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Friday, November 16, 2018
American prosecutors have obtained a sealed indictment against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, whose website published thousands of classified U.S. government documents, a U.S. federal court document showed Thursday. The document, which prosecutors say was filed by mistake, asks a judge to seal documents in a criminal case unrelated to Assange, and carries markings indicating it was originally filed in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Virginia, in August. A source familiar with the... (Full Story)
Friday, November 16, 2018
The last surviving leaders of the Khmer Rouge that brutally ruled Cambodia in the 1970s were convicted of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes Friday by an international tribunal. Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan were sentenced to life in prison, the same sentence they are already serving after earlier convictions at a previous trial for crimes against humanity connected with forced transfers and mass disappearances of people. Cambodia has no death penalty. Both men have... (Full Story)
Friday, November 16, 2018
At a summit with Southeast Asian countries in Singapore, Vice President Mike Pence announced a new "U.S.-ASEAN Smart Cities Partnership" that he says will spur renewed American investment in the region's digital infrastructure. VOA White House Correspondent Patsy Widakuswara brings the details from Singapore. (Full Story)
Friday, November 16, 2018
The United States has announced sanctions against 17 Saudi Arabian officials for their alleged involvement in the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, Oct. 2, 2018. The news came on the same day Saudi Arabia announced it is requesting the death penalty for five individuals involved in the writer's death, while denying Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman ordered it. VOA's Diplomatic Correspondent Cindy Saine has more from... (Full Story)
Friday, November 16, 2018
Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman submitted an official letter of resignation to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday. His resignation follows a cease-fire agreement reached between the Israeli government and Gaza's Hamas leaders late Tuesday, and it reduces Netanyahu's support in the parliament to 61 out of 120 lawmakers. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports Netanyahu is under pressure to call early elections. (Full Story)
Friday, November 16, 2018
The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which has already killed hundreds of people, could continue for several months. That's the latest warning from a senior World Health Organization official. VOA Correspondent Mariama Diallo reports. (Full Story)
Friday, November 16, 2018
Somalia's 30 years of chronic conflict have left an estimated 1 in 3 people affected by mental health issues, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). However, there are only three licensed psychiatrists in the entire country. Mohamed Sheikh Nor reports from Mogadishu on Somalia's huge mental health challenges. (Full Story)
Friday, November 16, 2018
North Korea said Friday that it will deport an American citizen it detained one month ago for illegally entering the country. The announcement suggests that North Korea still intends to improve ties with the United States despite stalled nuclear diplomacy. In the past, North Korean often held American citizens it arrested for similar charges for months before high-profile U.S. figures traveled to Pyongyang to secure their freedom. In May, North Korea released three American detainees... (Full Story)
Amnesty International - Friday, November 16, 2018
The Hong Kong government must drop the politically motivated prosecution of nine leaders of the 2014 pro-democracy Umbrella Movement protests, as it amounts to an attack on free speech and peaceful assembly. (Full Story)
Thursday, November 15, 2018
The facts surrounding the gruesome murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a journalist and Post Global Opinions columnist, have continued to leak into the public view. But what has been missing is any commitment to create a path capable of delivering meaningful justice. Turkey’s foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, took a first step on Nov. 14 when he called for an international investigation. Under the guidance of the United Nations secretary general, such an effort could get to the bottom of what really happened, determine who was responsible and ensure that they are held to account. It could run parallel… (Full Story)
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