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US Announces Guantanamo Detainee Release

3 hours 7 min ago
A prisoner from Yemen at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba has been released and transferred to the West African nation of Cape Verde. The Pentagon announced the transfer of Shawqi Awad Balzuhair on Sunday, noting that a review determined that his detention was no longer necessary "to protect against a continuing significant threat to the security of the United States." A statement said the U.S. is grateful to Cape Verde " for its humanitarian gesture and...

Trump Issues New Warning to US Corporations Moving Jobs Overseas

3 hours 42 min ago
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump sternly warned American businesses again Sunday that if they move their operations overseas they would face a 35 percent tax if they then try to sell their products back in the United States. In a series of Twitter comments, Trump said he plans to "substantially reduce" taxes and regulations on businesses. But he said that any company that "fires its employees, builds a new factory or plant" in another country "and then thinks it...

Afghan President: Taliban Won't Last Without Pakistan Support

4 hours 42 min ago
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani told an international conference held in the northern Indian city of Amritsar that the Taliban insurgency in his country would not survive without support from Pakistan and called for the setting up of a fund to combat extremism. Referring to an upsurge of violence in his country by militant groups, the Afghan leader said, "Some still provide sanctuary in support or tolerate these networks. As Mr. (Mullah Rahmatullah) Kakazada, one of the key figures in...

Castro's Remains Buried in Private Ceremony in Cuba

5 hours 53 min ago
The remains of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro were buried in eastern Cuba early Sunday morning after nine days of nationally-mandated mourning across the island. The ceremony at Santa Ifigenia Cemetery in Santiago de Cuba was made private at last minute, barring journalists from around the world from witnessing the service."   Casto, a polarizing leader who was celebrated by some Cubans as a champion of the poor and harshly criticized by others as a tyrant who wrecked the...

Stein Turns to US Federal Court for Help With Pennsylvania Recount

6 hours 15 min ago
Former U.S. Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein is turning to a federal court in her effort to recount the state of Pennsylvania's ballots from the recent presidential election that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was widely expected to win, but lost to billionaire businessman Donald Trump. Stein dropped her attempt to have Pennsylvania recount the votes after a state judge ordered her to post a $1 million bond. Jonathan Abady, lead counsel to Stein's...

What Happens to Millions of Syrian Refugees if Assad Remains in Power?

7 hours 11 min ago
The Syrian conflict has uprooted more than five million Syrians who have fled to neighboring states and Europe to maintain resistance against President Bashar al-Assad or to escape the airstrikes and barrel bombs, as well as fighting in their war-torn country. With the balance of battlefield power swinging possibly irreversibly in favor of the Assad government, they’re asking what the future holds for them. Rebel fighters and opposition activists and politicians can only picture a bleak...

One Greek Village Remains Committed to Rescuing Refugees

8 hours 16 min ago
Looking out across the narrow slither of the Aegean Sea that separates the small Greek village of Skala Sikamineas from the Turkish mainland, all appears calm. Previously crowded with the dinghies of refugees and the speedboats of their smugglers, the number of those braving the crossing has eased from a torrent to a trickle during 2016. The tranquility is uncertain, however, in the wake of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s threat to allow refugees to make the crossing. Dinghies...

Greek Village of Skala Sikamineas Remains Committed to Aiding Refugees

8 hours 32 min ago
The refugee deal forged by the European Union and Turkey in March appears to be on the verge of collapse. But in a small Greek community, Skala Sikamineas, as deeply affected as any by these new arrivals, the resolve to help newly arrived refugees has not been weakened.

EU-Turkey Refugee Deal Shaky, But One Greek Village Still Committed to Rescues

8 hours 42 min ago
The refugee deal forged by the European Union and Turkey in March appears on the verge of collapse. But in a small Greek community, the resolve to help newly arrived refugees has not been weakened. John Owens reports from Skala Sikamineas.

Malaysia’s Najib Leads Rally Against Rohingya ‘Genocide’

9 hours 25 min ago
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak led a protest rally Sunday against what he called a genocide of Myanmar’s Muslim Rohingya minority, as he urged Asian neighbors and the world to step up the pressure to stop the violence. Najib said the rally at a stadium in suburban Kuala Lumpur will send a strong message to Aung San Suu Kyi’s government that “enough is enough.” “U.N.. please do something. The world cannot sit by and watch genocide taking place,” Najib said to loud cheers from...

