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US Navy Chief: Aircraft Carrier Could Pass Through Taiwan Strait

The U.S. Navy has not ruled out sending an aircraft carrier through the Taiwan Strait, despite military technology advances by China that pose a greater threat to U.S. warships than ever before, the chief of U.S. naval operations said Friday. Washington sent ships through the strategic waterway three times last year as it makes more frequent ...

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 A Look at the History and Importance of Congress' Power to Investigate

When Democratic lawmakers won the majority in the House of Representatives in recent elections, they not only won the ability to better shape legislation in the House, they also gained the enormous power of investigation. Investigations have always been an important way for Congress members to hold government officials accountable, to inform ...

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Pompeo Meets Top Iraqi Officials During Unannounced Visit to Baghdad

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with top Iraqi officials Wednesday during an unannounced visit to Baghdad. Pompeo's visit coincided with ...

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Malaysia’s King, an Unusual Monarch, Abruptly Leaves His Job

Malaysian kings only serve five-year terms, but Sultan Muhammad V lasted only two years, prompting widespread speculation about his departure.

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French Gilets Jaunes: Who is protest leader Eric Drouet?

One of the leaders of the "gilets jaunes" protests is arrested a second time, prompting an outcry.

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Russia Reportedly Charged Former US Marine with Espionage

Russia has charged former U.S. Marine Paul Whelan with espionage, according to an Interfax news agency report that has not been independently ...

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(Im)migration News Recap, Dec. 23-29

Editor's note: We want you to know what's happening, why and how it could impact your life, family or business, so we created a weekly digest of the top original immigration, migration and refugee reporting from across VOA. Questions? Tips? ...

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US Announces Steps to Prevent More Immigrant Child Deaths

Family and friends are mourning the loss of a second Guatemalan child who died while in the custody of U.S. border patrol agents. Eight-year-old Felipe Gomez Alonzo passed away just after midnight Christmas Day, the same day a 7-year-old girl was laid to rest in her impoverished Guatemalan village. The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol said while ...

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