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Facebook Forges Ahead With Kids App Despite Expert Criticism

February 18, 2018 by · Comments Off on Facebook Forges Ahead With Kids App Despite Expert Criticism 

The Facebook Kids app ——- in New York, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

VOA – Facebook is forging ahead with its messaging app for kids, despite child experts who have pressed the company to shut it down and others who question Facebook’s financial support of some advisers who approved of the app. Messenger Kids lets kids under 13 chat with friends and family. It displays no ads and lets parents approve who their children message. But critics say it serves to lure kids into harmful social media use and to hook young people on Facebook as it tries to compete with Snapchat or its own Instagram app. They say kids shouldn’t be on such apps at all — although they often are.

Trump Vows to Push for School Safety, Avoids Mention of Gun Control in TV Address

February 15, 2018 by · Comments Off on Trump Vows to Push for School Safety, Avoids Mention of Gun Control in TV Address 

VOA – U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday vowed to “tackle the difficult issue of mental health,” and to make school safety “our top priority.” But he left gun control advocates frustrated by making no mention of the issue in reacting to the latest mass killing at an American school. One day after a 19-year-old man with a high-powered semi-automatic rifle killed at least 17 people at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County, Florida, Trump acknowledged he was speaking “to a nation in grief.” He also announced he would soon visit the community of Parkland, on the edge of the Florida Everglades, to meet with victims’ families and local officials.

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iddle East Iranian Academics Demand Answers Over Jailed Activist’s Death

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Iranian-Canadian Dies in Custody in Tehran After Crackdown

February 12, 2018 by · Comments Off on Iranian-Canadian Dies in Custody in Tehran After Crackdown 

An Iranian-Canadian university professor detained in Tehran has died in custody, activists and a family member said Sunday, marking the latest suspicious death of a detainee in Iran after a crackdown on dissent following nationwide protests. They identified the professor as Kavous Seyed-Emami, a 63-year-old professor of sociology at Imam Sadeq University in Tehran and the managing director of the Persian Heritage Wildlife Foundation.

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Iran Says It Can Discuss Other Issues If Nuclear Deal Successful

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US Trade Gap Hits $566 Billion in 2017, Highest Since 2008

February 6, 2018 by · Comments Off on US Trade Gap Hits $566 Billion in 2017, Highest Since 2008 

VOA – The U.S. trade deficit hit the highest level in nine years in 2017, defying President Donald Trump’s efforts to bring more balance to America’s trade relationships. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that the trade gap in goods and services rose to $566 billion last year, the highest level since $708.7 billion in 2008. Imports set a record $2.9 trillion, swamping exports of $2.3 trillion. The U.S. ran an $810 billion deficit in the trade of goods and a $244 billion surplus in services such as banking and education. The goods deficit with China hit a record $375.2 billion in 2017, and the goods gap with Mexico rose to $71.1 billion. Trump has sought to reduce the deficits with China and Mexico. His administration is weighing whether to impose trade sanctions on China for the theft of U.S. intellectual property. It is also renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada.

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FBI Releases Files Into Death Of Former Russian Press Minister Lesin

January 28, 2018 by · Comments Off on FBI Releases Files Into Death Of Former Russian Press Minister Lesin 

WASHINGTON — The FBI has released dozens of pages from its investigation into the death of Mikhail Lesin, files that largely corroborate earlier police and other reports about the circumstances behind the former Russian press minister’s 2015 death.

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Turkey’s Erdogan Says He’s Ready to Risk Confrontation With US

January 27, 2018 by · Comments Off on Turkey’s Erdogan Says He’s Ready to Risk Confrontation With US 

TurkeyWEBTurkeyVOA – A defiant Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Friday that he’s prepared to risk confrontation with the United States over Turkey’s military incursion into northern Syria, vowing to next target a Kurdish-held town where U.S. Special Forces are stationed. Speaking to members of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Ankara, a belligerent Erdogan shrugged off U.S. calls for Turkey to limit the incursion launched a week ago, saying the next town to be targeted after the Kurdish enclave of Afrin, where Turkish tanks have been grinding through winter mud, will be Manbij, raising the possibility of American troops being drawn inadvertently into the bruising fight between Turks and Syrian Kurds. The Reuters news agency reports that Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Saturday the United States needs to withdraw from northern Syria’s Manbij region immediately, suggesting that an attack might be imminent.

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Citizenship for Dreamers, Trump Says, Is ‘Going to Happen’

January 25, 2018 by · Comments Off on Citizenship for Dreamers, Trump Says, Is ‘Going to Happen’ 

President Donald Trump, speaks at a gathering of mayors in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he was willing to consider eventual citizenship for immigrants who were brought to the United States illegally as children by their parents. “We’re going to morph into it. It’s going to happen, at some point in the future, over a period of 10 to 12 years,” Trump said to a group of reporters at the White House. On Twitter, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who has proposed a bipartisan immigration deal with Democratic Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois, quickly hailed the president’s comments, saying they “will allow us to solve a difficult problem.”

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Amazon Opens Store With No Cashiers, Lines or Registers

January 23, 2018 by · Comments Off on Amazon Opens Store With No Cashiers, Lines or Registers 

A customer customer scans his Amazon Go cellphone app at the entrance as he heads into an Amazon Go store Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, in Seattle. More than a year after it introduced the concept, Amazon opened its artificial intelligence-powered Amazon Go store in downtown Seattle on Monday. The store on the bottom floor of the company's Seattle headquarters allows shoppers to scan their smartphone with the Amazon Go app at a turnstile, pick out the items they want and leave. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

VOA – No cashiers, no lines, no registers — this is how Amazon sees the future of in-store shopping. The online retailer opened its Amazon Go concept store to the public Monday, selling milk, potato chips and other items typically found at a convenience shop. Amazon employees have been testing the store, which is at the bottom floor of the company’s Seattle headquarters, for about a year. The public opening is another sign that Amazon is serious about expanding its physical presence. It has opened more than a dozen bookstores, taken over space in some Kohl’s department stores and bought Whole Foods last year, giving it 470 grocery stores.

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