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Oil From Broken Pipe Leaks Into Gulf Off Louisiana Coast

VOA - 15.10.2017

NEW ORLEANS — The U.S. Coast Guard is responding to an oil leak off the coast of Louisiana. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said in a news release Friday that oil spewed out of a ...

IS Fighters Expected to Evacuate Raqqa

VOA - 15.10.2017

A spokesman for Syrian militias said Saturday that Islamic State fighters were expected to evacuate the city of Raqqa in an agreement with the U.S.-backed Syrian militias surrounding them.

Rare North Atlantic Hurricane Threatens Azores, Ireland

VOA - 15.10.2017

Hurricane Ophelia, a rare storm for the North Atlantic, was expected to bring high winds and rough seas to five western counties of Ireland this weekend.

Reality of NAFTA Talks Sets in After Tough US Demands

VOA - 15.10.2017

ARLINGTON, VA. — Negotiators from Canada and Mexico grappled Saturday with U.S. demands to drastically alter the North American Free Trade Agreement, as talks over renewal of the pact vilified by ...

7 Killed at Kenya School; Suspect Lynched After Being Arrested

VOA - 15.10.2017

A student who had been expelled from a high school in northern Kenya last week is suspected of returning Saturday with armed gunmen and killing six students and a guard in what appeared to be an act ...

Expert Warns of North Korea's Growing Cyberwar Capabilities

VOA - 15.10.2017

Thirteen months ago, South Korea's defense intranet was hacked for the first time, and the military accused North Korea of infecting hundreds, possibly thousands of computers with malware.

3 Ahmadi Men Sentenced to Death in Pakistan on Blasphemy Charges

VOA - 15.10.2017

WASHINGTON — A court in Pakistan’s Punjab province has sentenced three men of a minority religious group to death on charges of violating the country’s controversial blasphemy law.

In Bangladesh, Rohingya Inspire Outpouring of Aid — and Worry

VOA - 15.10.2017

DHAKA, BANGLADESH — They had seen the images of Rohingya Muslim refugees arriving hungry and exhausted after traveling days without food to reach Myanmar’s border with Bangladesh.

Australian State Enacts Landmark Laws to Revive Aboriginal Languages

VOA - 15.10.2017

SYDNEY — In Australia, a drive is on to restore the identity and culture of the country’s native, non-European peoples. New South Wales is the first state to pass laws to recognize and revive ...

Federal Attorneys: Trump May Block Critics on Twitter

VOA - 15.10.2017

NEW YORK — President Donald Trump can block his critics from following him on Twitter without violating the First Amendment despite a lawsuit’s claims that it violates the Constitution to do so, ...

Trump Won States Most Affected by End to Health Care Subsidies

VOA - 15.10.2017

President Donald Trump’s decision to end a provision of the Affordable Care Act that was benefiting roughly 6 million Americans helps fulfill a campaign promise, but it also risks harming some of the ...

Minority Residents, Massachusetts City Head to Federal Court

VOA - 15.10.2017

WASHINGTON — In May, 13 Asian and Hispanic residents of Lowell, Massachusetts, filed a voting rights lawsuit against the city government, alleging the at-large electoral system, in which the winner ...

Austria Votes in Poll That Could See Resurgence by Conservatives

VOA - 15.10.2017

Polls are open in Austria where voters are casting ballots in a snap election that analysts say could result in a resurgence by conservatives. Opinion polls favor Sebastian Kurz, the 31-year-old ...

Tesla Fires Hundreds of Workers After Annual Reviews

VOA - 15.10.2017

SAN FRANCISCO — Tesla Motors fired hundreds of workers after completing its annual performance reviews, even though the electric automaker is trying to ramp up production to meet the demand for its ...

Kyrgyzstan Votes in Tight Presidential Race

VOA - 15.10.2017

BISHKEK, KYRGYZSTAN — Kyrgyzstan began voting Sunday in a presidential election with no candidate expected to win outright, and observers predicting a close runoff between two pro-Russian candidates, ...

IMF: Global Economy Healthy, Still Needs Low Interest Rates

VOA - 15.10.2017

WASHINGTON — The world economy is the healthiest it’s been in years but could still use a little help from low-interest rates and higher government spending from countries that can afford it, the ...

Bomb Kills Pakistani Troops Seeking Captors of Freed Western Family

VOA - 15.10.2017

ISLAMABAD — Officials in Pakistan say a roadside bomb attack Sunday killed at least four soldiers and wounded several others near the Afghan border. The troops were part of a search party deployed in ...

Hong Kong, Southern China Brace for Typhoon

VOA - 15.10.2017

BEIJING — Typhoon Khanun is likely to hit southern China early Monday with winds of up to 114 kph (70 mph), China’s meteorological agency said, as authorities in the financial hub of Hong Kong raised ...

Protesters March in Australia to Allow Asylum Seekers In

VOA - 15.10.2017

SYDNEY — Hundreds of protesters marched through Sydney on Sunday calling for detainees, being held in controversial centers for asylum seekers on remote Pacific islands, to be allowed to stay in ...

Refugee Food Festival Aims to Sweeten the Way to People's Hearts

VOA - 15.10.2017

GENEVA — A Refugee Food Festival showcasing the cooking talents of refugee chefs from five different countries has won the hearts of Geneva residents by connecting through the food of their national ...

Four-Way Afghan Peace Talks Set to Resume in Oman

VOA - 15.10.2017

ISLAMABAD — Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the United States are set to resume four-way discussions Monday in Oman in a renewed bid to seek a politically negotiated settlement to the Afghan war.

Yes or No? Catalan Separatists Face Critical Answer to Spain

VOA - 15.10.2017

BARCELONA, SPAIN — Catalonia's president is facing a critical decision that could determine the course of the region's secessionist movement to break away from Spain.

In Africa, LGBT Rights Activists Worry About Trump impact

VOA - 15.10.2017

DAKAR — Gay rights activist Joseph Achille Tiedjou is worried every day that he will be harassed or arrested in Cameroon. Defending LGBT rights can be dangerous in Africa, where many countries have ...

Somali Truck Bomb Death Toll Rises

VOA - 15.10.2017

The death toll from Saturday's massive truck bombing in the Somali capital Mogadishu has risen to more than 230, the deputy speaker of Somalia's upper house of parliament Abshir Mohamed Ahmed tells ...

California Making Progress Containing Wildfires

VOA - 15.10.2017

Evacuees from a number of counties in California have been allowed to return home as fire fighters say they've turned a corner in containing blazes that have devastated the state.

Iran Denies It Shut Border with Iraqi Kurdish Region

VOA - 15.10.2017

DUBAI, UAE — Iran on Sunday denied reports that Tehran had closed a border crossing with northern Iraq in response to an independence referendum in Iraq's Kurdish region last month, the Iranian ...

Trump Administration Accused of Aiding Iranian Militias in Syria

VOA - 15.10.2017

U.S. President Donald Trump lambasted Iranian expansionism in the Middle East Friday when disavowing the international nuclear deal with Tehran, citing in particular Iran’s support for Syrian ...

Hillary Clinton Warns Britain on Potential Trade Deal with Trump

VOA - 15.10.2017

LONDON — Former U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton cautioned Britain on Sunday over its push to secure a trade deal with U.S. President Donald Trump after it leaves the European Union.

Syria Condemns Trump Stance on Iran Deal

VOA - 15.10.2017

BEIRUT, LEBANON — Syria's Foreign Ministry on Sunday condemned the U.S. administration of President Donald Trump for its position on the Iran nuclear deal, saying in comments to state media that it ...

Jane Goodall Documentary Shows Development in Understanding of Man and Chimp

VOA - 15.10.2017

LAS VEGAS — After 50 years of sitting in the National Geographic archives, 100 hours of footage on Jane Goodall and her groundbreaking observations of chimpanzees in the African forest of Tanzania ...

Tillerson: Iran Compliant With Nuclear Deal, But Trump Wants to Fix Flaws

VOA - 15.10.2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson conceded Sunday that Iran is in "technical compliance" with the international agreement to curb its nuclear weapons development, but said that ...

Shots Fired in Flashpoint City as Iraqi, Kurdish Forces Stand Off in Kirkuk

VOA - 15.10.2017

KIRKUK/TUZ KHURMATU, IRAQ — On the road out of Kirkuk city, Kurdish Peshmerga forces are massed on a bridge, overlooking the countryside. Just over a nearby bream, Popular Mobilization Unit (PMU) ...

Ophelia Threatens Ireland With Worst Storm in 50 Years

VOA - 15.10.2017

DUBLIN — Ireland dispatched its armed forces to bolster flood defenses on Sunday and warned people against non-essential travel as the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia threatened the country with its ...

US-backed Militias Launch Final Assault on IS Stronghold in Raqqa

VOA - 15.10.2017

WASHINGTON — U.S.-backed militias said Sunday they have launched their final assault on Raqqa, the northern Syria city Islamic State has claimed as the self-declared capital of its religious ...

Governing Party Candidate Wins Kyrgyz Presidential Vote

VOA - 15.10.2017

MOSCOW — Preliminary results from the presidential election in Kyrgyzstan show the governing party's candidate winning. The RIA-Novosti and Interfax news agencies reported that Kyrgyzstan's elections ...

Egyptian Army: Terror Plan Foiled in Sinai Peninsula

VOA - 15.10.2017

Egyptian security forces have foiled a militant attack on army installations in the Sinai Peninsula, a day after half a dozen policemen were killed by insurgents in the region, a military statement ...

Innsbruck Won't Bid For 2026 Winter Games After Referendum

VOA - 15.10.2017

VIENNA — Innsbruck no longer plans to bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics after its promise to organize low-cost and sustainable games failed to convince residents.

Researchers Sound Alarm Over Antarctic Penguin Chick Deaths

VOA - 15.10.2017

BERLIN — Almost the entire cohort of chicks from an Adelie penguin colony in the eastern Antarctic was wiped out by starvation last summer in what scientists say is only the second such incident in ...

US States Plan Suit to Block Trump Obamacare Subsidies Cut

VOA - 14.10.2017

WASHINGTON / SAN FRANCISCO — Eighteen U.S. states vowed Friday to sue President Donald Trump's administration to try to stop him from scrapping a key component of Obamacare — subsidies to insurers ...

Disaster-hit Nations Must Rebuild Better or Risk Losing Insurance, Experts Say

VOA - 14.10.2017

TEPIC, MEXICO — Disaster-prone countries that keep rebuilding homes, roads and utilities are in danger of becoming uninsurable unless their new infrastructure is built to survive further catastrophe, ...

Civilians Continue to Flee Raqqa Ahead of Expected Final Battle Against IS

VOA - 14.10.2017

Scores of civilians fled Raqqa on Friday ahead of an anticipated final push into the city by U.S.-backed fighters aiming to retake it from Islamic State militants.

France's Audrey Azoulay Wins Vote to Be Next UNESCO Chief

VOA - 14.10.2017

PARIS — UNESCO's executive board voted Friday to make a former French government minister the U.N. cultural agency's next chief after an unusually heated election that was overshadowed by Middle East ...

Lawyer: Priebus Interviewed by Mueller Investigative Team

VOA - 14.10.2017

WASHINGTON — Former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus was interviewed Friday by special counsel Robert Mueller's team as part of an investigation into potential coordination between Russia ...

US Calls for Calm in Kirkuk as Kurdish Officials Fear Iraq Invasion

VOA - 14.10.2017

IRBIL, IRAQ / WASHINGTON — The top U.S. military official is urging Kurdish and Iraqi forces gathered on the outskirts of the disputed oil-rich city of Kirkuk to "tone everything down" as Kurdish ...

US Auto Demands Inject More Doubt Into NAFTA Talks

VOA - 14.10.2017

ARLINGTON, VA. — The Trump administration Friday demanded that U.S.-made content account for half the value of the cars and trucks sold under the North American Free Trade Agreement, raising further ...

Diplomats Urge Myanmar Authorities to Turn Promises Into Action

VOA - 14.10.2017

UNITED NATIONS — U.N. envoys from Britain and France called for Myanmar authorities to translate promises into action to end violence and create the conditions for the return of hundreds of thousands ...

UN Says Attacks on Schools on the Rise

VOA - 14.10.2017

WASHINGTON — The United Nations says attacks on schools worldwide are on the rise, with more than 500 attacks in the first six months of the year, many of them in war zones. Virginia Gamba, the U.N.

Ex-Hostage Father Says Captors Killed Infant Daughter

VOA - 14.10.2017

TORONTO — U.S.-Canadian couple Caitlan Coleman and Joshua Boyle landed in Canada late Friday, five years after they were kidnapped in Afghanistan. They arrived with their three young children, who ...

Winemaker Vows to Rebuild After Losing Battle With Wildfire

VOA - 14.10.2017

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA — Throughout Northern California, where wildfires have raged for almost a week, killing at least 36 people and destroying about 6,000 buildings, residents are taking stock of what ...

US-Canadian Family Returns to Canada After 5 Years as Captives in Afghanistan

VOA - 14.10.2017

A kidnapped American-Canadian couple and their three children have returned to Canada, after enduring five years as captives of the Taliban-linked Haqqani network in Afghanistan.

