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Afghanistan is struggling to reach people trapped and injured by avalanches caused by heavy snow in recent days. More than 165 people have died in the Panjshir Province, northeast of the capital Kabul, officials say. Several people are known to have...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Friday, February 27, 2015
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For decades, relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan have been marred by mutual mistrust and suspicion. But with a new administration in place in Kabul and new outreach by Pakistan’s military chief, there are signs of major changes for the long-wary...
From: Voice of America | By: Ayaz Gul | Friday, February 27, 2015
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His nomination was barely confirmed, but within hours new U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter was jetting off to Afghanistan and Kuwait. He met with U.S. troops, top officials in the region and vowed to go after militants of the so-called Islamic...
From: Voice of America | By: Carla Babb | Thursday, February 26, 2015
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Islamic State militants in northern Iraq have destroyed a collection of statues and sculptures dating back thousands of years, according to a video published online in the name of the radical Islamist group. The video showed the statues, some identified...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Thursday, February 26, 2015
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Afghanistan defeated Scotland on Thursday to score its maiden Cricket World Cup victory in Dunedin, New Zealand. The dramatic one-wicket win in the Pool A clash was made possible by Samiullah Shenwari's brilliant batting. He scored 96 runs to help the...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Thursday, February 26, 2015
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A Taliban suicide bomber rammed his explosives-packed vehicle into a Turkish embassy convoy in the Afghan capital Thursday morning, killing at least two people A spokesman for Kabul police tells VOA a Turkish national was among those killed in the attack...
From: Voice of America | By: Ayaz Gul | Thursday, February 26, 2015
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Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has celebrated his 91st birthday by hinting the government might seize some of the remaining white-owned land in his country. Those are members of Zimbabwe's police band singing Happy Birthday for President Robert Mugabe’s...
From: Voice of America | By: Sebastian Mhofu | Saturday, February 28, 2015
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The imprisoned leader of the Kurdish rebel group the PKK has called on it to attend a conference on disarmament in Turkey. The announcement was made in a joint statement by government ministers and pro-Kurdish deputies. Disarmament has become a major...
From: Voice of America | By: Dorian Jones | Saturday, February 28, 2015
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In India, the government says it will focus on infrastructure development and on boosting investment as it proposes a slew of measures to propel the economy on a high growth path. Saying that the government last year inherited an economy dominated by...
From: Voice of America | By: Anjana Pasricha | Saturday, February 28, 2015
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Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine continued withdrawing tanks and other military vehicles Saturday from the front lines, obeying a cease-fire reached in mid-February. Ukraine said there was a decrease in violence Friday night into Saturday. Ukraine's...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Saturday, February 28, 2015
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An Egyptian court has declared the Palestinian group Hamas a terrorist organization, saying it targets both civilians and security forces on Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. Saturday's ruling further separates Egypt from Hamas, which once enjoyed warm relations...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Saturday, February 28, 2015
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In the span of one year, Islamic State militants made more than half a billion dollars by seizing government banks, illegal oil sales, kidnapping and extortion, making them one of the wealthiest terrorist organizations in the world. The United States,...
From: Voice of America | By: Sharon Behn | Saturday, February 28, 2015
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Senators from Nigeria’s main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) have expressed concern about reports suggesting that the government plans to force Attahiru Jega, chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) to go on vacation in a...
From: Voice of America | By: Peter Clottey | Saturday, February 28, 2015
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Boris Nemtsov, a fiery critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin and a former first deputy prime minister once seen as a possible successor to former President Boris Yeltsin, has been killed in Moscow. He was 55. Nemtsov was shot dead on the street...
From: Voice of America | By: Carl Schreck, RFE/RL | Saturday, February 28, 2015
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Thousands of Cameroonian youths have held what they describe as a patriotic march in support of their military fighting against the Boko Haram insurgency in the north of the Central African state. The march was organized by several journalists who have...
