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Swedish Teen Climate Activist Urges US Lawmakers to ‘Follow the Science’

Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg appeared before a U.S. Congressional committee Wednesday, urging law makers to “listen to the science” and take action on global climate change. The 16-year-old Thunberg has been in Washington since last week when she joined U.S. and indigenous activists for a protest designed to build support for a global …

From Patients to Doctors, Fear Rules in Zimbabwe’s Hospitals

Fear is crippling Zimbabwe’s already struggling health system, as doctors and patients alike are staying away. The disappearance of an outspoken young doctor who led a strike for higher public-sector wages has only made the situation more dire. VOA’s Anita Powell reports from Harare. …

Have Retired Jack Ma, Alibaba Steered Away From China Communist Party’s Clutches?

The recent retirement of Jack Ma, former chairman of the Alibaba Group, has set a positive example in China for entrepreneurs to plan succession, ensuring the long-term sustainability of their businesses, according to some analysts.     But others insist it is still too early to tell if the world’s largest e-commerce giant and its charismatic …

Cameroon Courts Paralyzed as Lawyers Strike Over Human Rights Violations

Cameroon’s law courts are at a standstill as lawyers for a third day Wednesday defy government threats and continue to protest what they say are widespread unbearable rights violations that include torture, illegal and prolonged detention of accused persons. Observers say the strike may compromise the national dialogue ordered by President Paul Biya to solve …

Chilean Former President Bachelet Denies Links to Brazil’s Car Wash Scandal

Michelle Bachelet, the U.N. human rights chief, has denied claims by a Brazilian businessman under investigation in Brazil’s massive Car Wash scandal that he paid $141,000 to cover debts incurred by her 2013 Chilean presidential campaign. Leo Pinheiro is reported to have told prosecutors as part of a plea bargain that his engineering firm, OAS, …

How Will No-Deal Brexit Chaos Affect Developing Economies?

Developing economies could face disruption from the shock waves of Britain crashing out of the European Union with no deal, according to analysts. Brexit will affect not only Britain’s relations with the European Union, but also with hundreds of other countries with which Britain currently trades on EU terms, as Brussels sets trade policy for …

Police Suspect Arson in Attack on Kyiv Home of Ex-National Bank Chief

This story originated in VOA’s Ukrainian Service. Police have opened a criminal investigation in the apparent arson of a home belonging to the family of former National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) chief Valeria Gontareva, which was razed early Tuesday in Kyiv. Gontarevа, who recently spoke with VOA’s Ukrainian Service from her home in London, has …

Tunisian Outsiders Set for Runoff Elections Amid Voter Discontent

Tunisia’s independent electoral commission Tuesday confirmed the stunning victories of two political outsiders in the first round of presidential voting — results seen as a major rebuff of the post-revolution political establishment. Final results place law professor Kais Saied and business tycoon Nabil Karoui in first and second place respectively, capturing more than 18% and …

Second Man Arrested in Theft of Gold Toilet

Police in Britain have arrested a second man in connection with the theft of a solid-gold toilet that was part of an art exhibit at the birthplace and home of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. The 18-carat toilet, titled “America,” was created by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan. It was part of a larger exhibit …

Cambodian Government’s Request for ‘Meetings’ Seen as Intimidation

The Cambodian government summoned three human rights organizations to meetings in Phnom Penh to examine research they published and comments one of them gave to the media, a move the NGOs described as attempts at intimidation.  The organizations are Sahmakum Teang Tnaut (STT),  Licadho and Transparency International (TI).    TI director Preap Kol was summoned separately for separate …