Turkish Forces Move Into Syria

VOA - 14.10.2017

Turkey has deployed troops to Syria’s Idlib province, as part of its effort to stem fighting and end jihadist control of the region. Turkish military officials on Friday said Turkish forces are ...

What is Iran’s Revolutionary Guard?

VOA - 14.10.2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump directed the U.S. Treasury Department to impose additional sanctions on Iran’s Revolutionary Guard as he announced a more aggressive stance toward Iran, ...

Rights Returned to Family of Aboriginal Artist

VOA - 14.10.2017

SYDNEY — The impoverished family of Australia’s most famous Aboriginal artist, Albert Namatjira, has been given copyright to his works after years of fruitless campaigning triggered the intervention ...

Vatican Trial Traces Money That Feathered Cardinal’s Retirement Nest

VOA - 14.10.2017

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican trial over $500,000 in donations to the pope’s pediatric hospital that were diverted to renovate a cardinal’s penthouse is reaching its conclusion, with neither the ...

Syrian Militia: End Is Near for Islamic State in Raqqa

VOA - 14.10.2017

AIN ISSA, SYRIA/BEIRUT — Islamic State is on the verge of defeat in Syria’s Raqqa and the city may finally be cleared of the jihadists Saturday or Sunday, the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia told Reuters ...

Obamas Choose Artists to Paint Official Portraits

VOA - 14.10.2017

The United States’ National Portrait Gallery has announced that two up-and-coming African-American artists, Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald, have been selected to paint the official portraits of former ...

Burmese Army Opens Inquiry into Atrocities Against Rohingyas

VOA - 14.10.2017

Army officials in Myanmar say they have opened an internal probe into the behavior of Burmese troops in Rahkine State, where Myanmar military forces are accused of committing widespread atrocities ...

Kerry on Trump Nuclear Deal: 'Reckless Abandonment of Facts'

VOA - 14.10.2017

John Kerry, the former U.S. Secretary of State, had harsh criticism for President Donald Trump's decision not to certify that Iran is in compliance with the nuclear deal signed by six world powers in ...

Mystery Hacker Steals Australian Defense Data

VOA - 14.10.2017

SYDNEY — A mystery hacker who was given the alias of a TV soap opera character has stolen sensitive information about Australia's multi-billion dollar warplane and navy projects.

Millions of People in Ukraine Are in Desperate Straits as Winter Approaches

VOA - 14.10.2017

GENEVA — The United Nations warns some 4 million people across Ukraine are facing a desperate situation as winter approaches and are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance to survive the bitterly ...

4 Moldovan Nationals Killed in Plane Crash Off Ivory Coast

VOA - 14.10.2017

Four Moldovan nationals were killed Saturday when a cargo plane crashed into the sea off the Ivory Coast, according to the Ivorian security minister. Minister Sidiki Diakite told reporters six other ...

The law on minorities, DP and SP voted in favor of the law, SMI voted against

Ora news - 14.10.2017

The Parliament has approved the law on minorities at the end of a long session that began at 8 o’clock in the morning. The heavily debated bill passed with 102 pro votes, 10 votes against and 1 ...

Tax on residency, tax to increase according to market value

Ora news - 14.10.2017

The International Monetary Fund has requested that the Albanian government implement the increase on property tax by January 1st. The IMF has also demanded the Albanian government to change the way ...

Electoral reform, majority and opposition approved establishment of commission

Ora news - 14.10.2017

After a long session with harsh debates on crime and its influence on politics, the Parliament has approved the bill for the establishment of the Commission for Electoral Reform with 116 positive ...

Rama in Vlora, PM warns police officers of punishment

Ora news - 14.10.2017

The second day of the government’s presence in Vlora began with a meeting between Prime Minister Rama and the directors of the Central Government Administration of the district.

DP on crime situation, Basha: International agenda against crime

Ora news - 14.10.2017

After the establishment of the commission on the electoral reform, the chairman of the Democratic Party, Lulzim Basha says that the opposition’s priority is to decriminalize elections and to disrupt ...

Deadly Truck Bomb Rips Main Intersection in Mogadishu, Flattens Buildings

VOA - 14.10.2017

At least 25 people have been killed and at least 50 others wounded in a truck bomb blast near a key intersection in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, officials and witnesses said.

Making Sense of Kenya's Election Surprises: A Timeline of Events

VOA - 14.10.2017

Kenya's 2017 election followed a predictable script. Until it didn't. Incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta faced longtime rival Raila Odinga. Kenyatta won the August election by 10 percentage points, or 1.4 ...

Pakistan, US Upbeat About Future Ties After Hostage Rescue

VOA - 14.10.2017

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN — Pakistan and the United States, uneasy allies in the war against terrorism, appear upbeat about better cooperation and relations after a joint effort freed a U.S.

Damage Mounts From California Wildfires

VOA - 14.10.2017

Wildfires in California's famed wine country are spreading after a week of the worst blazes the state has ever seen. The death toll rose to at least 35 on Saturday, with at least 16 fires burning.

Bannon on GOP Insurgency: 'Nobody Can Run and Hide'

VOA - 14.10.2017

JACKSON, MISS. — Steve Bannon has a stark message for Republican incumbents he considers part of the establishment: "Nobody can run and hide." President Donald Trump's former chief strategist is ...

Latest Drug-resistant Malaria in Mekong Region May Skirt 'Superbug' Status

VOA - 13.10.2017

PHNOM PENH — Som Aun contracted malaria after moving to the Thma Baing district of Cambodia's Koh Kong province in 2002. Four years later, two of his children contracted the disease.

Hungary, Ukraine Clash Over Kyiv's New Language Law

VOA - 13.10.2017

BUDAPEST — The foreign ministers of Hungary and Ukraine clashed on Thursday over Ukraine’s new law banning teaching in minority languages, with Budapest threatening to retaliate by blocking Ukraine’s ...

US Calls for Evidence in Turkey's Detention of US Citizens, US-hired Staff

VOA - 13.10.2017

STATE DEPARTMENT — The United States is asking the Turkish government to present evidence to back up its accusations used to justify the detention of locally-employed U.S.

Official: Coca, Trafficking Greatest Threats to Colombia Peace

VOA - 13.10.2017

BOGOTA — A peace deal between Colombia and Marxist FARC rebels is being threatened by drug trafficking and cultivation of coca, the base ingredient for cocaine, a peace official said on Thursday, in ...

Dangerous Sound? What Americans Heard in Cuba Attacks

VOA - 13.10.2017

WASHINGTON — It sounds sort of like a mass of crickets. A high-pitched whine, but from what? It seems to undulate, even writhe. Listen closely: There are multiple, distinct tones that sound to some ...

US Proposes NAFTA Sunset Clause, Raising Tensions in Talks

VOA - 13.10.2017

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA — Washington has increased tensions in talks to renew the North American Free Trade Agreement by insisting that any new deal be allowed to expire after five years, two officials ...

Rescuers Use Cadaver Dogs to Look for Bodies in California Fire Ruins

VOA - 13.10.2017

PENNGROVE, CALIFORNIA — Rescue workers in northern California used cadaver-sniffing dogs Thursday to search for bodies in the ruins of homes burned to the ground by wildfires.

Kurdish Red Crescent: IS Attacks Kill at Least 50 in East Syria

VOA - 13.10.2017

BEIRUT — Islamic State suicide attackers killed at least 50 people in a triple car bomb attack on Thursday among a group of refugees in northeast Syria, a medical source in the Kurdish Red Crescent ...

US FCC Head Silent on Trump Comment About Pulling Broadcast Licenses

VOA - 13.10.2017

WASHINGTON — A suggestion by President Donald Trump that a U.S. regulator pull broadcast licenses from TV networks over what Trump calls "fake news" has been met by silence from the watchdog's head ...

UN Chief: Worldwide Famine Averted, but Numbers of Hungry Growing

VOA - 13.10.2017

UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations secretary-general says early action by the international community has helped avert widespread famine, but the number of people in need is continuing to grow.

US Border Patrol Tests Camera-toting Balloon

VOA - 13.10.2017

SAN DIEGO — The U.S. Border Patrol is considering a surveillance balloon that can be quickly moved to spot illegal activity, part of an effort to see if more eyes in the sky translate to fewer ...

Quick Facts about UNESCO

VOA - 13.10.2017

Full Name: The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Created: 1945. Mission: To build a culture of peace, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through ...

Report: Rise in Natural Disasters Fueling Global Homelessness

VOA - 13.10.2017

GENEVA — New research finds nearly 14 million people a year are losing their homes because of sudden onset disasters such as floods and cyclones. The Internal Displacement Monitoring Center, which ...

Russia's Lavrov to US Tillerson: Moscow Readies Lawsuits Over Seized Property

VOA - 13.10.2017

MOSCOW — Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Thursday that Russia was preparing lawsuits to reclaim what Moscow says was illegally seized property in ...

Fear, Frustration for Those Near California Fire Evacuation Zone

VOA - 13.10.2017

SONOMA, CALIFORNIA — As the sun rose on another day of battling wildfires in Northern California, smoke and haze filled the skies. People are on the move in cars stuffed with belongings.

Researchers Alarmed at 'Pain Gap' Between Rich, Poor Countries

VOA - 13.10.2017

Felicia Knaul woke up from a mastectomy several years ago. She still remembers the horror of the pain, pain so severe she felt she couldn't breathe. Yet because she lives in the U.S.

Pakistan Electoral Body Bars Political Party Due to Terror Ties

VOA - 13.10.2017

WASHINGTON — Pakistan’s Election Commission (ECP) on Wednesday rejected the registration application of a newly established political party with alleged ties to a banned militant group in the country.

How to Rebuild Puerto Rico: Rubio Asks Trump for Expert Panel

VOA - 13.10.2017

WASHINGTON — Senator Marco Rubio said on Thursday he has urged U.S. President Donald Trump to create a high-level task force to provide ideas and advice for helping Puerto Rico to rebuild after ...

With No Visas, Bad Jobs, Venezuelan Emigrants Reluctantly Return Home

VOA - 13.10.2017

CARACAS / SAN CRISTOBAL, VENEZUELA — Early last year, Leandro Colmenares sold his car and his apartment and fled Venezuela's profound economic crisis, joining a wave of emigration to other Latin ...

California Wildfires Threaten Wine Country's Lifeblood: Tourism

VOA - 13.10.2017

NAPA, CALIFORNIA — The wildfires burning through Northern California are sending visitors packing, threatening the $2 billion-plus spent annually by tourists on wine tours, fine food, limousine rides ...

China's Top Coal Province Pledges 40 Percent Smog Cut over Winter

VOA - 13.10.2017

SHANGHAI — Northern China’s Shanxi province, the country’s top coal producing region, will aim to cut concentrations of hazardous airborne particles known as PM2.5 by 40 percent over the winter ...

Israeli-Palestinian Issue Back in Spotlight After US Leaves UNESCO

VOA - 13.10.2017

STATE DEPARTMENT — State Department officials on Thursday defended the U.S. decision to withdraw from UNESCO, citing the need to see real reform at the United Nations cultural agency.

Nearly $16 Billion More Needed to Carry Out 2020 Census

VOA - 13.10.2017

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration acknowledged Thursday that billions more dollars are “urgently needed” to ensure a fair and accurate count during the 2020 Census.

Trump Plans to Stop Paying Health Insurance Subsidies

VOA - 13.10.2017

WASHINGTON — In a brash move likely to roil insurance markets, President Donald Trump plans to halt payments to insurers under the Obama-era health care law that he has been trying to unravel for ...

Moment of Silence, Ceremonies Mark Anniversary of Death of Thai King

VOA - 13.10.2017

BANGKOK — Thais marked one year since the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej with formal ceremonies and acts of personal devotion Friday before an elaborate five-day funeral later this month.

Trump Expected to Decertify Iran Accord, Lay Out New Strategy

VOA - 13.10.2017

U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to withdraw his support for the Iran nuclear agreement Friday, but stop short of completely scrapping the deal. The U.S.

Amnesty Marks 100 Days of Detention for Turkey Staffers

VOA - 13.10.2017

LONDON — Human rights group Amnesty International held events Thursday to mark 100 days since several of its Turkish staffers were detained in Istanbul.

Trump Unveils New, Tougher Iran Strategy

VOA - 13.10.2017

WHITE HOUSE — U.S. President Donald Trump, following impassioned appeals from some of America’s closest allies and members of his own administration, is likely to stop short Friday of calling for the ...

What’s Next for Iran Nuclear Deal?

VOA - 13.10.2017

What is the Iran Nuclear Deal? The deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, is an agreement reached between Iran and the five permanent members of the U.N.

Vietnam Floods, Landslides Kill More than 50; New Storm on the Way

VOA - 13.10.2017

HANOI, VIETNAM — Floods and landslides have killed at least 54 people in Vietnam and left another 39 missing since a tropical depression hit the country earlier this week, in one of its worst natural ...

