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0 minutes | Oct 23, 2021
This is VOA News. Via remote, I'm Marissa Melton.a former associate of trump, lawyer [Giu...] Rudy Giuliani, was convicted Friday on six counts related to so-called "influence buying" campaign finance schemes.A jury of eight men and four women found Lev Parnas guilty of scheming with co-conspirators to use a Russian backer's money to fund political contributions they hoped to trade for politica...
0 minutes | Oct 22, 2021
This is VOA News. Via remote, I'm Marissa Melton.The World Health Organization says it believes between 80,000 and 180,000 health care workers may have died from COVID-19 in the period between January, 2020 and May, 2021.In a statement issued Thursday, the group called those deaths are tragic loss and an irreplaceable gap in the world's pandemic response. It said the reported rate of infection...
0 minutes | Oct 21, 2021
This is VOA News. Reporting by remote, I'm Joe Ramsey.North Korea hit back on Thursday at U.S. criticism over its test of a submarine-launched ballistic missile this week, saying it was rightfully exercising its rights for self-defense and that the weapon doesn't specifically target the United States.The comments by an unidentified spokesperson of the North's Foreign Ministry come as the U.N. S...
0 minutes | Oct 20, 2021
This is VOA News. Reporting by remote, I'm Joe Ramsey.U.S. officials announced Tuesday Swiss bank Credit Suisse has agreed to pay $475 million to U.S. and British authorities to resolve charges of "fraudulently misleading investors" and violating anti-corruption law in the bond offerings in Mozambique.The country's so-called "hidden debt" scandal stemmed from loans in 2013 and 2014 to three pub...
0 minutes | Oct 19, 2021
This is VOA News. Via remote, I'm Marissa Melton.The Biden administration asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to block a Texas law that bans most abortions in the state. The Justice Department asked the high court Monday to reverse the decision by an appeals court that allows the law to remain in effect while litigation over the policy continues.The Republican-backed law bans abortions once...
0 minutes | Oct 18, 2021
This is VOA News. Via remote, I'm Marissa Melton.A notorious Haitian gang known for brazen kidnappings and killings has been accused by police of abducting 17 missionaries from a U.S.-based organization. Five children were believed to be among those kidnapped.Haitian police said Sunday that the 400 Mawozo gang kidnapped the group in Ganthier. It's a commune (that) lies east of the capital of ...
0 minutes | Oct 17, 2021
This is VOA News. Via remote, I'm Marissa Melton.Venezuela said Saturday it is suspending talks with the political opposition to protest the extradition to the United States of a close ally of President Nicholás Maduro.Venezuela had intended to make that ally, Alex Saab, part of the delegation to the talks in Mexico City. Instead, he was arrested last year in Africa's Cape Verde, from w...
0 minutes | Oct 16, 2021
This is VOA News. Reporting by remote, I'm Joe Ramsey.The Islamic State Khorasan group claimed the suicide bombing of another Shiite mosque on Friday, this time in the Afghan city of Kandahar, that killed at least 41 people and wounded scores more.In a statement released on its telegram channels, the jihadist group said that two suicide bombers carried out separate attacks on different parts of...
0 minutes | Oct 15, 2021
This is VOA News. Via remote, I'm Marissa Melton.At least four people were killed and 20 others wounded Thursday as gunfire erupted in Lebanon's capital amid protests against a judge investigating last year's deadly port blast.Prime Minister Najib Mikati called for calm to be restored and urged people "not to be dragged into civil strife." The army warned it would open fire against anyone shoo...
0 minutes | Oct 14, 2021
This is VOA News. Via remote, I'm Marissa Melton.The Syrian Defense Ministry says one Syrian soldier was killed and three others were wounded in an Israeli air attack on the Syrian province of Homs on Wednesday. [the] That's according to the Syrian Defense Ministry in a short statement on its Facebook page.The ministry said the attack targeted a communications tower and caused some material lo...
0 minutes | Oct 13, 2021
This is VOA News. Reporting by remote, I'm Joe Ramsey.U.S. officials said on Tuesday the United States commitment to Taiwan is, quote, "rock solid" and remains aligned with Taiwan against the current threat posed by China after a week of tensions appearing set on raising pressure for reunification.A recent flurry of Chinese military flights off southwestern Taiwan has prompted alarm from the is...
0 minutes | Oct 12, 2021
This is VOA News. Via remote, I'm Liz Parker.Hundreds of supporters of Shiite religious leader Muqtada al-Sadr celebrated Monday night in Baghdad, Iraq. The crowd celebrated as the first results of the Iraqi parliamentary elections came in.The preliminary results showed the block of Iraq's populist Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr maintaining the most seats in parliament. The maverick leader is ...
0 minutes | Oct 11, 2021
This is VOA News. Via remote, I'm Marissa Melton.The United Nations and the government of Bangladesh have signed a memorandum of understanding to work together on help for Rohingya refugees on an island in the Bay of Bengal.The Bangladeshi government has already moved more than 19,000 out of 1.1 million Rohingya refugees in southern Bangladesh to the island of Bhasan Char.Initially, the...
0 minutes | Oct 10, 2021
This is VOA News. Reporting by remote, I'm David Byrd.Afghanistan's Taliban urged the United States Saturday to unfreeze Afghanistan's central bank reserves during an ongoing meeting with an American delegation in Qatar. Taliban Acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi, who is leading his side at the two-day talks in Doha, said U.S. interlocutors in the opening session promised that they would sustai...
0 minutes | Oct 9, 2021
This is VOA News. Reporting by remote, I'm David Byrd.Brazil has become only the second nation to have more than 600,000 deaths from COVID-19, according to figures released by the country's Health Ministry.Despite that figure, bars in São Paulo are full again for Friday happy hours and lawmakers in the capital have nearly done away with video sessions via Zoom. Rio de Janeiro's beaches ...
0 minutes | Oct 8, 2021
This is VOA News. Reporting by remote, I'm David Byrd.President Joe Biden is urging more COVID-19 vaccination requirements. AP's Sagar Meghani reports."... the vaccination requirements work"The president had ruled out such mandates before taking office. But some 67 million Americans remain unvaccinated."... that's why I've had to move toward requirements that everyone get vacc...
0 minutes | Oct 7, 2021
This is VOA News. Reporting by remote, I'm David Byrd.The World Health Organization has recommended that the world's first malaria vaccine should be given to children across Africa in a move officials hope will spur stalled efforts to curb the spread of the parasitic disease.Pedro Alonso is the World Health organization's director of the Global Malaria Programme."It's a public health hi...
0 minutes | Oct 6, 2021
This is VOA News. Reporting by remote, I'm Joe Ramsey.In a reversal of policy under former U.S. President Donald Trump, the State Department has disclosed the number of nuclear weapons in the U.S. stockpile. It says this will aid global efforts to control the spread of such weapons.The department claims the number of U.S. weapons, including those inactive status as well as those in long-term s...
0 minutes | Oct 5, 2021
This is VOA News. Via remote, I'm Liz Parker.U.S. President Joe Biden is urging opposition Republican senators to get out of the way when it comes to the nation's debt limit.President Biden made the comment Monday saying Democrats should be able to suspend the nation's debt limit. The president wants action to keep the U.S. government from coming dangerously close to a devastating credit defau...
0 minutes | Oct 4, 2021
This is VOA News. Via remote, I'm Marissa Melton.The Washington-based Consortium of [indig...] Investigative Journalists reported on Sunday that current and former international leaders have amassed vast wealth and secret real estate holdings across the globe.The [reward] report was the result of work by hundreds of investigative journalists combing through millions of previously undisclosed do...
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