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Myanmar's Suu Kyi Urges Unity, Creates New Aid Committee

VOA - 12.10.2017

YANGON, MYANMAR — Myanmar's embattled leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, called for national unity Thursday and said she has created a committee that will coordinate all international and local assistance in ...

Harare Street Vendors Defy Mugabe

VOA - 12.10.2017

HARARE — Police in Zimbabwe assaulted and arrested street vendors Thursday as they defied an order from President Robert Mugabe to close up shop to make way for pedestrians and traffic.

Mystery Surrounding Ancient Easter Island People Deepens

VOA - 12.10.2017

The massive brooding stone figures peering from Easter Island's hillsides are emblematic of the enigmatic people who once thrived on the dot of land in the middle of the Pacific.

Dramatic Drop in Number of Migrants Crossing the Sahel to Europe

VOA - 12.10.2017

GENEVA — The International Organization for Migration says there has been a dramatic drop in the number of migrants from West Africa crossing the Sahel region into Niger, on their way to Europe.

Poll: Americans Blame Wild Weather on Global Warming

VOA - 12.10.2017

WASHINGTON — After hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria blitzed the nation, most Americans think weather disasters are getting more severe and see global warming's fingerprints.

Kosovo PM: Army Will be Created by Amending Constitution

VOA - 12.10.2017

PRISTINA, KOSOVO — Kosovo's prime minister has confirmed that the government will try to transform the nation's security forces into a regular army through constitutional changes to satisfy the ...

Law on minorities, Vangjel Dule expressed opinions against the government’s law

Ora news - 12.10.2017

The law for the protection of minorities was severely contested in parliament by the chairman of the Unity for Human Rights Party, Vangjel Dule. Mr Dule argued that this draft doesn’t bring any new ...

Debates in parliament, assembly speaker excluded DP mp Noka for 10 days

Ora news - 12.10.2017

Today’s plenary session was held amid debates between the majority and opposition’s members of parliament. Debates sparked immediately after the speech of former Prime Minister Sali Berisha, who ...

Electoral reform, European council: implement the recommendations

Ora news - 12.10.2017

The European Council has asked for dialogue and consensus for the realization of electoral reform. The Chief of the European Council’s office asked the political parties for the implementation of ...

Reform on public administration, state supreme audit conducted for period April-May 2017

Ora news - 12.10.2017

The Department of Public Administration is hindering the implementation of the reform of the administration. The Supreme State Audit has conducted an audit for the period April-May 2017 and it found ...

Former political persecuted, representatives ask for their compensation

Ora news - 12.10.2017

A group of the former politically persecuted have protested in front of the former politically persecuted institution’s door under the pretenses that they have not received compensation.

Small businesses in VAT, economic experts say the initiative will add costs

Ora news - 12.10.2017

The state administration does not have the necessary infrastructure to include small businesses in Value Added Tax. This concern was raised during a discussion between the Director of the Tax ...

Families Fleeing Syria's Raqqa Say Airstrikes Bring Heavy Toll

VOA - 12.10.2017

RAQQA, SYRIA — Air raids by U.S. coalition warplanes have intensified in recent days as Kurdish and Arab militias seek to drive surrounded Islamic State militants from their last strongholds in ...

Trump Warns Hurricane-Devastated Puerto Rico of Limits to Federal Aid

VOA - 12.10.2017

U.S. President Donald Trump warned Puerto Rico on Twitter Thursday that federal aid to the hurricane-devastated U.S. territory will not be provided indefinitely. "..

Facebook Chief Absolutely' Supports Releasing Russia-linked Advertisements

VOA - 12.10.2017

Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg said Thursday she "absolutely" supports the public release of all advertisements produced by a Russia-linked organization during the 2016 presidential ...

Wedding Festival Is Boon for Moroccan Village

VOA - 12.10.2017

IMILCHIL, MOROCCO — What started as an annual marriage festival has become an economic boon for a tiny Berber village tucked into the foothills of Morocco's Atlas Mountains.

World Cup Bribery Case Opened Against PSG President, Valcke

VOA - 12.10.2017

GENEVA — The Qatari president of one of Europe's most glamorous soccer clubs, Paris Saint-Germain, is under investigation by Swiss prosecutors for suspected bribery of a top FIFA executive to get ...

