Snow from a blizzard buries a car in Falls Church, Virginia January 23, 2016. Photo: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque A blizzard that has paralyzed much of the U.S. East Coast intensified on Saturday, bringing Washington to a standstill and forcing the closure of roads, bridges and tunnels into New York until Sunday morning. In all, there were at least 19 deaths in several states related to the storm. It ranked No. 3 in terms of snowfall accumulation in New York City history with at least 25.1 inches (63.7 cm), and was among Washington's biggest too, the National Weather Service said. Thirteen people were killed in weather-related car crashes in Arkansas, North Carolina, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia. One person died in Maryland and three in New York City while shoveling snow. Two died of hypothermia in Virginia, officials said. After dumping nearly two feet (60 cm) of snow on the Washington area overnight, the storm unexpectedly gathered strength as it spun northward and headed … [Read more...] about Blizzard for record books paralyzes New York and Washington
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UN vows to help Vietnam prevent violence against children UN organisations will assist Vietnam in improving its national system for child protection and changing social attitudes towards violence against children, following the One UN Strategic Plan for 2017-2021. Marta Santos Pais, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on Violence against Children (SRSG-VAC), made the pledge at a press conference on June 22 at the end of her four-day visit to Vietnam. The adoption of the amended Law on Child Protection, Care and Education alongside the creation of a strong network of social workers across the country and proper funding are essential for the building of a legal barrier to prevent violence against children, she said. She also talked on issues concerning the mental and physical child abuse on online platforms. The UN special representative reaffirmed that preventing and responding to violence against children has been a top priority in the UN agenda, adding … [Read more...] about Social News 23/6
WASHINGTON, Jan 18, 2009 (AFP) - Barack Obama called Sunday for a new spirit of sacrifice to overcome war and economic crisis, as a constellation of stars kicked off a three-day inauguration party for America's first black president.Standing in the shadow of the Lincoln Memorial, dedicated to the slain president who brought the United States intact through the Civil War and abolished slavery, Obama gave a somber assessment of the perils ahead despite the exuberant mood among the crowd. "In the course of our history, only a handful of generations have been asked to confront challenges as serious as the ones we face right now. Our nation is at war. Our economy is in crisis," he said. "I won't pretend that meeting any one of these challenges will be easy. It will take more than a month or a year, and it will likely take many," Obama said. "But never forget that the true character of our nation is revealed not during times of comfort and ease, but by the right we do when the moment is … [Read more...] about Obama urges national struggle as inauguration looms
Connecticut, May 25, 2010 (AFP) - The United States fell 4-2 to Czech Republic on Tuesday in their last friendly football match before coach Bob Bradley names the 23-man squad for the World Cup finals. Czech Republic took full advantage of defensive lapses by the Americans, who will host Turkey in a friendly on Saturday before the squad departs for South Africa. Maurice Edu in the 17th minute and Herculez Gomez in the 66th each got their first international goals as Bradley rested regulars including Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey and Tim Howard and instead took a last look at some of the players hoping to make the World Cup roster he was to name on Wednesday. "We're all nervous," Gomez admitted. "Anxiously awaiting Bob's decision." The news wasn't all good as defenders Oguchi Onyewu, Heath Pearce, Clarence Goodson and Steve Cherundolo often struggled in midfield, giving room to the Czechs, who didn't qualify for the World Cup. Bradley said he knew the players were in a tough … [Read more...] about World Cup-bound US fall 4-2 to Czech Republic
Thousands protested in cities across the US Sunday against the acquittal of neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman, a day after his trial for killing unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin ended in Florida. In Los Angeles, police in riot gear deployed along Hollywood Boulevard, but they were not needed as the rally proceeded without incident. But about 150 protesters blocked traffic on a freeway elsewhere in the city, local media reported. In the pre-dawn hours demonstrators smashed windows and vandalized cars in Oakland, California. Spontaneous marches were also held in Washington, Philadelphia, Atlanta and the Florida state capital Tallahassee. The most numerous rally Sunday was in New York City, where several thousand -- including families with children -- marched to Times Square under the watchful eye of police. Many in the multi-racial crowd brandished signs bearing a portrait of Martin, while some, despite sweltering July heat, wore "hoodie" sweatshirts, as the … [Read more...] about Thousands protest over Zimmerman acquittal
The United States cracked open an alleged Russian spy ring Monday, announcing the arrest of 10 "deep-cover" suspects after unraveling a mission secretly monitored by the FBI for more than a decade. An 11th suspect remained at large as US authorities busted a network of sleeper agents tasked with secretly penetrating American policy-making circles and reporting back to their spymasters in Moscow. "You were sent to USA for long-term service trip," read a message decrypted by the FBI and said to be from Moscow Center, the headquarters of the SVR intelligence service, a successor to the Cold War-era KGB. "Your education, bank accounts, car, house etc. -- all these serve one goal: fulfill your main mission, i.e. to search and develop ties in policy-making circles in US and send intel to C (Moscow Center)." The arrests Sunday in three northeastern US states came only three days after US President Barack Obama described his visiting Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev as a "solid and … [Read more...] about US busts ‘deep-cover’ Russian spy ring
Sandy, one of the biggest storms ever to hit the United States, battered the nation's eastern seaboard on Tuesday, swamping New York City streets with record levels of floodwater, blacking out power to millions of people and bringing transportation to a halt through much of the region. … [Read more...] about New York paralyzed as Sandy slams into eastern U.S.
It seemed like the beginning of a beautiful friendship -- or at the very least a functional relationship. President Barack Obama attends a DNC Moving America Forward Rally at Cleveland State University in Ohio, October 31, 2010 … [Read more...] about White House to business: Can’t we be friends?
Reduced to post-tropical cyclone, Irene is heading toward Canada Sunday night after inflicting less-than-expected damage on the eastern U.S. coast. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has already announced that the worst of Irene had passed for much of the East Coast. … [Read more...] about Irene remains threat to U.S. even the worst is gone
The 19th International AIDS conference kicked off Sunday amid a U.S. lag in reducing new HIV infections, the condition that has led to 35 million deaths worldwide. More than 20,000 activists and researchers gathered for a week-long conference in Washington DC -- the first in the United States in two decades. Across the globe, the disease has struck young people in particular, killing many in the prime of their lives, creating multitudes of orphans and ravaging economies. … [Read more...] about Global AIDS conference kicks off amid U.S. lag in combating pandemic