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US Army Commander: Troop Cuts Would Hurt Afghans’ Training

VOA News The senior military commander in Afghanistan told Congress on Thursday that training for Afghan forces would be severely constrained if the number of American troops there was cut to 5,500, as President Barack Obama has proposed. Obama is planning to cut the number of American forces in Afghanistan from the current 9,800 troops to the 5,500 figure by the end of 2016. But Army General John Campbell told the Senate Armed Services Committee that would mean that "very little" additional training of Afghan soldiers would be possible. Campbell, who is expected to retire soon, said, "I want to…
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World News

CAR Peacekeepers Face More Sexual Abuse Allegations

The United Nations is reporting new cases of alleged sexual abuse and exploitation by peacekeepers in the Central African Republic. The mission in the , MINUSCA, said it has identified seven new possible victims in the town of Bambari. According to a statement Thursday, investigators believe at least five of the victims were minors. The mission said the soldiers implicated in the cases are from the Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo, and says that both countries' governments have been asked to launch their own investigations. The was informed of the alleged abuse by Human Rights Watch,…
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World News

In Philippines, Mixed Feelings About Greater US Military Presence

Simone Orendain BAHILE, PALAWAN PROVINCE, PHILIPPINES—In the tiny coastal Philippine town of Bahile in Palawan province, fishermen drop off the night’s catch with the local fish the one main road that bisects the town, fish sorters load plastic tubs with the catch while children play on the shore during the sunny late morning. But the idyllic scene is set against a back drop of tension and conflict brewing off shore in the South China Sea. US troops Here and elsewhere in the Philippines, some who will be directly affected by a recent Supreme Court decision clearing the way for more…
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Politics

Clinton, Sanders Set for First One-on-One Debate

VOA News Last updated on: February 04, 2016 4:00 PM Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton face off Thursday in a Democratic presidential debate in New Hampshire, just days ahead of that state's crucial primary election. Sanders has nearly a 16-point lead over Clinton in the northeastern state, according to an average of polls by RealClearPolitics. But Clinton is looking to reduce that gap following her razor-thin victory over Sanders in this week's Iowa caucus. Since the first-in-the-nation Iowa nominating contest, Sanders and Clinton have become increasingly testy as they argue over who better represents…
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US News

‘No Credible Threat’ Against Super Bowl

VOA News Spokesmen for the National Football League and law enforcement agencies say there is “no credible threat” centered around Sunday’s Super Bowl. “At this time we know of no credible threat directed at Super Bowl 50,'' said Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson. Jeffrey Miller, who is the NFL’s senior vice president of security said he’s happy with the joint efforts of local, state and federal law enforcement to keep the big game safe. “It gives the NFL a great deal of confidence in the safety of our premiere event, our teams and our fans,'' Miller said at a news…
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Local News

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REGARDING CELEBRATION AND COMMEMORATION OF LONGEST SERVING PROVIDENCE MAYOR VINCENT A. CIANCI, JR.’S LIFE AND LEADERSHIP OF RHODE ISLAND’S CAPITAL CITY

Former Mayor Vincent A. Cianci, Jr., as noted in his obituary, will lie in repose outside of the Mayor’s Office on the second floor of Providence City Hall from 12 noon to 6 PM on Saturday, February 6 and Sunday, February 7.  Those wishing to pay their respects will enter through the Washington Street door of Providence City Hall.   The public is encouraged to arrive early, to avoid a possible long wait for entrance.  Parking is available at the Providence Place mall and the Rhode Island Convention Center garages.   Providence City Hall is handicapped accessible.   On Monday,…
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US News

US Senate Energy Bill Delayed by Flint Water Crisis

Michael Bowman CAPITOL HILL—A battle over emergency aid to an American town with contaminated drinking water delayed Senate action on a major overhaul of the energy sector that could reduce Europe's dependence on natural gas from Russia and dependence on strategic minerals from Thursday, Senate Democrats, joined by a handful of Republicans, prevented the chamber from advancing Congress' first comprehensive attempt in nearly a decade to address America's future energy needs. Consideration of the bill will resume next week. At issue is federal assistance to Flint, Michigan, where toxic levels of lead in the drinking water have sickened thousands of…
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Featured

Cruz Wins Iowa Republican Caucus; Democrats Clinton, Sanders in Near Tie

DES MOINES, IOWA -  Senator Ted Cruz beat billionaire Donald Trump in Iowa's Republican presidential caucus Monday, dealing a big upset to the national front-runner in the race to be their party's White House nominee in this year's , a conservative lawmaker from Texas, won with 28 percent of the vote, compared to 24 percent for Trump. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida came in third with 23 percent, making him easily the leader among establishment Republican candidates. All other GOP candidates were in the single digits. Democratic race On the Democratic side, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton held a…
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This Day In History

This Day in History -1936 U.S. Baseball Hall of Fame elects first members

On January 29, 1936, the Baseball Hall of Fame elects its first members in Cooperstown, New York: Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Matthewson and Walter Johnson. The Hall of Fame actually had its beginnings in 1935, when plans were made to build a museum devoted to baseball and its 100-year history. A private organization based in Cooperstown called the Clark Foundation thought that establishing the Baseball Hall of Fame in their city would help to reinvigorate the area’s Depression-ravaged economy by attracting tourists. To help sell the idea, the foundation advanced the idea that Civil War hero Abner…
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World News

Explaining Syria’s Crisis: Simple Protest Sparked Prolonged Chaos

VOA News Negotiators meeting for Syrian peace talks that began Friday in Geneva are focusing on urgent goals: establishing a cease-fire, delivering humanitarian aid, and setting a course for long-term resolution of the nearly five-year conflict. They’re also confronting a crisis years in the making, rife with deep sectarian divisions, clashing regional and international interests, and a rising threat from the radical Islamic State militant group that has exploited Syria’s instability. What sparked the crisis? In March 2011, a popular uprising began against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s authoritarian regime after the arrest, and alleged torture, of more than a dozen…
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