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Cameroon's Escalating Conflict Triggers Alarm at UN

(VOA): The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, is seeking access to Cameroon to verify what he says are alarming reports of horrific abuse by separatist and government forces in the country's English-speaking Northwest and Southwest regions. The U.N. human..

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Adem Demaci, the 'Mandela of Kosovo,' Dies at 82

(VOA): Kosovo's president Hashim Thaci has ordered three days of official mourning for Adem Demaci, the human rights fighter known for his strong resistance to Serbian rule. Demaci died Thursday of what was called natural causes. He was 82. Parliament halted its debates and held a moment of..

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Russia Calls Woman Held in US as Agent 'Political Prisoner' Friday, July 27th, 2018

(VOA): Russia's Foreign Ministry says a woman who was detained in the United States on charges of being a Russian agent is a political prisoner and must be released promptly.   The Russian government previously objected to Maria Butina's arrest this month, but its characterization of..

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Polls Point to Anti-EU Surge in European Parliament

(VOA): Euroskeptic parties could expand their strength in the European Parliament by over 60 percent at elections next May, adding pressure on EU leaders pressing for deeper integration after Brexit, a survey by Reuters of national opinion polls suggests. The snapshot of polls, conducted by a..

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Romania Minister Apologizes Over Auschwitz Gaffe

(VOA): A Romanian minister apologized Thursday for having compared the incineration of dead pigs infected with African-swine-fever to the Auschwitz concentration camp. "I respect all the members of the Jewish community and clarify that I only wished to describe the difficult situation facing..

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Britain Sizzles as Near-Record Heatwave Peaks

(VOA): Britain is bracing for possible record-breaking heat, as lawmakers warn that hot weather-related deaths could spike in the future if authorities don't act to prepare for more regular heatwaves.   Weather-watchers at the Met Office said temperatures could peak Friday to smash an..

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Arson Suspected in Deadly Greece Wildfires

(VOA): Greek authorities suspect arson may have been the cause of this week's devastating wildfires that killed at least 82 people and left an unknown number missing. "We have serious indications and significant findings of criminal activity," Public Order Minister Nikos Toskas said..

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Heat Wave, Wildfires Sweep Over Europe

(VOA): Europeans are coping with scorching heat, with temperatures rising still Thursday and Friday. Deadly fires have devastated coastal villages in Greece and claimed more than 80 lives. Even northern countries such as Sweden and Latvia are fighting forest fires. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports..

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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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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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Russia Detains 6 Prison Guards Over Torture Video Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

(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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