Accepting Girls a Welcome Change in Boy Scouts of America Founder’s Hometown

VOA - 13.10.2017

OTTAWA, ILLINOIS AUDIO: — When Matt Skelly was coming up through the Boy Scouts of America in his youth, achieving the rank of Eagle Scout was the ultimate accomplishment.

Trump Weathering Turbulent Times at Home and Abroad

VOA - 13.10.2017

President Donald Trump, who is no stranger to political chaos, found himself in turbulent times this week. Trump faces critical foreign policy challenges on Iran and North Korea and he remains ...

Bangladesh Building Giant Camp for Rohingya Refugees

VOA - 13.10.2017

DHAKA, BANGLADESH — Bangladesh is pressing ahead with plans to combine two settlements for Rohingya refugees from Myanmar into one large camp that those inside will not be allowed to leave, according ...

Kurdish Forces Withdraw From Edges of Disputed Iraqi Region

VOA - 13.10.2017

IRBIL, IRAQ — Kurdish forces have withdrawn from the edges of a disputed region in northern Iraq, a commander said Friday, amid tensions with Iraq's central government over the administration of the ...

South Africa Court Backs Reinstating Zuma Corruption Charges

VOA - 13.10.2017

JOHANNESBURG — A South African court on Friday dealt a legal blow to President Jacob Zuma, opening the way to the reinstatement of 783 charges of corruption and fraud against him.

20 Hong Kong Activists Guilty of Contempt in 2014 Protests

VOA - 13.10.2017

HONG KONG — A Hong Kong court on Friday convicted 20 activists, including prominent student leader Joshua Wong, for defying authorities trying to clear a protest site during massive 2014 ...

Israel Buoyed by Trump Tack Against Iran Atom Deal But Sees Long Way to Go

VOA - 13.10.2017

JERUSALEM — Israel was upbeat about U.S. President Donald Trump's anticipated announcement on Friday of major steps against the international nuclear deal with Iran, but voiced doubt that the tougher ...

US Obesity Problem Is Not Budging, New Data Shows

VOA - 13.10.2017

NEW YORK — America's weight problem isn't getting any better, according to new government research. Overall, obesity figures stayed about the same: About 40 percent of adults are obese and 18.5 ...

Western Family Held by Taliban Arrives in Canada

VOA - 13.10.2017

ISLAMABAD — An American-Canadian couple and their three children arrived in Canada after five years in Taliban captivity in Afghanistan. The family flew Friday from Pakistan to Canada via Britain.

India's Top Court Delays Ruling on Rohingya Deportation

VOA - 13.10.2017

NEW DELHI — India's Supreme Court has postponed a decision on whether the government can evict about 40,000 Rohingya Muslims who have taken refuge in the country, an attorney said Friday.

Turkish Troops Move Into al-Qaida-dominated Syrian Province

VOA - 13.10.2017

BEIRUT — Turkish armored vehicles have rolled into northwestern Syria to impose a "de-escalation zone" in a province dominated by al-Qaida-linked militants, an incursion that the Turkish leader said ...

EU Force Helps Bosnian Agencies Fight Terrorists in NATO-backed Drill

VOA - 13.10.2017

SARAJEVO — A military helicopter lands to evacuate people wounded during a police raid against terrorists who took hostages at Sarajevo airport - part of the first joint drill by the EU peacekeeping ...

Freighter Sinks off Philippine Coast; 11 Crew Missing

VOA - 13.10.2017

TOKYO — Japan's coast guard says a Hong Kong-registered freighter sank in rough seas off the Philippine coast, leaving 11 crewmembers missing. It said a distress call came early Friday from the ...

Global Economy: Growth Gathering Momentum, but Where's the Inflation?

VOA - 13.10.2017

LONDON — The euro zone economy may be building up an impressive head of steam that shows no signs of cooling, but what policymakers at the European Central Bank really want - higher inflation - is ...

Venezuelans Cast Ballots Sunday in Regional Elections Viewed as Test for Maduro, Opposition

VOA - 13.10.2017

Venezuelans cast ballots Sunday in regional elections that are widely seen as a vital test for both President Nicolas Maduro and the opposition. Voters will elect governors in all 23 states and the ...

Amnesty International: Over 500 Anglophones Arrested in Cameroon

VOA - 13.10.2017

More than 500 people have been swept up in mass arrests following violent demonstrations in Cameroon's English-speaking regions earlier this month, Amnesty International said on Friday.

Birds Gone Wild: Resurgent Turkeys Spar With Human Neighbors

VOA - 13.10.2017

BOSTON — Not everyone is celebrating the return of the wild turkeys. After being wiped out from New England in the 1800s, the birds have stormed back in what's considered a major success story for ...

Taiwan Developing Jet, Submarines as Homegrown Defense Industry Expands

VOA - 13.10.2017

TAIPEI — Taiwan’s president is emphasizing the need for the island to beef up its defense industry in the face of threats from mainland China. President Tsai Ing-wen, who took office in May 2016, has ...

A Day After Criticism, Trump Offers Support to Puerto Rico

VOA - 13.10.2017

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is assuring residents of hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico that he "will always be with them." His tweet Friday morning comes a day after he lashed out at the island, ...

Chinese Leader Xi Jinping to See Power Grow at Upcoming Party Congress

VOA - 13.10.2017

BEIJING — China will host one of the biggest events of its political cycle next week, a once-in-five-year Party Congress that will reshuffle the country's top leadership.

Iraq on Edge as Kurdish, Iraqi Forces Face-off in Kirkuk

VOA - 13.10.2017

IRBIL, IRAQ — Thousands of Kurdish Peshmerga forces have deployed in Iraq's disputed oil city of Kirkuk and local residents are on edge, fearing a military advance despite Iraqi announcements that an ...

Venezuelan Opposition Courts Attention With Event at OAS

VOA - 13.10.2017

An installation ceremony for magistrates appointed by Venezuela’s opposition-led parliament is taking place Friday at the Organization of American States’ Washington headquarters.

Big Energy Firms Stay Away from Juba Oil Conference

VOA - 13.10.2017

JUBA AND WASHINGTON — South Sudan’s government declared this past week the country is open for business, even though the president was noticeably absent from the nation's first “global” energy ...

Nigeria's Presidency Rejects Northern Bias Criticism Over World Bank Request

VOA - 13.10.2017

ABUJA — Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari's office on Friday denied that he favored the north of the country over other regions, after he was criticized for asking the World Bank to focus on the ...

Tirana’s marathon, mayor Veliaj: 2500 runners from 40 countries around the world

Ora news - 13.10.2017

2500 runners from 40 different countries around the world will participate in the marathon that will take place this Sunday in Tirana, under the certification of world organizations.

Measles, Experts of Public Health Institute call for parents to vaccinate their children

Ora news - 13.10.2017

The measles disease is very close to Albania and as such, health authorities implore parents ensure their children are fully vaccinated. Measles is already present in neighboring countries and ...

The fight against informality, Tax Directorate invites citizens to denounce violations

Ora news - 13.10.2017

The Tax Directorate appeals to citizens to declare any violations they witness. Over the last two weeks, Albanian citizens have denounced 50 cases of informality, in this way assisting the work of ...

Former minister has died, Dritan Prifti suffered from a serious disease

Ora news - 13.10.2017

vA final goodbye has been given to the former Minister and former Deputy, Dritan Prifti. Family, friends, politicians and colleagues have paid their respects in the homages held at the National ...

Illegality , State Police announces measures

Ora news - 13.10.2017

Following a case of illegal construction on the River Vjosa, state police have warned of punishment for all police structures that stay silent in the face of illegality.

Debates on electoral reform, PM and DP chairman exchange accusations in Parliament

Ora news - 13.10.2017

Prime Minister Edi Rama and the Chairman of the Democratic Party, Lulzim Basha clashed in today’s parliamentary session regarding the elections of June 25 and the need for a new electoral system.

Trump Will Not Certify Iran’s Compliance With Nuclear Accord

VOA - 13.10.2017

WHITE HOUSE — Calling Iran the "world's leading state sponsor of terrorism" President Donald Trump announced that he would not certifying that Tehran was in compliance with the two-year old Iran ...

Mother of Rwandan President's Challenger Tells Court of Torture

VOA - 13.10.2017

KIGALI — The mother and sister of a prominent critic of Rwanda's president said on Friday all three of them had been tortured and deprived of food as they were held in jail on charges of forgery and ...

US Has Ramped Up Some Sanctions, Dropped Others, Since Iran Nuclear Deal

VOA - 13.10.2017

U.S. President Donald Trump will strike a blow against the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement in defiance of international support for it on Friday, choosing not to certify that Tehran is complying with the ...

Rohingya Humanitarian Emergency Grows as Refugees Continue to Flee

VOA - 13.10.2017

GENEVA — Aid agencies are increasing humanitarian operations to keep pace with the growing needs of the expanding Rohingya refugee population in Bangladesh.

Parents of Freed Afghanistan Hostage Angry at son-in-law

VOA - 13.10.2017

WASHINGTON — The parents of an American woman freed with her family after five years of captivity say they are elated, but also angry at their son-in law for taking their daughter to Afghanistan.

Nigeria Tries 1,600 Boko Haram Suspects

VOA - 13.10.2017

DAKAR — The largest trial of Boko Haram suspects in the history of Nigeria's ongoing fight against the terrorist group is under way at a military barracks in the north.

Transcript of Trump Speech on Iran Nuclear Deal

VOA - 13.10.2017

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary ________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release October 13, 2017 REMARKS BY PRESIDENT TRUMP ON IRAN STRATEGY ...

UN Laments Plight of Civilians Trapped by Syrian Fighting

VOA - 13.10.2017

GENEVA — The U.N. refugee agency said Friday that it was alarmed by the dangers facing thousands of Syrian civilians trapped by intense fighting in the city of Raqqa and neighboring areas.

Conditions Improving at Once-isolated Kenyan Refugee Camp, Residents Say

VOA - 13.10.2017

WASHINGTON — Residents of a Kenyan refugee complex, who said their camps lacked adequate water, shelter, health care and other necessities, say they have seen significant improvements since they ...

US Conspiracy Fears Grow in Turkey With Looming Court Case

VOA - 13.10.2017

ISTANBUL, TURKEY — The current diplomatic crisis between Turkey and the United States, sparked by the arrest of local U.S. employee Metin Topuz at a diplomatic mission, is underscored by growing ...

Some See Trump Pressure Tilting Pakistan's Afghan Policy

VOA - 13.10.2017

U.S. President Donald Trump's new policy on Afghanistan, which pressures Pakistan to take more action against terrorists or face consequences, may be having an effect on Islamabad's thinking, experts ...

2 Nigerian States Eliminate Elephantiasis, Carter Center Says

VOA - 13.10.2017

The Carter Center, a nonprofit organization run by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, said Friday that it had helped eliminate elephantiasis, a disfiguring tropical disease, from two states in ...

FIFA Head Talks to VOA About Reform, World Cup Preparations

VOA - 13.10.2017

In an exclusive interview with VOA, the secretary-general of FIFA, Fatma Samoura, talks about preparations for the 2018 World Cup in Russia and on the reform process within the International ...

Iran Angrily Rebukes Trump's Decision to Decertify Nuclear Deal

VOA - 13.10.2017

STATE DEPARTMENT — Iran's president said Friday that the nuclear deal it signed with six world powers in 2015 could not be revoked, after U.S. President Donald Trump announced he would not certify ...

California Wildfires Are 'All Combining into One'

VOA - 13.10.2017

Wildfires raging in California's wine country are "all combining into one," Napa County's fire chief said Friday as firefighters faced more dry, windy conditions.

Police: Las Vegas Shooter Fired at Jet Fuel Tanks

VOA - 13.10.2017

Authorities in Las Vegas think the shooter who targeted fans at a country music concert in the city two weeks ago intentionally fired on a pair of nearby aviation fuel tanks.

Congressional Reaction to Trump's Announcement on Iran Deal

VOA - 13.10.2017

In announcing that the United States would not certify the nuclear deal with Iran, U.S. President Donald Trump has required Congress to reconsider the agreement.

Arab Rivalries Exposed as Egypt Targets Qatar in UNESCO Vote

VOA - 12.10.2017

PARIS — Arab states may want their turn at the helm of UNESCO, but the barbs hurled by Egypt at rival candidate Qatar during the vote highlights the fractious geopolitics paralyzing the workings of ...

Hotel at Iconic TWA Terminal Will Evoke Glamour of Jet Age

VOA - 12.10.2017

NEW YORK — When it opened in 1962, the sleek TWA terminal at New York's Kennedy Airport was the embodiment of jet-age style. Now, construction is underway to transform the landmark into a $265 ...

EU Withholds $33M Loan to Moldova Over Justice Reforms

VOA - 12.10.2017

CHISINAU, MOLDOVA — The European Union will not transfer a final tranche of loans worth 28 million euros ($33 million) to support Moldovan justice reforms as the authorities have not fulfilled the ...

US Justice, State Departments Join Forces to Probe Companies Abusing Visa Programs

VOA - 12.10.2017

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Justice and State departments have agreed to share information in order to better probe companies that abuse visa programs used to hire foreign workers, the latest effort by the ...

