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  • Vietnam Blogger Gets 10-Yr Sentence for ‘Conducting Propaganda’

    Me Nam, or Mother Mushroom, the Vietnamese blogger who received the International Women of Courage Award from first lady Melania Trump in March, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison by the Hanoi government for the activities that earned her the honor, her laywer says. The government found Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, aka Mother Mushroom, guilty under Article 88 of the 1999 penal code — "conducting propaganda against the State of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam." She faced a...

  • Myanmar Mobile Project Helps Lift Young Workers Out of Poverty

    It’s six o’clock in the evening, Saw Ku Do reviews his English lessons shortly after finishing an 11-hour shift serving food and sweeping the floor at the tea shop where he works. “Dog, cat, pig,” he said while looking at his notebook. Saw Ku Do, age 15, only has a second grade education. He dropped out of school to go to work to help support his family. He says his parents are day laborers and struggle to take care of their six children. “It’s not that I didn’t want to stay in school but...

  • Venezuela's Attorney General Barred From Leaving Country

    Venezuela's Supreme Court has frozen the assets of its attorney general and barred her from leaving the country because of alleged "serious misconduct" in office.   A public hearing for Luisa Ortega Díaz has been set for Tuesday morning.   Wednesday's decision by the court — stocked with appointees of embattled President Nicolas Maduro and his predecessor, Hugo Chavez — came at the request of National Assembly lawmaker Pedro Carreño....

  • Myanmar Program Brings Classroom to Young Workers

    Across the impoverished country you’ll find children going to work instead of school so they can help support their families

  • Iraqi Military Says It Recaptured Landmark Mosul Mosque

    Iraq said Thursday its forces retook control of the destroyed historic mosque in the city of Mosul, where three years ago the head of the Islamic State group announced a self-declared caliphate. Militants blew up the 850-year-old Grand al-Nuri mosque and its leaning 45-meter minaret last week, furthering the devastation of Mosul during eight months of fighting. Iraqi forces backed by airstrikes and ground support from a U.S.-led coalition are working to oust the last Islamic State...

  • Security Tight as China's Xi Visits Hong Kong

    Chinese President Xi Jinping began a three-day visit to Hong Kong on Thursday to mark 20 years since the city returned to Chinese rule after being a British colony. The trip will culminate with Xi overseeing the inauguration ceremony for Carrie Lam, who is due to be sworn in Saturday as Hong Kong's first female leader. Security was heavy throughout the city and police arrested a group of pro-democracy protesters ahead of Xi's arrival. More demonstrations are expected,...

  • On Trump-Moon Agenda: What to Do About Kim Jong Un

    U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday evening hosts South Korean President Moon Jae-in for cocktails and dinner, a prelude to talks the next day on the “very urgent threat posed by North Korea,” according to a senior White House official. It’ll be the first time the two leaders meet. Moon, a liberal, took office early last month, succeeding the impeached Park Geun-hye, known for her tough stance toward North Korea. “It’s going to be a meeting with a lot of uncertainty about...

  • Saudis Deny Ousted Prince Confined to Palace

    A Saudi official Thursday denied a New York Times report that Prince Mohammed bin Nayef has been confined to his palace and barred from traveling abroad after he was replaced by the king’s son as next in line to the throne. Mohammed bin Nayef, a veteran interior minister who was admired in Washington for quashing an al-Qaida insurgency in the kingdom between 2003 and 2006, was relieved of all his duties a week ago. In his place as Crown Prince, King Salman appointed his son...

  • China Defends Prison Care of Ailing Nobel Peace Laureate Liu

    In the midst of a growing outcry, China appears to be responding to criticism that prison authorities failed to provide sufficient care to ailing Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo, saying that he received regular health checks but nothing abnormal was detected until May. Liu, 61, has been released from prison on medical parole after being diagnosed earlier this month with late-stage liver cancer and is being treated in a hospital in the northeastern city of Shenyang. He had been more than...

  • US Publishes Report on Its Role in 1953 Iran Coup

    Once expunged from its official history, documents outlining the U.S.-backed 1953 coup in Iran have been quietly published by the State Department, offering a new glimpse at an operation that ultimately pushed the country toward its Islamic Revolution and hostility with the West. The CIA’s role in the coup, which toppled Prime Minister Mohammed Mosaddegh and cemented the control of the shah, was well-known by the time the State Department offered its first compendium on the era in 1989....

