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Mattis Makes Surprise Visit to Afghanistan Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

VOA News: US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis is in Afghanistan on an unannounced visit April 24 to discuss the country's security situation with political and military leaders. VOA Pentagon correspondent Carla Babb reports from Kabul. (A version of this news appears in website of Voice Of..

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US and China Intensify Pressure on North Korea

VOA News: Tensions are again flaring up between the United States and North Korea as concerns grow that the communist state will celebrate another important national holiday with a nuclear test or an intercontinental ballistic missile.  On the eve of the 85th anniversary of the founding of..

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UN Condemns Ongoing Torture of Detainees in Afghanistan

VOA News: A new U.N. report finds torture continues to be widespread in Afghan detention centers, despite the government’s stated commitment to eliminate the practice. The report is being jointly issued by the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan and the U.N. Human Rights Office. The..

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Afghan Defense, Army Chiefs Resign Over Deadly Attack

VOA News: Afghanistan’s defense minister and military chief have both resigned following Friday’s deadliest ever attack on a major army base that killed at least 140 soldiers and wounded many more.  The Taliban claimed responsibility for the raid on the Afghan National Army’s 209th..

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US Senators to Receive Rare Briefing on North Korea

VOA News: Top officials in the Trump administration will hold a rare classified briefing at the White House for the entire U.S. Senate on the situation in North Korea. Officials say the briefing Wednesday will be conducted by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson,..

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Nepali migrant worker dies in Qatar Monday, April 17th, 2017

MAHOTTARI: A Nepali migrant worker reportedly died in Qatar last night. Ram Sharan Mandal (40) of Jaleshwor Municipality-7, Mahottari who went to his bed after having dinner last night was found dead this morning, according to the family source. His elder brother Siya Sharan Mandal, who is also..

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16 Gets Killed As Overnight Air Strikes Hit-On Syrian Prison Sunday, March 26th, 2017

BEIRUT, (AFP): At least 16 people were killed overnight in air strikes on a prison in the rebel-held city of Idlib in northwest Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said Saturday. It said the dead included prisoners and prison guards, but did not have an immediate breakdown of..

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The Middle East for Dummies Friday, March 24th, 2017

The first point I'd like to touch on is the idea that the Middle East is a culturally violent place that can be made less violent by bombing it. The first problem with this is that bombing places makes them more violent, not less. Nobody is shocked or awed into nonviolence, not 14 years ago and not..

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Nepali youth bearing brunt in Saudi jail Friday, March 17th, 2017

ILAM: A youth of Mai municipality in Ilam district has been serving a painful jail life in Saudi Arab for the past 11 months. Prem Bahadur Rai, 29, a local of Danabari of Mai municipality, has urged the government to take necessary initiative to save his life for he was not guilty. His brother,..

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