Health

Study: Moderate Coffee Drinking OK for Pregnant Women

VOA News November 23, 2015 11:01 AM Pregnant women can consume moderate amounts of coffee without harming their child, a new study suggests. Writing in the journal American Journal of Epidemiology, researchers from Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Ohio said moderate caffeine intake won’t negatively impact a child’s intelligence or cause behavioral problems. “We did not find evidence of an adverse association of maternal pregnancy caffeine consumption with child cognition or behavior at 4 or 7 years of age,” said Mark A. Klebanoff, MD, principal investigator in the Center for Perinatal Research at the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. For the…
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Homeland Security Defends US Refugee Security Vetting

Megan Duzor The Department of Homeland Security is defending its ability to screen refugee applicants following the deadly attacks in Paris, and officials there say that state governors who want to refuse Syrian refugees on security grounds have unfounded fears. The department's Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas told reporters on a conference call Monday that he is confident the governors' concerns will be adequately addressed. He said they will "be able to stand tall and accept refugees across the country." Mayorkas said the administration "strongly believes that the governors' fears are not well founded." More than two dozen governors are balking…
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Obama, Hollande Vow Intense Fight Against IS

Aru Pande Last updated on: November 24, 2015 2:23 AM WHITE HOUSE—The and French leaders vowed new cooperation to defeat Islamic State militants in the wake of the deadly jihadist attacks on Paris."We must do even more together," President Barack Obama told French President Francois Hollande after the two leaders met Tuesday at the White House. The American leader called the Islamic State group "a scourge that threatens all of us." But Obama said, "We will not succumb to fear. Make no mistake, we will win and groups like ISIL will lose." Hollande, who has launched airstrikes against Islamic State…
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Obama: Turkey Has Right to Defend Its Territory, Airspace

VOA News Last updated on: November 24, 2015 1:34 PM President Barack Obama said the downing of a Russian fighter jet along the Syrian-Turkish border Tuesday is evidence of an "ongoing problem" with Russia's military operations in Syria, and that Turkey had a "right to defend its territory and its airspace." Speaking during a joint news conference with French President Francois Hollande, Obama said information about Turkey's downing of the Russian Su-24 was still being collected, but noted that Russian military aircraft are targeting moderate Syrian opposition groups very close to Turkey's borders. He urged the two sides to "take…
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Europe’s Most Wanted Man Eludes Massive Dragnet

BRUSSELS—Suspected Paris attacker Salah Abdeslam evaded a massive manhunt Sunday night involving raids in Brussels and its suburbs, but security forces Monday were also focusing on towns in eastern Belgium, suggesting police fear Europe’s most wanted man might be trying to flee to neighboring Germany. On the third day of an unprecedented lockdown of the Belgian capital, officials here remain tight-lipped about the biggest security operation mounted in the country since World War II. Paris Assailants, Suspects Status: Still at large Name: Salah Abdeslam Background: French national born in Belgium Investigation: Considered eighth attacker; believed to be driver of car outside the Bataclan On…
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Kerry Says He Has ‘No Doubt’ IS Will Be Defeated

Pamela Dockins Last updated on: November 23, 2015 1 ABU-DHABI, UAE— Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday there is a united front against the Islamic State (IS) group and that he is absolutely convinced the militants will be defeated.“I have no doubt whatsoever that with the help of all the nations that are united against Daesh, they are going to be defeated,” he said, using an alternate acronym for the group. Speaking to NBC's "Today Show" during a visit to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, Kerry said there is a strategy in place and that the United…
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Suspected Paris Attack Planner Has Proved Elusive

VOA News Last updated on: November 18, 2015 2:23 PM The Paris prosecutor said Wednesday it remains unclear whether the suspected "mastermind" of last week's terrorist attacks was killed at the suburban Paris apartment building police raided in the pre-dawn hours in the belief he was holed up there. Police stormed the apartment building in Saint-Denis and arrested eight people, but the 27-year-old Abdelhamid Abaaoud, a Belgian of Moroccan descent who has bragged for months about his ability to elude authorities, was not among them. Western intelligence agencies have been tracking Abaaoud for months, but he has proved elusive, taunting…
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IS: Soda Can Bomb Took Down Russian Jetliner

Ken Bredemeier Last updated on: November 18, 2015 12:18 PM The Islamic State group has released a photo of what it claims is the bomb that took down a Russian jetliner over Egypt's Sinai Peninsula last month and says it targeted the plane because of Moscow's aerial bombardment in Syria. The photo, appearing on the extremist group's official online English-language magazine Dabiq, shows a yellow can of Schweppes Gold soda that it said contained the improvised bomb that Russian and Western investigators have concluded brought down the Metrojet Airbus, killing all 224 people aboard. Egyptian Military in cars approach a…
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Seeds of Jihad Planted in the Balkans

Jeff Swicord November 17, 2015 SARAJEVO, BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA—Editor's note: VOA's Jeff Swicord visited Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo to examine radical extremism in the Balkans. This is the second of three September 1993, a battalion of foreign Islamic fighters overran a village near the Croat-held town of Vitez in central Bosnia-Herzegovina. They rounded up the prisoners and the wounded and summarily killed them all.  Even in a war infamous for its carnage, it was a particularly gruesome moment. These mujahedeen, fresh from the Afghan-Russian war, began streaming into Bosnia the year before. They hoped to carry out a broader jihad in…
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French, Russian strikes kill 33 IS militants

By RFI At least 33 militants of the Islamic State Armed Group were killed by the French and Russian air strikes in Northern Syria. According to Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, dozens of militants were also wounded in the raids on weapons depots, barracks and checkpoints in Raqa, which is the de facto capital of the IS Armed Group. French warplanes have been pounding Raqa following last week's attacks in Paris that left 129 dead, with warplanes carrying out dozens of raids from Sunday. Russia also hit Raqa with long-range bombers and sea-launched missiles…
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