No Congo Election Until Mid-2019, Vote Commission Says, Angering Opposition

VOA - 12.10.2017

KINSHASA — An election to replace Congolese President Joseph Kabila cannot take place before April 2019, the electoral commission said, a delay that the opposition said would cause an impatient ...

OECD: Laws Discrimating Against Women Cost Mideast, North Africa Billions of Dollars

VOA - 12.10.2017

LONDON — Women in the Middle East and North Africa are better educated than ever before, but legal and social barriers are hampering their access to jobs and careers, costing the region billions of ...

Trump to Name White House Aide to Homeland Security Post

VOA - 12.10.2017

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump will nominate Kirstjen Nielsen, who as top aide to his White House chief of staff has sought to instill order in Trump's team, to lead the U.S.

US Judge Allows Dakota Access Pipeline to Keep Running

VOA - 12.10.2017

BISMARCK, N.D. — A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the Dakota Access oil pipeline could continue operating while a study is completed to assess its environmental impact on an American Indian tribe.

Major US Businesses Ask Supreme Court to Ban Discrimination of Gays

VOA - 12.10.2017

A group of 76 U.S. businesses and two professional sports teams have petitioned the Supreme Court to rule whether federal law bans workplace discrimination based on sexual preference.

Somali Musician, Kept from US Internship, Blames Trump Travel Ban

VOA - 12.10.2017

The Somali musician Hassan-Nour Sayid — known by his stage name, Aar Maanta — and his band, the Urban Nomads, were supposed to be in Minnesota last week, where they were to kick off a monthlong ...

NASA Will Use Asteroid Flyby to Test Warning Network

VOA - 12.10.2017

CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA — NASA is using an asteroid's close flyby to test Earth's warning network for incoming space rocks. The small asteroid was on track to pass within 27,200 miles (43,800 ...

Trump Touts Tax Reform, Saying Typical Household Would Get '$4,000 Pay Raise'

VOA - 12.10.2017

WHITE HOUSE — U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday promised Americans they are “going to have so much money to spend” if lawmakers approve his tax reform plan.

Are Japanese Students Too Lazy to Study Abroad?

VOA - 12.10.2017

Are Japanese students too lazy to study abroad long term? Or are they too busy? While the Japanese government endeavored in 2013 to double the number of its students studying abroad , instead, the ...

Chile’s Divided Center-left Pledges Unity for Presidential Runoff

VOA - 12.10.2017

SANTIAGO — Center-left lawmakers in Chile pledged on Wednesday to unify and support a single candidate in any eventual runoff against conservative candidate Sebastian Pinera, who is leading in polls ...

South Sudan Oil Conference Fails to Draw Biggest Energy Firms

VOA - 12.10.2017

JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN — South Sudan's president was a no-show for the nation's first international oil conference, a gathering that also failed to attract prospective investors from the biggest global ...

Coach No More; New York Company Wants to Be Called Tapestry

VOA - 12.10.2017

NEW YORK — To better incorporate all of the brands it now owns, the storied Coach company of New York is changing its name to Tapestry. The luxury goods company that came to prominence in the "Mad ...

Italy's Government Wins Confidence Votes on Contested Electoral Law

VOA - 12.10.2017

ROME — The Italian government on Wednesday won two confidence votes on a fiercely contested electoral law that is likely to penalize the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement in next year's national ...

Study: West Africa at Risk of Ebola, Similar Epidemics

VOA - 12.10.2017

DAKAR, SENEGAL — West Africa is most at risk of fatal hemorrhagic fever epidemics, including Ebola, researchers said Wednesday, calling for greater preparedness to save lives.

Demonstrators for Electoral Reform in Kenya Injured in Clashes With Police

VOA - 12.10.2017

KISUMU, KENYA — At least 17 people have been admitted for injuries sustained Wednesday in the opposition stronghold of Kisumu, Kenya, as demonstrators demanding electoral reform clashed with police.

US Congressman Urges Closer Ties With Serbia

VOA - 12.10.2017

The U.S. needs to have a strong relationship with Serbia and must find ways to promote a partnership in order to help the stability of the broader Balkan region, U.S.

Europe Scrambles to Save Iran Nuclear Deal

VOA - 12.10.2017

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

Pooch-loving Putin Presented With Puppy

VOA - 12.10.2017

He may strike fear in the hearts of dissidents and foreign leaders, but Russian President Vladimir Putin lost his heart Wednesday to a fluffy white puppy with black and brown markings.

Ai Weiwei Immigration-themed Exhibit Opens in New York

VOA - 12.10.2017

NEW YORK — An enormous exhibition by the activist artist Ai Weiwei , designed to draw attention to the world's refugee crisis, is going on view at some 300 sites around New York City.

Hundreds Missing Amid California Fires; Loved Ones Go Online

VOA - 12.10.2017

SANTA ROSA, CALIFORNIA — Friends and relatives desperately checked hospitals and shelters and pleaded on social media for help finding loved ones missing amid California's wildfires, with hundreds of ...

Africa Tops Global Hunger Index, Driven by War, Climate Shocks

VOA - 12.10.2017

ROME — Global hunger has fallen more than a quarter since 2000, but conflict and climate shocks are beginning to reverse these gains, an annual global hunger index said Thursday.

US, Mexican Business Leaders Say No NAFTA Better Than Bad Deal

VOA - 12.10.2017

MEXICO CITY — U.S. and Mexican CEOs gathered in Mexico City on Wednesday said it would be better to live with no North American Free Trade Agreement than be saddled with a bad deal, as industry ...

Merit-based Versus Family-based Immigration Explained

VOA - 12.10.2017

President Donald Trump wants to abolish the U.S. diversity lottery, which he said was responsible for giving a visa to the 29-year-old Uzbek citizen suspected in Tuesday's attack in downtown ...

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

VOA - 12.10.2017

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

New Zealand Politicians Head into Final Day of Talks to Form Government

VOA - 12.10.2017

WELLINGTON — New Zealand's major political parties headed into their fifth and final day of talks about forming a new coalition government on Thursday, almost three weeks after an inconclusive ...

Northern California Wildfires, Calls to Evacuate Grow

VOA - 12.10.2017

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

Some US Officials See Little Downside to Decertifying Iran Nuclear Deal

VOA - 12.10.2017

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

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

VOA - 12.10.2017

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

In Brexit Poker, Clock Narrows Transition Options

VOA - 12.10.2017

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

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

VOA - 12.10.2017

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

Army Chief to US Ambassador: Rohingya Not Native to Myanmar

VOA - 12.10.2017

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

Evergrande Property Magnate Seizes Top Spot On China Rich List

VOA - 12.10.2017

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

Hamas: Reconciliation Deal Reached with Fatah

VOA - 12.10.2017

CAIRO/GAZA — Palestinian rival factions Hamas and Fatah have reached a deal over political reconciliation, Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh said in a statement Thursday without providing further details.

Malaysian Officer Testifies 4 More Suspected in Kim Plot

VOA - 12.10.2017

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

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

VOA - 12.10.2017

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

South Korea Businessmen Protest Over Kaesong

VOA - 12.10.2017

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

Trump Turns to Executive Order to Lower Health Insurance Costs

VOA - 12.10.2017

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

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

VOA - 12.10.2017

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

Long Agenda Awaits Next Jakarta Governor After High-Stakes Campaign

VOA - 12.10.2017

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

Gorbachev Wants Trump-Putin Summit to Save Arms Pact

VOA - 12.10.2017

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

Kenya Bans Protests in Large City Centers

VOA - 12.10.2017

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

Spain's Prime Minister Issues Warning, Ultimatum to Catalonia

VOA - 12.10.2017

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

Myanmar Envoy Denies Genocide Against Rohingya Muslims

VOA - 12.10.2017

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

Experts Urge Close German-US Relations Despite Trump

VOA - 12.10.2017

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

Cambodia's Fledgling Democracy in Question

VOA - 12.10.2017

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

EU Says Little Progress Made in Brexit Talks With Britain

VOA - 12.10.2017

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

Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines Launch Joint Air Patrols

VOA - 12.10.2017

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

US Announces UNESCO Pullout Amid Palestinian Tensions

VOA - 12.10.2017

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

Mexico's Largest State Rocked by Slayings of Women

VOA - 12.10.2017

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

Justice Department Sets Deadline for Sanctuary Cities

VOA - 12.10.2017

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

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

VOA - 12.10.2017

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

Migrant Deaths in The Sahara Likely Twice Mediterranean Toll: UN

VOA - 12.10.2017

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

Berlin Probe: Christmas Market Attacker Could Have Been Thwarted

VOA - 12.10.2017

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

Mandela Exhibit Opens at Clinton Library in Little Rock

VOA - 12.10.2017

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

World Cup Bribery Case Opened Against PSG President, Valcke

VOA - 12.10.2017

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

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

VOA - 12.10.2017

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

Trump Signs Order for Health Care Law Changes

VOA - 12.10.2017

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

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

VOA - 12.10.2017

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

Wedding Festival Is Boon for Moroccan Village

VOA - 12.10.2017

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

Families Fleeing Syria's Raqqa Say Airstrikes Bring Heavy Toll

VOA - 12.10.2017

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

Facebook Chief Absolutely' Supports Releasing Russia-linked Advertisements

VOA - 12.10.2017

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

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

Ora news - 12.10.2017

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

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

Ora news - 12.10.2017

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

Poll: Americans Blame Wild Weather on Global Warming

VOA - 12.10.2017

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

Former political persecuted, representatives ask for their compensation

Ora news - 12.10.2017

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

Electoral reform, European council: implement the recommendations

Ora news - 12.10.2017

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

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

Ora news - 12.10.2017

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

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

Ora news - 12.10.2017

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

Mystery Surrounding Ancient Easter Island People Deepens

VOA - 12.10.2017

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

Kosovo PM: Army Will be Created by Amending Constitution

VOA - 12.10.2017

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

Dramatic Drop in Number of Migrants Crossing the Sahel to Europe

VOA - 12.10.2017

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

Harare Street Vendors Defy Mugabe

VOA - 12.10.2017

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

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

VOA - 12.10.2017

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

US World Cup Absence Could Have Wide-ranging Effects

VOA - 12.10.2017

The 2018 World Cup will be a unique test of soccer's appeal in the United States. Will Americans still watch if their national team isn't there? Fox certainly is hoping so. The U.S.

Karzai: Trump’s Afghan Strategy Fueling War, Regional Rivalries

VOA - 12.10.2017

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN — Former Afghan President, Hamid Karzai is continuing his criticism of the new U.S. strategy for Afghanistan, asserting it does not bring “a message of peace” but instead ...

UAE Stops Issuing Visas for North Korean Laborers

VOA - 12.10.2017

DUBAI — The United Arab Emirates says it will stop issuing new visas to North Korean laborers, becoming the latest Gulf country to cut back on ties to Pyongyang amid tensions between North Korea and ...

Liberia Political Party Calls for Halt to Vote-counting

VOA - 12.10.2017

MONROVIA, LIBERIA — One of Liberia's largest political parties called for a halt to counting of election results Thursday, alleging voting irregularities and fraud, as the country awaited the ...

Somali Defense Minister, Army Chief Resign

VOA - 12.10.2017

Somalia's defense minister and the country's military chief, who were leading the fight against Islamist militants, have both resigned from the government, officials said Thursday.

UAE to Stop Issuing Visas to North Koreans

VOA - 12.10.2017

The United Arab Emirates announced Thursday it would halt the issuance of visas to North Korean workers, as tensions surrounding the country's nuclear ambitions continue to build.

Government Forces Kill 4 in Ethiopia's Oromia Region

VOA - 12.10.2017

Ethiopian government forces killed four people and wounded 18 others Thursday in the town of Soda in the restive Oromia region. Residents, who asked for anonymity out of fear of retaliation by the ...

Deadly Mumbai Stampede Prompts Calls to Fix Rail Network

VOA - 12.10.2017

NEW DELHI — Heavy rain along with unfounded rumors about a pedestrian bridge collapse are being blamed for last month's deadly stampede that killed 23 people at a rail station in Mumbai, India.

Israeli Defense Experts Warn Against Dropping Iran Nuclear Deal

VOA - 12.10.2017

JERUSALEM — If President Donald Trump moves to scuttle the landmark 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, Israel's nationalist government can be expected to be the loudest — and perhaps only — major player to ...

Fire Crews ‘Making Progress’ in Battle With California Wildfires

VOA - 12.10.2017

PENNGROVE, CALIFORNIA — Firefighters battling massive wildfires in California are “making progress” and “beginning to contain” the fire, officials said Thursday.

Kelly Says He's Not Leaving as White House Chief of Staff

VOA - 12.10.2017

WHITE HOUSE — The White House chief of staff said Thursday that he was not leaving his job, and he chastised reporters for speculating that his tenure would be brief.

For Algeria's Struggling Herders, ‘Drought Stops Everything'

VOA - 12.10.2017

CHEMORA, ALGERIA — Squinting under a relentless sun, Houssin Ghodbane watches his son tend a flock of 120 of their sheep. Heads bowed, the sheep slowly search for sparse vegetation poking through the ...

