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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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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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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

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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