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Suicide Bomber Kills Afghan President's Cousin

6 hours 17 min ago
Afghan officials said a suicide bomber has killed a cousin of President Hamid Karzai in the southern province of Kandahar. Regional officials said Heshmat Karzai was hosting an event at his house for the Eid al-Fitr holiday when a visitor blew himself up with explosives hidden inside a turban. No one claimed responsibility for the attack. Heshmat Karzai led the election campaign of presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani, one of two presidential hopefuls vying to replace...

Teen Survivors Tell of Chaos as South Korea Ferry Sank

6 hours 30 min ago
Nearly a dozen more students, who were among the 75 students to survive the Sewol ferry disaster, arrived at a local courthouse in Ansan, South Korea, on Tuesday for a second day of testimony against the 15 crew members who fled as the vessel sank off Jindo Island. On Monday, six teenage survivors, whose names were withheld to protect their privacy, described how they were given repeated orders not to move from their cabins. The students from Danwon High School near Seoul revealed how...

Fuel Tank Fires Rage as Libya Struggles With Violence

7 hours 1 min ago
A fire continued to rage out of control Tuesday at an oil depot that supplies Libya's airport in the capital Tripoli, officials said. The fuel storage tanks were struck on Monday in the crossfire of warring militias battling for control of the airfield, the latest violence to plague the country. Libya's interim government said in a statement that the fire could trigger a "humanitarian and environmental disaster" in Tripoli, and appealed for "international...

Rights Groups, US Urge Iran to Release Journalists

8 hours 17 min ago
Rights groups and the U.S. State Department are continuing to call for Iran to release four people arrested last week, including Washington Post Tehran correspondent Jason Rezaian and two other journalists. Human Rights Watch said Tuesday that Iran should let them go immediately unless the government plans "recognizable charges" and guarantees them fair trials. Rezaian is a dual citizen of the United States and Iran. His wife, Yeganeh Salehi, is an Iranian citizen and...

US: Russia Violated Nuclear Treaty

9 hours 17 sec ago
The United States accused Russia of violating a historic nuclear test ban treaty by testing a ground-launched cruise missile. U.S officials said President Barack Obama informed Russian President Vladimir Putin in a letter Monday of the United States' determination that Russia broke the 1987 treaty.  The move was first reported Monday evening by The New York Times. The U.S. said Russia tested a new ground-launched cruise missile, breaking the Intermediate-Range Nuclear...

Israel Targets Hamas-Controlled Sites, Warns of 'Protracted Campaign'

9 hours 15 min ago
Israel's military pounded targets in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his country needed to be prepared for a long conflict in the Palestinian enclave, squashing any hopes of a swift end to 22 days of fighting. Israeli aircraft, tanks and navy gunboats targeted symbols of Hamas control, firing on the house of Hamas Gaza leader Ismail Haniyeh before dawn on Tuesday, causing damage but no casualties, Gaza's interior ministry said. An Israeli...

California Governor on 3-day Trade Trip to Mexico

9 hours 39 min ago
California Governor Jerry Brown called a news conference in Mexico City's Foreign Ministry on Monday to strengthen bilateral ties between the two regions as its shared common border grapples with a surge in undocumented migrant children crossing into the U.S. At a news conference with Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Jose Antonio Meade, Brown said the immigration overload of thousands of Central American youths at the border should be seen as a humanitarian issue. The U.S. is...

Authorities Fear Spread of Ebola After Ill Man Flew Across West Africa

9 hours 44 min ago
Health authorities are trying to determine who on a series of flights across West Africa last week came into contact with a man who days later died of the Ebola virus. Patrick Sawyer boarded a flight in Liberia, had a layover in Ghana, and changed planes in Togo for a flight to Nigeria, where he died on Friday from the virus. Sawyer was immediately quarantined after arriving in Nigeria, but other passengers were allowed to leave the airport after they were told about the...

UN Sanctions Operator of North Korean Ship Caught Smuggling Arms

10 hours 24 min ago
The United Nations imposed sanctions on the operator of a North Korean ship seized last year by Panama while trying to smuggle arms from Cuba. The Security Council's North Korea sanctions committee voted late Monday to place an international asset freeze and travel ban on Ocean Maritime Management. The committee said the company "played a key role in arranging the shipment," which included two Mig-21 fighter jets, missiles and other arms hidden under sacks of...

