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World Hunger Swells as Conflict, Climate Change Grow

September 17, 2017 by · Comments Off on World Hunger Swells as Conflict, Climate Change Grow 

A Rohingya Muslim woman, Zahida Banoo, hold her sonMohammad Noor, left, and daughter Shah Heer as she poses for picture on the way to her shelter in Kutupalong refugee camp, Bangladesh, Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. With Rohingya refugees still flooding across the border from Myanmar, those packed into camps and makeshift settlements in Bangladesh were becoming desperate for scant basic resources as hunger and illness soared. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)

A Rohingya Muslim woman, Zahida Banoo, hold her sonMohammad Noor, left, and daughter Shah Heer as she poses for picture on the way to her shelter in Kutupalong refugee camp, Bangladesh, Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. With Rohingya refugees still flooding across the border from Myanmar, those packed into camps and makeshift settlements in Bangladesh were becoming desperate for scant basic resources as hunger and illness soared. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)

VOA – The United Nations reports world hunger is rising because conflicts and problems related to climate change are multiplying. The report finds about 815 million people globally did not have enough to eat in 2016 — ۳۸ million more than the previous year. The statistics in this report are particularly grim. They show that global hunger is on the rise again after more than a decade of steady decline. The report, a joint product by five leading U.N. agencies warns that malnutrition is threatening the health of and compromising the future of millions of people world-wide. The report says 155 million children under age five suffer from stunting of their bodies and often their brains, thereby dimming prospects for the rest of their lives. It notes 52 million, or eight percent, of the world’s children suffer from wasting or low weight for their height.

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Bill Gates: Strides in Global Health at Risk if Rich Nations Pull Back

September 13, 2017 by · Comments Off on Bill Gates: Strides in Global Health at Risk if Rich Nations Pull Back 

The world is making enormous strides in areas such as child mortality, HIV and extreme poverty, but if the U.S. and other countries pull back funding, that progress could slow, said Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft.
  When it comes to HIV, for example, “if we had a 10 percent cut in the funding, we’d have 5 million more deaths by 2030,” said Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. “What happens matters here.”On Wednesday, the Gates Foundation issued its first annual report card on 18 indicators of global health and well being. The report looks out to 2030 and projects what will happen on these key markers depending on factors such as global funding.

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US Commemorates 9/11; Thousands Expected at Ground Zero

September 11, 2017 by · Comments Off on US Commemorates 9/11; Thousands Expected at Ground Zero 

The Koenig Sphere is in place in Liberty Park adjacent to the World Trade Center, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, in New York. The 25-ton, bronze sphere, damaged by the collapsing World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, has been returned to a spot overlooking the rebuilt site. It was made by German sculptor Fritz Koenig in 1971 and was situated on the plaza between the original trade center towers. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

VOA – While the U.S. contends with the destruction caused by two ferocious hurricanes in three weeks, Americans also are marking the anniversary of one of the nation’s most scarring days. Thousands of 9/11 victims’ relatives, survivors, rescuers and others are expected to gather Monday at the World Trade Center to remember the deadliest terror attack on American soil. Sixteen years later, the quiet rhythms of commemoration have become customs: a recitation of all the names of the dead, moments of silence and tolling bells, and two powerful light beams that shine through the night. Yet each ceremony also takes on personal touches. Over the years, some name-readers have added messages ranging from the universal (“the things we think separate us really don’t _ we’re all part of this one Earth”) to the personal (“I love you and miss you. Go Packers!”).

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Trump Vows to ‘Revisit’ Childhood Deportation Protections

September 6, 2017 by · Comments Off on Trump Vows to ‘Revisit’ Childhood Deportation Protections 

Trumpchildhood47654AED-3678-487D-81FC-62CCA76485EB_w1023_r1_sVOA – President Donald Trump says he will revisit the decision to end a program that shielded nearly 800,000 young, undocumented immigrants from deportation if Congress doesn’t act on the issue. Hours after administration officials said new applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, will no longer be accepted, Trump tweeted late Tuesday that “Congress now has 6 months to legalize DACA (something the Obama administration was unable to do). If they can’t, I will revisit this issue!” Action by Congress is not certain. Lawmakers have been unsuccessful for years in their efforts to revise substantially U.S. immigration policies. During Obama’s eight years as president, the Senate – controlled by members of his Democratic Party for most of that time — approved major policy changes only to see the legislation fail in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.

