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Twin Bombings in Syria’s Homs City Kill at Least 19

VOA News Last updated on: December 28, 2015 Twin bombings in the Syrian city of Homs have killed at least 19 people on Monday, with a suicide attacker detonating an explosives belt as onlookers assessed damage from the first blast. The explosions hit the central city's al-Zahraa district. The precise death toll remains unclear, with government-run Syrian media reporting 19 people killed and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights citing 32 dead. Scores more were wounded. It was the second major attack in Homs since a cease-fire deal between warring sides took effect earlier this month, clearing the way for…
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Gaza Man Dies of Israeli Gunfire Wounds

Associated Press December 28, 2015 GAZA CITY, GAZA STRIP—Authorities in Gaza say that a Palestinian man has died from his wounds after being injured by Israeli gunfire last say the man had a farm near where the clashes occurred on Friday but was not involved in the violence. Police said he was shot in the chest. Gaza's Health Ministry identified the victim as 48-year-old Yousif Abu Sbaikhah. A three month-long wave of violence has gripped the region, with Palestinian attacks and clashes showing no signs of relenting. Monday's death brings the Palestinian death toll during the outburst of violence to…
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Congressman: US-led Airstrikes Have ‘Minimal Impact’ on IS

Victor Beattie December 28, 2015 Republican Congressman Peter King (NY) said that while the airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq have had some impact, it has been minimal given how long the air campaign has gone on. King’s remarks Sunday on television followed a purported audio recording by IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi who said coalition and Russian strikes have failed to weaken the IS group. King, chairman of the House Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, said Baghdadi’s statement about the 16-month campaign, and the three-month Russian effort, is not surprising. "We’ve had some impact.  But,…
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Latest Violence in Chicago Leaves 2 Dead

VOA News Chicago police fatally shot a 19-year-old male student and a 55-year-old mother of five Saturday. Both victims were African American. The shootings are the latest in a city that is already under a Justice Department investigation for the brutal shooting of a 17-year-old African American male last year by a white police officer. The race of the police officers involved in Saturday's response to a domestic disturbance has not been revealed. The police department said when its officers arrived on the scene they were "confronted by a combative subject resulting in the discharging of the officer's weapon, fatally…
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Severe Weather Batters Americas

Lou Lorscheider Last updated on: December 28, 2015 Violent weekend weather battered large swaths of the southern and central United States, leaving at least 43 people dead. Tornadoes killed at least 11 people in Texas as other areas of the country braced for potentially crippling winter storms and flash flooding. One of several tornadoes that struck in and near the city of Dallas late Saturday carried winds of more than 320 kilometers an hour, leaving at least eight people dead. Three others died nearby, as a residential building in a northern suburb was destroyed and vehicles were blown from a…
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Politics

Washington’s Functionality to Be Tested in 2016

Michael Bowman December 27, 2015 WASHINGTON—Americans witnessed a rarity at the end of 2015: a functioning Congress that enacted major legislation with bipartisan support. For 2016, Republican leaders in both chambers are promising a return to the traditional legislative procedures under which Congress operated decades ago – an intention that will be tested in an election year.“I feel good about what we’ve been able to accomplish in just a few short weeks,” said House Speaker Paul Ryan before Congress adjourned for the remainder of the year. “And I feel very good about where we are going in the next year.”…
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Politics

Poll: Obama, Hillary Clinton America’s ‘Most Admired’

VOA News December 28, 2015 President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton top the list of America's “most admired” man and woman, respectively, according to polling organization Gallup. Seventeen percent of Americans cited Obama as their most admired, while 13 percent chose Clinton, Gallup said. Clinton has topped the list 20 times, with this being her 14th in a row, while Obama has been named eight times. Rounding out the top three men were Pope Francis and Republican presidential hopeful, Donald Trump, each with five percent. Trump has finished in the top 10 before, from 1988 through 1990…
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Activists Seek Better Conditions for North Korean Migrant Laborers

Brian Padden December 23, 2015 SEOUL—A human rights organization in Seoul that has been documenting the harsh conditions imposed on North Korean migrant laborers appealed Wednesday to host countries to intervene to protect the worker's Database Center for North Korean Human Rights (NKDB) says more than 50,000 North Korean workers are sent overseas to about 20 nations, including China, Russia, Mongolia, Malaysia, as well as countries in the Middle East and Africa. Life overseas still tough NKDB researchers have documented systematic abuse suffered by North Korean migrant laborers, who are being forced to work 12-hour days. Most are in construction,…
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Voice of Afghan Journalist Now Heard on IS Radio

Noor Zahid The voice of a journalist who until recently used to work at radio stations in Afghanistan's eastern Nangarhar province can now be heard in the provincial capital, Jalalabad, and neighboring districts as the voice of Islamic State's new “caliphate radio.” Former colleagues are quick to recognize the voice of Sultan Aziz Ezam, who worked for three local radio stations over the course of a decade, covering primarily land issues. Now, that voice is issuing death threats. Local newsmen hear their former colleague — or some imitator — accusing them of “working for foreigners” and saying they are on…
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China Trying to Determine Culpability for Massive Landslide

At least 74 people are still missing after Sunday’s massive landslide in southern China that buried scores of buildings under up to 10 meters of mud and construction debris. So far two people have been confirmed killed, but on Wednesday morning rescuers found a survivor who had managed to stay alive for some 67 hours. One miraculous survival The 21-year-old man is Tian Zeming, a migrant worker from Chongqing. It took rescuers at the site in Shenzhen more than three hours to pull Tian out from the avalanche of debris. Doctors say he suffered multiple fractures and soft tissue injuries,…
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