BUENOS AIRES - Two lakes in a far-flung coastal region of Patagonia, in Argentina, have turned fluorescent pink, an as-of-yet unexplained phenomena that local environmentalists fear could be harmful and caused by industrial contamination.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump urged senior Justice Department officials to declare the results of the 2020 election "corrupt" in a December phone call, according to handwritten notes from one of the participants in the conversation.
WASHINGTON - Former President Donald Trump suffered a pair of setbacks Friday when the Justice Department cleared the way for the release of his tax records and also disclosed a memo showing he urged top officials to falsely claim his election defeat was "corrupt."
CHARLOTTETOWN, CANADA - Canada’s decision to reopen its borders to international visitors is encouraging tourism operators in tiny Prince Edward Island, who are hoping the Asian visitors who have become a mainstay of the province’s economy will soon be back.
Best known in Asia as the setting for the “Anne of Green Gables” novels, this province in Atlantic Canada has long been a magnet for visitors — especially from Japan and more recently China — who come to visit the house where the century-old children’s stories are set.
VANCOUVER, CANADA - Weeks after the discovery of more than 1,000 probable unmarked graves at now-closed schools for indigenous people, leaders of Canada's First Nations are torn over whether to press for further forensic investigation and the repatriation of remains, or to let the sites be preserved undisturbed.
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Justice Department is warning states that are conducting or considering audits of the 2020 election that they may be using procedures that violate federal protections against voter intimidation and other statutes.
The warning comes as Arizona Republicans continue a controversial review of the 2020 vote count in the state’s largest county while Republican officials in four other battleground states where former President Donald Trump lost to President Joe Biden are pursuing similar efforts.
“Election audits are exceedingly rare,” the Justice Department said in new guidance on post-election audits issued on Wednesday. “But the Department is concerned that some jurisdictions conducting them may be using, or proposing to use, procedures that risk violating the Civil Rights Act.”
Post-election reviews of ballots have long been part of election administration that is handled by election officials. But audits of the 2020 election drawing the Justice Department’s attention are unofficial and are being pushed by Republican allies of Trump who allege that the election was marred by widespread fraud, costing Trump his reelection.
In addition to Arizona, Republicans in four other states that Trump lost – Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin – have been pressing ahead with efforts to review the 2020 election results, according to the Brennan Center for Justice.
“I think the reason we're issuing this guidance is to tell jurisdictions generally that we are concerned that if they're going to conduct these audits, so-called audits of the past election, they have to comply with federal law and warning them that they can't conduct these audits in a way that is going to intimidate voters,” a Justice Department official said.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI - Haitians displaced by gang incursions into swaths of the capital now live on the sharpest edge of insecurity in the Caribbean country, which is reeling from the assassination of President Jovenel Moise earlier this month.
ARLINGTON, TEXAS - Republican Jake Ellzey of Texas won a U.S. House seat on Tuesday night over rival backed by Donald Trump, dealing the former president a defeat in a test of his endorsement power since leaving office.
Four U.S. police officers told a congressional investigating committee in tearful, gripping detail on Tuesday how an angry mob of supporters of then-President Donald Trump rampaged into the U.S. Capitol last January 6 in a futile attempt to block certification of Democrat Joe Biden’s victory in last November’s presidential election.
WASHINGTON / PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI - Some Haitian officials are expressing doubt and criticism about U.S. Special Envoy Daniel Foote's mission in Haiti after he had meetings over the weekend with National Police Chief Leon Charles and Senate President Joseph Lambert.
🔵 Suite à la demande de l'ex- Premier Ministre, Claude Joseph, peu après l'assassinat du Président Jovenel Moïse; pour qu'Haïti bénéficie du support des nations unies, l'ambassadeur Daniel FOOTE envoyé spécial pour Haïti, l'Ambassadeur des États-Unis, Michele J. SISON, (1/4) pic.twitter.com/uAlpoE9CWv
J'ai été l'invité des ambassadeurs Sison et Foote. Notre conversation a été intense. Nos échanges ont considéré la situation d'Haïti qui est dans l'impasse et l'urgence des actions qui doivent être bonnes pour refaire les institutions de l'État. pic.twitter.com/A6ZvU8XUgn
Today I traveled as a part of a Presidential Delegation to attend the funeral of Haitian President Moise. Unfortunately, after nearby gunshots, we had to quickly evacuate. Here’s a short video from #Haiti: pic.twitter.com/UD0X2PEhC4
WASHINGTON - A group of centrist U.S. senators remained deadlocked Monday on trying to reach agreement on a $1.2 trillion infrastructure package to repair the country’s deteriorating roads and bridges and boost funding for broadband internet service.
