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NATO Members Agree to Boost Contributions for Defense

(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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US Says It Will Release, Reunite 50 Immigrant Children Tuesday, July 10th, 2018

(VOA): More than 50 immigrant children under age 5 will be reunited with their parents by Tuesday's court-ordered deadline for action by Trump administration, and the families will then be released into the U.S., a government attorney said Monday.   That's only about half of the 100..

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Crews Make Progress Against California Wildfires

(VOA): Firefighters continued to build containment around several destructive wildfires burning in California on Sunday, though one stubborn blaze in the northern part of the state grew significantly and crossed the border into Oregon. The blaze on the California-Oregon state line known as the..

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Trump Criticizes NATO Members Days Before Summit

(VOA): U.S. President Donald Trump has again criticized NATO member nations just days ahead of an alliance summit he will attend this week in Belgium. "The United States is spending far more on NATO than any other Country. This is not fair, nor is it acceptable," Trump said in a tweet..

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Students Learn About Science by Building Guitars

(VOA): Some students in Virginia who play the guitar are also learning how to build them. It's part of an after-school program where middle and high school students learn about science and music through the design and function of an electric guitar. The workshops, sponsored by the nonprofit..

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Pompeo Claims Progress in Talks With North Korea

(VOA): U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has described his latest talks with North Korean officials as productive. He met with his Japanese and South Korean counterparts in Tokyo on Sunday before proceeding to Vietnam. Pyongyang was the first stop on Pompeo's first around-the-world trip as..

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Pentagon Assessing Bases to House Migrants

(VOA): The Pentagon is doing environmental assessments at two military bases to assess their suitability for housing migrant families, a spokesman has told VOA. But the spokesman, Army Lt Col Jamie Davis, added that no ground would be broken to build facilities at Fort Bliss and Goodfellow Air..

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Starbucks, Citing Ocean Threat, Ditching Plastic Straws

(VOA): Starbucks will eliminate plastic straws from all of its locations within two years, citing the environmental threat to oceans.   The company becomes the largest food and beverage company to do so as calls to cut waste globally grow louder. Plastic straws have become a flashpoint. ..

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GOP Senator Warns Against Trusting Putin ‘Mafia’

(VOA): A U.S. senator who just returned from a congressional trip to Russia warned against trusting President Vladimir Putin, saying that dealing with the Russian government is like “dealing with the mafia.” Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., recently went with other GOP senators to see first-hand..

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Report: US Opposes Breastfeeding Resolution 

(VOA): A report in a prominent U.S. newspaper Sunday said the United States bullied and threatened nations in an effort to water down a World Health Assembly resolution supporting breastfeeding. The New York Times said the U.S. delegation at the assembly in Geneva this spring embraced “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..