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Kasich Ends US Presidential Bid

4 hours 14 min ago
Ohio Governor John Kasich, one of the last remaining U.S. Republican presidential candidates, is dropping out of the race, clearing the path for real estate mogul Donald Trump to claim the party's 2016 nomination. Kasich was one of 17 original contenders looking to become the party's standard bearer in November's national election to pick the successor to President Barack Obama when he leaves office in January. The 63-year-old Kasich presented himself as a more moderate...

Trump Faces Tough Presidential Odds Against Clinton

4 hours 58 min ago
Billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump is now the presumptive Republican nominee for the U.S. presidency, but early indications are he faces a daunting contest against the likely Democratic candidate, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton. Numerous national election surveys show Clinton, seeking to become the country's first female president, defeating Trump, who surged to the top of a large field of Republican candidates with tough talk to halt illegal immigration into the...

NATO Alliance Gets New Supreme Commander

4 hours 59 min ago
NATO's new supreme allied commander, U.S. Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, said Wednesday the alliance should consider what weaponry it could provide so Ukraine can better combat a pro-Moscow insurgency.   "I do believe that we should support the Ukrainians with what they need to successfully defend their territory and their sovereignty,'' Scaparrotti said.   The four-star general made the remarks to reporters about an hour after taking over as military leader...

Researchers Working to Solve Planet 9 Mystery

5 hours 24 min ago
Scientists are pretty sure Planet Nine is out there, they just can't figure out how it got to the outer reaches of our solar system. That's the perplexing conclusion of some new research by astronomers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA). "The evidence points to Planet Nine existing," says Gongjie Li, a CfA astronomer and lead author on the new research.  "...but we can't explain for certain how it was produced." Long...

Former Military Intelligence Chief Advising Trump Joins Drone Aviation

5 hours 31 min ago
Retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, who has been advising Donald Trump informally on foreign policy, will join Drone Aviation Holding Corp. as vice chairman of its board of directors, the company said in a statement on Wednesday. Flynn, who was chief of the Defense Intelligence Agency under President Barack Obama from 2012-2014 and has since been advising Trump, the Republican presidential front-runner, wants the United States to work more closely with Russia to resolve global...

Kenyan Police 'Foiled' Anthrax Attack Linked to IS Group

5 hours 43 min ago
Kenyan police say they have foiled a terrorist plot by a group believed to have links to so-called Islamic State.  The group was allegedly planning "large-scale" attacks intended to kill innocent Kenyans.  Suspects include medical experts who police say were planning to launch an attack using the biological agent anthrax. Kenyan police have arrested medical intern Mohammed Abdi Ali, his wife, and her friend for their alleged involvement in an East African terror...

Maoists Prompt Nepal Crisis by Announcing Plans for New Government

5 hours 53 min ago
Nepal plunged into a new political crisis on Wednesday after the main Maoist party that props up the ruling coalition said it would form a new government, leaving Prime Minister K.P. Oli isolated and at imminent risk of losing power. Oli, 64, rose to power with the backing of the Maoists last October after promising to resolve protests against a new constitution by southern plains dwellers and to step up efforts to rebuild homes destroyed by last year's massive...

Actor Eddie Murphy Welcomes Baby Girl

5 hours 55 min ago
Eddie Murphy is now a father of nine.   Murphy's publicist says the 55-year-old actor and his 36-year-old girlfriend Paige Butcher have welcomed their first child together, Izzy Oona Murphy. The baby girl was born Tuesday morning.   Publicist Arnold Robinson says both mother and daughter are doing well.   Murphy has eight other children, including five with ex-wife Nicole Mitchell, who was married to Murphy from 1993 to 2006.   This is the first child for Butcher.

Study: Medical Errors Third Leading Cause of Death in US

6 hours 15 min ago
Medical errors now are the third leading cause of death in the United States, according to a new study. Writing in The BMJ, researchers from the Johns Hopkins University say more than 250,000 deaths are caused by medical errors every year. This means medical errors have passed respiratory disease as the third most likely cause of death. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention keeps the official statistics about leading causes of death in the U.S., but Hopkins researchers...

Apple Loses China Trademark Case for iPhone on Leather Goods

6 hours 27 min ago
Apple has lost a battle for the use of the "iPhone" trademark on leather goods in China after a Beijing court ruled against the world's biggest  technology company in favor of a local firm, state media reported. The Beijing Municipal High People's Court said Xintong Tiandi can continue to use the phrase "iPhone" on its leather goods, according to the Legal Daily, the official newspaper of China's Justice...

