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Nuclear Deal 'Not Negotiable,' Iran Tells France

VOA - 12.11.2017

TEHRAN, IRAN — Iran's nuclear deal is "not negotiable," Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bassam Ghassemi said Saturday in response to remarks by the French president.

Lebanon Asks Saudi Arabia for Explanation on PM's Absence

VOA - 12.11.2017

Lebanon's president urged Saudi Arabia on Saturday to explain why Saad Hariri had not returned to Beirut since his surprise resignation as prime minister a week ago.

Venezuela's Misery Could Worsen With Debt Default

VOA - 12.11.2017

CARACAS, VENEZUELA — Luber Faneitte has lung cancer but there's no medicine to treat it. She cannot make ends meet. Crime is rampant in her neighborhood.

Bots Battle for Ball, and Globe, in Robot Olympiad

VOA - 12.11.2017

SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA — The World Robotics Olympiad, being held in Costa Rica this weekend, shows human athletes still have little to worry about: Sweat and glory do not compute well when relegated to ...

Cambodian Netizens Face New Risks as Government Tightens Online Controls

VOA - 12.11.2017

WASHINGTON — In Cambodia, one of Asia’s poorest countries, the rapid improvement in internet connectivity and availability of affordable smartphones has been a great leveler.

Legionnaires Sickens 12 in California, Including 9 at Disneyland

VOA - 12.11.2017

LOS ANGELES — Disneyland has shut down and decontaminated two cooling towers following an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease that sickened 12 people, nine of them guests or employees at the theme park ...

Mullah Mansoor’s Pakistani Passport, a Sign of Corruption or Complicity?

VOA - 12.11.2017

WASHINGTON — Pakistan’s Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal recently responded to an inquiry from parliament’s upper house on how slain Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansoor was able to get a ...

Texas Town Holds First Burials After Church Massacre

VOA - 12.11.2017

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, TEXAS — The tiny Texas town reeling from a gun massacre that killed 26 churchgoers buried the first of the victims on Saturday, in a remote cemetery where a series of funerals is ...

Xi Tells Duterte China Will Work to Safeguard South China Sea Peace

VOA - 12.11.2017

DANANG, VIETNAM — China will work with Southeast Asian countries to safeguard peace in the South China Sea, President Xi Jinping said on Saturday in a meeting with Philippine President Rodrigo ...

Trump Takes on Putin Critics, Kim on Twitter

VOA - 12.11.2017

BANGKOK — After more than a week of carefully crafted messages about his trip to Asia, U.S. President Donald Trump has again launched a tweet storm aimed at his critics at home and abroad.

Trump Touts Benefits of Trade with Vietnam

VOA - 12.11.2017

HANOI, VIETNAM — U.S. President Donald Trump says he is seeking two-way trade with Vietnam that will benefit both countries. After meeting in Hanoi Sunday with Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang, ...

Confirmation Slows for Nominee to Serve As Top CIA Watchdog

VOA - 12.11.2017

WASHINGTON — Two former CIA employees are accusing the Trump administration's choice for CIA chief watchdog of being less than candid when he told Congress he didn't know about any active ...

West Virginia Mine Sites Touted for Agriculture Potential

VOA - 12.11.2017

TAMARACK, W.VA. — West Virginia could produce profitable niche crops grown on reclaimed mine sites. At least that’s what Nathan Hall, president of Reclaim Appalachia envisions.

Exhibition Details Indigenous Massacres in Australia

VOA - 12.11.2017

SYDNEY — For the first time, a museum in Australia is telling the stories of the massacres by colonists of indigenous people from an Aboriginal perspective.

How a Herdsman Became the Jihadist Who Killed US Soldiers in Niger

VOA - 12.11.2017

NIAMEY/NAIROBI — When Doundou Chefou first took up arms as a youth a decade ago, it was for the same reason as many other ethnic Fulani herders along the Niger-Mali border: to protect his livestock.

Rajoy Visits Catalonia, First Time Since Imposed Rule

VOA - 12.11.2017

In his first visit to Catalonia since imposing direct rule, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy called for a strong turnout in the December 21 Catalan elections.

Pair, Linked by Face Transplant, Finally Meet

VOA - 12.11.2017

ROCHESTER, MINN. — Standing in a stately Mayo Clinic library, Lilly Ross reached out and touched the face of a stranger, prodding the rosy cheeks and eyeing the hairless gap in a chin she once had ...

Slovenia President, Ex-comic Vie in Election Runoff

VOA - 12.11.2017

BLED, SLOVENIA — Voters in Slovenia cast ballots Sunday in a presidential runoff, with President Borut Pahor’s bid for re-election facing a tough challenge from an ex-comedian who’s now the mayor of ...

Dubai Air Show Opens With Emirates’ $15.1B Boeing Buy

VOA - 12.11.2017

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES — The biennial Dubai Air Show opened Sunday with hometown long-haul carrier Emirates making a $15.1 billion buy of Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners, as the world’s biggest ...

Rohingya Refugee Finds Identity Helping Others Resettle

VOA - 12.11.2017

FORT WAYNE, INDIANA — For most of his life, Hamidul Hassan says he has struggled to find an identity. As a Muslim Rohingya living in Myanmar, he had no passport, lacked the freedom to worship his ...

Trump in Manila for ASEAN Summits

VOA - 12.11.2017

MANILA — U.S. President Donald Trump landed in Manila Sunday for summits with eager but suspicious Southeast Asian leaders. Trump’s Air Force One reached Manila shortly before 6 p.m.

Southeast Asia Look for Outside Allies Amid Internal Struggles

VOA - 12.11.2017

MANILA, PHILLINES — Senior officials from 10 Southeast Asian countries, including some of the world’s fastest-growing, expect joint progress at summits in the Philippines this week on trade, ...

Turkey Denies Report of Plan to Kidnap Cleric Gulen from US

VOA - 12.11.2017

ISTANBUL — Turkey on Sunday dismissed as "ludicrous and groundless" a report that Turkish officials may have discussed kidnapping a U.S.-based Muslim cleric in exchange for millions of dollars.

Hundreds Join Pride March in India, Where Gay Sex Is Illegal

VOA - 12.11.2017

NEW DELHI, INDIA — Hundreds of gay rights activists and supporters, many wearing colorful costumes and holding balloons, marched through India's capital on Sunday in celebration but also defiance in ...

Israel Signals Free Hand in Syria as US, Russia Expand Truce

VOA - 12.11.2017

JERUSALEM — Israel signaled on Sunday that it would keep up military strikes across its frontier with Syria to prevent any encroachment by Iranian-allied forces, even as the United States and Russia ...

Kremlin: US to Blame for no Putin-Trump Bilateral Meeting in Vietnam

VOA - 12.11.2017

MOSCOW, RUSSIA — The Kremlin said on Sunday that inflexibility on the part of the United States was to blame for the lack of a bilateral meeting between Russia's President Vladimir Putin and U.S.

Opposition Asks Court to Force Disclosure of Zuma's Legal Costs

VOA - 12.11.2017

JOHANNESBURG — South Africa's main opposition party said on Sunday it had asked the High Court to force President Jacob Zuma to disclose how much the state has spent on legal fees to fight corruption ...

Support for Merkel's Conservatives Falls to 6-Year Low

VOA - 12.11.2017

BERLIN — Support for Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives has fallen to the lowest level in more than six years, according to a poll on Sunday, as they prepare for more talks on a coalition deal ...

UN Begins Evacuating Refugees From Libya to Niger

VOA - 12.11.2017

GENEVA — A group of vulnerable refugees from several African countries, who had been stuck in war-ravaged Libya, have been evacuated to Niger, the UN said Sunday.

Troops Withdraw From Ex-Army Chief's House in S.Sudan

VOA - 12.11.2017

JUBA — South Sudanese troops have withdrawn from around the residence of powerful former army chief Paul Malong, a week after a tense standoff over his bodyguards sparked fears of clashes in the ...

Trump Unlikely to Rebuke Duterte for Drug War Killings

VOA - 12.11.2017

MANILA, PHILLINES — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has sanctioned a bloody drug war that features extrajudicial killing. He called Barack Obama a "son of a whore.

In Florida, All Eyes on Puerto Rican Voters After Maria

VOA - 12.11.2017

MIAMI — The arrival of more than than 130,000 Puerto Ricans in Florida since Hurricane Maria has some officials anticipating a political shakeup in a battleground state dominated by the Republican ...

Chairman: House Won't Agree to Nix Property Tax Deduction

VOA - 12.11.2017

WASHINGTON — The chairman of the House's tax-writing committee said Sunday that he's confident that chamber won't go along with the Senate's proposal to eliminate the deduction for property taxes, ...

Controversial Da Vinci is New York Auction Season Star

VOA - 12.11.2017

What is the only Da Vinci painting on the open market worth? A Russian billionaire believes he was swindled when he bought it for $127.5 million. This week he'll find out if he was right.

Trump Criticized for Putin Meddling Comments

VOA - 12.11.2017

MANILA — Two former U.S. intelligence officials slammed President Trump Sunday for saying believes that Russian President Vladimir Putin "feels that he and Russia did not meddle" in the 2016 U.S.

Saudi Officials Deny Reports of King’s Abdication Plan

VOA - 12.11.2017

Saudi Arabia has denied reports that King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud is planning to relinquish the throne in favor of his son, Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.

Lebanon's PM Assures Country He Will Be Home 'Very Soon'

VOA - 12.11.2017

Lebanon's prime minister, Saad Hariri, assured the country Sunday he will come home "very soon" from Saudi Arabia, where he announced his stunning resignation last November 4.

Somali-Canadian Community Discusses Causes Behind Rise in Youth Gang Activity

VOA - 12.11.2017

The Somali community that settled in Canada says poverty and a lack of access to jobs and academic opportunities are some of the factors behind deadly gang violence that has taken a toll on its youth.

Moore Defiant as GOP Sees Alabama Senate Seat at Risk

VOA - 11.11.2017

MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA — His party suddenly and bitingly divided, Alabama Republican Roy Moore emphatically rejected increasing pressure to abandon his Senate bid on Friday as fears grew among GOP ...

Pope Urges Nations Not to Stockpile Nuclear Weapons, Even for Deterrence

VOA - 11.11.2017

Pope Francis on Friday urged countries not to stockpile nuclear weapons, even for the purpose of deterrence. During a Vatican conference aimed at gathering support for nuclear disarmament, Francis ...

Texas Church Congregants Say They Feared Gunman

VOA - 11.11.2017

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, TEXAS — Longtime congregants at the small-town Texas church where a gunman's rampage left more than two dozen dead say they were afraid of the attacker.

Thousands Protest Austerity Measures in Brazil

VOA - 11.11.2017

SAO PAULO — Several thousand Brazilians demonstrated on Friday as part of a day of national mobilization against government austerity measures, including a labor law that will soon come into effect.

US Soccer Star Solo Accuses ex-FIFA President of Sexual Assault

VOA - 11.11.2017

LISBON, PORTUGAL — U.S. women's soccer star Hope Solo on Friday accused Sepp Blatter of sexual assault, claiming the disgraced former FIFA president groped her backside at the 2013 Ballon d'Or ...

Report: Mueller Probing Alleged Flynn Plan to Deliver Cleric to Turkey

VOA - 11.11.2017

WASHINGTON — Special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating whether U.S. President Donald Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, was involved in an alleged plan to seize a Muslim ...

Murdoch Reportedly Twice Discussed CNN With AT&T CEO

VOA - 11.11.2017

NEW YORK — Rupert Murdoch telephoned AT&T Inc. Chief Executive Randall Stephenson twice in the last six months and talked about cable network CNN, sources briefed on the matter told Reuters on Friday.

UK Panel Rules Uber Drivers Have Rights on Wages, Time Off

VOA - 11.11.2017

LONDON — Uber lost the latest round in the battle over its operating model Friday, when a British panel ruled that the company's drivers are workers, not independent contractors.

Analysts: Rise in Taliban Attacks Linked to Trump Policy, Negotiation Tactic

VOA - 11.11.2017

WASHINGTON — A series of terrorist attacks across Afghanistan in recent weeks killed or injured hundreds of people, sparking concerns about the deteriorating security situation in the country.

Report: US Marine Killed in Niger Found With Head Wound, Arms Bound

VOA - 11.11.2017

The Washington Post is reporting that the body of 25-year-old La David Johnson, one of the four U.S. servicemen killed last month in Niger by militants, was found with arms bound, apparently ...

UN Security Council to Discuss Venezuela Crisis

VOA - 11.11.2017

U.N. officials say the United States and Italy have organized an informal U.N. Security Council meeting on Venezuela aimed at preventing the crisis in that country from turning into a security threat.

US, South Korea Begin Drills in Warning to the North

VOA - 11.11.2017

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA — The United States and South Korea started joint naval exercises Saturday that will involve three U.S. aircraft carriers in what military officials describe as a clear warning to ...

Pacific Rim Countries Reach New Trade Deal Without US

VOA - 11.11.2017

DANANG, VIETNAM — Trade ministers from the remaining 11 countries of the expansive Pacific Rim trade pact abandoned by U.S. President Donald Trump reached a deal early Saturday to salvage the ...

Pneumonic Plague in Madagascar Continues to Decline

VOA - 11.11.2017

GENEVA — Pneumonic plague continues to decline in Madagascar, according to the World Health Organization, whose latest figures put the number of suspected cases at 1,947, including 143 deaths.

UN Survey: A Third of Rohingya Refugees Vulnerable, Need Special Assistance

VOA - 11.11.2017

GENEVA — The U.N. says more than 611,000 Rohingya refugees have arrived in Bangladesh from Myanmar since Aug. 25. In a survey of more than 500,000 of them, the refugee agency found that one-third are ...

Trump, Putin Issue Joint Statement on Syrian Conflict

VOA - 11.11.2017

DANANG, VIETNAM — The presidents of the U.S. and Russia have approved a joint statement on Syria, agreeing that “there is no military solution to the conflict.

