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Talks between Afghanistan's rival presidential candidates have stalled again, in part over when and how to release the final results of an election that both say was rigged by the other side, officials said on Wednesday. Former Foreign Minister Abdullah...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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Bangladesh's Supreme Court has commuted the death sentence of a top Islamist opposition leader convicted of war crimes committed during the country's war of independence with Pakistan in 1971. Last year's sentencing of Delwar Hossain Sayedee, a leader...
From: Voice of America | Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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The 14th Pyongyang International Film Festival opened in the North Korea capital September 17 reported KCNA, the state's official news agency. Footage provided to Reuters by KCNA showed the opening of the film festival and an address by the festival...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Friday, September 19, 2014
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South Korean defense officials say their navy has fired warning shots at a North Korean patrol boat as it briefly crossed a disputed maritime border to the west of the peninsula. The incursion Friday came on the same day the Asian Games officially opened...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Friday, September 19, 2014
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A tropical storm has dumped heavy rain on the Philippine capital of Manila, forcing the closure of government offices, schools and government offices. Thousands of residents in low-lying areas were moved to higher ground, officials said, as flood waters...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Friday, September 19, 2014
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Chinese tennis star Li Na, a two-time Grand Slam champion, has announced her retirement, citing "chronic injuries." Li won the French Open in 2011, becoming the first player from China to win a Grand Slam singles title. She won the Australian Open earlier...
From: Voice of America | Friday, September 19, 2014
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Early results in Scotland's referendum on independence from Britain show a slight lead for those voting in favor of keeping the union intact. Partial tallies showed the anti-independence supporters having the majority in central Clackmannanshire, the...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Friday, September 19, 2014
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A major assault by Islamic State militants on Kurds in Syria has sent a wave of new refugees to the Turkish border, where they were stopped by Turkish border security. Turkey is already hosting about 700,000 Syrian refugees who fled the civil war between...
From: Voice of America | Friday, September 19, 2014
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African children are facing disproportionately high levels of violence, according to a new report by the African Child Policy Forum.  The study calls for more coordinated action to prevent violence against children.  The new report, released Thursday,...
From: Voice of America | By: Marthe van der Wolf | Friday, September 19, 2014
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One year after it happened, the survivors of the terror attack on Nairobi's Westgate Shopping Mall still cannot shake the images of that tragic incident.   Victims are still waiting for the answer to one question: 'How could this happen?' All is quiet...
From: Voice of America | By: Mohammed Yusuf, Gabe Joselow | Friday, September 19, 2014
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Negotiators for Iran and the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany, known as the P5+1, have held a series of talks in New York on Iran's nuclear program this week, ahead of plenary negotiations on Friday. A senior U.S. administration...
From: Voice of America | By: Pamela Dockins | Friday, September 19, 2014
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The International Whaling Commission, meeting in Slovenia, has voted to uphold a court ruling banning Japan from hunting whales in the Antarctic Ocean. Conservationists hailed the ruling as a victory, but Tokyo says it will submit revised plans for a...
From: Voice of America | By: Henry Ridgwell | Friday, September 19, 2014
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Ukraine’s president is urging the United States to stand with his country as it fights what he says is a war for a free world. Petro Poroshenko used his visit to Washington Thursday to appeal for more military support as Ukrainian troops battle Russian-backed...
From: Voice of America | By: Aru Pande | Friday, September 19, 2014
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Suicide bombings and mortar shell attacks have killed at least 23 people in and around Baghdad. Some of the attacks Thursday took place in the northern Kadhimiya area of the Iraqi capital. The area is home to a revered Shi'ite shrine. Iraqi police said...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Thursday, September 18, 2014
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The border separating the United States and Mexico spans 3,200 kilometers from the Gulf of Mexico to Baja California. Yet for the countless undocumented immigrants who attempt to cross each year, the journey is difficult and often deadly. In southern...
