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Friday, July 20, 2018
NewsReporters Without Borders (RSF) is very worried about Sakhi Righi, an Iranian blogger who has been held for the past nine years and who has been on hunger strike for 26 days in protest against his prison conditions and the prison administration’s refusal to grant him a parole. RSF reminds Iran of its obligations as regards the treatment of prisoners. Under Iranian law, convicted prisoners can be given a conditional release after completing a third of their sentence and Righi completed a third of his original 20-year senten (Full Story)
Friday, July 20, 2018
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Farmers rushed to save their livelihoods as a wildfire roared through vast Oregon wheat fields Thursday and crushed their hopes at the peak of what was expected to be one of the most bountiful harvests in years. Farmers used water tanks on the backs of pickups and tractors to battle flames whipping across fields for the third straight day. One man was found dead near his charred tractor Wednesday, apparently overrun as he tried to clear a strip of land to protect a neighbor’s... (Full Story)
Friday, July 20, 2018
Chinese policymakers are pumping more liquidity into the financial system and channeling credit to small- and medium-sized firms, and Beijing looks set to further loosen monetary conditions to mitigate threats to growth from a heated Sino-U.S. trade war. The world’s second-biggest economy has started to lose momentum this year as a government campaign to reduce a dangerous build-up of debt has lifted borrowing costs, hitting factory output, business investment and the property... (Full Story)
Friday, July 20, 2018
U.S. President Donald Trump is inviting Russian President Vladimir Putin to a second summit meeting. The announcement came as the storm of criticism and confusion that followed the first summit is still making headlines and getting the attention of the U.S. Congress. Here to explain is VOA's Carolyn Presutti at the White House. (Full Story)
Friday, July 20, 2018
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the United States will not send Americans to Russia for questioning. Russian President Vladimir Putin offered to let U.S. investigators question officials in Moscow about Russia's interference in U.S. 2016 elections if Russian investigators are allowed to question American officials. U.S. President Donald Trump called Putin's proposal an "incredible offer." But in an interview with VOA on Thursday, Pompeo rejected the idea. Zlatica... (Full Story)
Friday, July 20, 2018
Italy has rejected criticism of its hard-line policy on immigration, after protesters marched on the Italian Interior Ministry, accusing it of being responsible for the deaths of migrants at sea. Rome has banned nongovernmental organization, or NGO, charity boats from disembarking migrants in Italian ports. As Henry Ridgwell reports, just-released figures show Italy's crackdown is having an effect, with Spain overtaking Italy as the No. 1 destination for migrants in the European Union. (Full Story)
Friday, July 20, 2018
As Tibetan exiles in India mark the 60th year since Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama fled his homeland, they are facing a stalemate in their six-decade-long struggle for more autonomy for Tibet. Anjana Pasricha reports, as they look at the road ahead for their cause, their concerns include an aging Dalai Lama. (Full Story)
Friday, July 20, 2018
If there can be driverless cars on the road, why not driverless boats on the water? Faith Lapidus has details of a team building a robotic boat, and what they want it to do. (Full Story)
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