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22
OCT
4am

Angry Kurds Hurl Potatoes and Insults at Retreating US Military Convoys

U.S. forces crossed into Iraq from northeastern Syria Monday, part of the broader withdrawal from the region that was ordered by President Donald Trump ahead of a Turkish incursion. Some analysts say the U.S. retreat from parts of Syria creates a vacuum for countries like Russia, with Russian President Vladimir Putin set to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayiip Erdogan Tuesday for high-stakes talks on what happens next in Syria.  VOA’s Diplomatic Correspondent Cindy Saine has more from Washington.
20
OCT
1am

DC Chefs Stand Against Domestic Violence

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in the U.S., and numerous events are organized throughout the country to attract attention to the seriousness and scale of the issue. In the nation’s capital, the best restaurant chefs gathered to cook and eat for a cause. Karina Bafradzhian has the story.
 
19
OCT
1am

Calling Someone 'Illegal Alien' in NYC Can Result in a Serious Fine

New York City is an incredible collection of diversity. People from around the world come to live and work here, but that doesn't mean that racism isn't a problem. That's why the NYC Commission on Human Rights backed a law that can impose a hefty fine on people who use the term "Illegal Alien" in a hateful way. Nina Vishneva has this story narrated by Anna Rice. 
 
18
OCT
3am

Albuquerque Balloon Festival Draws Massive Crowds

Every October, for the past 48 years, hot air balloons have been filling the skies over Albuquerque, New Mexico, giving spectators both on and off the ground a visual feast of rare beauty. VOA's Julie Taboh visited the southwestern state's largest city to see how a modest launch of 13 balloons almost five decades ago has evolved into the largest ballooning event in the world.
 
18
OCT
3am

Tensions Running High in Washington Over Impeachment and Syria

Official Washington finds itself consumed by the twin crises of impeachment and Syria this week.  President Donald Trump is trying to fend off congressional Democrats moving toward impeachment, even as he faces a fierce backlash from some Republicans over his decision to pull U.S. forces out of Syria. Trump is used to weathering political storms, but this one is particularly intense, as we hear from VOA National correspondent Jim Malone.
 
18
OCT
2am

California Power Companies Race to Upgrade Systems

The lights are back on through most of the state of California, where 2 million people saw their power cut during the past week in a precautionary effort to prevent wildfires.  As VOA's Mike O'Sullivan reports, a heightened fire risk has left power companies racing to upgrade transmission systems, which sometimes spark the blazes. 
18
OCT
2am

Powerful, Respected US Congressman at Center of Impeachment Inquiry Dies

Democratic U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings, a powerful and respected voice in Washington, passed away Thursday at the age of 68. Cummings was one of the heads of an impeachment committee investigating President Donald Trump.  The late U.S. congressman, who represented the state of Maryland, was also an inspirational figure for many, especially African Americans.  VOA's Congressional correspondent Katherine Gypson has more from Capitol Hill.
 
17
OCT
3am

Trump Defends His Decision on Syria After Rebuke by Own Party Members

U.S. President Donald Trump faced a strong rebuke from lawmakers of both parties Wednesday over his decision to withdraw U.S. forces from northeastern Syria. The withdrawal was quickly followed by Turkey's assault on Syrian Kurds, who were a key U.S. ally in the fight against Islamic State terrorists. The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly Thursday in favor of a resolution condemning Trump's decision. Trump says he is demanding a halt to Turkey's incursion into northern Syria. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports.
 
16
OCT
5am

Analysts: Trump Is Playing for Time With Erdogan

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is heading a U.S. delegation traveling to Turkey on Wednesday on behalf of President Donald Trump. The delegation, which also includes Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, United States National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien, and Ambassador James Jeffrey is tasked with persuading Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to reach an immediate cease-fire in northern Syria with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports the sanctions Trump imposed on Turkey Monday for assault on the Kurds in Syria are generally considered to be ineffective.
15
OCT
9am

US Farmers Harvest Crops amid Trade, Impeachment Uncertainty

U.S. farmers face another season of uncertainty – how much of their crops can they harvest before the weather turns, what price will they get for them, and where will those crops go once they are harvested?  As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, the answers, to a degree, rest on the outcome of issues now in the hands of U.S. lawmakers and trade negotiators.
15
OCT
6am

Changing Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples' Day Gains National Approval

For many Americans, the annual Columbus Day holiday honors the heritage and contributions of the 17 million-plus Italian Americans living in the United States. But honoring navigator Christopher Columbus has long been considered by many as an affront to Native Americans who were in the so-called New World long before Columbus arrived in 1492. On a mission to "correct history" and honor the resilience of America’s Indigenous peoples, a growing movement to change the holiday is picking up steam across the country. VOA’s Ramon Taylor and Julie Taboh report.
15
OCT
6am

Trump Set to Sanction Turkey Over Incursion to Northern Syria

The Trump administration is set to impose economic sanctions on Turkey, potentially as early as this week, for its military incursion into Syria. Ankara launched the offensive last week, after President Donald Trump abruptly pulled American forces from Northern Syria, where they had kept a fragile peace among competing forces. White House Correspondent Patsy Widakuswara has this report.

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