From: Voice of America | By: Ramon Taylor | Thursday, September 18, 2014
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Countin started in Scotland's historic referendum that will decide whether the country leaves its 307-year-old union with England and becomes an independent state. People across Britain and the world are awaiting the outcome, with polls scheduled to...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Thursday, September 18, 2014
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The United Nations mission in Mali said five of its Chadian peacekeepers were killed and another three wounded when their vehicle was hit by an explosive device in the north of the country on Thursday. The attack brings the number of U.N. peacekeepers...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Thursday, September 18, 2014
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The International Whaling Commission has voted to uphold a court ruling banning Japan from hunting whales in the Antarctic Ocean.  Conservationists hailed the ruling as a victory, but Tokyo says it will submit revised plans for a whale hunt in 2015....
From: Voice of America | By: Henry Ridgwell | Thursday, September 18, 2014
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A new study says the global population is growing faster than expected and projects the number of people globally will rise to just under 11 billion people by 2100. The study, which is an extension of a 2013 United Nations report, says growth is unlikely...
From: Voice of America | By: Jessica Berman | Thursday, September 18, 2014
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Scotland's referendum on independence from the United Kingdom has captured the world's attention.  It has also raised questions about the role of international law in the game of people’s self-determination and territorial integrity.   International...
From: Voice of America | By: Hu Wei | Thursday, September 18, 2014
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The United States ramped up pressure on Guatemala to better protect workers' rights on Thursday by restarting a trade case that could lead to hefty fines for the Central American nation. U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said the Obama administration...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Thursday, September 18, 2014
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Sierra Leone will “close down” the country for three days beginning on Friday as part of the government’s effort to contain and eradicate the deadly Ebola virus infection from exponentially spreading in the West African nation, according to information...
From: Voice of America | By: Peter Clottey | Thursday, September 18, 2014
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The long upgrade of the Large Hadron Collider is over. The scientific instrument responsible for the discovery of the Higgs boson -- the so-called "God particle" -- is being brought up to speed in time for this month's 60th anniversary of the European...
From: Voice of America | By: George Putic | Thursday, September 18, 2014
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Romans Onyango is the site engineer at one of Mogadishu’s luxury apartment buildings under construction. While there are no official numbers, the Kenyan national is one of the many foreign workers attracted to the Somali capital by lucrative contracts....
From: Voice of America | By: Abdulaziz Billow | Thursday, September 18, 2014
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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko appealed to the U.S. Congress for lethal and non-lethal military aid, more sanctions and a special security status on Thursday during a visit to Washington to bolster U.S. support for his strategy in handling Russian-backed...
From: Voice of America | Thursday, September 18, 2014
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Cameroon’s government said it can no longer care for the nearly 300,000 refugees from Nigeria and the Central African Republic (CAR) who have fled violence in their countries and is asking they be moved to camps run by international aid agencies. ...
From: Voice of America | By: Moki Edwin Kindzeka | Thursday, September 18, 2014
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From: Voice of America | Thursday, September 18, 2014
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Nogales, Arizona, is notoriously known as a 'tunnel city,' utilized by drug traffickers to smuggle narcotics into the United States. The U.S. Border patrol and local authorities have responded with new technologies and a heavier presence in the area...
From: Voice of America | By: Ramon Taylor | Thursday, September 18, 2014
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Unemployment and conflict has forced many young Somalians out of the country in search of a better life. But a newfound stability in the once-lawless nation has created hope — and jobs — which, some say, are too often being filled by foreigners....
From: Voice of America | By: Abdulaziz Billow | Thursday, September 18, 2014
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Sierra Leone launched a new campaign Thursday to try to contain the spread of the ebola virus. Initial reports -- describing the effort as a nationwide lockdown -- were wrong. Instead, the campaign is officially called the House-to-House Ebola Talk....
From: Voice of America | By: Joe DeCapua | Thursday, September 18, 2014
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From: Voice of America | Thursday, September 18, 2014
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The Sonoran desert, a common crossing point for illegal immigration into the United States, is one of the hottest places in North America. Many who attempt the journey become dehydrated and die along the way. This has prompted one non-profit organization...
