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Second Doctor Arrested in US Female Genital Mutilation Case

April 22, 2017 by · Comments Off on Second Doctor Arrested in US Female Genital Mutilation Case 

arrestingwebVOA – As they left Minnesota for Detroit in early February, the two 7-year-old girls were promised a “special girls’ trip.” But the story changed after they arrived at their hotel outside Detroit: They were going to see a doctor at a nearby clinic because “our tummies hurt,” one of the girls later recalled. According to allegations contained in a criminal complaint unsealed Friday, Jumana Nagarwala, the doctor at the Burhani Medical Clinic in Livonia, Michigan, told the unidentified girl she was going to perform a procedure on her to “get the germs out” of her body. Instead, the complaint says, Nagarwala mutilated the girl’s genitalia, while the office manager, Farida Attar, the wife of the clinic owner, Fakhruddin Attar, assisted.

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U.S.-Russian Crew Blasts Off for Space Station With One Empty Seat

April 20, 2017 by · Comments Off on U.S.-Russian Crew Blasts Off for Space Station With One Empty Seat 

russiawebVOA – A Russian Soyuz capsule carrying NASA astronaut Jack Fischer, 43, and Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin, 58, lifted off at 1:13 p.m. local time/3:13 a.m. EDT (0713 GMT) with a rare empty third seat. Russia is scaling back space station staffing until its long-delayed science laboratory is flown to the orbiting outpost next year.

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Trump Orders Review of Iran Nuclear Deal

April 19, 2017 by · Comments Off on Trump Orders Review of Iran Nuclear Deal 

reviewwebVOA – U.S. President Donald Trump has directed the National Security Council to review the international agreement on Iran’s nuclear program and evaluate whether suspending sanctions “is vital to the national security interests of the United States.” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson revealed the review in a letter Tuesday to House Speaker Paul Ryan. Tillerson said that as of Tuesday, Iran is complying with its responsibilities under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which it agreed to in 2015 after negotiations with the U.S., Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany.

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US: First Test of Upgraded Nuclear Bomb a Success

April 17, 2017 by · Comments Off on US: First Test of Upgraded Nuclear Bomb a Success 

nuclearwebVOA – Scientists at Sandia National Laboratories are claiming success with the first in a new series of test flights that are part of an effort to upgrade one of the nuclear weapons that has been in the U.S. arsenal for decades. An F-16 airplane from Nellis Air Force Base dropped an inert B61-12 bomb over the Nevada desert last month to test the weapon’s non-nuclear functions as well as the plane’s ability to carry the weapon. With a puff of dust, the mock bomb landed in a dry lake bed at the Tonopah Test Range.
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The California Land where no-one can live

April 16, 2017 by · Comments Off on The California Land where no-one can live 

CaliforniawebBBC – Despite being located less than 130 miles from downtown Los Angeles, few Americans have heard of Carrizo Plain. California’s secret escape Despite being located less than 130 miles from downtown Los Angeles, Carrizo Plain is known by few Americans. Established as a national monument in 2001, the 250,000-acre valley receives just 30,000 visitors a year. To compare, the closest entrance to popular Joshua Tree National Park is 140 miles from LA, but the park boasts 1.6 million annual visitors.

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Will Robots Replace Human Drivers, Doctors and Other Workers?

April 15, 2017 by · Comments Off on Will Robots Replace Human Drivers, Doctors and Other Workers? 

AutomationwebVOA – The impact of automation on U.S. jobs is open to debate. Robots have displaced millions of manufacturing workers, and automation is getting cheaper and more common, raising concerns it will eventually supplant far more workers in the services sector of the economy, which includes everything from truck driving to banking. University of Virginia Darden School of Business Professor Ed Hess says we are just starting to see automation’s impact. “It is going to be broad and it is going to be deep,” he said, adding that “tens of millions” of jobs could be at risk.

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Trump, Unorthodox as Ever, Offers Grand Bargain to Beijing

April 13, 2017 by · Comments Off on Trump, Unorthodox as Ever, Offers Grand Bargain to Beijing 

President Donald Trump appears to be offering a grand bargain to Chinese President Xi Jinping in which each would get something he dearly wants — an assurance of economic stability ahead of a critical Communist Party Congress in exchange for Chinese help in halting North Korea’s nuclear programs. The offer has come in a burst of television interviews and social media posts.

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New York Lawmakers Approve Plan for Tuition-free College

April 11, 2017 by · Comments Off on New York Lawmakers Approve Plan for Tuition-free College 

collegewebVOA – Lawmakers in the state of New York have approved a plan to provide free tuition for lower- and middle-class students attending the City University of New York (CUNY) and the State University of New York (SUNY). The new initiative, called the Excelsior Scholarship Program, comes as part of the 2018 New York State Budget, which was approved Sunday. Starting in the fall of 2017, students from households making less than $100,000 will be eligible for the free tuition, with the annual household income threshold increasing to $110,000 in 2018 and $125,000 in 2019.

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US Senate Confirms Trump Supreme Court Pick

April 8, 2017 by · Comments Off on US Senate Confirms Trump Supreme Court Pick 

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UN: 40-50 Years Needed to Clear Weapons in Iraq and Syria

April 5, 2017 by · Comments Off on UN: 40-50 Years Needed to Clear Weapons in Iraq and Syria 

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