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Saturday, May 19, 2018
Ten people are dead and nearly a dozen injured in the latest deadly school shooting in the United States. Authorities say the suspected gunman, Dimitrios Pagourtzis is in police custody. Another student is also being questioned as a person of interest. VOA's Jesusemen Oni has more. (Full Story)
Saturday, May 19, 2018
It's been an unlikely journey from a Somali refugee camp in Kenya to the Minnesota State House of Representatives, but 36-year-old Ilhan Omar's historic rise as the first Somali American legislator in the United States is a beacon of hope for Muslims - particularly Muslim women - worldwide. VOA's Kane Farabaugh has more from St. Paul, Minnesota. (Full Story)
Saturday, May 19, 2018
Conservationists around the world are making great strides in rescuing animal species from the brink of extinction. Despite the recent death of the last male white rhinoceros, there is hope that science can bring the species back. In Europe, scientists are raising bison almost a century after they vanished from the wild, and California's population of sea otters has rebounded from only 50 specimens in the 1930s. VOA's George Putic has more. (Full Story)
Saturday, May 19, 2018
Iraq’s electoral commission said Saturday that a bloc led by populist Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who fought U.S. troops during the Iraq War, has won the most seats in Iraq’s national parliamentary elections. Al-Sadr’s Marching Toward Reform alliance with Iraq’s communists won 54 seats. The Conquest Alliance earned second place with 47 seats, while the Victory Alliance, headed by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi came in third with 42. Al-Sadr did not run for a seat in parliament... (Full Story)
Saturday, May 19, 2018
VOA Contributor Greta Van Susteren talks with U.S. Senator Mark Warner about the Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigation into Russia’s intervention in the 2016 US presidential election and the controversy surrounding the new director of the CIA. Warner is from Virginia and is the ranking Democrat on the Intelligence Committee. (Full Story)
Saturday, May 19, 2018
Human rights experts from the United Nations called on Spain Friday to halt extraditions of Chinese and Taiwanese nationals to China because of concerns they would be exposed to the risk of torture, ill treatment or the death penalty. They cited the December 2016 arrest of 269 suspects, including 219 Taiwanese, over their alleged involvement in telecom scams to defraud Chinese citizens in a police swoop dubbed Operation Wall. Two Taiwanese individuals were reported to have been... (Full Story)
Saturday, May 19, 2018
The Chinese air force has landed long-range bombers for the first time on an airport in the South China Sea, a state newspaper said Saturday, in a move likely to further fuel concerns about Beijing’s expansive claims over the disputed region. The China Daily newspaper reported that the People’s Liberation Army Air Force conducted takeoff and landing training with the H-6K bomber in the South China Sea. China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes in the South China... (Full Story)
Saturday, May 19, 2018
NewsReporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Chinese authorities to put a stop to police violence against the press after two attacks against Hong Kong reporters working in mainland China in the past week.When Chui Chun-ming, a Hong Kong cameraman working for Now TV, tried to talk to a human rights lawyer in Beijing on 16 May, police grabbed him and slammed him to the ground. (Full Story)
Saturday, May 19, 2018
A series of explosions killed at least eight civilians and wounded more than 40 others in eastern Afghanistan, provincial authorities told VOA. Attaullah Khogyanai, provincial spokesperson for eastern Nangarhar province, told VOA the explosions occurred in the provincial capital, Jalalabad, at night at a cricket stadium during a cricket match. Khogyanai said all three explosions took place inside the stadium around 11:30 p.m. local time. Among those killed is Hedayatullah Zahir... (Full Story)
Friday, May 18, 2018
Expand On August 30, 2017, Phayao Akhard wears the bloody nurses gown worn by her daughter, nurse Kamolkate “Kate” Akhard, when she was killed by Thai Special Forces soldiers while tending wounded persons at the front of Wat Pathum temple on May 19, 2010. © 2018 Human Rights Watch Eight years ago my colleagues and I watched as the streets of Bangkok were covered with blood in one of Thailand’s most violent political confrontations. Yet there is still no justice for the at least 98 people killed and more than 2,000 injured between April and May 2010 – despite compelling evidence that the military… (Full Story)
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