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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has held a second day of talks in Kabul with Afghanistan's two presidential candidates to defuse post-election tensions amid allegations of ballot fraud. The senior diplomat met Friday with front-runner Ashraf Ghani...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Saturday, July 12, 2014
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has held talks in Kabul with rival Afghan presidential candidates in an effort to solve a bitter dispute that could threaten the country’s future. VOA correspondent Meredith Buel reports.
From: Voice of America | Friday, July 11, 2014
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Top US diplomat country's future "hangs in the balance." VOA's Jeff Custer has more.
From: Voice of America | By: Jeff Custer | Friday, July 11, 2014
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The Philippines on Friday arrested an Australian national with suspected links to foreign Islamist militants after he urged Philippine Muslims on social media sites to support conflicts in Iraq and Syria, recruiting them to go to the Middle East. The...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Friday, July 11, 2014
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived in Afghanistan to help mediate an end to the political crisis between the two presidential candidates who are squabbling over the results of last month's runoff election. Kerry said Friday shortly after...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Friday, July 11, 2014
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Iraqi government TV reported that the 4,000 volunteers were being airlifted to Ramadi from the country's mostly Shi'ite regions of Karbala, Baghdad, Najaf and Basrah. It said Anbar province governor Ahmed Khalaf al-Dulaimi made the announcement in a...
From: Voice of America | By: Edward Yeranian | Saturday, July 12, 2014
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At least eight people were injured, one critically, in a gas explosion at a packaging workshop in Istanbul on Saturday, city's police chief Selami Altinok said. "It's not certain whether one person remains under debris. Rescue teams are searching meticulously,"...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Saturday, July 12, 2014
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Jordan, where the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency has been covertly training Syrian rebels for more than a year, is reluctant to host an expanded rebel instruction program, U.S. officials said. Jordan's reticence, confirmed by four U.S. officials, is...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Saturday, July 12, 2014
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A trailer for the upcoming feature film directed by Angelina Jolie was released on July 11.          Unbroken, about a World War II-era prisoner of war, hits theaters this December, and is the second film directed by the Oscar-winning actress....
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Saturday, July 12, 2014
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A global human rights group is accusing Iraqi security forces and militias associated with the government of unlawfully executing at least 255 prisoners in the last month. Human Rights Watch said Saturday the executions took place in six Iraqi towns...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Saturday, July 12, 2014
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Protesters have shut down the eastern Libyan oil port Brega,  state firm National Oil Corp (NOC) said on Saturday, days after the government celebrated the reopening of major ports following almost a year of blockage. NOC spokesman Mohamed El Harari...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Saturday, July 12, 2014
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Afghan officials say a roadside bomb killed eight civilians Saturday when the blast hit their vehicle in the volatile southern part of the country. Officials say two children were wounded in the explosion near the city of Kandahar.  At least four women...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Saturday, July 12, 2014
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As Sunni jihadists continue to make gains in Iraq, Kurds have taken control of two oil fields in northern Iraq and have pulled out of the Shi'ite government of Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki. Experts say that that the country’s future may have already...
From: Voice of America | By: Mohamed Elshinnawi | Saturday, July 12, 2014
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Nigerian police have uncovered a plot to bomb the Abuja transport network, they said on Saturday, using suicide bombers and devices concealed in luggage at major bus stations. Abuja has increasingly been targeted by Islamist group Boko Haram, with three...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Saturday, July 12, 2014
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Russia's president has begun a six-day tour of Latin American countries. Vladimir Putin's first stop Friday was Cuba where he met with Cuban President Raul Castro. The two countries signed a number of accords, including one that forgives 90 percent of...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Saturday, July 12, 2014
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Pakistan’s thriving news industry  faces challenges in covering military influence, religious intolerance and other sensitive issues,  analysts say. But a growing number of young Pakistani satirists – from comedian Danish Ali to the music group...
