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IMF: US Sanctions Cutting Iranian Growth, Boosting Inflation

IMF: US Sanctions Cutting Iranian Growth, Boosting Inflation

The International Monetary Fund is forecasting Iran's economy to shrink by 6% this year as it faces pressure from U.S. sanctions.In a report released Monday, the IMF said its estimates for Iran, which
Human Library Project Works to Eliminate Prejudice, Discrimination

Human Library Project Works to Eliminate Prejudice, Discrimination

The saying, “Don't judge a book by its cover,” means you shouldn't prejudge the value of something by its outward appearance. And that was one of the messages at a college near Washington, where some
GOP Warning About Socialism not Resonating With Many Voters

GOP Warning About Socialism not Resonating With Many Voters

In this scruffy, high-desert town encircled by prairies and potato farms, Sen. Cory Gardner drew shouts of approval last week for his message that Democrats are shoving the country toward
Commander of Guantanamo Bay Prison is Fired

Commander of Guantanamo Bay Prison is Fired

Military officials say the commander of the task force that runs the prison at the U.S. Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has been fired for a “loss of confidence in his ability to command.”A
Biden Heads to Pennsylvania to Pitch Rebuilding Middle Class

Biden Heads to Pennsylvania to Pitch Rebuilding Middle Class

By picking Pennsylvania for his first campaign speech of the presidential race, Joe Biden is signaling he hopes to own what may be the 2020 election's toughest battleground.Planting a flag in
New Group Launches to Harness Political Power of Women

New Group Launches to Harness Political Power of Women

Three of the nation’s most influential activists are launching an organization that aims to harness the political power of women to influence elections and shape local and national policy
Beto O'Rourke Unveils Climate Plan With Yosemite as Backdrop

Beto O'Rourke Unveils Climate Plan With Yosemite as Backdrop

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke has announced his first major policy initiative, a $5 trillion plan to combat climate change that he says will keep the Earth from sliding past the
Student Loan Relief for Public Workers Debated

Student Loan Relief for Public Workers Debated

In 2007, the U.S. government made a promise to public service workers: Make 10 years of payments on their federal student loans and any remaining debt would be erased. But officials have largely
Challenge of Georgia Election System Faces First Court Test

Challenge of Georgia Election System Faces First Court Test

A federal judge is scheduled to hear arguments Monday on a request by state election officials to toss a lawsuit challenging how Georgia elections are run.The lawsuit was filed weeks after Republican
Ethiopia to Extradite Double-murder Suspect to the US

Ethiopia to Extradite Double-murder Suspect to the US

An Ethiopian official has revealed his country has finalized preparations to extradite a double-murder suspect to the U.S. either on Monday or Tuesday.The move to extradite 25-year-old Yohannes
Corruption Claims, Mailbox Send Hawaii Power Couple to Trial

Corruption Claims, Mailbox Send Hawaii Power Couple to Trial

Louis Kealoha was Honolulu's Rolex-wearing police chief and his wife, Katherine, was the Maserati-driving prosecutor in charge of an elite unit targeting career criminalsHe was Honolulu's
Rep. Omar Speaks to VOA About Remarks That Sparked Controversy

Rep. Omar Speaks to VOA About Remarks That Sparked Controversy

Mohamud Mascade contributed this report from Minneapolis; Katherine Gypson and Carla Babb contributed from Washington. MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota / WASHINGTON – The California synagogue shooting that left
US Reports Over 700 Measles Cases in 2019

US Reports Over 700 Measles Cases in 2019

The U.S. reported a total of 704 cases of measles so far in 2019 - the greatest number since 1994.Seventy-eight new cases were reported last week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Pompeo: US-China Trade Talks Will Not be Impacted by End of Iran Oil Waivers

Pompeo: US-China Trade Talks Will Not be Impacted by End of Iran Oil Waivers

VOA Mandarin service reporter Lin Feng also contributed to this report.U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says Washington’s decision to end Iran oil waivers to China will not have a negative impact
Trump, White House Feud With Democrats Over Mueller Report

Trump, White House Feud With Democrats Over Mueller Report

U.S. President Donald Trump and the White House fired new taunts Monday at opposition Democrats in the ongoing fight to shape the narrative of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation and report
UN Chief Warns of Rise in Religion-Based Violence

UN Chief Warns of Rise in Religion-Based Violence

The U.N. secretary-general warned Monday of a "disturbing groundswell" of intolerance and hate-based violence aimed at followers of many faiths, and he called on world leaders to stop it."Houses of
FBI Received Tips Minutes Before Synagogue Shooting

FBI Received Tips Minutes Before Synagogue Shooting

U.S. law enforcement said it received tips about a threatening social media post five minutes before Saturday’s synagogue attack in California, but said there was not enough time to identify the
Russian Missiles in Venezuela Heighten US Tensions

Russian Missiles in Venezuela Heighten US Tensions

Russian military personnel flying into Venezuela in recent weeks were likely sent to ensure the nation's sophisticated S-300 surface-to-air missiles remain a credible deterrent to any U.S. military
Trump Nemesis Avenatti Pleads Not Guilty in Bank Fraud Case

Trump Nemesis Avenatti Pleads Not Guilty in Bank Fraud Case

Lawyer Michael Avenatti, known for his battles with U.S. President Donald Trump, pleaded not guilty on Monday to federal charges that he allegedly stole millions of dollars from clients and failed to