Guatemalan Mother Deported Without Son

(VOA): Lourdes de León is among the mothers who have been deported by the U.S. government without their children after being separated on the southern border of the United States. Since her return to Guatemala, de León's only objective is to be reunited with her 6-year-old boy, who..

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NATO Members Agree to Boost Contributions for Defense Thursday, July 12th, 2018

(VOA): NATO leaders said Wednesday they have agreed to contribute more money to their defense budget. "We are committed to improving the balance of sharing the costs and responsibilities of alliance membership," the military alliance said. The announcement was made just hours after..

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Acting US Environmental Chief to Continue Deregulation

(VOA): The acting head of the Environmental Protection Agency plans to keep cutting anti-pollution rules and regulations on industry. Andrew Wheeler held his first meeting with EPA employees Wednesday after taking over the job for Scott Pruitt, who resigned last week amid allegations of ethics..

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NATO Summit Overshadowed by Defense Spending Spat

(VOA): Sharp divisions over who should pay for Europe's defense have overshadowed the opening of the NATO summit in Brussels, after U.S. President Donald Trump accused European allies of taking advantage of American taxpayers. The U.S. spends about 3.5 percent of GDP on defense, far higher..

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As Planet Heats Up, Conflicts Do Too

(VOA): As the planet heats up from the effects of climate change, so, too, can conflicts. At the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday, diplomats discussed the importance of recognizing global warming as a risk factor that can exacerbate intercommunal tensions and drive recruits into the hands of..

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US First Lady Welcomed in Belgium with Music, Fashion

(VOA): U.S. first lady Melania Trump returned to the international stage Wednesday as she mingled with the spouses of America’s closest allies over classical music, fashion and chocolate. As President Donald Trump harangued Germany and other allies at a NATO summit in Brussels, his wife..

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Asylum Seekers Bring Evidence to Show Dangers of Home

(VOA): An MS-13 gang member left eight voicemails on Brenda Mendez's cellphone demanding that she turn over her teenage boy. If she refused, he said, the gang would dismember both her sons. "I'm going to send you a finger from each hand. You are going to see what the [expletive]..

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Navy OKs Ponytails, Other Hairstyles for Women

(VOA): The Navy says it will now allow servicewomen to sport ponytails and other hairstyles, reversing a policy that long forbade females from letting their hair down. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson said it makes the Navy more inclusive. Many black women had asked for changes..

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Partisan Divide Deepens Over Trump’s Supreme Court Pick

(VOA): A partisan divide over U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh deepened Wednesday, with Republican senators extolling his judicial record while Democrats demanded time to thoroughly vet his writings and opinions on matters ranging from environmental regulation to executive authority. ..

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US Soon to Leapfrog Saudis, Russia as Top Oil Producer

(VOA): The U.S. is on pace to leapfrog both Saudi Arabia and Russia to become the world's biggest oil producer. The latest data released by the Energy Information Administration shows U.S. output growing again next year to 11.8 million barrels a day.   Linda Capuano, who heads the..

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Trump, Bolton and the Syrian Confusion Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

It’s a messy, though typical picture. US President Donald Trump wants to pull out forces in Syria. When announced in December, jaws drooped and sharp intakes of breath..