TRELEW, ARGENTINA - A lagoon in Argentina's southern Patagonia region has turned bright pink in a striking, but frightful phenomenon experts and activists blame on pollution by a chemical used to preserve prawns for export.
WASHINGTON - Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, on Sunday named a second Republican, Congressman Adam Kinzinger, to the select committee to investigate the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by hundreds of supporters of then-President Donald Trump.
Kinzinger, an Illinois lawmaker, joins Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney, both of them vocal critics of Trump, on the panel, which is set to start hearing testimony on Tuesday. The panel is investigating the chaos that occurred as lawmakers were certifying Democrat Joe Biden’s victory over Trump in last November’s election to become the country’s 46th president.
Pelosi named Cheney to the panel weeks ago, while Kinzinger’s selection comes after House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy last week pulled all five of his Republican appointments to the committee when Pelosi rejected two of them as biased against an independent review of how and why the riot occurred.
"Speaker Pelosi’s rejection of the Republican nominees to serve on the committee and self-appointment of members who share her pre-conceived narrative will not yield a serious investigation,” McCarthy said in a statement Sunday.
MANAGUA, NICARAGUA - Nicaraguan police placed under house arrest a seventh presidential contender on Saturday, meaning that almost all of those who could have challenged President Daniel Ortega in the November 7 elections have now been detained.
GUATEMALA CITY - Guatemala's attorney general has removed the leader of the Special Prosecutor's Office Against Impunity less than two months after U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris stressed the office's importance amid a growing push against anti-corruption efforts in the country.
The discoveries of hundreds of unmarked graves at former residential schools for Indigenous children in Canada have prompted renewed calls for a reckoning over the traumatic legacy of similar schools in the United States — and in particular by the churches that operated many of them.
WASHINGTON - As lawmakers on Capitol Hill struggle to advance a bipartisan bill to invest in the country’s critical infrastructure, the most powerful Republican in Washington signaled that his party’s cooperation with Democrats has limits.
WASHINGTON/CAP-HAITIEN, HAITI - Hundreds of protesters took to the streets in Cap-Haitien, Haiti, on the eve of slain President Jovenel Moise's national funeral to be held there Friday.
I welcome the Biden admin’s naming of Daniel Foote as special envoy for #Haiti. It’s a positive step toward supporting the Haitian people in restoring their democracy. https://t.co/lpJTxs6iog
U.S. President Joe Biden assailed the Cuban government Thursday for its crackdown on freedom protesters on the island nation and imposed sanctions on the head of the Cuban military and the internal security division that led the attacks on demonstrators.
A measure that would have allowed the United States Senate to begin debating a $1 trillion package of spending on roads, public transit, broadband, and more was defeated on a party line vote Wednesday afternoon, adding another link to the yearslong chain of failed attempts to rebuild the country's critical infrastructure.
WASHINGTON - Senate Republicans rejected an effort Wednesday to begin debate on the big infrastructure deal that a bipartisan group of senators brokered with President Joe Biden. But supporters in both parties remained hopeful of a better chance soon.
WASHINGTON - The Justice Department has accused Thomas Barrack, a longtime friend of former President Donald Trump and his 2017 inaugural committee chairman, of engaging in a wide-ranging scheme to favorably influence U.S. policy toward the United Arab Emirates without registering as a foreign agent as required by U.S. law.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI - Haiti's new prime minister, Ariel Henry, took office Tuesday in the aftermath of the president's assassination two weeks ago, pledging to improve the country's dire security and to organize long-delayed elections.
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA - Canadian officials announced that fully vaccinated American citizens and permanent residents can enter Canada for what is being called “discretionary travel” beginning August 9.
WASHINGTON/PORT-AU-PRINCE - Some members of Haiti's opposition say they will not support Prime Minister-designate Ariel Henry, whom President Jovenel Moise named to the position a day before he was assassinated. Interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph has led the country since the president was killed inside his private residence in the early hours of July 7.
WASHINGTON - Nearly nine months after last year’s U.S. presidential election, there’s one more loser – political polls – with a new analysis showing the 2020 surveys in advance of the November 3 vote were among the least accurate in decades.