Mandela Exhibit Opens at Clinton Library in Little Rock

VOA - 12.10.2017

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. — Photographs commissioned by the Nelson Mandela Foundation along with a re-creation of the former South African president's prison cell and memorabilia from former President Bill ...

Trump Signs Order for Health Care Law Changes

VOA - 12.10.2017

U.S. President Donald Trump, frustrated by congressional failures to overhaul national health care policies, on Thursday signed an executive order aimed at making lower-cost, reduced-benefit health ...

WHO Urges Action to Stop Animal TB, Its Spread to Humans

VOA - 12.10.2017

GENEVA — The World Health Organization (WHO) is urging action to stop the spread of tuberculosis from animals to humans. The health agency warns zoonotic TB, as it is called, infects about 150,000 ...

Berlin Probe: Christmas Market Attacker Could Have Been Thwarted

VOA - 12.10.2017

BERLIN — The Tunisian man who carried out last year's deadly truck rampage at a Christmas market in Berlin could have been detained and possibly deported months before the attack, a special ...

Mexico's Largest State Rocked by Slayings of Women

VOA - 12.10.2017

VILLA CUAUHTEMOC, MEXICO — Just like any other day, Dr. Jessica Sevilla Pedraza went to work at the hospital that morning, came home for a quick lunch and then left again.

Migrant Deaths in The Sahara Likely Twice Mediterranean Toll: UN

VOA - 12.10.2017

GENEVA — West African migrants trying to reach Europe are dying in far greater numbers in the Sahara than in the Mediterranean but efforts to dissuade them may cause new routes to open up, the United ...

Paris Hopes to Ban Gas-powered Cars in City by 2030

VOA - 12.10.2017

PARIS — In the future, the noise of car engines revving around the streets of Paris might become just a memory. In its latest initiative to reduce air pollution, Paris City Hall wants ...

Justice Department Sets Deadline for Sanctuary Cities

VOA - 12.10.2017

Pakistan's military has rescued a U.S.-Canadian family from a tribal region bordering Afghanistan, nearly five years after they were abducted by the Afghan Taliban U.S.

US Announces UNESCO Pullout Amid Palestinian Tensions

VOA - 12.10.2017

PARIS — The United States is pulling out of UNESCO, after repeated criticism of resolutions by the U.N. cultural agency that Washington sees as anti-Israel. While the U.S.

Cambodia's Fledgling Democracy in Question

VOA - 12.10.2017

PHNOM PENH — As Cambodia’s ruling party prepares to dissolve the main opposition party and pass legislation that will hand their formidable bloc of seats largely to a notoriously corrupt third party, ...

Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines Launch Joint Air Patrols

VOA - 12.10.2017

KUALA LUMPUR — Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines began coordinated air patrols Thursday to intensify their fight against Islamic militants who have laid siege to a southern Philippine city.

EU Says Little Progress Made in Brexit Talks With Britain

VOA - 12.10.2017

BRUSSELS — The European Union's Brexit negotiator said Thursday that that little progress was made with the U.K. in a fifth round of talks on the country's departure from the EU in 2019, and that he ...

Experts Urge Close German-US Relations Despite Trump

VOA - 12.10.2017

BERLIN — Several prominent German foreign policy experts on Thursday urged the incoming German government not to turn away from the United States despite U.S.

Myanmar Envoy Denies Genocide Against Rohingya Muslims

VOA - 12.10.2017

Myanmar's ambassador to Japan said Thursday there is no ethnic cleansing or genocide of Rohingya Muslims in his country despite violence that has led a half million of them to flee the country.

Spain's Prime Minister Issues Warning, Ultimatum to Catalonia

VOA - 12.10.2017

Spain is holding its annual national day celebration Thursday under the cloud of the country's biggest political crisis since a failed coup four decades ago.

Gorbachev Wants Trump-Putin Summit to Save Arms Pact

VOA - 12.10.2017

MOSCOW — Mikhail Gorbachev, the last Soviet leader, said on Thursday a landmark arms control treaty that helped end the Cold War was in peril and called for a summit between U.S.

Kenya Bans Protests in Large City Centers

VOA - 12.10.2017

Kenya’s Interior Minister Fred Matiang’i announced Thursday that demonstrations will be banned in the central business districts of Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu, while noting that peaceful ...

