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EE.UU. aclama a Senegal como “ancla de la democracia” en África occidental

VOA News Cindy Saine El secretario de Estado Mike Pompeo se encuentra en Senegal, donde sostendrá conversaciones con el presidente Macky Sall, centradas en fortalecer los lazos de seguridad y promover una cooperación económica más profunda. Estados Unidos reconoció oficialmente a Senegal como un estado independiente en 1960, y los dos países han forjado una estrecha relación en las últimas seis décadas de lazos diplomáticos. Altos funcionarios del Departamento de Estado elogiaron a Senegal como un modelo a seguir para las instituciones democráticas, la estabilidad y la tolerancia en África occidental. "Vemos a Senegal como un ancla de democracia y…
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Trump Wants $1.5B Over 10 Years to Revive US Uranium Mining

VOA News By Associated Press ALT LAKE CITY - The Trump administration is asking Congress for $ billion over 10 years to create a new national stockpile of uranium, saying that propping up uranium production in the face of cheaper imports is a matter of vital energy security. But some Democratic lawmakers, and market analysts across the political spectrum, charge that the Trump administration's overall aim is really about helping a few uranium companies that can't compete in the global market. Demand for the nuclear fuel has languished worldwide since Japan's 2011 Fukushima disaster. uranium production has plummeted 96% in the…
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Ukraine’s President Vows to End War, Invites Trump to Kyiv

VOA News By Associated Press MUNICH - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy vowed Saturday to end the separatist conflict in the east of his country, where fighting between Russia-backed rebels and Ukrainian troops has killed more than 14,000 people since 2014. Speaking at the Munich Security Conference, Zelenskiy said he hopes to end the conflict by the end of his presidential term in 2024. “If in five years, we will end the war, bring our people back, then I did (became president) for a reason,” he said. The conflict in eastern Ukraine erupted in April 2014, weeks after Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimean…
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New York Prosecutor Says Former Movie Producer Weinstein Abused His Power

VOA News By Reuters NEW YORK - New York prosecutors told jurors that Harvey Weinstein abused his power and lacked empathy in a closing argument on Friday at the former movie producer's weeks-long rape trial, a milestone of the #MeToo movement. Setting the stage for the jury to begin deliberating next week, Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi said Weinstein, 67, had counted on his victims never coming forward.“ The defendant not only ran roughshod over the dignity and the very lives of these witnesses, but he also underestimated them," she said. Weinstein has pleaded not guilty to sexually assaulting former production…
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Sanders, Buttigieg Lead Muddled Democratic Race

VOA News By Jim Malone The 2020 battle for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination is off to a fast though uncertain start, with strong showings in the first two contests by Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg. Buttigieg narrowly won the most delegates in the Iowa caucus voting while Sanders prevailed in a close race with Buttigieg in the New Hampshire primary. Sanders, a progressive candidate, is getting a strong challenge from several moderate contenders in what experts believe could be a long race before a nominee is decided. The race now heads to Nevada…
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Sedans Take Backseat to SUVs, Trucks for American Buyers

VOA News By Kane Farabaugh CHICAGO - When Bill Walsh Jr.’s father began selling vehicles in the 1960s, customers visiting his Ottawa, Illinois, dealership preferred four-door sedans by the “big three” automakers — Ford, General Motors and Chrysler. “Those vehicles were really what everyone talked about,” Walsh ;“They were the main pivot point for the big three, because that’s who made cars.” But today, customers aren’t just walking into showrooms. First, they search the internet to select and compare ;And Walsh says that when they’re ready to come in to purchase something, most of his customers aren’t driving off the lot in new…
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US Prepares for Second Wave of Flu as Coronavirus Fears Rise

By VOA News health officials are preparing for a second wave of the winter flu season, complicated this year by similarities between flu symptoms and those of the coronavirus that has killed more than 1,500 in China and spread fear around the ; A first round of seasonal flu, caused by a strain of influenza B, named B-Victoria for the city in which it was discovered, peaked in the United States in late December and then dropped off, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.   However, the CDC says a second round of flu began in late January,…
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Parkland High School Quiet on Anniversary of Mass Shooting

VOA News By Esha Sarai, Saqib Ul Islam ARKLAND, FLORIDA - The week of Valentine’s Day 2020 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has been quiet. “I like to get out of town this time of year,” Felicia Burgin, an English teacher at the Parkland, Florida, school said. On Friday, students and teachers there will be offered their choice of service activities, ranging from meeting with first responders and working in a local garden to practicing yoga on the beach and other activities. But many of the students will just stay home. “We’ll never have school on that day,” Burgin said. FILE -…
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Stone Sentencing Controversy Raises Doubts About DOJ’s Independence From Political Influence

VOA News By Masood Farivar For decades, the Justice Department has aspired to serve as a model law enforcement agency that largely operates independent of political ;Federal prosecution decisions and sentencing recommendations have been made by career lawyers operating under strict rules of conduct, a rarity in countries with a weak rule of ; Now that image is being severely tested in the wake of the Justice Department’s controversial decision Tuesday to reverse its own prosecutors’ recommendation that Roger Stone, a longtime confidant of President Donald Trump, receive seven to nine years in prison for crimes unearthed during the Mueller investigation…
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Democratic Presidential Candidates Soon to Face More Diverse Electorates

VOA News By Ken Bredemeier Democratic presidential challengers turned their focus Wednesday to the next two party nominating contests — in the western state of Nevada and in the southeastern state of South Carolina — in the marathon chase to pick a party nominee to face Republican President Donald Trump in the November national ; In both states, Democratic candidates will face much more racially diverse electorates than in either of the first nominating contests this month in the predominantly white, rural states of Iowa and New ; Latino and African American voters make up a sizable segment of the electorate in Nevada, home to the country's gambling mecca of Las Vegas, while blacks dominate…
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