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UN Condemns Deadly Attack on Peacekeepers in Mali

4 hours 25 min ago
The United Nations has condemned an attack in northern Mali that killed a Chadian soldier and wounded four more of its peacekeepers. A vehicle carrying the group struck a landmine Sunday near Aguelhoc, in the Kidal region of Mali. A similar attack in the area killed four U.N. peacekeepers earlier this month. In a statement late Sunday, the U.N. Security Council urged Mali to investigate the attack and said those responsible shall be held accountable. The Council reiterated its...

US Continues Building Coalition as Diplomats Gather to Discuss Islamic State

4 hours 52 min ago
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry continues the effort to build a U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State militants at a conference Monday in Paris that brings together diplomats from 26 countries, the United Nations, European Union and the Arab League. French President Francois Hollande and Iraqi President Fouad Massoum are hosting the meeting focusing on peace and security in Iraq, where Islamic State militants have seized large areas in the northern and western part of the...

UN Condemns Beheading of British Aid Worker by Islamic State

5 hours 23 min ago
The U.N. Security Council has condemned the beheading of British aid worker David Haines by Islamic State militants, calling it a "heinous and cowardly murder." The Islamic State group posted a video Saturday showing the killing in the same manner as those depicting the beheadings of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff. The Security Council said in a statement Sunday the act "again demonstrates the brutality" of the militants and serves as a reminder...

Russian Americans Offer Mixed Views of Ukraine Conflict

Sun, 2014-09-14 21:44
While polls within Russia indicate overwhelming popular support for President Vladimir Putin's policies and actions in eastern Ukraine, the hundreds of thousands of Russian immigrants living in New York seem divided in their reactions to recent developments.     Lev Borschevskiy, a veteran journalist and active member of the Russian American Community Coalition based in New York, calls Putin’s Ukraine policies “morally indefensible.” Yet he recognizes that there is passionate...

US Men Win Basketball World Cup, Gain Olympic Berth

Sun, 2014-09-14 20:36
The United States has won the men's basketball World Cup and the automatic Olympic berth that goes with the title. Fielding the youngest U.S. team since NBA professionals debuted at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, the Americans routed Serbia in Madrid Sunday, 129-92.  This is the first time the U.S. men have won back-to-back world championships. Twenty-two-year-old point guard Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers led the U.S. scoring with 26 points, hitting all six of his...

Kerry in Paris for Talks on Islamic State

Sun, 2014-09-14 18:32
French President Francois Hollande meets in Paris Monday with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and European and Arab foreign ministers for talks on responding to President Obama's call for a broad coalition against Islamic State militants. Secretary Kerry comes to Paris after a week of talks in Baghdad, Amman, Jeddah, Ankara, and Cairo trying to rally Arab leaders to join the U.S. coalition against the Islamic State. U.S. officials say there is broad agreement among Arab leaders...

Powerful Hurricane Threatens Mexico's Baja California

Sun, 2014-09-14 18:09
Forecasters have issued a hurricane warning for southern Baja California in Mexico, as powerful Hurricane Odile heads toward the peninsula. The U.S. National Hurricane Center has downgraded Odile to a strong Category 3 storm, with top sustained winds of 205 kilometers per hour. But it says the storm could re-strengthen into a Category 4 before making landfall Sunday night or Monday. It urges people to prepare to secure life and property as quickly as possible. Forecasters predict...

UN Peacekeepers to Deploy in CAR

Sun, 2014-09-14 17:02
A United Nations peacekeeping force will deploy Monday in the Central African Republic, which has been devastated by more than two years of sectarian violence and civil war. Many hope the U.N. troops will have a strong impact on economic development of this poor nation. The Security Council authorized the force, known as MINUSCA, to take all necessary means to carry out its mandate in the CAR.  For many in Bangui this means that the U.N. troops will not hesitate to use force against...

US Touts Coalition to Fight Islamic State

Sun, 2014-09-14 16:11
The Obama administration is expressing confidence in the formation of an international coalition to combat Islamic State radicals who control swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria. But congressional action in support of the effort is a matter of growing debate. After meeting with allies and partners in the Middle East, Secretary of State John Kerry says a growing list of nations is prepared to strike against Sunni militants, a point echoed by White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough,...

Scottish Referendum on Independence - September 14, 2014

Sun, 2014-09-14 15:45
The referendum on Scottish independence will take place on September 18, when Scotland will vote whether or not to end the 307-year-old union with the rest of the United Kingdom.