From: Voice of America | By: Moki Edwin Kindzeka | Saturday, February 28, 2015
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Boko Haram militants killed dozens of traders at a village market in northeastern Nigeria's Borno state, security sources said. The attack Friday was the second major assault on the market in Mainok, 65 kilometers west of Maiduguri, the Borno state capital,...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Saturday, February 28, 2015
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U.S. President Barack Obama says he is committed to middle-class economics and to ensuring that all hard-working Americans get the secure and dignified retirement they deserve. In his weekly address Saturday, Obama said most financial advisers are good...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Saturday, February 28, 2015
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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has condemned the killing of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, who was killed in Moscow Friday after urging people to protest against Russian President Vladimir Putin regarding the war in Ukraine. Poroshenko...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Saturday, February 28, 2015
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Lesotho is holding general elections Saturday to choose a new National Assembly and a prime minister, two years earlier than planned. The vote follows an attempted coup in August that forced Prime Minister Thomas Thabane to flee.  He is now back at...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Saturday, February 28, 2015
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The United States and Cuba say they have made progress in the second round of talks on restoring diplomatic relations more than 50 years after breaking off ties. Delegations from both sides met in Washington on Friday to work on opening embassies in...
From: Voice of America | By: Mary Alice Salinas | Saturday, February 28, 2015
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Tensions are rising between Seoul and Pyongyang over wage increases for North Korean workers employed by South Korean firms at the Kaesong Industrial Complex, an inter-Korean economic project. Early this week, the North notified the South of its decision...
From: Voice of America | By: Kim Eunjee | Saturday, February 28, 2015
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One after another, presumptive Republican presidential contenders auditioned for conservative support this week at the Conservative Political Action Conference held outside Washington. The rhetoric was tough as a large field of potential candidates tried...
From: Voice of America | By: Jim Malone | Saturday, February 28, 2015
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Earl Lloyd, who broke U.S. professional basketball's color barrier when he became the first African-American to play in the National Basketball Association, died Thursday at age 86. The cause of his death was not disclosed. Lloyd, a Virginia native who...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Saturday, February 28, 2015
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Moscow's casual dining scene has grown exponentially in the past decade, but Russia's economic decline, the drop in the value of the ruble and high inflation are taking a toll. Igor Bukharov, president of the Russian Federation of Restaurateurs &...
From: Voice of America | By: Daniel Schearf | Saturday, February 28, 2015
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The Pentagon said Friday that after months of preparation, the training of Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State forces could start sometime within the next four to six weeks. Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby said the U.S. military had identified...
From: Voice of America | By: Carla Babb | Friday, February 27, 2015
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Issues like the Keystone XL pipeline, fracking and instability in the Middle East are driving debate in the U.S. about making America energy independent. Recently, the American Energy Innovation Council urged Congress and the White House to make expanded...
From: Voice of America | By: Bernard Shusman | Friday, February 27, 2015
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Conquering HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, has proved to be one of the greatest challenges of modern medicine. But researchers have found drugs that can significantly curtail HIV’s spread. Studies emerging at this year’s annual meeting of the Conference...
From: Voice of America | By: Jessica Berman | Friday, February 27, 2015
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There has been a surge of interest in the American civil rights movement of the 1950s and '60s, thanks in part to the Hollywood motion picture "Selma." Five decades later, communities in the South are embracing the dark chapters of their past with hopes...
From: Voice of America | By: Chris Simkins | Friday, February 27, 2015
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Major Russian opposition leader and former deputy prime minister Boris Nemtsov was shot dead Friday night in central Moscow. The Interior Ministry says Nemtsov was shot four times in the back of the head. Police have launched a special operation to hunt...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Friday, February 27, 2015
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The Olympic Games' motto, "Faster, higher, stronger," can now grow by one word in the U.S. market: "richer." The gaming commission in the U.S. state of Nevada has unanimously approved betting on the Olympics in Las Vegas, the country's gambling capital....
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Friday, February 27, 2015
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The group that calls itself the Islamic State (IS) can’t abide competition even from the mute remains of its region’s fabled past. An equal opportunity destroyer, IS has gone beyond lopping off the heads of live perceived enemies to demolishing priceless...
From: Voice of America | By: Barbara Slavin | Friday, February 27, 2015
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Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) and Women's Protection Units (YPJ) fighters reclaimed Friday the village of Tal Hamis in northern Syria from Islamic State fighters. Tal Hamis had been an IS stronghold for much of Syria's civil war, and YPG forces...
From: Voice of America | By: Zana Omer | Friday, February 27, 2015
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With schools closed for months because of the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, the country is trying to find other ways to educate children, including daily broadcasts. But orphans present a particular challenge. A Freetown woman is helping to meet that...
