Korea the U.S. will respond after U.S. authorities on Friday confirmed North Korea was behind a cyberattack on Sony Pictures. VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.
From: Voice of America | By: Luis Ramirez | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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New research suggests that removing blood clots from the brain following strokes dramatically improves a patient's recovery.   In a study of 500 Dutch stroke patients published in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers compared the outcomes...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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President Barack Obama still has two years left in his term in office, but the effort to establish his post-presidential library is already underway. The bid for the Obama Presidential Library is down to four locations in three states -- New York, Hawaii,...
From: Voice of America | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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2014 proved to be a difficult year politically for President Barack Obama and a very good year for the U.S. Republican Party. Republican gains in the November midterm elections gave them control of the Senate and House of Representatives for the next...
From: Voice of America | By: Jim Malone | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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Stepping out of his legendary brother's shadow, President Raul Castro has scored a diplomatic triumph and a surge in popular support with the deal that ends decades of open hostility with the United States. For many Cubans, the restoration of diplomatic...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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Reports of beatings, intimidation and extortion in the tiny southeast African country of Burundi have raised fears of increasing political repression ahead of elections in May. Recently, the violence has calmed, but rights activists, journalists and...
From: Voice of America | By: Hannah McNeish | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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U.S. and coalition war planes have been focusing their fire power in the area of Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq, trying to boost an advance by Kurdish forces on an area held for months by the group known as the Islamic State. The initial success has both...
From: Voice of America | By: Jeff Seldin | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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Israel has carried out airstrikes against targets in the Gaza Strip for the first time since an August truce. Confirming the early Saturday strikes, the Israeli military said they were launched in retaliation for a rocket shot from Gaza into southern...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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President Barack Obama has imposed a wide-ranging trade ban on the Russian-annexed Crimea peninsula, with an executive order that bars exports of  key U.S. goods and services and blocks Crimean imports. A White House statement Friday said the order...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Friday, December 19, 2014
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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said Friday that immigration officials had apprehended more people in fiscal 2014 than in the year before, but that the number of Mexican nationals was down. The officials said U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Friday, December 19, 2014
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President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's cognitive faculties are intact and he will continue to govern Algeria, the ruling FLN party's chairman said Friday, in comments aimed at quashing rumors about the aging leader's health. Bouteflika, 78, suffered a stroke...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Friday, December 19, 2014
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Separated by 90 miles, the United States and Cuba have had a long history of discord and shared interests. Cuba's proximity to the United States made it a one-time vacation destination for Americans before Cuban rebel Fidel Castro came to power in 1959...
From: Voice of America | By: Victoria Macchi | Friday, December 19, 2014
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A Chinese court has ruled a psychological clinic must pay damages to a gay man after treating him with electroshock therapy in an attempt to make him heterosexual. The Beijing court on Friday ruled that the clinic must pay Yang Teng 3,500 yuan, or $562,...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Friday, December 19, 2014
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A flash mob on St. Peter’s Square danced the tango earlier this week to honor Argentine Pope Francis on his 78th birthday. The biggest present, however, may be the one he gave — the secret mediation of renewed diplomatic ties between the United States...
From: Voice of America | By: Jerome Socolovsky | Friday, December 19, 2014
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The U.N. Children’s Fund reports that the conflict in Ukraine is having a terrible impact on more than 1.7 million children.   The United Nations estimated that more than 1 million people have fled their homes since March because of fighting between...
From: Voice of America | By: Lisa Schlein | Friday, December 19, 2014
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U.S. President Barack Obama defended his policies during the past year during an annual year-end news conference, saying the U.S. economy is improving and America is leading around the world. Obama began the news conference by saying there is no doubt...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Friday, December 19, 2014
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Women exposed to the highest levels of fine-particulate air pollution late in their pregnancies are two times more likely to give birth to a child with autism.  That’s according to the largest study to date looking at the link between autism and pollution. ...
From: Voice of America | By: Jessica Berman | Friday, December 19, 2014
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Pope Francis played a key role in brokering the US-Cuba deal that was made public earlier this week. It is the most stunning success so far in a series of peacemaking efforts by the pontiff. VOA religion reporter Jerome Socolovsky has more.
From: Voice of America | By: Jerome Socolovsky | Friday, December 19, 2014
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Suspected Boko Haram militants kidnapped more than 100 people Sunday from the village of Gumsuri, Nigeria, after raiding the town and killing 35 other residents, according to survivors of the attack. They said those taken are primarily women and children....
From: Voice of America | By: Anne Look | Friday, December 19, 2014
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For decades, older, more conservative Cubans have been gathering at Café Versailles on the corner of Calle Ocho to eat Cuban food and talk politics. After hearing of President Barack Obama’s decision, a number of them gathered in front of the café...
From: Voice of America | By: Sharon Behn | Friday, December 19, 2014
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Although closer to Earth than Mars, Venus was never considered as a destination for astronauts due to its proximity to the sun and the consequently hellish conditions on the planet. However, a group of NASA scientists says it may actually be easier to...
From: Voice of America | By: George Putic | Friday, December 19, 2014
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Trouble balancing on one leg for 20 seconds may indicate blood vessel damage in your brain and predict your risk of stroke, according to a new study.  The findings hold true, even if there are no symptoms of brain disease. Japanese researchers at the...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Friday, December 19, 2014
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After a failure that almost spelled its death, NASA’s space telescope Kepler is back in business and has already discovered another exoplanet. Kepler was launched with great fanfare in 2009 on a mission to explore our region of the Milky Way galaxy....
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Friday, December 19, 2014
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U.S. President Barack Obama has vowed that U.S will respond "proportionally" to the cyberattack on Sony Pictures that the FBI has blamed on North Korea. Speaking during his annual end-of-year news conference at the White House,  Obama said Sony "made...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Friday, December 19, 2014
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Kenya’s president signed a controversial law Friday that grants sweeping new authority to security forces. The legislation was passed in a chaotic session of parliament over objections that it violates basic rights.
From: Voice of America | Friday, December 19, 2014
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