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Families of Missing IS Victims Beg for Answers as New Mass Graves Discovered in Northeast Syria

Families of Missing IS Victims Beg for Answers as New Mass Graves Discovered in Northeast Syria

Live TVLive RadioEnglishEastern & Central EuropeEurasiaCentral AsiaSouth AsiaEast & Southeast AsiaAfricaMiddle East/North AfricaLatin AmericaSeptember 22, 2020 08:56 PMAs local authorities in northeastern Syria announce the discovery of new mass graves belonging to the victims of Islamic State in Raqqa, families whose loved ones disappeared during the group’s control over the region hope they might finally get some answers.  The First Responders, a rescue and recovery team in northeastern Syria, earlier this month announced finding a mass grave in the western outskirt of Raqqa’s Farusiya,...

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Observers Remain Skeptical as Uzbek Government Says Religious Extremism Rising

Observers Remain Skeptical as Uzbek Government Says Religious Extremism Rising

Live TVLive RadioEnglishEastern & Central EuropeEurasiaCentral AsiaSouth AsiaEast & Southeast AsiaAfricaMiddle East/North AfricaLatin AmericaSeptember 20, 2020 08:25 PMWASHINGTON - Uzbekistan’s State Security Service says there is a revival of religious extremist activities in the Central Asian country, but the government’s history of alleging extremism accusations to target political opposition has led some observers to view the warning with suspicion.The country’s security body in recent months has announced several operations against extremist activities, including an operation on...

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WHO: Since WWII, No Crisis Demonstrates Need for UN More Than COVID-19

WHO: Since WWII, No Crisis Demonstrates Need for UN More Than COVID-19

Live TVLive RadioEnglishEastern & Central EuropeEurasiaCentral AsiaSouth AsiaEast & Southeast AsiaAfricaMiddle East/North AfricaLatin AmericaSeptember 21, 2020 04:08 PMThe World Health Organization's director-general said Monday no crisis since World War II demonstrates more clearly the need for the United Nations than the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 is the illness caused by the coronavirus.Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus acknowledged the 75th anniversary of the United Nations as well as the start of the U.N. General Assembly this week, as he opened his regular briefing from WHO headquarters...

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New Washington Memorial Pays Tribute to US President Dwight Eisenhower

New Washington Memorial Pays Tribute to US President Dwight Eisenhower

Live TVLive RadioEnglishEastern & Central EuropeEurasiaCentral AsiaSouth AsiaEast & Southeast AsiaAfricaMiddle East/North AfricaLatin AmericaSeptember 18, 2020 07:00 AMWASHINGTON - Dwight D. Eisenhower was a popular U.S. president known for his integrity, leadership skills, and for balancing the federal budget during his two terms in office from 1953 to 1961.A lot of people look back favorably at the Eisenhower years “as a time of peace and prosperity,” said Chester Pach, a history professor at Ohio University who has written about the former president.An innovative new memorial that...

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Pompeo Lands in Brazil on Third Stop of Latin American Tour

Pompeo Lands in Brazil on Third Stop of Latin American Tour

Live TVLive RadioEnglishEastern & Central EuropeEurasiaCentral AsiaSouth AsiaEast & Southeast AsiaAfricaMiddle East/North AfricaLatin AmericaUpdated September 18, 2020 06:19 PMU.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived Friday in Brazil and visited a Venezuelan refugee processing center, while calling for democracy and for Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to step down.About 250,000 Venezuelan refugees are now in Brazil, with about 600 arriving daily before the border was closed because of the coronavirus. Pompeo visited the center alongside Brazil’s Foreign Minister Ernesto Araújo.During...

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Since Ethiopia-Eritrea Peace Deal, Little to Show: Analysts

Since Ethiopia-Eritrea Peace Deal, Little to Show: Analysts

Live TVLive RadioEnglishEastern & Central EuropeEurasiaCentral AsiaSouth AsiaEast & Southeast AsiaAfricaMiddle East/North AfricaLatin AmericaSeptember 16, 2020 11:54 AMADDIS ABABA - Analysts say a peace deal reached between Eritrea and Ethiopia in July 2018 has brought few tangible benefits, with trade routes still blocked and tension on the border still rife. They note that regional strong men in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region, which borders Eritrea, have yet to forge a lasting peace deal with the leadership in Asmara. The border has yet to be demarcated and heavily armed soldiers still...

