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IOC Hits Back Against Criticism by US Anti-Doping Chief

(VOA): The International Olympic Committee hit back Thursday at the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) after its chief accused the IOC of failing to hold Russia accountable for doping in sports. In a rebuke directed at USADA CEO Travis Tygart, the IOC chastised the US over its struggles in tackling..

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Demaci, 'Kosovo's Mandela,' Dies at 82

(VOA): Adem Demaci, a former long-term political prisoner known to ethnic Albanians as the "Mandela of Kosovo" for his resistance to Serb rule, died  Thursday at age 82, officials said. Demaci spent 28 years in Serb jails during Yugoslav times and was considered a symbol for Kosovo's..

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Former Macron Security Aide Claims He Was Trying to Help Police Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

(VOA): A former senior security aide for French President Emmanuel Macron is insisting he was trying to help police when he was caught on video assaulting a protester at a May Day demonstration. The outcry sparked by the video is the most damaging scandal to hit Macron since he took office last..

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Turkey's Economy Faces Test as Erdogan's Powers Expand

(VOA): International investors are looking to Tuesday's meeting of the Turkish central bank as a critical test of whether the bank can remain independent of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, his increasing powers, and what some criticize as his Islamist agenda. The Turkish currency has fallen..

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Soccer Star Quits German National Team, Citing Racism

(VOA): German soccer star Mesut Ozil announced Sunday he would no longer be playing for his country's national soccer team.  In a letter posted on Twitter Sunday, the 29-year-old midfielder — who is Muslim and of Turkish heritage — cited racism from members of the German media and..

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Wildfires in Greece Kill More Than 70

(VOA): Fire officials in Greece said Tuesday at least 74 people have been killed and more than 140 injured in wildfires raging through resort towns near the country's capital. Regional authorities have declared a state of emergency in areas east and west of Athens and deployed the army to..

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Trump Defends Putin Summit as Poll Shows High Disapproval

(VOA): President Donald Trump continues to defend his recent summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Trump said Monday that he gave up nothing to Putin in their meeting last week. But the president’s performance got a negative review in the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll, which found..

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Former Trump Aide Bannon Sets Up Group to Undermine EU

(VOA): Former Donald Trump political strategist Steve Bannon and a top associate have created a Brussels-based political organization intended to undermine, and ultimately paralyze, the European Union, Bannon and the associate told Reuters. In an interview and email conversations, Bannon and..

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Russia Detains 6 Prison Guards Over Torture Video

(VOA): Russian investigators said Monday they had detained six prison guards over a video showing officers brutally beating an inmate which was leaked to an independent newspaper. The group of prison service employees, "acting deliberately, clearly exceeding their official powers, used violence..

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BRICS First? Nations Meet Amid Changing World Order

(VOA): China, the wealthiest member of the bloc of nations known as BRICS, is looking to further improve its international position as the group holds its annual summit in South Africa this week. President Xi Jinping made a state visit to summit host South Africa a day before the start of the..

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Russian Spies Hide in Plain Sight

(VOA): In the pre-Internet era, spies faced more challenges than now when trying to infiltrate Western political circles in order to gather information, identify potential recruits, enlist the assistance of sympathizers and mount active operations, like meddling in a foreign country’s..

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No Welcome Mat for Putin From US Congress

(VOA): Russian President Vladimir Putin, accused of interfering in U.S. elections, will not be invited to address Congress or visit the Capitol if he accepts President Donald Trump's invitation to come to Washington, Republican congressional leaders said on Tuesday. The comments by House of..

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Europe on a Geopolitical Fault Line Tuesday, November 12th, 2019

Two months ago, in his address to the United Nations General Assembly, UN Secretary-General António Guterres expressed his fear that a “Great Fracture” could split..