No Sanctions in Hand, Tillerson Arrives in Moscow

Luis Ramirez/VOA News LONDON —  Secretary State Rex Tillerson arrived in Moscow Tuesday with less ammunition than Washington and London had hoped he would have in his bid to convince Russia to abandon Syrian President Bashar al Assad. But he had a tough ultimatum in hand, following reports quoting unidentified senior officials as saying that Russia had prior knowledge of the attack that killed scores of people including women and children. G7 ministers meeting Tuesday in the Italian city of Lucca failed to agree on targeted sanctions against the Russian and Syrian military, arguing that an investigation would first have…
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US Senators to Unveil Bipartisan Bill to Increase Sanctions Against Russia

Wayne Lee/VOA NEWS WASHINGTON —  Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham will introduce a bill Tuesday that would increase sanctions against Russia for its alleged interference in November’s presidential election. The two senators, both critics of President-elect Donald Trump, will unveil the measure at a news conference Tuesday afternoon along with Democratic Senator Ben Cardin, the bill’s main sponsor, and seven other co-sponsors, including former Republican presidential hopeful and Senator Marco Rubio. The legislation — called the “Countering Russian Hostilities Act of 2017" — is designed to show that key Republicans are intent on punishing Russia despite Trump’s desire…
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President Obama Bids Farewell to Nation Tonight in Chicago Speech

WASHINGTON —  President Barack Obama will deliver what the White House describes as "a forward looking" farewell address tonight to the American people. The speech will recap Obama's accomplishments over the past eight years in office. It also is intended to “motivate people to want to get involved and fight for their democracy,” White House senior advisor Valerie Jarrett told reporters Monday. The address will be delivered at 9 ET at McCormick Place, the lakefront convention center in Chicago, Obama’s adopted hometown. People brave the cold temperatures in hopes of getting a ticket to attend President Barack Obama's farewell speech…
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Trump’s Attorney General Nominee Defends Civil Rights Record

  Ken Bredemeier/Michael Bowman/VOA News WASHINGTON — Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, President-elect Donald Trump's choice for attorney general, defended his civil rights record Tuesday, telling a congressional hearing that he understands the tortured history of voting rights for blacks in the United States. Sessions, the first of Trump's Cabinet nominees facing a Senate confirmation hearing this week, assured Senate colleagues on the Judiciary Committee that he would lead "aggressive enforcement" of voting laws "without hindrance or discrimination, and to ensure the integrity of the electoral process." "As a Southerner I saw discrimination," Sessions said. "I know that was wrong. We needed…
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Retired US Military Officers Urge Trump Not to Reinstate Torture

VOA News Nearly 200 military officers urged president-elect Donald Trump not to reinstate torture, according to a letter acquired by The New York Times. "Torture is unnecessary. Based on our experience — and that of our nation's top interrogators, backed by the latest science — we know that lawful, rapport-based interrogation techniques are the most effective way to elicit actionable intelligence," stated the letter, signed by 176 retired officers from all branches of the military. Among the signatories are two former Afghanistan war commanders and Adm. William H. McRaven — the Special Operations commander who oversaw the raid that killed…
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All-time Market Highs Close Out 2016 with Bang

VOA News/Jill Malandrino NEW YORK — The year 2016 ended in spectacular fashion as the S&P 500, Dow Jones Industrial Average and Nasdaq broke all-time highs, and the retail investor went along for the ride. Macro events did not scare investors, but rather kept them engaged in the markets. The Investor Movement Index (IMX) is a proprietary, behavior-based index created by TD Ameritrade that aggregates Main Street investor positions and activity to measure what investors are actually doing and how they are positioned in the markets. The IMX gives a look into how we are approaching the markets, not just what…
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Tren se estrella en estación en New Jersey

  La Autoridad de Tránsito de Nueva Jersey ha suspendido el servicio desde y hacia la estación de Hoboken, tras el accidente. Un tren de pasajeros se estrelló en una plataforma de la estación de Hoboken, Nueva Jersey, este jueves por la mañana, y se ha informado de heridos. Varios pasajeros colocaron fotos en Twitter que muestran severo daño en la estación alrededor de las 8:45 de la mañana, hora local. La Autoridad de Tránsito de Nueva Jersey ha suspendido el servicio desde y hacia la estación debido al accidente. Sin embargo no dio inmediato detalles. El techo de la…
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At least 1 Dead, More than 100 Injured in NJ Commuter Train Crash

VOA At least one person has been reported dead and more than 100 injured in a commuter train crash in Hoboken, New Jersey. The train crashed into a rail station during the Thursday morning rush hour, causing major damage. Hoboken city spokesman Juan Melli told VOA the train derailed and plowed through the platform. Rail service has been suspended in and out of Hoboken, located 11 kilometers outside New York City. Rescue crews are on the scene. The cause of the crash has not been determined. VOA News   The train came to a halt in a covered area between…
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Trump arrasa en 5 estados, Clinton gana 4 y Sanders uno

Las primarias de este martes siguen a un intento de Ted Cruz y John Kasich por impedir que Donald Trump logre los delegados necesarios para la nominación. El magnate Donald Trump arrasó en las primarias republicanas en cinco estados, mientras la ex secretaria de Estado, Hillary Clinton, en el campo demócrata, ganó cuatro y el senador Bernie Sanders, uno. Según las proyecciones, Trump ganó en Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania y Rhode Island. Hillary Clinton ganó Maryland, Delaware Pennsylvania y Connecticut, mientras Sanders ganó Rhode Island. Trump obtuvo entre el 55 y el 65% de los votos en cada uno de…
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Health

Vaccine to Guard Against Dengue Fever Is Almost at Hand

Jessica Berman Researchers are on the cusp of a commercially available vaccine to prevent dengue fever, a viral disease spread by mosquitoes that threatens half of the world’s population. In addition, a vaccine against the Zika virus, a close relative of dengue, will most likely enter clinical trials this year. The dengue virus infects an estimated 400 million people in 120 countries each year. While the symptoms, including a rash, are usually not serious, the disease nonetheless kills some 25,000 people annually. Most succumb to a dreaded hemorrhagic form of the disease. In a clinical trial, the new vaccine against…
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