US, Allies Discuss Next Steps in Islamic State Fight

6 hours 29 min ago
The United States along with allies from 11 other countries met in Germany to discuss the joint efforts in their campaign against Islamic State. In a joint statement, released after the meeting, the group reaffirmed its support "to further accelerate and reinforce the success of our partners on the ground and for the deployment of additional enabling capabilities in the near term" in order to hasten the collapse of Islamic State's control of Mosul and Raqqa in...

Tensions Surface Between Turkish President, Prime Minister

6 hours 37 min ago
Long-denied tensions between Turkey's president and prime minister are beginning to surface publicly, leading to speculation from political observers that the country's powerful leader may be considering replacing the premier with a figure more willing to take a backseat role. The rift comes at a precarious time for Turkey, which is gripped by a surge in violent attacks perpetrated by Kurdish and Islamic State militants. The country has also seen renewed fighting with the rebels...

Despite Election Gains, Fragile Nuclear Deal a Test for Iran's Leaders 

6 hours 54 min ago
Foreign business leaders have descended on Iran this year, eager to jump-start deals worth billions of dollars as international sanctions against Tehran are lifted, under last year's agreement to set limits on Iran's nuclear program.  For Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who consolidated his support in the final round of parliamentary elections last week, it's a sign that the nuclear deal, his premier accomplishment to date, is working. But the promise made to the...

As Climate Shifts, Tradition Threatens Sri Lanka's Rice Harvest

7 hours 16 min ago
In mid-April, at the same time of year as their families have done for generations, Sri Lanka's paddy farmers started cultivating their rice fields. But this year, that may be too late. President Maithripala Sirisena has warned Sri Lanka' farmers that they may run out of water before their crops are ready to harvest. Devotion to tradition – in particular, planting spring crops after a traditional New Year's holiday in mid-April – could now prove devastating, he said. But...

Islamic State Seeks News Blackout in Mosul As Iraqi Army Nears

7 hours 19 min ago
For Iraqis living in the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul, news is dwindling about the U.S.-backed army massing to the south for an assault on the city that could begin this year. Soon after Iraqi forces established a foothold in the Makhmour area in February, about 60 km (40 miles) from the northern city, the jihadists began restricting access to television for its 1 million-strong population, according to residents. With limited and erratic access to internet and mobile networks,...

Peshmerga Regroup to Re-take Iraqi Town from IS

7 hours 40 min ago
U.S. Defense Department officials say an American Navy SEAL has been killed by enemy fire during an Islamic State attack on a Kurdish Peshmerga position in northern Iraq. Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said the service member was "advising and assisting Peshmerga forces" north of the city of Mosul when they came under attack. VOA’s Kawa Omar spoke with some of the Peshmerga fighters as they re-grouped after the assault. Robert Raffaele narrates his report.

Syria's Volunteer Sappers Improvise Mine-Clearing Methods

7 hours 42 min ago
Volunteers in opposition-held areas of Syria are forced to improvise as they carry out one of the world's most dangerous tasks: dismantling cluster munitions, land mines and explosive booby-traps as they work to make battle-torn areas safe for civilians to return. The result has been tragic.   Booby-traps laid by the Islamic State group in the Kurdish-held town of Kobani, in northern Syria, have killed more than 20 volunteer sappers in 15 months, according to a senior regional...

Anonymous Attack Greek Central Bank, Warns Others

8 hours 12 min ago
Greece's central bank became the target of a cyber attack by activist hacking group Anonymous on Tuesday which disrupted service of its web site, a Bank of Greece official said on Wednesday. "The attack lasted for a few minutes and was successfully tackled by the bank's security systems. The only thing that was affected by the denial-of-service attack was our web site," the official said, declining to be named. Anonymous originated in 2003, adopting the Guy Fawkes...

Angelique Kidjo, African Youth Activist Groups Win Amnesty Award

8 hours 13 min ago
World-famous Beninese musician Angelique Kidjo has won a human rights award, along with three African youth activist movements, for their work defending freedom of expression and peaceful protest. Rights group Amnesty International announced the winners Wednesday, praising Kidjo and the groups Y'en a marre (Fed Up), le Balai Citoyen (The Citizen's Broom), and Lutte pour Changement (LUCHA) for their work in Africa and around the world. Amnesty says the award honors those who have...

Red Cross Workers Kidnapped in Congo by Suspected Rebels

8 hours 26 min ago
Three Red Cross staff members have been kidnapped in eastern Congo in an attack blamed by a rights group on Rwandan rebels. The abductions were confirmed on Tuesday in a tweet from Dominik Stillhart, the Red Cross's director of operations, who added: "We're doing everything we can to bring them back home safely." The Congo-based Center of Studies for the Promotion of Peace, Democracy and Human Rights said the three were drivers from Goma in the east of the country....

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