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  • Anguished mothers with mentally ill children have sought out Liza Long for help ever since she wrote an essay, "I am Adam Lanza's Mother," comparing experiences with her son to the emotionally troubled 20-year-old who carried out the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. The massacre sounded alarms nationally about gaps in mental health care and led to calls for better
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    Published on 12-13-17
    43 mins ago
  • Abdellatif Nasser got what he thought was the best news possible in the summer of 2016: One of his lawyers called him at the Guantanamo Bay detention center and told him that the U.S. decided he no longer posed a threat and could go home to Morocco. The prisoner allowed himself to get excited, to think about Moroccan food, imagining
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    Published on 12-13-17
    2 hours ago
  • Firefighters finally eked out progress on the titanic task of cutting fire lines around one of the biggest blazes in California history. As the fire straddling Santa Barbara and Ventura counties entered its 10th day, crews had carved containment lines around one-quarter of it. But the wildfire still raged Tuesday, threatening thousands of homes and stranding tens of thousands of
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    Published on 12-13-17
    2 hours ago
  • China has welcomed an offer by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to hold talks with North Korea without pre-conditions. The offer comes amid heightened tensions on the peninsula and as South Korean President Moon Jae-in begins a four-day state visit to China.   Speaking at a regular press briefing Wednesday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said Beijing welcomes all
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    Published on 12-13-17
    2 hours ago
  • A top counterterrorism official in Bangladesh said Wednesday the man accused of detonating a pipe bomb in a New York City subway tunnel does not appear to have any known links to militant groups. Monirul Islam said investigators have interviewed the Akayed Ullah's wife and her parents as part of their probe. The 27-year-old Ullah is due to make his
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    Published on 12-13-17
    6 hours ago
  • Rex Tillerson, dogged by media speculation about how long he will last as U.S. secretary of state, tried on Tuesday to ease skepticism among staff about his leadership and planned State Department reorganization. Tillerson has alienated some staff by relying on a narrow group of aides while nudging out some of the department's most senior foreign service officials, and for
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    Published on 12-12-17
    8 hours ago
  • Secretary of State Rex Tillerson struck a different chord on North Korea Tuesday, saying the United States is ready to have the first meeting with Pyongyang “without preconditions.” But the chief U.S. diplomat also said there would need to be a period of quiet — without additional nuclear and missile tests — before talks could commence in earnest. VOA diplomatic
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    Published on 12-12-17
    8 hours ago
  • U.S. President Donald Trump is facing a backlash after posting an insulting tweet about a Democratic senator from New York. Kirsten Gillibrand said Tuesday that the president is trying to silence her calls for his resignation following renewed allegations by women who claim that Trump harassed them sexually in the past. VOA’s Zlatica Hoke reports the White House has denied
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    Published on 12-12-17
    8 hours ago
  • Democrat Doug Jones has won the special election to fill a vacant U.S. Senate seat representing the southern state of Alabama. After a contentious campaign, voters backed Jones over Republican Roy Moore. The result means that in January when Jones is sworn in, the Republican majority in the Senate will shrink to 51-49 and make it tougher for President Donald
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    Published on 12-12-17
    11 hours ago
  • It can sometimes seem as though mass shootings are occurring more frequently. Researchers who have been studying such crimes for decades say they aren't, but they have been getting deadlier. In the five years since a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at a Connecticut elementary school, the nation has seen a number of massacres topping the death toll
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    Published on 12-12-17
    11 hours ago