Czechs Pin Hopes on Billionaire Babis to Fix Their Country

VOA - 12.10.2017

PRAGUE — The traffic jams and road construction that snarl the 200-kilometer main highway from Prague to the southeast are a symbol of how many Czechs feel their government is broken — and how they ...

EPA Orders Cleanup at Texas Toxic Site Flooded by Harvey

VOA - 12.10.2017

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration handed a rare victory to environmentalists, ordering two big corporations this week to pay $115 million to clean up a Texas toxic waste site that may have spread ...

Richard Branson Takes Another Bet on the Future with Hyperloop One

VOA - 12.10.2017

British billionaire Richard Branson on Thursday placed another bet on the future with an investment in Hyperloop One, which is developing super high-speed transportation systems.

Mars Leads American Music Awards Nominations With Eight

VOA - 12.10.2017

NEW YORK — Bruno Mars topped the field of American Music Awards nominations announced Thursday, receiving eight nods, while The Chainsmokers, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran and The Weeknd received ...

Iran Hardliners, Pragmatists Show Unity in Response to Trump

VOA - 11.10.2017

LONDON — A tough line from President Donald Trump has been met by a show of unity from both sides of Iran's political divide, uniting hardliners who cast the United States as an implacable enemy with ...

EU's Tusk Sees Next Brexit Step in December, Not This Month

VOA - 11.10.2017

BRUSSELS — European Union Council President Donald Tusk said Tuesday that Brexit negotiations will not move to the next stage focused on trade relations before December at the earliest — not later ...

US Businesses Fear NAFTA Doomed; Mexico Warns of Consequences

VOA - 11.10.2017

MEXICO CITY / WASHINGTON — The most powerful U.S. business lobby accused the Trump administration of making "poison pill proposals" to sabotage NAFTA on Tuesday, as Mexico's foreign minister said the ...

Brazilian Activist Awarded for Fight Against Amazon Rainforest Dam

VOA - 11.10.2017

RIO DE JANEIRO — A Brazilian activist on Tuesday won a top international honor for her long fight against a giant hydroelectric dam in the Amazon rainforest that has forced tens of thousands of ...

Pakistan's Persecuted Minority in Line of Fire

VOA - 11.10.2017

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN — The son-in-law of Pakistan's recently ousted prime minister lambasted a minority that human rights groups consider one of the most persecuted in the country.

US Military Leaders to Troops: 'Be Ready' in Event of North Korea Confrontation

VOA - 11.10.2017

The chief of staff of the U.S. Army says his troops must have a "laser-focused sense of urgency" on military preparedness, a day after the defense secretary told troops "to be ready" with military ...

California Wildfires Kill 15; Trump Declares Major Disaster

VOA - 11.10.2017

President Donald Trump has declared a major disaster in Northern California, where wildfires have killed at least 15 and burned thousands of homes and stores to the ground.

Turkey's Erdogan Pledges Gas, Trade and Support for Serbia

VOA - 11.10.2017

BELGRADE — Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan pledged gas, investment and support for the Balkans on Tuesday, in an apparent bid to expand influence in a region frustrated by the slow pace of EU ...

UN Preparing for Another Surge of Rohingya Refugees into Bangladesh

VOA - 11.10.2017

GENEVA — The U.N. refugee agency says it is preparing to assist a huge new influx of Rohingya refugees fleeing into Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh to escape violence in Myanmar.

Taliban Dismissive of Four-Nation Afghan Peace Talks in Oman

VOA - 11.10.2017

ISLAMABAD — The Taliban’s stance of not engaging in peace talks with the current Afghan government “remains unchanged" and the insurgent group has “nothing to do” with next week’s four-nation ...

US Targets Key Hezbollah Leaders

VOA - 11.10.2017

WASHINGTON — The United States is moving to ratchet up pressure on Hezbollah, offering millions of dollars for information that leads to the arrest or capture of two of the Iranian-backed terror ...

Haiti Seeks TPS Extension for Its Nationals in US

VOA - 11.10.2017

Haiti has formally requested that U.S. immigration authorities grant an 18-month extension to a program of humanitarian aid for Haitian nationals living in the United States.

Mexico Quake Leaves Thousands Stranded Without a Home

VOA - 11.10.2017

SAN JUAN PILCAYA, MEXICO — Rubble is all that remains of hundreds of houses rent asunder by the earthquake that struck Mexico in September, leaving owners lodging with relatives or friends, hoping ...

From Kitchen to Soccer Pitch, Catalonia Crisis Opens Old Spanish Wounds

VOA - 11.10.2017

MADRID — Dinner at the Barcelona home of Catalonia-born Montserrat Armisen, an independence supporter, can be a tense affair. “He criticizes us and doesn't let us eat in peace,” said Armisen of her ...

Russia Accuses US of Pretending to Fight Islamic State in Syria, Iraq

VOA - 11.10.2017

MOSCOW — Russia accused the United States on Tuesday of pretending to fight Islamic State and of deliberately reducing its airstrikes in Iraq to allow the group's militants to stream into Syria to ...

Trump Decision on Iran Nuclear Deal Seen as Imminent

VOA - 11.10.2017

WHITE HOUSE — President Donald Trump is expected to announce within days that he will no longer certify Iran's compliance with the 2015 nuclear agreement, giving Congress 60 days to decide whether to ...

US Signals Tougher Stance with Tech Companies on Encryption

VOA - 11.10.2017

U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Tuesday sharply criticized technology companies that have built strongly encrypted products, suggesting Silicon Valley is more willing to comply with ...

Hurricane Recovery Slower in Puerto Rican Mountains

VOA - 11.10.2017

TRUJILLO ALTO, PUERTO RICO — In the lowlands of Trujillo Alto, a sprawling suburb of San Juan, clean water again flows in the homes of most residents.

US Top Court Tosses One of Two Travel Ban Challenges

VOA - 11.10.2017

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday threw out an appeals court ruling that struck down President Donald Trump's previous temporary travel ban targeting several Muslim-majority nations ...

WHO Warns of Child Obesity Epidemic

VOA - 11.10.2017

LONDON — A study shows there has been a tenfold increase in the number of obese and overweight children and adolescents worldwide in just 40 years. In one of the biggest epidemiological studies ever ...

Las Vegas Shooting Victims File Lawsuit Against Bump Stock Makers

VOA - 11.10.2017

NEW YORK — A lawsuit seeking to represent the victims of the Las Vegas rampage, the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, was filed against the makers of so-called bump stocks, which the ...

AP Explains: Winds Drive California Fires

VOA - 11.10.2017

LOS ANGELES — Notorious winds linked to many of California's worst wildfires are known by various names — Diablo, Santa Ana and Sundowner — but all share the trait of being able to whip a spark into ...

Trump Administration: Court Can't Suspend Pipeline Decision

VOA - 11.10.2017

BILLINGS, MONTANA — Attorneys for the Trump administration said a federal judge has no authority to second-guess a presidential permit for the Keystone XL oil pipeline as they seek to stop a lawsuit ...

EU Aims to Reopen Embassy in Libya

VOA - 11.10.2017

BRUSSELS — The European Union is seeking to reopen its embassy in Libya pending security conditions, officials said on Tuesday, offering further political support for the Tripoli government ...

California Wildfires Send Residents Running

VOA - 11.10.2017

SAN RAFAEL, CALIFORNIA — Throughout the San Francisco Bay Area smoke lay heavy on Tuesday, a visual reminder of the fast-moving wildfires stretching over nine counties in northern California.

Mexican Billionaire Sees Growth Opportunity After Earthquake

VOA - 11.10.2017

MEXICO CITY — Mexico's richest man, telecom magnate Carlos Slim, said Tuesday that reconstruction from two destructive earthquakes last month will create jobs and spur growth and announced that more ...

Brazil Congressional Report Recommends Shelving Temer Charges

VOA - 11.10.2017

BRASILIA — A Brazilian congressional report recommended on Tuesday that President Michel Temer should not face trial for obstruction of justice and membership in a criminal organization, arguing that ...

US: Turkey's Arrest of US Consulate Staffers 'Deeply Disturbing'

VOA - 11.10.2017

STATE DEPARTMENT — The United States says it is "very disappointed" by the Turkish government's arrest of two local staffers of the American Consulate, as diplomatic tensions between the two ...

Catalonia-Spain Crisis: What Happens Next?

VOA - 11.10.2017

The standoff between Spain and Catalonia entered a new phase on Tuesday as Catalonia's leader delayed by several weeks a formal declaration of independence from Spain.

Revised Timeline in Las Vegas Massacre Raises Questions

VOA - 11.10.2017

The revised timeline given by investigators for the Las Vegas massacre raises questions about whether better communication might have allowed police to respond more quickly and take out the gunman ...

North Korea Says Trump 'Lit a Fuse of War'

VOA - 11.10.2017

THE WHITE HOUSE — North Korea's foreign minister says President Donald Trump "lit a fuse of war" on the Korean peninsula with his threat that the U.S.

California Vintners Inspect Grapes, Check Buildings After Wildfires

VOA - 11.10.2017

SONOMA, CALIFORNIA — Worried California vintners surveyed the damage to their vineyards and wineries Tuesday as wildfires sweep through counties whose famous names have become synonymous with fine ...

Students Get Better Help About College from Social Networks

VOA - 11.10.2017

In the Midwest state of Michigan, one counselor may advise up to 750 students at a time about going to college. The American School Counselor Association says it should be 250 to one.

Taliban Warns Phone Companies to Shut Down Their Coverage in Ghazni

VOA - 11.10.2017

GHAZNI, WASHINGTON — Taliban militants have ordered mobile phone companies to shut down their networks at dark in central Ghazni province, provincial police authorities told VOA.

Girls As Young As Infants Married by Parents

VOA - 11.10.2017

Even before you finish reading this sentence, a girl-child will have gotten married in some part of the world illegally, new research reported Tuesday.

US Navy Says Deadly 'McCain' Collision Was Preventable, Relieves Ship Commander

VOA - 11.10.2017

TOKYO — The collision of the USS John S. McCain guided missile destroyer with a merchant ship near Singapore in August that killed 10 sailors was preventable, the U.S.

China’s Communist Leaders Seek to Bend Business to Party Will

VOA - 11.10.2017

BEIJING — In a year that has seen China's Communist leaders cracking down on “irrational” investments overseas and putting some of the country’s biggest dealmakers under tight scrutiny, analysts say ...

California Wildfires Kill 17, Homes and Businesses Burned

VOA - 11.10.2017

Calmer winds and lower temperatures have helped thousands of firefighters in the western U.S. state of California make progress in battling a collection of wildfires that broke out across the state ...

Trump Casts Shadow on Japan Election

VOA - 11.10.2017

SEOUL — The leader of Japan’s new conservative opposition party this week questioned the stability of U.S. President Donald Trump, which could make the often polarizing American president a divisive ...

Hong Kong Leader Urges Residents to Defend Chinese Rule

VOA - 11.10.2017

Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam said residents have a duty to defend China's sovereignty, a clear warning to activists demanding full democracy for the Chinese territory.

Iran FM Briefs Parliament on Trump's Threat to Nuclear Deal

VOA - 11.10.2017

TEHRAN — Iran's foreign minister on Wednesday warned of a tough response from Tehran if President Donald Trump presses ahead with his threats to scuttle the landmark 2015 nuclear deal.

Philippine Lawmaker Digging up New Intelligence on Pressure From China

VOA - 11.10.2017

TAIPEI, TAIWAN — A Philippine opposition party legislator has been drawing attention for the release of privileged information that suggests China is infringing on offshore islets that the two ...

Russia Scores Temporary Win Against US on Cybercrime Suspect

VOA - 11.10.2017

THESSALONIKI, GREECE — Russia has won the latest round in a judicial tug-of-war with the U.S. over who should try a Russian cybercrime suspect arrested during a holiday in Greece.

TPS for Haiti, Why not Mexico?

VOA - 11.10.2017

In January 2010, Haiti was rocked by a magnitude 7.0 earthquake that killed tens of thousands of people and did widespread infrastructure damage. Afterwards among other measures, the United States ...

Madrid Prepares to Impose Direct Rule on Catalonia

VOA - 11.10.2017

BRUSSELS — Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy Wednesday appeared poised to suspend the semi-autonomy of the country’s restive northeast region of Catalonia and close its parliament in a move that ...

Puerto Ricans Leave for US Mainland as Storm Woes Linger

VOA - 11.10.2017

MIAMI — Lourdes Rodriguez fled Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria filled her home in the northern town of Vega Baja with mud, ruining mattresses and other belongings.

California Wildfires Reduce Years-long Dreams to Embers

VOA - 11.10.2017

SANTA ROSA, CALIF. — Jose Garnica worked for more than two decades to build up his dream home that was reduced to ashes in a matter of minutes by the deadly firestorm striking Northern California.

Trump: Tax Overhaul Would Boost Stocks Even More

VOA - 11.10.2017

President Donald Trump said Wednesday that the country's surging stock markets would grow even faster if Congress enacts his proposed overhaul of the country's tax laws.

