Bolivian Military Deploys Armored Vehicles to End Blockade of Key Gas Plant

Bolivian Military Deploys Armored Vehicles to End Blockade of Key Gas Plant

Nov/20 By

Bolivian police and military forces used armored vehicles and helicopters to clear access to a major gas plant in the city of El Alto on Tuesday, a show of strength after blockades at the facility had cut off fuel supply to nearby La Paz. Helicopters flew above roads around the …

‘New Hope’ as 38 More Colombian Municipalities Cleared of Landmines

‘New Hope’ as 38 More Colombian Municipalities Cleared of Landmines

Nov/20 By

Thirty-eight more Colombian municipalities are considered free of landmines and unexploded ordinance, President Ivan Duque said Tuesday, as civilian and military efforts to remove improvised explosives continue despite ongoing conflict in some areas. Colombia was once among the countries where people suffered the most injuries from landmines, one result of …

Bei Bei, Washington’s Eligible Bachelor Panda, Heads to China

Bei Bei, Washington’s Eligible Bachelor Panda, Heads to China

Nov/20 By

After a month of preparations and goodbyes, Bei Bei, the Washington National Zoo’s most eligible giant panda bachelor, was on his way to China on Tuesday, where scientists hope he will help increase the population of his species. The departure of 4-year-old Bei Bei to his parents’ homeland had been …

US, S. Korea Break Off Defense Cost Talks Amid Backlash Over Trump Demand

US, S. Korea Break Off Defense Cost Talks Amid Backlash Over Trump Demand

Nov/19 By

South Korean and U.S. officials broke off talks on Tuesday aimed at settling the cost burden for Seoul of hosting the U.S. military, South Korea’s Foreign Ministry said, amid a public backlash over a U.S. demand for a sharp increase in the bill. Officials had resumed a planned two-day negotiation …

Union Raises Money to Help US Diplomats Pay Impeachment Legal Bills

Union Raises Money to Help US Diplomats Pay Impeachment Legal Bills

Nov/19 By

The union representing U.S. diplomats said on Monday it has raised tens of thousands of dollars in the last week alone to help defray the legal costs of foreign service officers who have testified in U.S. President Donald Trump’s impeachment inquiry. The American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) also issued a …

Warren’s ‘Medicare for All’ Plan Reignites Health Care Clash

Warren’s ‘Medicare for All’ Plan Reignites Health Care Clash

Nov/19 By

Elizabeth Warren’s proposal to gradually move the country to a government-funded health care system has further inflamed the debate over “Medicare for All,” likely ensuring the issue will play a significant role in this week’s Democratic presidential debate. The Massachusetts senator announced Friday that her administration would immediately build on existing …

Indian Students Face Off With Police Amid Fee Protest

Indian Students Face Off With Police Amid Fee Protest

Nov/18 By

Hundreds of students from a New Delhi university faced off Monday with police, who stopped their march toward Parliament to protest increased student housing fees.                     The students from Jawaharlal Nehru University chanted slogans and attempted to cross police barricades. Police detained several students during the march.                     …

China Calls on US to ‘Stop Flexing Muscles’ in South China Sea

China Calls on US to ‘Stop Flexing Muscles’ in South China Sea

Nov/18 By

China on Monday called on the U.S. military to stop flexing its muscles in the South China Sea and to avoid adding “new uncertainties” over Taiwan, during high-level talks that underscored tension between the world’s two largest economies. The remarks by Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe to U.S. Defense Secretary …

Nigeria’s Oscar Disqualification Sparks Push for Films in Native Languages

Nigeria’s Oscar Disqualification Sparks Push for Films in Native Languages

Nov/18 By

Nigeria’s Oscar Committee is urging the country’s filmmakers to use more native languages in their productions.  This, after the U.S. Academy Awards disqualified a Nigerian entry in the International Feature Film category because the movie used too much English.  While some in Nigeria’s Hollywood – known as Nollywood – support …

Poll: Buttigieg Surges Ahead of Democratic Rivals in Iowa

Poll: Buttigieg Surges Ahead of Democratic Rivals in Iowa

Nov/17 By

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg holds a clear lead among Democratic presidential candidates in Iowa, the state that will hold the first nominating contest in February, a new Des Moines Register/CNN/Mediacom opinion poll showed on Saturday. Buttigieg’s support climbed to 25%, a 16-point increase since the previous survey in September, …

Week 2 of Trump Impeachment Hearings: Diplomat Sondland at Forefront   

Week 2 of Trump Impeachment Hearings: Diplomat Sondland at Forefront   

Nov/17 By

Jennifer Williams, a special adviser to Vice President Mike Pence for Europe and Russia and who is a career Foreign Service officer, arrives for a closed-door interview on Capitol Hill in Washington, Nov. 7, 2019. Impeachment hearings targeting U.S. President Donald Trump are heading into a second week, with key …