Russian Lawmakers Vote to Bar Access to VOA, RFE/RL Journalists

Russia’s lower house of parliament voted Wednesday to bar access to journalists from VOA and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. The decision by the State Duma comes a day after the Russian justice ministry designated nine media outlets funded by the U.S. government as “foreign agents.” Tuesday’s designation forces the U.S. …

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Winds Churn California Wildfires, Keep Aircraft From Helping

VENTURA, CALIF. —  The same vicious winds that turned three Southern California wildfires into destructive dynamos were also making the firefight more difficult. The water-dropping planes and helicopters essential to taming and containing wildfires have been mostly grounded because it’s too dangerous to fly them in the strong wind. Tuesday …

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Nigeria Ramps Up Crusade Against Human Trafficking

ABUJA/LONDON —  By rewarding whistleblowers, boosting prosecutions and challenging beliefs in black magic, Nigeria is ramping up its crusade against human trafficking, backed by millions of pounds of British aid, anti-slavery and government officials said. Thousands of Nigerian women and girls are lured to Europe each year, making the treacherous …

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Brazil, US Identify Molecule to Help Fight Citrus Greening Disease

SAO PAULO —  Researchers have identified the molecule that attracts the insect that transmits citrus greening disease, a development expected to help farmers control a plague that has destroyed trees in growing regions of Brazil and the United States. The scientific breakthrough, shared with Reuters exclusively on Tuesday, is the …

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Republican Jeff Flake makes campaign donation to Roy Moore’s Democratic opponent – National

In a stunning move in opposition of his own party, Republican Sen. Jeff Flake says he has issued a contribution to the campaign of Doug Jones, the Democratic candidate opposing Roy Moore in Alabama. Flake made the announcement Tuesday on Twitter, noting “country before party” while also posting a picture …

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