Fierce fighting is reported in the northeastern Nigerian city of Bama, with soldiers trying to repel an attack by Islamist militant group Boko Haram. Witnesses say hundreds of militants, traveling in trucks and armored vehicles, advanced toward the city early Monday, but were intercepted by Nigerian soldiers from a local barracks.  A local security official, Muhuammed Gava, told VOA that soldiers pushed back the initial assault but the militants regrouped and attacked again. It...

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Germany’s New Anti-Euro Party Chides Merkel

by Reuters on September 1, 2014

Riding the momentum from a strong showing in a regional election, Germany's new anti-euro party on Monday said it was time for Chancellor Angela Merkel to accept it as a new conservative force in German politics. Like the UK Independence Party (UKIP) in Britain and the National Front in France, the Alternative for Germany (AfD) has tapped into a vein of discontent with career politicians and bureaucrats, carving out a niche to the right of the mainstream parties. On Sunday, it...

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Britain May Strip Suspected Islamist Fighters of Passports

September 1, 2014

Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday announced plans to strip suspected Islamist militants of their passports temporarily, to combat the threat posed by radicalized Britons returning from Syria and Iraq.

The proposals come days after Cameron raised …

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Was it a Coup? Lesotho Unsure Amid Political Crisis

September 1, 2014

The tiny nation of Lesotho was rocked early Saturday by reports of an attempted coup, with soldiers taking over government facilities and police stations in the capital. From the safety of neighboring South Africa, the nation’s prime minister said the …

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Abdullah Threatens to Withdraw From Afghan Political Process

September 1, 2014

After boycotting a United Nations-supervised audit of all votes from June’s disputed runoff, Afghan presidential hopeful Abdullah Abdullah has now threatened to pull out from the entire political process if his demands are not met in 24 hours.

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Ebola Claims Another Victim: Economic Growth

September 1, 2014

The Ebola crisis may have begun in Guinea, but Liberia is among the hardest hit – with more than 13 hundred cases reported. 

Fear of the disease is spreading.

The planting season is being disrupted as workers flee from the farms, and trade and tra…

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Britain ‘Deplores’ Israeli Claim of West Bank Land

September 1, 2014

The British government says Israel’s expropriation of a large swath of land inside the occupied West Bank would “do serious damage to Israel’s standing in the international community.”

On Sunday, Israel laid claim to about 400 hectares in the area o…

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Internet, Technology Offer New Tools for Journalists

September 1, 2014

The Internet and rapidly evolving technology is quickly changing how people receive news and how journalists deliver it. There are now more ways to tell a story than ever before. One school in Los Angeles is teaching the next generation of journalists…

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SADC Meeting Lesotho Officials to Resolve Stalemate

September 1, 2014

The Southern African Development Community is meeting with leaders of Lesotho to resolve the political stalemate that led to the alleged coup attempt to overthrow Prime Minister Thomas Thabane’s coalition government over the weekend, according to SAD…

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