Hariri Resignation Sends Lebanon’s Economy Back Into Crisis

VOA - 11.11.2017

BEIRUT — Just when things were starting to look up for Lebanon’s economy, a new political crisis threatens to send it crashing down again. Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s abrupt resignation Nov.

Turnbull Majority Loses Another Member to Dual Citizenship

VOA - 11.11.2017

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA — Another Australian lawmaker announced his resignation Saturday over a constitutional ban on dual citizens sitting in Parliament, triggering a second by-election that could cost ...

Melania Trump Meets With Alaska Military Families

VOA - 11.11.2017

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, ALASKA — First lady Melania Trump was a fashion model at one time in her life, but she had no qualms ripping off a chunk of Play-Doh and getting her hands dirty, just ...

Iraqi Forces Look to Route Last of IS Fighters From Town

VOA - 11.11.2017

ERBIL, IRAQ — Iraqi forces launched an offensive Saturday to capture Rawa, the last remaining town under Islamic-State control, leaving the group’s self-proclaimed caliphate on the verge of complete ...

Equatorial Guinea Trial Casts Spotlight on Scrappy French Watchdog

VOA - 11.11.2017

PARIS — For Sherpa, a scrappy French monitoring group that is thinly staffed, no multinational is too powerful, and no head of state untouchable as it seeks economic and social change through the ...

Massachusetts Mill Town Puts 2 Cambodian-Americans in City Posts

VOA - 11.11.2017

WASHINGTON — Lowell, a Massachusetts mill town whose minorities nearly makeup a majority of its residents, has a history of all-white governing bodies.

White House Calls on 'All States and Parties to Respect Lebanon's Sovereignty'

VOA - 11.11.2017

The White House has called on "all states and parties to respect Lebanon's sovereignty, independence, and constitutional processes." A statement released Saturday said, "In this sensitive time, the ...

Indian Wheat Makes History, Arriving in Afghanistan Via Iran

VOA - 11.11.2017

ISLAMABAD — Afghanistan has received an inaugural consignment of wheat from India through an Iranian port, opening a new trade and transit route for the landlocked nation that bypasses neighboring ...

Australia Awaits Result as Gay Marriage Survey Ends

VOA - 11.11.2017

SYDNEY — Australia’s same-sex marriage postal survey has closed and the official result is expected next week (Wednesday, November 15). Voters were asked if the Marriage Act should be changed to ...

'Elders' Call on Saudi Arabia, Allies to Lift Blockade of Yemen

VOA - 11.11.2017

CAIRO — An independent group of world leaders are calling on Saudi Arabia and its partners in a coalition fighting Shiite rebels in Yemen to lift their blockade of the war-ravaged nation to avert a ...

Israel: Military Shot Down Syrian Spy Drone

VOA - 11.11.2017

Israel shot down a Syrian military spy drone near the border on Saturday, the Israeli military said. The Israeli military shot down the reconnaissance drone with a Patriot interceptor missile as it ...

US West Coast Cities Seek Fixes for Growing Homeless Crisis

VOA - 11.11.2017

NEW YORK — It's before dawn when two outreach workers find a homeless man known as Juice near a train station in Harlem. A nurse will be visiting to discuss his heart problems, they tell him.

Tens of Thousands Mark Arafat Death Anniversary in Gaza

VOA - 11.11.2017

GAZA CITY — Tens of thousands of Gaza Palestinians marked the 13th anniversary of the Palestinian President Yasser Arafat's death on Saturday for the first time since the Islamic Hamas group seized ...

US Soccer Star Accuses Former FIFA President of Sex Assault

VOA - 11.11.2017

Hope Solo, the U.S. women's soccer (football) team's standout goalkeeper, says that former FIFA president Sepp Blatter sexually assaulted her in 2013 at an awards event.

Huge Rally in Barcelona Demands Jailed Separatists' Release

VOA - 11.11.2017

BARCELONA — Hundreds of thousands of people backing Catalonia's bid to secede from Spain packed the streets in downtown Barcelona Saturday to demand the release of jailed separatist leaders.

US Honors 20 Million Former Service Members on Veterans Day

VOA - 11.11.2017

U.S. President Donald Trump honored the nation's veterans Saturday, saying in a video message they are "this country's greatest national treasure." "On this wonderful Veterans Day, I want to express ...

N. Korea Slams Trump for Trying to Halt Its Nuclear, Missile Programs

VOA - 11.11.2017

North Korea denounced U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday for trying to halt the North's nuclear and missile programs. The North Korean Foreign Ministry issued its first official statement on ...

Tens of Thousands Join Polish Nationalists' March on Independence Day

VOA - 11.11.2017

WARSAW, POLAND — Carrying Polish flags and throwing red smoke bombs, tens of thousands of people on Saturday joined a march in Warsaw organized by far-right nationalists to mark independence day, ...

Spain Rescues 251 Migrants in Mediterranean

VOA - 11.11.2017

BARCELONA, SPAIN — Spanish authorities said they rescued 251 migrants, including children, on Saturday who were making the perilous Mediterranean crossing to Europe.

Scientists Decry Arctic Oil Expansion in Letter to US Senators

VOA - 10.11.2017

NEW YORK — A group of 37 U.S.-based scientists whose research focuses on Arctic wildlife asked two U.S. senators in a letter Thursday not to open the National Arctic Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas ...

Video Games Could Be Next for Snapchat, China's Tencent Says

VOA - 10.11.2017

SAN FRANCISCO / HONG KONG — Chinese gaming and social media company Tencent Holdings Ltd. on Thursday flagged video games and ad sales as areas where it thinks it could help Snapchat owner Snap after ...

Ex-Liberian Refugee Eager to Serve Montana Capital That Elected Him Mayor

VOA - 10.11.2017

In a victory some claimed was a repudiation of President Donald Trump's stringent refugee policy and others saw as a vindication of the American Dream, voters in Helena, Montana, elected Wilmot ...

Fourth Cache of Kennedy Assassination Records Released

VOA - 10.11.2017

The U.S. federal government has released more than 13,000 records related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963. It was the fourth release this year.

FBI Yet to Access Texas Shooter's Phone

VOA - 10.11.2017

The FBI has yet to gain access to data on Devin Kelley's phone four days after the former airman killed 26 churchgoers in Texas in the deadliest mass shooting in the state's history, Deputy Attorney ...

Venezuela's New Anti-hate Law Derided as Censorship

VOA - 10.11.2017

CARACAS, VENEZUELA — Venezuela's passage of a new law threatening up to 20 years in prison for "inciting hatred" is generating concerns about a growing crackdown on dissent.

Bloomberg Gives $50 Million to Aid Shift from Coal Worldwide

VOA - 10.11.2017

OSLO — Former New York mayor and billionaire Michael Bloomberg is donating $50 million to help nations around the world shift from coal to combat pollution and climate change, expanding his funding ...

Fears Grow About Fallout From Saudi Corruption Crackdown

VOA - 10.11.2017

LONDON — The crackdown on corruption in Saudi Arabia led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has expanded to several members of the royal family, engulfing some of the richest and most powerful men ...

Air Force Secretary: Texas Shooter's Offenses Should Have Been Reported to FBI

VOA - 10.11.2017

PENTAGON — The secretary of the Air Force has launched a "full-scale review" of this week's mass shooting in Texas, admitting Thursday that the domestic abuse offenses for which former Airman Devin ...

East Congo Militiamen Go on Trial for Raping Children

VOA - 10.11.2017

GOMA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO — Eighteen people, including a provincial lawmaker, went on trial in eastern Congo on Thursday for the rapes of dozens of children, victims' rights activists said.

Pence Voices US Concern to Turkish Prime Minister About Arrests

VOA - 10.11.2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence expressed “deep concern” to Turkey’s prime minister on Thursday about the arrests of American citizens and local staff of U.S.

Islamist Rally Disrupts Life Around Pakistan Capital

VOA - 10.11.2017

ISLAMABAD — Several thousand Islamists in Pakistan have effectively blocked a main crossing near the national capital, Islamabad, crippling the daily life of millions of people and underscoring ...

US Program Ends for Central American Minors Fleeing Violence

VOA - 10.11.2017

The U.S. State Department says it will no longer accept new applications for a program that allowed minors fleeing violence in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras to settle in the United States.

Senate, House Republicans Unveil Dueling Tax Reform Bills

VOA - 10.11.2017

A House committee voted along party lines Thursday to send a Republican tax reform bill to the entire House of Representatives for a final vote. Meanwhile, the Republican-led Senate Finance Committee ...

Pastor: Church in Texas Shooting May Not Reopen

VOA - 10.11.2017

The Texas church where a gunman opened fire during Sunday services, killing 26 and injuring 20, may not reopen. Pastor Frank Pomeroy of the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs told leaders of ...

Frog-count App Aims for Deep Dive into Australia's Population

VOA - 10.11.2017

SYDNEY — An Australian museum has teamed up with computer giant International Business Machines to count the country's native frog population, and they want amphibian enthusiasts to jump on board.

At 80, Sue Finley Still at Work at NASA

VOA - 10.11.2017

PASADENA, CALIFORNIA — Sue Finley, now 80 years old and NASA’s longest-serving female employee, recalls her early days with the space agency when she worked as a human “computer,” calculating rocket ...

From Grey to Green: Smokestack Cities Power to Bright Future

VOA - 10.11.2017

LONDON — Bicycle highways, urban farms and local energy hubs — just some of the ways that yesterday's smokestack cities are turning into tomorrow's green spaces.

US Air Force Pilot Shortage Grows to About 2,000

VOA - 10.11.2017

PENTAGON — The U.S. Air Force pilot crisis has grown, with the force's numbers short by more than 10 percent. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson told reporters at the Pentagon Thursday that as of ...

In a Corner of a French Field, Memories of US Segregation

VOA - 10.11.2017

ARDEUIL ET MONTFAUXELLES, FRANCE — In a half-forgotten field in France stands a worn monument to a regiment of U.S. soldiers who faced down racism at home and in their ranks to become World War I’s ...

US Urges De-escalation of Tensions Between Saudi Arabia, Lebanon

VOA - 10.11.2017

STATE DEPARTMENT — The United States is calling for a de-escalation of tensions between Saudi Arabia and Lebanon, following the resignation of Saad al-Hariri as Lebanon's prime minister while in ...

Director of ‘Last Jedi’ to Steer New ‘Star Wars’ trilogy

VOA - 10.11.2017

LOS ANGELES — The galaxy far, far away is expanding further on screen with a new trilogy of Star Wars films outside of the ongoing Skywalker saga, Walt Disney Co.

Climate Migration Muddied by Legal Confusion in Pacific Islands

VOA - 10.11.2017

LONDON — Pacific islanders may be among the first people in the world forced to migrate as a clear result of climate change, but thorny legal obstacles stand in the way of that happening ...

Kenyan Opposition Leader: Election Could Tear Nation Apart

VOA - 10.11.2017

Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga told an audience in Washington Thursday that Kenyans are so upset over the presidential election that they are considering secession.

Venezuela Government and Opposition to Resume Dialogue Effort

VOA - 10.11.2017

CARACAS — Venezuela's government and opposition will resume efforts to hold dialogue, the third attempt in a year by the administration of President Nicolas Maduro and his adversaries to break up a ...

Tough Choice for California Wildfire Survivors: Rebuild Fast or Better?

VOA - 10.11.2017

SANTA ROSA, CALIFORNIA — The most destructive complex of wildfires in California history wreaked most of its damage and deaths among housing subdivisions in this San Francisco Bay Area bedroom town, ...

Wall Street on a Run That’s Shattering Milestones

VOA - 10.11.2017

Donald Trump warned that the stock market was a “big, fat, ugly bubble” just weeks before he was elected. A year later, Wall Street remains on a milestone-shattering run that the president has been ...

Trump’s China Stop Provides Feel Good Breather, but Challenges Remain

VOA - 10.11.2017

BEIJING — President Donald Trump’s two-day stop in China saw the signing of $250 billion in deals between the world’s two biggest economies and the two countries aligning themselves closer in ...

Pakistan Refers 29 Terrorism-related Cases to Military Tribunals

VOA - 10.11.2017

WASHINGTON — Pakistan’s government has decided to refer 29 cases of terrorism to military courts for investigation and trial. The courts were established two years ago after the deadly Taliban attack ...

No Trump-Putin Talks on APEC Summit Sidelines, White House Says

VOA - 10.11.2017

WHITE HOUSE — The White House Friday attempted to put to rest speculation that U.S. President Donald Trump might hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the Asia Pacific ...

UN Elects Judges to International Court of Justice

VOA - 10.11.2017

WASHINGTON — The United Nations General Assembly and the Security Council elected four judges Thursday to the International Court of Justice, the main judicial organization of the world body.

Trump Heads for Hanoi, Meetings With Vietnam's Leaders

VOA - 10.11.2017

DANANG, VIETNAM — U.S. President Donald Trump is in Vietnam for a second day of meetings with Asian economic leaders after championing a strong “America first” agenda in an address to regional ...

Tillerson: ‘No Indication’ Resigned Lebanese Prime Minister Detained in Riyadh

VOA - 10.11.2017

STATE DEPARTMENT — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Friday there is “no indication” that resigned Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has been detained by the Saudis against his will.

40,000 Rohingya Children Face Malnutrition, Need Life-Saving Aid

VOA - 10.11.2017

WASHINGTON — Rohingya children in Myanmar and Bangladesh face a tenfold increase in malnutrition compared to last year and require immediate attention, the International Rescue Committee said in a ...

Ivory Coast Awarded $525M Grant from US Millennium Challenge Corporation

VOA - 10.11.2017

This week Ivory Coast signed a nearly $525 million compact grant with the U.S. government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation , money that will be spent over a five-year period to spur economic growth ...

