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IS Claims Deadly Blasts in Sri Lanka

VOA NEWS - Anjana Pasricha Jeff Seldin, national security correspondent, contributed to this ;NEW DELHI - The Islamic State group said Tuesday, without providing evidence, that it was responsible for a series of blasts in Sri Lanka that killed more than 300 people and injured hundreds of others on Easter Sunday. The claim came through the militant group's Amaq news agency. Also Tuesday, Sri Lanka's state minister of defense told parliament that those who carried out the attacks did so in retaliation for attacks at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand last month. Ruwan Wijewardene did not provide details explaining…
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Japan Space Probe Drops Explosive on Asteroid to Make Crater

VOA NEWS- Associated Press FILE - This computer graphic image provided by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) shows the Japanese unmanned spacecraft Hayabusa2 approaching on the asteroid Ryugu. TOKYO — Japan's space agency said its Hayabusa2 spacecraft successfully dropped an explosive designed to make a crater on an asteroid and collect its underground samples to find possible clues to the origin of the solar system. Friday's crater mission is the riskiest for Hayabusa2, as it had to immediately get away so it won't get hit by flying shards from the blast. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, said that…
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¿Cuándo y cómo admitirá la OEA al embajador de Venezuela nombrado por Guaidó?

VOA NEWS - Lina Correa Rosa Tania Valdés El diplomático venezolano Gustavo Tarre, designado para representar al gobierno interino de Juan Guaidó en la Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA), estaría cerca de ocupar su silla en el organismo en la medida en que se concreta la salida ordenada por el presidente en disputa Nicolás Maduro. Falta menos de un mes para que se cumpla el plazo previsto hasta el 27 de abril próximo, cuando cesará la representación diplomática de Maduro en la OEA. La jugada estaba cantada desde hace dos años atrás, cuando Maduro dijo al secretario general, Luis Almagro,…
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South Africa’s Liberal Abortion Laws Hampered by Widespread Stigma

VOA NEWS- Anita Powell RUSTENBURG, SOUTH AFRICA — Twenty-six-year-old Precious, as she has asked us to call her to protect her identity, is 16 weeks pregnant. And so is her best friend, also by Precious’ boyfriend. That event turned her life upside down and brought her to the difficult decision to seek an abortion. She lives in South Africa, where abortion is legal without justification and available through a nurse through 12 weeks of pregnancy, and legal up to 20 weeks, when done by a doctor and with justification. But when she tried to get an abortion in her home city…
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EU Parliament Urged to Strip ExxonMobil Lobbyists of Access Badges

VOA NEWS- Agence France-Presse BRUSSELS — The European Parliament faced calls Thursday to strip ExxonMobil lobbyists of their access badges after the US oil giant missed the assembly's first hearing into claims it knowingly misled the public on climate change. Greens deputy Molly Scott Cato told the hearing in Brussels she would formally make the request later Thursday to deny ExxonMobil its six registered parliament access badges. Activists and scientists told the hearing that ExxonMobil has for decades misled the public about the threat climate change poses to the world, comparing it the tobacco lobby's past campaign. Under parliamentary rules, Cato…
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‘Trump’ and ‘Kim’ Go Head-to-Head at Hanoi Hair Salon

VOA NEWS/Khanh An WASHINGTON — At Hanoi's Tuan Duong Hair Salon, it's all about the haircut homage. As Vietnam's capital city prepares to host the second summit between North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un, and President Donald Trump, salon owner Tuan Duong is offering free haircuts to customers eager to sport the distinctive hairstyle of either leader. "The idea came out from our love of peace," Duong told VOA's Vietnamese Service by telephone. "The Trump-Kim second summit is about peace. I am Vietnamese, who lives right in Vietnam's capital, where everybody loves peace. Thus, I want to contribute my very small…
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From Smarter Energy to Less Plastic, Caribbean Resorts Go Green

VOA NEWS/REUTERS ST. AUGUSTINE, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO — At home in the United States, Kerrie Springer takes pride in being environmentally conscious. So when she booked a week's getaway at the Bucuti and Tara Beach Resort in Aruba, she choose the "green stay" option, agreeing to reuse her sheets and towels rather than have them changed each day. "You don't do that at home, so why do it at a resort?" asked Springer, who visited the resort with her husband. "Water in the Caribbean is precious, so why use it if you do not have to?" Environmentally friendly tourism options --…
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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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