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VOA's Interview With Mike Pompeo

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the United States will not send any Americans to Russia for questioning on allegations of money laundering. Russian President Vladimir Putin offered to let U.S. investigators question officials in Moscow about Russia's interference in the 2016 U.S. elections if Russian investigators in turn were allowed to question American officials, including former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul. U.S. President Donald Trump called Putin's proposal, made… Read Full Article

Japan's Kobe Steel indicted over quality scandal

Kobe Steel, which is Japan's third-largest steelmaker, first admitted to the wrongdoing last year.

Dr Bumbum: Brazil plastic surgeon arrested in Rio after patient's death

The celebrity surgeon went on the run after a woman died following buttock enhancement injections.

Official: Niger Is Facing Existential Threat From Militants 

A senior defense official from Niger has told VOA that different militant groups operating along the country’s borders are threatening the security of the state and the region.  Niger Minister of Defense Kalla Mountari told VOA that the militant groups associated with Islamic State and al-Qaida pose a serious threat to Niger and could infiltrate the country if preemptive measures are not taken against them by regional powers.  “Certainly, this is an existential threat to us. Even… Read Full Article

Armed Forces DJ Cronauer of ‘Good Morning, Vietnam’ Fame Dies at 79

Adrian Cronauer, the U.S. military radio disc jockey immortalized by Robin Williams in the 1987 film Good Morning, Vietnam, has died at 79. Cronauer was a U.S. Air Force sergeant who became famous in Vietnam in 1965 and 1966 by opening his daily Armed Forces Radio show bellowing, “Goood morning, Vietnam!” He then played rock ’n’ roll records instead of the light, middle-of-the-road music his superiors wanted him to play. As portrayed by Williams, Cronauer would leap around the studio, dance… Read Full Article

Report: North Korea, Eritrea Have Highest Rates of Modern Slavery

North Korea and Eritrea have the highest rates of modern slavery, a global survey released Thursday found. The Global Slavery Index estimates that 40.3 million people worldwide were subjected to modern-day slavery in 2016. The survey defines modern slavery as human trafficking, forced labor, debt bondage, forced or servile marriage, and the sale and exploitation of children, as well as slavery itself. North Korea has the highest percentage of its population enslaved, with 1 in 10 people in… Read Full Article

Suriname Protests Dutch Minister’s ‘Failed State’ Remark

Suriname issued a protest note to the Netherlands on Thursday after the Dutch foreign minister said the South American nation was a “failed state” because of its ethnic diversity. Stef Blok, a member of the conservative VVD party of Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, has faced a firestorm of criticism over comments he made July 10 in The Hague that became public this week. “This coarse accusation against peace and stability in the Republic of Suriname can only be intended to portray Suriname… Read Full Article

Admissions Competition Is Fierce at US Military Academies

You may think you have what it takes to get into some of the U.S.’s most prestigious universities. But we're not talking about Ivy League schools. It might be easier to get into Cornell University, Brown University or Dartmouth College than some of the U.S. military academies — a handful of schools that are steeply competitive. And these schools are not only tuition-free — the cost of educating a student at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, is estimated at $56,000 —… Read Full Article

Sheela Birnstiel on the documentary series Wild Wild Country

Ma Anand Sheela talks to the BBC about her controversial past and her role in Wild Wild Country.

Dervish News Outlet: Iran Gives Long Prison Terms to More Protesters

An exiled Iranian news outlet focusing on Iran's Gonadabi Dervish minority says six community members have received prison terms of five to seven years for joining anti-government protests earlier this year.  In a Thursday post on its Telegram channel, Majzooban Noor said a revolutionary court convicted the six men to a combined 38 years in prison at the Great Tehran Penitentiary. It named the men as Gholam Abbasi, Mohammad Dalwand, Asghar Ebrahimi, Abdollah Esmaeili, Saleh Kamali and Hossein… Read Full Article