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House Panel: No Wrongdoing by US Military, CIA on Benghazi
A new congressional report concludes there was no wrongdoing by the U.S. military and the CIA in the response to the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012. The attack by Islamic extremists killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. President Barack Obama's Republican critics allege the White House and State Department lied about the incident and ordered a CIA rescue team not to go into action. The latest report by the House... | 22-Nov-2014 23:28

Kenya bus gunmen 'want religious war'
The slaughter of 28 people on a bus in Kenya is an attempt to start a religious war, an adviser to President Uhuru Kenyatta tells the BBC. | 22-Nov-2014 23:14

Myanmar Military Chief Denies Presidency Ban Targets Aung San Suu Kyi
The military chief of Myanmar, also known as Burma, has told VOA the constitutional clause barring opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from becoming president is not aimed at her in particular. In an exclusive interview with VOA's Burmese Service, General Min Aung Hlaing said the limitation closing off the presidency to anyone with a spouse or children who are foreign citizens is "a national issue." He said it reflects lingering immigration problems in Myanmar due to the... | 22-Nov-2014 23:08

France Struggles to Understand Converts to Radical Islam
In the Normandy town where he grew up, Maxime Hauchard was known as a nice young man who liked movies and tinkering with motorbikes. He converted to Islam, but apart from that, nobody remembers anything remarkable about him. Hauchard's Facebook page tells another story. It shows the 22-year-old Frenchman dressed in combat clothes and posing with a weapon. By this time he's in Syria — a member of the Islamic State group that has carried out a brutal campaign of torture and... | 22-Nov-2014 21:19

Islamic State Kills at Least 25 Iraqi Tribesmen
Islamic State militants reportedly have killed at least 25 members of a Sunni Muslim tribe in a village on the eastern edge of the provincial capital Ramadi, in apparent revenge for tribal opposition to the radical Islamists. Local officials said bodies of Albu Fahd tribemen were discovered by the Iraqi army when it launched a counteroffensive Saturday against Islamic State near Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province. "While they were combing the territories they are liberating,... | 22-Nov-2014 20:19

Hong Kong Protests at a Crossroads
New public opinion polls in Hong Kong indicate declining support for pro-democracy demonstrations after weeks of street protests. VOA’s Bill Ide in Guangzhou and Pros Laput in Hong Kong spoke with protesters and observers about whether demonstrators have been too aggressive in pushing for change. | 22-Nov-2014 19:28

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