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Afghanistan Alleges Former Leader of LeT Behind IS Attacks

4 hours 11 min ago
Afghanistan has alleged for the first time that the former leader of an outlawed Pakistani militant group, who is wanted in the United States and India, is overseeing attacks by Islamic State fighters in the war-torn country. During a meeting between Afghan and Pakistani military officials in Kabul Tuesday, Afghan officials said “currently former leader of Lashker-e-Taiba (LeT), Hafiz Saeed, is managing activities” of IS in Afghanistan, according to an Afghan defense...

Ice Bucket Challenge Leads to ALS Breakthrough

4 hours 17 min ago
Remember all those viral videos of people dumping cold water all over themselves to raise awareness about Lou Gehrig’s Disease, or ALS? It turns out it actually did a lot of good by funding six research efforts. It was 2014, and it was called the Ice Bucket Challenge. While initially dismissed as a stunt, the movement generated $115 million for research that led to the discovery of a gene that contributes to an inherited form of the disease. The gene, called NEK1, could shed light...

South Sudan Sends First Ever Official Olympic Team to Rio

4 hours 57 min ago
The world's youngest nation will send three athletes to compete in this year's summer games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Runner Santino Kenyi, 16, will compete in the 1500 meter race. "I really feel proud and I'm really very happy for the first time as we are representing our nation," said Kenyi, who knows he is making history for his country. Although this is the first time South Sudan has sent an official team, it's not the first time a South Sudanese has...

Strange Purple Orb Spotted in Deep Waters off California

6 hours 4 min ago
Deep-sea researchers aboard the Nautilus have found a strange creature lurking in the waters off the Channel Islands near California. "This unidentified purple orb stumped our scientists onboard,” according to the Nautilus website. “After sampling, it began to unfold to reveal two distinct lobes. This could possibly be a new species of nudibranch." Nudibranchs, sometimes called sea slugs, can be quite colorful. Some look like slugs, while others look almost spiny. The...

All Charges Dropped Against Baltimore Police in Freddie Gray Trial

6 hours 11 min ago
Prosecutors in the Mid-Atlantic state of Maryland have dropped all remaining charges against Baltimore city police officers awaiting trial in the death of Freddie Gray, bringing a high-profile case that garnered national attention to an unremarkable end. Gray was an African American man who suffered severe spinal cord injuries in April 2015 while he was handcuffed and unrestrained in the back of a police van. Gray's death added fuel the Black Lives Matter movement and sparked riots...

Man Who Tried to Assassinate President Reagan to be Released

6 hours 24 min ago
John Hinckley, the man who attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan 35 years ago, will be released soon from a government psychiatric hospital in Washington. U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman said the 61-year-old Hinckley is no longer a threat to himself and others and will be allowed to live with his mother in Williamsburg, Virginia as early as August 5. Hinckley's new living arrangement will be subject to many monitoring and psychiatric treatment conditions that could be...

Terror Group Claims Ex-Lawmaker Conducted Somali Suicide Bombing

7 hours 13 min ago
A former member of Somalia’s parliament who joined the Al-Shabab terror organization in 2010 was the man behind a suicide bombing that killed 13 people in Mogadishu Tuesday, according to the group. "Salah Nuh Ismail known as Salah Badbado was among the braves who have carried out the attack on Halane military base," Al-Shabab said in statement on its Andalus radio station. The bombing took place at the main entrance of Mogadishu's airport during morning rush hour Tuesday....

French Religious Leaders Concerned After Latest Terror Attack

7 hours 31 min ago
French President Francois Hollande met with religious leaders Wednesday in an attempt to assuage fears after a Muslim terrorist murdered a Catholic priest. Hollande gathered leaders of various religions at his office in Paris in an attempt to create inter-faith solidarity in the face of the terrorist attacks that have struck France with increasing frequency. Many in the French Catholic community were still in shock Wednesday, just a day after a 19-year-old jihadist – who was already...

Witnesses Say South Sudan Soldiers Raped Dozens Near UN Camp

8 hours 26 min ago
South Sudanese government soldiers raped dozens of ethnic Nuer women and girls last week just outside a United Nations camp where they had sought protection from renewed fighting, and at least two died from their injuries, witnesses and civilian leaders said. The rapes in the capital of Juba highlighted two persistent problems in the chaotic country engulfed by civil war: targeted ethnic violence and the reluctance by U.N. peacekeepers to protect civilians. At least one assault...