Indonesian House Speaker Tests Mettle of Corruption Eradication Commission

VOA - 11.10.2017

JAKARTA — The tug-of-war over the corruption trial of Indonesia's speaker of the House of Representatives, Setya Novanto, is testing the mettle of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).

Russian Authorities Agree to Regulate Cryptocurrency Market

VOA - 11.10.2017

MOSCOW — Russian authorities have agreed to regulate the cryptocurrency market and hope to set out how this regulation will work by the end of the year, Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said on ...

Kenya Vote in Balance as Crisis Deepens After Odinga Quits

VOA - 11.10.2017

NAIROBI — Kenya lurched deeper into political crisis Wednesday as a court ruling and a parliamentary vote appeared to ease Uhuru Kenyatta's path to a second term as president, a day after his rival ...

Trump Discusses NAFTA Renegotiation with Canada and Mexico

VOA - 11.10.2017

U.S. President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meet at the White House Wednesday to discuss the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement amid growing animosity ...

US Researchers Genetically Modify Corn to Boost Nutritional Value

VOA - 11.10.2017

U.S. researchers said this week they have discovered a way to genetically engineer corn, the world's largest commodity crop, to produce a type of amino acid found in meat.

Poll: Most Say Trump Making N. Korea Situation Worse

VOA - 11.10.2017

WASHINGTON — North Korea's nuclear weapons development is spooking most Americans, and two-thirds of them say President Donald Trump's war of words with the isolated nation's leader is making the ...

Facebook's Zuckerberg Apologizes for Virtual Tour of Devastated Puerto Rico

VOA - 11.10.2017

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIF. — Mark Zuckerberg has apologized for showcasing Facebook's virtual reality capability with a tour of hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico.

Council of Europe Presses Italy on Libyan Migrant Returns

VOA - 11.10.2017

ROME — The Council of Europe is asking Italy to explain what its naval ships are doing off Libya's coast amid concerns that Europe-bound migrants who are sent back to Libya face "a real risk" of ...

Turkish Leader Erdogan Visits Mostly Muslim Serbia Region

VOA - 11.10.2017

NOVI PAZAR, SERBIA — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan received a rousing welcome on Wednesday as he visited a predominantly Muslim region in southwestern Serbia.

World Bank: Sub-Saharan Africa to Grow at Slower Rate This Year

VOA - 11.10.2017

ABUJA — Economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa is expected to be 2.4 percent in 2017, the World Bank said on Wednesday, down from the 2.6 percent projected in April.

India Rules Sex With Underage Wife Constitutes Rape

VOA - 11.10.2017

India's Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a man having sex with a wife under the age of 18 constitutes rape. The landmark ruling changed an exception to a previous law which did not criminalize sex ...

Opponent of Rwandan President Denies Insurrection, Forgery Charges in Court

VOA - 11.10.2017

KIGALI — A prominent opponent of Rwandan President Paul Kagame pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of forgery and inciting insurrection and said she was being prevented from accessing her case ...

Danish Government Proposes Defense Budget Hike to Deter Russia

VOA - 11.10.2017

COPENHAGEN — The Danish government wants to increase its defense budget by 20 percent over the next five years in response to Russia stepping up military activity in eastern and northern Europe.

World Cup Picture Takes Shape on Global Day of Drama

VOA - 11.10.2017

GENEVA — The World Cup is truly taking shape. A dramatic day of qualifying matches ended with 23 of the 32-team lineup confirmed to play next year in Russia. Lionel Messi will be there.

Food safety, Mayor inspected work for rehabilitation of a market in the capital

Ora news - 11.10.2017

Having food safety as a primary aim, Tirana’s city hall is focused on improving the conditions of markets. The city hall has started its work for the reconstruction of the market for fruits and ...

Absence of psychiatrists, 1 psychiatrist for every 22,000 citizens; a small budget for this sector

Ora news - 11.10.2017

Albania is suffering from an absence in psychiatrists; with the number of psychiatrists compared to the population being 1 for every 22,000 citizens. A recent report prepared by the ombudsman’s ...

PM Rama in Italy, The Italian Prime Minister offers support for the opening of negotiations

Ora news - 11.10.2017

The Prime Minister of Albania, Edi Rama, has started an official visit in Italy. The Albanian Prime Minister and Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni held a meeting and a press conference is ...

Visas liberalisation for Kosovo, President Meta: Albania citizenship is not a solution for Kosovar citizens

Ora news - 11.10.2017

President of the Republic, Ilir Meta is on an official visit to Kosovo, where he was received by his Kosovar counterpart Hashim Thaçi. During the meeting held, the Kosovar president praised the ...

Indonesia Bishop Resigns in Finance, Mistress Scandal

VOA - 11.10.2017

VATICAN CITY — A Roman Catholic bishop in Indonesia has resigned following reports that he had a mistress and siphoned off more than $100,000 in church funds.

Russia's Security Agency Detains 6 Crimean Tatar Activists

VOA - 11.10.2017

MOSCOW — Russia's domestic security agency said Wednesday it detained six people in Crimea accused of involvement in an extremist organization, a move described by one of the suspects' lawyer as part ...

Small businesses in VAT, Association of small businesses opposes implication: It will increase costs

Ora news - 11.10.2017

The Association of Small Businesses has warned of protests and hunger strikes if the government approves the establishment of Value Added Tax for small businesses.

DP on economy, DP Chairman: We will make proposals against the madness of the majority

Ora news - 11.10.2017

The Democratic Party considers the inclusion of small business in Value Added Tax to be “madness”. During a special press release for the media Democratic Party chairman, Lulzim Basha, said the Prime ...

US Rules Out Negotiated IS Withdrawal from Syria's Raqqa

VOA - 11.10.2017

BEIRUT — The U.S.-led coalition battling the Islamic State group said Wednesday that it won't accept a negotiated withdrawal for hundreds of IS militants holed up in the Syrian city of Raqqa, once ...

Suicide Bombers Target Damascus Police Building

VOA - 11.10.2017

Three suicide bombers blew themselves up Wednesday near the police headquarters building in the Syrian capital of Damascus, killing at least two people, according to the country’s Interior Ministry.

NFL Disputes Trump Claim Players Will Be Required to Stand for Anthem

VOA - 11.10.2017

U.S. President Donald Trump said Wednesday National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell has decided to support his demand that all players stand during the national anthem, a comment that ...

Half of US, Japan Teens ‘Addicted’ to Smartphones

VOA - 11.10.2017

About half of teenagers in the United States and Japan say they are addicted to their smartphones. University of Southern California (USC) researchers asked 1,200 Japanese about their use of ...

Trump Rejects Claim He Wanted Big Nuclear Expansion

VOA - 11.10.2017

President Donald Trump on Wednesday rejected as "pure fiction" an NBC News report that a few months ago he suggested a tenfold increase in the U.S. nuclear arsenal, and questioned whether it was time ...

Iraq Orders Arrest of Kurdish Independence Election Officials

VOA - 11.10.2017

An Iraqi court on Wednesday issued arrest warrants for several officials tied to the recent referendum for Kurdish independence. A spokesman for Iraq's Supreme Judicial Council said the court issued ...

Ankara Calls for Resolution to Turkey-US Tensions

VOA - 11.10.2017

ISTANBUL — Turkey is calling for a normalization of relations with the United States following rising diplomatic tensions between the NATO allies. “Our wish is that relations between the two allies ...

Explainer: China’s Crackdown on Big Dealmakers

VOA - 11.10.2017

BEIJING — Over the past few years, Chinese companies have flooded the globe with investments, buying up everything from real estate to football clubs and entertainment companies.

US Boy Scouts to Allow Girls in Some Programs

VOA - 11.10.2017

The Boy Scouts of America announced Wednesday that it would allow girls to join its clubs at various levels. “This decision is true to the BSA’s mission and core values outlined in the Scout Oath and ...

Trump Suggests Challenging TV Network Licenses over 'Fake News'

VOA - 11.10.2017

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump suggested challenging licenses for NBC and other broadcast news networks on Wednesday, a salvo that followed reports his own secretary of state had called him a ...

US Astronaut's Memoir Provides Blunt Take on Year in Space

VOA - 11.10.2017

CAPE CANAVERAL, FLA. — In his new autobiography, retired astronaut Scott Kelly gives an unflinchingly blunt take on his U.S. record-breaking year in space and the challenging life events that got him ...

Pentagon Blames Islamic State in Deadly Attack on US Forces in Niger

VOA - 11.10.2017

PENTAGON — The Pentagon says Islamic State fighters were responsible for attack in southwestern Niger that killed four American soldiers , as new details suggest local villagers may have played a ...

California Moves Toward Public Access for Self-driving Cars

VOA - 11.10.2017

LOS ANGELES — California regulators took an important step Wednesday to clear the road for everyday people to get self-driving cars. The state's Department of Motor Vehicles published proposed rules ...

UN: Brutal Myanmar Army Operation Aimed at Preventing Rohingya Return

VOA - 11.10.2017

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND — Myanmar security forces have brutally driven out half a million Muslim Rohingya from northern Rakhine state, torching their homes, crops and villages to prevent them from ...

Trump’s Claims Re-energize National Debate on Media

VOA - 11.10.2017

WHITE HOUSE — Donald Trump's unique, Twitter-driven presidency has re-energized and personalized a national debate on the media as old as the First Amendment.

US House Panel to Publicly Release Russia Facebook Ads

VOA - 11.10.2017

The leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee's Russia investigation said Wednesday they intend to publicly release thousands of politically divisive Facebook ads purchased ...

Pope: Catholic Guide Needs Updating on Death Penalty Issue

VOA - 11.10.2017

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis marked the 25th anniversary of a landmark compilation of Catholic teaching by saying Wednesday it should be changed to address an issue close to his heart: the death ...

Brazil Court Freezes Ex-leader Rousseff's Assets Over 2006 Refinery Deal

VOA - 11.10.2017

BRASILIA — Brazil's federal audit court on Wednesday ordered a freeze of former President Dilma Rousseff's assets as well as those of José Sérgio Gabrielli, ex-head of state-run oil company ...

Poll: US Voters Split on Trump's Handling of Economy

VOA - 11.10.2017

A new poll shows most American voters are divided over U.S. President Donald Trump's handling of the economy, are generally pleased with their financial situations, but still disapprove of his job ...

Poll: Three-quarters of Americans Favor Higher Taxes for Wealthy

VOA - 11.10.2017

WASHINGTON — As President Donald Trump promotes a tax plan that critics say would raise the federal deficit by slashing corporate rates and eliminating some taxes paid by the rich, three-quarters of ...

Hezbollah Dismisses US Rewards for Arrest of Its Operatives

VOA - 11.10.2017

BEIRUT — Lebanon's Hezbollah group dismissed multi-million-dollar rewards offered by the United States for the arrest of two of its senior members, saying on Wednesday they would have no impact.

Facebook Gets Real About Broadening Virtual Reality's Appeal

VOA - 11.10.2017

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg seems to be realizing a sobering reality about virtual reality: His company's Oculus headsets that send people into artificial worlds are too expensive ...

Girls in South Sudan Least Likely to Go to School, Report Says

VOA - 10.10.2017

LONDON — Girls are least likely to be in school in South Sudan, with nearly three-quarters of school-age girls out of the classroom, followed by Central African Republic, Niger and Afghanistan, all ...

First-Gens Dance the Cultural Two-Step

VOA - 10.10.2017

Dark hair and eyes. Living at home instead of in a dorm. Speaking a foreign language. Changing into shorts on the school bus. And grape leaves instead of PB&J.

At Least 10 Dead as Fires Rage in California Wine Country

VOA - 10.10.2017

SANTA ROSA, CALIFORNIA — Wildfires whipped by powerful winds swept through California wine country Monday, killing at least 10 people and injuring at least 100, destroying 1,500 homes and businesses ...

Engineers: Lives Lost in Mexico Quake Could Have Been Saved

VOA - 10.10.2017

MEXICO CITY — Nearly two-thirds of the buildings that collapsed in Mexico City's monstrous earthquake last month were built using a construction method that is now forbidden in seismic hotspots in ...

As Trump Challenges Iran Nuclear Deal, Those in Tehran Worry

VOA - 10.10.2017

TEHRAN, IRAN — As U.S. President Donald Trump threatens the Iran nuclear deal, those living in Tehran feel that an accord they have yet to benefit from may already be doomed, hardening their ...

State of Washington Sues over New Trump Birth-control Rules

VOA - 10.10.2017

SEATTLE — Washington state sued President Donald Trump on Monday over his decision to let more employers claiming religious or moral objections opt out of providing no-cost birth control to women.

Cowboys' Jerry Jones Reignites Protest Conversation in NFL

VOA - 10.10.2017

DALLAS — Now that Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys has become the first NFL owner with a public suggestion of repercussions for displays during the national anthem, players are opening up more about ...

4 Ships Banned From All Ports For Violating North Korea Sanctions

VOA - 10.10.2017

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council has banned all nations from allowing four ships that transported prohibited goods to and from North Korea to enter any port in their country.