WAKAYAMA, JAPAN - Germany’s Olympic soccer team walked off the field during a preparation match for the Tokyo Games on Saturday in response to alleged racist abuse from an opposing Honduras player toward German defender Jordan Torunarigha.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI - Martine Moise, the wife of Haiti's assassinated president who was injured in the July 7 attack at their private home, returned to the Caribbean nation on Saturday following her release from a Miami hospital.
The U.S. Justice Department will appeal a judge’s ruling that determined a federal program protecting young immigrants living in the U.S. from deportation is illegal, President Joe Biden said Saturday.
SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA - California lawmakers on Thursday approved the first state-funded guaranteed income plan in the U.S., $35 million for monthly cash payments to qualifying pregnant people and young adults who recently left foster care with no restrictions on how they spend it.
WASHINGTON - The United States will support an inclusive, credible Haitian government, Laura Lochman, the State Department’s acting deputy assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere Affairs, told VOA on Wednesday.
They’re still conservative, but some younger evangelicals are showing signs of being more liberal than their parents, splitting with their elders on issues like same-sex marriage, climate change and immigration.
“The people that I interviewed are much more accepting of immigrants and want to take what they see as a more biblical approach to that particular topic, because the Bible has several scriptural references that command being welcoming to the outsider,” says Terry Shoemaker, a lecturer at the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies at Arizona State University.
Shoemaker says he studied the evangelical community for a decade, spending time with members of both the older and younger generations. He attended four conservative evangelical mega churches every Sunday for a year, where he listened to sermons and chatted with people.
“I was interviewing older people who would tell me, ‘Well, this is what I think but my granddaughter thinks something totally different,’” says Shoemaker, who was drawn into evangelicalism during his teen years but no longer identifies with any religious group. “And so that really got me curious about the generational differences.”
A 2017 poll found that 45% of millennial members of one of the country’s most conservative religious groups — those born between 1981 and 1996 — favor same-sex marriage, compared to 23% of evangelicals born before 1981. On immigration, 27% of younger evangelicals say the growing immigrant population is a change for the better, compared to 13% of older evangelicals. And 55% of millennial evangelicals say stricter environmental laws are worth the cost, while 43% of their elders agree.
WASHINGTON - Senate Democrats announced Tuesday that they have reached a budget agreement among themselves that envisions spending $3.5 trillion over the coming decade. The fiscal plan would pave the way for Democrats' drive to direct a huge pool of federal resources at climate change, health care and family-service programs sought by President Joe Biden.
WASHINGTON / PORT-AU-PRINCE - Plans are under way for Haitian President Jovenel Moise's funeral.
.@SecBlinken: "Nou ekzòte dirijan politik peyi yo pou yo rasanble nan yon vizyon ki reyini plis moun, pou lapè ak sekirite epi pou yo louvri wout pou òganizasyon eleksyon lib epi jis ane sila-a." pic.twitter.com/ptusBacjCZ
Je suis indigné. Le Premier Ministre nommé #ArielHenry avoue que le ministre @ClaudeJoseph03 l'a dénoncé devant la délégation américaine. Injures graves, invectives, calomnies et atteinte ont fait le menu. Ah! ces imberbes...
PHILADELPHIA - President Joe Biden on Tuesday spoke in Philadelphia, the birthplace of the U.S. constitution, to charge that Republican maneuvering is putting democracy in the worst peril since the Civil War.
Protesters rallying against Cuba’s government on Sunday expressed a number of grievances, including the state of the country’s economy and the response to the coronavirus pandemic.
“What we want is change,” Yamila Monte, a Cuban domestic worker told AFP. “I have had enough.”
The protests were the largest against the government in decades and took place in the capital, Havana, as well as multiple areas across the country.
People “are angry because there is no food, because there are problems,” Yudeiky Valverde, a 39-year-old primary school employee told AFP.
AUSTIN, TEX. - Democrats in the Texas Legislature bolted Monday for Washington, and said they were ready to remain there for weeks in a second revolt against a GOP overhaul of election laws, forcing a dramatic new showdown over voting rights in America.
Cuba is known for mammoth, officially sanctioned gatherings to celebrate the anniversary of the Cuban Revolution and May Day, while even very much smaller anti-government demonstrations like those Sunday are very rare on the tightly controlled island.