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Borneo, Malaysia"Borneo Atlas" to Help Palm Oil Buyers Check on Forest Damage

The map shows the location and ownership of 467 palm-oil mills on Borneo, which is shared by Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei, and is one of the biggest island producers of the cheap, edible oil.
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14th Dalai LamaCiting Fatigue, Dalai Lama Appoints Personal Emissaries

Citing increasing physical fatigue, the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader made the comments while meeting with a group of international youth leaders brought to Dharmsala, India, by the Washington-based Institute of Peace.
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infantGlobal Child Mortality Rate Hits New Low, But There Are Still Concerns, Study Shows

"Levels and Trends in Child Mortality 2017, reveals that although the number of children dying before the age of five is at a new low– 5.6 million in 2016, compared with nearly 9.9 million in 2000 – the proportion of under-five deaths in the newborn period has increased from 41 per cent to 46 per cent during the same period," according to a new report from UN
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photo of a business womanStatement on Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi)

At the G20 leaders’ summit in Hamburg, Germany, the creation of We-Fi was announced. It is an innovative new facility to advance women’s entrepreneurship and help women in developing countries increase their access to the finance, markets, technology, and networks necessary to start and grow a business. We-Fi aims to leverage donor funding to unlock more than $1 billion in International Financial Institution (IFI) and commercial financing by working with financial intermediaries, funds and other market actors.
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Arkansas, USAChinese Textile Giant Brings Factory Jobs to Struggling Arkansas Town

One of China’s biggest textile mills is planning its first North American factory in a small town in the southern U.S. state of Arkansas.
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Mercedes-Benz logoMercedes-Benz to Invest $1 Billion in US Electric Car Plant

The Tuscaloosa plant will become the first in the U.S. to produce electric vehicles and only the sixth in the world to do so, Daimler-Benz said.
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Aung San Suu Kyi Denounces Human Rights Violations in Rakhine State

Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu KyiMyanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi says her government condemns all human rights violations in western Rakhine state, where over 400,000 Rohingya Muslims have been forced to flee to safety into neighboring Bangladesh.

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Africa

Ending Child Marriage Could Generate $3 Billion in Annual Benefits for Uganda’s Population by 2030

America

Gulf of Mexico Gulf of Mexico ‘Dead Zone’ Is the Largest Ever Measured

"Scientists have determined this year’s Gulf of Mexico “dead zone,” an area of low oxygen that can kill fish and marine life, is 8,776 square miles, an area about the size of New Jersey. It is the largest measured since dead zone mapping began there in 1985," according to a report from NOAA.
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Asia

President Trump Visits the People's Republic of China, November 9, 2017

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Asia

Far From Home, Trump Gets Enthusiastic Welcome in Seoul

Asia

ThailandThailand Moves Up in Global Doing Business Ranks

The World Bank Group’s latest Doing Business report ranks Thailand in 26th place among 190 economies in the ease of doing business for small and medium enterprises around the world, up from 48th place when applying the same methodology to last year’s and this year’s data. The report also recognizes Thailand as one of top 10 economies that have improved most in the ease of doing business in the last year worldwide.
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South Asia

Lavasa City, IndiaSturdier, Safer, Cheaper: India Urged to Build More Roads with Plastic Waste

"Plastic roads will not only withstand future monsoon damage but will also solve the problem of disposing of non-recyclable plastic"

India should use its biggest investment in road construction to make its roads safer and build them cheaper with a home-grown technology that salvages plastic waste, analysts said.
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Asia

photo of landscape in VietnamTrump Heads to 5 Asian Countries Next Month

U.S. President Donald Trump is heading to five Asian countries early next month, looking to ramp up pressure against North Korea's nuclear weapons development, but also promote American economic interests in the region.
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Europe

Catalonia, SpainEU Official Warns War a Possibility in Catalonia

"Spain’s prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, has threatened to suspend Catalonia’s semi-autonomy and to introduce direct rule from Madrid. He has said there can be no talks while Catalonia’s separatist leaders are threatening to issue a declaration of independence on the back of last Sunday’s unauthorized plebiscite," according to a report by VOA on October 6, 2017

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Middle East

photo of a Yemeni protestUN Blacklists Saudi-led Coalition for Killing Children in Yemen

"The United Nations blacklisted a Saudi Arabia-led military coalition on Thursday for killing or injuring 683 children in Yemen and attacking dozens of schools and hospitals in 2016, even as it said the coalition had taken action to improve child protection,' according to a report from Reuters on October 5, 2017.
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Myanmar/Burma

Myanmar/BurmaMyanmar Tells U.N. Rohingya Refugees Can Return from Bangladesh

Myanmar told the United Nations refugee agency on Monday its top priority was to bring back Rohingyas who have fled to Bangladesh, but much work was needed to "consolidate stability" in its troubled northern region of Rakhine.
Win Myat Aye, Myanmar's Union Minister, Minister of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, addressed the U.N. refugee agency's (UNHCR) Executive Committee after U.N. refugee chief Filippo Grandi called for resolving issues related to Rohingya citizenship and rights.