Sheriff: Las Vegas Shooter Had 'Purposeful Plan' But Motive Not Yet Clear

VOA - 10.10.2017

More than a week after gunman Stephen Paddock killed 58 people and wounded nearly 500 others, investigators in Las Vegas still have no motive for the attack and say figuring out why it happened ...

Police: Gunmen Kill Two in Attack on Kenya University Students

VOA - 10.10.2017

MOMBASA, KENYA — Two staff members were killed and several students were wounded in Kenya when gunmen fired on vehicles carrying students to the Technical University of Mombasa's campus in coastal ...

Lack of Toilets, Clean Drinking Water Pose Cholera Threat in Rohingya Camps

VOA - 10.10.2017

BANGLADESH — Standing next to newly erected tents clustered on a hillside, Abdul Malek explains one of the biggest problems facing the more than 500,000 Rohingya Muslims who fled violence in Myanmar ...

Report: Rwandan Military Subjects Detainees to Illegal Detention, Torture

VOA - 10.10.2017

Human Rights Watch says Rwandan soldiers routinely tortured detainees, engaging in beatings, electric shock and mock executions to extract confessions.

Chemist: Kim Had 1.4 Times Lethal Dosage of VX on Face

VOA - 10.10.2017

SHAH ALAM, MALAYSIA — The estranged half brother of North Korea's leader had about 1.4 times the lethal dosage of VX nerve agent on his face after he was attacked at a Malaysian airport, a government ...

Two University Staffers Killed in Ambush in Eastern Kenya

VOA - 10.10.2017

Two staff members of a technical college were killed Tuesday when their convoy was ambushed while driving along Kenya's Indian Ocean coast. Regional police chief Larry Kieng said a group of students ...

Catalonia’s Secessionists Divided on Whether to Announce Breakaway

VOA - 10.10.2017

BRUSSELS — Pressure is building on Catalonia’s hardline secessionist leaders, from moderates and business leaders in the restive north-east Spanish region, to pull back from the brink and to refrain ...

EU, Rights Groups Urge Cambodia to Halt Attack on Opposition

VOA - 10.10.2017

PHNOM PENH — The European Union and rights groups say the Cambodian government's move to dissolve the main opposition party would be a serious blow to democracy and undermine the credibility of ...

India Firecracker Ban Sparks Controversy

VOA - 10.10.2017

NEW DELHI — As the Indian capital, New Delhi, battles deadly air pollution, it might be missing the customary fireworks during the Hindu festival of lights, following a temporary ban imposed by the ...

Europe Expects More Terror Attacks, Even as IS Falters

VOA - 10.10.2017

BRUSSELS — Will the collapse of Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, and the ending of the terror group’s caliphate make much difference when it comes to the recruitment and radicalization of Europeans ...

Thai Military Leader Says Elections to Be Held in 2018

VOA - 10.10.2017

The head of Thailand's military junta announced Tuesday that the country will hold a general election next year, four years after the military seized power from the country's last democratically ...

Iraq to Restore Pipeline to Turkey, Bypassing Kurdish Region

VOA - 10.10.2017

BAGHDAD — Iraq's Oil Ministry has ordered the restoration of an oil pipeline from the city of Kirkuk to Turkey that would bypass the country's northern Kurdish region in the wake of the area's ...

France Public Sector Strike Disrupts Schools, Hospitals

VOA - 10.10.2017

PARIS — A nationwide strike by French public sector workers on Tuesday was affecting schools, hospitals and public services and causing disruptions in domestic air traffic.

Trials Begin for More Than 1,600 Boko Haram Suspects

VOA - 10.10.2017

LAGOS, NIGRIA — The trials of more than 1,600 suspected Boko Haram members have begun behind closed doors at a military barracks in northern Nigeria, the largest mass trial in the Islamic extremist ...

Trump Suggests He'd Beat Top Diplomat Tillerson on an IQ Test

VOA - 10.10.2017

U.S. President Donald Trump is suggesting he would beat Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in an IQ test competition after reports that the country's top diplomat called him a "moron.

Iran Warns US Over Potential Terror Designation of Its Guards

VOA - 10.10.2017

Iran is warning the United States against designating its Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist organization, saying it would put the United States on the side of the Islamic State group.

Effort Underway in Bangladesh to Reunite Rohingya Families

VOA - 10.10.2017

COX’S BAZAR, BANGLADESH — As the mass exodus of Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar to Bangladesh slows, the focus has turned to reuniting families affected by the crisis.

Erdogan Defends Arrest of US Consulate Employee

VOA - 10.10.2017

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is defending the arrest of a U.S. consulate employee, accusing him of being a spy. "How did these spies infiltrate the American consulate? If they didn't ...

Japanese Court Orders Millions in Payments After Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

VOA - 10.10.2017

A Japanese court has ordered millions of dollars in payments to thousands of residents living near the Fukushima nuclear plant after they lost their homes and livelihoods during the 2011 radiation ...

Oral Cholera Vaccination Campaign for Rohingya Refugees Begins

VOA - 10.10.2017

GENEVA — A mass oral cholera vaccination campaign for hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees and host communities is taking place in Bangladesh. The campaign is led by the Ministry of Health and ...

Pakistan’s Sharif Awaits Possible Indictment, Not a First for Country’s Rulers

VOA - 10.10.2017

Few jobs on Earth are less secure than that of Pakistani prime ministers. The seven decades since the country’s creation have seen a revolving door at the top, with military coups, court-ordered ...

Kenya’s Opposition Leader Pulls Out of Rerun Presidential Polls

VOA - 10.10.2017

NAIROBI — Kenya’s opposition leader Raila Odinga says he is pulling out of the October 26 rerun presidential polls, citing grievances with the electoral commission and President Uhuru Kenyatta’s ...

Court session against shullazi, Former Minister of Interior gave his testimony

Ora news - 10.10.2017

Former Prime Minister Sali Berisha will be one of the witnesses who will testify in the court session of Emiljano Shullazi and the four other gang members who stand accused of several crimes such as ...

Electoral reform, Vice chairman of DP: We will ask for the change of territorial map

Ora news - 10.10.2017

The Democratic Party today expressed their will to collaborate in opposition with the Social Movement for Integration. Vice chairman Edi Paloka said that it is necessary to form an alliance not only ...

Mortgage offices, minister of justice announces a competition for appointment of 26 directors

Ora news - 10.10.2017

Following the call by Prime Minister Edi Rama for the Directors of the Mortgage Offices to resign, the vacant positions will now be filled through a formal application process.

Small businesses to pay vat, Minister of Finances clarifies that the prices will not increase

Ora news - 10.10.2017

The Minister of Finance and Economy, Arben Ahmetaj gave a press conference declaring that the inclusion of small businesses in Value Added Tax will not have any effect on prices and that fines will ...

Food authority, 2 inspectors from Korça were arrested for dereliction of duty

Ora news - 10.10.2017

Two inspectors from the National Food Authority in Korça were arrested today, charged dereliction of duty. A citizen crossing the border from Macedonia to Albania with a significant amount of ...

City hall’s projects, Mayor Veliaj announced the transformation of the pyramid

Ora news - 10.10.2017

Tirana’s mayor today participated in an activity in the meeting room of the City Council, where 400 young people joined the initiative to recognize the work of the Municipality of Tirana in one day.

Trump Slams Pro Football League for Tax Break It No Longer Gets

VOA - 10.10.2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump attacked the country's most popular sports league, the National Football League, on Tuesday for "getting massive tax breaks," even though the league gave up ...

Egypt Presses Fatah, Hamas for Final Reconciliation Deal

VOA - 10.10.2017

CAIRO — Leaders of the rival Palestinian Fatah and Hamas factions were meeting in Cairo Tuesday under the auspices of the Egyptian government amid high hopes that both sides would finally reach a ...

IMF: Global Growth to Reach 3.6 Percent This Year

VOA - 10.10.2017

WASHINGTON — The global economy is expected to expand to a 3.6 percent annual rate this year, up from last year's rate of 3.2 percent. Tuesday's assessment comes from the International Monetary Fund ...

California Wildfires Kill 11, Burn 1,500 Buildings

VOA - 10.10.2017

Firefighters in the western U.S. state of California are battling more than a dozen wildfires that have killed at least 11 people and sent thousands fleeing their homes.

Report: N. Korean Hackers Steal US-S. Korea Assassination Plan for Kim Jong Un

VOA - 10.10.2017

Computer hackers from North Korea are believed to have stolen a large number of classified military documents from South Korea, including plans to “decapitate” the North’s leadership.

Pentagon: Diplomatic Dispute Not Affecting Military Operations out of Turkey

VOA - 10.10.2017

PENTAGON — The Pentagon says a diplomatic dispute between Turkey and the United States has not affected military operations or personnel out of Turkey, including efforts to defeat Islamic State ...

Las Vegas Hotel Weighs Fate of Notorious 32nd Floor Suite

VOA - 10.10.2017

LAS VEGAS — What will become of the now-notorious Las Vegas hotel suite that a 64-year-old retiree used to stage the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S.

Somaliland Elections on Track for November

VOA - 10.10.2017

Somaliland’s National Electoral Commission has released the total number of registered Voters with Identification Cards to vote in the upcoming November election.

UN Official Mobilizes to Enact Climate Agreement Despite US Withdrawal

VOA - 10.10.2017

GENEVA — Miroslav Lajcak, president of the 72nd session of the U.N. General Assembly, has an ambitious agenda of global issues he wishes to focus on in the coming year, and moving the implementation ...

Italy Calls Confidence Vote on Contested Electoral Law

VOA - 10.10.2017

ROME — The Italian government on Tuesday called for confidence votes in the lower house of parliament to try to force through an electoral law that is likely to penalize the anti-establishment 5-Star ...

UN Envoy: Yemen's Warring Leaders Seek Power, Not Peace

VOA - 10.10.2017

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. special envoy for Yemen accused the country's warring leaders on Tuesday of refusing to end the fighting and liberate the people "from the scourge of famine and conflict" ...

Trump Lashes 'Liddle Bob Corker' as Senators Call for Calm

VOA - 10.10.2017

President Donald Trump lashed out at Sen. Bob Corker as "Liddle' Bob Corker'' on Tuesday, escalating a feud with the Tennessee Republican who's dubbed the White House an "adult day care center'' and ...

India May Allow Female Haj Pilgrims to Travel Without Male Guardian

VOA - 10.10.2017

MUMBAI — Indian women over the age of 45 and traveling in groups of four will be able to go for the Islamic haj pilgrimage without a male guardian next year, if the government adopts proposed reforms.

Human Rights Honor Goes to Egyptian Banned From Travel

VOA - 10.10.2017

CAIRO — An Egyptian has been honored with one of the most prestigious awards granted to human rights defenders but was unable to accept the prize in person because his government has banned him from ...

Last Kerner Commission Member Haunted, Hopeful Regarding Race in US

VOA - 10.10.2017

CORRALES, NEW MEXICO — Nearly 50 years after the Kerner Commission studied the causes of deadly riots in America's cities, its last surviving member says he remains haunted that its recommendations ...

Da Vinci Portrait of Christ Expected to Fetch $100M at Auction

VOA - 10.10.2017

NEW YORK — The last privately owned Leonardo da Vinci painting and one of fewer than 20 by the Renaissance artist known to still exist is hitting the auction block, Christie's announced Tuesday.

Security Council Endorses UN Plan to Break Libya Stalemate

VOA - 10.10.2017

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council endorsed a U.N. action plan Tuesday to break the political stalemate in Libya that has divided the country into competing governments with two parliaments ...

NRA Opposes Outright US Ban on Gun Devices Used by Las Vegas Killer

VOA - 09.10.2017

WASHINGTON — The powerful U.S. gun lobby, the National Rifle Association, said on Sunday it would oppose an outright ban on bump-stock devices that the killer in the Las Vegas massacre of 58 people ...

Likely Successor to Cuba's Castro Rejects US Demands for Change

VOA - 09.10.2017

HAVANA — The man forecast to replace Cuban President Raul Castro early next year rejected U.S. demands that the Communist-run country change its political and economic system.

UNESCO Seeks Leader to Revive Agency's Fortunes

VOA - 09.10.2017

PARIS — When Israel's envoy told UNESCO delegates last July that fixing the plumbing in his toilet was more important than their latest ruling, it highlighted how fractious geopolitics are paralyzing ...

A Weakened Nate Brings Flooding, Power Outages to Gulf Coast

VOA - 09.10.2017

BILOXI, MISSISSIPPI — Hurricane Nate brought a burst of flooding and power outages to the U.S. Gulf Coast before weakening rapidly Sunday, sparing the region the kind of catastrophic damage left by a ...

Secret Film Shows Plight of 'Forgotten' Refugees in Australian Camp

VOA - 09.10.2017

LONDON — A movie secretly shot inside an Australian-run detention center for asylum seekers highlights the plight of thousands of "forgotten" refugees who have been marooned for years on remote ...

Germany’s Merkel Agrees to Migrant Cap in Pursuit of Coalition

VOA - 09.10.2017

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) have reportedly reached a deal with Bavarian conservatives on a refugee cap as both sides look to unite ahead of talks on forming a new ...

