• Kerry Discusses Trade, Terror Fight With Mexican, Canadian Counterparts

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has met in Boston, Massachusetts, with his counterparts from Canada and Mexico for talks that covered subjects that included trade cooperation and the fight against extremism.

    Kerry, Mexican Foreign Secretary Jose An…

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  • Drone Strike in Yemen Kills 4 Al-Qaida Fighters

    A drone strike hit a car in Yemen on Saturday, killing four suspected al-Qaida militants, according to tribal officials.

    The attack occurred in the southern province of Shabwa, a stronghold of al-Qaida’s branch in Yemen.

    This was the second such strike in a week. The United States is the only country known to be operating drones in Yemen.  Previous strikes have also targeted the group, known as al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula. The U.S. considers AQAP al-Qaida’s most…

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  • Mugabe Defends Image Amid Controversy at Close of AU Summit

    Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe is rejecting concerns that his election as chairman of the African Union could cause friction with the West — and he’s doubling down on statements he made dismissing the idea of equality for women.

    Speaking to reporters Saturday at the close of a heads-of-state summit in Addis Ababa, Mugabe said he was not concerned with how the West might perceive his leadership.
     
    “What the West will say or do, that’s not my business,” he said. “My…

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  • Spy Murder Probe Likely to Further Strain British-Russian Relations

    Relations between Russia and the West are set to become even more strained amid an inquiry in London into the murder of a former Russian spy. Lawyers at the inquiry accuse Russian President Vladimir Putin of directing a “mafia state.” Meanwhile, Royal Air Force fighters intercepted Russian bombers close to British airspace this week, prompting authorities to summon Moscow’s ambassador. Henry Ridgwell reports.

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  • Tens of Thousands Rally in Madrid for Anti-Austerity Party

    Tens of thousands of people marched Saturday through the streets of Madrid in the biggest show of support yet for new anti-austerity party Podemos, which has been drawing comparisons to Greece’s new ruling party, Syriza.

    The crowds chanted, “Yes, we c…

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  • Conflict Leaves Ukrainian Neighborhood Divided, Terrified

    People in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk districts find themselves squarely in the path of advancing Russian-backed rebels, who want to take back the territory they held at the beginning of the conflict last year.

    Many local residents are afraid, but others would welcome the change — even when a rebel shell lands in their neighborhood.
     
    In the Luhansk district town of Papasna, just 15 kilometers from where the Ukrainian government marks the front line, a house belonging to…

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  • Ukrainian Neighborhood Divided over Conflict

    People in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk districts find themselves squarely in the path of advancing Russian-backed rebels, who want to take back the territory they held at the beginning of the conflict last year. Many local residents are afraid, but others would welcome the change, even when a rebel shell lands in their neighborhood. From the Luhansk district, 15 kilometers from where the Ukrainian government marks the front line, VOA’s Al Pessin reports.

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  • New Africa Regional Chief Aims to Shake Up Maligned WHO Office

    With the international Ebola effort in high gear and some experts saying new cases may be plateauing, the new head of the maligned African division for the World Health Organization has vowed to make her office more responsive to emerging threats.

    Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, a 35-year veteran of public health and native of Botswana, takes over from Luis Gomes Sambo, who was reportedly accused of botching the agency’s initial response to the epidemic.

    An internal review cited by The…

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  • Islamic State Fighters Admit Kobani Defeat

    Islamic State fighters facing Kurdish troops and allied air support on Saturday acknowledged defeat and retreat from the key Syrian border city of Kobani, after months of fighting.  

    A U.S. commander coordinating allied airstrikes targeting extremist fighters confirmed the Kurdish victory. In a statement, Lieutenant General James Terry said further coalition airstrikes would back Kurdish fighters in their push to drive the militant force from surrounding areas near Syria’s…

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  • Iraqi Leaders, UN Call for Probe of Alleged Massacre

    Iraq’s prime minister blamed “outlaw criminals” on Saturday for alleged mass executions, following reports that dozens of civilians were killed by Shi’ite militias in Diyala province.

    “It’s not permitted for people to take the law into their own hands…

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