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US Aircraft Carrier Begins Patrol in South China Sea – VOA Learning English (Feb 19, 2017)

A U.S. Navy aircraft carrier strike group has begun “routine operations” in the South China Sea. The operations came despite a warning from China not to interfere with Chinese sovereignty in the area. The U.S. Navy announced the operations on … Continue reading

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Venezuelan VP Dismisses US Sanctions – VOA Learning English (Feb 18, 2017)

The United States is accusing a top Venezuelan official of being a major international drug trafficker. The Trump administration has announced sanctions against Vice President Tareck El Aissami for his reported involvement in cocaine shipments from Venezuela. The administration barred … Continue reading

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Flight Attendants Train to Watch for Human Trafficking – VOA Learning English (Feb 17, 2017)

Flight attendant Sheila Fedrick says she knew something was wrong when she saw a teenage girl with greasy hair sitting on an airplane next to an older man. The girl had bruises, possible evidence that she had been hurt. The … Continue reading

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Arrests, Dismissals Continue under Presidential Powers in Turkey – VOA Learning English (Feb 17, 2017)

This week, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan signed into law constitutional changes designed to give him strong, wide powers. The reforms are being hotly debated. Supporters say they will strengthen democracy. Opponents say the reforms could lead to dictatorship. Turks … Continue reading

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Killing in Malaysia Seen as Evidence of North Korea’s Illegal Acts – VOA Learning English (Feb 16, 2017)

The apparent assassination of the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has increased support for critics of the country’s government. Those critics accuse North Korea of being a state that operates outside the law. They say the government … Continue reading

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Expanded Panama Canal Still Facing Problems – VOA Learning English (Feb 15, 2017)

Over seven months have passed since Panamanian officials launched an expansion of the world famous Panama Canal. Officials agreed to the expansion so that many of the world’s largest cargo ships could easily pass through the canal. Yet the Associated … Continue reading

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Half-brother of Kim Jong Un Killed in Malaysia – VOA Learning English (Feb 14, 2017)

South Korean media say the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been killed in Malaysia. A South Korean government official said that Kim Jong Nam was killed Monday, the Yonhap news agency reported. The official did not … Continue reading

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Russia Looks to Tillerson after Flynn Resignation – VOA Learning English (Feb 14, 2017)

Russian officials hope the new U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will work to improve relations between the two countries despite the resignation of Michael Flynn, the national security advisor. Flynn resigned Monday night following reports that he had not … Continue reading

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Turkmen President Re-elected with 98 Percent of Vote – VOA Learning English (Feb 13, 2017)

The president of Turkmenistan won re-election with nearly 98 percent of the votes, the country’s election commission reported. President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov was elected to a third term which will last for seven years. He was first elected president in 2006. … Continue reading

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Experts Weigh Influence of China-Led Development Banks – VOA Learning English (Feb 13, 2017)

In a little over one year, Chinese-based development banks have made $3 billion available for projects in a number of countries. Yet some observers question whether the banks will provide support for China’s One Belt, One Road program. It seeks … Continue reading

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