Voa news - 22/09/2022 22:27  

Biden Pledges More Federal Help for Puerto Rico

The U.S. government is sending money and personnel to Puerto Rico to help the territory in the Caribbean recover from Hurricane Fiona, which has reportedly killed eight people on the island. The destructive storm devastated Puerto Rico's fragile power grid, blacking out the island, which is home to 3 million people. During a visit Thursday to the New York City office of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, President Joe Biden received a briefing and announced more help is on the way. “Too many homes and businesses are still without power, without clean drinking water,' Biden said. “Yesterday at the governor's request I immediately approved an expedited major
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01/10/2022
The U.S. government is sending money and personnel to Puerto Rico to help the territory in the Caribbean recover from Hurricane Fiona, which has reportedly killed eight people on the island. The destructive storm devastated Puerto Rico's fragile power grid, blacking out the island, which is home to 3 million people. During a visit Thu [Read more]
01/10/2022
The past and future of film mingle like a pair of moviegoers huddled in debate outside a movie theater at the New York Film Festival, which on Friday launches its 60th edition with the premiere of Noah Baumbach's Don DeLillo adaptation "White Noise."  In those six decades, the Lincoln Center festival has been arguably the premier Ameri [Read more]
01/10/2022
The U.S. on Friday sanctioned more than 1,000 people and firms connected to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, including its Central Bank governor and families of Security Council members, after President Vladimir Putin signed treaties absorbing occupied regions of Ukraine into Russia, in defiance of international law. The Treasury Departmen [Read more]
01/10/2022
The world now has stunning new photos of this week's asteroid strike, the first planetary defense test of its kind. NASA on Thursday released pictures of the dramatic event taken by the Hubble and Webb space telescopes. A few hours later, SpaceX joined NASA in announcing that they're studying the feasibility of sending a private missio [Read more]
01/10/2022
The James Webb and Hubble telescopes on Thursday revealed their first images of a spacecraft deliberately smashing into an asteroid, as astronomers indicated that the impact looks to have been much greater than expected. The world's telescopes turned their gaze toward the space rock Dimorphos earlier this week for a historic test of Ear [Read more]
01/10/2022
Eight cheetahs have been brought from Africa to India this month to conserve a species that became extinct in the South Asian country seven decades ago. While the project is hugely challenging, conservationists say the benefits go beyond conserving the world's fastest land animal – if successful, it could help save neglected ecosystems [Read more]
01/10/2022
Cholera is surging around the globe, the World Health Organization warns. Flareups of the deadly disease have been reported in 26 countries in the first nine months of this year. In comparison, fewer than 20 countries reported cholera outbreaks per year between 2017 and 2021. In addition to greater frequency, the WHO reports the outbrea [Read more]
01/10/2022
Scientists are discovering a new chapter in the evolution of life on Earth. It's like a new Galapagos Island has sprouted in the Pacific Ocean. But this one is made of plastic. Steve Baragona reports. [Read more]
01/10/2022
Key U.S. lawmakers are rebuking Iran for its human rights record in the aftermath of the death of a young woman while held in captivity by the country's morality police for failing to properly cover her hair with a hijab. The lawmakers rebuffed claims by Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in his speech Wednesday at the U.N. General Assembl [Read more]
01/10/2022
Arizona Democrats vowed Saturday to fight for women's rights after a court reinstated a law first enacted during the Civil War that bans abortion in nearly all circumstances, looking to capitalize on an issue they hope will have a major impact on the midterm elections. Republican candidates were silent a day after the ruling, which said [Read more]
01/10/2022
Two Republican senators have expressed concern to the Biden administration at the growing cooperation between Moscow and Pyongyang over Russia's war in Ukraine. "We are troubled by news reports that Russia and North Korea are strengthening their relationship, which will aid [Russian President] Vladimir Putin's unjust and unprovoked [Read more]
01/10/2022
Democratic lawmakers have unveiled a stopgap spending measure to finance the federal government through December 16, provide additional support to Ukraine and help communities respond to recent natural disasters.  Both chambers of Congress must approve legislation by Friday, which is the end of the fiscal year, to prevent a partial gov [Read more]
01/10/2022
A renewable energy plant being commissioned in Oregon on Wednesday that combines solar power, wind power and massive batteries to store the energy generated there is the first utility-scale plant of its kind in North America. The project, which will generate enough electricity to power a small city at maximum output, addresses a key cha [Read more]
01/10/2022
With roosters crowing in the background as he speaks from the crowded refugee camp in Bangladesh that's been his home since 2017, Maung Sawyeddollah, 21, describes what happened when violent hate speech and disinformation targeting the Rohingya minority in Myanmar began to spread on Facebook. “We were good with most of the people ther [Read more]
01/10/2022
A top U.N. official last week said the syndicates running Asia's massive online fraud industry will rotate operations among lawless areas of Southeast Asia unless governments cooperate to bring them down, after Cambodia said it was cracking down on cybercrime compounds. The networks have swindled hundreds of millions of dollars, regiona [Read more]
01/10/2022
Australia has asked the American FBI to help catch computer hackers responsible for one of Australia's biggest data breaches. Personal details, including home addresses, driver license and passport numbers, of more than 10 million customers of the Singapore-owned telecom giant Optus were stolen. A massive amount of personal information [Read more]
01/10/2022
Standing in line to try to buy food, Rekha Begum is distraught. Like many others in Bangladesh, she is struggling to find affordable daily essentials like rice, lentils and onions. "I went to two other places, but they told me they don't have supplies. Then I came here and stood at the end of the queue," said Begum, 60, as she waited fo [Read more]
01/10/2022
Markets sold off around the world on mounting signs the global economy is weakening just as central banks raise the pressure even more with additional hikes of interest rates.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed Friday at its lowest point of the year. The S&P 500 fell 1.7%, close to its 2022 low.   Energy prices also closed sha [Read more]
01/10/2022
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) cites top-ranked Switzerland, followed by the United States and Sweden, as the world's most innovative economies.  WIPO uses some 80 indicators to rank the innovative performance of 132 economies. These include measures on the political environment, education, infrastructure, business [Read more]
01/10/2022
Nepali tea producers are increasingly worried about a proposal in India's parliament that could make it much harder for them to sell tea to their giant southern neighbor and most important customer. The proposal, contained in a June 2022 recommendation from India's Parliamentary Standing Committee on Commerce, calls for much stricter st [Read more]