US Immigration Enforcement Agency Seeks to Double in Size by 2023

VOA - 10.11.2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is considering a hiring surge that would more than double the agency’s size in the coming six years to nearly 46,000 employees, surpassing ...

Delhi Rolls Out Emergency Measures to Tackle Air pollution Crisis

VOA - 10.11.2017

In the Indian capital, New Delhi, winter was once a season of cool, crisp winds, bracing walks and picnics under a blue sky. But as the city remained enveloped in toxic gray smog this week, ...

African Art Has its Weekend in Paris

VOA - 10.11.2017

PARIS — African contemporary art and design is being showcased in the French capital, Paris, this weekend, with a three-day fair that runs through Sunday.

Report: IS Leader May Be in Eastern Syrian City of Boukamal

VOA - 10.11.2017

BEIRUT — A media outlet linked to the Syrian military said Friday that the Islamic State group's leader may be holed up in an IS pocket in the eastern town of Boukamal, which government forces and ...

Russian Parliament Mulls Response to US Move on Broadcaster

VOA - 10.11.2017

MOSCOW — Russian lawmakers say they are planning a quick approval of legal amendments that would allow a quid pro quo response to a U.S. demand to the Russian government-funded broadcaster RT to ...

Ex-British Double Agent Says Russian Spies Must Save World

VOA - 10.11.2017

MOSCOW — A former British intelligence officer who once worked as a double agent for the Soviet Union said Russian spies now have "the difficult and critical mission" of saving the world, according ...

Falling Cocoa Prices Hit African Farmers

VOA - 10.11.2017

YAOUNDE — The large drop in global cocoa prices has hurt African farmers, leading some to abandon their plantations. In Cameroon, however, cocoa producers are mapping out ways to encourage more local ...

US Military Official: Missile Targeting Riyadh Was Iranian-made

VOA - 10.11.2017

The missile fired at an airport in Saudi Arabia last Saturday by Houthi rebels came from Iran and showed “Iranian markings,” according to the top U.S. Air Force commander in the Middle East.

European Union Moves to Ban Arms Sales to Venezuela

VOA - 10.11.2017

BRUSSELS — European Union diplomats say the EU is set to ban arms sales to Venezuela and could impose asset freezes and travel restrictions on some Venezuelan officials to ramp up pressure on ...

US to Ban Illicit Versions of Synthetic Opioid

VOA - 10.11.2017

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration plans to ban all illicit versions of fentanyl, the highly addictive opioid painkiller responsible for tens of thousands of deadly drug overdoses in the United ...

4 Arrested in Zimbabwe, Accused of Booing Mugabe's Wife

VOA - 10.11.2017

HARARE — A Zimbabwe state-run newspaper says four people have been arrested and accused of booing the first lady, who this week moved closer to succeeding her husband as president.

China's New Passenger Jet Finishes First Long-haul Flight

VOA - 10.11.2017

BEIJING — China's homegrown passenger jet touched down safely after its first long-haul test flight Friday, bringing the nation one step closer to competing directly with aircraft giants in Europe ...

Swedish Radio Station: Pirate Broadcaster Plays IS Song

VOA - 10.11.2017

STOCKHOLM — A Swedish radio station says a pirate broadcaster briefly broke into its Friday morning show and broadcast an English-language pop song urging Westerners to join the Islamic State group.

Trump Marks Veterans Day in Vietnam

VOA - 10.11.2017

DANANG, VIETNAM — President Donald Trump marked his first Veterans Day in office saluting American veterans in Vietnam, home to one of the most polarizing conflicts in U.S. history.

After IS Collapse, Syria Government Faces US-backed Kurds

VOA - 10.11.2017

BEIRUT — With the fall of the Islamic State group's last significant stronghold in Syria, Iranian and Russian-backed Syrian troops now turn to face off with their main rival, the U.S.

Tanzania, Uganda Leaders Criticize ICC Probe of Burundi

VOA - 10.11.2017

The leaders of Tanzania and Uganda criticized on Saturday a plan by the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate alleged human rights abuses in Burundi.

Top 5 Songs for Week Ending Nov. 11

VOA - 10.11.2017

We're gettin' down with the five most popular songs in the Billboard Hot 100 Pop Singles chart, for the week ending Nov. 11, 2017. After several exciting weeks, the chart falls asleep today.

Olympic Gymnast Aly Raisman: I Was Abused by Doctor

VOA - 10.11.2017

NEW YORK — Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman says she is among the young women sexually abused by a former USA Gymnastics team doctor. Raisman tells “60 Minutes” she was 15 when she was first treated by Dr.

Sexual Misconduct Accusations Transform Alabama Senate Race

VOA - 10.11.2017

WASHINGTON — Republicans weren't supposed to have to worry about Alabama. Yet in the span of a tumultuous afternoon, a low-profile special election became a Republican nightmare that threatens a ...

Tillerson: US Opposes Action Causing Instability in Lebanon

VOA - 10.11.2017

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the U.S. opposes action that would threaten the stability of Lebanon and warned other countries against using Lebanon "as a venue for proxy conflicts.

Japan to Send Largest Warship to US Military Exercise Near Korean Peninsula

VOA - 10.11.2017

Japan announced Friday it would send its largest warship to join three U.S. aircraft carriers in exercises in waters near the Korean Peninsula, a display of military force meant to pressure North ...

Critics: Britain Dragging Its Feet on Tax Haven Clampdown as Brexit Looms

VOA - 10.11.2017

LONDON — From Britain’s Queen Elizabeth to Formula One racing champion Lewis Hamilton — the leak of more than 14 million documents from firms involved in offshore finance, known as the Paradise ...

US Military: Annual Gulf Exercise at Risk Over Qatar Crisis

VOA - 10.11.2017

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES — A U.S. Air Force general warned Friday that a major annual military exercise between Gulf Arab countries and America is at risk over the ongoing diplomatic crisis ...

Analysts: Diplomatic Tension Involving Turkey Could Trigger Economic Turmoil

VOA - 10.11.2017

ISTANBUL — Turkey's increasingly fractious relations with some key Western allies are taking a growing financial toll amid investor concerns, analysts warn.

Trump Wishes Happy Birthday to US Marine Corps

VOA - 10.11.2017

United States President Donald Trump on Friday wished a happy birthday to the Marine Corps, honoring its 242nd year in existence. "On behalf of an entire nation, Happy 242nd Birthday to the men and ...

3 Hurt After Car Rams People in Southern France

VOA - 10.11.2017

Three Chinese students were injured Friday when a man deliberately ran over them with his car near the city of Toulouse, France, police said. The French news channel BFM reports the driver, who was ...

Tensions as Paris Suburb Tries to Stop Muslim Street Prayers After Rented Hall Taken

VOA - 10.11.2017

CLICHY-LA-GARENNE, FRANCE — Tensions erupted Friday as French officials and residents of a Paris suburb tried to block Muslims from praying in the street - a dispute that reflects nationwide problems ...

South Sudan Denies Former Army Chief Freed

VOA - 10.11.2017

WASHINGTON / JUBA — The government of South Sudan is denying that former army chief of staff General Paul Malong has been released after six months of house arrest.

French, German Leaders Seek More Unity 100 Years After WWI

VOA - 10.11.2017

PARIS — The presidents of France and Germany say Europeans must stand up to nationalism and build a "common future," as they marked 99 years since the armistice ending World War I.

Recognition a Key Issue in Somaliland's Presidential Election

VOA - 10.11.2017

WASHINGTON / HARGEISA, SOMALILAND — Somaliland's three presidential candidates have concluded their campaigns ahead of Monday's poll to elect the next leader of the breakaway region.

Animal Rights Groups Demand Action Against Iowa Fur Farm

VOA - 10.11.2017

DES MOINES, IOWA — Federal inspectors have repeatedly ordered a southeast Iowa fur farm to improve the grim living conditions for ferrets, foxes, raccoons and skunks it sells to government ...

Louis C.K. Says he Misused his Power and 'Brought Pain'

VOA - 10.11.2017

NEW YORK — With his career imploding over allegations of sexual misconduct, comedian Louis C.K. confessed Friday to masturbating in front of women and expressed remorse for wielding his influence ...

Pakistan Offers to Arrange Meeting Between Convicted Indian Spy, Wife

VOA - 10.11.2017

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan says it has decided to allow a convicted Indian death row prisoner to meet his wife "on purely humanitarian grounds." Former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav was arrested ...

UN to Host Talks on Use of 'Killer Robots'

VOA - 10.11.2017

GENEVA — The United Nations is set to host talks on the use of autonomous weapons, but those hoping for a ban on the machines dubbed "killer robots" will be disappointed, the ambassador leading the ...

Another form of “rape”

Kosova Live - 10.11.2017

A.T., 20 years-old from Lipjan, is one of several girls in Kosovo who have been sexually assaulted in the street. She was 17 years old when she was first assaulted in the street near the dental ...

Still imposed upon in choosing their education

Kosova Live - 10.11.2017

Lack of perspective in employment and the will for a better living often pushes parents to “choose” which education track their children follow, and sometimes, parents even choose their profession.

Lack of property is leaving women without businesses

Kosova Live - 10.11.2017

Blerina Xhaqku, a-28 year-old from Kamenica, mother of two, is one of many women who want to own her own her business. Her husband, Fatmir, has his own business. He is a landscape construction worker.

Mexico's Independents: Tech Problems Stop Them from Running

VOA - 09.11.2017

MEXICO CITY — The first presidential election to allow independents on the ballot was supposed to be a step forward for Mexico's costly, unwieldy electoral system, which has long been dominated by ...

US House, Senate Negotiators Agree on $700B for Pentagon

VOA - 09.11.2017

WASHINGTON — House and Senate negotiators have agreed on an annual defense policy bill that authorizes $700 billion for the Pentagon in the 2018 fiscal year, a dramatic increase over the amount ...

US Military Joins Brazil Army Exercises in Amazon

VOA - 09.11.2017

TABATINGA, BRAZIL — U.S. military personnel are taking part this week in the largest international army operation ever held deep in the Amazon jungle of northern Brazil, in a sign of closer U.S.

Serbian, US Paratroopers to Earn 'Wings' During Bilateral Drill

VOA - 09.11.2017

BERLIN — Serbian and U.S. paratroopers will jump side-by-side during a joint exercise aimed at strengthening military ties with Serbia, the U.S. general in charge of NATO's Allied Air Command said, a ...

Apple Orders Witherspoon, Aniston Drama in TV Push

VOA - 09.11.2017

LOS ANGELES — Apple has ordered two seasons of a dramatic series that stars Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston and looks at the lives of people working on a morning television show, a company ...

Pentagon: Results of Niger Attack Probe Not Expected Until 2018

VOA - 09.11.2017

PENTAGON — The U.S. military says a formal investigation into last month’s deadly ambush in Niger is not expected to be completed until January. The military investigation team, led by Army Major Gen.

Emerging Nations Urge Wealthy Countries to Kick-start Climate Pact Before 2020

VOA - 09.11.2017

BONN, GERMANY — Emerging nations pressed developed countries Wednesday to step up cuts in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 to kick-start the Paris climate agreement, saying the rich were wrongly ...

Trump's Low Approval Rating Masks His Support Among Likely Voters

VOA - 09.11.2017

NEW YORK — President Donald Trump is more popular with likely voters than he is with the general public, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll that underscores why Republican lawmakers have largely stuck ...

France Urges Berlin to Seize ‘Historic Opportunity’ on Europe

VOA - 09.11.2017

BERLIN — Visiting Berlin in the midst of sensitive coalition talks, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire urged Germany to seize a historic window of opportunity to reform Europe, warning that the ...

Cuban Opposition Falls at First Hurdle as Castro Handover Looms

VOA - 09.11.2017

HAVANA — Cuban opposition leaders said they failed to get anyone nominated as a candidate for municipal elections, falling at the first hurdle as the Communist-run island embarks on a political cycle ...

Cost to Visit Some US National Parks to Double

VOA - 09.11.2017

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, COLORADO — America’s national parks are a popular destination for tourists and vacationers from across the country and around the world.

EU Pushes Cut in Car Emissions, Boost for Electric Vehicles

VOA - 09.11.2017

BERLIN — The European Commission said Wednesday it wants to cut emissions of carbon dioxide from cars by 30 percent by 2030 and boost the use of electric vehicles by making them cheaper and easier to ...

Puerto Rico Reports Increase in Overall Deaths After Storm

VOA - 09.11.2017

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO — The pace of deaths quickened on Puerto Rico immediately after Hurricane Maria — well beyond the number of deaths officially attributed to the Category 4 storm.

Argentine Prosecutor Says Colleague's Death Was Murder

VOA - 09.11.2017

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA — A prosecutor is formally declaring for the first time that the man probing Argentina's worst terror attack was murdered and didn't kill himself, a member of the prosecution ...

Trump Says Excellent Progress Being Made in His Talks With Xi

VOA - 09.11.2017

BEIJING — U.S. President Donald Trump says excellent progress is being made in his talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping following earlier comments in which the U.S.

US Federal Judge Imposes Gag Order on Manafort Case

VOA - 09.11.2017

WASHINGTON — The federal judge overseeing the upcoming criminal trial of two top former Trump aides has imposed a gag order in the case. Judge Amy Berman Jackson Wednesday ordered defendants Paul ...

3 US Aircraft Carriers to Start Joint Exercise in Western Pacific

VOA - 09.11.2017

PENTAGON — The Navy will conduct a joint exercise with three aircraft carriers in the Western Pacific for the first time in a decade. The USS Ronald Reagan, USS Nimitz and USS Theodore Roosevelt ...

ESPN: UCLA Basketball Players Arrested in China Could Stay for Months

VOA - 09.11.2017

The three UCLA men's basketball players arrested in China for allegedly shoplifting a day before U.S. President Donald Trump's visit cannot leave their hotel until the end of the legal process, which ...

