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Voice of America – Middle East

  • New COVID-19 Variants Are Different – What that Means for Us
    New coronavirus variants appearing in Britain, South Africa, Brazil and elsewhere have experts concerned. Not only do they spread faster than existing strains, it's possible that vaccines against them might not work as well, though that hasn't been a problem so far. Here's how these variants are different and why scientists think vaccines will still work.
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    Published on 01-22-21
    58 mins ago
  • Hong Kong Lawyers Navigate New Legal Terrain Under National Security Law
    The aftermath of the 12 Hong Kong activists who fled the city and were detained in Mainland China continued last week, with the release of Hong Kong lawyer Daniel Wong Kwok-tung after 40 hours in police custody.  Wong, 71, was arrested along with 10 others over allegedly helping Hong Kong activists flee the city in August. Wong told a local
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    Published on 01-22-21
    2 hours ago
  • Moscow Welcomes US Plan to Seek Arms Treaty
     Russia welcomed Friday the Biden administration’s announcement Thursday it is seeking a five-year extension of the New START arms control treaty, set to expire February 5, with the Kremlin saying it is waiting to see the details.
    Key Members of Biden National Security Team Moving into Place Senate slated to hold confirmation
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    Published on 01-22-21
    2 hours ago
  • Biden to Address Food Insecurity, Economy on 2nd Full Day in Office
    U.S. president Joe Biden is expected to sign at least two executive orders Friday aimed at providing financial and food security to families impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The newly inaugurated president will order the Department of Agriculture to expand benefits in the country’s food program in one of the orders.  Many people who have been laid off from their jobs because of the pandemic have sought help finding food.In addition, the new president is seeking a 15% increase in a school meals program that began after the pandemic. Biden officials say the increase in the school-based program
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    Published on 01-22-21
    2 hours ago
  • Cesar Chavez’s Son Happy Dad’s Bust is in Biden Oval Office
    Paul Chavez had no idea where a sculpture of his father, Latino American civil rights and labor leader Cesar Chavez, would end up in the White House.He agreed just this week to lend the bronze bust to President Joe Biden and hustled to get it wrapped up and shipped across the country from California. It was an utter surprise Wednesday
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    Published on 01-22-21
    5 hours ago
  • VOA Newscasts
    Published on 01-22-21
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    Published on 01-22-21
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  • Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons Enters into Force
    United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement welcomed the entry into force Friday of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), the first nuclear disarmament instrument in more than two decades.The treaty, endorsed by 51 states, mandates assistance, such as medical care, rehabilitation and psychological support to all victims under their
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    Published on 01-22-21
    5 hours ago
  • African Beat
    Published on 01-22-21
    6 hours ago
  • Australia Demands Foreign Travelers Take COVID-19 Test
    Beginning Friday, foreign nationals granted special permission to fly to Australia take a COVID-19 test within 72 hours of their departure. Masks will also be compulsory on all international flights.Australia has had a fortress-like approach to COVID-19. It closed its borders to most foreign travelers in March to try to curb the spread of the coronavirus.But 25,000 overseas passengers have
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    Published on 01-22-21
    6 hours ago