Armed Youths Attack UN Compound in South Sudan

April 17, 2014

Officials in South Sudan say armed youths attacked people taking refuge in a United Nations compound in the capital of Jonglei state. Fighting in the nation threatens the most vulnerable populations.

A spokesman for South Sudan’s opposition forces, Ja…

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Pentagon to Send Assistance to Ukraine

April 17, 2014

Even as diplomats work in Geneva to calm rising tensions surrounding events in Ukraine, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced the U.S. will provide more non-lethal assistance to Kyiv.  The action signals support for the country in its standoff …

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President Abdelaziz Bouteflika Dominates Algerian Politics

April 17, 2014

Algeria’s President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is among six candidates vying to become the next leader of the oil-rich North African nation, as voters cast ballots in Thursday’s presidential election.The 77-year-old president is widely expected to win a four…

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Putin: No Russian Troops in Eastern Ukraine

April 17, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin told Russians during a televised call-in show Thursday that he hopes he will not have to send Russian troops into eastern Ukraine, while blaming the Ukrainian government for unrest in those areas.Mr. Putin harshly criti…

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Algerians Vote in Presidential Election

April 17, 2014

Algerians went to the polls to decide who will govern the country for the next five years, as ailing President Abdel Aziz Bouteflika seeks a fourth term. He faces strong opposition from former Prime Minister Ali Benflis.
 

Bouteflika cast his vote fr…

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Kyiv: Russian Banks Fund Separatists

April 17, 2014

As Western powers consider introducing further sanctions against Russia, Ukraine’s government says it has evidence that four Russian banks are involved in funding pro-Russian separatist agitation in eastern Ukraine and is urging Western politicians to …

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Snowden Questions Putin on Surveillance

April 17, 2014

Edward Snowden, the fugitive former U.S. spy agency contractor who leaked details of U.S. intelligence eavesdropping, asked Russian President Vladimir Putin a question on Thursday during a televised call-in show.

The exchange was the first known direc…

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US Cellphone Makers to Equip Phones With Anti-Theft Mechanism

April 17, 2014

Cell phone thefts are on the rise in the U.S., but not for long, as owners may soon be able to remotely lock a stolen phone and erase all its data.

The five biggest cellular phone service providers in the country, together with major manufacturers, in…

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Burmese Water Festival

April 17, 2014

The water festival, known as Thingyan, lasts four days and ends by bringing in the Burmese New Year. The throwing of water symbolizes a show of blessings and good wishes and usually occurs on the last two days of the festival.

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Salsa Legend Cheo Feliciano Dies in Car Crash

April 17, 2014

Police say Salsa legend Jose Luis “Cheo” Feliciano, 78, has died in a car crash in Puerto Rico.

Officials say the singer was driving alone in his jaguar when he hit an electricity pole before sunrise, Thursday.

Not to be confused with the younger Jos…

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