Politics

Trump Cruises to Victory in Nevada Republican Caucus

VOA News Billionaire Donald Trump won another state in his bid to become the Republican nominee for president with a decisive victory Tuesday in the western state of Nevada. Final results showed Trump with 46 percent of the vote, far ahead of Florida Senator Marco Rubio's 24 percent.  Texas Senator Ted Cruz finished in third place with 21 percent. Trump's win is his third straight victory after taking primaries in New Hampshire and South Carolina earlier this month.  It also gives him momentum going into an important week in the campaign with a dozen states voting on March 1. Trump…
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Politics

Supreme Court Nomination Battle Consuming US Politics

Michael Bowman February 21, 2016 2:21 PM The battle over a Supreme Court vacancy comes into sharper focus this week, as the Senate gets back to work after a weeklong recess and the White House continues to examine potential nominees. The partisan stand-off over replacing Justice Antonin Scalia extends well beyond Washington and has been magnified and intensified by election year politics. Bells tolled Saturday at Washington’s Roman Catholic basilica as a nation paid final respects to Scalia, an arch-conservative jurist known for lively exchanges during oral arguments before the high court and colorful opinions written from the bench.  A…
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US News

Suspect in Mass Michigan Shootings Due in Court

VOA News Last updated on: February 21, 2016 3:39 PM The suspect in a deadly shooting spree in the northern state of Michigan is due in court Monday to be arraigned on multiple counts of murder. Authorities arrested 45-year-old Jason Dalton early Sunday in connection with the shootings late Saturday around the city of Kalamazoo that left six people dead and two others wounded. Kalamazoo County Prosecutor Jeff Getting said someone randomly killing people for no reason was "every community's nightmare." This image provided by the Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office shows Jason Dalton of Kalamazoo County. Dalton was arrested, Feb.…
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US News

US Bid to Compel Apple iPhone Hack Returns to Court

VOA News The battle between the Justice Department and Apple returns to a federal courtroom Monday as the government tries to get the iPhone maker to comply with an order to help it access the phone of a mass shooter. A magistrate judge said last week Apple must provide software to allow the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to guess the password on an iPhone given to Syed Rizwan Farook by his employer before he and his wife Tafsheen Malik killed 14 people in San Bernardino, California last year. But Apple rejected what it called the "unprecedented" order to create…
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Politics

Clinton Celebrates Victory in Nevada; Trump Takes South Carolina

Cindy Saine  Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Saturday won the Nevada Democratic caucuses, defeating Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders percent to percent in the race for the party's 2016 presidential nomination. Analysts said Clinton’s win showed that her national network of support remained formidable, and that Sanders must do more to appeal to Democrats beyond the young people who have formed the core of his campaign. And in South Carolina’s closely fought Republican primary, Donald Trump has edged out his rivals with projections showing him capturing percent of the vote. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz locked in a virtual…
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Politics

Trump Now Clear US Republican Presidential Nomination Leader

Ken Bredemeier Billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump has emerged as the clear front-runner for the Republican nomination in the presidential race, but two senators, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, are both claiming they can overtake him when a large group of states votes over the next three weeks. Trump, a political novice, convincingly won his second straight Republican primary election Saturday, collecting nearly a third of the vote in the Atlantic coastal state of South Carolina. Rubio, a Florida senator, edged Cruz, a Texas senator, for second place, with both getting about 22 percent of the vote. Republican presidential…
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Featured

WHO Calls for $56 Million to Fight Zika Virus

VOA News The World Health Organization says it will need some $56 million to implement its strategic response designed to contain the Zika virus, which has been linked to birth defects in newborns. The WHO said Wednesday that its strategy focuses on mobilizing and coordinating partners, experts, and resources to help countries enhance surveillance of the Zika virus and disorders that could be linked to it. WHO says it has tapped an emergency contingency fund to pay for Zika response until it collects the necessary funds, which will be distributed among the World Health Organization and other international partners in…
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World News

Turkey Urges Safe Passage for N. Syria Refugees

Jamie Dettmer   GAZIANTEP, TURKEY—Turkish officials want coalition backing to secure a strip of territory 10 kilometers deep on the Syrian side of the border around the town of Azaz to protect tens of thousands of displaced civilians, and avoid having to admit them into Turkey. Officials, however, say they are getting little support for the idea from coalition partners such as the United States. Deputy Prime Minister Yalçın Akdoğan said Wednesday such a safe zone would also help prevent attempts to “change the demographic structure” of the area, a reference to Kurdish forces who have exploited a week-long Assad…
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World News

At Least 10 Dead in Yemen Suicide Blast

A suicide bomber killed at least 10 soldiers Wednesday and wounded several others at a Yemeni army camp in the southern port city of Aden, in an attack claimed by the Islamic State. The attacker, who was dressed as a soldier, detonated his explosives at the gates of the Ras Abbas camp, according to military officials at the scene. The targeted camp was being used to train of new recruits. The Yemeni government and its Saudi-led military backers are using Aden as a base for air strikes against Shi'ite rebels, known as Houthis, who control the capital, Sana'a. The blast…
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World News

Aid Convoys Set to Supply Besieged Areas in Syria

Chris Hannas Convoys carrying food and medical aid are due to leave Wednesday for besieged areas in Syria where thousands of people have had their access to supplies cut by both government forces and opposition fighters. The aid deliveries are part of an agreement between Syria and the United are being sent to seven areas, including Madaya and Zabadani near the capital, and Foua and Kefraya in northern Idlib province. envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said Tuesday after meetings in Damascus that the deliveries are a test of the government's commitment to allow the United Nations to bring humanitarian…
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