US to End Refugee Program for Central American Youth

VOA - 09.11.2017

WASHINGTON — The U.S. State Department is ending the Central American Minors (CAM) refugee program established to stem the flood of children attempting to enter the United States from El Salvador, ...

Cheney Once Warned Against Military Action on N. Korea

VOA - 09.11.2017

WASHINGTON — Newly declassified documents show that a quarter-century ago as worries were emerging over North Korea's nuclear ambitions, then-Defense Secretary Dick Cheney told allies the U.S.

UN: Saudi Blockade Could Drive Yemen to Massive Famine

VOA - 09.11.2017

The United Nations has warned that unless a Saudi Arabia-led military coalition allows humanitarian aid access into Yemen, it will lead to “the largest famine the world has seen for many decades, ...

Democratic Wins in Virginia, New Jersey a Warning for Trump, Republicans

VOA - 09.11.2017

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump suffered a political setback Tuesday when Democrats won easy victories in governor's races in Virginia and New Jersey.

Congress, Silicon Valley Seek Common Ground on Social Media Interference

VOA - 09.11.2017

CAPITOL HILL — Executives from Google, Facebook and Twitter faced anger from lawmakers last week over their platforms' roles in Russian interference into the 2016 election.

Duterte to Ask: What Are China’s Intentions in South China Sea?

VOA - 09.11.2017

WASHINGTON — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he is planning to ask Beijing, during this week’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), what its intentions are in the South China Sea and ...

Corker to Hold Hearing on President’s Authority Over Nuclear Arsenal

VOA - 09.11.2017

U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker has announced he will hold a hearing next week on the president’s “authority to use nuclear weapons.

Garth Brooks Wins Entertainer of the Year at CMA Awards

VOA - 09.11.2017

Garth Brooks continued his winning streak as entertainer of the year at the 2017 Country Music Association Awards, beating out Luke Bryan and Keith Urban.

ICC Vows New Libya Charges If Crimes Continue

VOA - 09.11.2017

UNITED NATIONS — The prosecutor at the International Criminal Court warned Wednesday that the situation in Libya “remains dire” and promised to seek new arrest warrants if serious crimes don’t stop.

Alaska Signs Deal to Advance Pipeline with Help from China

VOA - 09.11.2017

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA — The state of Alaska took a major step toward realizing a long-sought pipeline to move natural gas from the North Slope to Asia, siding with interests from China after major oil ...

Trump Skirts ‘Great Firewall’ to Tweet About Beijing Trip

VOA - 09.11.2017

BEIJING — U.S. President Donald Trump went around and over the “Great Firewall” of China in a late-night tweet in Beijing as he thanked his hosts for a rare tour of the Forbidden City and a private ...

Games Add Levity to Vietnam Seminars Against Trafficking

VOA - 09.11.2017

HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM — The quiz games and ring tosses at factories around Vietnam are more than just amusement; charity workers are using them in their efforts against human trafficking, with ...

Tillerson: ‘No Disagreement on North Korea’ between Trump, Xi

VOA - 09.11.2017

BEIJING — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says “there is no disagreement on North Korea” between the United States and China following talks in Beijing between U.S.

At Climate Talks, US Like an Unhappy Dinner Guest

VOA - 09.11.2017

WASHINGTON — How’s this for awkward? The United States has a delegation at international climate talks in Bonn that will be telling other nations what they should do on a treaty that the president ...

Study: No Cancer Link to Monsanto Weedkiller

VOA - 09.11.2017

LONDON — A large long-term study on the use of the big-selling weedkiller glyphosate by agricultural workers in the United States has found no firm link between exposure to the pesticide and cancer, ...

Suicide Blast in Pakistan Kills Key Provincial Police Officer, Guards

VOA - 09.11.2017

ISLAMABAD — A suicide blast in southwestern Pakistan has killed a senior police officer and his two subordinates. The anti-state Pakistani Taliban claimed credit for plotting Thursday’s deadly attack ...

Egyptian Lawmaker to Propose Anti-Gay Bill as Part of Crackdown

VOA - 09.11.2017

CAIRO, EGYPT — An Egyptian lawmaker is introducing a draft bill that would imprison those engaging in or promoting same-sex relations, a copy of the draft seen by Reuters on Thursday showed.

Haiti Tops Index of Nations Worst-hit by Extreme Weather in 2016

VOA - 09.11.2017

BONN, GERMANY — Haiti, which was hit last year by its strongest hurricane in 50 years, has been ranked the country worst-affected by extreme weather in 2016, in an index published on Thursday.

No More Holy Smokes - Vatican Bans Sale of Cigarettes

VOA - 09.11.2017

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has ordered a ban on the sale of cigarettes inside the Vatican from next year because of health concerns, a spokesman said on Thursday.

Paradise Papers Add to Indonesian To-Do List for Asset Recovery

VOA - 09.11.2017

JAKARTA — The "Paradise Papers,” millions of confidential documents on offshore investments that were leaked this week, have shed light on the financial affairs of world leaders such as Queen ...

Dance Star Akram Khan Prepares for Swansong Tour

VOA - 09.11.2017

LONDON — One of Britain’s most celebrated dancer-choreographers, Akram Khan, is tackling the rise of xenophobia in his latest work, which he says will be his last as a leading performer.

ICC Gives Go Ahead for Burundi War Crimes Investigation

VOA - 09.11.2017

The International Criminal Court on Thursday gave prosecutors the go ahead to investigate alleged war crimes committed by the government of Burundi against its political opposition between April 2015 ...

Macron Tours French Naval Base in Abu Dhabi Near new Louvre

VOA - 09.11.2017

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES — French President Emmanuel Macron promised on Thursday that the West and its partners will "completely win" over the so-called Islamic State group in the coming weeks, ...

The Art of Flattery: Asia Woos Trump With Show of Pageantry

VOA - 09.11.2017

BEIJING — Honor guards marching in unison in colorful uniforms. Elaborate state dinners with celebrity guests. Gaggles of children, jumping and screaming along with endless praise.

Basketball Players Suspected of Shoplifting in China Confined to Hotel

VOA - 09.11.2017

SHANGHAI — ​Three UCLA men's basketball players detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting a day before U.S. President Donald Trump's visit have been confined to their hotel pending legal ...

Defiant Hong Kong Soccer Fans Boo China Anthem at Match

VOA - 09.11.2017

HONG KONG — Hong Kong soccer fans loudly booed China's national anthem at a match Thursday in the Chinese-controlled city, defying Beijing days after Communist leaders tightened penalties for ...

Sri Lanka Says it Will Investigate Alleged Torture of Tamils

VOA - 09.11.2017

NEW DELHI — Sri Lanka says it will investigate allegations by more than 50 ethnic Tamils that they were abducted and tortured by police or army soldiers long after the end of the island nation's ...

Here Comes La Nina, El Nino's Flip Side, but it Will Be Weak

VOA - 09.11.2017

WASHINGTON — La Nina, the cool flip side to El Nino, is returning for a second straight winter, forecasters said Thursday. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said a weak La Nina has ...

Billionaire With Deep Investments in Ethiopia Arrested in Saudi Anti-corruption Sweep

VOA - 09.11.2017

WASHINGTON — Sheikh Mohammed Hussein al-Amoudi is a billionaire, and by most estimates, one of the richest African-born people in the world. He travels the globe managing his businesses and meeting ...

Delhi Car Use Restricted as Toxic Smog Blankets Indian Capital

VOA - 09.11.2017

India's capital New Delhi is restricting car use to tackle toxic levels of air pollution, which have already forced the government to shut schools for the rest of the week.

Author of Zuma Expose Won't Back Down to Pressure

VOA - 09.11.2017

JOHANNESBURG — The author of a South African book that sheds light on the unpopular president's illegal dealings has attracted anonymous death threats and spawned demands by the state security ...

A Soldier for Life Continues to Advocate for Military Troops

VOA - 09.11.2017

Duty. Honor. Country. Those three words speak to the work and service of former Undersecretary of the Army Patrick J. Murphy. He was taught by his parents to ‘make a difference in the lives of others.

Saudi Arabia Tells its Citizens in Lebanon to Return

VOA - 09.11.2017

Saudi Arabia has asked its citizens in Lebanon to leave the country as soon as possible. A foreign ministry source quoted Thursday by the Kingdom's official news agency said, "Due to the ...

Syrian Government Forces Recapture Key Border Crossing

VOA - 09.11.2017

CAIRO — Syrian government forces say they have recaptured the border town of Albu Kamal, the last major Islamic State stronghold in eastern Syria. Iraqi government forces recaptured the town of al ...

West Virginia Signs Investment Pact with China Energy

VOA - 09.11.2017

CHARLESTON, W.VA. — West Virginia officials announced an agreement on Thursday with China Energy Investment Corp. Ltd. for the company to invest $83.7 billion in shale gas development and chemical ...

EU Prepares for British Government Collapse After Firing of 2nd Minister

VOA - 09.11.2017

European Union negotiators are readying themselves for the collapse of Prime Minister Theresa May’s government as it lurches from one crisis to another, say officials in Brussels.

In China, Trump Strikes Gentler Tone on N. Korea, Trade

VOA - 09.11.2017

BEIJING — President Donald Trump struck a markedly softer tone on touchy subjects like North Korea and trade with President Xi Jinping of China Thursday, and highlighted his "incredibly warm" feeling ...

Mike Tyson Sent Back to US After Chile Denies Entry

VOA - 09.11.2017

SANTIAGO — Chilean authorities say they've denied former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson entry to the country and are sending him back to the U.S. Chile's equivalent of the FBI said Thursday that ...

Black Candidates Win Mayoral Races, Could Affect US Politics

VOA - 09.11.2017

DETROIT — When Wilmot Collins knocked on doors across Helena, Montana, residents wanted to know what he would do to address homelessness, affordable housing and other municipal issues.

Report: US Treasury to Announce More Sanctions on Venezuelan Officials

VOA - 09.11.2017

The U.S. Treasury Department will announce more sanctions on Thursday against top Venezuelan officials, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing a U.S. Senate aide.

Former South Sudan Army Chief of Staff Released from House Arrest

VOA - 09.11.2017

South Sudan’s former army chief of staff, General Paul Malong, who has been held under house arrest by the Kiir administration since May, has been freed.

Hurricane Sets off Fierce Debate About Leaving Puerto Rico

VOA - 09.11.2017

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO — The disaster wrought by Hurricane Maria has set off an anguished debate across Puerto Rico, where friends, family and co-workers are arguing fiercely over the morality of ...

Report: Russian Twitter Trolls Deflected Trump Bad News

VOA - 09.11.2017

SAN FRANCISCO — Disguised Russian agents on Twitter rushed to deflect scandalous news about Donald Trump just before last year's presidential election while straining to refocus criticism on the ...

Report: Alabama's Moore Accused of Sexual Contact With Minor

VOA - 09.11.2017

An Alabama woman says Roy Moore, the Republican nominee for next month's U.S. Senate election, made inappropriate advances and had sexual contact with her when she was 14, according to a Washington ...

Clue, Wiffle Ball, Paper Airplane Enter Toy Hall of Fame

VOA - 09.11.2017

ROCHESTER, NEW YORK — The board game Clue, the Wiffle Ball and the paper airplane are the newest inductees into the National Toy Hall of Fame. The trio was honored at the upstate New York hall on ...

Boeing Signs Deal to Sell 300 Planes Worth $37 Billion to China

VOA - 09.11.2017

Boeing Co said it signed an agreement on Thursday to sell 300 planes to China Aviation Supplies Holding Company worth $37 billion at list prices, one of several deals announced during a state visit ...

Philippine Leader to Host US Counterpart in Meeting of Mavericks

VOA - 09.11.2017

U.S. President Donald Trump and Philippine counterpart Rodrigo Duterte have some things in common. Both rose to power by vowing to shake up their political establishments.

US Senate, House Republicans to Unveil Tax Reform Bills

VOA - 09.11.2017

Two Republican bills that would achieve the largest overhaul of the U.S. tax code in more than 30 years are set to be unveiled Thursday. While Senate Republicans are working out final details of ...

US Airstrikes Target Al-Shabab in Somalia

VOA - 09.11.2017

PENTAGON — U.S. forces conducted an airstrike against al-Shabab in Somalia on Thursday, killing "several militants," according to the U.S. military. The drone strike hit targets in the Bay Region of ...

House Panel to Interview Russian-American Lobbyist, Sessions

VOA - 09.11.2017

WASHINGTON — The House intelligence committee is preparing to interview a Russian-American lobbyist who attended a meeting last year with President Donald Trump’s son as part of its probe into ...

US Congress Weighs Sanctions on Myanmar Military Over Rohingya Crisis

VOA - 09.11.2017

CAPITOL HILL — Proposed sanctions against the Myanmar military should move quickly through the U.S. Congress due to strong bipartisan support, lawmakers told VOA.

UN, Aid Groups Warn of 'Starvation and Death' in Yemen

VOA - 09.11.2017

SANAA, YEMEN — The United Nations and more than 20 aid groups said Thursday that the Saudi-led coalition's tightening of a blockade on war-torn Yemen could bring millions of people closer to ...

Philippine Outsourcing Industry Braces for Artificial Intelligence

VOA - 09.11.2017

MANILA — The outsourcing industry in the Philippines, which has dethroned India as the country with the most call centers in the world, is worried that the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) will ...

Lithuania Says East-west Schism Within EU Benefits Russia

VOA - 09.11.2017

WARSAW — Lithuania said a growing rift between some eastern and western European Union states over issues such as migration posed a threat to the bloc at a time of increased Russian military ...

Look Inward Before Letting Others Pick Your Path

VOA - 09.11.2017

Before future college students embark on the road to a degree and successful career, they should look inward, says one admissions officer. “If you understand who you are,” Jennifer Simons told VOA, ...

