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Alaska Governor Drops Re-Election Bid, Backs Democrat

Alaska Governor Bill Walker, a political independent, halted his re-election campaign Friday and endorsed his Democratic challenger, ending a three-way race in which the Republican candidate had appeared to possess an insurmountable lead.

With 18 days remaining before the Nov. 6 election, Walker, 67, said he concluded that he could not win a second term in a race against former U.S. Senator Mark Begich, a Democrat, and former state legislator Mike Dunleavy, a Republican.

Walker’s withdrawal came three days after his former running mate, Byron Mallott, abruptly resigned as lieutenant governor over admitted but unspecified “inappropriate comments” in a scandal that threw the governor’s campaign into disarray.

Republican well ahead in polls

But public opinion surveys were already showing Dunleavy well ahead of the two other men and indicated Begich had greater support than the incumbent governor.

Consulting for days on whether Walker or Begich had a better shot at running a competitive race against Dunleavy, the “determination was made that, at this point, Begich has the better odds,” the governor said in a statement posted on his campaign’s website.

Walker also said Begich’s positions on various key issues “more closely align with my priorities for Alaska,” including their support for Medicaid expansion in Alaska and state action on climate change. Dunleavy opposes both.

“Today’s developments leave Alaska voters with a clear choice,” Dunleavy’s campaign said after learning Walker halted his re-election campaign.

A retired Air Force lieutenant colonel and outspoken supporter of President Donald Trump, Dunleavy has focused his campaign on criticizing Walker for reducing the annual oil-fund dividends all Alaska residents receive.

Walker has said limiting the payout was necessary to address big budget deficits. Dunleavy has advocated deeper spending cuts and more oil and mining development.

The latest announcement came at the annual convention of the Alaska Federation of Natives, a powerful constituency in the state, just before Walker, Begich and Dunleavy were all scheduled to participate in a gubernatorial debate.

Begich and Walker, whose name will remain on the ballot despite his withdrawal, were widely seen as likely to take votes away from each other in a three-way race.

Walker a former Republican

Walker changed his party affiliation from Republican to independent before launching his successful 2014 campaign for governor on a “unity” ticket with Mallot, a Democrat, as his running mate.

In his remarks at the Alaska Federation of Natives conference, Walker said his supporters would have to decide for themselves who they favored in a two-man race but said he planned to vote for Begich.

Walker’s campaign spokesman previously acknowledged that representatives for the governor and Begich had been in talks on a “path forward” even before Mallott stepped down from office.

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Saudis Admit the Death of Khashoggi; Crown Prince in Charge of Investigation

Saudi Arabia has admitted that Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi is dead. Saudi state-run media says Khashoggi died after an altercation in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, and it is promising a one-month investigation. VOA’s diplomatic correspondent Cindy Saine reports from the State Department on the dramatic developments in Riyadh.

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Hackers Breach HealthCare.gov System, Get Data on 75,000

A government computer system that interacts with HealthCare.gov was hacked earlier this month, compromising the sensitive personal data of some 75,000 people, officials said Friday.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services made the announcement late in the afternoon ahead of a weekend, a time agencies often use to release unfavorable developments.

Officials said the hacked system was shut down and technicians are working to restore it before sign-up season starts Nov. 1 for health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

About 10 million people have private coverage under former President Barack Obama’s health care law.

Consumers applying for subsidized coverage have to provide extensive personal information, including Social Security numbers, income, and citizenship or legal immigration status.

The system that was hacked is used by insurance agents and brokers to directly enroll customers. All other sign-up systems are working.

CMS spokesman Johnathan Monroe said “nothing happened” to the HealthCare.gov website used by the general public. “This concerns the agent and broker portal, which is not accessible to the general public,” he said.

Federal law enforcement has been alerted, and affected customers will be notified and offered credit protection.

President Donald Trump promised to repeal “Obamacare” but failed.

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Теніс: Ястремська програла у півфіналі турніру в Люксембурзі

Українська тенісистка Даяна Ястремська не змогла вдруге за два тижні вийти до фіналу турніру WTA, Жіночої тенісної асоціації. У Люксембурзі в півфінальному матчі, який тривав понад дві години, 18-річна українка програла швейцарці Белінді Бенчич – 2:6, 6:3, 6:7.

Про градус напруги матчу може свідчити один із останніх розіграшів, який Ястремська виграла.

