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 2021-07-23 08:52 

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Italy Extends Its COVID-19 State of Emergency to Dec. 31...

Italy on Thursday announced new anti-COVID 19 measures as infections have started rising again, mainly due to the highly contagious delta variant. The number of new coronavirus infections has doubled in the past week, with the country now recording more t...

 2021-07-23 08:27 

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Tokyo Olympic Games Open Friday...

The Tokyo Olympics Games are set to open Friday amid the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.On Friday, organizers said 19 people, including three athletes, are the latest people with ties to the Games to have tested positive for the coronavirus.So far, at least ...

 2021-07-23 07:56 

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New Zealand, China Clash Over Hacking Claims...

New Zealand's trade minister said Thursday he does not expect Chinese economic retaliation to increasing tensions over claims of Chinese cyberhacking. China this week called on New Zealand to "abandon [its] Cold War mentality" after New Zealan...

 2021-07-23 07:27 

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Republicans May Leave the Democrats Holding the Bag on Raising the Debt Ceiling...

As lawmakers on Capitol Hill struggle to advance a bipartisan bill to invest in the country's critical infrastructure, the most powerful Republican in Washington signaled that his party's cooperation with Democrats has limits.Specifically, Senate ...

 2021-07-23 07:26 

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US Churches Reckon with Traumatic Legacy of Native Schools...

The discoveries of hundreds of unmarked graves at former residential schools for Indigenous children in Canada have prompted renewed calls for a reckoning over the traumatic legacy of similar schools in the United States — and in particular by the c...

 2021-07-23 07:00 

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Iraq Expects Announcement to End US Combat Mission...

Members of a top Iraqi delegation expect to reach an agreement Friday with the Biden administration to end the U.S. combat mission in Iraq, the country's foreign minister told VOA on Thursday.In an exclusive interview with VOA's Kurdish Service, I...

 2021-07-23 06:46 

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More Than 200 African Men Cross from Morocco into Spain's Melilla...

Authorities in Spain's autonomous city of Melilla said Thursday that 238 African men have made it into the North African Spanish enclave after climbing over fences separating it from Morocco.Sub-Saharan migrants fleeing poverty or violence regularly a...

 2021-07-23 06:34 

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Why Japan 'Rising Sun' Flag Provokes Olympic Ire...

Japan considers the...

 2021-07-23 06:16 

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CDC Director: Delta Variant 'One of the Most Infectious Respiratory Viruses'...

The director of the U.S....

 2021-07-23 03:26 

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Hundreds Protest in Cape Haitian Ahead of Moise Funeral...

Hundreds of protesters took to the streets in Cap-Haitien, Haiti, on the eve of slain President Jovenel Moise's national funeral to be held there Friday.The day began with a special mass in honor of Moise, attended by members of the president's PH...

 2021-07-23 03:10 

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Unprecedented Olympics to Start with Socially Distanced Opening Ceremony...

After a one-year pandemic delay, the Tokyo Olympics will formally get under way Friday, with an opening ceremony that will be scaled back but still celebratory.The event will be held amid tens of thousands of empty seats in Tokyo's Olympic Stadium, wi...

 2021-07-23 02:49 

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VOA Exclusive: Iraq Foreign Minister Says Deal Imminent on Withdrawal of US 'Fighting Forces'...

A top Iraqi delegation in Washington is expected to reach an agreement with the Biden administration Friday on the withdrawal of American combat forces in Iraq, Fuad Hussein, the Iraqi foreign minister, told VOA.Hussein, whom U.S. Secretary of State Anton...

 2021-07-23 02:01 

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VOA Interview: Nord Stream 2 'Should Never Become Operational,' Ukraine Energy Company Says...

Nord Stream 2, the gas pipeline project designed to double the volume of Russian gas delivered to Germany via the Baltic Sea, continues to be a contentious topic in U.S.-European relations. It was hoped a statement issued by U.S. and German officials on W...

 2021-07-23 01:29 

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Reporter's Notebook: When the Taliban First Came to Kabul...

Editor's note: The U.S. departure from Afghanistan marks another major turning point for the Taliban, the militant group with a long history in Afghanistan and a complex relationship with Pakistan....

 2021-07-23 00:55 

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Iran Water Shortage Protests Result in 3rd Death, ExtendInto 7th Day...

Water shortage protests in drought-plagued southwestern Iran appear to have spread to more cities andresulted in what authorities say is a third fatalityas the unrest extendedintoaseventhday.Videos posted to social media appeared to show street protests o...

 2021-07-22 23:15 

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Large Fires Continue to Burn in Western US...

The largest wildfire in the United States continued to burn Thursday in southern Oregon, but lower winds and higher humidity were assisting firefighting crews....

 2021-07-22 22:50 

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Interior Secretary: Drought Demands Investment, Conservation...

Confronting the historic drought that has a firm grip on the American West requires a heavy federal infrastructure investment to protect existing water supplies but also will depend on efforts at all levels of government to reduce demand by promoting wate...

 2021-07-22 22:33 

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Over 600,000 Notified to Quarantine in British 'Pingdemic'...

