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Human Rights Observatory
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Saturday Iran’s atomic agency was ready with “expected and unexpected” reactions if the United States pulls out of a multinational nuclear deal, as U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to do. “Our Atomic Energy Organization is fully prepared ... for actions that they expect and actions they do not expect,” Rouhani said without elaborating in a speech carried by state television, referring to a possible decision by Trump to leave the accord next... (Full Story)
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Syrian state TV said Saturday that rebels had agreed to surrender an enclave northeast of Damascus and go to opposition areas at the border with Turkey, a withdrawal that would clinch another victory for President Bashar al-Assad. There was no immediate comment from the rebels in the eastern Qalamoun pocket of territory northeast of Damascus. Assad, backed by Russia and Iran, is seeking to recover control of the last few rebel enclaves near Damascus, building on momentum from the... (Full Story)
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Marking World Heritage Day in the open-air museum city of Luxor includes a tour around Karnak Temples, a walk down the avenue of sphinxes and a celebration marking the completion of King Ramses II colossus reconstruction project at Luxor Temple along with dancing performances. This comes a week after Egypt has received the 1st Russian airline flight after a two-year hiatus. (Full Story)
Saturday, April 21, 2018
The outgoing head of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Yemen said Friday he believes that more people are dying from indirect effects of the conflict now than from bombing, shelling and ground attacks.   Alexandre Faite pointed to more than 2,000 deaths from cholera and acute watery diarrhea in a little more than six months, a crumbling health system, almost no power in most towns, and the absence of key commodities or their availability only at very high prices. He... (Full Story)
Saturday, April 21, 2018
About 1,500 guests are expected Saturday at a private funeral for Barbara Bush at the nation’s largest Episcopal church.   First lady Melania Trump, former President Bill Clinton and his wife, Hillary, and former President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, are among those expected to attend the by-invitation-only service at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston. Burial will follow at the Bush Library at Texas A&M University, about 100 miles (161 kilometers) northwest of... (Full Story)
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Students across the United States marked the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting by walking out of their classrooms. This protest against gun violence comes on the heels of a previous national school walkout and the March for Our Lives rallies. From Washington, VOA's Jill Craig has more. (Full Story)
Saturday, April 21, 2018
The United States is calling out North Korea, China, Russia and Iran as "morally reprehensible governments" that violate human rights on a near-daily basis. But the State Department's "Country Reports on Human Rights Practices 2017" also cited improvements in some countries' records, including Liberia, Uzbekistan and Mexico. VOA's Diplomatic Correspondent Cindy Saine has more from the State Department. (Full Story)
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Tuesday marks the start of World Immunization Week, set aside by the U.N. to remind parents with children, and even adults, to get immunized against deadly diseases. The World Health Organization, which is hosting the event is encouraging governments to invest in immunization efforts, urging advocates to make vaccines a priority, and asking people to get themselves and their families vaccinated. VOA's Carol Pearson reports. (Full Story)
Saturday, April 21, 2018
A nonprofit citizens group "United We Dream," launched a new smartphone app that gives undocumented immigrants a virtual "panic button" if they are ever swept up in a raid or detained. The app provides legal advice and allows undocumented immigrants to notify their relatives quickly, when and if they fear that an interaction with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), or local police, might lead to their arrest. Veronica Balderas Iglesias has more. (Full Story)
Saturday, April 21, 2018
The food industry uses plastic to wrap its products in many places around the world. Plastic manufacturers say that keeps produce and meat fresh longer, so less goes bad and is thrown away. But, according to a new European study, while the annual use of plastic packaging has grown since the 1950s, so has food waste. Faiza Elmasry has the story. Faith Lapidus narrates. (Full Story)
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