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Sunday, December 9, 2018
Pfc. Nichole Bowen-Crawford said she was walking to lunch on her Army base near Nasiriyah, Iraq, in 2003 when she received her daily proposition from a passing fellow soldier. “Hey, Bowen,” the officer tossed out, “let’s go f--- in the bunker.” Bowen-Crawford told VOA that while this was the most shocking example of the day-to-day regimen of verbal sexual harassment she experienced while in the Army between 2001-2004, it was not her worst experience — she had been assaulted by a... (Full Story)
Sunday, December 9, 2018
Peruvians vote Sunday in a referendum aimed at curbing corruption as the South American nation tries to put an end to a scourge that has landed lawmakers, judges and even former presidents behind bars. The four questions on the ballot include measures that would prohibit legislators from immediate re-election, create stricter campaign finance rules and reform a scandal-tainted council charged with selecting judges. All but one of the proposed measures is expected to pass in a nation... (Full Story)
Sunday, December 9, 2018
Paris tourist sites reopened, workers cleaned up broken glass and shop owners tried to put the city on its feet again Sunday, a day after running battles between yellow-vested protesters and riot police left 71 injured and caused widespread damage to the French capital. The man who unleashed the anger, President Emmanuel Macron, broke his silence to tweet his appreciation for the police overnight, but pressure mounted on him to propose new solutions to calm the anger dividing... (Full Story)
Sunday, December 9, 2018
Ol Thida and her husband were sure they had no choice but to leave their tiny rural village. They couldn’t find work anywhere nearby. They owned almost nothing, not even the plot of land their palm-thatched hut was built on. They owed a microfinance institution $250, a debt whose principal never seemed to shrink, no matter how much of their spare cash they forked over to the bank. They were desperate to meet the deadline for repayment at the end of the year. So Ol Thida’s husband, Prak... (Full Story)
Sunday, December 9, 2018
The International Fund for Agricultural Development, a United Nations agency, is set to make its first investment in Zimbabwe in several years. The president of IFAD visited Zimbabwe this week and said the agency hopes to revive the country's agricultural sector after years of decline. Columbus Mavhunga reports from Harare. (Full Story)
Sunday, December 9, 2018
The role drones play in our lives today is becoming greater and greater, as are the capabilities of these autonomous flying robots. Genia Dulot visited CalTech, the California Institute of Technology, where the potential for drones is being explored for surprising new uses. (Full Story)
Sunday, December 9, 2018
In Pakistan there is a growing demand for natural remedies for everyday problems, leading some entrepreneurs to starting their own herbal product businesses. They are converting their grandmother's home remedies into brand names. Saman Khan from Lahore is giving us a glimpse of this growing trend of online herbal markets in this report narrated by Bezhan Hamdard. (Full Story)
Sunday, December 9, 2018
According to the World Ocean Review, shipping by sea is responsible for about 3 percent of the world's total carbon emissions. But one Norwegian shipping company is creating hybrid ships and planning for a carbon free future. VOA's Kevin Enochs reports. (Full Story)
Sunday, December 9, 2018
In France, police clashed with protesters, as tens of thousands of 'yellow vest' demonstrators took to the streets Saturday for the fourth consecutive weekend. French authorities deployed nearly 90,000 police across the country, detained hundreds of people, and closed major landmarks and museums as a precaution. Anti-government yellow vest rallies also took place in nearby Belgium and the Netherlands. For VOA, Lisa Bryant has more on the action from Paris. (Full Story)
Saturday, December 8, 2018
Federal officials will shut down an Idaho nuclear waste treatment project after determining it would not be economically feasible to bring in radioactive waste from other states. The U.S. Department of Energy in documents made public this week said the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project that employs 650 workers will end next year. Officials said workers are wrapping up processing 85,000 cubic yards (65,000 cubic meters) of radioactive waste at the department’s 890-square-mile... (Full Story)
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