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In the U.S. and Africa, communities of African descendants are experiencing a high rate of diet related disorders like diabetes and heart disease. A Nigerian American in Washington wants to change that. Nutritionist Tambra Raye Stevenson is on a mission...
From: Voice of America | Tuesday, March 28, 2017
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The Supreme Court is taking up the case of a longtime U.S. resident who is facing deportation to South Korea after pleading guilty to a drug crime based on his lawyer's bad advice.   The justices are hearing argument Tuesday in an appeal by Jae Lee,...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Tuesday, March 28, 2017
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Even with the Republican failure to repeal Barack Obama's health care law, Democratic lawmakers in some states are pressing ahead with efforts to protect birth control access, Planned Parenthood funding and abortion coverage in case they are jeopardized...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Tuesday, March 28, 2017
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Political satire dates back to the ancient Greeks, 2,400 years ago when Aristophanes made fun of the Peloponnesian War. It's a staple of late-night American television talk shows and the editorial pages of most newspapers. Successful political cartoonists...
From: Voice of America | Tuesday, March 28, 2017
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U.S. President Donald Trump is putting his son-in-law in charge of an effort to make the federal government run more like an efficient business. Jared Kushner, a second-generation real estate investor who is married to Trump's daughter, Ivanka, is to...
From: Voice of America | By: Steve Herman | Tuesday, March 28, 2017
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A massive renewable energy project could change the seascape of the Welsh city of Swansea in coming years. The plan is to encase the city's lagoon in a horshoe shaped causeway that will serve as a giant tidal generator. The four year project is massive...
From: Voice of America | Monday, March 27, 2017
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To blow up the rules or not? Senate Republicans and Democrats appear to be on collision course over President Donald Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court and whether to changes Senate rules to get him confirmed. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.,...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Tuesday, March 28, 2017
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In New York, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell for the eight consecutive day on Monday.  Investors may have been discouraged by the failure of U.S. President Donald Trump to pass big changes to the health care insurance system that he promised during...
From: Voice of America | By: Jim Randle | Monday, March 27, 2017
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For Kabul political science student Rahmatullah Amiri, shot three times in a Taliban raid on the American University of Afghanistan last August and still on crutches, restarting classes is the best possible answer to his attackers. "The only thing I...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Monday, March 27, 2017
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Elissa Montanti can rattle off the stories without hesitation of the hundreds of wounded children who have come through the doors of her small New York charity to get medical help. Marci, a five-year-old from Afghanistan, was shot in the face in a Taliban...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Monday, March 27, 2017
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Amnesty International has called on the Turkish government to stop its crackdown on the media and release imprisoned journalists in the country.   “Turkey now jails more journalists than any other country. One third of all imprisoned journalists in...
From: Voice of America | By: Kasim Cindemir | Monday, March 27, 2017
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The American University of Afghanistan, a prestigious institution of higher education in the country, has just reopened seven months after a deadly terrorist attack that killed 13 people and injured more than 35 others. Among those killed last August...
From: Voice of America | By: Noor Zahid | Sunday, March 26, 2017
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Toshiba Corp.'s troubled U.S. nuclear unit Westinghouse filed for Chapter 11 protection from creditors on Wednesday, as its Japanese parent seeks to limit losses that have plunged it into crisis. A bankruptcy filing will allow Pittsburgh-based Westinghouse,...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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The House voted Tuesday to block online privacy regulations issued during the final months of the Obama administration, a first step toward allowing internet providers such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon to sell the browsing habits of their customers....
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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Countries around the disputed South China Sea are opening tiny islets, some once tiny reefs, for tourism as a way of proving territorial claims, but the trend is expected to falter long term for lack of economic returns. In early March, a cruise ship...
