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Former Head of China State Asset Firm Sentenced to Death

Former Head of China State Asset Firm Sentenced to Death

Live TVLive RadioEnglishEastern & Central EuropeEurasiaCentral AsiaSouth AsiaEast & Southeast AsiaAfricaMiddle East/North AfricaLatin AmericaJanuary 05, 2021 08:51 AMBEIJING - The former head of state-owned China Huarong Asset Management Co. Ltd. was sentenced to death Tuesday for bribe taking in one of the harshest punishments for economic crimes in recent years.  Lai Xiaomin, 58, was also found guilty by the Second Intermediate People's Court of Tianjin of lesser charges including corruption and bigamy.Life sentences and suspended death sentences commuted to life after two years are...

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Georgia Votes in Runoff Elections to Decide Senate Control

Georgia Votes in Runoff Elections to Decide Senate Control

Live TVLive RadioEnglishEastern & Central EuropeEurasiaCentral AsiaSouth AsiaEast & Southeast AsiaAfricaMiddle East/North AfricaLatin AmericaUpdated January 05, 2021 07:38 AMWASHINGTON - Tuesday is election day for two runoff U.S. Senate races in the state of Georgia that will determine whether Republicans or Democrats control power in the U.S. Senate.Republican Senator David Perdue is facing a challenge from Democrat Jon Ossoff, a television documentary producer, while Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler, one of the wealthiest lawmakers in the country, is going up against the Rev. Raphael...

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 Iran Says It Boosted Uranium Enrichment to 20% 

 Iran Says It Boosted Uranium Enrichment to 20% 

Live TVLive RadioEnglishEastern & Central EuropeEurasiaCentral AsiaSouth AsiaEast & Southeast AsiaAfricaMiddle East/North AfricaLatin AmericaJanuary 04, 2021 07:16 AMIran says it has begun enriching uranium to 20%, its latest step away from a 2015 international agreement that limited its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief. State media quoted government spokesman Ali Rabiei saying the higher enrichment had begun Monday at the Fordo facility, which is located inside of a mountain. Previously, Iran had been enriching up to 4.5% percent. The higher levels raise fears that Iran...

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France Health Minister Promises to Accelerate COVID-19 Vaccinations

France Health Minister Promises to Accelerate COVID-19 Vaccinations

Live TVLive RadioEnglishEastern & Central EuropeEurasiaCentral AsiaSouth AsiaEast & Southeast AsiaAfricaMiddle East/North AfricaLatin AmericaJanuary 04, 2021 02:52 PMFrance’s health minister said Monday the government has accelerated its COVID-19 vaccination campaign after the effort came under growing criticism for its slow start.  Speaking to reporters as he toured a Paris hospital, Health Minister Olivier Veran said several thousand medical staff in hospitals across the country had received shots of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by U.S. drug maker Pfizer and Germany's BioNTech as of...

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US Passes 350,000 COVID-19 Deaths

US Passes 350,000 COVID-19 Deaths

Live TVLive RadioEnglishEastern & Central EuropeEurasiaCentral AsiaSouth AsiaEast & Southeast AsiaAfricaMiddle East/North AfricaLatin AmericaJanuary 03, 2021 12:34 AMThe United States has passed the milestone of 350,000 COVID-19 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data, even as vaccinations against the coronavirus-caused disease get off to a slow start.As countries around the world tighten lockdowns, impose curfews, ban large get-togethers and even halt alcohol sales to tackle a surge in coronavirus cases, officials in India and the U.S. announced some progress toward expanded...

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California Mine Becomes Key Part of Push to Revive US Rare Earths Processing

California Mine Becomes Key Part of Push to Revive US Rare Earths Processing

Live TVLive RadioEnglishEastern & Central EuropeEurasiaCentral AsiaSouth AsiaEast & Southeast AsiaAfricaMiddle East/North AfricaLatin AmericaDecember 31, 2020 12:49 PMIn 2021, a more than 70-year-old mine in California’s Mojave Desert will become the center of an effort to revive an American mineral refining system that some say is critical to the country’s national security. At issue is the availability of rare-earth metals, which are needed for hybrid electric cars, smartphones and certain types of military equipment.  In fact, the recently passed National Defense Authorization Act...

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Kazakhstan Abolishes Death Penalty

Kazakhstan Abolishes Death Penalty

Live TVLive RadioEnglishEastern & Central EuropeEurasiaCentral AsiaSouth AsiaEast & Southeast AsiaAfricaMiddle East/North AfricaLatin AmericaJanuary 02, 2021 04:40 AMNUR-SULTAN, KAZAKHSTAN - Kazakhstan abolished the death penalty, making permanent a nearly two-decade freeze on capital punishment in the authoritarian Central Asian country, a notice on the presidential website said Saturday.The notice said President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev had signed off on parliamentary ratification of the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights -- a document that...

