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Nicaragua’s Ortega Appears Headed for Re-election – Again

VOA News Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega appeared to have a clear path to a third consecutive term — this time accompanied by his wife as vice president — in Sunday's presidential vote. Opinion polls said the former guerrilla fighter was likely to receive more than 50 percent of the votes and avoid a runoff in a field that included five other lesser-known candidates. He was running with his wife, Rosario Murillo, as his vice presidential candidate. Ninety-two congressional seats were also being contested. Electoral council chief Roberto Rivas said all polling places opened normally and saw a high turnout, although…
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Ukraine Hopes Law to Reveal Lawmakers’ Wealth Will Aid EU Path

Henry Ridgwell A new law in Ukraine forcing senior officials to declare their wealth has revealed the scale of riches held by those in power. Members of the Cabinet alone hold $7 million in cash. Other lawmakers declared luxury cars, expensive watches and artwork. Analysts say the revelations show how far Ukraine still has to go to eradicate corruption. The 2014 uprising and subsequent ouster of then-president Viktor Yanukovich was meant to usher in a new generation of clean politics in Ukraine. But the scale of the wealth revealed to be held by current lawmakers and senior officials has left…
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Putin’s Push for Law on ‘Russian Nation’ Gets Mixed Reviews

Svetlana Cunningham President Vladimir Putin has urged Russia's parliament to develop and implement federal legislation on "the Russian nation" to clarify and further regulate ethnic relations in the country. While the proposal has not been fleshed out, it is receiving mixed reviews. "What we really absolutely can and must work on — what we should think about and start practical work on — is a law on the Russian nation," Putin said at a meeting Monday of Russia's Council for Interethnic Relations in the southern Russian city of Astrakhan. Asked for details about the proposed law, Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov,…
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After Days of Uncertainty, Child Migrants Leave Calais

Lisa Bryant PARIS — France on Wednesday began busing an estimated 1,500 unaccompanied migrant youngsters from Calais to other parts of France, after days of bickering with Britain over who should take charge of them. The first busload of children left Calais, where a tent camp for migrants had been dismantled, for the southern town of Carcassonne, more than 1,000 kilometers away. Most were teenagers from South Sudan and Afghanistan, who hugged social workers before departing. They had been housed in shipping containers for days. The Carcassonne site is one of 60 temporary centers around the country where the children will…
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Russia Plans Halt in Aleppo Airstrikes

VOA News The Russian Defense Ministry said Wednesday that it would observe a 'humanitarian pause' on Friday to allow both rebels and civilians to leave the embattled city. "A decision was made to introduce a 'humanitarian pause' in Aleppo on November 4 from 9:00 to 19:00," the chief of Russia's General Staff Valery Gerasimov said in a statement. He said the moratorium, which was also approved by Syrian officials, was intended to "avoid pointless casualties." FILE - People remove belongings from a damaged site after an air strike Sunday in the rebel-held besieged al-Qaterji neighbourhood of Aleppo, Syria, Oct. 17,…
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Closing in on Mosul, Iraqi Army Finds Wake of Destruction

Heather Murdock VOA News BARTELLA, IRAQ — Soldiers say the Iraqi army is closing in on Mosul, fighting less than a kilometer from the city limits as it battles Islamic State militants in in cities and villages outside the front lines, some locals say they fear as long as militants control the provincial capital nowhere in the area is safe. "We can't go back until Mosul is freed," said Bashir Salam Shama, who came back to his city to find his house destroyed on Wednesday. "We are Christians and it will not be safe." A few residents return to Bartella, Iraq,…
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Thousands Rally in Venezuela Streets Against President Maduro

Venezuela's political standoff deepened Wednesday as tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets in several cities and opposition leaders called for a general strike later this week. At one of the demonstrations in Venezuelan capital Caracas, Jesus Torrealba, secretary general of the opposition party, announced the 12-hour strike for Friday as another attempt to hold President Nicolas Maduro responsible for his handling of the country's severe economic downturn. "Everyone stay home," he said to applause from the crowd. An estimate from opposition activists put the turnout at the rally in Caracas at around million people, the largest of…
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Raqqa: Se aceleran los planes para recuperar otro bastión de ISIS

A medida que aumenten las bajas en Irak y Siria, el grupo Estado islámico se verá obligado a concentrarse en mantener la capital del autodenominado califato. El temor de que el grupo Estado islámico esté comenzando a concentrarse en su autodenominada capital de Raqqa, en territorio sirio, y que pueda lanzar ataques desde allí, ha obligado a Estados Unidos y sus aliados a enfocarse en ella. El secretario de Defensa de , Ashton Carter, dijo en entrevista con la cadena NBC desde París, que una ofensiva para recuperar el bastión más importante del grupo extremista podría comenzar “en las próximas…
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Venezuela: Oposición llama a una huelga de 12 horas

Álvaro Algarra - Caracas, Venezuela Voz de América Piden a los ciudadanos que se queden en sus casas “como medida de protesta" por la suspensión del revocatorio contra Maduro. La oposición venezolana convocó a una huelga general de 12 horas en protesta por la suspensión del referendo revocatorio en contra del presidente Nicolás Maduro, pese a los llamados de diálogo del mandatario y las amenazas de que las empresas que cierren serán tomadas por la Fuerza Armada. El secretario ejecutivo de la alianza opositora Mesa de la Unidad Democrática (MUD), Jesús “Chúo” Torrealba, pidió a los ciudadanos que se queden…
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Workers Demolish Calais ‘Jungle’ Refugee Camp

Final demolition work began at the “jungle” refugee shelter in Calais, France, Thursday morning after authorities declared the camp empty a day earlier. Workers used large construction equipment and machines to rip down the make-shift shelters, some of which had been badly burned by refugees setting fires Wednesday before they were forced to leave. Firefighters put out blazes set by departing migrants who acted in keeping with a tradition of burning their tents, despite being told not to do so. French authorities conducted the operation to clear what had become a symbol of Europe's refugee crisis and resettle migrants who…
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