Apr 25 2017 Pope Urges Powerful to Act Humbly in Surprise TED Talk Appearance

Pope Francis made a surprise appearance at a TED talk conference on Tuesday, urging powerful leaders “to act humbly” and said he hoped technological innovation would not leave people behind.
The 18-minute video was filmed in Vatican City and broadcast to the audience at the annual TED 2017 conference in Vancouver.
“The more powerful you are, the [...]


Apr 25 2017 Police, Indigenous Protesters Clash in Brasilia

Brazilian military police in front of Congress hurled tear gas Tuesday at thousands of indigenous protesters, who responded by throwing spears and shooting arrows as a peaceful demonstration turned into chaos.
There were no reports of any injuries on either side.
Police said protesters got too close to a large fountain of water on the esplanade in [...]


Apr 25 2017 Trump Administration to Review Dozens of US National Monuments

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday will order a review of national monuments created over the past 20 years with an aim toward rescinding or resizing some of them — part of a broader push to reopen areas to drilling, mining and other development.
The move comes as Trump seeks to reverse a slew of environmental [...]


Apr 25 2017 Bison Births Are First in Canadian National Park Area in 140 Years

Bison calves have been born in the area that makes up Alberta’s Banff National Park for the first time in 140 years, Parks Canada officials said Tuesday, marking a milestone in attempts to reintroduce a wild herd to the area.
Conservation officers said three calves had been born since Saturday in the remote Panther Valley on [...]


Apr 25 2017 Ella Fitzgerald’s 100th Birthday Marked with Grammy Exhibit

The Grammy Museum is putting rare Ella Fitzgerald memorabilia on display for what would have been the singing legend’s 100th birthday.
The museum’s “Ella at 100: Celebrating the Artistry of Ella Fitzgerald” exhibition includes the first Grammy Award  that Fitzgerald won — the first awarded to an African-American woman — as well as some of her [...]


Apr 25 2017 Canada Increasingly Draws Trump’s Ire

President Donald Trump and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on Tuesday said they did not fear a trade war with Canada after American punitive action on lumber and milk.
“They have a tremendous surplus with the United States,” Trump said, adding “people don’t realize Canada’s been very rough on the United States. … They’ve outsmarted our politicians [...]


Apr 25 2017 Uncertainty Looms for Rohingya in India

About 40,000 Rohingya refugees are living in Indian cities, but Hindu groups are calling for their eviction. [Read More]

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Apr 25 2017 Turkish Strike Leaves Syrian Kurdish Fighters Fuming

At least 18 Kurdish fighters were killed and several buildings destroyed following a Turkish airstrike near the Syrian town of al-Hasakah. Turkish officials say they were aiming at affiliates of the Kurdish rebel group PKK. VOA’s Zana Omar reports. [Read More]

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Apr 25 2017 South Korea: US Begins Delivery of THAAD Anti-defense Missile System

Amid growing tensions over North Korea’s missile and nuclear programs, the U.S. military Wednesday began moving some parts of the THAAD anti-missile defense system onto a deployment site in South Korea, Seoul said.
“South Korea and the United States have been working to secure an early operational capability of the THAAD system in response to North [...]


Apr 25 2017 US Military Staff Visits Syrian Site Bombed by Turkey

After Turkish airstrikes killed more than a dozen U.S.-backed Kurdish forces in Syria on Tuesday, a U.S. military contingent visited the site and met with angry protesters who demanded that the U.S.-coalition act to halt Turkish raids. Turkish officials say they were aiming at affiliates of the Kurdish rebel group PKK. VOA’s Zana Omar reports. [...]