Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Saturday he would meet his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte next week to discuss how to secure full access for investigators to the site in Ukraine where a Malaysian airliner was downed. Pro-Russian separatists remain in control of the area in eastern Ukraine where the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 was brought down last week on a flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, killing all 298 on board. Najib helped clinch a deal with separatist leaders to...

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Obama: Embrace ‘Economic Patriotism’

by VOA News on July 26, 2014

U.S. President Barack Obama has criticized what he calls "a small but growing group" of big corporations that are fleeing the country to avoid paying taxes.   The U.S. leader said in his weekly address Saturday the companies are keeping most of their business inside the United States, but they are "basically renouncing their citizenship," declaring they are based somewhere else to avoid paying "their fair share" of taxes. Obama said a loophole in the...

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Students in Business for Themselves

July 26, 2014

They’re only high school students, but they are making accessories for shoes, fabricating backpacks and doing product photography – all through their own businesses. It’s the result of a partnership between a non-profit organization that teaches entre…

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Ministers Call for Extension of Gaza Cease-Fire

July 26, 2014

Foreign ministers from seven nations on Saturday called for an extension of the 12-hour cease-fire between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said.

“All of us call on the parties to extend the military cease-fir…

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Baghdad Official Taken by Gunmen

July 26, 2014

Iraqi police say gunmen have seized a senior Sunni Baghdad politician.

Police say Riyadh al-Adhadah, a medical doctor and the head of the Baghdad Provincial Council, was taken away late Friday by armed men traveling in 10 black SUVs.  

It was not im…

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Israel, Hamas Begin 12-Hour Cease-fire in Gaza Saturday

July 26, 2014

Israel and Hamas have both agreed to a 12-hour cease-fire in Gaza that began Saturday morning (at 8:00 a.m. local time, 0500 UTC).

The Israeli army says it still will look for and destroy tunnels militants use to smuggle weapons into Gaza.

A Hamas of…

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US Defense Department Warns of Arms to Eastern Ukraine

July 26, 2014

The top U.S. military officer says he thinks Russia is a reluctant participant in Ukraine’s conflict.

General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, says he believes the Russian military and its leaders are “probably somewhat reluctant…

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Detention of Ukrainian Woman in Texas Is Questioned

July 26, 2014

The weeklong prison detention of a Ukrainian woman who is married to a U.S. citizen in El Paso, Texas, has shed light on the difficulties of enforcing U.S. immigration law at a time when border agents are overwhelmed by a surge of migrants from Central…

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US Considers Screening Youth in Honduras for Refugee Status

July 26, 2014

Top Obama administration officials say the United States is considering a pilot program which would involve screening some youths in Honduras to see if they qualify for refugee status in the United States. Officials say the youngsters could be intervie…

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Researchers: Africa Genetically Modified Crops Held Back by Scaremongering

July 26, 2014

 A new report states that genetically-modified crops — also known as GM crops — would dramatically improve agriculture in Africa. The report,  published by the policy group Chatham House, argues the technology is being held back by scaremongering f…

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