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Facebook Plans Its Own Currency for 2 Billion-Plus Users

VOA News/Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO - Facebook already rules daily communication for more than 2 billion people around the world. Now it wants its own currency, ;The social network unveiled an ambitious plan Tuesday to create a new digital currency similar to Bitcoin for global use, one that could drive more e-commerce on its services and boost ads on its platforms. But the effort, which Facebook is launching with partners including PayPal, Uber, Spotify, Visa and Mastercard, could also complicate matters for the beleaguered social network. Facebook is currently under federal investigation over its privacy practices, and along with other…
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Over 16 Tons of Cocaine Intercepted at Philadelphia Port

VOA News/Associated Press authorities seized more than $1 billion worth of cocaine Tuesday from a ship at a Philadelphia port, calling it one of the largest drug busts in American ; The attorney's office in Philadelphia announced the massive bust on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon, saying law enforcement agents seized about tons (15 metric tons) of cocaine from a large ship at the Packer Marine Terminal. Members of the crew were arrested and face federal charges. The drug seizure is the latest in a series of large cocaine busts along the East Coast. In a March bust in Philadelphia, drug…
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Scores of FBI’s Foreign Witnesses, Informants Have Gone Missing

VOA News/Masood Farivar Scores of foreign nationals, recruited by the FBI as witnesses and informants, disappeared between 2015 and 2017 in the United States, according to a new ; The Justice Department's inspector general said in an audit released Wednesday that in many cases, the Federal Bureau of Investigation failed to report the missing foreigners to immigration ; The audit looked at the Justice Department's use of immigration programs that allow law enforcement agencies such as the FBI and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to sponsor foreign nationals for temporary stay in the United ; David Gomez, a retired FBI…
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Sanders Departing as White House Press Secretary

VOA News/Steve Herman White House press secretary Sarah Sanders will be departing her post within weeks, President Donald Trump announced ;  "Our wonderful Sarah Huckabee Sanders will be leaving the White House at the end of the month and going home to the Great State of Arkansas," Trump said on his personal Twitter ; Donald J. Trump✔@realDonaldTrump · 17h After 3 1/2 years, our wonderful Sarah Huckabee Sanders will be leaving the White House at the end of the month and going home to the Great State of Donald J. Trump✔@realDonaldTrump ....She is a very special person with extraordinary talents, who has done an…
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Russia, China on the Prowl; How US Navy is Responding

VOA News/Carla Babb NORFOLK NAVAL STATION, VIRGINIA - A major military exercise involving maritime forces from 18 countries is underway in the Baltic Sea, but at its helm is not a fleet permanently based in Europe, but one based half a world away in the state of Virginia. Baltic Operations, known as BALTOPS, is one of the largest exercises in northern Europe: 50 ships, two submarines, 36 aircraft, and more than 8,000 troops. The exercise, which started Sunday and runs through June 21, is steeped in nearly five decades of tradition. And the Navy’s 2nd Fleet has traveled from the…
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Pulitzer Board Honors Parkland Journalists

This image taken from video shows singer Jennifer Hudson posing with student journalists from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., who were recognized at the 2019 Pulitzer Prize winners awards luncheon at Columbia University in New York, May 28, 2019. VOA NEWS Student journalists from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were honored by the Pulitzer Prize Board for their work memorializing 17 classmates and coaches killed in a shooting last year in Parkland, Florida. Eight students and the faculty adviser of The Eagle Eye newspaper traveled to New York for the honorary luncheon. Former member of the Eagle Eye…
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1 Dead, 130 Injured as Twisters Rip Through Ohio, Indiana

Damaged apartments are open up to the air at the Westbrooke Village Apartments in Trotwood, Ohio, after the roof was torn off from a severe storm the night before, May 28, 2019. Associated Press/VOA NEWS BROOKVILLE, OHIO — A swarm of tornadoes so tightly packed that one may have crossed the path carved by another tore across Indiana and Ohio overnight, smashing homes, blowing out windows and ending the school year early for some students because of damage to buildings. One person was killed and at least 130 were injured. The storms were among 55 twisters that forecasters said may have touched…
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US, Japan Leaders Emphasize Enhanced Military Cooperation

President Donald Trump, with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, is seen as he leaves the Japanese destroyer JS Kaga, after a tour in Yokosuka, south of Tokyo, Japan, May 28, 2019. VOA NEWS/ STEVE HERMAN TOKYO — Enhanced military cooperation between the United States and Japan in the face of a rising China was emphasized as President Donald Trump concluded a four-day state visit in the island nation. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, on Tuesday morning, hosted Trump on the deck of the JS Kaga, one of Japan’s helicopter carriers that will soon be converted to carry a short takeoff/vertical…
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North Korea Slams Biden as ‘Fool of Low IQ’

Former Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks during a rally, May 1, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa. VOA News/William Gallo SEOUL- Juhyun Lee contributed to this report. North Korean state media slammed Joe Biden as an "imbecile" and a "fool of low IQ" Wednesday, Pyongyang’s first substantial comments on the 2020 presidential election. The commentary in the state-run Korean Central News Agency criticized Biden for recently referring to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as a thug and a tyrant. " reeled off rhetoric slandering the supreme leadership of the DPRK," KCNA said, using the acronym for North Korea’s official…
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Audit: US Broadcasting to Cuba Rife With Bad Journalism, Ineffective Propaganda

The online Radio TV Marti website, programmed by the Office of Cuba Broadcasting. VOA News/Brian Padden The government service charged with delivering objective news into Cuba produces both “bad journalism” and “ineffective propaganda,” according to an independent audit released Tuesday. The Agency for Global Media (USAGM), which oversees taxpayer-funded international broadcasting, ordered the audit of the Office of Cuban Broadcasting (OCB) in February in response to broadcasts last year that contained anti-Semitic remarks about billionaire philanthropist George Soros. The segments on OCB’s TV Martí prompted widespread condemnation and led to disciplinary action against nine OCB journalists. John Lansing, the CEO of USAGM, later apologized to…
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