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Taking Care: The Cost Of Child Care In 2019

More than 60 percent of parents said it was difficult to find affordable, high-quality child care in their community in a 2015 survey.

Venezuela: US withdraws all staff from Caracas embassy

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the move reflects the "deteriorating situation" in the country.

DR Congo: Violence may be crime against humanity, UN says

People were burnt alive and a two-year-old was thrown into a septic tank, a UN investigation says.

How urban farming is helping to feed Tokyo

How creative urban farming is helping to feed Tokyo city’s residents

Missing Catherine Shaw: Guatemala death 'a tragic accident'

Catherine Shaw may have fallen while climbing a mountain in Guatemala, a charity says.

US Pawn Shops Offer Loans for Hidden Treasures

You never know what you will find in a pawnshop.  Where else can you find a snow blower parked next to a mink jacket? Or an ornate 19th century mantle clock from France next to modern-day laptop computers? At Top Dollar Pawn in Waldorf, Maryland, a man comes in wanting to sell the gold caps from his deceased grandfather's teeth. While some would be taken aback, the affable store manager Stuffie Carroll is not. "This happens all the time," he said, as he explains to the customer that the… Read Full Article

Pawn Business Growing in the United States

Pawn shops are popular in the United States, with 30 million people visiting more than 11-thousand stores every year. Most are small independent businesses, where customers buy and sell items, or get a quick cash loan. For people without credit or other financial resources, pawn shops can help them get the money they need. While many people have a negative idea of pawn shops as seedy places, the business has changed for the better over the past 30 years - as VOA's Deborah Block discovered.

UK economy stalls despite strong January

The economy expanded by 0.5% in January but three monthly growth remained weak.

UN Agency: Thousands Trapped in Yemen's Northern Flashpoint

A U.N. humanitarian agency warned in a report Tuesday that thousands of Yemeni civilians caught in fierce clashes between warring factions are trapped in an embattled northern district. The number of displaced in the district of Hajjah has doubled over the past six months, said the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, or OCHA. The impoverished governorate is home of Yemen’s most recent flashpoint district of Kusher where “thousands of civilians are reportedly trapped… Read Full Article

Algeria protests against Bouteflika continue despite talks

Protesters accuse President Abdelaziz Bouteflika of a ploy to prolong his 20-year rule.