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At Least 5 Killed in Suicide Attack in Lebanon

2 hours 34 min ago
Lebanese officials say suicide bombers have killed at least five people in an eastern village near the Syrian border. Authorities say three bombers triggered the explosions early Monday in Qaa. Fifteen people were wounded in the incident. There has been no immediate claim of responsibility for the deadly attack. Lebanon has been repeatedly hit by militant attacks related to the ongoing war in neighboring Syria. 

Kerry Visits Brussels, London, Amid Brexit Turmoil

2 hours 54 min ago
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visits Brussels and London Monday, the first senior U.S. official to visit either location since the British vote last week to leave the European Union in a move that is of great concern in Washington. U.S. officials say Kerry - adding the two stops at the last moment onto a scheduled visit to Rome - will express U.S. support for Britain and stress the importance of other EU members remaining in the bloc. He said Sunday the U.S. regrets the...

Chile Wins Copa America Tournament, Messi Quits National Team

3 hours 32 sec ago
Chile's Francisco Silva sent his penalty kick into the lower left corner of the net as Argentina keeper Sergio Romero dove the opposite way, giving Chile its second straight Copa America football tournament championship. The two teams had played to a 0-0 draw Sunday in front of more than 82,000 soccer fans in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  This year's tournament was a special edition honoring the one hundredth year of Copa America and featured an expanded field of 16 teams...

New York Pride March Celebrates Life, Mourns Loss

Sun, 2016-06-26 21:22
“We are Orlando!” exclaimed the master of ceremonies, draped in U.S. stars and stripes, at the start of New York’s 46th annual Pride march. The LGBT celebration, which extended more than 30 blocks along Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue Sunday, attracted a record breaking 32,000 marchers, including New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, civil rights leader Al Sharpton, and a surprise guest: presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Behind tightly secured barricades, more than one million attendees...

Cameroon Set to Criminalize Adultery, Late Rent

Sun, 2016-06-26 21:10
In Cameroon, a proposed update to the country’s penal code has sparked a fierce debate. The proposal criminalizes adultery and adds jail time for offenses like begging and falling behind on rent payments. One of the most talked about provisions of the penal code changes is that it criminalizes adultery for men, making the act punishable by fines and prison time. The current code only penalizes extramarital relations for women.   Ethel Kum is with the Cameroon Network of Female...

Artist Federico Uribe Turns Agents of Death Into Living Beauty

Sun, 2016-06-26 20:11
Artist Federico Uribe is known for his creative style in transforming everyday objects into works of art: colorful shoelaces, pencils, electric cables and pins. His latest medium? Bullet shells. The life-size animal sculptures and brightly colored landscapes represent the Colombian-born artist's conviction of our ability to turn destruction and death into peace and beauty.  “I’m trying to make beauty out of these testimonies of death,” he says. “There is all these ugly memories...

Artist Federico Uribe Turns Agents of Death Into Living Beauty

Sun, 2016-06-26 19:50
Sculptor Federico Uribe is known for his creative style in transforming everyday objects into art - from colorful shoelaces and pencils to electric cables and pins. His latest medium is bullet shells, which the Colombian-born artist uses as a statement of humans’ ability to turn destruction and death into peace and beauty. That’s what we can read through his new collection, now on display at Adelson Galleries in New York. VOA's Faiza Elmasry has more. Faith Lapidus narrates.

Iraq Says Fallujah 'Fully Liberated'

Sun, 2016-06-26 19:13
The Iraqi city of Fallujah is devastated after intensive fighting to recapture it from Islamic State. Officials declared Sunday that the last neighborhood has been taken from the militants. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports that 85,000 civilians have been displaced by the fighting.

US Supreme Court Set for Key Abortion Ruling

Sun, 2016-06-26 18:53
The U.S. Supreme Court is set Monday for perhaps its most important abortion decision in a quarter century, resolving a dispute that could change the constitutional rights for the procedure and affect thousands of women. The heart of the case centers on whether a law in the southwestern state of Texas helps protect the health of women getting abortions or unconstitutionally poses an "undue burden" to keep them from terminating their pregnancies. The Texas law, similar to those...

NASA Juno Spacecraft, Nearing Jupiter, to Shed Light on Gas Giant

Sun, 2016-06-26 17:48
After a five-year journey, the spacecraft Juno is nearing its destination, the planet Jupiter, where it will enter polar orbit and start sending back data back July 4.   Scientists at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the California mission control center for this NASA project, say Juno will pierce the dense clouds of the gas-covered giant and offer insights into its origin and nature of both the planet and our solar system. Launched in August, 2011 from Cape Canaveral, Florida, Juno...

