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China Faces Challenges in Containing Swine Flu Infection

VOA News/Joyce Huang The Year of the Pig is getting off to a rough start in China as the world's largest consumer of pork and home to half the world's pigs struggles to contain the spread of the African swine fever (ASF) virus. Recent incidents, where traces of the virus were found in samples of frozen pork dumplings, suggest the outbreak is more widespread than has been reported, analysts said. They add that the disease could have devastating socioeconomic consequences for both Chinese consumers and the global pig industry. Latest outbreaks Over the weekend, food safety regulators in southern Hunan…
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Once a Dirty Word in US Politics, Socialism is Making a Comeback Among Democrats

VOA News/Esha Sarai & William Gallo WASHINGTON — For much of history, socialism was a dirty word — more of a political smear than a description of someone's political ideology. Socialism typically was confused with state ownership of the means of production, communism or even totalitarian governments. Socialist Party candidates struggled to attract popular support. At the height of the socialists' popularity in 1920, Eugene V. Debs received roughly 915,000 votes in the presidential election. But socialist ideas are increasingly popular in the United States, according to recent polls, to the point where Democratic candidates seeking their party's nomination in 2020 are embracing economic,…
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US Polls Show Majorities Oppose National Emergency Declaration

VOA News/Ken Bredemeier Three new polls in the show that a majority of Americans oppose President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency to build a wall along the country's southern border with Mexico without congressional authorization. In the latest survey released Wednesday, a Politico/Morning Consult poll showed Americans were opposed to Trump's action by a 51-39 percent margin. But as is often the case in polls about Trump's actions, there was a sharp political divide in the survey results. Trump's emergency declaration drew 77 percent support from fellow Republicans, with 18 percent opposed. A total of 81 percent of…
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Trump to Nominate Jeffrey Rosen as Deputy Attorney General

VOA News/Reuters WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump plans to nominate Jeffrey Rosen as the next deputy attorney general, the White House said on Tuesday night, the latest shuffle in the Justice Department at a time when it faces close scrutiny over its Russia investigation. Rosen, currently deputy secretary of the Department of Transportation, would succeed Rod Rosenstein, who appointed a special counsel to investigate possible ties between Russia and President Donald Trump's campaign. Rosenstein is expected to step down by mid-March, a Justice Department official said on Monday. Attorney General William Barr welcomed the choice of Rosen, saying in a statement…
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Trump’s National Emergency Declaration: What’s Next?

VOA News President Donald Trump declared a national emergency on Friday after Congress declined to fulfill his request for $ billion to help build a wall along the border that was his signature 2016 campaign promise. His move aims to let him spend money appropriated by Congress for other purposes. What's next? Legal challenges to Trump: On Monday, a coalition of 16 states led by California sued the Trump administration over the declaration and the president's plan to use billions of dollars to erect a wall. The lawsuit, filed in District Court for the Northern District of California, came just…
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Philadelphia Mulls Supervised Injections to Cut Drug Deaths

VOA News/Masood Farivar For nearly two decades, Vancouver, the epicenter of Canada's increasingly deadly drug epidemic, has embraced an initiative that was once dismissed as a reckless experiment but has since won over some of its fiercest critics: a walk-in facility where addicts can inject heroin under the watch of medical professionals. Allowed as an exemption under Canada's drug laws, Insite operates out of a storefront in the drug- and crime-ridden neighborhood of Downtown Eastside. Inside is a quiet, spacious "injection room" with 12 booths where addicts can shoot up their own drugs using freely supplied clean needles and tourniquets. Nurses keep…
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North Carolina to Hold Hearing on Undecided US House Race

VOA News/Associated Press RALEIGH, — North Carolina's elections board is holding a hearing Monday on ballot fraud allegations in the nation's last undecided congressional election. The hearing, slated to last at least two days, will include the results of a monthslong investigation into allegations that a political operative tampered with mail-in ballots in a rural county. Republican Mark Harris holds a slim lead over Democrat Dan McCready in unofficial results, but the state has refused to certify the election. At the end of the process, the State Board of Elections is expected to either certify a winner in the race or…
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Trump to Warn of ‘Dangers of Socialism’ in Speech About Venezuela

VOA News President Donald Trump will warn of "the dangers of socialism" in a speech Monday in support of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, who is recognized by the United States as the South American nation's interim president. The White House says Trump will make remarks at Florida International University, as his administration continues to speak out against Venezuela's socialist President Nicolas Maduro. The school is in a Miami neighborhood that has the largest concentration of Venezuelans in the While Trump has refused to rule out a military intervention in Venezuela, Congressman Eliot Engel, the Democratic chairman of the House…
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Trump Lashes Out at Officials Who Discussed Removing Him

VOA News/Ken Bredemeier President Donald Trump suggested Monday that key law enforcement officials engaged in "treasonous" activity when they considered invoking a constitutional amendment in 2017 to remove him from office while opening an obstruction of justice investigation against him. Trump, from his oceanfront Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, lashed out at former acting Federal Bureau of Investigation director Andrew McCabe, who told the CBS News show 60 Minutes Sunday night that he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein discussed employing the 25th Amendment to the Constitution allowing a vice president and a majority of the 15 Cabinet members to declare…
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Driver’s Licenses for Undocumented: Benefit for Some or All?

NEW YORK — Each weekday morning, 19-year-old Eri Torres of Morristown, New Jersey, catches the 6:45 public bus to the County College of Morris. Class begins promptly at 8 but her shuttle bus only operates every hour-and-a-half, so running late is not an option. If it doesn't stop at all, she's out of luck. Torres has no option but the bus. She cannot drive herself to school because obtaining a driver's license is not possible as an undocumented immigrant in New Jersey. Nor will her parents drive her. She rarely gets into a car with them. Originally from Quimbaya, Colombia, the…
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