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Growing US Dilemma: Automated Jobs Meet Social Consciousness

September 5, 2017 by · Comments Off on Growing US Dilemma: Automated Jobs Meet Social Consciousness 

Security guard Eric Leon watches the Knightscope K5 security robot as it glides through the mall, charming shoppers with its blinking blue and white lights. The brawny automaton records video and sounds alerts. According to its maker, it deters mischief just by making the rounds. Leon, the all-too-human guard, feels pretty sure that the robot will someday take his job. “He doesn’t complain,” Leon says. “He’s quiet. No lunch break. He’s starting exactly at 10.” Even in the technology hotbed stretching from Silicon Valley to San Francisco, a security robot can captivate passers-by. But the K5 is only one of a growing menagerie of automated novelties in a region where you can eat a delivered pizza made via automation and drink beers at a bar served by an airborne robot. This summer, the San Francisco Chronicle published a tech tourism guide listing a dozen or so places where tourists can observe robots and automation in action.

North Korea nuclear test: Trump condemns ‘hostile’ move

September 3, 2017 by · Comments Off on North Korea nuclear test: Trump condemns ‘hostile’ move 

Kprenweb_97648289_041423379BBC – The US has joined condemnation of North Korea after it tested what it says is a more advanced nuclear weapon. Pyongyang said it had successfully trialled a hydrogen bomb that could be loaded on to a long-range missile. President Donald Trump tweeted that North Korea’s “words and actions” were “very hostile and dangerous”. North Korea has defied UN sanctions and international pressure to develop nuclear weapons and test missiles that could potentially reach the US. South Korea, Japan, China, Russia and the UK are among those to have voiced strong criticism of the North’s sixth nuclear test.

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Russia Sees Artificial Intelligence as Key to World Domination

September 2, 2017 by · Comments Off on Russia Sees Artificial Intelligence as Key to World Domination 

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, attends a meeting with students in Yaroslavl, Russia, Friday, Sept. 1, 2017. Putin said that whoever reaches a breakthrough in developing artificial intelligence will come to dominate the world. (Alexei Druzhinin, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, attends a meeting with students in Yaroslavl, Russia, Friday, Sept. 1, 2017. Putin said that whoever reaches a breakthrough in developing artificial intelligence will come to dominate the world. (Alexei Druzhinin, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

VOA – The digital arms race between the United States and Russia appears to be accelerating, fueled in part by new comments by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Putin, speaking to a group of Russian students Friday, called artificial intelligence “not only Russia’s future” but “the future of the whole of mankind.” “The one who becomes the leader in this sphere will be the ruler of the world,” he said. “There are colossal opportunities and threats that are difficult to predict now.” Top U.S. intelligence officials have been warning of a “perpetual contest” between the United States and Russia, with much of it playing out in the digital domain.

 

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Iran Rejects US Demand for Inspection of Its Military Sites

August 30, 2017 by · Comments Off on Iran Rejects US Demand for Inspection of Its Military Sites 

Iran on Tuesday dismissed U.S. demands for the inspection of Iranian military sites by the U.N. nuclear watchdog, shrugging off a request by America’s ambassador to the U.N. as only a “dream.” Iran’s government spokesman Mohammad Bagher Nobakht told reporters that the demand by Ambassador Nikki Haley wasn’t worth any attention. Iran will not accept any inspection of its sites and “especially our military sites,” he said. In remarks broadcast by state TV, he said the sites and all information about them were “classified.”

US Ministers March on Washington in Call to End Racism

August 29, 2017 by · Comments Off on US Ministers March on Washington in Call to End Racism 

ministerweb6D79BE0C-51A5-41C2-9A6F-687146C5D964_w1023_r1_sVOA – Hundreds of ministers marched Monday in Washington on the anniversary of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, calling for an end to racism after recent violence in the country. The eldest son of King, Martin Luther King III, joined the rally along with the Reverend Al Sharpton and ministers from many religions, marching along parts of the same route that civil rights activists took 54 years ago. Sharpton’s National Action Network said in a statement Monday that his group was “not only disgusted by the lack of leadership in the current White House, but are also tired of the silence of others.” The march followed recent violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a man, described as a Nazi sympathizer, ran his car into a group of counterprotesters, killing one woman and injuring about 20 others.

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Trump Facing Criticism After Pardon of Convicted Arizona Sheriff

August 27, 2017 by · Comments Off on Trump Facing Criticism After Pardon of Convicted Arizona Sheriff 

ArizonaCorrectB8183B46-038A-4F05-B932-534ECE341C0F_w650_r0_sVOA – House speaker Paul Ryan says he disagrees with President Donald Trump’s decision to pardon former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, less than a month after he was convicted of criminal contempt in a case involving his department’s racial profiling policy. “Law-enforcement officials have a special responsibility to respect the rights of everyone in the United States. We should not allow anyone to believe that responsibility is diminished by this pardon,” Ryan spokesman Doug Andres said in a statement. Both Republican Senators from Arizona, John McCain and Jeff Flake, also were critcal of the move.
 

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