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Afghan officials said Tuesday that the Taliban took dozens of people hostage near the northern city of Kunduz. The insurgents apparently set up a check-point in a pre-dawn action on the main road near the provincial capital and stopped buses and vehicles...
From: Voice of America | By: Ayaz Gul | Tuesday, May 31, 2016
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The number of Afghans who have fled violence and remain trapped in their own country has doubled over the past three years, says a new report by Amnesty International. A staggering 1.2 million people are internally displaced in Afghanistan, showing a...
From: Voice of America | By: Ayaz Gul | Tuesday, May 31, 2016
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Nepal celebrated Everest Day on Sunday by honoring nine Sherpa guides who fixed ropes and dug the route to the summit so hundreds of climbers could scale the world's highest mountain this month, following two years of disasters.    Prime Minister Khadga...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Sunday, May 29, 2016
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The Taliban in Afghanistan is likely to increase attacks during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in an effort to demonstrate that the recent death of the group's leader has not affected it in any way, Afghan security experts say. Taliban leader Mullah...
From: Voice of America | By: Mohammad Habibzada | Sunday, May 29, 2016
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Relatives of a Pakistani taxi driver, who was killed in last week’s U.S. drone strike targeting the leader of the Afghan Taliban, have formally lodged a police complaint against unnamed U.S. officials. The deceased driver, Mohammad Azam, was transporting...
From: Voice of America | By: Ayaz Gul | Sunday, May 29, 2016
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The World Health Organization’s Regional Director for Africa says West Africa is better prepared to tackle future outbreaks of Ebola. In an exclusive interview with VOA, Matshidiso Moeti says Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea are now able to respond...
From: Voice of America | By: Lisa Schlein | Sunday, May 29, 2016
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A federal judge is ordering the release of Trump University internal documents in a class-action lawsuit against the now-defunct real estate school owned by presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. The order by U.S. District Judge Gonzalo...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Sunday, May 29, 2016
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France is bracing for new strikes this week after President Francois Hollande refused to abandon a government labor reform proposal that has sparked months of intensifying strikes and protests throughout the country.   Some French labor unions, including...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Tuesday, May 31, 2016
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He can explain general relativity and the mystery of black holes, but theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking can’t explain the rise of U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump. During an interview Tuesday on Britain's ITV news, Hawking was asked to...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Tuesday, May 31, 2016
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A court on Tuesday convicted a former Miss Turkey of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan through social media postings and gave her a 14-month suspended sentence, amid deepening concerns that the country is swaying toward an increasingly authoritarian...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Tuesday, May 31, 2016
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Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif underwent open heart surgery in a London hospital on Tuesday, his second cardiac procedure in five years, his daughter said. Sharif's surgery comes as his government prepares to present its annual budget on Friday....
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Tuesday, May 31, 2016
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Citing growing evidence that plain packaging of tobacco products saves lives by reducing demand for the lethal product, the World Health Organization (WHO) marked World No Tobacco Day by urging countries to make smoking less attractive by dropping glamorous...
From: Voice of America | By: Lisa Schlein | Tuesday, May 31, 2016
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British singer Elton John told a concert in Moscow he still wanted to meet President Vladimir Putin to discuss his concerns about gay rights and AIDS in Russia despite the Kremlin leader not having time to meet him this time round. John, performing at...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Tuesday, May 31, 2016
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For OPEC watchers, every little detail matters. When the oil producer group holds its half-yearly meetings, what time the ministers arrive in Vienna, how they speak and which hotel they stay in — anything will be analyzed in an attempt to predict...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Tuesday, May 31, 2016
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President Tayyip Erdogan officially designated the religious movement of U.S.-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen a terrorist group and said he would pursue its members whom he accuses of trying to topple the government. The move puts the organization...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Tuesday, May 31, 2016
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Poland's justice minister on Tuesday revived an effort to have filmmaker Roman Polanski extradited to the U.S., where he is wanted in a nearly 40-year-old case involving sex with a minor.   Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro's office said he asked Poland's...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Tuesday, May 31, 2016
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Over forty-five million people are subject to some form of modern slavery, according to a report released by the Global Slavery Index on Tuesday. India and Uzbekistan are among the countries with both the highest absolute number of slaves and the highest...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Tuesday, May 31, 2016
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Mary was 16 when she was trafficked from her home in southern Nigeria to northwest Italy where she was forced to work as a prostitute on the streets of Turin. She told the Thomson Reuters Foundation her story by phone from Nigeria's southern Edo state....