Over 600,000 users of the United Kingdom's National Health Service's (NHS) COVID-19 test and trace app were "pinged" alerts recommending self-isolation earlier this month.In what has been dubbed the "pingdemic," the app told users ...

 2021-07-22 22:22 

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US Airstrikes Target Taliban, Military Equipment in Afghanistan...

The United States has launched about a "half-dozen" airstrikes across Afghanistan in the past 30 days, part of an effort to support Afghan security forces attempting to hold the Taliban at bay.A U.S. defense official told VOA on Thursday that the ...

 2021-07-22 22:12 

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No Fans, Fewer Athletes: Tokyo Olympics Set for Unusual Opening Ceremony...

One of the strangest Olympics in history will get off to an equally unusual start when the Tokyo 2020 opening ceremony takes place in front of thousands of empty seats on Friday.Just 1,000 dignitaries will be present at the 68,000-seat Olympic Stadium for...

 2021-07-22 21:50 

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Ankle Injury Rules Out Kenya's Kamworor...

Kenyan 10,000 metres runner and 2019 New York Marathon winner Geoffrey Kamworor has pulled out of the Tokyo Olympics due to an ankle injury, he told BBC Sport Africa on Thursday.The 28-year-old is a three times world Half Marathon champion, and previous w...

 2021-07-22 21:47 

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New Era of Olympic Champions Eye Tokyo Glory...

When the flame is finally lit at the Tokyo Olympics on Friday, a new era of athletes have a chance to make history in the absence of a host of established stars.So much has changed in the Olympic landscape in the five years since the Rio Games -- three-ti...

 2021-07-22 21:40 

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Refugee Defector from Iran to Face Iranian at Tokyo Olympics...

A defector from Iran who competes in taekwondo for the refugee team at the Tokyo Olympics was drawn on Thursday to face an Iranian opponent in the qualifying round.Kimia Alizadeh, who left Iran citing institutional sexism, will face Nahid Kiyani Chandeh i...

 2021-07-22 21:36 

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Guinea Reverses Decision to Pull Out of Tokyo Olympics...

The West African country of Guinea has reversed an earlier decision to pull out of the Olympics and will send a delegation of five athletes to the Tokyo Games.Minister of Sports Sanoussy Bantama Sow made the announcement Thursday after national and intern...

 2021-07-22 21:18 

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How Social Media Gave Cuban Protesters a Voice...

When thousands of Cubans took to the streets to protest this month, their calls for freedom and an end of "the dictatorship" were heard across the world, thanks to the rise in social media.In the town of San Antonio de los Baos, 20 kilometers sout...

 2021-07-22 21:11 

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Biden Condemns Cuba for Crackdown on Freedom Protesters...

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 2021-07-22 20:08 

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US Training of Foreign Militaries to Continue Despite Haiti Assassination...

The United States will not reconsider the type of training it provides to foreign military members despite finding that seven of the 25 individuals arrested in the assassination of Haiti's president were at one time trained by the U.S.As VOA first rep...

 2021-07-22 19:52 

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Myanmar Military Accused of Arresting Doctors While COVID Infections Rise...

Angered by doctors' support for anti-junta protests, Myanmar's military has arrested several doctors treating COVID-19 patients independently, colleagues and media said, as the health system struggles to cope with a record wave of infections. Sinc...

 2021-07-22 19:24 

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Calls Grow for Emergency Visas for Afghans Working With US Media...

A coalition of more than two dozen U.S. news outlets and press freedom organizations is calling on the U.S. government to help protect Afghans who worked with foreign media and may face risks from the Taliban as a result. Letters to President Joe Biden an...

 2021-07-22 19:00 

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Merkel Defends Russian Gas Pipeline Deal Without More US Sanctions...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday defended a compromise agreement with the United States to permit completion of the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline to transport fuel from Russia to Germany without the further imposition of American sanctions...

 2021-07-22 18:47 

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Cameroon Police Intercept Pangolin Scales Trafficked From 3 Central African States...

Cameroonian police say they have for the first time during the pandemic seized parts of an estimated 2,000 pangolins poached in Cameroon and neighboring Equatorial Guinea and Gabon. Police say travel restrictions had slowed trafficking of the endangered a...

 2021-07-22 18:42 

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9 Indicted in US for Being Illegal Agents of China...

Nine people have been indicted on charges of operating in the United States as illegal agents of China.The group allegedly "conducted surveillance of and engaged in a campaign to harass, stalk and coerce certain residents of the United States to retur...

 2021-07-22 18:31 

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Thousands of Websites Go Down in Global Outage...

Thousands of websites around the world were unreachable Thursday in what appears to have been a problem with a widely used content distribution network.Akamai, said on its website that it was experiencing...

 2021-07-22 17:43 

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WHO Urges African Nations to Speed Up COVID-19 Vaccinations...

The World Health Organization is urging African countries to ramp up preparations for COVID-19 vaccination rollouts in anticipation of the imminent arrival of millions of vaccine doses on the continent. WHO reports more than 6.2 million people have been i...

