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Egypt - Outrage as Al-Jazeera retrial ends with three-year jail terms
Saturday, August 29, 2015
Reporters without borders
Reporters Without Borders is appalled by the three-year jail sentences that a Cairo court, after many postponements, finally passed today on Al-Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fadel Fahmy, Baher Mohamed and Peter Geste, who were convicted of disseminating false information and working without a licence. “We firmly condemn the disgraceful ‘political' verdict issued at the end of the retrial of these Al-Jazeera journalists,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “For (...) (Full Story)
Rice in Islamabad for Talks With Sharif
Saturday, August 29, 2015
The U.S. national security adviser, Susan Rice, has arrived in Islamabad on an unscheduled visit for talks with senior Pakistani government and military officials, Pakistani officials who asked not to be identified told VOA that Rice will meet with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and with Pakistan's military chief on Sunday. Rice's talks with Sharif and other Pakistani officials are expected to touch on the recent rise in tensions between Islamabad and New Delhi, following violent... (Full Story)
Eaton of US Breaks Decathlon Record in Beijing
Saturday, August 29, 2015
Ashley Eaton of the United States broke his own record in the decathlon at the 2015 world championships in Beijing Saturday.   Eaton, the Olympic champion in the event, finished with 9,045 points after running 4 minutes, 17.52 seconds in the 1,500 meters race, the last of the 10 decathlon events. He set the former record at the U.S. Olympic trials three years ago. Eaton had not competed in a full decathlon in two years prior to this week's competition in the Chinese capital. He... (Full Story)
Africa 54
Saturday, August 29, 2015
Africa 54 provides special coverage of President Obama's trip to Kenya (Full Story)
38 Girls, Young Women Killed in Swaziland Crash
Saturday, August 29, 2015
At least 38 girls and young women were killed in a crash while travelling to a famous traditional festival in Swaziland, a rights group said on Saturday.  About 20 others were injured when the truck they were in collided with another vehicle on Friday, the Swaziland Solidarity Network said in a statement. The young women and girls were allegedly travelling on the back of an open truck, the rights group said.   Police in Swaziland, a small mountainous country of 1.4 million... (Full Story)
Presidential Hopefuls Keep Busy Weekend Schedule
Saturday, August 29, 2015
U.S. presidential candidates have scheduled meetings this weekend with groups supporting their respective parties. Democratic hopefuls are in Minnesota to address the Democratic National Committee's annual summer meeting. Republican candidates are taking their campaign messages to supportive groups across the United States. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports from Washington. (Full Story)
Presidential Hopefuls Keep Busy Weekend Schedule
Saturday, August 29, 2015
U.S. presidential candidates have scheduled meetings this weekend with groups supporting their respective parties. Democratic hopefuls are in Minnesota to address the Democratic National Committee's annual summer meeting. Republican candidates are taking their campaign messages to supportive groups across the United States. Democratic politicians who have announced their candidacy for the presidential nomination are in Minnesota for the two-day meeting that began early Friday. The... (Full Story)
Malaysian Protesters Gather for Rally
Saturday, August 29, 2015
Protesters are descending on Malaysia's capital for a two-day rally demanding the resignation of the prime minister who is facing serious fraud allegations. Bersih, the country's leading civil society, wants Najib Razak to resign, following revelations he received $700 million into his personal accounts from the government-owned 1MDB investment fund. The government has blocked access to Bersih's website and has declared the rally in Kuala Lumpur's Independence Square... (Full Story)
Police Officer Killed in Bahrain Blast, 7 Wounded
Saturday, August 29, 2015
An explosion in Bahrain has killed one police officer and wounded seven other people, including a child. The Interior Ministry described the explosion as a "terrorist blast." The wounded include four police officers, plus a married couple and their child. The ministry said the incident happened late Friday in the predominantly Shi'ite village of Karanah. Bahrain has seen frequent unrest since a Shi'ite-led uprising four years ago demanding greater political... (Full Story)
Obama: Alaskans Feel Signs of Climate Change
Saturday, August 29, 2015
U.S. President Barack Obama says Alaskans — residents of the vast and remote northwestern state that lies partially in the Arctic Circle — are already feeling the effects of climate change, as he prepares for a three-day visit to the state starting Monday. Obama said in his weekly address Saturday that Alaskans are experiencing bigger storm surges as sea ice melts, more frequent and extensive wildfires, deteriorating glaciers, and some of the swiftest shoreline erosion in the... (Full Story)
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