US Touts Coalition to Fight Islamic State Group

Sun, 2014-09-14 15:29
The Obama administration is expressing confidence in the formation of an international coalition to combat Islamic State radicals who control swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports from Washington, where congressional action in support of the effort is a matter of growing debate.

17 Dead in Pakistan Party Boat Capsize

Sun, 2014-09-14 15:00
Officials in Pakistan say at least 17 members of a wedding party died when their boat capsized in a river in Punjab province during some of the worst monsoon flooding the region has seen in decades. The dead include the bridegroom, his brother, and two young children.  At least 30 people were on the boat when it rolled over in Muzaffargarh district near the city of Multan Sunday. The bride said she survived by hanging onto an electric pole. She had gone on the boat against her...

Golfer Greg Norman Injures Left Hand in Chainsaw Accident

Sun, 2014-09-14 14:41
Golfing great Greg Norman said he was “one lucky man” after injuring his left hand while working with a chainsaw at his south Florida home. The 59-year-old Australian, now recovering from the accident, needed surgery to repair nerve damage. The former world number one, who won the British Open in 1986 and 1993, posted a picture late on Saturday on photo-sharing site Instagram of himself lying in a hospital bed with a heavily-bandaged left arm. “Working with a chainsaw ALWAYS be...

Merkel Vows to Fight Anti-Semitism in Germany

Sun, 2014-09-14 13:44
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has vowed to combat anti-Semitism in an address to a rally following an increase in attacks against Jews in Germany during the latest Gaza conflict. Speaking Sunday at the demonstration called "Stand Up: Jew Hatred - Never Again!" at Berlin's iconic Brandenburg Gate, Merkel stressed Jewish life is part of Germany's identity and culture.   She said it is Germany's national and civic duty to fight anti-Semitism. Merkel said...

September 14, 2014

Sun, 2014-09-14 13:18

DRC Rebel Group Wants Assurances to Hand Over Weapons

Sun, 2014-09-14 13:12
The leader of the Mai Mai Kifuafua rebel movement said he needs assurances from the Democratic of Republic of Congo’s (DRC) government that it will protect unarmed civilians in the territory the group controls before his 2,800 members will hand over their weapons under the administration’s peace effort program. Didier Bitaki said members of his group took up arms to protect civilians in the Walekale territory and nearby towns after increasing attacks by the Democratic Forces for the...

Defense Minister: Western Weapons on Way to Ukraine

Sun, 2014-09-14 12:45
Ukraine's Defense Minister Valeriy Heletey said Sunday weapons are on the way to Ukraine from Western countries - which he would not name - to help the country in its fight against Russian-backed rebels.   The claim came as sporadic fighting continued in eastern Ukraine, despite of a nine-day-old cease-fire.   Heletey said the shipments were agreed to in secret at the NATO summit 10 days ago. He said the new weapons will help Ukraine defend itself against potential...

Pakistan Rejects Afghan Criticism of 480-kilometer Border Trench

Sun, 2014-09-14 11:04
Pakistan has rejected Afghan criticism of a 480-kilometer trench its military is digging along their mostly porous border, saying the project is aimed at “effectively” controlling movement of terrorists and flow of drugs and human traffickers into the country. Pakistani forces are digging a trench more than two meters deep and three meters wide in southwestern Baluchistan province, which shares half of the country’s more than 2,500-kilometer border with Afghanistan.  Army...

Liberia Fires Officials for Not Returning to Fight Ebola

Sun, 2014-09-14 10:24
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has fired 10 senior officials who defied an order to return to the country and help in the fight against Ebola. The officials, including assistant ministers, deputy ministers and commissioners, had been told in August come back to Liberia.   The African country has been hit hard by an Ebola outbreak, which has claimed more than 2,400 lives in West Africa. The humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders has called the situation in...

S. Sudan President Seeks Meeting with Sudan’s Leader

Sun, 2014-09-14 10:20
South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has officially written to Sudanese President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir proposing talks to deepen bilateral relations and security cooperation, according to Ateny Wek Ateny, South Sudan presidential spokesperson. Ateny also said the negotiations would include ways to resolve the dispute over the oil-rich Abyei region. Its status has yet to be determined in spite of an agreement signed between Juba and Khartoum in September 27, 2012. “One of the issues is...

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