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WHO: 9 in 10 People Breathe Bad Air

5 hours 11 min ago
More than 90 percent of the world’s population is exposed to excessive air pollution, which contributes to a number of health problems, according to a new report from the World Health Organization. New data released Tuesday by the U.N. health watchdog shows that the problem is most prevalent in large cities, but people may be surprised to find out how bad the air quality is in rural areas. It “is enough to make all of us extremely concerned,” said Maria Neira, director of the WHO...

Clinton and Trump Face off in Contentious First Debate

5 hours 52 min ago
Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump engaged in a contentious and at times combative first presidential debate Monday in Hempstead, New York. The two White House contenders clashed over foreign policy, the economy and each other in a 90 minute debate that could prove to be one of the pivotal moments in the 2016 election campaign. VOA National correspondent Jim Malone has more from Washington.

With Syria Truce Broken, Refugee Flows to Europe Seen Continuing

6 hours 4 min ago
In recent months, the number of refugees and migrants fleeing to Europe has dropped by half compared with last year but the International Organization for Migration, the world’s leading migration agency, says the current refugee flows are likely to continue as long as the Syrian conflict remains unresolved. Masood Farivar spoke with IOM’s director general, William Lacey Swing, about the outlook on global migration in the coming year. VOA's Steve Baragona narrates his report.

Cafe Hosts Muslim Debate Watching Party

6 hours 24 min ago
In Arlington, Virginia - just outside of Washington - a group of Muslims gathered to watch the first debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump

After Lives as Experiment Subjects, Retirement with Dignity

6 hours 28 min ago
The National Institutes of Health officially ended all of its chimpanzee research last year. The decision came fast on the heels of a 2013 report concluding that medical technology had moved beyond the need to use chimps as test subjects. It was welcome news for animal rights activists, who have since been working with government and private labs to find room for the hundreds of apes that need homes. VOA's Kevin Enochs reports.

Scientists Create Realistic Model of a Dinosaur, Including its Color

7 hours 23 min ago
Scientists have created what they think is the most accurate 3D model of a dinosaur so far. They not only built a model of a small dinosaur—about the size of a large dog—but came up with what they believe is its color and camouflage patterns. VOA’s Deborah Block explains how the scientists were able to do this.

Horror Reaches New Highs In Aleppo As Russian-backed Government Targets Civilians, Aid Workers

7 hours 25 min ago
The Syrian government continued shelling rebel-held areas of Aleppo over the weekend, leaving the U.S.-Russian brokered cease-fire in tatters. The United States has condemned Russia for supporting the regime that is targeting civilians and humanitarian workers. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports that aid trucks reached several besieged communities on Sunday, delivering food for the first time in months, while those in Aleppo lack medical supplies and even water.

Highlights From the First Presidential Debate

7 hours 43 min ago
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton traded barbs and accused each other of misrepresenting facts during their first debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y.

Trump, Clinton Spar on Economy, US Role in the World

7 hours 45 min ago
U.S. presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton put their contrasting plans on the economy and America's role overseas in front of potential voters Monday night as they squared off in the first of three head-to-head debates. Trump repeated his assertion that Clinton lacks the stamina to be president, and said her policies have led to a range of problems facing the country, including the threat posed by the Islamic State group. Clinton portrayed Trump's economic...

Obama Honored by Tribal Nations as 'Adopted Son'

7 hours 47 min ago
President Barack Obama was honored Monday by Native Americans as an adopted son and a leader who has kept his promises, at the 8th Annual White House Tribal Nations Conference. This year, many of the Native American participants are focused on stopping a proposed pipeline that would carry oil through four states, from North Dakota to Illinois. VOA White House Correspondent Cindy Saine has the story from the White House.

Campaigners: 'Backward' Indigenous Peoples May Hold Solutions to World Hunger

Mon, 2016-09-26 23:53
Using the contents of a deer's intestines to make soup may not be everyone's cup of tea, but then neither was quinoa before it became a trendy superfood known for its health benefits. Both are foods of indigenous peoples who may hold solutions on how to feed a growing population and cope with the impact of climate change, campaigners and researchers said at an international food festival in the Italian city of Turin. Just three crops provide 60 percent of the world's...

