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Bergdahl Faces Life in Prison for Endangering Comrades

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will appear Monday before a military judge who will determine his punishment for endangering comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan. Before delivering his sentence, the judge will have to resolve a last-minute defense argument that new comments by President Donald Trump have tainted the case. Bergdahl faces up to life in prison after pleading guilty last week to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. Prosecutors made no deal to cap his punishment, so the… Read Full Article

Runners take wrong turn during Venice Marathon

The race had an unexpected winner after a motorcycle escort led the lead group off route.

What Zimbabwe’s Cybersecurity Ministry Says About Human Rights in the Country

Arthur Gwagwa is an Open Technology Fund Senior Research Fellow at Strathmore Law School.

Japan: North Korea Nuclear Threat 'Critical'

The nuclear threat from North Korea is critical and requires a joint response from the United States, Japan, and South Korea, Japan's defense minister said Monday. "[The] threat posed by North Korea has grown to the unprecedented, critical and imminent level. Therefore, we have to take calibrated and different responses to meet with that level of threat," Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera told his U.S. and South Korean counterparts, speaking through a translator, at the start of… Read Full Article

UN Condemns Arrests of Congo Opposition Members

The U.N. peacekeeping mission in Congo on Monday condemned the arrest of about 30 opposition members amid a crackdown on dissent by President Joseph Kabila's government. The arrests occurred in the eastern city of Lubumbashi on Sunday when police broke up a meeting by the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS) party on the eve of a return to the city of opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi after a long absence, party members told Reuters. Congo is struggling to deal with high… Read Full Article

UN Pledging Conference Seeks $434M for Rohingya Refugee Aid

The heads of leading United Nations aid agencies kicked off a special one-day pledging conference to raise $434 million to provide life-saving assistance for 1.2 million people, including all Rohingya refugees and host communities in Bangladesh. Before the pledging conference, a UN refugee agency spokesman said number of Rohingya refugees that have fled violence and persecution in Myanmar during the past two months has topped 600,000. Aid agencies agreed it is one of the most severely… Read Full Article

McCain issues veiled criticism of Trump's Vietnam deferment

U.S. Sen. John McCain has issued a veiled criticism of President Donald Trump's medical deferments that kept him from serving in the Vietnam War.   In an interview with C-SPAN last week, McCain lamented that the military "drafted the lowest income level of America and the highest income level found a doctor that would say they had a bone spur."   One of Trump's five draft deferments came as a result of a physician's letter stating he suffered from bone spurs in his feet. Trump's… Read Full Article

Project Loon restores web in hurricane-hit Puerto Rico

The balloons are helping Puerto Ricans send text messages and browse the web on their phones.

Drunk driver kills athlete during Costa Rica half-marathon

David Yáñez Pacheco was trying to make a living as an athlete in Costa Rica after leaving Venezuela.

Wonders of the West from Above

The U.S. National Park Service helps preserve and protect some of America’s most beautiful and historic land and waterscapes for all to enjoy and learn from, including many sacred Native American spaces. National parks traveler Mikah Meyer got a chance to explore some of those sites -- from a variety of perspectives – during a trip to Utah and Arizona. He shared highlights with VOA’s Julie Taboh.