From: Voice of America | By: Idrees Ali | Saturday, July 12, 2014
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The European Union says it is placing sanctions on 11 leaders of the pro-Russian rebellion in eastern Ukraine, including separatist leader Alexander Borodai. The rebels have declared independence for the region, and have been fighting Ukrainian government...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Saturday, July 12, 2014
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U.S. President Barack Obama says the economy is "better off" now than it was five years ago, adding that American businesses have created 10 million new jobs.    The president said in his weekly address Saturday that he has taken action to help the...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Saturday, July 12, 2014
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Israel's Gaza deadly air strike offensive entered its fifth day Saturday. With several people killed overnight, well over 100 Palestinians have been killed since Israel launched it offensive on the Gaza Strip Tuesday.  Palestinians say more than 120...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Saturday, July 12, 2014
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Fighting between Hamas forces in Gaza and Israel's military has left about 100 people dead in the coastal Mediterranean strip, most of them civilians. Israelis living close to the border with Gaza have a well-developed system of air raids and bomb shelters...
From: Voice of America | By: Zlatica Hoke | Saturday, July 12, 2014
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As Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff prepares for World Cup closing ceremonies on Sunday, she also is working on another big event. Her country will host the sixth annual BRICS summit on Monday. BRICS, the acronym for a group of five emerging national...
From: Voice of America | By: Mariama Diallo | Saturday, July 12, 2014
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The tens of thousands of illegal immigrants who have come across the Mexican border into the US state of Texas in recent months seeking refuge from violence and poverty represent not only a legal problem -- but a humanitarian challenge for government...
From: Voice of America | By: Greg Flakus | Saturday, July 12, 2014
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It used to be done mainly at spiritual retreats and in yoga centers, but now mindfulness meditation is practiced in offices, schools, prisons and even the U.S. military. Although it’s been around for decades, the mindfulness movement is being called...
From: Voice of America | By: Jerome Socolovsky | Saturday, July 12, 2014
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke out against hate and discrimination on Friday, the 19th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre of 8,000 Muslim males during the Bosnian civil war. Kerry issued a statement saying the anniversary is about more...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Saturday, July 12, 2014
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The United Nations refugee agency says it estimates that more than 700,000 refugees will flee Sudan Sudan by the end of the year, more than double the number forecast just a few months ago. The agency says it is seeking more that $650 million to help...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Saturday, July 12, 2014
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Approximately half of cancer patients become wasted, losing a profound amount of muscles and fat, increasing the risk of death. Many become so frail, they cannot safely undergo potentially life-saving treatments. Now researchers have discovered a molecule...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Friday, July 11, 2014
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For millions of Muslims around the world Ramadan is a time to reach deep into their hearts. And for those who can afford it, it’s also a time to reach deep into their pockets and earn more blessings during this holy month.  "I very humbly ask the...
From: Voice of America | By: Sarah Zaman | Friday, July 11, 2014
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A meeting of the Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species or CITES is threatening to sanction two countries-Thailand and Madagascar--if they do not take action to stop the illegal trade in ivory and timber.   A record 400 participants...
From: Voice of America | By: Lisa Schlein | Friday, July 11, 2014
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For millions of Muslims around the world Ramadan is a time to reach deep into their hearts. And for those who can afford it, it’s also a time to reach deep into their pockets and earn more blessings during this holy month. VOA’s Sarah Zaman attended...
From: Voice of America | Friday, July 11, 2014
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How would you drive differently if traffic signals could tell you when they were about to turn red? Or, if your car could warn you of a pedestrian crossing the road ahead of you? Researchers are working on these advances on what’s called a “Smart...
From: Voice of America | By: Carolyn Presutti | Friday, July 11, 2014
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Most of the electrical energy in the U.S. is consumed by buildings and the building sector has the fastest growing rate, but up to now the country did not have a facility for comprehensive testing of new technologies that aim to make buildings more energy...
From: Voice of America | By: George Putic | Friday, July 11, 2014
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The Indonesian Public Opinion Survey Association says it will audit results of several post-ballot surveys that show dramatically different results for the country's presidential election. Shortly after the polls closed Wednesday, seven pollsters sampled...
From: Voice of America | By: Fatiyah Wardah | Friday, July 11, 2014
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The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is shutting down two labs that handle highly infectious pathogens and imposing an immediate moratorium on shipments of all biological materials from high-level security laboratories until safety problems...
From: Voice of America | By: Jessica Berman | Friday, July 11, 2014
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You might not expect to find a hotel in one of Rio de Janeiro’s favelas - the local name for the city's shantytowns.  The success story of “The Maze,” though located in one of the poorest parts of the city, it has been named one of the best places...
