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Wednesday, February 21, 2018
A Black Panther themed pop-up bar in Washington, D.C., offers fans an interactive entrance into the make-believe land of Wakanda. The four-day event provided more than just a space for Marvel fans, but also a chance to pay homage to the movie that they say breaks the mold on stories about the black experience. Jesusemen Oni has more. (Full Story)
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Nearly 30 years after the end of the Cold War, nuclear defense and deterrence is now back in the spotlight. The Pentagon presented a new nuclear plan this month that will modernize its air, land and sea-launched nuclear defense, also known as the nuclear triad, while making two changes to its nuclear arsenal. VOA Pentagon correspondent Carla Babb has the details. (Full Story)
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
U.S. President Donald Trump says he has directed the Justice Department to propose regulations to curb the use of rapid-fire devices that allow semi-automatic rifles to mimic the firing speed of fully automatic firearms. Trump made the announcement Tuesday, six days after a gunman opened fire in a Florida high school, killing 17 people. Students across America are protesting mass shootings at schools and demand action from political leaders to stop the trend. VOA's Zlatica Hoke has more. (Full Story)
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Officials in Florida's capital city prepared Wednesday for hundreds of students to march to the state capitol and hold a rally calling for lawmakers to pass gun control measures following a deadly shooting at a high school in the southern part of the state. A gunman killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland last week in one of the worst shootings ever at a U.S. school. Students from the school and others from elsewhere in Florida and other states have... (Full Story)
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
The White House says new restrictions on top security clearances set to go into effect Friday will not affect the work of senior White House adviser Jared Kushner. President Donald Trump's son-in-law has been operating for more than a year with an interim clearance, and his position has given him access to some of the most sensitive information, including the president's daily security briefing. White House Chief of Staff John Kelly announced last week the new policy that would... (Full Story)
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Japan says its military has witnessed a cargo transfer between China and North Korea on the high seas that it suspects violates United Nations economic sanctions on Pyongyang. The foreign ministry said Tuesday a maritime surveillance plane and an escort ship spotted a North Korean-flagged tanker, identified as the Yu Jong 2, floating alongside a small ship last Friday about 250 kilometers off the Chinese city of Shanghai in the East China Sea. The nationality of the other ship is... (Full Story)
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
A court in Bahrain has sentenced prominent human rights activist Nabeel Rajab to five years in jail for tweeting comments critical of the Saudi-led coalition airstrikes in Yemen and alleging prison abuses. The charges against him included insulting a neighboring country and national institutions. Rajab played a leading role in 2011 pro-democracy protests that came as a wave of demonstrations hit countries across the region. Since then he has been jailed multiple times, and before... (Full Story)
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Five South African police officers and an off-duty soldier were killed Wednesday during an attack on a rural police station. A police spokesman says an armed gang stormed the outpost in the southern village of Engcobo shortly after midnight local time and killed three of the officers. They stole a cache of weapons and abducted two other police officers as they escaped in a police van. The soldier was shot and killed as the gang fled. The bodies of the two abducted officers were later... (Full Story)
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte is taking seriously the U.S. Intelligence Community's report tagging the firebrand leader a threat to democracy in Southeast Asia, his spokesman said on Wednesday. The report, produced by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, places Duterte alongside Cambodian's Hun Sen, the Rohingya crisis and Thailand's military-backed constitution as threats to democracy. "We view this declaration from no less than the... (Full Story)
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
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