Student Survivors of Ferry Sinking Continue Testimonies

Mon, 2014-07-28 23:26
Nearly a dozen more students, who were among the 75 students to survive the Sewol ferry disaster, arrived at a local courthouse in Ansan, South Korea, on Tuesday for a second day of testimony against the 15 crew members who fled as the vessel sank off Jindo Island. On Monday, six teenage survivors, whose names were withheld to protect their privacy, described how they were given repeated orders not to move from their cabins. The students from Danwon High School near Seoul revealed how...

UN Blacklists Operator of North Korean Ship Seized With Soviet-era Arms

Mon, 2014-07-28 22:49
A U.N. Security Council committee on Monday blacklisted the operator of a North Korean ship, which was seized near the Panama Canal last year for smuggling Soviet-era arms, and raised concerns about Cuba's military cooperation with Pyongyang. The North Korea (DPRK) sanctions committee designated Ocean Maritime Management, which operated the Chong Chon Gang, the ship detained a year ago carrying arms, including two MiG-21 jet fighters, under thousands of tons of sugar. The company...

Argentina Seeks to Avoid 2nd Debt Default in 13 Years

Mon, 2014-07-28 21:31
Argentina says it will make another effort to reach a deal with a group of U.S. creditors to avoid a possible default on its debt, the second in 13 years. The Argentine government is sending a delegation to New York to meet Tuesday with a court-appointed mediator who is handling the dispute between Argentina and a group of New York hedge funds. Those hedge funds rejected Argentina's restructuring offers after its record $100 billion default in 2001, and are demanding payment in...

US Loses Track of Arms Given to Afghan Security Forces

Mon, 2014-07-28 21:22
A new U.S. government report says the military has not effectively kept track of the light weapons it supplied to Afghanistan’s army and police. According to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, an independent watchdog group, the failure creates a danger that small arms such as machine guns will fall into the hands of insurgents. Its report found multiple databases maintained by the U.S. government missing information or with duplicate entries for weapons...

House Passes Bill To Overhaul US International Broadcasting

Mon, 2014-07-28 20:53
The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill that would overhaul U.S. international broadcasting, including this agency, the Voice of America, four other government-financed broadcasters and the Broadcasting Board of Governors that oversees all of them. Supporters of the bipartisan bill say the United States needs to fight back more effectively in the war of information against countries like Russia and China. But some opponents of the bill say they fear it would undermine...

Obama Holds Town Hall Meeting with Aspiring Young Africans

Mon, 2014-07-28 20:47
U.S. President Barack Obama says the future stability of the world depends on African nations' prosperity and self-reliance. Obama made the comment Monday to a group of 500 young people attending the first Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. As VOA's Mariama Diallo reports, the aspiring young African leaders have just finished a six-week program of academic study at 20 institutions across the United States.

UN Commissioner: MH17 Downing Could Be A War Crime

Mon, 2014-07-28 20:33
The U.N. high commissioner for human rights says the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in rebel-held eastern Ukraine "may amount to a war crime." Commissioner Navi Pillay's assessment Monday came as an international team of investigators and police was again prevented from visiting the site after heavy fighting between Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed separatists. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from Kyiv.

US Health Agency Expects More Cases Of Ebola Before Outbreak Ends

Mon, 2014-07-28 20:15
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has so far claimed 670 lives and infected more than 1,200 people. An expert from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says more cases can be expected in the coming weeks and months. Tealth agency is actively trying to stem the spread of the infection. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control, or CDC, downplays concerns that the Ebola virus could spread in the U.S., because of the practices already in place in most U.S. hospitals.  Two...

US: Respecting Religious Freedoms Safeguards Stability

Mon, 2014-07-28 18:30
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says countries that undermine religious freedoms ultimately threaten their own security. VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns reports on the annual U.S. report on international religious freedom.

Russia Ordered to Pay $50 Billion in Yukos Case

Mon, 2014-07-28 18:10
Russia has been ordered to pay $50 billion to former majority shareholders in the Yukos oil company. An arbitration court in The Hague Monday said Russia acted in a "devious and calculated" manner when it seized Yukos' assets in 2003 and imprisoned company CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky that year. Once Russia's richest man, Khodorkovsky controlled Yukos through the holding company that successfully sued Russia, but in which he no longer has an ownership interest. The...

Military Offensives Free DRC Villages

Mon, 2014-07-28 18:05
The military spokesman for the United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) says a joint military offensive with the national army in Walikale and Masisi territories has freed over 20 villages from rebels from the Mai Cheka and the Alliance for the Sovereign and Patriotic Congo (APCLH) groups. Colonel Felix Basse says residents are expressing their appreciation. “This is a huge relief for the populations that live in the area because they have been under...

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