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Myanmar/Burma

Burning village in Rohingya state, Myanmar 2017VOA: Burmese Decry Vast 'Muslim Media Conspiracy' in Rohinya Coverage

Conspiracy theories have hounded media coverage of the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar, which many view as biased against the largely Buddhist country. These include allegations that Muslims have undue influence at the BBC and that the Organization of Islamic Cooperation is paying foreign journalists to produce the stories they want.
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Myanmar/Burma

Myanmar leader Suu KyiMyanmar's Suu Kyi Condemns Abuses in Rakhine

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday condemned human rights violations in Rakhine state and said violators would be punished, but she did not address U.N. accusations of a campaign of ethnic cleansing by the military, drawing a cool international response.
She made the remarks in her first address to the nation since attacks by Rohingya Muslim insurgents on Aug. 25 led to a military response that has forced 421,000 Rohingya Muslims, more than half of them children, into neighboring Bangladesh.

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U.S. & India

photo of a lotus flowerU.S. and India to Co-Host the Global Entrepreneurship Summit

The U.S. and India will co-host the Global Entrepreneurship Summit November 28-30 in Hyderabad, India. Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump will lead the United States’ delegation to the Summit, which will focus on supporting women entrepreneurs and fostering economic growth globally.
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Myanmar/Burma

photo of people of BurmaMyanmar Says Aid Access to Conflict Area Not Blocked But Security an Issue

Myanmar said on Friday a visiting U.S. official would not be allowed to go to a region where violence has triggered an exodus of nearly 400,000 Rohingya Muslims that the United Nations has branded a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing".
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Asia

DoD photo of Vietnam MIA soldier funeral at Arlington Cementery Amid Escalating Political Tensions, Hun Sen Cancels Military Remains Recovery Program


More than 1,600 Americans remain unaccounted for as a result of the Vietnam war, with about 48 thought to be missing in Cambodia. In response to new U.S. visa sanctions on Cambodia Prime Minister Hun Sen announced on Friday Cambodia was suspending its program to recover the remains of U.S. service personnel missing since the Vietnam war.
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Europe

Cambridge UniversityHomeless man wins "dream" place at Britain's Cambridge University

"A 52-year-old man who spent most of his adult life sleeping rough and selling copies of a magazine to help the homeless has enrolled at Britain's illustrious Cambridge University," according to a report from Reuters on November 9, 2017.
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Africa

people in Oxfam of East AfricaUN Chief: Worldwide Famine Averted, but Numbers of Hungry Growing

The United Nations secretary-general says early action by the international community has helped avert widespread famine, but the number of people in need is continuing to grow.
In February, António Guterres warned that 20 million people were facing starvation in South Sudan, Somalia, North East Nigeria and Yemen, and he appealed for more than $5.6 billion for 2017.
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South Asia

photo of BangladeshA Center of Excellence for Urban Development Launched in Bangladesh

Bangladesh has experienced some of the most rapid urbanization in South Asia, yet the cities offer inadequate infrastructure and low levels of urban services, particularly in district towns and municipalities. A new Center of Excellence for Urban Development will support cities and its local agencies to collaborate and share efforts to improve the lives of citizens," according to a report from the World Bank on October 4, 2017.

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Central Asia

TajikistanGlass Half Full in Tajikistan: Ensuring Greater Access to Safe Drinking Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Households

A new World Bank report, Glass Half Full: Poverty Diagnostic of Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene Conditions in Tajikistan, finds that despite the progress made in providing access to improved drinking water, sanitation and hygiene, Tajikistan - which abounds in water - continues to have some of the poorest conditions in Central Asia.
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U.S.A

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park"It’s been a remarkable year for lava activity at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The astounding power of nature can be easy seen at lava lakes, surface flows and the Kamokuna ocean entry, where lava is streaming out into the Pacific, creating huge clouds of gas and steam," according to a report from the U.S. Department of Interior on 09/19/2017.

