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Saturday, June 16, 2018
Expand People hold signs to protest against U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order to detain children crossing the southern U.S. border and separating families outside of City Hall in Los Angeles, California, U.S. June 7, 2018. © 2018 Reuters Sitting across from me in an immigration holding cell in McAllen, Texas, the 24-year-old woman told me a familiar story. Her town in Honduras is plagued by gang violence, and after some relatives and others she knew were killed, she fled with her 5-year-old son, fearing they might be targeted next. I talked with her son a bit – he liked the crackers… (Full Story)
Saturday, June 16, 2018
Forget Brexit or a looming trans-Atlantic trade war. The diplomatic spat this week between Italy, Malta and France over who should take responsibility for more than 600 people rescued at sea shows that the biggest challenge Europe faces today is migration. It’s not about the hundreds of thousands of people who arrived across the Mediterranean in recent years, many in perilous sea crossings like those aboard the rescue ship Aquarius, seeking better or safer lives. Turkey has welcomed more.... (Full Story)
Saturday, June 16, 2018
The new Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed, has arrived in the Somali capital Mogadishu amid tight security. Ahmed was received at the airport by Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo. In a message posted on Twitter, Farmajo told the Ethiopian prime minister: “Welcome to Mogadishu your excellency it’s an honor to host you and your delegation. I am confident you’ll find your stay comfortable and joyous.” The chief of staff to Ahmed also tweeted: “M Abiy brought the message... (Full Story)
Saturday, June 16, 2018
California officials, having concluded coffee drinking is not a risky pastime, are proposing a regulation that will essentially tell consumers of America’s favorite beverage they can drink up without fear. The unprecedented action Friday by the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment to propose a regulation to clear coffee of the stigma that it could pose a toxic risk followed a review of more than 1,000 studies published this week by the World Health Organization that found... (Full Story)
Saturday, June 16, 2018
Yemeni officials say Saudi-led forces have seized the airport in Yemen’s rebel-held port city of Hodeida.  The military loyal to Yemen’s exiled government issued a statement Saturday morning saying that engineers now were trying to remove mines left by the Shiite rebels known as Houthis.    The Houthis did not immediately acknowledge losing the airport.   Hodeida International Airport is on the south side of the city home to some 600,000. So far, fighting has yet... (Full Story)
Saturday, June 16, 2018
A major fire has torn through one of Scotland’s architectural gems, the Mackintosh building at the Glasgow School of Art, for the second time in four years. More than 120 firefighters fought the blaze during the night as it gutted the 1909 building and spread to a theater and a nearby nightclub. No casualties were reported. “The extent of the damage is very severe,” Peter Heath, deputy assistant chief officer of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, told reporters at the scene in... (Full Story)
Saturday, June 16, 2018
Egypt announced Saturday steep increases in fuel and cooking gas prices as part of the country’s economic reforms and austerity measures designed to overhaul the country’s ailing economy. The new prices went into effect Saturday morning, the Ministry of Oil said in a statement. Prices for cooking gas increased from 60 to 100 pounds (from $3.3 to $5.6) per cylinder, a more than 60 percent increase.  Ninety-two octane gasoline increased from 5 pounds to 6.75 pounds per liter, or... (Full Story)
Saturday, June 16, 2018
NewsReporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for a thorough and independent investigation into the disappearance of Serbian investigative reporter Stefan Cvetkovic, who was found alive and well today after going missing near the town of Bela Crkva two nights ago.Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for a thorough and independent investigation into the disappearance of Serbian investigative reporter Stefan Cvetkovic, who was found alive an (Full Story)
Saturday, June 16, 2018
Firefighters battling several unrelenting wildfires in the U.S. Southwest will likely get a reprieve thanks to heavy thunderstorms and widespread rains this weekend after facing yet another day of windy and dry weather on Friday. But red flag warnings remained in effect overnight for southern Nevada, southern Utah and western Colorado, where wind gusts could reach 45 miles (72 km) an hour, the National Weather Service said. Although the wet weather could help efforts to battle two... (Full Story)
Saturday, June 16, 2018
President Donald Trump mounted a fresh attack Friday on the Russia probe led by special counsel Robert Mueller. Trump took the unusual step of taking several questions from reporters outside the White House, and defended his actions on North Korea and immigration. VOA National correspondent Jim Malone has more from Washington. (Full Story)
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