India Urges Private Sector to Report Sex Pests After #MeToo

VOA - 09.11.2017

MUMBAI — Amid global efforts to crack down on sex harassment in the workplace, India is reaching out to women in the private sector, urging them to report sex pests via an online portal previously ...

Governor: Argentina Ditches Controversial Wine Tax Proposal

VOA - 09.11.2017

BUENOS AIRES — Argentina’s government has decided to ditch a proposed tax on wine after vineyards complained the measure would cripple the industry, the governor of the country’s top wine-making ...

Uganda's President Boosts Military Unit as Rural Support Slips Away

VOA - 09.11.2017

BUSHENYI, UGANDA — When Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni returned to his home region to throw an Independence Day party last month, the uniformed security outnumbered the small crowd of bored ...

Patriarchal mentality is leaving women in Kosovo without inheritance

Kosova Live - 09.11.2017

Z.B., 40 year-old from Lipjan, is one of the women who asked for her share of inheritance. She heard in television that she, too, has rights for inheritance, and she decided to ask for it.

Child marriages are finding their way into some Kosovar communities

Kosova Live - 09.11.2017

Pale, a 50 year-old woman, is sitting on a chair in the market in Fushë Kosovë selling clothes together with her husband. When asked if she believes that child marriages are present in the Roma, ...

An initiative to stop mistreating interns and start paying their internships

Kosova Live - 09.11.2017

A group of young Kosovars decided to start an initiative to change the law for internships. They got the idea by witnessing a lot of interns get mistreated in various ways by their employers.

Legal or not, marijuana manages to reach youngsters

Kosova Live - 09.11.2017

Although Kosovo Police state that they try to keep law and order, the results of a small anonymous survey conducted by KosovaLive with youths 15-20 years old proves that the consumption of marijuana ...

The difficult pursuit of truth at any cost!

Bota.al - 09.11.2017

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Online Game Teaches Young People Rules of Warfare

VOA - 08.11.2017

LONDON — Should health care workers treat patients from the enemy side of a conflict? Can you torture a high-profile enemy target to get intelligence about a planned attack? These are some questions ...

FIFA Demands Visa, Work Permit and Tax Exemptions for 2026 World Cup

VOA - 08.11.2017

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND — The United States and other countries hoping to host the 2026 World Cup should provide government guarantees on visa-free travel plus work permit and tax exemptions for their ...

Twitter Doubles Character Limit to 280 for (Nearly) Everyone

VOA - 08.11.2017

NEW YORK — Twitter says it's ending its iconic 140-character limit — and giving nearly everyone 280 characters. Users tweeting in Chinese, Japanese and Korean will still have the original limit.

Apollo 12 Astronaut Richard Gordon Dies

VOA - 08.11.2017

U.S. astronaut Richard Gordon, who flew around the moon but never got a chance to walk on the surface, has died. He was 88. Richard "Dick'' Gordon Jr.

Hariri Exit and Fallout Worry Lebanon, Signal Bolder Saudi Arabia

VOA - 08.11.2017

BEIRUT, LEBANON — Saudi Arabia's escalating rhetoric in the wake of the shocking resignation of Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri signals an escalation in the Saudi-Iranian struggle, it has been ...

'Hamilton' Creator Visits Puerto Rico, Announces $2.5M Fund

VOA - 08.11.2017

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO — "Hamilton'' creator Lin-Manuel Miranda made sandwiches, took selfies and announced a partnership with a nonprofit group for a $2.5 million hurricane recovery fund during a ...

Immigration Status Unsure for Nicaraguans, Hondurans in US

VOA - 08.11.2017

Within the next year, a 23-year-old woman could see her immediate family disintegrate if the U.S. government rescinds a special protection status for Honduran citizens in the country.

Trade, Politics, Religion Draw Turkey to Sub-Saharan Africa

VOA - 08.11.2017

ISTANBUL / WASHINGTON — With more than three dozen embassies and billions of dollars in trade, Turkey has quietly built strong ties across Africa over the past decade.

EU Eyes Tough Brexit Transition Terms

VOA - 08.11.2017

BRUSSELS — EU diplomats will start sketching out a Brexit transition offer on Wednesday that would probably let Britain stay in the single market for about two years after it leaves the bloc in March ...

Victims of Brazilian Environmental Disaster Still Seeking Compensation

VOA - 08.11.2017

RIO DE JANEIRO — Farmer Marino D'Ângelo Júnior resorted to anti-depressants after a dam collapsed at Brazil's Samarco iron ore mine two years ago, releasing a flood of mud that destroyed his village.

Lithuania Expects NATO to Reach Deal on Baltic Air Shield

VOA - 08.11.2017

HELSINKI — Lithuania expects NATO to reach an agreement next year to shield Baltic countries with air defenses, plugging a gap in its security against Russia, its defense minister said Tuesday.

Trump Warns North Korea: Do Not 'Try Us'

VOA - 08.11.2017

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA — President Donald Trump delivered a sharp warning to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Wednesday, telling him the weapons he's acquiring "are not making you safer.

Island Nations Fear 'Apocalyptic' Storms Will Overwhelm Them

VOA - 08.11.2017

BONN, GERMANY — Unless emissions can be drastically and quickly curbed, efforts by small island nations to adapt to climate change may be in vain, a leader of a group of small island nations said ...

National Assembly: Venezuela's January-October Inflation 826 Percent

VOA - 08.11.2017

CARACAS — Inflation in Venezuela's crisis-hit economy was 826 percent in the 10 months to October and may end 2017 above 1,400 percent, the opposition-controlled National Assembly said Friday.

Lebanon 'Declaring War' on Saudi Arabia, Saudi Minister Says

VOA - 08.11.2017

A Saudi minister took Riyadh’s threatening rhetoric against Hezbollah and Lebanon to new heights, accusing the group of engaging in terrorist activities on Saudi soil.

OAS Chief: Violence Against Latin America's Women a 'Never-ending Story'

VOA - 08.11.2017

BOGOTA — From the rape of a toddler in Peru to a woman in Venezuela who was thrown off a balcony, progress on combating widespread gender violence in Latin America risks backsliding, the head of the ...

Congo Opposition Rejects New Timetable for Polls to Replace Kabila

VOA - 08.11.2017

KINSHASA — Democratic Republic of Congo’s main opposition parties have rejected a new date for elections announced at the weekend to replace President Joseph Kabila, saying it violates the law and a ...

Pakistan Debates How to Fill Education Gaps

VOA - 08.11.2017

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN — Two young boys kneel over small white tables, intently studying the Quran at a madrassa in Pakistan. The Al-Nadwa Madrassa in the hill station of Murree, 30 kilometers (19 ...

EU: US Lawmakers Aim to Comply with Iran Nuclear Deal

VOA - 08.11.2017

U.S. lawmakers signaled they plan to ensure the United States complies with the 2015 Iran nuclear deal despite U.S. President Donald Trump's misgivings about the pact, the European Union's foreign ...

Exploring Egypt's Great Pyramid From the Inside, Virtually

VOA - 08.11.2017

PARIS — A team of scientists who last week announced the discovery of a large void inside the Great Pyramid of Giza have created a virtual reality tour that allows users to "teleport" themselves ...

Traffickers Prey on Lost Rohingya Children in Bangladesh Camps

VOA - 08.11.2017

UKHIA, BANGLADESH — The end of the cyclone season comes as a relief to most Rohingya in Bangladesh's Kutupalong refugee camp. But not Noor Alom, who had been searching for his 6-year-old daughter for ...

Kenya's Odinga: Constitutional Review, Talks Will Pave Way Out of Crisis

VOA - 08.11.2017

NAIROBI — Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga said on Tuesday he wants an interim government to run the country for six months while the constitution is reviewed to curb the president's authority.

Lives of Anxiety: Immigrants Seek Sanctuary in US Churches

VOA - 08.11.2017

NEW YORK — Amanda Morales sees her children off to school each day from the entrance of a gothic church, but she won't even venture onto the sidewalk for fear of what may happen if she leaves the ...

US Senate Panel Targets Chinese Banks with North Korea Sanctions

VOA - 08.11.2017

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate Banking Committee unanimously backed new sanctions targeting Chinese banks that do business with North Korea on Tuesday, just before President Donald Trump visits Beijing ...

California to Collaborate with EU, China on Carbon Markets

VOA - 08.11.2017

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA — Gov. Jerry Brown announced plans Tuesday to further California's cooperation with the European Union and China on fighting climate change.

Russia and West Clash Over Blaming Syria for Chemical Use

VOA - 08.11.2017

UNITED NATIONS — Russia clashed with Western nations Tuesday over a report blaming Syria for a deadly chemical weapons attack, with Moscow dismissing its findings as "mythical or invented" and the ...

Democrats Notch Big Wins in Virginia, New Jersey

VOA - 08.11.2017

Tuesday delivered a string of high-profile victories for Democrats in gubernatorial races. Democrat Ralph Northam won the Virginia governor's race in what had become a nail-biter of a contest, ...

Civilians Caught in Middle as South Sudan War Nears 4-year Mark

VOA - 08.11.2017

MIJALE, UGANDA — The mourners carried the casket through the tall grass along Uganda's border with war-torn South Sudan. A church choir sang graveside hymns as the deceased relatives wailed, tears ...

Venezuelan Crisis Spawns Boom in Gambling

VOA - 08.11.2017

CARACAS — Players line up beside a small kiosk in a poor neighborhood to choose animals in a lottery game that has become a craze in Venezuela even as the oil-rich country suffers a fourth year of ...

Brazil's Young Indigenous Musicians Rap for Land Rights

VOA - 08.11.2017

RIO DE JANIERO — The opening ceremony of Brazil's World Cup in 2014 also marked the kickoff of a campaign by teenager Werá Jeguaka Mirim to fight for indigenous land rights through his rap songs.

Texas Massacre is Seized on By Both Sides in Gun Debate

VOA - 08.11.2017

Gun-rights supporters have seized on the Texas church massacre as proof of the well-worn saying that the best answer to a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.

New Jersey's 'Mile Square' City Elects First Sikh Mayor

VOA - 08.11.2017

HOBOKEN, NEW JERSEY — Just across the Hudson river from Manhattan, the “Mile Square” city of Hoboken, New Jersey, elected its first Sikh mayor on Tuesday.

Pence Visiting Victims of Texas Church Shooting

VOA - 08.11.2017

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence travels Wednesday to Sutherland Springs, Texas, to meet with the injured and the families of those killed in a mass shooting at a church.

Trump’s Extra Day in Asia to Send Symbolic Message of Concern

VOA - 08.11.2017

TAIPEI, TAIWAN — U.S. President Donald Trump's extra day of participation at a major Southeast Asian nations' leadership event next week will help lift his image among counties where officials are ...

Rohingya Insurgents Wage Costly Gamble

VOA - 08.11.2017

YANGON — Attacks by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) over the past year have raised the profile of the community’s plight in Myanmar. But as interviews with ARSA recruits make clear, the ...

Quick Sign Off on TPP Trade Deal Far From Sure at Asia-Pacific Meeting

VOA - 08.11.2017

DANANG, VIETNAM — Continuing disagreements over the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal ditched by U.S. President Donald Trump mean 11 remaining members may not be ready to give it a ...

US Condemns Iranian Support for Yemen Rebels

VOA - 08.11.2017

The White House is calling for the United Nations to examine Iran's role in the conflict in Yemen, alleging the Iranian government is perpetuating the fighting in order to "advance its regional ...

Trump Arrives in China for Thorny Talks on Trade, North Korea

VOA - 08.11.2017

BEIJING — Donald Trump arrived in Beijing Wednesday, his first visit as U.S. President to a nation that has been a focus, often a negative one, in his drive to secure jobs at home.

Myanmar Rejects UN Criticism Over Rohingya Muslim Crisis

VOA - 08.11.2017

Myanmar says criticism by the United Nations over its handling of the Rohingya refugee crisis could "seriously harm" negotiations with neighboring Bangladesh to repatriate the 600,000 Rohingyas who ...

Reports: 3 US College Basketball Players Arrested in China

VOA - 08.11.2017

U.S. media reports say three American college basketball players were arrested in China for allegedly shoplifting from a store in Hangzhou, China. ESPN reported Wednesday three players from UCLA -- ...

US Democrats Celebrate Coast-to-Coast Election Day Victories

VOA - 08.11.2017

Democratic political party members and their progressive allies across the United States had much to celebrate on Election Day 2017 in addition to major victories in the Virginia and New Jersey ...

Egyptian Activists Pan US Actress Helen Hunt in Open Letter

VOA - 08.11.2017

CAIRO — Egyptian activists condemned American actress Helen Hunt on Tuesday for her participation in a government-organized youth conference they say is whitewashing authorities' appalling human ...

India’s Cash Ban: 'Watershed Moment' or Reckless Move?

VOA - 08.11.2017

Was Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s move to scrap most currency overnight a year ago a “watershed moment” that helped clean up India’s economy or a “reckless move” that pulled down the world’s ...

Ancient Psalms Speak to Modern Audiences

VOA - 08.11.2017

NEW YORK — The 150 poems in the Book of Psalms represent a range of human voices and emotions, and are among the Bible’s most widely read verses. They have been a source of solace for generations.

Full Text of President Trump's Remarks to the South Korean National Assembly

VOA - 08.11.2017

November 07, 2017 Remarks by President Trump to the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea | Seoul, Republic of Korea National Assembly Building Seoul, Republic of Korea 11:24 A.M.

Kremlin: Putin, Trump Likely to Meet in Vietnam

VOA - 08.11.2017

United States President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will likely meet later this week on the sidelines of an economic summit in Vietnam, The Kremlin said Wednesday.

Pro-independence Protesters in Catalonia Block Roads, Railway Lines

VOA - 08.11.2017

Pro-independence protesters obstructed major highways, roads and railway lines Wednesday in Spain's Catalonia region as part of a general strike in protest of the detention of expelled Catalan ...

