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Drugmaker KaloBios Fires CEO Shkreli

VOA News December 22, 2015 A pharmaceutical company announced Monday it had terminated CEO Martin Shkreli in what is the latest fallout from his arrest last week on security fraud charges. KaloBios said Shkreli was fired on Thursday, the same day he was arrested and stepped down as CEO of another drugmaker, Turing Pharmaceuticals. He drew ire earlier this year when Turing bought a drug used by patients with AIDS and certain types of cancer and promptly raised its price from $ to $700 per pill. The 32-year-old told the Wall Street Journal that his arrest is an "injustice" and…
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US Alters Policy to Declare Veteran Deaths

Associated Press December 22, 2015 3:02 PM SEMINOLE, FLA.—The federal government has acknowledged that it wrongly declared more than 100 veterans dead and suspended their benefit payments, and says it is changing its policy of confirming Rieker, a 69-year-old Vietnam War Navy veteran who was among those wrongly declared dead, said his situation turned serious when he realized he might go weeks or more without a benefits check while the situation was ironed out. "I spent five minutes arguing on the phone with a lady about me being dead,'' he said with a wry smile at a news conference Tuesday.…
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Texas Grand Jury Returns No Indictments in Sandra Bland’s Death

VOA News December 22, 2015 A grand jury in the southern state of Texas decided Monday not to charge anyone in connection with the death of a woman who was arrested during a traffic stop and later died in jail. Special prosecutor Darrell Jordan said that while no officers or jail staff were indicted, the panel will return next month to consider other aspects of the case. A trooper pulled over 28-year-old Sandra Bland in July for failing to signal a lane change.  Their interaction, which was recorded by a dashcam, escalated into an argument with the trooper trying to…
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Politics

Trump, Clinton Trade Attacks From Top of Polls

VOA News Democrats and Republicans have yet to choose their official candidates for next year's presidential election, but that has not stopped front-runners Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump from attacking each other. Monday began with Trump calling Clinton a liar and demanding she apologize for her claim during Saturday's Democratic debate that Islamic State militants are using videos of his comments as a recruiting tool.  Her campaign later said they were not aware of a specific video, but that Trump's comments about Muslims are helping jihadists. A Clinton spokesman, speaking to CNN, put the response to Trump simply: "Hell no."…
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World News

IS Launches FM Radio Channel in Eastern Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD—The Islamic State group has launched an FM radio channel in eastern Afghanistan's Nangarhar province. Local journalist Anaat Khan said the channel has been active for almost a month and can be heard in the provincial capital Jalalabad. Local Provincial Council Member Zabihullah Zmaray said the broadcast lasts two hours daily from 6-8 and tries to convince the local population that their current system is un-Islamic. “They broadcast propaganda in their favor and against the state in order to turn the people against the government. But in the last decade people have become aware and they are not falling for…
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Politics

US Surveys: Trump Gaining in Republican Presidential Bid

Ken Bredemeier December 15, 2015 WASHINGTON—New political surveys show billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump has gained strength in his race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination in the days after he called for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United Washington Post/ABC poll released Tuesday said the flamboyant Trump, with 38 percent support among Republican voters, has his biggest lead yet in the party's crowded presidential field, seven weeks ahead of the first of the party's state-by-state nominating contests. That came a day after Monmouth University's national poll showed the 69-year-old political novice with 41 percent support among…
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US-Russia Talks Focus on Syria, IS, Ukraine

Pamela Dockins December 15, 2015 MOSCOW—Saying the first two rounds of talks on a political transition in Syria are a “strong beginning,” Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States and Russia have the ability to make a “significant difference” in Syria’s crisis. He commented Tuesday at the start of talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in , speaking through a translator, said the United States and Russia, together, were looking for ways out of the most “urgent crises.” The two officials are also expected to discuss the unrest in Ukraine and combating Islamic State militants in Syria. Earlier,…
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Politics

La mayoría en EE.UU. se opone a plan anti musulmán de Trump

VOA News Casi el 60 por ciento de los estadounidenses se oponen a la propuesta del candidato presidencial republicano Donald Trump de prohibir el ingreso de musulmanes a Estados Unidos, de acuerdo con una nueva encuesta de NBC News y el Wall Street Journal. El 57 por ciento de los adultos encuestados estuvo en desacuerdo con la propuesta de Trump, comparado con el 25 por ciento que estuvo de acuerdo. Entre los miembros del Partido Republicano, sin embargo, la propuesta de Trump obtuvo el apoyo del 42%. En contraste, el 75% de los demócratas y el 55 por ciento de…
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Trump se consolida entre republicanos y Clinton aumenta su ventaja

El senador Marco Rubio pasa al segundo lugar en el campo republicano y se convierte en la mayor amenaza para Hillary Clinton en una hipotética carrera entre ambos. Voz de América - Redacción Once meses antes de la elección presidencial de Estados Unidos, Donald Trump y Hillary Clinton, son los indiscutibles líderes en los campos republicano y demócrata respectivamente, según una encuesta nacional divulgada este miércoles por la Universidad Quinnipiac. De acuerdo al sondeo, Trump obtendría el 27 por ciento de los votos republicanos, seguido por el senador por la Florida, Marco Rubio, con 17%, mientras el neurocirujano Ben Carson…
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Ben Carson considera postularse como independiente

Voz de América - Redacción El precandidato republicano, Ben Carson estudia la posibilidad de separarse de su partido y postularse de manera independiente, luego que se difundieran rumores de que habrá una fuerte manipulación durante la convención nacional para elegir al candidato. Carson, uno de los aspirantes mejor posicionado en las encuestas después del controversial Donald Trump hizo referencia este viernes a un artículo publicado en The Washington Post, que asegura que la elección del candidato republicano estará negociada por los líderes de la convención nacional. "Este proceso es el desarrollado por nuestro partido", afirmó el neurocirujano retirado en un…
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