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Rains Set Off Landslide in Philippines; 50-80 Missing

A landslide triggered by heavy rains Thursday killed at least four people in the central Philippines, with dozens feared trapped in the latest of a string of deadly incidents over six days. Four people were pulled out alive after boulders and earth loosened by rain engulfed a cluster of homes near a limestone quarry on the fringes of Naga City on the central island of Cebu. “The landslide buried about 20 to 24 houses and all the people inside were trapped,” regional police official Debold… Read Full Article

US 'ready to restart negotiations' with North Korea

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the aim is North Korea's denuclearisation "by January 2021".

Cane toad DNA breakthrough 'may help stop' toxic pest

It may help stop the animal's rapid and destructive march across Australia, researchers say.

Rights Group Accuses Mexican Military, Police of Unlawful Killings

Mexican troops and police committed two extrajudicial killings while confronting presumed fuel thieves in the central state of Puebla in May 2017, a Mexican human rights group said Wednesday, adding to allegations of abuse against the military. A report by the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) said police and troops manipulated the scene by placing high-caliber firearms beside the two bodies. Eight other people died and 13 people, including four minors, were detained with excessive… Read Full Article

US Catholic Church Plans Hotline for Complaints of Abuse by Bishops

Catholic bishops in the United States plan to set up a hotline to field complaints about bishops who have sexually abused or harassed children or adults, in response to a growing sexual misconduct scandal in the church's highest ranks. The hotline was one of several moves unveiled on Wednesday by bishops to try to rebuild trust in the U.S. church hierarchy after recent allegations that bishops had abused children and covered up decades of sex crimes by priests. "Some bishops, by their… Read Full Article

Border Patrol Agents Find 193 Immigrants in Southern Arizona

For the third time in a month, Border Patrol agents have found a large group of immigrants in a remote desert area of southern Arizona. Authorities said Wednesday that Ajo Station agents patrolling several miles west of the Lukeville Port last Sunday found 102 immigrants from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador and 91 immigrants in the same area hours later. Most were traveling as families, but 11 children were unaccompanied. All 193 immigrants were medically evaluated and taken to the… Read Full Article

Lawmaker: US Senate, Staff Targeted by State-Backed Hackers

Foreign government hackers continue to target the personal email accounts of U.S. senators and their aides - and the Senate's security office has refused to defend them, a lawmaker says. Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, said in a Wednesday letter to Senate leaders that his office discovered that "at least one major technology company" has warned an unspecified number of senators and aides that their personal email accounts were "targeted by foreign government hackers." Similar methods were… Read Full Article

Federal Agency Says It Lost Track of 1,488 Migrant Children

Twice in less than a year, the federal government has lost track of nearly 1,500 migrant children after placing them in the homes of sponsors across the country, federal officials have acknowledged.  The Health and Human Services Department recently told Senate staffers that case managers could not find 1,488 children after they made follow-up calls to check on their safety from April through June. That number represents about 13 percent of all unaccompanied children the administration moved… Read Full Article

Senator Pushes Woman Accusing Kavanaugh of Assault to Testify

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee wrote a letter Wednesday to the lawyers for the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of assault when they were teenagers, informing them of steps the woman must take by Friday if she plans to testify about the 36-year-old incident on Monday. California psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford has accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her 36 years ago when both were in high school, an alleged attack that left Ford fearful for… Read Full Article

EU Leaders Seek to Overcome Stumbling Blocks to Brexit Deal

European Union leaders have gathered in Salzburg, Austria, for an informal discussion of key issues, including the terms of Britain's withdrawal from the bloc. Britain's conservative government has lost a majority and with it the mandate for a so-called "hard Brexit," in which Britain would leave the EU's single market and customs union. It is now seeking a compromise. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports.