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Tuesday, May 23, 2017
The positive impact of exercise is old news. There really is no downside, mentally or physically, to getting up and moving around in any form from taking walks to lifting weights. But what if a pill could give you all those benefits. VOA's Kevin Enochs reports. (Full Story)
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
The last few Iraqi neighborhoods held by Islamic State in Mosul may be the hardest to retake as the militants put up fierce resistance to hold on to what has been their main stronghold in Iraq for almost three years. Iraqi forces backed by the U.S. have fought to recapture Mosul since October. Despite the hard battle ahead, officials and observers are confident of a victory in the coming days. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports. (Full Story)
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Like northeast Nigeria, parts of Niger are suffering through food shortages, caused in part by the Boko Haram insurgency. No famine has been declared, but for many people, hunger and malnutrition are a reality. VOA Correspondent Nicolas Pinault went to Diffa, Niger, to assess the situation. (Full Story)
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
When famine struck Somalia in 2011, the southwestern town of Baidoa was under al-Shabab control. Humanitarian agencies could not access people in need. Today, the town is under government control, and the improved security situation has meant better access to aid for tens of thousands of people. In Baidoa for VOA, Mohammed Yusuf reports. (Full Story)
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
U.S. President Donald Trump visited Israel on Monday, where he reaffirmed Washington's close ties with Israel, slammed mutual rival Iran, and spoke optimistically about the possibility of peace with the Palestinians. VOA White House correspondent Steve Herman reports from Jerusalem. (Full Story)
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
U.S. President Donald Trump stops at the Vatican Wednesday for a meeting with Pope Francis. It is the last of Trump’s visits to the seats of the world’s three Abrahamic religions. The first two – Saudi Arabia and Israel – were filled with symbolism, ceremony and history. But as VOA White House correspondent Peter Heinlein reports, this one will be shorter, less formal, and possibly more awkward. (Full Story)
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
The U.S. military says it killed seven militants from al-Qaida's affiliate in Yemen during a counterterrorism raid. U.S. Central Command said during the raid Tuesday in Marib Governate U.S. forces used airstrikes and small arms to kill the militants at a compound associated with AQAP. "Raids such as this provide insight into AQAP's disposition, capabilities and intentions, which allow us to continue to pursue, disrupt, and degrade AQAP," said a CENTCOM... (Full Story)
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Ousted South Korean President Park Geun-hye denied all charges against her at the opening of her trial Tuesday in Seoul. She faces charges of bribery, extortion, abuse of power and other high-profile corruption charges that could potentially send her to jail for life.  Park was impeached in December by parliament and in March fired by the country's top court following revelations of her involvement in a massive corruption scandal centered on her friend of 40 years and bringing... (Full Story)
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
In 2001, Cambodian authorities forced Sar Neang and his family from their home in the center of Phnom Penh  to make way for a government-backed development. That experience with Prime Minister Hun Sen's government prompted Neang to embrace politics. He's the current deputy chief of the Khmuonh commune in Sen Sok, a district in the capital that is undergoing rapid growth. Today, he's campaigning to become commune chief in the closely watched June 4 commune elections.... (Full Story)
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Cambodians go to the polls early next month to elect more than 12,000 district officials, but the ballot is also shaping-up as a showdown between the two major parties amid threats of civil war and a crackdown on political dissent in the lead-up to national elections slated for the middle of next year. For Prime Minister Hun Sen and his Cambodian People's Party (CPP) believe the communal poll on June 4 will provide an important litmus test of their popularity, which has been under... (Full Story)
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