• The victims were mostly Shi'ite muslims, in what appears to be a bid to set off further sectarian warfare.

    VOA: standard.2009.04.25

  • As the tournament was kicking off, thousands of football fans turned out in Johannesburg to bid an emotional farewell to Ghana's national team.

    VOA: standard.2010.07.05

  • He campaigned to bring the Olympic Games to Madrid in 2012 and 2016 - but both times the Spanish capital lost its bid.

    VOA: standard.2010.04.21

  • The biggest scandal came in 1998 when IOC members were accused of taking bribes during Utah's bid to secure the 2002 Winter Games.

    VOA: standard.2010.04.21

  • In New Jersey, Democratic Governor Jon Corzine was rejected in his bid for a second term,losing to Republican Christopher Christie, a former federal prosecutor.

    VOA: standard.2009.11.03

  • United Nations,Israeli, and Lebanese commanders met in South Lebanon in a bid to ease tensions, following the deadliest border clash in four years on Tuesday.

    VOA: standard.2010.08.05

  • Nigeria plans to offer inhabitants of the Niger Delta an extra 10 percent in oil and gas revenues in a bid to end the rebellion.

    VOA: standard.2009.12.21

  • Turkey's bid to join the European Union hinges on a peace deal in Cyprus.

    VOA: standard.2009.09.05

  • Jordaan and other officials met during the 1994 World Cup in the United States and decided to bid on hosting the next available World Cup, in 2006.

    VOA: standard.2010.06.07

  • Oil has not been sighted at the research farm yet. A few weeks after the spill, BP placed booms around it, in a bid to protect the facility.

    VOA: standard.2010.07.13

  • Treasury chief Timothy Geithner is discussing European measures to stabilize the ailing euro currency in a bid to reassure markets the crisis will not spread throughout the eurozone.

    VOA: standard.2010.05.26

  • Saberi's father Reza, who is visiting Tehran with his wife Akiko, in a bid to win her release,sounded pleased that his daughter finally agreed to end her hunger strike.

    VOA: standard.2009.05.06

  • Iran is played host to a high-profile summit of two key war-torn neighbors, Pakistan and Afghanistan, in a bid to put an end to conflicts that rage along its borders.

    VOA: standard.2009.05.24

  • (NO TRANSCRIPTS) In 2008,Kennedy saw an agent of change in Senator Barack Obama and became one of the first prominent Democrats to endorse Obama's bid for the party's nomination for president.

    VOA: standard.2009.08.26

  • Sounds of heavy and light machine gun fire rattled Maiduguri as Nigeria's army pounded suspected hideouts of the Islamic rebels in a bid to flush out remnants of the militant Boko Haram sect.

    VOA: standard.2009.07.30

  • People have crowded onto trains, buses and ferries in a bid to carry out their travel plans - and cab companies say they are being paid thousands of dollars to ferry people across Europe by car.

    VOA: standard.2010.04.17

  • Some of the local residents in Searchlight did not like the fact that outsiders had come in to target Senator Reid, who faces a difficult re-election bid this year, in part,because of his work in guiding the divisive health care reform bill through Congress.

    VOA: standard.2010.03.28

  • Observers say with the current reunification talks not only being seen as the best hope for reunification in decades as well as carrying the hopes of Turkey's EU bid, whoever wins this weekend's election in Turkish Cyprus will be aware there are powerful forces behind the continuation of those talks.

    VOA: standard.2010.04.15

  • "The draft resolution is nothing more than a document of political conspiracy of hostile forces, to put the veil of a unanimous message of the international community on the U.S.-led human rights campaign against the DPRK in a bid to deny and obliterate the state and social system of the Democratic Peoples' Republic of Korea,"

    VOA: standard.2009.11.20

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