Kelly's Ex-Deputy Readies for Own DHS Confirmation Hearing

VOA - 08.11.2017

WASHINGTON — Kirstjen Nielsen helped shepherd President Donald Trump's Department of Homeland Security secretary pick through his Senate confirmation process.

Uber Wants to Develop Flying Taxis by 2020

VOA - 08.11.2017

The ride-hailing company Uber says it has signed a deal with the U.S. space agency NASA to develop a fleet of flying vertical takeoff and landing taxis by the end of the decade.

British Royals' Visit to India Clouded by Leaked Finances

VOA - 08.11.2017

NEW DELHI — Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, have begun a two-day visit to the smog-choked Indian capital as leaked documents about his own financial dealings ...

German Officials Celebrate Doubled Twitter Character Limit

VOA - 08.11.2017

BERLIN — German bureaucrats — notorious for their ability to create lengthy tongue twisters consisting of one single word — are celebrating the doubling of Twitter's character limit.

3 Gendarmes Killed in Cameroon's Anglophone Northwest

VOA - 08.11.2017

YAOUNDE — Two gendarmes were attacked and killed by armed men late Tuesday in the northwestern town of Bamenda, said Cameroon's government spokesperson Issa Tchiroma.

Gang With Suspected Neo-Nazi Links Vows to Force Migrants From Greece

VOA - 08.11.2017

A suspected breakaway faction from Greece’s neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party says it is recruiting anti-migrant hit squads and has vowed to drive all migrants and refugees out of Greece.

Tencent Buys 10 Percent Stake in Snap

VOA - 08.11.2017

NEW YORK — The Chinese internet company Tencent has acquired a 10 percent stake in Snap, with the social media company struggling to boost user growth.

Tillerson Joins Other Diplomats, Signs Onto Statement Condemning Syrian Chemical Weapons

VOA - 08.11.2017

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and several other diplomats signed onto a statement Wednesday condemning the Syrian government’s use of chemical weapons against its citizens.

Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley Celebrate a Decade as CMA Hosts

VOA - 08.11.2017

Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood are celebrating their 10-year anniversary — as hosts of the Country Music Association Awards. The duo has hosted the show consecutively since 2008, and they return ...

Scrambling to Track Islamic State Terrorists, Coalition Turns to Biometrics

VOA - 08.11.2017

As U.S.-backed forces made their final push into the city of Raqqa to liberate what had once been the Syrian capital of the Islamic State's self-declared caliphate, they faced a problem.

Senate Committee Narrowly Backs Trump Pick for NASA Chief

VOA - 08.11.2017

WASHINGTON — A Senate committee on Wednesday narrowly backed President Donald Trump's nominee to serve as the next NASA chief. Republicans on the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee ...

After Bright Career, Donald Sutherland Finally Nabs Oscar

VOA - 08.11.2017

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA — For every era of film in the last half-century, there's a memorable Donald Sutherland role. Whether it's his breakthrough performance in “The Dirty Dozen,” his portrayal ...

Keith Urban Records Song Inspired by Harvey Weinstein

VOA - 08.11.2017

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE — Country star Keith Urban will debut a new song on the Country Music Association Awards on Wednesday inspired by the allegations of sexual assault and harassment hurled against ...

Judge Permits Psychological Exam for 'El Chapo'

VOA - 08.11.2017

NEW YORK — A U.S. judge gave permission on Wednesday for a psychologist to examine infamous Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman at the New York City jail where he's locked up in a ...

The Olympic Sliding Season Begins, With High US Expectations

VOA - 08.11.2017

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. — The scene following just about every World Cup women's bobsled race last season looked something like this: Elana Meyers Taylor and Jamie Greubel Poser on the podium, both ...

Delhi Schools Shut for Rest of Week as Toxic Smog Thickens, Chokes

VOA - 08.11.2017

NEW DELHI — Delhi's government on Wednesday ordered schools shut for the rest of the week as air pollution worsened and criticism mounted over the failure of Indian authorities to tackle the public ...

Palestinians Resume Security Ties With Israel, Eye Gaza Enforcement

VOA - 08.11.2017

RAMALLAH, WEST BANK — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s administration said on Wednesday it had resumed security coordination with Israel in the occupied West Bank, frozen in July, and sought ...

Twitter, Snapchat Tweak Products to Lure More Users

VOA - 08.11.2017

SAN FRANCISCO — Struggling social media platforms Twitter and Snapchat are taking on new looks as the services seek wider audiences in the shadow of Facebook.

Scientists Find Sheep Can Recognize Human Faces

VOA - 08.11.2017

LONDON — Sheep have been trained to recognize the faces of celebrities, including former U.S. President Barack Obama, by University of Cambridge scientists who hope it may help with understanding ...

Climate-hit Nations Ask: Who Will Pay Rising Costs of Disasters?

VOA - 08.11.2017

BONN, GERMANY — As climate change-driven storms, floods and other disasters bring escalating financial losses, how will the costs be paid? That's a crucial question at the U.N.

Kenya's Parliament Takes 3-week Break at Opposition's Request

VOA - 08.11.2017

NAIROBI — Deadlock over the allocation of leadership posts has forced Kenya’s parliament into an unscheduled three-week recess, lawmakers said on Wednesday, indicating a protracted political crisis ...

Minority, LGBT Candidates Win Statewide, Local US Elections

VOA - 08.11.2017

While much of the attention has been focused on U.S. Democratic candidates who won two significant gubernatorial races Tuesday, there were also sweeping Democratic victories throughout the United ...

Zimbabwe First Lady Angled into Position to Be New VP

VOA - 08.11.2017

JOHANNESBURG — Tension is growing over the status of Zimbabwe's first lady, after President Robert Mugabe praised her at a rally Wednesday, indicating that she may be his pick to replace his recently ...

CBO: Republican Tax Plan Would Add $1.7 Trillion to National Debt

VOA - 08.11.2017

An independent analysis has concluded the U.S. tax overhaul being advanced by Republican leaders in the House of Representatives would add $1.7 trillion to the country's debt during the next decade, ...

Rights Group Calls for Release of Detained Turkish Chairman

VOA - 08.11.2017

As Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildrim prepares to meet with Vice President Mike Pence in Washington Thursday, Amnesty International has called on the U.S.

US, 3 Allies Urge UN to Maintain Syria Chemical Experts

VOA - 08.11.2017

UNITED NATIONS — The top U.S., British, French and German diplomats urged the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday to renew the mandate of experts charged with determining who was responsible for ...

Saudi Arabia Steps Up Military Operation in Yemen and Media Campaign Against Iran

VOA - 08.11.2017

CAIRO, EGYPT — The war of words between Iran and Saudi Arabia is escalating in the media and on the ground after the weekend launch of a ballistic missile from Yemen which hit near the airport in the ...

Trump Environment Nominees Pressed on Federal Climate Report

VOA - 08.11.2017

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's nominee to serve as his top environmental adviser said Wednesday she is unconvinced by a new U.S. government assessment reaffirming that manmade carbon emissions ...

NATO Backs Plan to Improve Command of Its Forces

VOA - 08.11.2017

BRUSSELS — Wary of a belligerent and unpredictable Russia, NATO is expanding its operations for the first time since the end of the Cold War and drawing up plans to improve the way the military ...

At Least Four Dead, 18 Missing in Colombia Landslide

VOA - 08.11.2017

BOGOTA — A landslide killed at least four people and left 18 missing in southwest Colombia, authorities said on Wednesday, as the country grappled once again with the deadly pairing of heavy rains ...

Female Directors are Ready to Topple an Ignoble Oscar Stat

VOA - 08.11.2017

NEW YORK — Four. It's one of the most glaring numbers in Academy Awards history. That's how many women have been nominated for best director in the awards' 89 years of existence.

Anger Seethes on Margins of Historic Oil Cleanup in Nigeria's Delta

VOA - 08.11.2017

PORT HARCOURT, NIGERIA — Nearly a decade after two catastrophic oil spills in the Niger Delta, a comprehensive cleanup has finally been launched in the southern Nigerian region.

FBI Again Finds Itself Unable to Unlock a Gunman's Cellphone

VOA - 08.11.2017

WASHINGTON — The Texas church massacre is providing a familiar frustration for law enforcement: FBI agents are unable to unlock the gunman's encrypted cellphone to learn what evidence it might hold.

With high grades but no scholarships

Kosova Live - 08.11.2017

Medina Mehmeti, a Master’s level student at the University of Prishtina (UP) – Department of Albanian Language, thinks that it is unfair that Masters students are not given scholarships.

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Shqipmedia - 07.11.2017

Filmat më të mirë që kinematë kanë shfaqur nga viti 2000, janë zgjedhur nga 177 kritikë të filmit nga e gjithë bota ‘Vdekja e kinemasë’ debatohet në programet e studimeve të filmit universitar në ...

Concern Grows as Pakistani Journalist Who Interviewed Bin Laden Linked to Taliban Kidnapping

VOA - 07.11.2017

WASHINGTON — Pakistani police have reopened an investigation into the killing of a former spy whose widow has alleged that a popular news anchor was behind his abduction.

Turkey's Erdogan Angers Critics With Plan to Replace Culture Center

VOA - 07.11.2017

ISTANBUL — President Tayyip Erdogan announced on Monday plans to demolish a culture center in Istanbul named after the founder of modern secular Turkey, in a move critics see as another attempt by ...

UN Security Council Urges Myanmar to Stop Excessive Military Force

VOA - 07.11.2017

UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations Security Council urged the Myanmar government on Monday to "ensure no further excessive use of military force in Rakhine state," where violence has forced more ...

UN Experts Urge Hong Kong to Uphold Rights of Democracy Activists

VOA - 07.11.2017

GENEVA — U.N. human rights experts urged Hong Kong to uphold the fundamental freedoms of expression and assembly on Tuesday when a court hears a final appeal of three prominent pro-democracy ...

Dudley Retirement Reflects Broad Turnover of US Federal Reserve Leadership

VOA - 07.11.2017

WASHINGTON — A revamping of the Federal Reserve's leadership is widening with the announcement Monday that William Dudley, president of the New York Fed and the No.

Study: Africa Set to Top 1 Billion Mobile Internet Connections in Five Years

VOA - 07.11.2017

JOHANNESBURG — Africa's mobile internet connections are set to double in the next five years, a study showed on Monday, thanks to affordable smartphones and the roll-out of high-speed networks.

Ruling Party Extends Control in Nicaraguan Local Elections

VOA - 07.11.2017

MANAGUA, NICARAGUA — Nicaragua's governing National Liberation Sandinista Front has extended its dominance in local elections that opposition parties say were marked by abstentions and at least three ...

Hungarians Take Walking Tour to Overcome Fears of Muslims

VOA - 07.11.2017

BUDAPEST — A walking tour to learn about Budapest's Muslim community and its mosques has become popular with Hungarians as a way of overcoming fears and reservations amid a strident anti-immigrant ...

Forget Rice, Dish Up Aztec Pigweed to Help Feed the World

VOA - 07.11.2017

BEIRUT — From Aztec pigweed to dragon beans - several ancient, often forgotten foods are making their way to the dinner table in an effort to diversify the diet of a growing global population.

Saudi Economy Vulnerable as Corruption Probe Hits Business Old Guard

VOA - 07.11.2017

RIYADH — Two weeks ago the glitzy Ritz Carlton hotel in Riyadh was the site of an international conference promoting Saudi Arabia as an investment destination, with over 3,000 officials and business ...

Nordic States Step Up Defense Cooperation Because of Russia Worries

VOA - 07.11.2017

HELSINKI — Nordic countries agreed on Monday to step up defense cooperation and exchange more air surveillance information because they are worried about Russia's increasing military activity.

Britain Introduces Law Seeking to Help Post-Brexit Trade

VOA - 07.11.2017

LONDON — Prime Minister Theresa May’s government said it would submit legislation to parliament on Tuesday needed to let Britain pursue an independent trade policy once it leaves the European Union.

Mexico: Upcoming US Execution of National is 'Illegal'

VOA - 07.11.2017

MEXICO CITY — Senior Mexican diplomats on Monday condemned the upcoming execution of a Mexican inmate on death row in Texas, calling his sentence "illegal" and vowing to exhaust all possible efforts ...

Stephen Hawking Says Technology Could End Poverty But Urges Caution

VOA - 07.11.2017

LISBON — Technology can hopefully reverse some of the harm caused to the planet by industrialisation and help end disease and poverty, but artificial intelligence (AI) needs to be controlled, ...

Two Children Sue Over Trump Effort to Roll Back Clean Power Plan

VOA - 07.11.2017

Two children, backed by the Clean Air Council environmental group, sued U.S. President Donald Trump and two of his Cabinet members on Monday to try to stop them from scrapping a package of ...

Trump Wants $4B More for Missile Defense, Citing N. Korea

VOA - 07.11.2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump asked Congress on Monday for $4 billion to support missile defense to counter the threat from North Korea, just ahead of his first visit to South Korea since ...

Escaping the Exorcist: Chad's 'Snake Children' Turn Carpenters and Musicians

VOA - 07.11.2017

N'DJAMENA — When Koutu Saimon's son, Wheener, was born almost four months premature and "as small as a mouse," friends and relatives in Chad turned to the new mother and, with sidelong glances and in ...

Catalonia Faces 10 Percent Tourism Hit in Fourth Quarter

VOA - 07.11.2017

LONDON — The restive Spanish region of Catalonia faces a potential $500 million financial hit in the fourth quarter as business-related travel dips following the attack in Barcelona and the ...

US Judge Keeps Bail Conditions for Ex-Trump Campaign Aide Manafort

VOA - 07.11.2017

A U.S. district judge again declined to ease bail conditions for President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort and his business associate Rick Gates on Monday, saying they still ...

Air Force Probing Why Texas Church Gunman Criminal Record Not Sent to FBI

VOA - 07.11.2017

The U.S. Air Force is investigating why the Texas church gunman's domestic violence conviction that got him jailed and thrown out of the service was not properly entered into the FBI database.

