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Sunday, May 20, 2018
Controversial oil exploration along a wild stretch of Australia's southern coast fabled for its whales and surf has sparked protests outside a resources conference in the city of Adelaide. A Norwegian company plans to start drilling in the Great Australian Bight next year. The Great Australian Bight is a large, open bay off the coast of southern Australia. It is home to sea lions and sharks, and is a nursery for the endangered southern right whale. It is not only an ecological gem,... (Full Story)
Sunday, May 20, 2018
The U.N. human rights office reports the recent killing of several human rights defenders in Guatemala shows an alarming deterioration in the rule of law as threats increase against those working on behalf of indigenous and minority rights. During the past 12 days, three human rights defenders working with indigenous and peasants rights organizations in Guatemala were killed. The activists were trying to secure land rights for indigenous people under an agreement worked out with the... (Full Story)
Sunday, May 20, 2018
Shi'ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, whose coalition won the largest number of seats in Iraq's parliamentary elections, has sought to reassure Iraqis about their next government, saying it will be "inclusive" and mindful of their needs.   No single bloc won a majority in the May 12 vote, raising the prospect of weeks or even months of negotiations to agree on a government. Major political players began talks soon after the election's partial results were announced... (Full Story)
Sunday, May 20, 2018
Two months ago, Kote Adi fled Moyale, Ethiopia, after government soldiers there opened fire on civilians, killing at least nine. Kote and his pregnant wife found shelter in a tent in northeastern Kenya’s Dambala Fachana refugee camp, but weeks of heavy rain have displaced them again. “Our plastic shelters were flooded with water,” said Kote Adi, who is settling into a new tent site on higher ground. Hardship and uncertainty haunt him and thousands of others who’ve left Moyale, a... (Full Story)
Sunday, May 20, 2018
Each morning, fishermen in the northern Somali port city of Bosaso pull in their catch of tuna, marlin, and more. The waters off northern Somalia are some of the richest in Africa. As businessmen and women on the beach haggle over the shining piles of fresh fish, the daily catch looks like a rich haul. But all is not well here for local fishermen. Many of them complain about larger, foreign boats that enter Somali waters, outfishing the locals. WATCH: Somali Fishermen Struggle to... (Full Story)
Sunday, May 20, 2018
Despite having some of the richest waters in Africa, Somalia's fishing industry faces many challenges. Reporting for VOA in the port city of Bossaso, Jason Patinkin takes us to meet fishermen struggling to make ends meet, and a group of women who hope a new U.N. program to support fish markets will improve their livelihoods. (Full Story)
Sunday, May 20, 2018
The day after the mass shooting at a Texas high school in the small town of Santa Fe, the students who survived are living through the painful aftermath. VOA’s Elizabeth Lee spoke to a couple of them who decided that working is the best way to cope. (Full Story)
Sunday, May 20, 2018
Brandy Kraft and Dylan Mittelsted have a few things in common. They’re both 17 years old, work as cashiers at Arlan’s market, and now they both share a trauma teenagers should never experience. “As soon as I get to work it’s head to the restroom bawl my eyes out until I’m ready to put on the work face and make people smile,” a stone-faced Mittelsted said, trying hard to contain his emotions. At the next register, Brandy Kraft tries to smile at the customers, but it has not been easy... (Full Story)
Sunday, May 20, 2018
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is seeking a second six-year term in an election Sunday boycotted by the opposition as the “coronation” of a dictator and condemned by much of the international community. Maduro, 55, a former bus driver, is expected to win despite a deepening crisis that has made food scarce and inflation soar as oil production plummets in one of the world’s once top producers. Former state governor Henri Falcon is Maduro’s main challenger, but his chances are hurt... (Full Story)
Sunday, May 20, 2018
The leaders of the U.S. and South Korea Sunday discussed ways to keep the upcoming U.S.- North Korea summit on track. During a 20-minute telephone conversation, Moon Jae-in and Donald Trump exchanged views about how best to deal with the seeming roadblocks the North has thrown into what would be historic talks between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on June 12 in Singapore. The June meeting would be a first for the leaders of the two countries. Yoon Young-chan, President... (Full Story)
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