 2021-07-22 17:38 

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New Sport Explainer: Karate...

Watch this video explainer from Agence France Presse: Sorry, but your browser cannot support embedded video of this type, you can download this video to view it offline. Download File 360p | 9 MB 480p | 13 MB 540p | 16 MB 1080p | 52 MB Original | 224 MB E...

 2021-07-22 17:12 

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China's Zhengzhou Begins Cleanup After Deadly Storms...

Residents of the storm-ravaged central Chinese city of Zhengzhou on Thursday were shoveling mud from their homes and hauling away wrecked cars and piles of destroyed belongings following floods that killed at least 33 people in the city and surrounding ar...

 2021-07-22 17:11 

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House Votes to Evacuate More Afghan Allies as US War Ends...

House lawmakers voted overwhelmingly Thursday to allow in thousands more of the Afghans who worked alongside Americans in the Afghanistan war, citing the urgency of protecting those on-the-ground allies from Taliban retaliation as the U.S. military withdr...

 2021-07-22 17:01 

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First Lady Jill Biden Arrives in Japan for Olympics...

U.S. first lady Jill Biden Thursday is in Japan, where she is leading the American diplomatic delegation to the Tokyo Olympics.The Games were delayed a year due to the coronavirus pandemic and still remain under its shadow....

 2021-07-22 14:41 

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US Jobless Benefit Claims Increase...

Claims for jobless benefits jumped in the U.S. last week, the Labor Department reported Thursday, as the world's biggest economy remains on an uneven recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.A total of 419,000 unemployed workers sought government compen...

 2021-07-22 14:01 

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China Rejects Second Probe Into Coronavirus Origin...

China has rejected the World Health Organization's proposal for a second phase of its investigation into the origin of the novel coronavirus pandemic.Zeng Yixin, the vice minister of the Chinese National Health Commission, told reporters in Beijing Th...

 2021-07-22 13:54 

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4 Journalists at Shut Hong Kong Paper Charged with Collusion...

Hong Kong police charged two top editors and two editorial writers at Apple Daily with collusion weeks after the city's largest pro-democracy newspaper was forced to cease publication and its assets were frozen.Executive Editor-in-Chief Lam Man-chung ...

 2021-07-22 13:47 

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World Urged to React 'Vigorously' to Belarus Closing Main Journalists' Association...

Rights groups have called on the international community to defend Belarus's leading journalists' association as the regime of authoritarian ruler Alexander Lukashenko seeks to close it down amid an intensifying crackdown on independent media and ...

 2021-07-22 13:33 

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AP Looks Inside China's Largest Detention Center in Xinjiang...

The Uyghur inmates sat in uniform rows with their legs crossed in lotus position and their backs ramrod straight, numbered and tagged, gazing at a television playing grainy black-and-white images of Chinese Communist Party history.This is one of an estima...

 2021-07-22 13:27 

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US, Germany Reach Deal on Nord Stream Pipeline as Congress Voices Opposition...

The United States and Germany say they have reached an agreement to allow the completion of Nord Stream 2, the controversial Russian gas pipeline to Europe that opponents say undermines the energy security of Ukraine and other Eastern and Central European...

 2021-07-22 13:07 

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'Moment of Truth' Approaching for Crisis-Wracked Lebanon...

The little girl wearing a red Mickey and Minnie Mouse tee-shirt was firm. "The rulers of this country are all trash," she pronounced with indignation, and "they should resign; it would be better if someone from any other country came to rule u...

 2021-07-22 12:34 

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Flagbearers to Send Messages of Equality and Justice at Olympic Opening Ceremony...

Many Olympic nations are expected to demonstrate their support for gender equality and racial justice on Friday night with their selections of athletes to carry flags at the opening ceremony.The International Olympic Committee changed it rules and asked e...

 2021-07-22 12:09 

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12 Thai Student Activists Charged with Royal Defamation...

A dozen Thai pro-democracy student activists were charged with royal defamation and sedition on Thursday, their lawyers said, over a rally last year that demanded reforms to Thailand's unassailable monarchy.The pro-democracy movement, which has been l...

 2021-07-22 10:58 

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Norway Observes 10-year Anniversary of Extremist Attack...

Norway Thursday marked 10 years since a right-wing extremist killed 77 people in attacks in Oslo and a small island outside the city.Prime Minister Erna Solberg said at a memorial service in Oslo that what happened that day "was an attack on our democ...

 2021-07-22 09:57 

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China Thanks Taiwan President, Indirectly, for Concern Over Floods...

China's government on Thursday offered an indirect thank you to Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen for her message of concern over devastating floods in the central Chinese province of Henan, in a rare show of goodwill between Beijing and Taipei.Thirty-thr...

 2021-07-22 09:37 

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Several Suspects in Custody in Plot to Assassinate Madagascar's President...

Authorities in Madagascar have arrested several people they believe were part of a plot to kill President Andry Rajoelina.The attorney general's office issued a statement Thursday saying the suspects were part of a conspiracy to undermine the island n...

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