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Friday, October 19, 2018
An U.S. Navy helicopter has crashed on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, causing nonfatal injuries to sailors.   The Navy’s 7th Fleet said in a statement the MH-60 Seahawk crashed shortly after takeoff Friday while the carrier was off the Philippine coast.    The Navy said all affected sailors were in stable condition and their injuries were not life threatening. It didn't say how many sailors were hurt.   The Navy did not give details... (Full Story)
Friday, October 19, 2018
Haitian President Jovenel Moise has reiterated his commitment to rooting out corruption. Responding to protester demands to “tell us where the PetroCaribe money is” Moise tweeted Thursday that his administration would investigate the allegations of misuse of funds and would hold all those responsible accountable. “No one will escape justice. It’s a moral and judicial duty,” he said. The president’s press secretary Eddy Jackson Alexis told reporters Moise had officially notified... (Full Story)
Friday, October 19, 2018
The Trump administration is under increased pressure to obtain Saudi Arabia's explanation of the disappearance of Saudi-born journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey two weeks ago. Turkish investigators say they have evidence the journalist was killed at a Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Saudi officials deny that but have yet to explain Khashoggi's disappearance. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports, U.S. President Donald Trump has come under criticism for what is seen as a tepid response to the... (Full Story)
Friday, October 19, 2018
A dissident Vietnamese blogger imprisoned for defaming the country's Communist government is celebrating her first day of freedom on U.S. soil. Marcus Harton reports. (Full Story)
Friday, October 19, 2018
With a focus on Africa's youth, World Bank staff and development specialists connected with young people in more than 30 countries to mark "End Poverty Day." They discussed how to harness the potential of young people. VOA correspondent Mariama Diallo reports. (Full Story)
Friday, October 19, 2018
Starting over is the reality for more than 1,000 residents in Mexico Beach, Florida. After the landfall of Hurricane Michael, a category 4 storm, families are returning to look at the aftermath and rebuild their homes and their lives. Cristina Caicedo Smit narrates for Jorge Agobian, who has this report for VOA from Mexico Beach. (Full Story)
Friday, October 19, 2018
An observatory in Barrow, Alaska, part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, has become a key scientific instrument in studying climate change. Established in 1973, the Barrow Observatory is staffed year-round by two researchers who measure and track changes in air quality and weather. Natasha Mozgovaya traveled to Barrow, Alaska, now officially called Utqiagvik, its original Inupiaq name, to see what life is like in one of the coldest and snowiest places in the world. (Full Story)
Friday, October 19, 2018
The Syrian government says the ancient city of Palmyra, gravely damaged by IS militants, could reopen to the public next spring. But, while restoration continues on the ground, one French startup is showing people how Palmyra and other cities affected by war once looked, how they look now, and how they might look after restoration. Kevin Enochs explains. (Full Story)
Friday, October 19, 2018
(New York) – The Bangladesh government has embarked upon intensive and intrusive surveillance and monitoring of social media ahead of national elections, raising concern over a chilling effect on speech, Human Rights Watch said today. Draconian new laws and policies are being used to target political opponents, journalists, internet commentators, and broadcasters. Expand Police in Bangladesh have registered hundreds of complaints under the Information and Communication Technology Act, including against authors of social media posts and journalists criticizing the political leadership and… (Full Story)
Thursday, October 18, 2018
Lebanese municipalities are endangering the health of residents by openly burning waste despite the passage of a national solid waste management law banning the practice. Following decades of mismanagement of solid waste, Lebanon’s parliament passed the law on September 24, 2018, during the first parliamentary session since elections in May. Municipalities are flouting the law, which bans open dumping and burning of waste and sets penalties for violations. The law gives the Environment Ministry an oversight and monitoring role and mandates the ministry to develop a national waste management strategy… (Full Story)
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