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Tuesday, May 31, 2016
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The Ennahda party's sleek Tunis headquarters is a cool oasis for the stream of visitors coming to pay calls and seek favors on a recent steamy morning. The visitors are settled into comfortable couches and handed large cups of cappuccino as they wait....
From: Voice of America | By: Lisa Bryant | Tuesday, May 31, 2016
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Tablets Connect Doctors in the Operating Room
From: Voice of America | Tuesday, May 31, 2016
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Ukrainian military pilot Nadiya Savchenko was welcomed by parliament on Tuesday, a week after being released from two years of Russian captivity during which she herself was elected a lawmaker. "I have returned and I will not let you forget — you,...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Tuesday, May 31, 2016
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More than 2,500 migrants have lost their lives trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea into Europe so far in 2016, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) announced Tuesday. In 2015 by contrast 1,855 people had died in the first five months of the year....
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Tuesday, May 31, 2016
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Islamic State has come under fierce attack on three fronts stretching from Iraq to Syria. Iraq’s elite counterterrorism forces on Monday entered the IS stronghold of Fallujah, a city in central Iraq that the extremists have controlled for more than...
From: Voice of America | By: Sharon Behn | Tuesday, May 31, 2016
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Gaza's Hamas rulers executed three Palestinians separately convicted of murders at dawn Tuesday without the necessary approval of the Palestinian president. "To achieve public deterrence and block crime, the relevant authorities implemented at dawn on...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Tuesday, May 31, 2016
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It’s been called the “mining to dining” boom as Australia’s looks to cash in on the burgeoning rise of the middle class in China. Last month, the government in Canberra sent its biggest-ever business delegation to China to boost ties after a...
From: Voice of America | By: Phil Mercer | Tuesday, May 31, 2016
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Four Bangladeshi workers held on suspicion of planning attacks linked to the Islamic State group in their own country were convicted of financing terrorism by a court in Singapore on Tuesday. Prosecutors said the men, who pleaded guilty, had raised money...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Tuesday, May 31, 2016
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Saudi Arabia says it has intercepted a ballistic missile launched from Yemen on Monday night. The missile was destroyed in mid-air without causing any casualties, according to the Saudi state news agency SPA. This is the second missile Saudi Arabia has...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Tuesday, May 31, 2016
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In Ivory Coast, the wife of former President Laurent Gbagbo goes on trial Tuesday.  Simone Gbagbo, also known as the “Iron Lady”, is accused of crimes against humanity, prisoners of war, and the civilian population for her alleged role in that country’s...
From: Voice of America | By: James Butty | Tuesday, May 31, 2016
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New hardware went on display Tuesday at Asia’s biggest tech show to make virtual reality games smoother and more life-like as popularity skyrockets for the technique of transporting a user into different spaces through computerized head and hand gear....
From: Voice of America | By: Ralph Jennings | Tuesday, May 31, 2016
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Indian officials say at least 17 people have been killed in a fire at a massive military ammunition depot in central India early Tuesday. Some 19 others have been injured in the blaze that broke out around 1:30 a.m. local time. Officials said the fire...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Tuesday, May 31, 2016
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Famous for its efforts to put women on an equal footing with men, Sweden is experiencing a gender balance shift that has caught the country by surprise: For the first time since record-keeping began in 1749, it now has more men than women. Swedes don't...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Tuesday, May 31, 2016
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With Israel’s ultranationalist new Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman saying he backs a two-state solution, analysts say the Paris ministerial meeting aimed at ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict later this week may get Israel to “acquiesce somewhat”...