14 жовтня Ястремська виграла свій перший турнір серії WTA у Гонконгу, а в другому колі в Люксембурзі виявилася сильнішою за 13-ту ракетку світу іспанку Ґарбіньє Муґурузу. Ця перемога дозволила їй піднятися одразу на 36 позицій у рейтингу WTA найкращих тенісисток світу, і тепер українка обіймає в ньому 66-е місце. Попри програш у півфіналі в Люксембурзі, Ястремська продовжить своє сходження, оскільки торік вона на такому рівні ще не грала.

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Trump Criticized for Praising Congressman Who Body-slammed Reporter

President Donald Trump came under criticism on Friday from U.S. lawmakers and press organizations after praising a Montana congressman who body-slammed a reporter last year.

Trump’s praise for Greg Gianforte, a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge for the incident involving the reporter, coincides with an international outcry over the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

“Any guy that can do a body-slam, he’s my guy,” Trump told a political rally in Missoula, Montana on Thursday night, referring to Gianforte.

“There’s nothing to be embarrassed about,” Trump added, with the crowd cheering.

Trump has been holding frequent rallies in the build-up to the Nov. 6 U.S. congressional elections in which Trump’s fellow Republicans are seeking to retain control of the House and Senate.

Gianforte body-slammed Ben Jacobs, a correspondent for Britain’s Guardian newspaper, in May 2017, the day before a special election to fill Montana’s only House seat. Gianforte, who is running for re-election, was ordered to perform community service as part of his sentence after pleading guilty.

Trump drew rebukes from several lawmakers including U.S. Senators Jeff Flake, a Republican, and Patrick Leahy, a Democrat, as well as Gianforte’s Democratic opponent Kathleen Williams.

“We are different than dictatorships and totalitarian governments because we have a free press,” Leahy told CNN, calling Trump’s comments “terrible” and “irresponsible.”

“In dictatorships, they don’t have freedom of speech. They do attack reporters. They do body-slam reporters. We should not be encouraging that in the United States. We should be the beacon of freedom,” Leahy added.

Flake, a frequent critic of Trump, wrote on Twitter: “Body slamming journalists is nothing to be proud of.”

Trump has frequently criticized journalists, calling the news media the “enemy of the American people” and deriding some news organizations as “fake news.”

Olivier Knox, president of the White House Correspondents’ Association, accused Trump of “cheerleading for a violent act targeting a free and independent news media.”

“All Americans should recoil from the president’s praise for a violent assault on a reporter doing his Constitutionally protected job,” Knox said in a statement.

But some dismissed the criticism. The president’s son, Eric Trump, said on Fox News Channel: “Oh, stop it. He wasn’t the guy who body slammed anybody. He can have fun.”

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Russian Charged with Conspiring to Interfere in US Congressional Elections

The U.S. government on Friday charged a Russian national with playing a key financial role in a Kremlin-backed plan to conduct “information warfare” against the United States, including to influence next month’s congressional elections.

The criminal complaint unsealed on Friday makes Elena Alekseevna Khusyaynova, 44, the first individual to be indicted for attempting to interfere in the 2018 U.S. elections, according to a government official with knowledge of the matter.

The complaint said Khusyaynova was the chief accountant for Project Lakhta, which it said was funded by Russian oligarch Evgeny Viktorovich Prigozhin and two companies he controls, Concord Management and Consulting LLC and Concord Catering.

Concord Management and Concord Catering were among the three entities and 13 Russian individuals who were indicted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office in February in an alleged criminal and espionage conspiracy to tamper with the 2016 U.S. presidential race, boost Trump and disparage his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.

The case against Khusyaynova was unsealed in Alexandria, Virginia, and is not being handled by Mueller because it includes activities related to the 2018 elections, which are not part of his remit, the official familiar with the matter said.

Using social media and other avenues, the conspiracy participants waged “information warfare against the United States,” attempting to sow distrust of candidates for U.S. political office and the U.S. political system, according to the complaint.

Prigozhin, who was among those personally charged by Mueller, has been dubbed “Putin’s cook” by Russian media because his catering business has organized banquets for Russian President Vladimir Putin and other senior political figures. He has been hit with sanctions by the U.S. government.

U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies said on Friday they remain concerned about attempts by Russia, China, Iran and other foreign groups to interfere with the Nov. 6 congressional elections, as well as the presidential election in 2020.

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Justice Department, FBI and Department of Homeland Security said they do not have any evidence that anyone went far enough to prevent voting or change vote counts. Some state and local governments, which run polling sites, have reported attempts to access their networks, but officials were able to “prevent access or quickly mitigate these attempts,” the agencies said in a joint statement.

