Looking inside ourselves and out at the world
Independent and neutral with regard to all political and religious orientations,® aims to promote awareness of the major democratic principles on which tolerance is based.
Human Rights Observatory
UN Envoy in Libya Announces Proposal for Unity Government
Friday, October 9, 2015
The U.N. envoy for Libya has announced the proposal of a new unity government for the divided nation in what could be a key step toward ending four years of chaos and political turmoil. "We believe [this government] can succeed," Bernardino Leon said Friday in Morocco as he announced the proposal. "The Libyans must seize this historic opportunity to save Libya." Under the plan, a member of the Tripoli-based parliament, Fayez Sarraj, was named prime minister. He... (Full Story)
North Korea Preps for Major Military Parade
Friday, October 9, 2015
In Pyongyang preparations are under way to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of its Workers' Party with one of the largest military parades in North Korea's history. The U.S.-Korea Institute's website, 38 North, says satellite photos taken Tuesday show about 800 tents, more than 600 trucks and 200 armored vehicles at a former air base east of Pyongyang. Saturday's parade through Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang is expected to be an impressive display of military... (Full Story)
Passing Gun Laws Through US Congress Not Easy
Thursday, October 8, 2015
President Barack Obama showed frustration in the aftermath of the October 1 shooting that killed 10 at an Oregon community college. "Somehow this has become routine," he said. "We've become numb to this." It was at least the 13th time he'd taken the podium after a mass shooting. “I've got to have a Congress and I've got to have state legislatures and governors who are willing to work with me on this,” he said. But changing those laws isn't easy.... (Full Story)
Guatemala Landslide Death Toll Tops 220; Another 350 Missing
Thursday, October 8, 2015
At least 220 bodies have been recovered after a massive landslide buried part of a town in Guatemala last week, while about 350 people are missing, national disaster agency Conred said Thursday. Loosened by heavy rains, a hillside collapsed onto Santa Catarina Pinula on the southeastern flank of Guatemala City on October 1, burying more than 100 homes under tons of earth, rock and trees, and sparking a huge rescue effort. Conred said 386 people were evacuated after the tragedy, one of... (Full Story)
House Republicans in Chaos as Speaker Favorite Withdraws
Thursday, October 8, 2015
The Republican widely expected to become the next speaker of the House of Representatives shocked his colleagues Thursday by announcing he was withdrawing his candidacy. The decision by Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy means the race to succeed retiring Speaker John Boehner is now wide open. VOA National Correspondent Jim Malone reports. (Full Story)
Beirut Protest Turns Violent, Politicians Postpone Talks
Thursday, October 8, 2015
Lebanese security forces fired tear gas and water cannons to break up an anti-government protest in Beirut on Thursday, and the country's fractious leaders postponed talks aimed at resolving a political crisis that is feeding public discontent. Anger at Lebanon's government has fueled repeated protests in recent months. Discontent with widely perceived corruption and incompetence came to a head in July when the government failed to agree a solution to a trash disposal crisis... (Full Story)
Guinea President: Weekend Election to Proceed
Thursday, October 8, 2015
Guinea's President Alpha Conde said Thursday that he had no plans to postpone this weekend's election, dismissing a request from the opposition for more time to fix alleged irregularities. Conde is tipped to win a second term despite the West African country's prolonged battle with Ebola and a slump in metal prices that has sapped revenue in the bauxite producer. His challengers have asked for the vote to be delayed, citing problems with voter distribution cards and the... (Full Story)
Why Are Gun Laws So Hard for Congress to Tackle?
Thursday, October 8, 2015
Since taking office, President Barack Obama has spoken out or issued statements about 15 mass shootings. The most recent shooting, in which 10 people were killed at a community college, sparked outrage over the nation's gun laws. But changing those laws isn't as easy as many think. VOA's Carolyn Presutti reports. (Full Story)
Report: Smoking Will Kill One in Three Young Men in China
Thursday, October 8, 2015
One in three young Chinese men will die from the effects of tobacco, researchers say. A study published in The Lancet, a medical journal, said, "About two-thirds of young Chinese men become cigarette smokers, and most start before they are 20. Unless they stop, about half of them will eventually be killed by their habit." The scientists conducted two large, nationally representative studies 15 years apart, tracking the health consequences of smoking in China. The first was in... (Full Story)
Koreas Exchange List of Participants for Reunions
Thursday, October 8, 2015
South and North Korea Thursday exchanged a list of participants for a rare inter-Korean family reunion, moving closer to an implementation of a key agreement between the two Koreas. Red Cross officials from the two sides met at the Panmunjom truce village that divides the two Koreas and exchanged the list with names of 90 South Koreans and 97 North Koreans, according to South Korea's Unification Ministry. The reunion will allow families separated by the Korean War six decades ago to... (Full Story)
    [1] 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10    Next  >>

Follow us on ...
Facebook Twitter