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Pulitzer Board Honors Parkland Journalists

This image taken from video shows singer Jennifer Hudson posing with student journalists from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., who were recognized at the 2019 Pulitzer Prize winners awards luncheon at Columbia University in New York, May 28, 2019. VOA NEWS Student journalists from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were honored by the Pulitzer Prize Board for their work memorializing 17 classmates and coaches killed in a shooting last year in Parkland, Florida. Eight students and the faculty adviser of The Eagle Eye newspaper traveled to New York for the honorary luncheon. Former member of the Eagle Eye…
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Intense Rainfall in Central US Causing Southern Flooding

VOA NEWS/ASSOCIATED PRESS LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS — Historic flooding is hitting communities along the Arkansas River despite little rain in the region, thanks to downpours in areas farther north and efforts by officials to control the powerful surge of water. Intense rain in Kansas and northeast Oklahoma strained aging dams and levees, and a reservoir in Oklahoma that drains a massive watershed hit record water levels. The Army Corps of Engineers opened a large dam to control the river flow, which put Fort Smith — the second-largest city in Arkansas — in the path of record-breaking flooding expected to last all…
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1 Dead, 130 Injured as Twisters Rip Through Ohio, Indiana

Damaged apartments are open up to the air at the Westbrooke Village Apartments in Trotwood, Ohio, after the roof was torn off from a severe storm the night before, May 28, 2019. Associated Press/VOA NEWS BROOKVILLE, OHIO — A swarm of tornadoes so tightly packed that one may have crossed the path carved by another tore across Indiana and Ohio overnight, smashing homes, blowing out windows and ending the school year early for some students because of damage to buildings. One person was killed and at least 130 were injured. The storms were among 55 twisters that forecasters said may have touched…
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Trump, Biden Assailing Each Other Way Ahead of 2020 Election

This combination of file photos shows President Donald Trump and former vice president Joe Biden VOA NEWS/Ken Bredemeier The next presidential election is not until November 2020, but Republican President Donald Trump and the leading Democrat trying to oust him, former Vice President Joe Biden, are launching rhetorical slingshots at each other with gusto. Trump, in Japan for a four-day state visit, played golf with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, watched a sumo wrestling match and met Emperor Naruhito, but his mind strayed little from his re-election effort in throwing jabs at Biden, leading in political surveys over two dozen…
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US, Japan Leaders Emphasize Enhanced Military Cooperation

President Donald Trump, with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, is seen as he leaves the Japanese destroyer JS Kaga, after a tour in Yokosuka, south of Tokyo, Japan, May 28, 2019. VOA NEWS/ STEVE HERMAN TOKYO — Enhanced military cooperation between the United States and Japan in the face of a rising China was emphasized as President Donald Trump concluded a four-day state visit in the island nation. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, on Tuesday morning, hosted Trump on the deck of the JS Kaga, one of Japan’s helicopter carriers that will soon be converted to carry a short takeoff/vertical…
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North Korea Slams Biden as ‘Fool of Low IQ’

Former Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks during a rally, May 1, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa. VOA News/William Gallo SEOUL- Juhyun Lee contributed to this report. North Korean state media slammed Joe Biden as an "imbecile" and a "fool of low IQ" Wednesday, Pyongyang’s first substantial comments on the 2020 presidential election. The commentary in the state-run Korean Central News Agency criticized Biden for recently referring to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as a thug and a tyrant. " reeled off rhetoric slandering the supreme leadership of the DPRK," KCNA said, using the acronym for North Korea’s official…
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Audit: US Broadcasting to Cuba Rife With Bad Journalism, Ineffective Propaganda

The online Radio TV Marti website, programmed by the Office of Cuba Broadcasting. VOA News/Brian Padden The government service charged with delivering objective news into Cuba produces both “bad journalism” and “ineffective propaganda,” according to an independent audit released Tuesday. The Agency for Global Media (USAGM), which oversees taxpayer-funded international broadcasting, ordered the audit of the Office of Cuban Broadcasting (OCB) in February in response to broadcasts last year that contained anti-Semitic remarks about billionaire philanthropist George Soros. The segments on OCB’s TV Martí prompted widespread condemnation and led to disciplinary action against nine OCB journalists. John Lansing, the CEO of USAGM, later apologized to…
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Indian Exporters Eye Gains Amid Intensifying US China Trade Dispute

Orient Craft, one of India's largest apparel exporters, says it could benefit from increased business as the US-China trade war intensifies. This building in Gurgaon on the outskirts of Delhi houses its office and one of its garment units. VOA News/Anjana Pasricha NEW DELHI — As work on establishing a massive garment-manufacturing unit by one of India’s leading apparel exporters enters the final stages, the company is optimistic about keeping the machines humming. Slated to begin production in August, Orient Craft’s new unit in Jharkhand, one of India’s least developed states, will employ about eight thousand workers. Inquiries from buyers in…
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US Abortion Rights Supporters Rally Nationwide

VOA News Dozens of protests supporting abortion rights unfolded across the United States on Tuesday, including one held outside the Supreme Court in Washington. Gracie Burke, 19, center, a student at American University, joins other in a protest against abortion bans, May 21, 2019, outside the Supreme Court in Washington. The demonstrations targeted a recent array of anti-abortion laws being adopted by conservative state legislatures that have voiced the hope that the ensuing legal battles over the strict abortion curbs will eventually push the court to overturn its landmark 1973 decision that legalized abortion in the country. Supporters of abortion…
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Ex-White House Counsel Defies House Subpoena to Testify on Russia Probe

VOA News- Ken Bredemeier File: Former White House counsel Don McGahn arrives for a ceremony in the Great Hall at the Department of Justice in Washington, May 9, 2019. WASHINGTON — Former White House Counsel Donald McGahn defied a subpoena Tuesday from the House Judiciary Committee to testify about his conversations with President Donald Trump ordering him to oust special counsel Robert Mueller in the midst of Mueller's investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. The Democratic-controlled House panel left an empty chair and a nameplate at the witness table for McGahn. But the 50-year-old Washington attorney, now in…
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