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Virginia Marks 400th Anniversary of Slave Ship Arrival 

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Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announced Saturday a new state commission to review educational standards for teaching black history in the state, as officials observed the arrival of enslaved Africans to what is now Virginia 400 years ago. Northam, who noted “we are a state that for too long has told a false story of ourselves,” […]

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VOA Town Hall Looks at Legacy of Slavery in US

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In August of 1619, several Africans were brought to Virginia in bondage, beginning more than two centuries of slavery in the United States. 400 years later, scholars at VOA’s town hall with Norfolk State University take a look at slavery’s bitter roots and it’s lasting impacts in the nation. VOA’s Jesusemen Oni has this report. […]

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As Trump’s trade war escalates to ‘new heights,’ Wall Street warns investors are in for more whiplash

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Market strategists across asset classes are warning investors the turbulence that’s proliferated in recent weeks will rage on as President Donald Trump’s trade war with China enters new territory. Referring to the US dollar’s strength, one foreign-exchange strategist told clients: “More losses are likely in the coming week as investors and central banks grow more […]

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54 Dead, Tens of Thousands Displaced in Heavy Sudan Flooding

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The United Nations reports nearly two months of heavy rains and flooding in Sudan have wiped out livelihoods, rendered tens of thousands of people homeless and created a humanitarian emergency that needs a swift international response. At least 54 people are known to have died from the torrential rains that have hit Sudan since the […]

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Professional gamers like Ninja use this music game to practice their aim and improve their mouse skills — Here’s how you can play for free

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“Osu!” is a free music game that lets you use a mouse, tablet or touch screen to follow along with different songs. Professional gamers use “Osu!” to practice aiming and improve their mouse skills. “Osu!” has tons of customization options— you can design your own tracks to play, or download hundreds made by other people […]

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A steadfast VMware bear says that the $4.8 billion it’s spending on big acquisitions doesn’t change its stagnating growth: ‘We still have concerns’ (VMW, DELL)

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VMware confirmed the speculation that it was buying its sister company Pivotal — and surprised Wall Street street by announcing a second multi-billion acquisition of Carbon Black, as well. The Pivotal deal is valued at $2.7 billion, and the Carbon Black deal is valued at $2.1 billion. Often when a billionaire has total control over […]

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Industrious’ CEO tells us why the coworking startup is ditching leases and managing property instead — bigger rival WeWork is eyeing a similar pivot to help erase losses

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Flex-office startup Industrious has nabbed $80 million in Series D funding, with investments from landlord-partners, Fifth Wall Capital, Equinox, and others. Industrious is up to 80 locations in 45 cities since launching in 2013, and has raised $222 million overall. The company is inking more management partnerships with landlords, where it designs and operates an […]

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Russian Spacecraft Fails to Dock With Space Station

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A Russian Soyuz spacecraft failed to dock with the International Space Station Saturday. The craft was carrying a humanoid robot that was scheduled to conduct a mission on the station with the cosmonauts who are there. NASA said on its blog that the docking system of the Soyuz spacecraft failed to properly lock onto its […]

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One market expert says flashing recession signals mean 3 years of negative returns for stocks — but he has a strategy that could still make investors a killing

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Cam Harvey — partner and senior advisor at Research Affiliates — ran an analysis averaging stock-market returns for the three years preceding the past seven yield curve inversions. He also did the same for the three-year periods afterwards. An inversion of the two- and 10-year yield curve has preceded every recession since 1950. Harvey advocates […]

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Democratic presidential candidates don’t want to sound too happy about the prospect of a Trump recession — even though it could be their ticket to victory in 2020

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Democrats face a dilemma in how to respond to the looming prospect of an economic downturn, which would likely dent US President Donald Trump’s chances of re-election in 2020. Democratic presidential candidates are wary of appearing to cheer on an event that could damage the finances of those whose votes they are seeking. Joe Biden […]

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Seoul’s Decision to End Intelligence-Sharing Pact Could Backfire 

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Kim Dong-hyun and Han Sang-mi contributed to this report, which originated with VOA’s Korean Service. WASHINGTON — Seoul’s decision to end a military intelligence pact with Tokyo could have far-reaching consequences that could put its own security at risk, reducing its ability to defend against potential North Korean aggression, experts say. Seoul announced Thursday it […]

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How Dozens of Nigerian Scammers Stole Millions from People, Businesses

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For years, dozens of scammers from Nigeria and other countries swindled millions of dollars from U.S. businesses and individuals, funneling the stolen money through accounts provided by two fellow Nigerian “brokers” based in Los Angeles. In the burgeoning underworld of online fraud, Nigerian nationals Velentine Iro and Chukwudi Christogunus Igbokwe were well-known operators who went […]

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Rohingya Reject Plans They Voluntarily Return to Myanmar

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Two years ago, Myanmar’s army drew international condemnation for driving more than 750,000 Muslim Rohingya into neighboring Bangladesh. This week the Myanmar and Bangladesh governments announced the beginning of a voluntary repatriation plan for many, however not a single person volunteered to go back. Steve Sandford spoke to refugees and rights workers about the prospect […]

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US, China Boost Tariffs on Each Other; Trump ‘Always Open to Talks’

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VOA State Department Correspondent Nike Ching contributed to this report. WHITE HOUSE — The trade war between Washington and Beijing further escalated Friday. The United States will additionally hike tariffs on Chinese products, President Donald Trump announced. Terming China’s announcement Friday of additional tariffs on $75 billion worth of American products “politically motivated,” Trump said […]

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51 Homes, 3 Businesses Lost in Alaska Wildfire

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A wildfire burning north of Anchorage has destroyed 51 homes and three businesses, officials said Friday. Another 84 buildings between the communities of Willow and Talkeetna, about 70 miles north of the state’s largest city, also have been destroyed, fire information manager Kale Casey said. Hundreds of people have been evacuated because of the fire […]

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Blasts Injure 120 Civilians This Week in Eastern Afghanistan

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Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province, a stronghold of Islamic State’s Khursan branch, was hit with more than a dozen bomb blasts recently, wounding more than 120 people, including 30 children. Among those children was Basharyar, who fled Afghanistan with his family years ago to neighboring Pakistan. VOA’s Zia Urahman Hasrat reports from Nangarhar. read more >>> […]

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Trump Fights Ruling That He Can’t Block Twitter Users

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President Donald Trump is challenging a federal appeals court decision that ruled he violated the U.S. Constitution by blocking people whose views he disliked from his Twitter account. In court papers filed late Friday by the U.S. Justice Department, Trump sought a rehearing by the full 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York, […]

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Tech’s elite gathered in San Francisco for 2 days of startup pitches, and it revealed the strange way Silicon Valley is grappling with its misgivings over Saudi money

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At Y Combinator’s annual pitch competition Demo Day, hundreds of investors come to San Francisco to hear from the accelerator’s latest group of founders. Three teams from Northern Africa or the Middle East presented to investors, pitching localized services like food delivery for underserved markets like Iraq and Egypt. Many investors, however, expressed concern investing […]