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Saturday, October 20, 2018
Saudi Arabia has admitted that Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi is dead. Saudi state-run media says Khashoggi died after an altercation in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, and it is promising a one-month investigation. VOA's diplomatic correspondent Cindy Saine reports from the State Department on the dramatic developments in Riyadh. (Full Story)
Saturday, October 20, 2018
In Tanzania, protecting endangered animals has become easier thanks to Earth Ranger. Earth Ranger is not a superhero, it's a technology platform, developed by Vulcan Inc., a company co-founded by U.S. philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. The system helps rangers remotely monitor elephants and other animals to stay ahead of poachers. Faiza Elmasry has the story. VOA's Faith Lapidus narrates. (Full Story)
Saturday, October 20, 2018
Alaska Governor Bill Walker, a political independent, halted his re-election campaign Friday and endorsed his Democratic challenger, ending a three-way race in which the Republican candidate had appeared to possess an insurmountable lead. With 18 days remaining before the Nov. 6 election, Walker, 67, said he concluded that he could not win a second term in a race against former U.S. Senator Mark Begich, a Democrat, and former state legislator Mike Dunleavy, a Republican. Walker’s... (Full Story)
Saturday, October 20, 2018
The international group that monitors money-laundering worldwide said Friday Iran had until February to complete reforms that would bring it into line with global norms or face consequences. The Paris-based Financial Action Task Force said after a meeting of its members that it was disappointed that Tehran had acted on only nine out of 10 of its guidelines despite pledges to make the grade. It had previously set a deadline of October to compete all 10 reforms. “We expect Iran to move... (Full Story)
Saturday, October 20, 2018
Expand Ethiopia's incoming Prime Minister Abiye Ahmed delivers his acceptance speech after taking his oath of office during a ceremony at the House of Peoples' Representatives in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia April 2, 2018. © 2018 Reuters This week, the Ethiopian government released over 1,000 youth from “rehabilitation camps” following a month-long detention. They were among some 3,000 youth from the capital, Addis Ababa, whom the federal police commissioner, Zeynu Jemal, said had been arrested in September. Most were arrested at bars, shisha cafes, and khat dens. The police chief said the arrests… (Full Story)
Friday, October 19, 2018
M. Saourou Sené Secretary General Syndicat Autonome des Enseignant du Moyen et Secondaire du Sénégal (SAEMSS) Dakar, Senegal   October 12, 2018 Dear Mr. Sené, Please accept my regards on behalf of Human Rights Watch. I would like to thank you for our meeting in August 2017, where you provided me with information about your union’s commitment towards girls’ education, and SAEMSS’ actions to tackle school-related sexual and gender-based violence. We are writing today to share key findings and recommendations of our upcoming report on sexual exploitation, harassment and abuse in middle and secondary… (Full Story)
Friday, October 19, 2018
Expand Demonstrators gather outside City Hall to protest the police shooting of Stephon Clark, in Sacramento, California, U.S., March 30, 2018.  © 2018 Reuters   When the guilty verdict in the trial for the murder of Laquan McDonald was read Friday afternoon, a large part of America, particularly black America, breathed a sigh of relief. Finally, a police officer accused of the unjustified killing of an unarmed black man, a teenager no less, was held accountable for his actions. But the relief is short-lived.   While many are rejoicing to see that justice can actually be done in this all-too-familiar… (Full Story)
Friday, October 19, 2018
Expand Thousands take part in the Justice for All March and Rally on Pennsylvania Avenue to the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on December 13, 2014.  © 2014 SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images   Mr. Brian Joyner  Chief of Staff, National Mall and Memorial Parks  National Park Service  900 Ohio Drive SW  Washington, DC 20024   Dear Mr. Joyner:    We write to express our deep concern over proposed rulemaking RIN 1024-AE45, issued August 7, 2018, which would revise the National Park Service’s protest permitting process regarding demonstrations at the National Mall, Memorial Parks, and President’s Park.  … (Full Story)
Friday, October 19, 2018
Once there was a ruler of a Middle Eastern country. He was in his 30s, presenting himself as a reformer, but he brooked no dissent as he set about consolidating power. He disliked one dissenter in particular, a former palace insider who lived in self-imposed exile and traveled the world criticizing the ruler’s repressive ways. The dissenter also denounced an aggressive war that the ruler was pursuing against his neighbor. One day the dissenter was lured to a foreign city, detained and never heard from again. The ruler denied having anything to do with the disappearance of his nemesis. Yet the ruler’s… (Full Story)
Friday, October 19, 2018
The wait is over for the millions of people who purchased tickets for the Mega Millions jackpot that climbed to a staggering $1 billion before the winning numbers were announced Friday night. Those numbers are 15 23 53 65 70 and Mega Ball 7. It is not yet known if there are any winning tickets. That will be known later Saturday or Sunday. If no one wins, the jackpot will be even larger for Tuesday’s drawing. Friday’s drawing is the second-largest lottery pool ever in U.S. history,... (Full Story)
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