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Growing potatoes and carrots high in the wind-swept mountains of western Venezuela had always proven a challenge for Luis Villamizar. But as oil production in the South American country has collapsed under years of mismanagement and U.S. sanctions, many in the industry are confronting another hardship: Fuel shortages. “Nobody’s going…

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Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said on Tuesday any disruption to oil exports through the Strait of Hormuz will be a “major obstacle” for his country’s economy which has too few oil export outlets. His government was studying contingency plans to deal with possible disruption, including looking at alternative…

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H. Ross Perot, the colorful, self-made Texas billionaire who rose from a childhood of Depression-era poverty and twice mounted outsider campaigns for president, has died. He was 89. The cause of death was leukemia, a family spokesman said Tuesday. Perot, whose 19% of the vote in 1992 stands among the…

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Richard Branson’s space-tourism venture, Virgin Galactic, is planning to go public, creating the first publicly listed human spaceflight firm. Virgin Galactic is merging with Social Capital Hedosophia, whose CEO, Chamath Palihapitiya, will become chairman of the combined entity. The value of the merger was put at $1.5 billion. The company…

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Twitter now prohibits hate speech that targets religious groups using dehumanizing language.   The social network already bars hateful language directed at individual religious adherents. Tuesday’s change broadens that rule to forbid likening entire religious groups to subhumans or vermin.   The company has come under fire – along with…

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Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and the Dave Matthews Band will headline Farm Aid 2019 when the music and food festival visits Wisconsin’s dairy country in September.   Tickets for the Sept. 21 event at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy go on sale Friday.   Farm…

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Держава продає свої акції в компанії «Київпассервіс», яка володіє Центральним автовокзалом Києва, п’ятьома автостанціями столиці та 18 автостанціями в Київській області, повідомив в.о. керівника Фонду державного майна Віталій Трубаров у Facebook. Стартова ціна – 195,9 мільйона гривень. Аукціон у межах «малої приватизації» запланований на 14 серпня, він відбудеться на платформі…

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Megan Rapinoe stepped off the plane with champagne in hand – a fizzy souvenir from a most memorable trip overseas. “Thank you, France, for the hospitality,” the U.S. soccer star said. “But wow, we are very excited to be back in America.” The U.S. women’s national team arrived in New…

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H. Ross Perot, the colorful, self-made Texas billionaire who twice ran for president, has died. Family spokesman James Fuller says Perot died early Tuesday. He was 89. Perot rose from Depression-era poverty to become one of the nation’s richest men as the founder of computer services giant Electronic Data Systems…

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Eight years after South Sudan’s independence, hunger continues to plague the world’s youngest nation. A recent United Nations report shows nearly half the population – 6.1 million people – are facing some degree of food insecurity. Sheila Ponnie looks at the challenges from the Upper Nile Region of South Sudan…

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VOA Student Union’s Sahar Majid interviewed 2019 Miss District of Columbia Katelynne Cox, who talked about issues including her pageant journey and advocacy organization. Katelynne Cox was chosen as the 2019 Miss District of Columbia last month. Cox, a native of Washington state, is the manager of fundraising and events…

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A delegation of more than 50 Afghans concluded a high-profile conference with the Taliban Monday with a joint statement emphasizing the need to bring civilian casualties in the nation’s civil war to zero and reaching a positive outcome in the on-going negotiations between the Taliban and the United States in…

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