From: Voice of America | Tuesday, May 31, 2016
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As the late baseball great Yogi Berra once said, it's deja vu all over again -- but the sport is basketball, as the Golden State Warriors prepare to face the Cleveland Cavaliers in the upcoming National Basketball Association championship finals for...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Tuesday, May 31, 2016
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With Israel’s ultranationalist new Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman saying he backs a two-state solution, analysts say the Paris ministerial meeting aimed at ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict later this week may get Israel to “acquiesce somewhat”...
From: Voice of America | By: Nike Ching | Tuesday, May 31, 2016
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Sudanese authorities deported at least 442 Eritreans, including six registered refugees, in May of 2016, a Human Rights Watch report said Monday. "Sudan is arresting and forcing Eritreans back into the hands of a repressive government without allowing...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Tuesday, May 31, 2016
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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Monday an upcoming "landmark summit" will enhance the alliance's defensive and deterrent presence in eastern Europe and the Baltics. He is visiting Poland ahead of the NATO Summit in Warsaw.
From: Voice of America | Tuesday, May 31, 2016
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The U.S. embassy in Beijing is taking a break from publicly engaging Chinese people through social media, after its latest online diplomacy effort was shut down earlier this month without explanation. In a statement emailed to VOA Sunday, the embassy's...
From: Voice of America | By: Michael Lipin | Tuesday, May 31, 2016
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Far-right nationalist politician Avigdor Lieberman was sworn in Monday as Israel's new defense minister, as a number of other Israeli politicians said the government is becoming too extremist. Lieberman is a member of Israel's ultra-right Yisrael Beitneu...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Monday, May 30, 2016
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China saw its number of billionaires grow by 30 percent to 40 percent annually, but is still recording charitable donations at a small fraction of the rates seen in Europe and the United States. A new report by the United Nations Development Program...
From: Voice of America | By: Saibal Dasgupta | Monday, May 30, 2016
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said no Muslim family should use birth control or engage in family planning, saying the practices violate Muslim traditions. "We will multiply our descendants. They talk about population planning, birth control....
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Monday, May 30, 2016
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The Greek Coast Guard has pulled to safety 29 migrants afloat in a dinghy off the western island of Lefkada, as they headed to Italy. Authorities say the rescue Sunday is the first involving migrants trying to cross from Greece to Italy since Athens...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Monday, May 30, 2016
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Parishioners in Massachusetts held an emotional final service after losing their legal battle to keep open the Catholic Church that many had attended for decades. Parish members were forced to vacate the St. Frances X. Cabrini Church where they had held...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Monday, May 30, 2016
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Astronomy buffs across much of the globe awaited darkness Monday for a glimpse of Mars, as the Red Planet makes its closest approach to Earth in 11 years. The event, visible to the naked eye, will occur at 21:34 UTC Monday, when the second-smallest planet...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Monday, May 30, 2016
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A look at the best news photos from around the world.
From: Voice of America | Monday, May 30, 2016
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A hawkish Lebanese Sunni politician has won local elections in the second largest city of Tripoli in a result that marks a blow to long-established Sunni leaders and risks reviving tensions among rival sectarian groups there. The municipal elections...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Monday, May 30, 2016
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Wildlife officials in Thailand on Monday began removing some of the 137 tigers held at a Buddhist temple following accusations that the monks were involved in illegal breeding and trafficking of the animals. The director of Thailand's Wildlife Conservation...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Monday, May 30, 2016
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The White House was placed on a partial lockdown to investigate a suspicious package, officials from the Secret Service said. Reports say a woman threw something over the north fence of the White House on Monday. Emergency responders, including a hazardous...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Monday, May 30, 2016
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The United States observed Memorial Day on Monday. The holiday honors the men and women of the U.S. military who gave their lives while serving their country.
From: Voice of America | Monday, May 30, 2016
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A tentative agreement between Verizon Communications Inc. and unions to end a nearly seven-week strike includes 1,400 new jobs and pay raises topping 10 percent, the company and unions representing about 40,000 workers said on Monday. Verizon, the No....
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Monday, May 30, 2016
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Donald Trump clinched the 1,237 delegates needed to become the Republican presidential nominee Thursday — a feat that seemed almost impossible just a few months ago. Now, despite the wishes of the Republican establishment, Trump is working to remake...
From: Voice of America | By: Joshua Fatzick | Monday, May 30, 2016
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