From: Voice of America | By: Ralph Jennings | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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The vote by the U.S. Congress to repeal rules that limit how internet service providers can use customer data has generated renewed interest in an old internet technology: virtual private networks, or VPNs. VPNs cloak a customer's web-surfing history...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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Rex Tillerson is making his first visit to key NATO ally Turkey as U.S. secretary of state. The forthcoming operation to remove Islamic State from its self-declared capital of Raqqa in Syria is, according to U.S. officials, expected to top the agenda...
From: Voice of America | By: Dorian Jones | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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South Korea's Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries confirmed Wednesday that remains found at the site of a 2014 ferry disaster were animal bones and not from one of the victims. Salvage crews found the bones Tuesday, and authorities initially said they were...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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Do you ever shudder when you hear certain sounds, such as rustling of some type of plastic bags or a fork scraping on the bottom of a porcelain plate? Or get a tingling in your teeth when somone scrapes their fingernails on a blackboard? A mild annoyance...
From: Voice of America | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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Australia's army and emergency workers headed to areas of tropical Queensland state hardest hit by Cyclone Debbie on Wednesday, finding roads blocked by fallen trees, sugarcane fields flattened and widespread damage in coastal towns. No deaths were reported...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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Do you ever shudder when you hear certain sounds, such as rustling of some type of plastic bags or a fork scraping on the bottom of a porcelain plate? Or get a tingling in your teeth when somone scrapes their fingernails on a blackboard? It may be a mild...
From: Voice of America | By: George Putic | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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The deputy commander of the U.S. Strategic Command is calling for the development of a code of conduct for space as dreams of altruistic exploration fade. Vice Admiral Charles Richard believes establishing norms and practices of behavior in space would...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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The Trump administration has used its first appearance at the annual AIPAC conference of pro-Israel activists in Washington to reinforce a tougher U.S. approach toward the Jewish state's adversaries than the approach of its predecessor, Barack Obama....
From: Voice of America | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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The United States is examining next steps in the campaign to defeat Islamic State militants and to stabilize the refugee crisis with regional allies, as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson embarks on trips to Turkey and NATO this week. The top U.S. diplomat...
From: Voice of America | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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U.S. President Donald Trump told a group of senators on Tuesday that he expected lawmakers would be able to reach a deal on health care, without offering specifics on how they would do it or what had changed since a health care reform bill was pulled...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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A tiny satellite launched by India that is circling the earth contains a laboratory that is only the size of a tissue box. The lab is helping scientists carry out experiments that range from finding ways to improve pharmaceuticals to perfecting the foam...
From: Voice of America | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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A Mexican man who has spent more than six weeks in immigration detention despite his participation in a program designed to protect those brought to the U.S. illegally as children can be released from custody pending his deportation proceedings, an immigration...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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The United States says it is concerned at the inability of both the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo and an opposition coalition to implement a political transition agreement they reached in December after months of unrest. The State Department...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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California and a dozen other states could be heading for a showdown with the federal government as the Trump administration reviews rules on fuel efficiency and vehicle emissions, rules President Donald Trump has said curtail growth in the auto industry....
From: Voice of America | By: Mike O'Sullivan | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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President Donald Trump is reversing the Obama administration's policies on greenhouse gases. An executive order signed Tuesday takes aim at power plant emission rules and other policies the Trump administration says undermine economic growth. Environmental...
From: Voice of America | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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President Donald Trump highlighted the high number of Chicago shootings during a meeting with representatives of the Fraternal Order of Police, a national police union with more than 330,000 members. During the election campaign, and at a meeting with...
From: Voice of America | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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A U.S. congressional committee heard complaints Tuesday that USAID programs are at risk of getting "slashed" or "eliminated" under the proposed budget from the White House, during a time when the threat of famine in East Africa is the "highest it has...
From: Voice of America | By: Ayen Bior | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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Russian President Vladimir Putin has promised to sign off on a delivery of fighter jets, battle tanks and armored vehicles to Serbia, the Balkan country's defense minister said Tuesday, in what could worsen tensions with neighboring states and trigger...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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California has been a leader in promoting fuel-efficient vehicles, and the state says it will keep its strict standards, despite a review of federal rules promised by President Donald Trump. The auto industry considers the rules costly and inefficient,...
