A Boeing 737 arriving, May 3, 2019, at Naval Air Station Jacksonville from Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, with 136 passengers and seven aircrew slid off the runway Friday night into the St. Johns River, a NAS Jacksonville news release said.
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A military-chartered jet carrying 143 people landed hard, then bounced and swerved as the pilot struggled to control it amid thunder and lightning, ultimately skidding off the runway and coming to a crashing halt in a river at Naval Air Station Jacksonville.It meant chaos and terror for passengers in the Boeing 737 as the plane jolted back and forth and oxygen masks deployed, then overhead bins opened, sending contents spilling out.But authorities said all the people…
FILE - A marijuana plant is visible at Compassionate Care Foundation's medical marijuana dispensary in Egg Harbor Township, N.J., March 22, 2019.Ten U.S. states have legalized recreational marijuana.
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Saturday that he'd reached an agreement with key lawmakers on a plan to legalize recreational marijuana in the state starting next year.    The legislation would allow adults 21 and older to legally buy cannabis for recreational use from licensed dispensaries. Illinois residents could possess up to about an ounce (30 grams) of marijuana, while nonresidents could possess about half an ounce (15 grams). The measure also…
US SlovakiaPresident Donald Trump shakes hands with Slovak Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House, May 3, 2019, in Washington.
Yulia Savchenko of VOA's Russian Service contributed reporting. WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump applauded Slovak Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini's announcement that his country plans to increase its military spending to 2% of its GDP in the next three years, as well as purchase U.S.-made F-16 war planes.A joint statement issued by the two leaders after their White House meeting Friday said the U.S. and Slovakia "seek to build on this and…
Natalie Liu
Sat, 05/04/2019 - 10:04
Evidence is presented, May 3, 2019 at a press conference in Wiesbaden, Germany, about European and American investigators breaking up one of the world’s largest online criminal trafficking operations, which was allegedly responsible for the interna...
European and American investigators have broken up one of the world’s largest online criminal marketplaces for drugs, hacking tools and financial-theft wares in raids in the United States, Germany and Brazil.Three German men, ages 31, 22 and 29, were arrested after the raids in three southern states on allegations they operated the so-called “Wall Street Market” darknet platform, which hosted about 5,400 sellers and more than 1 million customer accounts,…
Authorities work at the scene of a plane in the water in Jacksonville, Fla., May 3, 2019. A Naval Air Station Jacksonville news release says a Boeing 737 arriving from Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, crashed into the St. Johns River Friday night....
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Authorities in the southeastern U.S. state of Florida say a Boeing 737 skidded off a runway at Naval Air Station Jacksonville and slid into the Saint Johns River while landing Friday night with 136 passengers on board.WOKV-TV, a local television station, said the flight was approaching the runway in a heavy thunderstorm when it went into the river at the end of the runway.
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Attorney General William Barr testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 1, 2019.
Nearly three months into his second tenure at the helm of the U.S Justice Department, Attorney General William Barr finds himself in a hornet's nest he once sought to avoid. In June 2017, just as special counsel Robert Mueller was widening his probe of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election, Barr, then a lawyer in private practice in Washington, was ushered into the Oval Office. President Donald Trump was beefing up his legal defense team amid…
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Fri, 05/03/2019 - 21:24
In this photo released by Miraflores Press Office, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, right, accompanied by his Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez, waves upon his arrival to Fort Tiuna, in Caracas, Venezuela, May 2, 2019.
Around May 2017, an unusual request from a prominent Venezuelan general made its way to the White House: Gen. Ivan Hernandez, head of both the presidential guard and military counterintelligence, wanted to send his 3-year-old son to Boston for brain surgery and needed visas for his family.    After days of internal debate, the still young Trump administration rejected the request, seeing no point in helping a senior member of a socialist government that it…
FILE - A nuclear-powered Type 094A Jin-class ballistic missile submarine of the Chinese People's Liberation Army's navy is seen during a military display in the South China Sea, April 12, 2018.
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China's two decades of military modernization has paid off big in missile development and domains like cyber and space, but the Pentagon says China is still relying on spying on others to steal the latest military technology.    "China uses a variety of methods to acquire foreign military and dual-use technologies, including targeted foreign direct investment, cyber theft, and exploitation of private Chinese nationals' access to these technologies, as well…
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Fri, 05/03/2019 - 17:59
FILE - U.S. President Donald Trump is seen during a phone call at the Oval Office of the White House, in Washington, June 27, 2017.
VOA's Steve Herman at the White House, Nike Ching at the State Department, Carla Babb at the Pentagon, and Patsy Widakuswara, also at the White House, contributed to this report.U.S. President Donald Trump said Saturday a strong U.S.-Russia alliance could result in a better global community."Tremendous potential for a good/great relationship with Russia," Trump tweeted one day after he had what he described as a very positive phone conversation with Russian…
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Fri, 05/03/2019 - 14:26
Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) speaks during a mark up hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington.
The House Judiciary Committee is threatening to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress if he does not comply with a new Monday deadline for providing special counsel Robert Mueller's full, unredacted report on his Russia probe and some underlying materials.   The new offer from House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler comes after the Justice Department missed the committee's earlier deadline for the information. Nadler slightly narrowed…
FILE -U.S. President Donald Trump (R) meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany,  July 7, 2017.
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U.S. President Donald Trump spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin for more than an hour on Friday, discussing the possibility of a new nuclear accord, North Korean denuclearization and the political situation in Venezuela, the White House said. White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters Trump and Putin talked about the possibility of a new multilateral nuclear accord between the United States, Russia and China, or an extension of the current U.S.-Russia…
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani speaks on the last day of the Afghan Loya Jirga meeting in Kabul, Afghanistan, May 3, 2019.
An Afghan grand assembly, or loya jirga, ended Friday with the delegates in Kabul demanding peace with the Taliban, as President Ashraf Ghani promised to free 175 Taliban prisoners ahead of Ramadan, which begins in a few days.The Afghan Taliban, for their part, responded harshly to demands for a cease-fire, saying the United States should end the use of force instead. "@US4AfghanPeace should forget about the idea of us putting down our arms. Instead of such fantasies…
Ayesha Tanzeem
Fri, 05/03/2019 - 11:25