Mexico's PRI Suspends Controversial Governor's Party Membership

Mon, 2016-09-26 23:42
Mexico's ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, voted on Monday to suspend a controversial governor's party membership in a bid to root out widespread perceptions of corruption among its ranks. Citing damage to the party's image and the strength of corruption allegations leveled against Veracruz state Governor Javier Duarte, the PRI's seven-member justice commission approved the suspension of him and to six of his aides. Duarte became the governor of the...

Clinton, Trump Square Off in First Presidential Debate

Mon, 2016-09-26 23:28
The first of three debates between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump was held at Hofstra University.

ADB: Developing Asian Economies Holding Steady

Mon, 2016-09-26 23:17
The Asian Development Bank says the economies of developing countries in Asia are holding up despite stubborn global headwinds, and that earlier forecasts that the countries as a group will grow 5.7 percent in 2016 and 2017 remain unchanged. The group grew 5.9 percent in 2015. A bank report released Tuesday said China, the world's second-largest economy, is expected to grow by 6.6 percent in 2016 and 6.4 percent in 2017, 0.1 percentage points more than was forecast in March, due to...

Kerry Meets Venezuelan President Maduro Amid Tension Over Vote

Mon, 2016-09-26 23:01
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Monday, the first formal encounter between the two since Kerry became the top U.S. diplomat. The two sat down together after a ceremony in the Colombian city of Cartagena to mark the signing of a peace agreement to end that country's civil war. "[Kerry] spoke of our concern about the economic and political challenges that have affected millions of Venezuelans, and he urged President Maduro to work...

David Bowie's Art Collection Arrives in NY Ahead of November Sale

Mon, 2016-09-26 22:37
Sotheby's on Monday previewed the contemporary art collection of late rock star David Bowie at their gallery headquarters in New York ahead of its auction in November. "Overall, we will be selling over 350 items. The low estimate is 10-15 million pounds ($13-$19.5 million). We divided it into three sales: two sales of modern and contemporary art and then a whole sale of post-modern Italian design," Simon Hucker, a senior specialist in modern and British Post-War Art at...

Child TB Deaths Set to Fall as Kenya Launches New Drugs

Mon, 2016-09-26 22:33
More children are likely to survive tuberculosis, the leading infectious disease killer, after Kenya introduces child-friendly medicines on Oct. 1 - the first country in the world to do so. Some 155,000 children with TB are set to benefit across 18 countries that have already ordered the new medicines and are preparing to roll them out, starting with Kenya, according to the TB Alliance campaign group that oversaw their development. "Now, with the appropriate treatments, we can...

Death Toll From Militia Violence in Central Congo Jumps to 49

Mon, 2016-09-26 22:22
The death toll from militia clashes with security forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) last week was at least 49, more than three times the number earlier reported, the governor of the province hit by the violence was quoted on Monday as saying. Fighters from militia group Kamwina Nsapu, seeking to avenge the death of their leader of the same name, battled security forces on Thursday and Friday in the town of Kananga in the center of the vast central African...

US: Vietnamese Court Decisions Against Bloggers, Activist Troubling

Mon, 2016-09-26 22:13
Two decisions by Vietnamese courts sentencing a land rights activist to jail and upholding prison terms for two political bloggers are a concern for the United States, the U.S. State Department said on Monday. "The use of criminal provisions by Vietnamese authorities to penalize individuals for exercising their right to freedom of expression ... is ... troubling," spokesman Mark Toner said at a daily news briefing. Well-known Vietnamese political blogger Nguyen Huu Vinh, 60,...

Brazil Police Arrest Ex-finance Minister Palocci in Graft Probe

Mon, 2016-09-26 22:10
Brazilian police on Monday arrested Antonio Palocci, a powerful former finance minister and presidential chief of staff in recent Workers Party (PT) governments, as a sweeping anti-corruption probe hit even harder at the left-leaning party. Prosecutors said at a news conference that Palocci acted as a liaison between the PT and Brazil's largest engineering and construction conglomerate, Odebrecht SA, from 2006 to 2013 in a kickback scheme centered on contracts at state-led oil company...

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