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Militant Pakistan Taliban Brings Splinters Back Into Its Fold

Militant Pakistan Taliban Brings Splinters Back Into Its Fold

Live TVLive RadioEnglishEastern & Central EuropeEurasiaCentral AsiaSouth AsiaEast & Southeast AsiaAfricaMiddle East/North AfricaLatin AmericaAugust 18, 2020 06:17 AMISLAMABAD - An alliance of militant groups waging attacks in Pakistan has said several breakaway and new factions have rejoined its ranks in an effort to consolidate their violent campaign, a move critics warned could threaten the country’s counterterrorism gains.  The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), commonly referred to as the Pakistani Taliban, announced on Monday that its leadership has been working to bring all militant...

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Anarchist Groups Tied to Riots in 4 US Cities  

Anarchist Groups Tied to Riots in 4 US Cities  

Live TVLive RadioEnglishEastern & Central EuropeEurasiaCentral AsiaSouth AsiaEast & Southeast AsiaAfricaMiddle East/North AfricaLatin AmericaUpdated September 16, 2020 02:10 PMWASHINGTON - Far-right groups in America such as have long used a host of tactics and platforms to incite violence, including dehumanizing memes, online forums and organized militias.  Now, left-wing groups are employing many of the same tactics against police and other targets during the social justice protests since the death of George Floyd, according to a new report by researchers affiliated with Rutgers...

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Spain Overtakes Britain for Most COVID-19 Cases in Europe

Spain Overtakes Britain for Most COVID-19 Cases in Europe

Live TVLive RadioEnglishEastern & Central EuropeEurasiaCentral AsiaSouth AsiaEast & Southeast AsiaAfricaMiddle East/North AfricaLatin AmericaAugust 10, 2020 11:23 PMMore than 20 million cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed worldwide as of Monday night, and Spain has overtaken Britain for the highest number of cases in Western Europe. Partly to blame, some Spanish health experts say, is that the government doesn’t have enough qualified contract tracers.  “Some regions have not understood that this was the key in the months after the lockdown and in the long term,” said Ildefonso Hernandez...

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Hit by Historic Monsoon, N. Korea Warns of More Floods

Hit by Historic Monsoon, N. Korea Warns of More Floods

Live TVLive RadioEnglishEastern & Central EuropeEurasiaCentral AsiaSouth AsiaEast & Southeast AsiaAfricaMiddle East/North AfricaLatin AmericaAugust 11, 2020 04:10 AMSEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - North Korea continues to see historic levels of rainfall, further threatening an economy already battered by a coronavirus-related lockdown.  Torrential rains have flooded hundreds of North Korean homes and wiped out vast swaths of rice fields in the country’s agricultural heartland, according to state media, intensifying worries about a poor harvest and food supply shortage. The Korean Peninsula has seen a...

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Black People in Portland Struggle to Be Heard Amid Protests

Black People in Portland Struggle to Be Heard Amid Protests

Live TVLive RadioEnglishEastern & Central EuropeEurasiaCentral AsiaSouth AsiaEast & Southeast AsiaAfricaMiddle East/North AfricaLatin AmericaAugust 09, 2020 05:49 PMPORTLAND, OREGON - Chaotic and often violent protests against racial injustice have topped the headlines for days, but lost in the shouting are the voices of many Black Portland residents themselves — and their feelings about the unrest are nuanced and diverse.  Some feel the overwhelmingly white crowds of protesters — and particularly those committing vandalism — are co-opting the Black Lives Matter movement. Others welcome...

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UN Ratifies First Unanimous Treaty on Child Labor

UN Ratifies First Unanimous Treaty on Child Labor

Live TVLive RadioEnglishEastern & Central EuropeEurasiaCentral AsiaSouth AsiaEast & Southeast AsiaAfricaMiddle East/North AfricaLatin AmericaAugust 04, 2020 03:22 PMA global treaty sponsored by the U.N. International Labor Organization (ILO) calling for greater protection for children against sexual exploitation, forced labor and armed conflict was signed Tuesday by all member nations in the international forum.Tonga, an island nation located in the Pacific, approved the treaty this week, making it the first U.N. labor treaty ratified by all 187 members. Ratified treaties are legally...

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Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Press USAGM to Release $20M for Censorship-Evading Tech

Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Press USAGM to Release $20M for Censorship-Evading Tech

Live TVLive RadioEnglishEastern & Central EuropeEurasiaCentral AsiaSouth AsiaEast & Southeast AsiaAfricaMiddle East/North AfricaLatin AmericaAugust 04, 2020 09:05 AMA group of Republican and Democratic lawmakers is pressing the Trump administration to release $20 million in congressionally approved funds aimed at promoting internet access throughout the world, especially in authoritarian countries such as China and Iran.  Rep. Michael McCaul of Texas, the ranking Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said in a statement, “The Open Technology Fund provides a lifeline for people...