From: Voice of America | By: Nina DeVries | Friday, February 27, 2015
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What do "Jihadi John" and three men arrested in the United States this week have in common? Other than their alleged interest or participation in the Islamic State group, psychologists say perhaps not much. "There is never, ever one single factor that...
From: Voice of America | By: Victoria Macchi | Friday, February 27, 2015
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An exercise routine common among athletes may also help people with chronic disease. That’s what 61-year old Canadian Michael Van Ziffle discovered when he enrolled in a study at the University of British Columbia's Okanagan campus that would train...
From: Voice of America | By: Rosanne Skirble | Friday, February 27, 2015
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President Barack Obama said the world has made "extraordinary strides in driving back Ebola," but the fight against the deadly disease is not over. Speaking ahead of a meeting with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at the White House on Friday,...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Friday, February 27, 2015
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The world is better prepared for an influenza pandemic than ever before, but it remains highly vulnerable to possible outbreaks, the World Health Organization [WHO] said Friday. “Nothing about influenza is predictable, including where the next pandemic...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Friday, February 27, 2015
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Pilots of the sun-powered plane Solar Impulse 2 completed two successful test flights Thursday in the United Arab Emirates, in preparation for the first attempt to fly around the world. Officials say the plane performed flawlessly and that, weather permitting,...
From: Voice of America | By: George Putic | Friday, February 27, 2015
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A look at the best news photos from around the world.
From: Voice of America | Friday, February 27, 2015
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The United Nations is appealing for $377 million to provide humanitarian aid for more than 1.5 million people in Mali this year. The money will provide essential needs, such as food, shelter, hygiene, and education as well as advancing plans for early...
From: Voice of America | By: Lisa Schlein | Friday, February 27, 2015
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U.S. actor Leonard Nimoy, best known for his character Mr. Spock on the short-lived but much-loved TV series "Star Trek," has died in Los Angeles at age 83. Family members confirmed the death of the actor and director, a year after he revealed he had...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Friday, February 27, 2015
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The identity of the masked man who has appeared in several Islamic State videos showing the beheading of foreign hostages has been widely reported as Kuwaiti-born Briton Mohammed Emwazi. He was previously known to British security services -- and questions...
From: Voice of America | By: Henry Ridgwell | Friday, February 27, 2015
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France and Britain dismissed on Friday any suggestion of restoring relations with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, saying this likely would end all hope of a political transition and push moderates into the arms of radical Islamist groups. With the...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Friday, February 27, 2015
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The U.S. House of Representatives has cleared the way for passage of a short-term funding bill to keep the Department of Homeland Security open. Lawmakers on Friday voted 240 to 183 to clear a procedural hurdle to advance the bill, just hours ahead of...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Friday, February 27, 2015
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U.N. aid agencies are increasing operations in flood-stricken Malawi in a desperate attempt to stave off a potentially large-scale cholera epidemic.  The United Nations Children’s Fund says Malawi is on high alert following a cholera outbreak in southern...
From: Voice of America | By: Lisa Schlein | Friday, February 27, 2015
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Kurdish fighters say they have "liberated" a northeastern Syrian town that has been a key stronghold of Islamic State militants. A spokesperson for the People's Protection Units, or YPG, confirmed to VOA that the Kurdish fighters had seized the city...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Friday, February 27, 2015
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The head of Libya's internationally recognized Cabinet based in Tobruk, Abdallah al-Thini, says his government is calling on the international community to deploy a naval force off the Libyan coast to halt arms smuggling to Islamic militants. Prime Minister...
From: Voice of America | By: Edward Yeranian | Friday, February 27, 2015
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Four Thai fishermen held hostage by Somali pirates for nearly five years have been released. The United Nations envoy to Somalia, Nicholas Kay, confirmed and welcomed the hostages' release on Friday. They were held longer than anyone taken hostage by...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Friday, February 27, 2015
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Talks between U.S. and Cuban diplomats opened Friday in Washington, exploring the possibility of restoring diplomatic ties between the two countries after five decades of estrangement. The talks are part of President Barack Obama's initiative to end...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Friday, February 27, 2015
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British Prime Minister David Cameron has vowed to use every means possible to fight jihadism, while refusing to confirm or deny the identity of a notorious Islamic State militant nicknamed "Jihadi John."
From: Voice of America | Friday, February 27, 2015
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