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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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Indian Exporters Eye Gains Amid Intensifying US China Trade Dispute

Orient Craft, one of India's largest apparel exporters, says it could benefit from increased business as the US-China trade war intensifies. This building in Gurgaon on the outskirts of Delhi houses its office and one of its garment units. VOA News/Anjana Pasricha NEW DELHI — As work on establishing a massive garment-manufacturing unit by one of India’s leading apparel exporters enters the final stages, the company is optimistic about keeping the machines humming. Slated to begin production in August, Orient Craft’s new unit in Jharkhand, one of India’s least developed states, will employ about eight thousand workers. Inquiries from buyers in…
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US Abortion Rights Supporters Rally Nationwide

VOA News Dozens of protests supporting abortion rights unfolded across the United States on Tuesday, including one held outside the Supreme Court in Washington. Gracie Burke, 19, center, a student at American University, joins other in a protest against abortion bans, May 21, 2019, outside the Supreme Court in Washington. The demonstrations targeted a recent array of anti-abortion laws being adopted by conservative state legislatures that have voiced the hope that the ensuing legal battles over the strict abortion curbs will eventually push the court to overturn its landmark 1973 decision that legalized abortion in the country. Supporters of abortion…
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Ex-White House Counsel Defies House Subpoena to Testify on Russia Probe

VOA News- Ken Bredemeier File: Former White House counsel Don McGahn arrives for a ceremony in the Great Hall at the Department of Justice in Washington, May 9, 2019. WASHINGTON — Former White House Counsel Donald McGahn defied a subpoena Tuesday from the House Judiciary Committee to testify about his conversations with President Donald Trump ordering him to oust special counsel Robert Mueller in the midst of Mueller's investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. The Democratic-controlled House panel left an empty chair and a nameplate at the witness table for McGahn. But the 50-year-old Washington attorney, now in…
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US: Military Actions ‘Put on Hold’ Potential Iranian Attacks on Americans

VOA News - Carla Babb Michael Bowman on Capitol Hill contributed to this report. PENTAGON — Acting Secretary of Defense Pat Shanahan said the steps taken to bolster the military presence in the Middle East have deterred Iran and “put on hold the potential for attacks on Americans,” even as Iran carried out other attacks. “It doesn’t mean that the threats that we previously identified have gone away. Our prudent response, I think, has given Iranians time to recalculate,” Shanahan told reporters at the Pentagon Tuesday. “We talked about those threats, and there were attacks,” Shanahan said. FILE - Joint Chiefs…
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Trump, to a Degree, at Odds with Restrictive New State Abortion Laws

President Donald Trump says abortions were acceptable to him in three instances, when a woman becomes pregnant by rape or incest and when the life of a mother is endangered. VOA NEWS - Ken Bredemeier President Donald Trump says he is less restrictive in his anti-abortion views than provisions in a string of pro-life laws being adopted by conservative state legislatures in recent days. Trump, in late Saturday Twitter remarks, described himself as "strongly pro-life," but said abortions were acceptable to him in three instances, when a woman becomes pregnant by rape or incest and when the life of a…
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As Tensions Rise, US Lawmakers Await Briefings on Iran

VOA NEWS - Michael Bowman WASHINGTON — In word and deed, the administration of President Donald Trump has been sounding the alarm over Iran and its proxies. “If American interests are attacked, we will most certainly respond in an appropriate fashion,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned last week. Later this week, officials are expected to brief lawmakers on what has led the administration to strengthen America’s military posture in the Middle East, while evacuating non-essential personnel from diplomatic facilities in Iraq. Members of Congress of both parties have been demanding the White House share information about perceived threats from…
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Trump Says ‘Won’t Be Happy’ if Iran Commits Acts of Aggression

VOA News FILE - President Donald Trump listens to a question from a member of the media on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, May 14, 2019. Michael Bowman and Shahla Arasteh contributed to this President Donald Trump says he "won't be happy" if Iran takes military action amid rising tensions in the Middle East, his spokeswoman said Thursday, as an Iranian diplomat downplayed such prospects while reserving Iran's right to defend itself. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders reiterated to reporters early Thursday that Trump wants a "behavioral change" from Iran and would oppose any aggressive…
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Eco-Conscious Artists Highlight of Prestigious Smithsonian Craft Show

VOA News-Julie Taboh WASHINGTON — More than one million plant and animal species are likely to become extinct due to human activity, according to a new report by the United Nations. That threat to Mother Earth and other climate change concerns inspired folks at Washington's recent Smithsonian Craft Show -- one of the most prestigious events of its kind in America -- to highlight and reward artists who are creating environmentally sustainable work. Art that's good for the planet “In recent years we've noticed that the artists in our shows have been working with more renewable materials and methods that…
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