  • Former Israeli Prime Minister Olmert to Leave Prison Early

    The parole board of Israel’s Prison Service Thursday granted former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert early release from his 27-month corruption sentence, in perhaps the final chapter of a stunning fall from grace that forced him from office amid the last serious round of peace talks with the Palestinians.   Barring any unforeseen developments, Olmert will walk free July 2, said Prison Service spokesman Assaf Librati. Objection overruled   Israel’s Justice Ministry had objected to...

  • South Korea President Praises U.S. Trade Deal that Trump Denounced 

    South Korean President Moon Jae-in Wednesday defended his country’s free trade agreement with the United States, which U.S. President Donald Trump denounced in the past as a “job killing deal.” Moon addressed a pro-free trade audience of business leaders and lawmakers at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on the first day of his presidential visit to Washington. He will meet with Trump at the White House Thursday and Friday. The South Korean president stressed the 5-year-old U.S.-South Korea...

  • Four More Die in Pakistani Tanker Fire, Pushing Toll to 173

    A Pakistani doctor says four more victims of last week's oil tanker fire have died, raising the death toll to 173. Abdul Basit says the four men were among dozens of injured who were brought to a main government hospital in the city of Multan after an oil tanker overturned and burst into flames. Basit said Thursday doctors are still treating 37 others. The June 25 highway explosion took place outside the city of Bahawalpur when the driver of the tanker lost control and crashed. The...

  • Federal Survey: Half of Hate Crimes Go Unreported

    The majority of hate crimes experienced by U.S. residents over a 12-year period were not reported to police, according to a new federal report released Thursday that stoked advocates’ concerns about ongoing tensions between law enforcement and black and Latino communities. More than half of the 250,000 hate crimes that took place each year between 2004 and 2015 went unreported to law enforcement for a variety of reasons, according to a special report on hate crimes from the Bureau of...

  • Panel Rejects Attempt by Democrats to Get Trump Travel Costs

    The GOP-led House Armed Services Committee narrowly defeated a bid by Democrats late Wednesday to compel the Air Force to detail how much has been spent on trips that President Donald Trump has made to his Florida estate and other properties he owns. Republicans denounced the measure as “gotcha politics” and an attempt to litigate the 2016 election. But Democrats fired back, saying Trump has invited the scrutiny by refusing to divest himself from his business empire or release his...

  • Hong Kong Marks Handover Anniversary With Lowered Expectations 

    Hong Kong will mark the 20th anniversary of its return to Chinese sovereignty with a show of military might, tight security and the presence of China’s leader Xi Jinping, but also with lowered expectations among activists about the core democratic values of the former British colony. In addition to the anniversary celebrations, July 1 also marks the swearing-in of the fifth administration to take office here since 1997. While people are hoping for a better performance than that delivered...

  • US Farmers Plow Through Uncertain Trade Environment

    It’s been a tough stretch for Illinois farmer Wendell Shauman.  His costs for everything from fertilizer to seed have increased, but the price for his crops have not.  During the last four years, Shauman’s income has dropped, and he was hoping that ending the U.S. trade embargo with Cuba would give his bottom line a little boost.  “Cuba’s a logical market,” he explained to VOA on his farm in rural Kirkwood, Illinois.  “Something that’s 90 miles away should be your...

  • World Food Prize Winner: Immense Challenges Lie Ahead

    This year's World Food Prize has been awarded to African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina, for his work to improve the lives of millions of small farmers across the African continent —  especially in Nigeria, where he was once the agriculture minister. Kenneth Quinn, president of the World Food Prize Foundation, based in Des Moines, Iowa, said the $250,000 award reflected Adesina's "breakthrough achievements" in Nigeria and his leadership role in the...

  • Dead Sea Shrinkage Predicts Future Mega Drought

    The Dead Sea, the lowest spot on earth, is getting lower. With less rainfall than average this year, experts say the water level could drop more than one and a third meters by October. But the lake's shrinkage is not just a reflection of drier weather and increased water use. It's a prediction of a future mega-drought. Faith Lapidus reports.

  • Zika Cases Down Around the World from 2016

    The number of cases of Zika virus is way down around the world this year. Instead of treating new cases, doctors, health workers and researchers are freer to track and help those children with microcephaly, a disease caused by Zika-carrying mosquitoes. VOA's Kevin Enochs reports.

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