From: Voice of America | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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California prosecutors on Tuesday charged two anti-abortion activists who made undercover videos of themselves trying to buy fetal tissue from Planned Parenthood with 15 felonies, saying they invaded the privacy of medical providers by filming without...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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Trump administration trade officials want a revamped North American Free Trade Agreement to improve access for U.S. farm products, manufactured goods and services in Canada and Mexico, said lawmakers who met with them Tuesday. Members of the House Ways...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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Protesters in the Brazilian city of Campinas set up barricades of wood and tires Tuesday as they battled military police trying to evict hundreds of people from squatter settlements where they had been living since July, local media reported. Video images...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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A court in Ivory Coast found former first lady Simone Gbagbo not guilty Tuesday of crimes against humanity allegedly committed during the 2011 post-election violence. Gbagbo was not in court when the verdict was announced. Prosecutors have 60 days to...
From: Voice of America | By: Ken Schwartz | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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Embattled House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes threw a formerly bipartisan investigation of Russian election interference into doubt Tuesday, as he rejected calls for his recusal and stopped the committee’s work for the rest of the week....
From: Voice of America | By: Katherine Gypson | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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Syrian Democratic Forces backed by the U.S.-led coalition's air power captured a key IS-held village as they continue on a path to Islamic State's de facto capital, Raqqa. VOA's Zana Omar reports.
From: Voice of America | By: Zana Omar | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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A political deal signed on New Year's Eve that was supposed to clear the way for elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the departure of President Joseph Kabila could be on the brink of collapse. At a news conference Tuesday in Kinshasa,...
From: Voice of America | By: William Clowes | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer says President Donald Trump's choice for the Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch, faces an “uphill climb” for confirmation. “The bottom line is very simple,” Schumer said Tuesday. “Gorsuch did not acquit...
From: Voice of America | By: Ken Schwartz | Tuesday, March 28, 2017
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Researchers have developed a blood test that can rapidly tell whether someone is suffering from tuberculosis. Investigators hope the test can lead to quicker treatment, making a dent in the worldwide TB epidemic. One-third of the world's population is...
From: Voice of America | By: Jessica Berman | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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Scotland's Parliament voted Tuesday to seek a new referendum on independence from Britain, clearing the way for the country's first minister, its top lawmaker, to ask the British government to approve such a vote. The legislature in Edinburgh voted 69-59...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Tuesday, March 28, 2017
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After suspending an offensive to assess the safety of Syria's largest dam, U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters said Tuesday they are poised to resume operations against Islamic State extremists who had occupied the massive structure. Ahmed Mohamed, a spokesman...
From: Voice of America | By: Ahed Al Hendi | Tuesday, March 28, 2017
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A new Senate bill would protect U.S. citizens and residents from detention on the basis of racial profiling by immigration agents. The PROFILED Act was unveiled Tuesday by Senator Bob Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat. Racial profiling is the perception...
From: Voice of America | By: Niki Papadogiannakis | Tuesday, March 28, 2017
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Now that the Trump administration has vowed its North Korea policy will differ from its predecessor's, the question is how it will chart a new course, U.S. experts say. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson declared a departure from former President...
From: Voice of America | By: Jenny Lee | Tuesday, March 28, 2017
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Britain has launched a new pound coin that authorities say will be difficult to counterfeit.
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Tuesday, March 28, 2017
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The Trump administration is issuing a fresh threat to withhold or revoke law enforcement grant money from communities that refuse to cooperate with federal efforts to find and deport immigrants in the country illegally. Attorney General Jeff Sessions'...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Tuesday, March 28, 2017
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Security forces surrounded Paraguay's Congress on Tuesday while lawmakers argued over a possible change in law that would allow President Horacio Cartes to run for re-election, a move that the opposition says would weaken democratic institutions. A bill...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Tuesday, March 28, 2017
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