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EU hails Mali’s second round poll

BAMAKO, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) — Mali’s second round of presidential election has some faults but they are not applicable to challenge the regularity and the sincerity of the vote, declared Louis Michel, head of the European Union’s electoral observation mission in Mali at the end of the vote on Sunday evening. “The one who will be elected will be elected ...

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In Mali’s Election, Dashes of Optimism and Realism

BAMAKO, Mali — In rain and mud, voters in Mali trickled into darkened polling stations on Sunday, hoping a vote for president will pull their country out of one West Africa’s deepest government collapses since the colonial era. Related In Mali, a Race Between a Former Finance Minister and a Pro-French Favorite (August 3, 2013) Connect With Us on Twitter ...

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Mexican President Invites Foreign Investment in Energy

MEXICO CITY — President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico on Monday, pushing one of the most sweeping economic overhauls in Mexico in the past two decades, proposed opening his country’s historically closed energy industry to foreign investment. Enlarge This Image Eduardo Verdugo/Associated Press President Enrique Peña Nieto’s plan would rewrite two amendments to the Constitution and challenges Mexico’s sovereignty over ...

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A Malaria Vaccine Works, With Limits

A new type of malaria vaccine gave 100 percent protection against infection to a small number of volunteers in recent tests — but under conditions that would be nearly impossible to reproduce in the countries where most malaria victims live. Related Health Guide: Malaria The vaccine, made by Sanaria, a Maryland company, protected six volunteers who each got five doses ...

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Malians await outcome of crucial presidential run-off

Vote counting is underway in the second and final round of the Malian presidential election. Malians hope it will unlock foreign aid and put their country back on the road to recovery and democratic governance. Malians went to the polls in a run-off election on Sunday, casting their ballots for the second time in two weeks. The first vote had ...

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Veterans receive medals from South Korea

VANCOUVER, Wash. — Sacrifices made six decades ago were rewarded Sunday when Korean War veterans were presented “Ambassador for Peace” medals from the South Korean government. An estimated 550 people watched as 130 vets were presented their medals at the Korean Society of Vancouver event in the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Sifton. The occasion was called Korean Liberation Day ...

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Defence announces end to combat duties in Afghanistan

Australia’s elite special forces will help train Afghan counterparts next year but will not carry out raids against the Taliban – effectively bringing to an end Australian combat…

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European Commission Funds Life-Saving Food For DRC Refugees Arriving In Uganda (UN – United Nations)

(Source: UN – United Nations) KAMPALA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Uganda today welcomed a contribution of nearly US$2.6 million (€2 million) from the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO) to support newly-arrived refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This latest contribution from the European Commission will help WFP assist Congolese ...

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Egypt crisis: Al-Azhar proposes reconciliation talks

The Grand Imam of al-Azhar, Egypt’s top Islamic institution, has begun inviting different political forces to talks on ending the country’s political crisis. Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayyib hopes to oversee a national reconciliation meeting. Over the past three days, numbers have swelled at two protest camps where people are demanding the reinstatement of ousted President Mohammed Morsi. The military-backed interim government ...

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