Report: Toll in China Coal Mine Blast 32

10 hours 1 min ago
Thirty-two people have died in an explosion in a coal mine in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, according to state media. The explosion happened Saturday at the Baoma Mining Company in the city of Chifeng, Xinhua reports. A gas explosion has been confirmed as the cause of the accident. China has made great strides in improving mine safety in recent years, but its mines are still the deadliest in the world. Accidents at Chinese mines routinely make national news...

Afghan, Indian Leaders Discuss Air Cargo, Other Bilateral Issues

10 hours 18 min ago
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the Heart of Asia peace conference in Amritsar in India’s northwest Punjab state Sunday to discuss bilateral and regional issues. Ghani and Modi jointly opened the sixth Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process initiative, which was launched in 2011 to promote Afghan peace efforts. Reuters news agency reports that foreign ministers and delegates from about 30 countries, including United States, Russia,...

Italians Vote in Referendum on Reform - and Renzi

11 hours 5 min ago
Italians are voting Sunday in a referendum on constitutional reform that could gauge anti-European Union sentiment in the country. Polls opened at 7 a.m. local time (0600 UTC) and are set to close 16 hours later (2200 UTC). About 51 million Italians are eligible to vote, and full results are expected in the early hours of Monday. Voters will decide whether to approve a proposal by pro-EU Prime Minister Matteo Renzi to increase his powers so he can push through economic reforms that...

Austria Wraps Up Ugly, Divisive Campaign; Voters Head to Polls

12 hours 8 min ago
Austrians went to the polls Sunday in a re-run election that could see front-runner Norbert Hofer elected, making him Austria’s first far-right president since World War II. Voters are driven largely by anti-establishment sentiments and anger over issues of immigration, the financial burden of refugees and migrants who are collecting benefits from Austria’s welfare system, and Europe’s wave of terrorist attacks over the last year following the start of the migrant crisis. Sunday’s poll...

Pakistani Transgender Community Hopes for Acceptance with New Mosque

12 hours 12 min ago
The transgender community of Pakistan has long been subject to discrimination and ridicule. However, some community members are spreading the message of equality and solidarity among those who shun them. Nasir Mahmood Nasir has more in this report narrated by Aisha Khalid.

New App Putting Older Eyes Into Focus

12 hours 19 min ago
If you're older than 40, you may find you need reading glasses. If you don't want to wear them, you can try holding the newspaper or book farther away, or you can download an app and train your brain to see more clearly close up. Faith Lapidus reports.

Magnetic Device Enhances Laparoscopic Surgery

12 hours 24 min ago
Minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery is being used around the world. Together with finer, more precise instruments, surgeons are also developing new procedures that lower discomfort and bleeding for the patient, leading to faster healing. A Chilean doctor and his team invented a new method that lowers the number of required incisions. VOA's George Putic reports.

Carter: US Must Stay in Iraq, Ensure IS Stays Defeated

13 hours 6 min ago
The American military, along with its international partners, will need to remain in Iraq even after the expected defeat of the Islamic State group, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Saturday.  Carter said the U.S. and its coalition partners must not stop after completing the current campaign to expel IS from Mosul.  He said the militants are on a path to lasting defeat.  “But there will still be much more to do after that to make sure that, once defeated, ISIL stays...

Thousands Rally in Indonesia for Tolerance After Blasphemy Protests

Sat, 2016-12-03 23:47
Tens of thousands of Indonesians rallied Sunday in the center of the capital Jakarta, calling for tolerance and unity after massive protests by conservative Muslims against the city’s minority Christian governor. The crowds filled a major traffic circle in the heart of the city and sprawled into its main thoroughfares. The demonstrators waved “We Are Indonesia” signs and a giant red-and-white national flag was held aloft by hundreds of people. Rallies rock capital The capital of...

Russia: Islamic State Leader, 4 Other Jihadists Killed in North Caucasus

Sat, 2016-12-03 22:48
Russian news reports say security forces in Russia’s North Caucasus region have killed a rebel chieftain with ties to Islamic State extremists. The RIA Novosti news agency identified the suspect as Rustam Aselderov, also known as Abu Muhammad, and said he was one of five militants killed near Makhachkala, the capital of the Republic of Dagestan. The Tass news agency described the Russian security sweep as ongoing and said it was to resume Sunday morning. In a statement from the Federal...

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