This story originated in VOA’s Ukrainian Service. Peter Cobus and Valeria Jegisman contributed reporting from Washington. Some information is from AP. LONDON — Ukrainian diplomats are scrambling to contain damage posed to their nation’s relations with Europe following the unexpected public release of remarks by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in his July 25 phone call with President Donald Trump. The White House on Wednesday released a summary of the conversation as part of effort to exonerate Trump, whom Democrats are attempting to impeach over a whistleblower’s claim that Trump urged Zelenskiy to investigate Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden over a high-paying job his son Hunter Biden had with a Ukrainian gas company. Upon reading the summary, Kostiantyn Yelisieiev, Ukraine’s former ambassador to the European Union, posted a statement on Twitter calling Zelenskiy’s words an example of how one politically … [Read more...] about White House Phone Call Memo Puts Kyiv on Damage Control in Brussels, Berlin
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Identity theft is a sad fact of life in America and threatens you when you shop online, reply to emails, use Wi-Fi outside your home and even take out your garbage. The potential threat to your savings is growing: The Federal Trade Commission reports ID theft complaints jumped about 20% in 2018 and were responsible for a big chunk of the nearly $1.5 billion that Americans said they lost to fraud last year. As with other types of crime, your risk of becoming an identity theft victim depends on your location. In some states and cities, identity thieves are far more likely to prey on a person's good name than in others. What about where you live? The Potential Threat is Growing Well, out of nearly 400 of the largest U.S. metro areas, the Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington metropolitan area ranks No. 35 for identity theft, according to the FTC. During 2018, residents of this statistical area, which includes Norristown, went to the authorities with 9,033 cases of stolen identities, which works … [Read more...] about What’s the Risk to Your Identity in Norristown?
In this Dec. 10, 2019, photo, President Donald Trump gestures as he speaks at a campaign rally in Hershey, Pa. In this Dec. 10, 2019, photo, President Donald Trump gestures as he speaks at a campaign rally in Hershey, Pa. Photo: Patrick Semansky, AP Photo: Patrick Semansky, AP Image 1 of / 4 Caption Close Image 1 of 4 In this Dec. 10, 2019, photo, President Donald Trump gestures as he speaks at a campaign rally in Hershey, Pa. In this Dec. 10, 2019, photo, President Donald Trump gestures as he speaks at a campaign rally in Hershey, Pa. Photo: Patrick Semansky, AP AP FACT CHECK: Trump's impeachment rage, Bloomberg on coal 1 / 4 Back to Gallery WASHINGTON (AP) — As … [Read more...] about AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s impeachment rage, Bloomberg on coal
The Houston Texans have won the AFC South three times in coach Bill O'Brien's five seasons, and they have led or shared the divisional lead all but three weeks this season. Adding a fourth title to that list means going through the franchise the Texans replaced in Houston. The Tennessee Titans last won the AFC South in 2008 and haven't swept the Houston Texans since 2007. But the Titans and second-year coach Mike Vrabel, who got his NFL coaching start in Houston working with linebackers for O'Brien in 2014, has won four straight and six of seven since quarterback Marcus Mariota was benched for Ryan Tannehill. That combination helped the Titans (8-5) climb from the bottom of the AFC South midway through the season into a tie with the Texans (8-5). Tennessee hosts Houston on Sunday in the first of two games between the rivals in the final three weeks of the schedule. "The challenge is getting ready for them the first time," Titans coach Mike Vrabel said. "The second one is not going to … [Read more...] about NFL This Week: Round 1 of Texans-Titans’ AFC South showdown
Supporters of the Shiite Hezbollah and Amal Movement groups, background, fire firecrackers against the riot policemen, foreground, as they try to attack the anti-government protesters squares, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. Lebanon has been facing its worst economic crisis in decades, amid nationwide protests that began on Oct 17 against the ruling political class which demonstrators accuse of mismanagement and corruption. less Supporters of the Shiite Hezbollah and Amal Movement groups, background, fire firecrackers against the riot policemen, foreground, as they try to attack the anti-government protesters squares, in downtown ... more Photo: Hussein Malla, AP Photo: Hussein Malla, AP Image 1 of / 9 Caption Close Image 1 of 9 Supporters of the Shiite Hezbollah and … [Read more...] about Protracted street clashes engulf Beirut near protest camp