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Chinese Executive: Forced Sale of TikTok May Be Inevitable Amid US Scrutiny

Chinese Executive: Forced Sale of TikTok May Be Inevitable Amid US Scrutiny

Live TVLive RadioEnglishEastern & Central EuropeEurasiaCentral AsiaSouth AsiaEast & Southeast AsiaAfricaMiddle East/North AfricaLatin AmericaAugust 04, 2020 12:20 AMThe Chinese company that owns popular video-sharing app TikTok is exploring all possibilities to ensure that its subsidiary can continue operating in the United States, according to a memo sent out Monday by Chief Executive Officer Zhang Yiming.Beijing-based ByteDance has come under pressure from Washington to sell off its U.S. TikTok operations over concerns that the company’s links to the Chinese government threaten the...

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Trump's Demand for US Cut of TikTok Deal Is Unprecedented

Trump's Demand for US Cut of TikTok Deal Is Unprecedented

Live TVLive RadioEnglishEastern & Central EuropeEurasiaCentral AsiaSouth AsiaEast & Southeast AsiaAfricaMiddle East/North AfricaLatin AmericaAugust 04, 2020 07:01 PMNEW YORK - President Donald Trump's demand that the U.S. government get a cut from a potential Microsoft purchase of TikTok is the latest unprecedented scenario in an unprecedented situation.  Microsoft is in talks to buy parts of TikTok, a forced sale after Trump threatened to ban the Chinese-owned video app, which claims 100 million U.S. users and hundreds of millions globally. The Trump administration says TikTok is a...

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South Korea Arrests Leader of Church With Big Cluster

South Korea Arrests Leader of Church With Big Cluster

Live TVLive RadioEnglishEastern & Central EuropeEurasiaCentral AsiaSouth AsiaEast & Southeast AsiaAfricaMiddle East/North AfricaLatin AmericaAugust 01, 2020 01:02 PMSouth Korean prosecutors arrested the elderly leader of a secretive religious sect Saturday as part of an investigation into allegations that the church hampered the government's anti-virus response after thousands of worshippers were infected in February and March.Prosecutors in the central city of Suwaon have been questioning 88-year-old Lee Man-hee, chairman of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, over charges that the church hid...

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US Activist Accused of Breaching HK's Security Law Says He Will Not Back Down

US Activist Accused of Breaching HK's Security Law Says He Will Not Back Down

Live TVLive RadioEnglishEastern & Central EuropeEurasiaCentral AsiaSouth AsiaEast & Southeast AsiaAfricaMiddle East/North AfricaLatin AmericaAugust 02, 2020 09:47 AMSamuel Chu, one of six activists now living overseas who Hong Kong has reportedly issued arrest warrants for under its new national security law, has told VOA he will not stop fighting for democracy for Hong Kong.According to China’s state television, Chu, an American citizen originally from Hong Kong who has lived in the United States for 30 years, and five other Hong Kongers who have fled the city for political reasons, are...

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Budget Hawks Hatch Plan to Force US Constitutional Convention

Budget Hawks Hatch Plan to Force US Constitutional Convention

Live TVLive RadioEnglishEastern & Central EuropeEurasiaCentral AsiaSouth AsiaEast & Southeast AsiaAfricaMiddle East/North AfricaLatin AmericaJuly 31, 2020 12:05 PMWASHINGTON - GOP activists want to trigger a constitutional convention with the goal of enacting a federal balanced budget amendment, potentially requiring massive cuts to government spending.   Critics warned a convention could decide to take on topics beyond a balanced budget and propose other big constitutional changes, though 38 states still would have to ratify any proposed amendments.   Former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker...

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Zimbabwe Signs $3.5B Compensation Deal With White Farmers

Zimbabwe Signs $3.5B Compensation Deal With White Farmers

Live TVLive RadioEnglishEastern & Central EuropeEurasiaCentral AsiaSouth AsiaEast & Southeast AsiaAfricaMiddle East/North AfricaLatin AmericaJuly 29, 2020 01:17 PMHARARE - Zimbabwe's government signed a $3.5 billion agreement Wednesday to compensate white farmers displaced during a sometimes-violent land redistribution program two decades ago. The government hopes the deal will attract foreign investment to improve the battered economy, but the country will have to issue long-term bonds and get help from donors to raise the money for the compensation.Andrew Pascoe, the president of the...