Long Agenda Awaits Next Jakarta Governor After High-Stakes Campaign

VOA - 12.10.2017

JAKARTA, INDONESIA — Anies Baswedan and Sandiaga Uno will be sworn in on Monday as governor and deputy governor, respectively, of Jakarta, nearly six months after they won a contentious election in a ...

House Ready to Pass $36.5 Billion in Hurricane, Fire Aid

VOA - 12.10.2017

WASHINGTON — The House is on track to back President Donald Trump’s request for billions more in disaster aid, $16 billion to pay flood insurance claims and emergency funding to help the ...

Trump Turns to Executive Order to Lower Health Insurance Costs

VOA - 12.10.2017

WASHINGTON — Frustrated by failures in Congress, President Donald Trump will try to put his own stamp on health care with an executive order Thursday that aims to make lower-premium plans more widely ...

South Korea Businessmen Protest Over Kaesong

VOA - 12.10.2017

SEOUL — South Korean companies that were forced to shut down operations in the Kaesong Industrial Complex in North Korea in 2016 have petitioned the government in Seoul to investigate reports that ...

Malaysian Officer Testifies 4 More Suspected in Kim Plot

VOA - 12.10.2017

SHAH ALAM, MALAYSIA — A Malaysian police officer testified Thursday that the two women on trial for the murder of the estranged half brother of North Korea’s leader were seen on airport security ...

Report: Waymo Demands at Least $1 Billion to Settle Uber Suit

VOA - 12.10.2017

SAN FRANCISCO — Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo sought at least $1 billion in damages and a public apology from Uber Technologies Inc as conditions for settling its high-profile trade secret lawsuit against ...

Evergrande Property Magnate Seizes Top Spot On China Rich List

VOA - 12.10.2017

SHANGHAI — China has a new richest man, according to the annual Hurun rich list of the country's top movers and shakers. Xu Jiayin, the chairman of developer China Evergrande Group, has seized top ...

Army Chief to US Ambassador: Rohingya Not Native to Myanmar

VOA - 12.10.2017

YANGON, MYANMAR — Rohingya Muslims are not native to Myanmar, the army chief told the U.S. ambassador in a meeting in which he apparently did not address accusations of abuses by his men and said ...

Odd Mix of Industry, Environmentalists Fight Trump Coal, Nuclear Plan

VOA - 12.10.2017

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration says coal is back and nuclear energy is cool. Not at the expense of natural gas, wind and solar, insists an unusual coalition of business and environmental ...

In Brexit Poker, Clock Narrows Transition Options

VOA - 12.10.2017

BRUSSELS — Nerves are fraying in the Brexit talks, negotiators are trying to work out if the other side is bluffing about walking away, and a ticking clock is fast narrowing British options come ...

Some US Officials See Little Downside to Decertifying Iran Nuclear Deal

VOA - 12.10.2017

WASHINGTON — Iran may well make good on some of its threats to lash out at American interests and targets, should U.S. President Donald Trump move forward with decertifying the landmark 2015 Iran ...

Thailand Prepares to Say Farewell to ‘The People’s King’

VOA - 12.10.2017

BANGKOK — Thailand is putting the finishing touches this month to a lavish five-day funeral ceremony in a final goodbye to its late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who helped shape the Southeast Asian ...

Northern California Wildfires, Calls to Evacuate Grow

VOA - 12.10.2017

PENNGROVE, CALIFORNIA — Northern California’s raging wildfires continued to spread Wednesday, fanned by stiff winds that forced new evacuations in a widening circle of damage.

Merit-based Versus Family-based Immigration Explained

VOA - 12.10.2017

WASHINGTON — When President Donald Trump’s administration released an immigration policy wish list Sunday, it included a complete revamping of the U.S. immigration system.

Europe Scrambles to Save Iran Nuclear Deal

VOA - 12.10.2017

BERLIN/PARIS — European countries are scrambling to cobble together a package of measures they hope will keep the Iran nuclear deal on track if U.S. President Donald Trump ignores their pleas and ...

From Thin Air to Stone - Greenhouse Gas Test Starts in Iceland

VOA - 12.10.2017

OSLO — A Swiss company will start to extract carbon dioxide from thin air in Iceland on Thursday, seeking to transform the gas into rock far below ground in a first test of a costly technology meant ...