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USAID Ends Haiti Food Insecurity Program

Renan Toussaint and Florence Lisene contributed to this report PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI – Kore Lavi, a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) food program for malnourished Haitians, ended in August amid a worsening of Haiti’s food insecurity crisis.  It is estimated that 2.6 million people, roughly a quarter of Haiti’s population, faces food insecurity in 2019. …

Crucial Round of US-Taliban Peace Talks Under Way

The United States and the Afghan Taliban have resumed peace talks in Qatar to try to conclude an agreement that would bring an end to the longest U.S. overseas military intervention. The crucial ninth round of talks in the yearlong dialogue process got under way Thursday in the Qatari capital of Doha amid expectations it …

Rwanda Encourages Youth to Use Electric Motorcycles

Rwanda has introduced the use of electric motorcycles as part of its efforts to protect the environment and cut fuel costs.  Passengers and motorcyclists say the electric vehicles could dramatically change how Rwandans do business. James Musisi, 45, is one of 10 motorcyclists who have started to use the motorcycles in what is known as …

Activists Want Democrats to Hold 2020 Primary Debate on Climate 

SAN FRANCISCO — Democratic Party leaders are arguing over whether to hold a presidential primary debate exclusively on the climate crisis.      Hundreds of activists were at the Democratic National Committee’s summer meeting Thursday in California, where an influential party committee was discussing the matter.      But Chairman Tom Perez shows no signs of rewriting …

Mexico’s ‘Accordion Rebel,’ Celso Pina Dies at 66

Mexican musician Celso Pina, famed as “the rebel of the accordion” for mixing eclectic styles with traditional Colombian cumbia, died Wednesday of a heart attack in his hometown of Monterrey, his record label La Tuna Records said. He was 66 years old, according to local media. With an interest in genres ranging from ska to …

Death Toll in Afghan Wedding Attack Rises to 80

VOA correspondent Ayaz Gul contributed to this report from Islamabad.  The death toll from a suicide bomb attack at a wedding in the Afghan capital, Kabul, last week has risen to 80, officials said.  The initial death toll from Saturday’s blast was 63 but jumped to 80 after 17 civilians died from their wounds in …

US Charges Kansas Researcher Over Ties to Chinese University 

WASHINGTON – A researcher at the University of Kansas was indicted on federal fraud charges Wednesday for allegedly concealing ties to a Chinese university while doing research funded by the U.S. government, the U.S. Justice Department said.  Feng “Franklin” Tao, 47, an associate professor at a University of Kansas center that conducts sustainable technology research, was charged with one count of wire …

Doubts Hang Over Fresh Rohingya Repatriation Attempt to Myanmar 

TEKNAF, BANGLADESH – Rohingya refugees living in camps in Bangladesh said Wednesday that they did not want to return to their homes in Myanmar, raising doubts about a fresh attempt to repatriate the stateless, mainly Muslim minority.    On Thursday, Bangladesh and Myanmar were hoping to begin repatriating a few of the hundreds of thousands of …

Trump Imposes Rule Allowing US to Detain Migrant Families Indefinitely 

WASHINGTON – The Trump administration on Wednesday unveiled a rule that allows officials to detain migrant families indefinitely while judges consider whether to grant them asylum in the United States, abolishing a previous 20-day limit.  The rule, which is certain to draw a legal challenge, would replace a 1997 court settlement that limits the amount of time U.S. immigration authorities can …

Pentagon: State Dept Approves Possible $8B Fighter Jet Sale to Taiwan

The U.S. State Department has approved a possible $8 billion sale of F-16 fighter jets to Taiwan, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said on Tuesday in an official notification to Congress. The potential deal is for 66 aircraft, 75 General Electric Co engines, as well as other systems, the agency said in a statement, adding …