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Rusia y Venezuela plantean congelar producción de petróleo

Voz de América - Redacción Cuatro de los países productores de petróleo más afectados por los bajos precios del crudo han acordado congelar los niveles de producción Rusia, Venezuela, Arabia Saudíta, y Catar –todos miembros de la OPEP–dijeron que estarían dispuestos a no aumentar su producción más allá de lo producido este enero si otros productores hacen lo mismo, informó el martes el Ministerio ruso de Energía. Pero conseguir el acompañamiento esperado va a ser sumamente difícil. La mayor parte de los países intentan no perder la cuota de mercado que ya tienen, y con la incorporación de Irán entre…
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Muere ex secretario general de la ONU Boutros-Ghali

Voz de América - Redacción El Consejo de Seguridad de Naciones Unidas anunció este martes la muerte del ex secretario de la ONU, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, a la edad de 93 años. El diplomático y político de origen egipcio fue el sexto secretario general de Naciones Unidas, de enero de 1992 a diciembre de 1996 y el único que no fue reelegido para un segundo período. Durante su mandato la ONU enfrentó la crisis por la desintegración de Yugoslavia y fue criticado por el fracaso del organismo en intervenir en el genocidio en Rwanda, donde hubo un millón de muertos. También…
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US News

Presidentes centroamericanos se reunirán nuevamente con Biden

Voz de América - Redacción El vicepresidente de Estados Unidos, Joe Biden, se reunirá el próximo 24 de febrero con los presidentes de Guatemala, El Salvador y Honduras para continuar las conversaciones sobre el tema migratorio y el uso de los $ 750 millones de dólares asignados por Biden extendió la invitación a los presidentes Jimmy Morales, de Guatemala; Salvador Sánchez, de El Salvador; y a Juan Orlando Hernández, de Honduras para discutir diferentes aspectos de la agenda común que giran en solucionar el tema migratorio. El objetivo es generar condiciones de vida en el llamado Triángulo del Norte centroamericano,…
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Featured

Papa en multitudinaria misa en Morelia

La escala del papa en Morelia es una señal de respaldo al programa pastoral del arzobispo de Morelia que se ha atrevido a criticar a las autoridades por su complicidad con las bandas criminales. El papa Francisco visita este martes Morelia, capital del estado de Michoacán, una región que se ha convertido en el corazón del narcotráfico y la violencia derivada de las drogas. La escala del papa en Morelia es una señal de respaldo al programa pastoral del arzobispo de Morelia y ahora cardenal, Alberto Suárez Inda, y lo considera un modelo para que otros clérigos lo emulen. En…
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Obama-ASEAN Talks Center On Peace, Security, Prosperity

Mary Alice Salinas RANCHO MIRAGE, CALIF.—Long-term peace, security and prosperity for Southeast Asia are the goals President Barack Obama and the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations are seeking to ensure during a second day of talks in and ASEAN leaders focused on developing innovation and entrepreneurship in southeast Asia during the first day of the two-day summit Monday. The talks are taking place at the historic Sunnylands retreat, an informal setting the White House says offers a relaxed atmosphere and opportunity for leaders speak more “candidly.” At the opening of the summit, Obama said ASEAN is…
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Clinton, Sanders Battle Ahead of Saturday Caucus

VOA News With five days to go before Nevada's Democratic caucus, party front-runner candidate Hillary Clinton is emphasizing that she is more than a "single issue" candidate as she tries to fend off opponent Bernie Sanders, with whom she is running virtually neck and neck. In a national poll by Quinnipiac University, the former secretary of state leads the Vermont senator 44 percent to 42 percent. The Clinton campaign sees multi-ethnic Nevada as a key test of her pull with minority and union voters. For Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, the western state presents a demographic opportunity to expand his electoral…
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Entertainment

Lamar, Swift Have Big Night at Grammy Awards

VOA News Kendrick Lamar had quite a night at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, winning best rap album, electrifying the crowd with a dramatic performance and getting a shout out from the White House. Lamar also won three other Grammys for songs off his "To Pimp a Butterfly" album. The rapper met with President Barack Obama last month as they teamed up on Obama's program to help support young men of color, and on Monday night the White House saluted Lamar "and all the artists at the Grammys working to build a brighter future." Lamar and pop star Taylor…
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Health

WHO Recommends Genetically Modified Insects to Fight Zika

VOA News Countries dealing with Zika outbreaks should consider using controversial methods to fight its spread, such as using genetically modified mosquitoes and biological agents that stop mosquito larva from hatching, theWorld Health Organization said Tuesday. "Given the magnitude of the Zika crisis, WHO encourages affected countries and their partners to boost the use of both old and new approaches to mosquito control as the most immediate line of defense,'' the agency said. The WHO said its advisory board recommended trials using "sterile irradiated male mosquitoes" a technique used to fight dengue in the Cayman Islands.  It says other agencies…
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Health

EU Launches Emergency Medical Corps

Lisa Bryant PARIS—The European Union announced Monday the launch of a new medical body aimed at responding to health crises more quickly and more European Union's Medical Corps will be able to act within Europe and outside it, according to Christos Stylianides, EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid. The new body was developed after the Ebola outbreak that ravaged West Africa. Its creation underscores the problems of quickly responding to the crisis, and coping with logistical and other challenges that Ebola raised. Today, another virus — Zika — is alarming the international health community. Speaking in Brussels, World Health Organization (WHO)…
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Health

More than 5,000 Pregnant Colombian Women Infected With Zika Virus

VOA News Colombia’s National Health Institute said Saturday that more than 5,000 pregnant women in the country are infected with the Zika virus. The total number of people diagnosed in Colombia has reached 31,555, the institute said in its Epidemiology Bulletin, among them 5,013 pregnant women. The latest figures of Zika cases indicate a 23 percent increase over last week's total, while in pregnant women the number went up percent. There is currently no treatment for Zika and much remains unknown about the disease, including whether the virus causes microcephaly, a medical condition in which the head in newborns is…
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