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Opposition Leftist Races to Big Lead in Honduras Election Vote Count (Reuters, VoA)

Leftist opposition candidate Xiomara Castro raced to an early lead in the Honduran presidential election on Sunday, partial election results showed, putting her in pole position to become the first female leader of the Central American country. Opposition Leftist Races to Big Lead in Honduras Election Vote Count (voanews.com)

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Taiwan, Europe Must Defend Democracy Together, President Says (VoA)

Taiwan and Europe must work together to defend against authoritarianism and disinformation, President Tsai Ing-wen told visiting lawmakers from the Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia on Monday. Lithuania has faced sustained pressure from China, which claims Taiwan as its own territory, since allowing the opening of a de facto Taiwanese embassy in its […]

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Delhi’s Air Pollution Crisis Prompts Shutdown of Thermal Plants, Schools, Colleges (Anjana Pasricha, VoA)

With the Indian capital enveloped in a haze of toxic smog, authorities ordered six thermal plants in the city’s vicinity to shut temporarily, closed schools and colleges indefinitely and imposed work-from-home restrictions to control pollution levels that turned severe on several days this month. Delhi’s Air Pollution Crisis Prompts Shutdown of Thermal Plants, Schools, Colleges […]

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Taliban ‘Open Letter’ Appeals to US Congress to Unfreeze Afghan Assets (Ayaz Gul, VoA)

The Taliban foreign minister Wednesday penned an “open letter” to the U.S. Congress, warning of a mass refugee exodus from Afghanistan unless the United States unblocks more than $9 billion in Afghan central bank assets and ends other financial sanctions against the country. Amir Khan Muttaqi wrote that the sanctions “have not only played havoc” […]

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Blinken Visits Kenya to Discuss Partnership, Regional Issues (VoA)

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken visits Kenya Wednesday to discuss “the partnership” between the two countries and to address regional issues such as ending the violence in Ethiopia, combating terrorism in Somalia and reviving Sudan’s transition to a civilian government, the State Department said Tuesday. Blinken Visits Kenya to Discuss Partnership, Regional Issues (voanews.com)

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Biden Touts Infrastructure Bill at Snowy, Rusty Bridge in NH (Associated Press, VoA)

Fighting sagging poll ratings, President Joe Biden set out Tuesday on a national tour to persuade everyday Americans of the benefits of his big, just-signed infrastructure plan. First stop: a snowy, rusty bridge in New Hampshire, a state that gave him no love in last year’s presidential primaries. Biden left the state in February 2020 […]

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Phnom Penh Rebuffs US Sanctions of Cambodian Military Leaders (Sok Khemara, VoA)

The United States announced sanctions against two high-level Cambodian military officials last week, setting off a storm of invectives from Phnom Penh and ratcheting up tensions related to Chinese development around the strategically located Ream Naval Base. In statements about the decision, the U.S. specifically cited corruption related to the naval base, which has become a […]

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US, Chinese Officials Laud Progress in Inaugural Presidential Meeting (Anita Powell, VoA)

Officials in Washington and Beijing said Tuesday that the inaugural meeting between President Joe Biden and President Xi Jinping was “candid” and could pave the path for progress in their tense relationship on a range of issues of global importance. The two leaders, who have previously met in person when they were vice presidents, held […]

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US Congress Restarts Push for China Legislation by Year’s End (Katherine Gypson, VoA)

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are renewing a push to pass legislation that would boost U.S. competition with China, amid rising concerns about the global supply chain. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Tuesday the long-stalled U.S. Innovation and Competition Act (USICA) would be added to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the massive annual defense […]

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Israel/Palestine. Abbas, Israeli DM Hold First High-level Talks in Years (VoA)

By Associated Press Israel’s defense minister held talks late Sunday with the Palestinian president in the first high-level meeting between the two sides in years, officials said. The meeting between Benny Gantz and Mahmoud Abbas signaled a possible shift of direction after the near-complete breakdown of communication between Abbas and Israeli leaders in recent years, under former […]

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North Korea. IAEA: Renewed Activity at N. Korea Nuclear Reactor ‘Deeply Troubling’ (VoA)

By Reuters North Korea appears to have restarted a nuclear reactor that is widely believed to have produced plutonium for nuclear weapons, the U.N. atomic watchdog said in an annual report, highlighting the isolated nation’s efforts to expand its arsenal. The signs of operation at the 5-megawatt (MW) reactor, which is seen as capable of producing weapons-grade […]

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Afghanistan/USA. US Evacuation Effort ‘Uninterrupted’ by Kabul Airport Rocket Attack  (VoA)

The White House said Monday operations “continue uninterrupted” at the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, after a rocket attack. Witnesses reported multiple rockets, with a U.S. official telling Reuters they were intercepted by a missile defense system. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement that President Joe Biden had been briefed on the […]