From: Voice of America | By: Ramon Taylor | Thursday, September 18, 2014
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Cemeteries are typically associated with death, but life abounds among the gravestones. As the growth of cities and farms across the United States has encroached on fields and woodlands, graveyards have become a refuge for some of the animals pushed...
From: Voice of America | By: Véronique LaCapra | Thursday, September 18, 2014
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In its war against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria the United States wants strong public support from Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam and champion of Arab Sunni Muslims. It's not clear, however, that Riyadh will continue to oblige, concerned that...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Thursday, September 18, 2014
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Israel believes Syria has retained caches of combat-ready chemical weapons after giving up raw materials used to produce such munitions under pressure from foreign powers, a senior Israeli official said on Thursday. Summarizing Israeli intelligence estimates...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Thursday, September 18, 2014
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A man identified as British journalist John Cantlie has purportedly appeared as a captive of Islamic State militants in a video posted by the organization's supporters online. The Islamic State group, which controls territory in Syria and Iraq, has already...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Thursday, September 18, 2014
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The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe has condemned death threats and attacks against journalists in Kosovo and Russia. The OSCE statement follows a series of death threats against journalist Artan Haraqija, who has been reporting on...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Thursday, September 18, 2014
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At least 2,622 people have died in the worst outbreak of Ebola virus in history, which has so far infected at least 5,335 people in West Africa, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. The WHO said more than 700 more Ebola cases emerged...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Thursday, September 18, 2014
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Saudi Arabia has pledged $500 million to help rebuild Gaza, Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Al-Hamdallah said on Thursday, with the full cost of post-war reconstruction expected to be around $4 billion over three years. Saudi Arabia's commitment comes...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Thursday, September 18, 2014
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Developing nations are leading a revival of interest in nuclear power, say atomic plant builders, but orders remain elusive as more safety features post-Fukushima have inflated investment costs. Three-and-a-half years after Japan's reactor accident shook...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Thursday, September 18, 2014
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Scotland voted in a referendum on Thursday to choose whether to end the 307-year-old union with England and become an independent nation or stay within the United Kingdom - a decision which could have consequences across the globe. From remote highlands...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Thursday, September 18, 2014
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Egypt has moved to close down one of the last bastions of Muslim Brotherhood dissent with sweeping new rules to curtail violent protest at Al-Azhar University, among the world's most venerable centers of Islamic learning. Egypt has banned the Muslim...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Thursday, September 18, 2014
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Iran says it is committed to reaching a nuclear deal with the U.S. and five world powers, who resume talks with Iranian officials this week. The U.S. State Department says bilateral talks between U.S. and Iranian diplomats will take place Thursday in...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Thursday, September 18, 2014
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Islamic State fighters captured villages and besieged a Kurdish city in northern Syria near the border with Turkey on Thursday in a major assault that prompted a commander to appeal for military aid from other Kurds in the region. With the United States...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Thursday, September 18, 2014
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The U.S. Department of Justice says a second  Colombian national has pleaded guilty to involvement in the killing of U.S. Drug Enforcement Agent James "Terry" Watson during a robbery in Bogota, Colombia last year. Andres Garcia entered a plea of guilty...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Thursday, September 18, 2014
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The top leaders of India and China said they are committed to handling their border dispute peacefully, even as Chinese and Indian troops continued to face-off along the Himalayan border on Thursday. Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is on a three-day...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Thursday, September 18, 2014
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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is in Washington Thursday for talks with President Barack Obama and to give an address to lawmakers. Poroshenko, who declared a cease-fire with pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine on September 5, is widely expected...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Thursday, September 18, 2014
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An international group of election monitors said Thursday that Fiji's first election since its widely condemned 2006 coup was credible. The Multinational Observer Group, which included monitors from 13 nations and the European Union, said the results...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Thursday, September 18, 2014
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Polls have opened across Scotland for a historic referendum that will decide whether the country leaves Britain and becomes an independent nation. Voters will cast ballots for either 'Yes' or 'No' at some of the 2,600 polling places Thursday. Ahead of...
From: Voice of America | By: Marianne Brown | Thursday, September 18, 2014
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