April 23, 2017 by Editor · Comments Off on Why an American went to Cuba for cancer care
BBC – Cuba has faced more than 50 years of US sanctions. Now, for the first time, a unique drug developed on the communist island is being tested in New York state. But some American cancer patients are already taking it – by defying the embargo and flying to Havana for treatment. Judy Ingels and her family are in Cuba for just six days. They have time to go sightseeing and try out the local cuisine. Judy, a keen photographer, enjoys capturing the colonial architecture of Old Havana. And while she is in the country, Ingels, 74, will have her first injections of Cimavax, a drug shown in Cuban trials to extend the lives of lung cancer patients by months, and sometimes years.
April 22, 2017 by Editor · Comments Off on Philanthropist Bill Gates Sounds Warning on Cuts to Development Aid
VOA-The founder of Microsoft, billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates, has given a passionate defense of foreign aid while voicing fears the political climate in the U.S. and in Britain could result in cuts to aid budgets. In a speech this week in London, he warned that withdrawing aid would “create a leadership vacuum that others will fill.” Gates, who gives $5 billion a year to development aid through the foundation he set up with his wife, Melinda, is one of the world’s most generous philanthropists. In a speech at London’s Royal United Services Institute this week, he voiced fears that the political tide is turning against foreign aid.
April 21, 2017 by Editor · Comments Off on Former President Ahmadinejad Barred From Iran Elections
VOA – Iran’s former hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been disqualified from running in next month’s presidential election. The Guardian Council, a clerical body tasked with vetting the candidates, on Thursday did approve the candidacy of incumbent President Hassan Rouhani. Rouhani, a relative moderate, will face off against a field that includes two prominent hard-liners: Ebrahim Raisi, who is considered close to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and Tehran Mayor Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf. Other presidential candidates who made the cut, according to an Interior Ministry statement carried by state TV, include moderate Senior Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri, former conservative Culture Minister Mostafa Mirsalim, and former pro-reform Vice President Mostafa Hashemitaba.
April 20, 2017 by Editor · Comments Off on US accuses Iran of ‘alarming provocations’ amid nuclear tensions
The US secretary of state has accused Iran of “alarming ongoing provocations” aimed at destabilising the Middle East and undermining America’s interests. “An unchecked Iran has the potential to travel the same path as North Korea and to take the world along with it,” Rex Tillerson said. The US has ordered a review of the Iran nuclear deal, although it admits Iran is complying with its commitments. Iran’s foreign minister dismissed Mr Tillerson’s criticism as “worn out”. The country has repeatedly denied accusations by the West that it was ever trying to develop nuclear weapons. North Korea said it may test missiles on a weekly basis, and warned of “all-out war” if the US takes military action.
April 18, 2017 by Editor · Comments Off on US Psychologist Goes beyond Headlines, Tells Refugees’ Stories
April 17, 2017 by Editor · Comments Off on With Trump Pick Aboard, Top US Court Tackles Religious Rights
April 16, 2017 by Editor · Comments Off on Hackers Release Files Indicating NSA Monitored Global Bank Transfers
April 14, 2017 by Editor · Comments Off on US Doctor Arrested in Michigan on FGM Charges
April 12, 2017 by Editor · Comments Off on In Surprise Move, Iran’s Ahmadinejad to Run for President
April 9, 2017 by Editor · Comments Off on Big Asteroid Is Heading Close to Earth
VOA – A relatively large asteroid will cross Earth’s orbit around the sun this month. Astrophysicists and astronomers say there is no chance of a collision, but it will be the closest flyby of an asteroid that large for at least another 10 years. Asteroid 2014 JO25, discovered three years ago, is about 650 meters (2,100 feet) in diameter, 60 times as large as the small asteroid that plunged into our atmosphere as a meteor and exploded over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk in 2013. That blast was felt thousands of kilometers away and caused havoc on the ground, damaging more than 7,000 homes and offices and injuring 1,500 people.