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Glacier National Park in Montana"Last week, Glacier National Park in Montana received its first snow of the season. While it closed Going-to-the-Sun Road from St. Mary to Logan Pass for a short time, that section of the road has reopened, offering visitors as chance to enjoy a beautiful, wintery world," according to U.S. Department of Interior.

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USA

President Trump and the First Lady Participate in Halloween 2017 at the White House

Asia

Guangdong, China

China: World Bank to Help Improve Compulsory Education in Guangdong

"Over the past few decades, China has significantly improved access to education, with nine-year compulsory education provided for all children across the country. However, there is a disparity in educational performance between urban and rural areas, due to a lack of well-trained teachers, financial and physical resources, and school management skills. Disadvantaged groups such as children left-behind by migrant parents and children with disabilities are disproportionately affected," according to the World Bank Group.

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Central Europe

Serbia

Serbia Ranks 43rd on List of Ease of Doing Business

Economies in Europe and Central Asia continued an active program of reforms to improve their business climate, to create jobs and spur growth, according to the 15th anniversary edition of the World Bank Group’s annual Doing Business report. Serbia ranks at 43 on the ease of doing business.

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Middle East

WWE Signs First Woman Wrestler from Arab World in Global Push

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Shadia Bseiso, a Jordanian versed in jiu-jitsu, dreams of encouraging more Arab women to take up sports.
World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. signed its first female performer from the Arab world on Sunday, smashing cultural taboos as the U.S.-based pageant seeks to pile drive its way into lucrative foreign markets.
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Paris

Macron, Netanyahu Mark 75th Anniversary of Paris Roundup of Jews

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USA

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Photo of the Day: Monarch Butterfly Chandelier

"The number of western monarchs counted this year was slightly greater than last year, but so was the army of volunteers. More than 100 volunteers monitored a record 253 sites and estimated western monarch numbers at nearly 300,000 butterflies. Despite the large effort to count monarchs, numbers were down at many of the historically large sites. This is the single greatest effort since the count began in 1997 and likely accounts for the increase in western monarchs compared to last year."

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USA

In the Heart of Manhattan, a Taste of Old Kyiv

Restaurant Veselka has made New Yorkers fall in love with Ukrainian cuisine. Featured in movies and frequented by celebrities, the diner is also a staple for locals. In a city that's tough on restaurants, Veselka's longevity is legendary. VOA's Iuliia larmolenko has the story.

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USA

Trump Toughens Iran Strategy, Decertifies Tehran's Compliance With Accord

“Today, I am announcing our strategy along with several major steps we are taking to confront the Iranian regime’s hostile actions and to ensure that Iran never — and I mean never — acquires a nuclear weapon,” Trump said in a nationally televised address at the White House on Friday, October 13, 2017.
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USA

Winemaker Vows to Rebuild After Losing Battle With Wildfire

Throughout Northern California, where wildfires have raged for almost a week, killing at least 36 people and destroying about 6,000 buildings, residents are taking stock of what they have and what they have lost.

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Europe

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Denmark Set to Become Next European Country to Ban Burqas

Denmark looks set to become the next European country to restrict the burqa and the niqab, worn by some Muslim women, after most parties in the Danish parliament backed some sort of ban on facial coverings.

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U.S.A

Trump Calls Vegas Shooting 'Act of Pure Evil;' US Flags to Fly at Half-Staff

President Donald Trump ordered flags to fly at half-staff Monday as the nation recoiled in horror at the worst mass shooting by a lone gunman in recent U.S. history.

“We are joined together in sadness, shock and grief,” Trump said in a nationally televised address less than 12 hours after the shooting began. “It was an act of pure evil.”

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USA vs. Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

US, Turkey Suspend All Non-immigrant Visa Services

The United States has temporarily halted processing of all non-immigrant visa applications in Turkey, according to the embassy in Ankara, with the Turkey government taking reciprocal action.

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Washington, D.C. First Lady Melania Trump at 2017 International Women Of Courage Award

2017 International Women of Courage Award

First Lady Melania Trump and Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas A. Shannon presented the 2017 Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage (IWOC) Award to a group of extraordinary women from around the world on March 29 at the State Department.

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New York

President Trump Gives an Address to the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, Tuesday Sept. 19, 2017

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Saudi Arabia

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Saudi Women Will Drive, But Not Necessarily Buy New Cars

What's your dream car to drive? Saudi women are asking that question after the kingdom announced that females would be granted licenses and be allowed to drive for the first time.

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