Tourism Drop Means Harvey Still Punishing Texas Beach Towns

VOA - 09.10.2017

PORT ARANSAS, TEXAS — Born and raised in this Texas Gulf Coast beach town, James Wheeler Jr. finds himself sawing plywood and hanging sheet rock at a time when he would normally be leading deep-sea ...

Las Vegas Concert Goers Return for Items Lost When They Fled

VOA - 09.10.2017

LAS VEGAS — The abandoned baby strollers, shoes, phones, backpacks and purses strewn for days across the huge crime scene of the Las Vegas massacre were slowly being returned to their owners Sunday ...

Speaker of Ethiopian Parliament Submits Resignation

VOA - 09.10.2017

ADDIS ABABA — The speaker of Ethiopia's lower house of parliament submitted his resignation on Sunday, one of the highest-ranking officials to do so since the ruling EPRDF coalition came to power in ...

New Zealand Currency Falls to 4-month Low as Political Coalition Talks Continue

VOA - 09.10.2017

WELLINGTON — The New Zealand currency sunk to a fresh four-month low on Monday as a small nationalist party carried out negotiations to determine the country's next government.

Trump’s Immigration Wish List Released; Democrats Balk

VOA - 09.10.2017

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration released a list of hardline immigration priorities on Sunday that threaten to derail efforts to protect from deportation hundreds of thousands of young ...

Linklater's War Veteran Comedy Speaks to Modern America, says Star

VOA - 09.10.2017

LONDON — "Last Flag Flying", a comedy-drama about Vietnam war veterans, will resonate with Trump's America, despite, or perhaps because of, its period setting, actor Bryan Cranston said on Sunday ...

As Johnson Sirleaf Exits, Liberians Thankful for Peace, Excited About Change

VOA - 09.10.2017

MONROVIA — After a dozen years of recovery under Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who won the Nobel Peace Prize for helping bring peace after civil war turned her country into a wasteland, Liberians are ...

Many in Country Music Mum Over Gun Issues After Vegas Deaths

VOA - 09.10.2017

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE — When singer Meghan Linsey first started her country duo Steel Magnolia, a partnership with the National Rifle Association was suggested as a way to grow their audience.

Mexico City 'Bike Mayor' Says Two Wheels Can Overtake Gridlock Grind

VOA - 09.10.2017

MEXICO CITY — Zipping through streets teeming with people and traffic after the earthquake that rocked Mexico City last month, cyclists helped locate collapsed buildings where people might be ...

Bugs in the Food by Design at Bangkok Fine-dining Bistro

VOA - 09.10.2017

BANGKOK — Ants and beetles in the kitchen? Normally that'd close down a restaurant immediately, but for a unique eatery in Bangkok, bugs in the beef ragu and pests in the pesto are the business plan.

Gas Trucks Boom in China As Government Curbs Diesel in War On Smog

VOA - 09.10.2017

YUTIAN, CHINA — On a recent morning in Yutian, a dusty town bisected by the highway that connects Beijing to the sea, Su Meiquan strolled into a dealership packed with hulking trucks and prepared to ...

IS Deprives Thousands of Children of Education in Afghan Province

VOA - 09.10.2017

JAWZJAN, WASHINGTON — Local affiliates of the so-called Islamic State militant group have shut down dozens of schools in a restive district of northern Afghanistan, provincial officials said.

Police: At least 12 Rohingya, Mainly Children, Drown in Latest Boat Disaster

VOA - 09.10.2017

COX'S BAZAR, BANGLADESH — At least 12 Rohingya Muslim refugees, mainly children, drowned when their boats capsized on the way to Bangladesh, police said on Monday, the latest victims of violence in ...

Police: Militants Attack Checkpoint in Somalia's Puntland, Five Dead

VOA - 09.10.2017

BOSASO, SOMALIA — Islamist militants attacked a checkpoint in Somalia's semi-autonomous Puntland region, killing at least five people in the early hours of Monday, police said.

China Ramping Up Aid to Philippines as Both Pursue Deeper Relationship

VOA - 09.10.2017

TAIPEI, TAIWAN — China is stepping up aid to the Philippines, including a proposal to seek oil together offshore and a gift of arms to help Manila fight a Muslim rebel insurgency, indicating that ...

Should Jihadist Families Be Prosecuted?

VOA - 09.10.2017

PARIS — Then French President Nicolas Sarkozy declared March 19, 2012, the date an Islamic militant killed a Jewish rabbi and three children in Toulouse, “a day of national tragedy.

Indigenous Peoples Day? Italians Say Stick With Columbus

VOA - 09.10.2017

NEW YORK — Is it time to say arrivederci to Christopher Columbus? A movement to abolish Columbus Day and replace it with Indigenous Peoples Day has gained momentum in some parts of the U.S.

Deadly Attacks Prompt ICRC to 'Drastically' Cut Afghan Operations

VOA - 09.10.2017

QUETTA, PAKISTAN — The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has decided to “drastically” reduce its presence and relief operations in war-torn Afghanistan, citing a series of recent ...

Turkey Urges US to Reverse Visa Halt

VOA - 09.10.2017

Turkey on Monday urged the United States to reverse its temporary halt to non-immigrant visa applications - a move that was quickly mirrored by Turkey the day before. A statement Sunday from the U.S.

Pakistan’s Shi'ite Community Under Attack Again

VOA - 09.10.2017

ISLAMABAD — Unknown gunmen opened fire on members of Pakistan’s Hazara community in the northwestern city Quetta Monday morning, killing four Hazaras along with a bystander.

Report: Google Uncovered Russia-Backed Ads on YouTube, Gmail

VOA - 09.10.2017

WASHINGTON — Google has discovered that Russian operatives spent tens of thousands of dollars on ads on YouTube, Gmail, Google search and other products, The Washington Post reported on Monday.

Fatah, Hamas to Discuss Gaza Security Under Unity Deal

VOA - 09.10.2017

GAZA/RAMALLAH — Negotiators from rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Islamist group Hamas will discuss security in the Gaza Strip at unity talks in Cairo on Tuesday, including a proposal that would ...

Trump: US Policy on North Korea Has Failed for 25 Years

VOA - 09.10.2017

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Monday that U.S. attempts to deal with North Korea have failed for more than two decades. "Our country has been unsuccessfully dealing with North Korea for 25 ...

Russia's Putin Eyes Election Next Year, Vows to Prosecute Vote Violations

VOA - 09.10.2017

MOSCOW — The head of Russia's central election commission urged President Vladimir Putin on Monday to ensure all investigations intoelection violations detected in Russia last month were completed, ...

Iran Promises ‘Crushing’ Response if US Designates Guards Terrorist Group

VOA - 09.10.2017

LONDON — Iran promised on Monday to give a "crushing" response if the United States designated its elite Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist group. The pledge came a week before President Donald ...

Catalan Leader Under Pressure to Drop Independence

VOA - 09.10.2017

BARCELONA/MADRID — Catalonia's secessionist leader on Monday faced increased pressure to abandon plans to declare the region independent from Spain, with France and Germany expressing support for the ...

UAE Official Says Qatar Giving Up World Cup Could End Crisis

VOA - 09.10.2017

DUBAI — A top Emirati security official says the Qatar diplomatic crisis can end if Doha gives up hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the first time someone from the four Arab nations boycotting the ...

Puerto Rico Governor: 'Hell to Pay' over Water, Food Deliveries

VOA - 09.10.2017

WASHINGTON — Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rossello said on Monday he ordered an investigation of water distribution on the hurricane-battered island and warned that there would be "hell to pay" for ...

Italian Police Arrest Younger Brother of Marseille Attacker

VOA - 09.10.2017

MILAN — A Tunisian terror suspect arrested in northern Italy had fought in Syria, was previously expelled from Italy and is believed responsible for radicalizing his elder brother, who stabbed two ...

Where Is the Ball? UK and EU Exchange Volleys Over Brexit

VOA - 09.10.2017

LONDON — British Prime Minister Theresa May urged the European Union on Monday to show “leadership and flexibility” in unblocking Brexit talks, saying the ball is in the bloc's court.

India Bans Sale of Fireworks in Capital

VOA - 09.10.2017

India's Supreme Court has temporarily banned the sale of fireworks Monday in New Delhi, ten days ahead of the Diwali festival, in an effort to curb the capital's deadly air pollution.

In Male-dominated Field, Women at New York Comic Con Persist

VOA - 09.10.2017

NEW YORK — Many women were on hand at the recent New York Comic Con , a giant gathering of fans and creators of comics where people bring superheroes to life both on and off the page.

City hall’s investments, Mayor inspected the construction of another park

Ora news - 09.10.2017

Tirana’s Mayor, Erion Veliaj, today inspected work for the reconstruction of a new park at ‘5 May’ street in Tirane. An 11,000 square meter area, which used to serve as a place for urban waste ...

National food authority, PM asks for the removal of corrupt directors

Ora news - 09.10.2017

Prime Minister Edi Rama held a meeting with the current directors at the National Food Authority, at which he warned of dismissals over cases of corruption.

Operation against informality, 100 unregistered businesses shut down

Ora news - 09.10.2017

Only a week after the beginning of the government’s operation against informality, 100 businesses have been penalized throughout the country for failure to register their activity or failure to issue ...

Monitoring of borders, Socialist Movement for Integration claims the radars do not function

Ora news - 09.10.2017

The Vice Chairman of the Socialist Movement for Integration, Luan Rama expressed his concern today about the radars that monitor Albanian borders. After the meeting of the Socialist Movement for ...

DP on electoral reform, Democratic Party will ask for the holding of additional session on Wednesdays

Ora news - 09.10.2017

The Democratic Party chairman, Lulzim Basha gathered the Democratic Party’s parliamentary group today. After the meeting, the DP chairman announced the strategy his party will follow during this ...

Electoral reform, PM asks the socialist MPs to hold constructive debates with the opposition

Ora news - 09.10.2017

The electoral reform will be discussed in Thursday’s plenary session. During a meeting that the Prime Minister held with the Socialist Party’s parliamentary group, Mr.

Rights Commission: Kenya Police Killed More Than 30 After Election

VOA - 09.10.2017

NAIROBI — Kenya National Commission on Human Rights has accused the country's security agencies of killing more than 30 people following the August 8 elections.

Russia Warns US-Funded RFE/RL It May Face 'Restrictions'

VOA - 09.10.2017

The Russian Justice Ministry has warned U.S.-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty that it may impose restrictions on some of the broadcaster's operations in Russia in response to what Moscow claims ...

Pakistan Nabs Suspect Distributing Pamphlets Allegedly Linked to Hizb-ut-Tahrir

VOA - 09.10.2017

Authorities in Pakistan say a terror suspect is in custody on charges of distributing pamphlets on behalf of banned Islamic extremist group Hizb-ut-Tahrir, or HuT, and that a case has been opened ...

Former Salvadoran President Calderon Dies at 69

VOA - 09.10.2017

SAN SALVADOR — Former Salvadoran President Armando Calderon, who helped oversee the Central American country's transition from a bloody civil war to peace in the 1990s, has died at the age of 69 ...

NATO to Launch Black Sea Force as Latest Counter to Russia

VOA - 09.10.2017

BUCHAREST — NATO is set to launch a new multinational force in Romania on Monday to counter Russia along its eastern flank and to check a growing Russian presence in the Black Sea following the ...

Moscow: Escalation of Tensions on Korean Peninsula Unacceptable

VOA - 09.10.2017

MSCOW, RUSSIA — Any escalation of tension on the Korean peninsula is unacceptable, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in a phone call on Monday. U.S.

Satire on EU Bureaucracy Wins German Book Prize

VOA - 09.10.2017

BERLIN — A satirical look at the European Union and its bureaucracy, which opens with a pig running amok in one of Brussels' main squares, has won the prestigious German Book Prize.

Zimbabwe's Mugabe Names New Finance Minister Amid Currency Crunch

VOA - 09.10.2017

HARARE — Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has replaced Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa — who will lead a new Security Ministry — with Home Affairs Minister Ignatius Chombo in a cabinet reshuffle, ...

Gunman's Brother in Vegas as Police Look for Motive

VOA - 09.10.2017

LAS VEGAS — Investigators met with the brother of the Las Vegas gunman while friends and relatives of the 58 killed and other concert-goers who survived the deadliest shooting in modern U.S.

Fake News Is Still Here, Despite Efforts by Google, Facebook

VOA - 09.10.2017

Nearly a year after Facebook and Google launched offensives against fake news, they’re still inadvertently promoting it — often at the worst possible times.

Seeing Hope: FDA Panel Considers Gene Therapy for Blindness

VOA - 09.10.2017

A girl saw her mother's face for the first time. A boy tore through the aisles of Target, marveling at toys he never knew existed. A teen walked onto a stage and watched the stunned expressions of ...

Catalan Leaders Face Growing Pressure Over Independence Threat

VOA - 09.10.2017

Leaders in Catalonia are facing increasing domestic and international pressure to abandon plans to declare independence from Spain, ahead of a planned speech by Catalonia’s regional president.