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Iraqis Disabled by IS Pursue Volleyball Dreams

Iraqis Disabled by IS Pursue Volleyball Dreams

Live TVLive RadioEnglishEastern & Central EuropeEurasiaCentral AsiaSouth AsiaEast & Southeast AsiaAfricaMiddle East/North AfricaLatin AmericaSorry, but your browser cannot support embedded video of this type, you canto view it offline.Download FileCopyThis program will begin atThis program has ended and is being processed for playback.A number of Iraqis who have lost limbs during the war against the Islamic State in Mosul are now chasing their dreams of becoming professional volleyball players. VOA’s Kawa Omar reports from Mosul, in this story narrated by Namo Abdulla. Latest Episodes

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Senegalese Women Equip Remote Clinics with Solar Power   

Senegalese Women Equip Remote Clinics with Solar Power   

Live TVLive RadioEnglishEastern & Central EuropeEurasiaCentral AsiaSouth AsiaEast & Southeast AsiaAfricaMiddle East/North AfricaLatin AmericaDecember 22, 2020 10:41 AMKAOLACK, SENEGAL   - An organization run by women in Senegal, ElleSolaire, was supplying solar panels to light up country homes that are off the power grid. But with the outbreak of the coronavirus, and health care stretched, ElleSolaire has switched to providing the panels to underequipped, remote health clinics, where women are often forced to give birth in the dark.   Senegalese women adorned in colorful wax fabric clothes...

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US Government Shutdown Looming Without Trump's Signature on Spending Bill

US Government Shutdown Looming Without Trump's Signature on Spending Bill

Live TVLive RadioEnglishEastern & Central EuropeEurasiaCentral AsiaSouth AsiaEast & Southeast AsiaAfricaMiddle East/North AfricaLatin AmericaUpdated December 27, 2020 06:12 PMThe clock is ticking toward a potential shutdown of U.S. federal agencies as an omnibus spending bill aimed at funding the government remains unsigned. Without President Donald Trump’s signature or passage of a stopgap measure to fund operations, a partial shutdown begins shortly after midnight Monday.   The president also failed to sign a critical pandemic relief and government funding package before midnight...

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For Indigenous Reporters, Covering Protests, Land Disputes Can Lead to Arrest

For Indigenous Reporters, Covering Protests, Land Disputes Can Lead to Arrest

Live TVLive RadioEnglishEastern & Central EuropeEurasiaCentral AsiaSouth AsiaEast & Southeast AsiaAfricaMiddle East/North AfricaLatin AmericaDecember 23, 2020 04:49 PMFor nearly three months Anastasia Mejía, a radio journalist and a member of the Maya K’iche’ indigenous group in Guatemala, has been under house arrest.The director of local broadcaster Xol Abaj Radio and Xol Abaj TV, who covered protests over alleged corruption by the municipal Joyabaj government, was arrested September 22 as she walked down a street with her son.When police stopped Mejía, they asked for her identification...

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Iran Jails Ailing Female Dissident Who Signed 2019 Letter Asking Khamenei to Quit, Husband Says

Iran Jails Ailing Female Dissident Who Signed 2019 Letter Asking Khamenei to Quit, Husband Says

Live TVLive RadioEnglishEastern & Central EuropeEurasiaCentral AsiaSouth AsiaEast & Southeast AsiaAfricaMiddle East/North AfricaLatin America,Updated November 20, 2020 04:29 PMWASHINGTON - Iran has imprisoned an ailing female dissident who signed a 2019 letter calling on its Islamist ruler to quit, rejecting her pleas to delay the start of an effective 27-month prison term until she is treated for severe pain, according to her husband. Speaking to VOA Persian from Iran on Tuesday, Abbas Vahedian Shahroudi, the husband of Shahla Jahanbin, said she had gone to Tehran’s Evin prison on November...

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Nigerian Authorities Threaten to Sanction CNN Over Lekki Investigation

Nigerian Authorities Threaten to Sanction CNN Over Lekki Investigation

Live TVLive RadioEnglishEastern & Central EuropeEurasiaCentral AsiaSouth AsiaEast & Southeast AsiaAfricaMiddle East/North AfricaLatin AmericaNovember 20, 2020 12:53 PMABUJA - Nigerian authorities have threatened to sanction broadcaster CNN for an investigative report that showed Nigerian soldiers shooting protesters last month at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos.The six-minute-long report on the shooting, aired Wednesday by CNN, strongly contradicts the position of Nigerian authorities on the issue. Nigerian authorities have long maintained that soldiers who confronted protesters on October 20...

