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VOA Interview With UN Pakistani Envoy Lohdi

VOA's Margaret Besheer spoke with Pakistani U.N. Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi. Q: Amb. Lodhi, thanks for joining us. You just met with the U.N. secretary-general, can you tell us a bit about what you discussed? Lodhi:  I met the secretary-general to brief him on the serious situation that is emerging in our region. And the reason for that a spate of threatening statements from Indian leaders in the wake of the incident that occurred in Pulwama in occupied Kashmir. He started the meeting by… Read Full Article

Is High Finance Growing a Social Conscience?

Financiers who turnaround companies by injecting them with capital are increasingly considering the environmental and social impact of their investments, according to a survey published Tuesday by consulting firm PwC. The survey found a growing cohort of these financiers, called private equity firms, have embraced this ethical investment strategy, known as responsible investing or environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing. For a long time, responsible investing was a niche… Read Full Article

Juncker: Hungary's Ruling Party Doesn't Belong in Europe's Center-right

The party of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban should leave the mainstream European center-right grouping, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said, comparing Orban to French far-right leader Marine Le Pen. The unusually sharp comments, made at a public meeting in Stuttgart, Germany, came after the Hungarian government unveiled a new poster campaign accusing Juncker and philanthropist George Soros of wanting to flood Hungary with migrants. "Against lies there's not much… Read Full Article

US Automakers to Trump: Don't Slap Tariffs on Imported Cars

America's auto industry is bracing for a potential escalation in President Donald Trump's tariff war with the world, one that could weaken the global auto industry and economy, inflate car prices and trigger a backlash in Congress. Late Sunday, the Commerce Department sent the White House a report on the results of an investigation Trump had ordered of whether imported vehicles and parts pose a threat to U.S. national security. Commerce hasn't made its recommendations public, and the White… Read Full Article

Trump Says No 'Magical Date' for Imposing More Tariffs on China    

President Donald Trump says there is no "magical date" for reaching a trade deal with China, suggesting again the March 1 deadline for new tariffs could be pushed up. "I think the talks are going very well," Trump told reporters at the White House Tuesday. "I can't tell you exactly about the timing. The date is not a magical date because a lot of things are happening. We'll see what happens." He called the trade negotiations "very complex." Trump had set March 1 as the deadline for hiking… Read Full Article

Future Styles: Could Virtual Clothes Reduce Damage of Fast Fashion?

Striking a pose in the mirror, Swedish model and stylist Lisa Anckarman shows off a new jacket with a difference on Instagram – though it fits her perfectly in the photo, it's a virtual design that does not exist in real life. She is among a number of trendsetters embracing cutting-edge technology that offers the opportunity to sate appetites for fast fashion while dramatically slashing the emissions, pollution and labor abuses linked to the garment industry. "I really liked the idea and… Read Full Article

Trump: 'No Rush' to See North Korea Denuclearize

U.S. President Donald Trump is downplaying expectations for his second summit next week with North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un, but is predicting "it'll be a very exciting couple of days." Trump said he spoke on Tuesday with South Korean President Moon Jae-in about the upcoming talks and he will also be phoning Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday. Moon told Trump that Seoul "is ready to play that role by reconnecting inter-Korean railways and roads and launching inter-Korean… Read Full Article

Death Toll From Northwest Nigeria Attack Doubles to 130

The death toll from an attack last week by gunmen in northwestern Nigeria has doubled to more than 130, the Kaduna state governor said on Tuesday, adding it appeared to have been a deliberate plan to "wipe out certain communities." Governor Nasir el-Rufai did not elaborate on what he meant. Those killed in last week's attack were mainly from the Fulani ethnic group, who are usually Muslim and have been involved in clashes in recent years with people from the Adara ethnic group, who are… Read Full Article

Oxfam: Forced Marriages Aren't Going Away in South Sudan

A new report by British charity Oxfam warns that another generation of girls in South Sudan will miss out on education, face high health risks during childbirth, and be more likely to face sexual and domestic violence unless the country takes more steps to eliminate forced marriages. The report, Born to Be Married, states that South Sudan is one of the most difficult places in the world for girls to receive an education. Most girls drop out of school due in part to forced marriage at young… Read Full Article

Thousands protest against anti-Semitism in France

Around 70 demonstrations took place across France against a spate of anti-Semitic attacks.