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Trump Invites Philippines Duterte to White House

(VOA): U.S. President Donald Trump invited Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte to the White House during a phone call Saturday that also addressed concerns over North Korea, the White House said in a statement. The White House gave no details of when the leaders would meet in Washington to..

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Secret Cell Found in Philippines Police Station

(VOA): Members of the Philippines' Commission on Human Rights, accompanied by journalists, have discovered a tiny, secret cell in a Manila police station that was stuffed with 12 men and women who had been detained for a week. Gilbert Boisner, Manila director of the rights commission, said..

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Mattis Makes Surprise Visit to Afghanistan Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

VOA News: US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis is in Afghanistan on an unannounced visit April 24 to discuss the country's security situation with political and military leaders. VOA Pentagon correspondent Carla Babb reports from Kabul. (A version of this news appears in website of Voice Of..

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US and China Intensify Pressure on North Korea

VOA News: Tensions are again flaring up between the United States and North Korea as concerns grow that the communist state will celebrate another important national holiday with a nuclear test or an intercontinental ballistic missile.  On the eve of the 85th anniversary of the founding of..

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UN Condemns Ongoing Torture of Detainees in Afghanistan

VOA News: A new U.N. report finds torture continues to be widespread in Afghan detention centers, despite the government’s stated commitment to eliminate the practice. The report is being jointly issued by the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan and the U.N. Human Rights Office. The..

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Afghan Defense, Army Chiefs Resign Over Deadly Attack

VOA News: Afghanistan’s defense minister and military chief have both resigned following Friday’s deadliest ever attack on a major army base that killed at least 140 soldiers and wounded many more.  The Taliban claimed responsibility for the raid on the Afghan National Army’s 209th..

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Rights Group Wants China to Release North Koreans

VOA News: A human rights organization wants China to "immediately disclose" the whereabouts of eight North Koreans refugees, including four women, who were detained in China in March.  Human Rights Watch said it believes the group that was randomly stopped in Shenyang, in northeastern China,..

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Journalism NGO Picks Taipei as Asia Base

VOA News: An international media watchdog’s choice of Taipei for its first Asia office confirms its ranking of Taiwan as the freest place in the region for journalists despite competition from neighboring countries with long-standing democracies, the group and the island government say. The..

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