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Secondary Targets | When You Can't Punish a Journalist, Family Will Do Just Fine | VOA Special Report

Secondary Targets | When You Can't Punish a Journalist, Family Will Do Just Fine | VOA Special Report

By | VOA NewsBrian Williamson | VOA News“How is your daughter doing? Is she well?” The email to , from someone she suspects is an Iranian agent, sent shivers up the journalist’s spine.It didn’t matter that Ansari was in the United Kingdom, where as managing editor of the Iranian news websites Kayhan London and Kayhan Life she had freedom to cover Tehran in a way she couldn’t inside her home country.Even 4,300 kilometers away, people close to the Iranian government still try to intimidate her.Messages threatening harm to loved ones are just one of the tactics that Iran and other...

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37 People Killed During Unrest in Uganda

37 People Killed During Unrest in Uganda

Live TVLive RadioEnglishEastern & Central EuropeEurasiaCentral AsiaSouth AsiaEast & Southeast AsiaAfricaMiddle East/North AfricaLatin AmericaNovember 21, 2020 04:06 AMUgandan police said on Friday that at least 37 people have been killed during protests following the arrest of opposition presidential candidate Bobi Wine on Wednesday.The 38-year-old musician-turned-politician was released on bail Friday in the eastern town of Iganga after being charged with disobeying COVID-19 guidelines that restrict election rallies to fewer than 200 people.Wine, who has been arrested several times in...

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Rockets Hit Airports in Eritrea’s Capital, Ethiopia’s Amhara State

Rockets Hit Airports in Eritrea’s Capital, Ethiopia’s Amhara State

Live TVLive RadioEnglishEastern & Central EuropeEurasiaCentral AsiaSouth AsiaEast & Southeast AsiaAfricaMiddle East/North AfricaLatin AmericaNovember 14, 2020 08:02 PMThree rockets were fired Saturday at the Eritrean capital, Asmara, diplomats said, hours after the leaders of Ethiopia’s Tigray region warned it might attack.The rockets appeared to be aimed at the capital’s airport. Information about damage or deaths was not available, and Tigray regional officials did not respond to requests for comment.On Tuesday, Debretsion Gebremichael, the leader of the Tigray People's Liberation Front...

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Pakistan Claims 'Irrefutable Evidence' of Indian Links to Terrorism on Pakistani Soil

Pakistan Claims 'Irrefutable Evidence' of Indian Links to Terrorism on Pakistani Soil

Live TVLive RadioEnglishEastern & Central EuropeEurasiaCentral AsiaSouth AsiaEast & Southeast AsiaAfricaMiddle East/North AfricaLatin AmericaNovember 14, 2020 08:18 AMISLAMABAD - Pakistan has accused rival India of running dozens of training camps in Afghanistan for multiple globally outlawed militant groups to plot terrorism on Pakistani soil to destabilize the country. Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and army spokesman Major-General Babar Iftikhar, at a joint news conference Saturday, presented what they said was “irrefutable evidence” linking India directly to almost all recent...

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Trump's Legal Efforts Falter in Bid to Undo Biden's Presumptive Victory

Trump's Legal Efforts Falter in Bid to Undo Biden's Presumptive Victory

Live TVLive RadioEnglishEastern & Central EuropeEurasiaCentral AsiaSouth AsiaEast & Southeast AsiaAfricaMiddle East/North AfricaLatin AmericaNovember 13, 2020 10:45 PMU.S. President Donald Trump’s legal battles to undo Democrat Joe Biden’s presumptive victory in the Nov. 3 presidential election faltered Friday as courts pushed back against allegations of voting irregularities and fraud.A Michigan judge rejected a bid by Republican Party supporters to prevent the certification of election results in the predominantly Democratic Detroit area, undercutting the prospects of a similar lawsuit...

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In Canada's 'Atlantic Bubble,' COVID Is a Distant Reality

In Canada's 'Atlantic Bubble,' COVID Is a Distant Reality

Live TVLive RadioEnglishEastern & Central EuropeEurasiaCentral AsiaSouth AsiaEast & Southeast AsiaAfricaMiddle East/North AfricaLatin AmericaNovember 11, 2020 04:19 PMHALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA - A quiet cafe patio hums with conversation on an exceptionally warm day in an otherwise cold November. Two men stand to go to the take-out window to order another coffee and they put on their masks — not because there is any real likelihood of contracting COVID-19 but in order to show politeness to the barista at the take-out window.The pandemic that is surging out of control in the United States and...