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Audit: Nearly a Fourth of US Veterans Affairs Employees Report Sexual Harassment

Audit: Nearly a Fourth of US Veterans Affairs Employees Report Sexual Harassment

Live TVLive RadioEnglishEastern & Central EuropeEurasiaCentral AsiaSouth AsiaEast & Southeast AsiaAfricaMiddle East/North AfricaLatin AmericaJuly 22, 2020 07:55 PMWASHINGTON - Nearly one-quarter of employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs say they have been subjected to unwanted sexual comments and other harassment — one of the highest levels in federal government — and an audit says the Trump administration has not been doing enough to protect them.At a House hearing Wednesday, lawmakers heard VA express a commitment to "changing the culture" to make the department more welcoming to...

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Trump Postpones Plans for Yankee Stadium First Pitch

Trump Postpones Plans for Yankee Stadium First Pitch

Live TVLive RadioEnglishEastern & Central EuropeEurasiaCentral AsiaSouth AsiaEast & Southeast AsiaAfricaMiddle East/North AfricaLatin AmericaJuly 26, 2020 07:27 PMWASHINGTON - President Donald Trump won't be throwing out the first pitch at Yankee Stadium next month after all.Trump tweeted Sunday that he won't be able to make the trip because of his "strong focus" on the coronavirus, vaccines and the economy. Trump said in the tweet: "We will make it later in the season!"  He had announced at a briefing Thursday on Major League Baseball's opening day that he'd be at Yankee Stadium on Aug. 15...

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Global Conflict Mediation Proves Elusive for Trump

Global Conflict Mediation Proves Elusive for Trump

Live TVLive RadioEnglishEastern & Central EuropeEurasiaCentral AsiaSouth AsiaEast & Southeast AsiaAfricaMiddle East/North AfricaLatin AmericaJuly 26, 2020 05:27 PMWASHINGTON - Since President Donald Trump announced an America First approach on foreign policy in his inaugural address in January 2017,  critics have accused him of abandoning international norms and forsaking U.S. global leadership, while supporters say he has boldly taken on foreign policy challenges that his predecessors have failed, including defeating a global terrorists network and challenging a rising China. “His America...

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Longtime Engagement with China No Longer Working, Pompeo Says

Longtime Engagement with China No Longer Working, Pompeo Says

Live TVLive RadioEnglishEastern & Central EuropeEurasiaCentral AsiaSouth AsiaEast & Southeast AsiaAfricaMiddle East/North AfricaLatin AmericaUpdated July 23, 2020 06:59 PMNearly 50 years of U.S. engagement with China is no longer working and a different, tougher approach is needed, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says.  Pompeo spoke Thursday at the Nixon Foundation in Yorba Linda, California, named for  to Beijing in 1972 and meetings with Chairman Mao Zedong and Premier Zhou Enlai helped bring China into the so-called family of nations. “The kind of engagement we have been pursuing has not...

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Senate Passes $740 Billion Defense Bill, Bucking Trump on Confederate Names

Senate Passes $740 Billion Defense Bill, Bucking Trump on Confederate Names

Live TVLive RadioEnglishEastern & Central EuropeEurasiaCentral AsiaSouth AsiaEast & Southeast AsiaAfricaMiddle East/North AfricaLatin AmericaJuly 23, 2020 06:03 PMWASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate on Thursday passed its version of the National Defense Authorization Act, a $740 billion bill setting policy for the Pentagon that President Donald Trump has threatened to veto over a provision removing Confederate names from military bases.The vote was 86-14, one of the few times the Republican-led Senate has broken from the president, and could pave the way for a fight later this year with the White...

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ACLU: US Federal Officers’ Actions at Protests ‘Flat-Out Unconstitutional’

ACLU: US Federal Officers’ Actions at Protests ‘Flat-Out Unconstitutional’

Live TVLive RadioEnglishEastern & Central EuropeEurasiaCentral AsiaSouth AsiaEast & Southeast AsiaAfricaMiddle East/North AfricaLatin AmericaUpdated July 17, 2020 09:14 PMThe called actions of federal officers against protesters in the northwestern city of Portland “flat-out unconstitutional.”“What is happening now in Portland should concern everyone in the United States,” said Jann Carson, interim executive director of ACLU Oregon. “Usually when we see people in unmarked cars forcibly grab someone off the street, we call it kidnapping.”Crowds protesting police brutality demonstrated...

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