Chad Expects Kidnapped Nigerian Girls to be Freed

by VOA News on October 24, 2014

A Chadian official says he expects Nigeria's deal with militant group Boko Haram to free more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls will go through, despite the apparent breakdown of a cease-fire. Reuters news agency says Moussa Mahamat Dago, the number-two official in Chad's Foreign Ministry, says Nigeria and Boko Haram have verbally agreed to a series of points, including the release of the schoolgirls and of jailed Boko Haram fighters. Dago says the sides have not yet agreed on the...

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Putin: Ukraine Not Interested in Dialogue

by VOA News on October 24, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he does not see a desire by the Ukrainian government to settle the conflict in eastern Ukraine through dialogue. He spoke Friday in the southern Russian city of Sochi following a phone call with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Merkel's office said she stressed the need for full implementation of the cease-fire agreement reached between pro-Russian separatists and Ukraine's government in September. The Kremlin, for its part, said Putin...

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WHO Ramps-up Ebola Vaccine Trials

October 24, 2014

The World Health Organization has announced – what it calls -an ambitious plan to have hundreds of thousands of doses of Ebola vaccines available by next June. The WHO announced Friday it is speeding up clinical trials of the two leading vaccine cand…

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Islamic State Militants Advance Toward Baghdad

October 24, 2014

In recent months, Islamic State fighters have overrun Iraqi forces in the western part of the country, capturing nearly all of Anbar province while trying to carve out a path to Baghdad.

While the U.S. military says the Iraqi capital is not under “imm…

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Security Forces: At least 25 Dead in Attack in Egypt’s Sinai

October 24, 2014

At least 25 members of the Egyptian security forces were killed in a car bomb attack on a checkpoint in the Sinai Peninsula on Friday, security sources said.

That number was up from the 10 earlier reported dead. 

At least 27 soldiers were injured in…

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Islamic State Militants Advance Toward Baghdad

October 24, 2014

The U.S. military says the Iraqi capital is not under ‘imminent threat.’ But officials worry the militants’ gains will provide a foothold for assaults on Baghdad’s perimeter. VOA’s Mike Richman reports.

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EU Leaders Make Headway on Climate, Ebola Fight

October 24, 2014

European leaders agreed Friday to a billion-dollar funding boost for the fight against Ebola in West Africa, as they wrapped up a summit marked by a key agreement over climate change and divisions on financial issues.

The new European Union assistance…

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WHO Expects Ebola Vaccine Surge in 2015

October 24, 2014

An official with the World Health Organization predicts hundreds of thousands of Ebola vaccine doses will be ready by June.

Marie-Paule Kieny, assistant director-general, told reporters Friday that two leading vaccine candidates are already in clinica…

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New York Doctor Tests Positive for Ebola

October 24, 2014
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Hong Kong Protesters Focused on Holding Ground in Volatile Mong Kok

October 24, 2014

In Hong Kong two of the protest sites occupied by pro-democracy activists, in the financial district and in a high-end retail area, have been relatively calm recently, but the third site, in the working class neighborhood Mong Kok, continues to be cont…

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