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Saturday, May 26, 2018
Expand Women celebrate the result of yesterday's referendum on liberalizing abortion law, in Dublin, Ireland, May 26, 2018. © 2018 Reuters The first vote I ever cast was in one of the six referendaums that Ireland has had on abortion. Today, I watched with tears of joy as it became clear that two-thirds of Irish people voted to repeal the 35-year constitutional ban on abortion and to allow parliament to regulate abortion access in the future. Voters had turned out in historic numbers. I am both proud and relieved. I was too young in 1983 to vote in the first referendum that led Ireland to… (Full Story)
Saturday, May 26, 2018
Five Syrian rescue workers were killed in an attack by masked assailants Saturday on one of their centers in the northern province of Aleppo, the White Helmets said. The rescue force said armed men stormed its Al-Hader center in a pre-dawn attack and fired on the first responders inside. Four volunteers were killed on the spot and a fifth died later in hospital, it wrote on Twitter. Founded in 2013, the White Helmets are a network of first responders who rescue wounded in the... (Full Story)
Saturday, May 26, 2018
Ten-year-old Khaled lives in a refugee camp in the countryside of Idlib, Syria. He has wide gray eyes and looks serious in front of the camera, but his friends and caregivers call him the "head of mischief." Khaled lost his father five years ago when Islamic State militants abducted him in Idlib. That was the last time Khaled saw his father. "Khaled's father got out from the house heading to Friday prayers, then disappeared. We searched everywhere for him.... (Full Story)
Saturday, May 26, 2018
Italy's would-be coalition parties turned up the pressure on President Sergio Mattarella on Saturday to endorse their euroskeptic pick as economy minister, saying the only other option might be a new election. Mattarella has held up formation of a government, which would end more than 80 days of political deadlock, over concern about the desire of the far-right League and anti-establishment 5-Star Movement to make economist Paolo Savona, 81, economy... (Full Story)
Saturday, May 26, 2018
A truckers protest over diesel prices in Brazil that is hurting supplies of fuel, food and medicines continued for the sixth day Saturday despite President Michel Temer's order for the military to clear blocked roads the day before. Major cities declared a state of emergency as gas stations and airports ran out of fuel, supermarket shelves went bare and hospitals said they were running out of supplies. Public transport and trash collection were reduced... (Full Story)
Saturday, May 26, 2018
Russian state gas giant Gazprom said Saturday it had signed a protocol with the Turkish government on a planned gas pipeline and agreed with Turkish firm Botas to end an arbitration dispute over the terms of gas supplies.  The protocol concerned the land-based part of the transit leg of the TurkStream gas pipeline, which Gazprom said meant that work to implement it could now begin. Turkey had delayed issuing a permit for the Russian company to start building the land-based parts... (Full Story)
Saturday, May 26, 2018
Pakistan will hold a general election July 25 and President Mamnoon Hussain has approved the date, electoral officials said Saturday, as the government enters its final week in office. Pakistan’s government and parliament is to be dissolved May 31, when a new interim prime minister and an interim administration is meant to take over. However, political wrangling between the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party and the opposition in parliament had delayed the... (Full Story)
Saturday, May 26, 2018
Two days after breaking ties with Taiwan, Burkina Faso re-established diplomatic relations with China on Saturday at a signing ceremony in Beijing. Burkina Faso’s decision to sever relations with Taiwan has left the Asian island with diplomatic ties to only one African country, Swaziland. “Taiwan is losing its support in Africa,” Guive Khan-Mohammad, a senior researcher at the University of Geneva in Switzerland, told VOA by phone. “Burkina Faso was already involved in a very, very... (Full Story)
Saturday, May 26, 2018
The World Health Organization's annual conference ended on a high note Saturday, with the organization's director general praising delegates for giving him a strong mandate to implement an ambitious program of reforms and initiatives that will improve global health. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus paid homage to his predecessor, Margaret Chan, saying the reforms begun under her leadership to make the World Health Organization more responsive and better able to tackle... (Full Story)
Saturday, May 26, 2018
Astronaut Alan Bean, who was the fourth person to walk on the moon, has died.  A statement released by NASA and family members said Bean died Saturday in Houston after a short illness. He was 86. His wife of 40 years, Leslie Bean, said in the statement that he died peacefully surrounded by those who loved him. Bean was the lunar module pilot on Apollo 12, which made the second moon landing in 1969. He then commanded the second crewed flight to the United States' first... (Full Story)
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