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Friday, December 7, 2018
Gorillas at a zoo in England have demonstrated a distinctly human trait while attempting to solve a puzzle: cheating. (Full Story)
Friday, December 7, 2018
The U.S. International Trade Commission said on Friday it made a final determination that American producers were being harmed by imports of common alloy aluminum sheet products from China, a finding that locks in duties on the products. The ITC determination means that duties ranging from 96.3 percent to 176.2 percent previously announced by the U.S. Commerce Department would be put in place for five years. The department said last month the products were being subsidized and... (Full Story)
Friday, December 7, 2018
A close ally has been elected to succeed German Chancellor Angela Merkel as the leader of the country's center-right Christian Democratic Union. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the party's current general secretary, narrowly defeated former Merkel rival Friedrich Merz 517 to 482 at a congress of the party Friday in Hamburg. Merz sought to move the CDU further to the right. A third candidate, Health Minister Jens Spahn, an outspoken critic of Merkel's 2015 decision to welcome... (Full Story)
Friday, December 7, 2018
Rappers Kendrick Lamar and Drake led Grammy Award nominations on Friday, but Cardi B, Lady Gaga, Brandi Carlile and American newcomer H.E.R helped make it a female-dominated line-up for the year's top prizes in the music industry. Ten-time Grammy winner Taylor Swift, Beyonce, Ariana Grande and Camila Cabello were among the biggest snubs in top categories that were dominated by hip-hop and R&B. Canada's Drake, the most-streamed artist of 2018, won eight nominations,... (Full Story)
Friday, December 7, 2018
Yemen's Saudi-backed government has proposed reopening the Houthi-held airport in the capital Sanaa on condition planes are inspected in the airports of Aden or Sayun which are under its control, two government officials said on Friday. The Houthis rejected the proposal floated at U.N.-sponsored peace talks in Sweden that are aimed at cementing confidence-building measures that could lead to a cease-fire to halt airstrikes by a Saudi-led coalition and Houthi missile attacks on Saudi... (Full Story)
Friday, December 7, 2018
Independent experts looking into allegations of sexual harassment at the U.N. agency that fights AIDS say it is plagued by "defective leadership," a culture of impunity, and a toxic working environment that cannot be changed unless its top official is replaced. The panel was created earlier this year following allegations of sexual harassment by staffers and calls from critics for executive director Michel Sidibe to resign. But Sidibe said in a statement he believes he is the... (Full Story)
Friday, December 7, 2018
The USS John C. Stennis aircraft carrier strike group has arrived in the Middle East after eight months without a carrier in the region, U.S. officials confirmed to VOA. The U.S. carrier and its supporting ships and aircraft will help in the fight against the Islamic State terror group in Iraq and Syria and the war in Afghanistan, where the U.S.-led coalition is working with Afghan partners to increase pressure on the Taliban in order to force them into a peace negotiation. Pentagon... (Full Story)
Friday, December 7, 2018
U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday confirmed he will nominate State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert to be the new Ambassador to the United Nations. He also announced William Barr to be the new U.S. Attorney General, a post Barr held under former President George H.W. Bush. VOA'S Jeff Custer reports from Washington. (Full Story)
Friday, December 7, 2018
A look at the best news photos from around the world. (Full Story)
Friday, December 7, 2018
Nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in Malawi are protesting a bill that, among other things, seeks to establish a new regulatory authority for such organizations. The NGOs have served Parliament with an injunction restraining it from debating the bill until it is reviewed, but legislators refuse to back down. The NGO Act Amendment Bill imposes heavy fines and prison sentences on NGOs and their directors should they breach the law. But NGOs say the bill is an attempt to close down human... (Full Story)
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