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Study: As Ice Melts, Greenland Could Become Big Sand Exporter

VOA News OSLO — Greenland could start to export sand in a rare positive spinoff from global warming that is melting the island's vast ice sheet and washing large amounts of sediment into the sea, scientists said Monday. Mining of sand and gravel, widely used in the construction industry, could boost the economy for Greenland's 56,000 population who have wide powers of self-rule within Denmark but rely heavily on subsidies from Copenhagen. By mining sand, "Greenland could benefit from the challenges brought by climate change," a team of scientists in Denmark and the United States wrote in the journal Nature Sustainability. The…
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UN Chief: There Is ‘Wind of Hope’ in Africa

VOA NEWS/Margaret Besheer UNITED NATIONS —  Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Tuesday that there has been a "quantum leap" in relations between the world body and the African Union and he hopes this can translate into progress on some of the continent's biggest challenges. "I am totally committed to the cooperation between the African Union and the United Nations," Guterres told VOA in an interview at headquarters Tuesday before he heads to Addis Ababa for this weekend's AU summit. "We are working more and more together in addressing a number of situations in Africa." He pointed to Tuesday's breakthrough on the…
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Colombia Kills Dissident Militant Leader

VOA News Colombia’s military says it has killed a militant leader who refused to adhere to a peace accord his rebel group and the government agreed to in 2016. “Today in a seamless operation the criminal known as Rodrigo Cadete, one of the most feared figures of terrorism in our country, was neutralized,” Colombian President Ivan Duque said Saturday. Cadete, who was 52, had been a leader of FARC, the country’s former leftist guerilla group that has put down its arms and transformed into a political party, holding 10 seats in Congress. Defense Minister Guillermo Botero said nine other guerillas…
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Ecuador to Tighten Controls on Venezuelan Immigrants After Murder

VOA News/Reuters QUITO — Ecuador is setting up new units to check Venezuelan immigrants' legal status and may tighten entry requirements after a Venezuelan man murdered his pregnant Ecuadorian girlfriend, President Lenin Moreno said on Sunday. The killing in the northern city of Ibarra is the first reported murder perpetrated by a Venezuelan immigrant in Ecuador since hundreds of thousands have arrived there after fleeing an economic crisis in Venezuela. "I have ordered the immediate setting up of units to control Venezuelan immigrants' legal status in the streets, in the workplace, and at the border," Moreno said on Twitter. The government,…
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El Louvre bate un nuevo récord con más de 10 millones de visitantes en 2018

El Louvre batió un nuevo récord de frecuentación, con más de 10 millones de visitas en 2018, gracias a un aumento del turismo en París y a la publicidad generada por el clip de Beyoncé "Apeshit" filmado entre las obras maestras del museo, declaró este jueves el director. "Por primera vez en su historia y creo que por primera vez en la historia de los museos, más de 10 millones de personas visitaron el Louvre en 2018", dijo el jueves a la AFP el director del museo, Jean-Luc Martinez. Con 10,2 millones de visitantes, el Louvre registró un alza de…
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Gobierno venezolano confirma muerte de cónsul griego en hotel de Caracas

El gobierno de Venezuela confirmó este jueves la muerte del cónsul de Grecia en Caracas, Aggelos Haritos, quien según un parte de la policía falleció de un infarto en un hotel de la capital. En un comunicado, la administración del presidente Nicolás Maduro expresó sus "más sentidas palabras de condolencia" al gobierno griego por el deceso de Haritos, ocurrido, según un parte policial, en la madrugada del martes. Maduro extendió su pésame a la familia del diplomático, de 55 años, quien de acuerdo con el reporte conocido por la AFP murió de un paro cardíaco en un hotel del este…
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China Meets Growing Demand for Armed Drones in Middle East

VOA News/Henry Ridgwell LONDON — China is meeting a growing demand for armed drones in the Middle East, adding new military capabilities to an already tense security situation, according to a new report from the London-based Royal United Services Institute. Report author Justin Bronk says Beijing asks few questions when selling the technology overseas. “Because the United States in particular has refused — apart from the cases of the and France — to export armed models of its iconic Predator and Reaper series of armed drones, China has sort of stepped in to fill that gap. And while its offerings such…
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Rights Activists Fear China’s Human Rights Record Will Deteriorate

VOA News/Joyce Huang In China, 2018 has been a year that rights defenders worldwide say was extremely repressive, particularly when it comes to religious persecution. China's communist party leadership has strongly defended its actions amid growing calls that its actions may constitute crimes against humanity. Those actions include the internment of hundreds of thousands - perhaps more than a million - Muslims in Xinjiang, the demolition and shuttering of Christian churches nationwide and the systemic crackdown on dissidents. "2018 has been a year of human rights disasters in China, where all walks of people have paid a dear price over…
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Latino Public Radio reaches out to Government Officials for support to save the Radio Station

CRANSTON- Reynaldo Almonte, CEO, President and General Manager of Latino Public Radio (LPR) is making a direct appeal to Elected Officials in Rhode Island to support the station’s efforts to stay on the air at 1290 AM. The station is slated to go off the air on the radio after negotiations with Rhode Island Public Radio (RIPR) and the prior board members fell apart.  He states “Latino Public Radio is a vital tool for our community to stay informed on important information and for our government leaders to disseminate that information to Latino listeners.” Latino Public Radio is requesting that…
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Gina Raimondo Governor of Rhode Island

Incumbent Democratic Governor Gina Raimondo is eligible to run for reelection to a second term. Podcasts: LPR LATINO PUBLIC RADIO ANNUAL POLITICAL BARBECUE “BARBACOA POLITICA” Raimondo re-election campaign announcement in 2018. About Gina A lifelong Rhode Islander, committed to its success Gina Raimondo grew up in Smithfield in a tight-knit Italian-American family, the youngest of Joseph and Josephine Raimondo’s three children. Gina’s family history and her childhood experiences shaped her core beliefs in hard work, opportunity for all, and the importance of financial security. After arriving from Italy at age 14, her grandfather learned English studying in the Providence Public…
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