From: Voice of America | By: Brian Allen | Friday, July 11, 2014
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Human Rights Watch has condemned a recent Ugandan court ruling against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activists, whose workshop on rights advocacy was broken up two years ago by the government.  HRW says the ruling is part of a pattern...
From: Voice of America | By: Hilary Heuler | Friday, July 11, 2014
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Human rights group Amnesty International says dozens of people in eastern Ukraine have been abducted and tortured by armed pro-Russian separatist groups in recent months. Ukrainian government forces are also accused of abuses.   Several weeks after...
From: Voice of America | By: Henry Ridgwell | Friday, July 11, 2014
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Compulsive sexual behavior, commonly known as sex addiction, affects as many as one in 25 adults.  In these individuals, depictions of pornographic behavior trigger brain activity that’s similar to what is seen in the brains of drug addicts, according...
From: Voice of America | By: Jessica Berman | Friday, July 11, 2014
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Artists have created musical masterpieces with guitars for centuries, but at a music shop in Maryland, the instruments became canvases and were transformed into art. The idea came to the store's owner, Tony Litz, after he bought an artistically enhanced...
From: Voice of America | By: Faiza Elmasry | Friday, July 11, 2014
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U.S. pro basketball superstar Lebron James says he is returning to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers after spending four seasons with the Miami Heat. James wrote about his decision in an essay that appeared Friday in Sports Illustrated magazine, ending...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Friday, July 11, 2014
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Ancient Egyptians turned papyrus into paper and provided the world with it for thousands of years. Hundreds of thousands of books in the Royal Library in Alexandria and Rome's 58 public libraries were made of papyrus, almost all of the Western world’s...
From: Voice of America | By: Faiza Elmasry | Friday, July 11, 2014
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A show of Andy Warhol's most evocative and familiar images at Istanbul's Pera Museum portrays the pop art great in a very personal light. Opened by his nephew James Warhola, “Andy Warhol: Pop Art for Everyone” exhibits 87 of the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-born...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Friday, July 11, 2014
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Pakistan's military recently took a group of journalists to Miranshah, North Waziristan, the main city in a region that has been stronghold of militant and terrorist groups. Ayaz Gul brings us a first-person view of the trip to a city that is now empty...
From: Voice of America | By: Ayaz Gul | Friday, July 11, 2014
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Aid workers in Nigeria say they have never been closer to eradicating polio, with only four new cases reported this year.  But as insurgent attacks grow more violent in the north, the workers say vaccination programs are at "high risk" and continued...
From: Voice of America | By: Heather Murdock | Friday, July 11, 2014
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While U.S. and Iranian negotiators labor to reach a long-term nuclear agreement, other Americans and Iranians are stepping up contacts in a new wave of people-to-people diplomacy. In recent months, three American religious delegations have visited Iran...
From: Voice of America | By: Barbara Slavin | Friday, July 11, 2014
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Thousands of Argentinians have taken to the streets of Rio de Janeiro to show support for their team, which will play for soccer's World Cup title on Sunday against Germany. VOA's Gesell Tobias has a report from Rio.
From: Voice of America | By: Gesell Tobias | Friday, July 11, 2014
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A rocket attack by pro-Russian rebels on a border post on Ukraine's border with Russia on Friday may have killed as many as 30 soldiers and border guards, an Interior Ministry adviser said, promising swift retribution from Kyiv. President Petro Poroshenko...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Friday, July 11, 2014
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The Pakistani Taliban have abandoned their last key stronghold and booby traps and explosives littering their hideouts now present the main danger to the soldiers who control the territory, military officials say. Instead of black-clad militants, uniformed...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Friday, July 11, 2014
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Europe must open its doors to more Syrian refugees, having welcomed only a “miniscule” number while Syria's neighbors have reached “saturation point”, the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said on Friday. Syrian refugees, whose numbers are set to pass...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Friday, July 11, 2014
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With Argentina meeting Germany in the World Cup final, the Vatican on Friday brushed aside talk of soccer rivalry between Argentine Pope Francis and his predecessor Benedict, a German. In response to the intense media speculation about whether they would...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Friday, July 11, 2014
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