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Pakistan Says Pfizer Vaccine Not Suited for Developing Nations 

Pakistan Says Pfizer Vaccine Not Suited for Developing Nations 

Live TVLive RadioEnglishEastern & Central EuropeEurasiaCentral AsiaSouth AsiaEast & Southeast AsiaAfricaMiddle East/North AfricaLatin AmericaNovember 10, 2020 10:30 AMISLAMABAD - A top Pakistani government scientist says Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine is not suited for Pakistan, or other developing countries because of the -80°C temperatures it needs to be kept at, and the need for a second shot.The American pharmaceutical company announced Monday that late-stage testing on its potential two-dose vaccine indicates it is more than 90% effective in preventing the virus in participants without...

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Washington Pizza Eatery Puts Deaf Workers Out Front

Washington Pizza Eatery Puts Deaf Workers Out Front

Live TVLive RadioEnglishEastern & Central EuropeEurasiaCentral AsiaSouth AsiaEast & Southeast AsiaAfricaMiddle East/North AfricaLatin AmericaSorry, but your browser cannot support embedded video of this type, you canto view it offline.Download FileCopyThis program will begin atThis program has ended and is being processed for playback.According to the National Deaf Center, about half of all deaf people in the USA are unemployed. But entrepreneurs like Ryan Maliszewski are trying to change that, as Karina Bafradzhian reports.Videographer: Mike MaisuradzeLatest Episodes

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US Speeds Arms Sales for Taiwan as Island Revamps China Strategy

US Speeds Arms Sales for Taiwan as Island Revamps China Strategy

Live TVLive RadioEnglishEastern & Central EuropeEurasiaCentral AsiaSouth AsiaEast & Southeast AsiaAfricaMiddle East/North AfricaLatin AmericaNovember 06, 2020 09:14 AMTAIPEI, TAIWAN - U.S. officials are speeding arms sales to Taiwan this year as the Asian island revamps its defense strategy against old, and more powerful, foe China, and experts on both sides say Washington is extra keen to show support. Taiwan is shifting toward asymmetric warfare -- the use of unconventional tactics against a stronger enemy -- and analysts believe the U.S. government figures the right defensive weaponry...

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In Europe, Calls Grow Louder for United Front Against 'Political Islam'

In Europe, Calls Grow Louder for United Front Against 'Political Islam'

Live TVLive RadioEnglishEastern & Central EuropeEurasiaCentral AsiaSouth AsiaEast & Southeast AsiaAfricaMiddle East/North AfricaLatin AmericaNovember 05, 2020 02:15 PMAustrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz is urging fellow European leaders to form a common front against what some leaders call “political Islam.” “I expect an end to the misconceived tolerance and for all the nations of Europe to finally realize how dangerous the ideology of political Islam is for our freedom and the European way of life,” Kurz told the German newspaper Die Welt. “The EU must focus much more strongly on the...

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WHO Director-General Warns Against Politicization of COVID-19 Pandemic

WHO Director-General Warns Against Politicization of COVID-19 Pandemic

Live TVLive RadioEnglishEastern & Central EuropeEurasiaCentral AsiaSouth AsiaEast & Southeast AsiaAfricaMiddle East/North AfricaLatin AmericaOctober 26, 2020 05:28 PMThe World Health Organization Monday once again warned nations against “the politicization” of the COVID-19 pandemic, saying it has led to confusion and disrespect for science, and made the pandemic worse.At the agency’s regular briefing, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said last week saw the highest number of COVID-19 cases reported since the pandemic began. Many northern hemisphere nations are also seeing a...

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Taliban Kills at Least 23 Afghan Soldiers in Latest Attacks

Taliban Kills at Least 23 Afghan Soldiers in Latest Attacks

Live TVLive RadioEnglishEastern & Central EuropeEurasiaCentral AsiaSouth AsiaEast & Southeast AsiaAfricaMiddle East/North AfricaLatin AmericaOctober 23, 2020 12:48 PMISLAMABAD - The Taliban has killed at least 23 Afghan soldiers in fresh attacks, as a stalemate persists in U.S.-brokered peace talks under way in Qatar.Officials said Friday insurgents overnight staged a major assault on an Afghan National Army (ANA) base in Khashrod district in southwestern Nimroz province. District chief Jalil Watandost told VOA the Taliban destroyed the base and took four ANA personnel hostage. He said the...

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