US Cancels Immigration Benefits for 2,500 Nicaraguans

VOA - 07.11.2017

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has ended the immigration benefits for nearly 2,500 Nicaraguan nationals who are in the United States, but extended benefits for 57,000 Hondurans.

Iranian Officials Deny Alleged Ties to al-Qaida

VOA - 07.11.2017

WASHINGTON — Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasimi denies Iran’s alleged connection to al-Qaida, and calls the claim an “empty media whirlwind” by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.

Indonesia Threatens to Block WhatsApp Messaging Over Obscene Content

VOA - 07.11.2017

JAKARTA / SAN FRANCISCO — Indonesia on Monday vowed to block Facebook's WhatsApp Messenger within 48 hours if the service did not ensure that obscene Graphics Interchange Format (GIF) images were ...

Echoes of Cold War as NATO Mulls New North Atlantic Command

VOA - 07.11.2017

BRUSSELS — NATO needs to establish a new regional base for protecting the North Atlantic against increased Russian naval strength, a senior alliance general said on Monday, as allies consider the ...

Trump Praises Saudi Purge, Voices Confidence in King, Crown Prince

VOA - 07.11.2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday endorsed a move by Saudi Arabia's future king that tightened his grip on power through the arrests of royals, ministers and investors in an ...

Rodney Crowell, Kelsea Ballerini Honored by ASCAP

VOA - 07.11.2017

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE — Singer songwriters Rodney Crowell and Kelsea Ballerini and hit country songwriter Ashley Gorley were honored at the ASCAP Country Music Awards in Nashville, Tennessee on Monday.

US Investigation Finds No Afghan Civilian Casualties in Kunduz Strike

VOA - 07.11.2017

KABUL — A U.S. investigation into reports that at least 13 civilians were killed during an operation in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz last week found no evidence of any civilian casualties, a ...

Hong Kong Democracy Activists Win Last Chance to Appeal Jail Terms in Highest Court

VOA - 07.11.2017

HONG KONG — An appeal against the controversial jailing of three young democracy activists will be heard in Hong Kong's highest court in January, after the Court of Final Appeal decided on Tuesday to ...

Former Trump Adviser Page Tells Panel About 2016 Russia Trip

VOA - 07.11.2017

WASHINGTON — A former foreign policy adviser to President Donald Trump's campaign has acknowledged in testimony to Congress that he had contact with a high-level Russian official while on a trip to ...

Japan Joins Belt & Road Competition Amid Trump's Asia tour

VOA - 07.11.2017

BEIJING — During his stop in Tokyo this week, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gave U.S. President Donald Trump a white hat that said: "Donald & Shinzo, Make Alliance Even Greater.

Television Station Attacked in Afghan Capital

VOA - 07.11.2017

Unknown gunmen, including suicide bombers, have stormed the headquarters of a private Afghan television station in Kabul and there are reports of casualties.

Seeking Asylum, Afraid to go Home

VOA - 07.11.2017

JERSEY CITY, NEW JERSEY — A week after his release from immigration detention, Mohammed Gaber found a home at a halfway house in New Jersey. He was one of five undocumented immigrants living at the ...

Trump Expresses Resolve in North Korean Nuclear Crisis

VOA - 07.11.2017

SEOUL — U.S. President Donald Trump says North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile weapons program poses a "worldwide threat that requires worldwide action," and criticized countries that support ...

Rights Groups Urge Trump to Address China’s Human Rights Violations

VOA - 07.11.2017

Rights advocates at home and abroad are calling on U.S. President Donald Trump to use his first presidential visit to China to address the country's deteriorating human rights situation.

Death Toll in Vietnam from Typhoon Damrey Rises to 69

VOA - 07.11.2017

Vietnamese officials say the death toll from a powerful typhoon that struck the country's south-central coast last week has risen to 69. The Disaster Management Authority says another 30 people are ...

One Year On, Trump’s Election Draws Protests, Re-Evaluation

VOA - 07.11.2017

WHITE HOUSE — Thousands of Americans are planning to “scream helplessly at the sky" in a show of what organizers say is disgust and frustration at Donald Trump’s election as president exactly one ...

NATO Sees Taliban Bases in Pakistan 'Big Challenge' to Afghan Peace

VOA - 07.11.2017

ISLAMABAD — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Taliban bases in Pakistan pose a “big challenge” to efforts aimed at bringing peace and stability to Afghanistan.

Low-Income Students See Low Graduation Rates

VOA - 07.11.2017

Colleges and universities continue to struggle with serving low-income and first generation students. While 60 percent of the wealthiest students complete their studies and graduate, only about 16 ...

Egypt's President Says he Supports 2-term Limit

VOA - 07.11.2017

CAIRO — Egypt's leader said in a television interview that he does not favor amending constitutional provisions that bar the president from staying in office beyond two, four-year terms.

Trump: Stricter US Gun Laws Would Not Have Stopped Texas Massacre

VOA - 07.11.2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump says stricter gun laws in the country would not have prevented a gunman from killing 26 people in a massacre at a Texas church and possibly would have kept a ...

Lebanese PM Who Resigned from Saudi Arabia Visits UAE

VOA - 07.11.2017

BEIRUT, LEBANON — In a new twist in the saga of Lebanon's prime minister who resigned over the weekend from Saudi Arabia, Saad Hariri's office said he visited the United Arab Emirates briefly on ...

Italy’s Dark Knight Returns

VOA - 07.11.2017

ROME, ITALY — His political career appeared to have been wrecked half a decade ago by sex and Mafia-linked corruption scandals, and in June he underwent open heart surgery, but to the amazement of ...

US State and Local Elections Could be Early Test of Trump’s Political Influence

VOA - 07.11.2017

Voters in the U.S. state of Virginia will elect a new governor Tuesday, one of a number of state and local elections that could provide an early indication of how the electorate views President ...

10 Arrests in French, Swiss Raids Over Suspected Attack Plot

VOA - 07.11.2017

PARIS — Ten people suspected of using encrypted social networks to prepare a possible attack were arrested Tuesday in counterterrorism operations in France and Switzerland, according to French ...

Ousted Leader: Europe Must Speak up for Catalan Separatists

VOA - 07.11.2017

MADRID, SPAIN — Ousted Catalan president Carles Puigdemont, who wants to lead a pro-independence coalition of political forces in an upcoming regional election, criticized Tuesday the passivity of ...

AMISOM Says 1,000 Troops to Leave Somalia

VOA - 07.11.2017

MOGADISHU — African Union peacekeeping troops will start withdrawing from Somalia next month, says the head of the AU mission in the country. Francisco Madeira told a news conference in Mogadishu ...

Far From Home, Trump Gets Enthusiastic Welcome in Seoul

VOA - 07.11.2017

SEOUL — South Koreans lined the streets leading to the presidential Blue House in Seoul to welcome U.S. President Donald Trump, while some came out to protest the American leader and his tough ...

Iran Denies Saudi Claim it Launched Missile from Yemen

VOA - 07.11.2017

Iran is denying claims from the Saudi Arabian crown prince that Iran committed a “direct military aggression” against Riyadh when Yemeni rebels launched a missile at a Saudi airport.

Kenya's Election Season Extended as 3 Petitions Filed in Court

VOA - 07.11.2017

NAIROBI — Just when many Kenyans thought they had seen the end of the country's long election season, three petitions to contest the process were filed with the Supreme Court ahead of a Monday night ...

US Demining Cut Provokes Cambodia

VOA - 07.11.2017

PHNOM PENH — A U.S. decision to cut funding for a demining program in Cambodia threatens to further worsen a feud between Phnom Penh and Washington. On Tuesday, it emerged through local media reports ...

Trump Offers Reassurance, Resolve on North Korean Nuclear Crisis

VOA - 07.11.2017

SEOUL — President Donald Trump shed his fiery rhetoric toward North Korea on Tuesday instead delivering a message of resolve and optimism to South Korea, saying he believes "ultimately, it'll all ...

Trump Campaign Adviser Gained 'Incredible Insights' During Moscow Trip

VOA - 07.11.2017

Carter Page, a foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump as he ran for president last year, told campaign aides he had gained "incredible insights" from Russian lawmakers and "senior members" of ...

UN: Saudi Blockade of Yemen's Ports Causing Humanitarian Catastrophe

VOA - 07.11.2017

GENEVA — The United Nations is calling for an immediate halt to the Saudi Arabian coalition's blockade of life-saving commercial goods into Yemen. The coalition closed all land, sea and air ports in ...

US Opposition to Iraqi Kurdish Independence Stokes Turkish Hopes

VOA - 07.11.2017

ISTANBUL — Emboldened by the United States' firm opposition to the Iraqi Kurdish independence referendum in September, Turkey is pushing to persuade Washington to abandon its support for Syrian ...

Deaths of Trafficked Nigerian Women Investigated as Possible Homicide

VOA - 07.11.2017

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND — Italian authorities are investigating the deaths of at least 23 trafficked Nigerian women on smugglers' boats in the Mediterranean Sea as possible victims of homicide.

Syria Signs on to Paris Climate Agreement

VOA - 07.11.2017

Syria on Tuesday announced its intentions to sign on to the Paris Climate Agreement during talks in Bonn, Germany. Syria's representative at the talks, M.

India Seeks to Promote a Staple Dish as Its Brand Food Across Globe

VOA - 07.11.2017

NEW DELHI — Indian cuisine is often identified with spicy curries and a range of kebabs, but the government wants to propel a staple dish made with rice and lentils across the global stage.

Report: Rights Abuses by Mexican Military Largely Unpunished

VOA - 07.11.2017

MEXICO CITY — The vast majority of human rights abuses allegedly committed by soldiers waging Mexico's war on drug gangs go unsolved and unpunished despite reforms letting civilian authorities ...

Lawmakers Want to Ensure US Safe Haven for Some Foreigners

VOA - 07.11.2017

WASHINGTON — Following an administration move to send home some Nicaraguans long granted U.S. protection, lawmakers from both parties said Tuesday that Congress needed to find a permanent solution to ...

Texas Gunman Shot Babies at Point-blank Range

VOA - 07.11.2017

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, TEXAS — The gunman who killed 26 people at a small-town Texas church went aisle to aisle looking for victims and shot crying babies at point-blank range, a couple who survived the ...

Official Says Puerto Rico Needs ‘Unprecedented’ Federal Help

VOA - 07.11.2017

WASHINGTON — Puerto Rico has suffered such extensive devastation from Hurricane Maria that its recovery will fail unless the island gets more help from the Trump administration and Congress, the head ...

Appeals Court Argument Set for Texas Immigration Law

VOA - 07.11.2017

NEW ORLEANS — A federal appeals court in New Orleans planned to hear arguments Tuesday on a Texas law cracking down on so-called sanctuary cities. The Texas Legislature approved the law in the spring.

Bin Laden's Son Calls on Followers to Rise in Rebellion

VOA - 07.11.2017

Osama bin Laden's son, Hamza, is calling for followers to "rise in rebellion ... against the agents of the Americans" and "to incite the masses ... until the preparations are complete & the masses ...

Indiana Prosecutors Vehemently Oppose Medical Marijuana

VOA - 07.11.2017

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana's county prosecutors remain vehemently opposed to any form of marijuana legalization and insist the plant "is not medicine" amid a push by a conservative state lawmaker to have ...

Bolder Saudi Moves to Confront Iran Echo Across Region

VOA - 07.11.2017

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES — Saudi Arabia is more aggressively confronting its rival Iran on multiple fronts. It's a policy that risks sharpening several conflicts in the Middle East, even though so ...

Wisconsin Lawsuit Blames Drug Makers for Opioid Crisis

VOA - 07.11.2017

MILWAUKEE — Nearly two dozen Wisconsin counties are suing makers of prescription painkillers, alleging in a federal lawsuit Tuesday that the companies’ “nefarious and deceptive” marketing campaigns ...

Iowa Governor Seeks Review of Couple's Work for Saudi Arabia

VOA - 07.11.2017

IOWA CITY, IOWA — Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds said Tuesday that she had asked an ethics board to review whether two of her supporters who are Iowa government officials violated any laws by working on ...

Texas University Locked Down After Gunfire

VOA - 07.11.2017

Texas Christian University students were told to seek shelter Tuesday morning after the school issued an alert of an armed person on campus. “Armed person on campus.

Red Cross Federation Chief Vows Corruption Crackdown

VOA - 07.11.2017

GENEVA — The new president of the world's largest humanitarian network, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), promised on Tuesday to crack down on corruption ...

Texas Community Consoled With Food, Counseling, Prayer

VOA - 07.11.2017

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, TEXAS — Not far from the First Baptist Church, where a shooting rampage Sunday claimed 26 lives and altered scores of others' futures, scenes of generosity and compassion unfolded ...

Thousands of Guatemalans Block Highways in Protest

VOA - 07.11.2017

GUATEMALA CITY — Thousands of rural Guatemalans are blocking highways across the country to demand the resignation of President Jimmy Morales and lawmakers accused of corruption.

Rivals of Incumbent Seek to Sway Czech Policy Toward West in Presidential Vote

VOA - 07.11.2017

PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC — A host of pro-Western candidates met Tuesday's deadline to run for Czech president, seeking to unseat incumbent Milos Zeman, who has leaned toward Russia and China.

What a Tangled Web Spiders Weave in Jerusalem Enchanted Forest

VOA - 07.11.2017

JARUSALEM — On the banks of a creek near Jerusalem stands an enchanted forest, its trees shrouded by giant cobwebs woven by long-jawed spiders. Science and nature combined to create the unusual ...

Zimbabwe's Mugabe Widens Purge, Clearing Wife's Succession Path

VOA - 07.11.2017

HARARE, ZIMBABWE — Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's sacking of his deputy, Emmerson Mnangagwa, was part of a purge that analysts said was meant to neutralize any resistance to the political rise ...

