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Barbados Elects First Female PM in Opposition Landslide

Barbados Elects First Female PM in Opposition Landslide

Barbados elected its first female prime minister as the opposition inflicted a crushing defeat on the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP), winning all the seats in the Caribbean island’s parliament,
Volcanic Ash Latest Irritant From Hawaii’s Kilauea

Volcanic Ash Latest Irritant From Hawaii’s Kilauea

Aina Akamu gave final exams to his students as they sat on bleachers or the floor of the basketball court in the gym in his small town on Hawaii’s Big Island.He moved his class to the community of
US Sen. Corker Meets with Venezuela’s President Maduro

US Sen. Corker Meets with Venezuela’s President Maduro

The chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee met with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Friday, less than a week after the embattled socialist leader was re-elected in a vote the
Trump to Spare Chinese Telecom ZTE From Collapse

Trump to Spare Chinese Telecom ZTE From Collapse

The Trump administration told lawmakers Friday that it had reached a deal that would keep the Chinese telecom firm ZTE alive, possibly clearing the way for the United States to make progress in its
Khodorkovsky: Boycotting Russia World Cup a ‘Big Mistake’

Khodorkovsky: Boycotting Russia World Cup a ‘Big Mistake’

Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the former Russian oil tycoon-turned-Kremlin foe who spent a decade in prison and now lives in exile, says fellow Kremlin critics should not boycott the upcoming 2018 FIFA World
US Seeks Forfeiture of Illegally Imported Syrian Mosaic

US Seeks Forfeiture of Illegally Imported Syrian Mosaic

The U.S. government has filed an asset forfeiture complaint involving an ancient mosaic believed to have been looted from war-torn Syria and illegally imported into the United States, where
Brazil Truckers Maintain Blockades, Cripple Key Economic Sectors

Brazil Truckers Maintain Blockades, Cripple Key Economic Sectors

A truckers protest over diesel prices that has crippled key sectors of Latin America's biggest economy dragged into Friday night, putting drivers in a standoff with Brazilian President Michel Temer
Trump Expands Ability to Fire Federal Workers

Trump Expands Ability to Fire Federal Workers

President Donald Trump on Friday signed three executive orders designed to make it easier to fire federal government workers and to crack down on the unions that represent them, drawing immediate
Emails Show Collaboration Among EPA, Climate-change Deniers

Emails Show Collaboration Among EPA, Climate-change Deniers

Newly released emails show senior Environmental Protection Agency officials collaborating with a conservative group that dismisses climate change to rally like-minded people for public hearings on
Irish Voters Set to Liberalize Abortion Laws, Survey Finds

Irish Voters Set to Liberalize Abortion Laws, Survey Finds

The people of Ireland appear set to liberalize some of the world's most restrictive abortion laws by a landslide, an exit poll showed Friday, as voters demanded change in what two decades ago was one
Canada's Trudeau Raises US Auto Import Probe Concerns with Trump

Canada's Trudeau Raises US Auto Import Probe Concerns with Trump

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke with U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday and raised “strong concerns” about a U.S. probe into car and truck imports that was launched this week, the
DHS: US to Add 15,000 Visas for Seasonal Non-Farm Workers

DHS: US to Add 15,000 Visas for Seasonal Non-Farm Workers

The Trump administration will make available an additional 15,000 H-2B visas, meant for temporary non-agricultural workers, for this fiscal year, the Department of Homeland Security said in a
Judge Declines to Dismiss Manafort's False-Statement Charge

Judge Declines to Dismiss Manafort's False-Statement Charge

U.S. President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, lost a bid on Friday to have certain criminal charges filed against him by special counsel Robert Mueller dismissed.U.S. District
Scientists Find Opioids, Antibiotics in Puget Sound Mussels

Scientists Find Opioids, Antibiotics in Puget Sound Mussels

Scientists who track pollution have discovered traces of antibiotics and the pain reliever oxycodone in some Puget Sound mussels.KIRO-TV reported this week that the Washington Department of Fish and
On Africa's Terror Landscape, Double Agents Abound

On Africa's Terror Landscape, Double Agents Abound

U.S. efforts to combat terrorists based on the African continent are running into a myriad of problems, perhaps none so vexing, or dangerous, as the constantly shifting alliances and aims of the
Pompeo: US Will See Iran as Friend If It Accepts Demands

Pompeo: US Will See Iran as Friend If It Accepts Demands

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says if Iranian leaders accept U.S. demands to behave like a normal nation, Americans will visit Iran and treat it as a friend. In an exclusive interview with VOA's
VOA Persian Interview: Sec of State Mike Pompeo

VOA Persian Interview: Sec of State Mike Pompeo

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sits down with VOA's Persian service chief to discuss Iran.
Russia Rejects Report Blaming Russia for Downing of Civilian Airliner

Russia Rejects Report Blaming Russia for Downing of Civilian Airliner

Russian President Vladimir Putin has dismissed an international investigation into the downing of Malaysian Airliner MH17 over east Ukraine in 2014 as deeply flawed, after investigators concluded
Chinese Cyber-Activist Huang Qi to Stand Trial in Mid-June

Chinese Cyber-Activist Huang Qi to Stand Trial in Mid-June

After 18 months in detention, a court in the southern province of Sichuan has announced that Chinese rights activist Huang Qi and two other activists will be put on trial June 20. However, concerns
VOA Persian Interview: Secretary of State Pompeo on Iran

VOA Persian Interview: Secretary of State Pompeo on Iran

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke with VOA Persian Director Setareh Derakhshesh Thursday afternoon to discuss the Trump administration's plans for a new security framework aimed at ending Iran's