NASA Juno Spacecraft, Nearing Jupiter, to Shed Light on Gas Giant

Sun, 2016-06-26 17:24
After a five-year journey, the spacecraft Juno is nearing its destination, the giant planet Jupiter, where it will enter orbit and start sending data back July 4th. As Mike O'Sullivan reports from Pasadena, California, the craft will pierce the veil of Jupiter's dense cloud cover to reveal its mysteries.

Quebec Museum Offers New Connections to Culture

Sun, 2016-06-26 16:47
"They were cut off from their families and it was very difficult," says Line Ouellet, telling the story of many aboriginal people in Quebec and elsewhere in Canada who were confined to reservations as recently as 50 years ago. Their children were sent to convents for their education, depriving them of access to their native language and culture. Ouellet is the director of Quebec City's National Museum of Fine Arts, which has just opened a new pavilion to showcase 400...

Brexit Resounds in US Presidential Contest

Sun, 2016-06-26 15:34
Britain’s decision to leave the European Union is resounding in America’s presidential race. As VOA’s Michael Bowman reports, Republican presumptive nominee Donald Trump sees Britain’s move as an affirmation of his campaign’s core messages, while Democrat Hillary Clinton sees the episode as further evidence that Trump is unfit to be president.

Brexit Resounds in US Presidential Contest

Sun, 2016-06-26 15:03
Britain’s decision to leave the European Union is resounding in America’s presidential race. Republican presumptive nominee Donald Trump sees Britain’s move as an affirmation of his campaign’s core messages, while Democrat Hillary Clinton sees the episode as further evidence Trump is unfit to be president. Brexit’s surprise victory left the Obama administration scrambling to put the best face on an outcome it didn’t want. “One country has made a decision,” said Secretary of State John...

US Polls: Clinton Gaining Ground on Trump

Sun, 2016-06-26 13:59
Two new U.S. political surveys Sunday showed Democrat Hillary Clinton with a growing advantage in the U.S. presidential contest over her Republican challenger, Donald Trump, but they differed in the extent of her lead. A Washington Post-ABC News poll said support for Trump, the billionaire real estate mogul making his first try for elected office, has plunged in recent weeks, giving Clinton a 51-to-39 percent edge nationwide among registered voters. Just a month ago, a poll by the same...

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Sun, 2016-06-26 13:25
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UN Calls for Tougher Animal Trafficking Enforcement

Sun, 2016-06-26 12:39
Tougher law enforcement and regional cooperation to combat wildlife and timber trafficking is needed in South East Asia, says the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime. The call comes as Thailand steps up investigations on tiger farms, after a high profile raid uncovered tiger parts and trophies at a Buddhist temple in western Thailand. Thailand has long grappled with a reputation as a key transit and destination point for trafficked wildlife from as far away as Africa to the poaching of its...

Syrian Opposition Relays Concern to Kabul Over Afghan Fighters

Sun, 2016-06-26 12:25
Syria’s main opposition alliance is conveying serious concerns over Iran’s campaign of recruiting and training thousands of Afghan men to fight in Syria. Officials in Afghanistan confirmed Sunday they have received a letter expressing the concerns from the Syrians. The letter urges President Ashraf Ghani to take urgent steps to stop religiously-motivated exploitation of Afghans and discourage them from becoming part of the Syrian conflict, a government official told VOA on...

Brexit Turns Britain Upside Down, Inside Out

Sun, 2016-06-26 11:04
Is Britain really going to break from the European Union? On a day of fast-moving events that plunged the increasingly divided country deeper into the worst national crisis it has faced World War II, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said British politicians should be given time to re-consider the consequences of Brexit. Kerry in Europe Merkel's conciliatory remark came as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Europe, first stopping in Rome before heading for emergency...

Panama Opens Canal Expansion

Sun, 2016-06-26 10:20
Panama officially opened an addition to its fabled sea canal Sunday for a new generation of super cargo ships, capping a nine-year, $5.4 billion expansion project that will double shipping capacity and impact global trade routes.  Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela unveiled the refurbished canal as the giant container ship Cosco Shipping Panama made its way through a string of locks on the 77-kilometer Isthmus of Panama. "This the route that unites the world," Varela...

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