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Friday, August 17, 2018
Former CIA Director John Brennan is accusing President Donald Trump of trying to silence him over his allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow. The White House revoked Brennan's security clearance Wednesday, arguing that the former spy chief's remarks exhibited what it called "erratic conduct." White House Correspondent Patsy Widakuswara has more. (Full Story)
Friday, August 17, 2018
An Iranian news outlet focusing on Iran’s Gonabadi Dervish minority says two of its editors have received lengthy prison sentences for involvement in anti-government protests in February. In a tweet posted Thursday, Majzooban Noor said a Tehran Revolutionary court sentenced news editor Reza Entesari to seven years in prison, 74 lashes, two years of exile in the northeastern city of Khaf, a two-year ban on leaving the country and a two-year ban on political and media... (Full Story)
Friday, August 17, 2018
The United States says Turkey faces more U.S. sanctions if it refuses to release an American pastor held on allegations of helping the organizers of the failed 2016 coup against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The United States says Ankara has no evidence for the allegations and has held the pastor for too long. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday the United States is ready to hit Ankara with more sanctions if it does not release the American soon. VOA's Zlatica Hoke... (Full Story)
Friday, August 17, 2018
As summer comes to a close and kids prepare to head back to school, retailers are counting on novelty items such as scented markers and glitter glue to help win back some of the market share they've lost to iPads and popular electronic gadgets. VOA's Jill Craig takes a look at retailers back to school strategy. (Full Story)
Friday, August 17, 2018
For hundreds of years, Kayan women in Myanmar have worn coiled bronze rings around their necks, a traditional and customary symbol of beauty. But a new generation of women from one of Asia's most distinctive ethnic minorities is choosing not to follow in the fashion footsteps of their long-necked ancestors. VOA's Julie Taboh has more. (Full Story)
Friday, August 17, 2018
Egypt’s decades-long housing crisis continues to worsen, with activists and authorities alike expressing concern about a continuing explosion of illegal, unsafe construction that is one of the consequences. Photojournalist Hamada Elrasam provides a glimpse of conditions that have resulted from unmanaged growth. (Full Story)
Friday, August 17, 2018
NewsReporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Nigerian authorities to immediately free a journalist who was arrested after publishing a leaked police report about a controversial operation by the State Security Service (SSS) and reminds them that the confidentiality of journalists’ sources must be respected.Samuel Ogundipe, who works for the investigative news websitePremium Times, (Full Story)
Friday, August 17, 2018
Expand Mozambique Prime Minister Luisa Dias Diogo speaks to journalist during the International Conference on Financing for Development in Doha, Qatar, November 30, 2008.    © 2008 AP Images/Hassan Ammar   (Johannesburg) – Mozambique’s government should cancel recently imposed exorbitant fees on local and foreign media operating in the country. The new fees are a huge setback for press freedom and access to information in Mozambique. The Mozambican government on July 23, 2018, issued decree 40/2018, which requires foreign correspondents to pay US$2,500 per trip to Mozambique for media accreditation.… (Full Story)
Friday, August 17, 2018
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has predicted more violent attacks from Taliban fighters in Afghanistan after insurgents failed to seize any of their objectives during a recent attack on Ghazni, the country’s second-most populated city. Speaking to reporters aboard a U.S. aircraft Thursday, Mattis said the Taliban had targeted six locations during the assault but did not take them from the Afghan Armed Forces. Attack a week ago Taliban fighters launched the attack last Friday and... (Full Story)
Friday, August 17, 2018
Expand German Chancellor Angela Merkel talks to Russia's President Vladimir Putin at the start of the first working session of the G20 meeting in Hamburg, Germany, July 7 2017.  © 2017 REUTERS/Kay Nietfeld, Pool (Berlin) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel should raise critical human rights issues when she meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Meseburg, Germany, on August 18, 2018, Human Rights Watch said today. The chancellor’s spokesperson has said that they will discuss the war in Syria, the conflict in eastern Ukraine, and energy policy. “This meeting is an important opportunity… (Full Story)
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