Deaths Spike in South Africa's Deep and Dangerous Mines, Reversing Trend

VOA - 07.11.2017

JOHANNESBURG — The 2017 death toll in South Africa's mines has already surpassed the 2016 figure, ending nine straight years of falling fatalities in the world's deepest mines and raising red flags ...

Gerwig Explores Complexities of Growing Up in 'Lady Bird'

VOA - 07.11.2017

LOS ANGELES — "Why won't you call me Lady Bird? You promised that you would." That is the line that popped into actor and filmmaker Greta Gerwig's head one day and went on to become the opening ...

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Lajm - 06.11.2017

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Somali Pro-IS Group Chief Survives US Strike, Says Regional Leader

VOA - 06.11.2017

The leader of the Pro-Islamic State group in Somalia has survived U.S. airstrikes which targeted caves in a remote mountainous area in Puntland, the region’s president told VOA Somali.

Prosecutors: Manafort Needs to Detail Finances Further in Bail Talks

VOA - 06.11.2017

WASHINGTON — Special Counsel Robert Mueller pushed back on Sunday against Paul Manafort's efforts to avoid house arrest, arguing that President Donald Trump's former campaign manager needed to ...

26 Dead in Shooting at Texas Church

VOA - 06.11.2017

Americans witnessed another mass shooting Sunday, with at 26 dead in a church in a small town in Texas. A newspaper report says a two-year old is among the wounded.

Reports: Gunman in Texas Church Shooting Identified

VOA - 06.11.2017

The gunman who killed at least 26 people in a small Texas church Sunday has been identified as 26-year-old Devin Kelley, CBS News and the New York Times reported.

Catalan Five Get Conditional Freedom in Belgium

VOA - 06.11.2017

BRUSSELS — Ousted Catalan president Carles Puigdemont and four close separatist allies regained their freedom at the end of a tumultuous Sunday that started when they surrendered in Brussels to face ...

As Disasters Surge, Nations Must Cut Emissions Faster, Experts Urge

VOA - 06.11.2017

BONN — With hurricanes, floods and other impacts of climate change becoming increasingly destructive, countries urgently need to step up their ambitions to cut emissions if they are to keep global ...

US Trade with Japan ‘Not Fair or Open’ Trump Tells Business Leaders

VOA - 06.11.2017

TOKYO — In characteristically blunt remarks directed at Japanese business executives U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday called for them to manufacture more in America, lamenting “Japan has been ...

S.Korea Imposes Sanctions on 18 N.Koreans, a Day Before Trump Visit

VOA - 06.11.2017

SEOUL — South Korea imposed unilateral sanctions on 18 North Koreans on Monday, barring any financial transactions between those sanctioned and any South Koreans, as part of international efforts to ...

Flanagan First American Woman to Win NYC Marathon in 40 Years

VOA - 06.11.2017

Before Sunday's New York City Marathon, American Shalane Flanagan had never won a major race at that distance. Neither had Kenyan Geoffrey Kamworor. Flanagan became the first U.S.

Saudi-led Coalition Warns Iran Over Yemen Missile Launch

VOA - 06.11.2017

SANAA, YEMEN — The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen closed off the land, sea and air ports to the Arab world's poorest country early Monday after a rebel-fired ballistic missile targeted Riyadh, ...

Trump Blames 'Mental Health' Not Guns for Texas Church Attack

VOA - 06.11.2017

A man opened fire with an assault weapon at a church near San Antonio, Texas, Sunday morning, killing 26 worshipers and wounding at least 20. The victims range from five to 72 years old.

Mexico Arrests Suspected U.S. Cult Leader Over Triple Murder and Pedophilia

VOA - 06.11.2017

Mexican police have detained a polygamous cult leader wanted in the United States on charges of pedophilia and who is a suspect in the murder of three U.S. citizens in Mexico. Orson William Black Jr.

Typhoon Damrey Kills At Least 49 People in Vietnam

VOA - 06.11.2017

A powerful typhoon that blasted Vietnam's south-central coast has killed at least 49 people, left more than a dozen missing and caused extensive damage to the region.

Australia Proposes Lawmakers Prove They're Not Dual Citizens

VOA - 06.11.2017

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA — Australia's prime minister on Monday proposed making all lawmakers prove they are not dual citizens in a move that could threaten the stability of his own government.

Test of Chinese Vessel in Contested Sea Adds Speed Bump to Diplomacy

VOA - 06.11.2017

TAIPEI, TAIWAN — China’s announcement of a super-sized reclamation vessel for use in the disputed South China Sea stands to rile much of Asia as well as the U.S.

US Calls for 'Equal Diligence' in Efforts to Combat Terror Groups in Pakistan

VOA - 06.11.2017

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN — The United States has called on Pakistan to show “equal diligence” in fighting all terrorist groups operating in the country, including the Haqqani network, and cautioned ...

Liberia Supreme Court Postpones Presidential Run-off

VOA - 06.11.2017

The Liberian Supreme Court has indefinitely postponed the presidential run-off election that had been scheduled for later this week, citing concerns of fraud in the first round.

Europe’s Breakaway Movements Watch Catalonia’s Progress With Interest

VOA - 06.11.2017

LONDON — Catalonia’s bid to break away from Spain took another twist this weekend as the former president of the region, Carles Puigdemont, handed himself in to Belgian police, having fled to ...

Tourism Investment and Finance Fund: Invitation to Bid

Mapo - 06.11.2017

Tourism Investment and Finance Fund Invitation to Bid Subject: Hotel bedding, toilet kits and kitchen equipment in Seferan, Belsh The Tourism Investment and Finance Fund is a nonprofit financial ...

WFP: South Sudan Food Problem 'Worsening'

VOA - 06.11.2017

NAIROBI, KENYA — The food situation in South Sudan is worsening, according to a new report released by United Nations, humanitarian agencies, and the government.

Fiji Calls for Urgency in Talks to Implement Climate Accord

VOA - 06.11.2017

BONN, GERMANY — Fiji's prime minister called for a sense of urgency Monday, telling negotiators that “we must not fail our people” as he opened two weeks of talks on implementing the Paris accord to ...

Supreme Court Rejects Samsung Appeal in Apple Patents Case

VOA - 06.11.2017

The Supreme Court has rejected Samsung's appeal of court rulings that it impermissibly copied features of Apple's iPhone. The justices on Monday left in place rulings in favor of Apple involving its ...

Officials Look for Motive in Texas Church Shooting Rampage

VOA - 06.11.2017

Authorities in Texas tried Monday to figure out what motivated Devin Kelley, a 26-year-old dishonorably discharged U.S. airman, to open fire on a Baptist church, killing 26 people and wounding 20 ...

Turkey's Prime Minister Heads to Washington Amid Rising Tensions

VOA - 06.11.2017

ISTANBUL — Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim heads to Washington Tuesday to meet with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, as relations between the NATO allies endure a rocky period.

Both Candidates Claim Momentum in Virginia Governor's Race

VOA - 06.11.2017

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA. — Republican Ed Gillespie and Democrat Ralph Northam both claim momentum is on their side with one day to go before Election Day in Virginia's high-stakes, closely watched race ...

Cameroon's President Clocks 35 Years in Office

VOA - 06.11.2017

YAOUNDE — Monday marked 35 years since Cameroon's President Paul Biya took office. His supporters are marking the anniversary with celebrations. His opponents are calling for him to stand aside when ...

Bono Among Figures Named in Leak of Tax-haven Documents

VOA - 06.11.2017

LONDON — Leaked papers revealing investments in tax havens by the world's wealthy suggest U2 frontman Bono used a company based in low-tax Malta to buy part of a shopping mall in Lithuania.

Tecumseh: An 'Uncommon Genius'

VOA - 06.11.2017

Tecumseh was a 19th century leader of the Shawnee tribe who led a large, multi-tribal confederacy to fight American expansion into the Northwest—ultimately in vain.

Uber Tackles Sex Assault Problem by Pledging $5M to Training

VOA - 06.11.2017

DETROIT — Uber is pledging $5 million over the next five years to seven organizations that work to prevent sexual assaults, a move aimed at helping the ride-hailing service combat its own problems as ...

Rebuilding 'Hell Square' in Syria’s Raqqa

VOA - 06.11.2017

AIN ISSA, SYRIA — “I went to all of the executions,” said Abd Hassan Shaban, a 50-year-old father of seven, a week after fleeing the final battles in Raqqa, Syria. “I had relatives in prison.

Trump's Call Could End Diversity Immigrant Visas Program

VOA - 06.11.2017

President Donald Trump has called on Congress to abolish the Diversity Immigrant Visa (DV) Program, through which the suspect in last week's New York terror attack entered the country.

Kingdom-wide Arrests in Saudi Arabia See Crown Prince Tighten His Grip

VOA - 06.11.2017

The writers of the television drama series "Game of Thrones" would be hard pressed to pack into one episode what happened in Saudi Arabia Saturday, which saw breathtaking arrests of scores of princes ...

Pakistani Diplomat Killed in Afghanistan

VOA - 06.11.2017

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan condemned Monday’s killing of a diplomatic staffer in neighboring Afghanistan and demanded increased security for its missions and staff.

‘Paradise Papers’ Reveal Inner Workings of Elite Tax Havens

VOA - 06.11.2017

Media organizations across the world revealed a massive leak of millions of financial documents Sunday that outlined the elaborate steps taken by elite politicians and other wealthy individuals to ...

Amid Outcry, Afghan Officials Rescind Temporary Ban on WhatsApp, Telegram

VOA - 06.11.2017

ISLAMABAD — Afghanistan's government has decided against blocking the instant messaging services of WhatsApp and Telegram in the face of widespread anger and sustained criticism of the controversial ...

Majestic Mountains of Washington State

VOA - 06.11.2017

Highway 20 took national parks traveler Mikah Meyer through North Cascades National Park in Washington state, offering him breathtaking views of the mountains.

Will Kindness Get You Into College?

VOA - 06.11.2017

Kindness, not grades and test scores, may become the new “it factor” for college admissions departments. More admissions officers are including kindness, compassion and helping others in their ...

Zimbabwe's Mugabe Fires Popular Vice President

VOA - 06.11.2017

Zimbabwe's president, Robert Mugabe, has dismissed a deputy who was once seen as his possible successor. The firing of Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa could open a path to the presidency for ...

Texas Shooter - Who Was He, What Were His Military Ties?

VOA - 06.11.2017

PENTAGON — The gunman who slaughtered worshipers Sunday morning at a wood-frame church in a small south Texas town had a troubled past that included several months of imprisonment, according to the ...

What We Know About Sunday's Texas Church Shooting

VOA - 06.11.2017

Key facts about Sunday's shooting at a Texas church, where 26 people were killed and 20 others wounded: Motivations for attack The shooter, 26-year-old Devin Kelley, was allegedly motivated by a ...

AMISOM Launches Attack Against Al-Shabab in Somalia

VOA - 06.11.2017

African Union troops in Somalia have launched an operation to flush out al-Shabab militants from the Lower Shabelle region and secure main supply routes in the area.

Lebanon PM Quits, But State Won't Accept His Resignation

VOA - 06.11.2017

BEIRUT — Lebanon's president appealed for national unity on Monday after Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri quit in a broadcast from Saudi Arabia, plunging the coalition government and country into ...

Egyptian Rights Lawyer Says He'll Run for President in 2018

VOA - 06.11.2017

CAIRO — Egyptian human rights lawyer and opposition leader Khaled Ali said Monday he would challenge President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in the 2018 presidential election, provided he is not barred from ...

Britain's May, Party Leaders Agree to Tackle Sexual Harassment

VOA - 06.11.2017

LONDON — British Prime Minister Theresa May and other party leaders agreed on Monday to introduce new safeguards for those working in parliament to try to contain a growing sexual harassment scandal.

Low Turnout in Chile Election Could Hand Victory to Pinera

VOA - 06.11.2017

SANTIAGO — The front-runner for Chile's presidency, billionaire businessman Sebastian Pinera, faces an array of left-wing parties in this year's elections but he can expect help from one quarter — ...

Eyeing National Vote, Berlusconi Celebrates Win for Center Right in Sicily

VOA - 06.11.2017

PALERMO, ITALY — Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi looked poised on Monday for a stunning political comeback, as his rightist bloc claimed victory in an election in Sicily that puts it ...

Petition Filed in Kenya Court Challenging Kenyatta's Election Victory

VOA - 06.11.2017

NAIROBI — A former lawmaker filed a petition at Kenya's Supreme Court on Monday challenging President Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory in last month’s presidential election in a last minute move that opens ...

Saudi Arabia Accuses Lebanon of Declaring War on It

VOA - 06.11.2017

BEIRUT — Saudi Arabia said on Monday that Lebanon had declared war against it because of what it described as aggression against the Kingdom by the Iran-backed Lebanese Shi'ite group Hezbollah.

Shooter at Texas Church Used AR-15-style Rifle

VOA - 06.11.2017

The shooter in a Texas church that killed 26 people Sunday used a Ruger AR-556, which is a variant of the AR-15 rifle — the most popular rifle in America.

Nigeria Offers to Meet Militants After Cease-fire Canceled in Oil Region

VOA - 06.11.2017

ABUJA — The minister for Nigeria's oil-producing Delta region said on Monday the government was ready to meet militants days after they called off a year-long cease-fire.

Colombian President Says He Left Firm Listed in Leaked Tax Haven Papers

VOA - 06.11.2017

BOGOTA — Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, in response to his name appearing in a trove of leaked documents about offshore investments, said he left a company registered in tax haven Barbados ...

Mariah Carey, N.W.A. Up for Songwriters Hall of Fame

VOA - 06.11.2017

NEW YORK — Mariah Carey, the artist with the most No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, is one of the nominees for the 2018 Songwriters Hall of Fame . Carey, who co-wrote 17 of her 18 No.