Prostitution Allegations Investigated Against Samsung Boss

9 hours 37 min ago
South Korean prosecutors said Wednesday that they have started investigating allegations that ailing Samsung Group chairman Lee Kun-hee bought sex from prostitutes several times between 2011 and 2013.   An official from the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office said the case is being handled by a division specializing in crimes against women and children. He refused to be named, citing office rules.   The allegations were raised last week after internet news outlet...

Democrats Embrace Black Lives Matter Movement

10 hours 1 min ago
Democrats at the party’s national convention Tuesday evening embraced the Black Lives Matter campaign, welcoming to the stage a group of mothers whose children had died from gun violence or in police custody. But the party’s focus on black lives drew the ire of a police union that suggested blue lives were being disregarded. And U.S. criminal justice policies under both Democratic and Republican administrations came in for heavy criticism during a protest Tuesday afternoon in the city’s...

IS Claims Responsibility for Dual Car Bombs in Syria

11 hours 31 min ago
More than 40 people have been killed and dozens of others wounded in the northeastern Syrian city of Qamishli after a massive suicide truck bombing claimed by Islamic State. A reporter for VOA's Kurdish service, Zana Omar, was among those injured in the blast near the Turkish border.   “The bombing happened around 50 meters away from my apartment,” he told VOA. “My wife, two children and I were wounded in the attack. My home is entirely destroyed.” He also said that some...

Pilgrims in Poland Readying to Welcome Pope Francis

11 hours 36 min ago
Security was high Wednesday as groups of cheerful young pilgrims from around the globe gathered in the streets of Krakow, in southern Poland, just hours before Pope Francis arrives to join World Youth Day, a major gathering of Catholics.   A shadow was cast on the celebrations by the brutal slaying a day earlier of a priest in France, adding to security fears already high due to a string of violent attacks in France and Germany. Polish officials said they have deployed tens of...

Turkey Issues Arrest Warrants for Dozens More Journalists

12 hours 8 min ago
Turkish authorities have issued arrest warrants for dozens more journalists allegedly affiliated with the U.S.-based Muslim cleric the government claims was the mastermind of a failed coup earlier this month. At least one journalist was detained Wednesday, and arrest warrants were issued for 47 former members of the editorial staff of Zaman, Turkey’s largest newspaper. In March, a Turkish court placed the paper under state control and police raided its offices shortly after. The paper...

Indonesia's President Reshuffles Cabinet

12 hours 20 min ago
Indonesian President Joko Widodo installed 13 new cabinet ministers in his government Wednesday, including a former general accused of human rights abuses during the country's brutal occupation of East Timor in the 1990s. Wiranto is taking on the portfolio of chief security minister from Luhut Pandjaitan, who was named chief minister for maritime affairs.  Wiranto headed the military in 1999 when the army and paramilitary forces went on a bloody rampage when East Timor voted to...

Scenes from the 2nd Day of the DNC

12 hours 54 min ago
Speakers, protesters and more were on hand as the Democrats held the second day of their convention in Philadelphia.

Former Immigration Agent Gets Prison for Accepting Bribe

13 hours 26 min ago
A former special agent with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was sentenced to 10 months in federal prison Tuesday. Joohoon David Lee pleaded guilty in December to accepting thousands of dollars from a man who had been accused of trafficking a woman to the U.S. to be a sex slave. Prosecutors say Lee received money from the Korean man who was only identified in court documents as H.S. Lee, who currently lives in Las Vegas, was a human trafficking investigator in Los...

Hillary Clinton Receives Historic Nomination

13 hours 30 min ago
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party made history Tuesday when Clinton became the first woman nominated to run for president by a major U.S. political party. But as much as Democrats want to celebrate, there are challenges ahead in uniting the party behind Clinton and preparing to take on Republican Donald Trump in the general election. VOA National correspondent Jim Malone has more on the second day of the Democratic National Convention from Philadelphia.

Voices from Day 2 of the DNC

13 hours 35 min ago
The Democratic Party made history with its nomination of Hillary Clinton for president.

Liberia’s Brumskine Not Being Courted as VP Running Mate

14 hours 9 min ago
In Liberia, the leader of the opposition Liberty Party says he is not being courted by Vice President Joseph Boakai as a possible running mate in the 2017 presidential election. Boakai was nominated this month by the ruling Unity Party to succeed President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Brumskine wants Unity Party power to end The Liberty Party's Charles Brumskine, who competed and lost the last two presidential elections, says he and other opposition parties look forward to changing...

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