World News

Portugal’s Guterres Leads Race for Next UN Chief

Margaret Besheer UNITED NATIONS—Portugal’s former prime minister Antonio Guterres is holding on to his lead in the race to become the United Nation’s next secretary-general. The Security Council held a second round of “straw polls” – informal ballots – on Friday, and diplomats with knowledge of the results said Guterres topped the pack of 11 contenders with 11 votes “encouraging” his candidacy, two “discouraging” it and two expressing “no opinion” on it. Guterres has impressed many member states with his experience as the head of the refugee agency for a decade and as Portugal’s prime minister from 1995-2002. In the…
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World News

Report: Arab, Kurd Fighters Take IS Stronghold in Syria

VOA News A coalition of Arab and Kurdish fighters is reported to have taken "almost complete control" of a strategic northern Syrian city that was a stronghold of the Islamic State group. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the Syrian Democratic Forces, or SDF - which includes Arab and Kurdish fighters - seized the city of Manbij Saturday and "are combing the city in search of the last remaining jihadists." The SDF, backed by airstrikes from special forces, launched its campaign to take Manbij two months ago with the goal of ousting Islamic State militants from a last…
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Top 5 Songs for Week Ending Aug. 6

Ray McDonald We’re paying tribute to the five most popular songs in the Billboard Hot 100 Pop Singles chart, for the week ending August 6, 2016. It’s a special week, because not only does the number one slot change hands, it goes to a first-time winner. Number 5: The Chainsmokers & Daya "Don't Let Me Down" Let’s begin at the beginning: in fifth place, where The Chainsmokers and Daya spend another week with “Don’t Let Me Down.” With 2016 more than half over, we now have a clearer picture of the year’s biggest hit singles, and “Don’t Let Me Down”…
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Entertainment

Brazil’s Rio Kicks Off 2016 Summer Olympic Games

VOA News The opening ceremony for Rio's Olympic Games kicked off with a roaring crowd of tens of thousands and a pop song expressing love for Brazil. Billions of people watched the ceremony on television Friday, featuring more than 200 Olympic teams, including the first-ever team of refugees to band together and compete. The refugee squad included 10 athletes from South Sudan, Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Syria, all selected by the Olympic committees of their host countries - Kenya, Luxembourg, Brazil, Belgium and Germany. The six men and four women will participate in track, judo and…
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US Says Strike in Yemen Kills Three al-Qaida Fighters

VOA News The military says it killed three al-Qaida operatives in a counterterrorism strike in Yemen. The Central Command did not say how the strike was conducted, nor did it reveal the identities of those killed. In a statement Friday, the Central Command said the strike occurred in the Shabwa province in central Yemen against fighters of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). The military has previously carried out numerous drone strikes in Yemen against Islamist militants. "AQAP remains a significant threat to the region, the United States and beyond. Al-Qaida's presence has a destabilizing effect on Yemen; it is…
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US News

Chicago Police Video of Teen’s Fatal Shooting Stirs Controversy

VOA News Last updated on: August 05, 2016 6:56 PM Video released Friday by Chicago's police department shows officers firing repeatedly at a black teenager who had allegedly stolen a car, then handcuffing the teenager as he lay mortally wounded. The video from the police officers' body cameras does not show the suspected car thief, Paul O'Neal, being shot in the back. An officer can be heard on the video as O'Neal lay on the ground, bleeding, accusing the teenager of firing at police. No weapons were found on O'Neal during the July 28 shooting. The video does not show…
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Trump Says US Must Close Its Doors to Somali Refugees

VOA News - Salem Solomon, Falastine Iman presidential candidate Donald Trump has stirred up controversy this year with comments about Muslims and Mexicans. On Thursday, it was the Somali community’s turn to be in Trump’s line of fire. Speaking at a campaign rally in Portland, Maine, the Republican Party nominee said the United States needed to stop admitting refugees from Somalia. He said that the was opening its doors to people from unstable countries and that the practice could be "the great Trojan horse of all time." Trump cast doubt on the vetting processes for asylum-seekers and asserted that terrorists infiltrate…
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Politics

Clinton’s Lead Over Trump Widens by 15 Points in New Poll

 Esha Sarai VOA News Surveys of American voters released this week show Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump trailing his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, by a fairly wide margin following last month's Democratic National Convention. The most recent survey, a McClatchy-Marist poll, shows Clinton leading Trump by a margin of 48 percent to 33 percent. The same survey last month showed Clinton with a much smaller edge — 42 percent to 39 percent — over her Republican challenger. The director of the Marist College polling group, Lee Miringoff, said Friday that the rapid switch in voters' preferences shows "a Trump candidacy…
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US News

‘Hundreds’ of Syrian Refugees Denied Admission to US, Officials Say

Steve Hernan VOA News STATE DEPARTMENT—Seven percent of all screened Syrian refugees seeking to resettle in the United States this year have been denied approval, and 13 percent of the cases have been put on hold, government officials said Friday. The screening process, which has faced domestic criticism, is “rigorous and exhaustive,” said Anne Richard, assistant secretary of state for population, refugees and migration. Highly trained officers conduct the screening to ensure that applicants aren't terrorists, said León Rodriguez, director of Citizenship and Immigration Services, an agency of the Department of Homeland Security. “Hundreds have been denied,” Rodriguez told reporters…
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Summer Olympics Rio 2016

Michael Phelps to carry U.S. flag at the 2016 Rio Opening Ceremony

Recently, Phelps was voted one of the six captains for the swim team, another honor he holds for the first time at the 2016 Games. “I'm honored to be chosen, proud to represent the , and humbled by the significance of carrying the flag and all it stands for,” Phelps said through a Olympic Committee statement. “For Sydney, I just wanted to make the team. For Athens, I wanted to win gold for my country. For Beijing, I wanted to do something nobody else had done. In London, I wanted to make history. And now, I want to walk in…
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