In July, Mueller’s office also indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers who were accused of hacking Democratic computer networks as part of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.

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Заступниця держсекретаря США закликала Україну продовжити реформи і зосередитися на антикорупційному суді

Виконати свої зобов’язання щодо реформ та передовсім забезпечити ефективну роботу Вищого антикорупційного суду – з таким закликом до української влади виступила в Києві Кірстен Медісон, заступниця Держсекретаря США та голова Бюро з розвитку правоохоронної системи та протидії наркотрафіку.

«Головна мета мого приїзду – відстежити прогрес у втіленні антикорупційних реформ в Україні… Це ті речі, яких прагнули учасники Революції Гідності» – зауважила Кірстен Медісон, вийшовши до журналістів після зустрічі з директором Національного антикорупційного бюро Артемом Ситником. 

«В української влади є амбітний план реформ. Але лишається багато питань щодо речей, які ще треба зробити. Надзвичайно важливо запустити незалежний та ефективний Антикорупційний суд, як це обіцяла зробити українська влада», – наголосила американська чиновниця.

Раніше цього ж дня Кірстен Медісон мала зустріч з міністром внутрішніх справ Арсеном Аваковим. Деякі подробиці вона повідомила Радіо Свобода. 

«Це була не одна зустріч, а радше декілька невеликих зустрічей з Арсеном Аваковим. Ми обговорювали реформування силових структур. Патрульна поліція – це та успішна частина цих реформ, яка є на поверхні. А ще є спецпідрозділ «Корд», реформи прикордонної служби. Ми мали зустрічі з представниками цих та інших структур, в цілому мої враження – позитивні», – визнала заступниця держсекретаря США.

Водночас вона висловилася і про ризики, зокрема – про непорозуміння між НАБУ та САП.

«Приборкання корупції можливе лише за умови спільних зусиль основних антикорупційних органів: НАБУ, САП та Антикорупційного суду… Проблема корупції є критичною для майбутнього політичного та економічного успіху України», – підсумувала посадовець.

Кірстен Медісон перебуває в Києві з офіційним візитом з 18 жовтня. Потім вона планує відвідати Копенгаген. Візити заступниці Державного секретаря Сполучених Штатів до України і Данії присвячені боротьбі з корупцією.

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«Що важливо»: виставка робіт українців із синдромом Дауна та сучасних художників відкрилася в Києві

В Києві відкрилася виставка, яка поєднує мистецькі роботи людей із синдромом Дауна і професійних художників. Це перший мистецький інклюзивний проект в Україні такого плану. Ідея його реалізації належить громадській організації «Ґете-Інститут в Україні» та дослідницькому центру «Touchdown 21» за фінансової підтримки Міністерства закордонних справ Федеративної Республіки Німеччина.

Виставка має назву «Що важливо». Своїми роботами українці із синдромами Дауна висловили свої почуття та думки на тему життя і смерті, сексу, самовизначення та місця у суспільстві.

Роботи вони створювали протягом літа разом із кураторами виставки та художниками Станіславом Туріною та Катериною Лібкінд.

Німецькі дослідники проводили інтерв’ю та влаштовували дискусії із українськими учасниками проекту, аби дізнатися, що саме для них важливо. Для дослідників українці із синдромом Дауна порушили нові теми, які досі не часто зустрічалися в їхніх спостереженнях.

«Наприклад, декілька учасників з України відмітили важливість релігії і Бога в їхньому житті, натомість в Німеччині ця тема не була настільки вагомою. Такі теми як любов, незалежність, можливість мати свої ключі від дому та власний мобільний телефон, важливі для всіх незалежно від країни. Не дивно, що всі українські учасники мріють про свободу у власній країні. У Німеччині для молоді із синдромом Дауна інші теми були більш вагомі – такі як міжнародна політика, міграція та захист навколишнього середовища», – доктор біології та генетики людини, керівник науково-дослідницького проекту «Touchdown 21» Катя де Браґанца.

Арт-проект «Що важливо» містить роботи сучасних українських митців, проекти у співавторстві із людьми з синдромом Дауна, також відеороботи. Зокрема глядачеві представлено відеороботу, реалізовану за сценарієм українського актора із синдромом Дауна Олександром Сташенком.

«Багато людей вважають, що люди із синдромом Дауна милі й схожі на дітей. Тому більшість вірить, що люди із синдромом Дауна не займаються сексом. Це неправда. Однак до людей із синдромом Дауна часто ставляться як до дітей. Тому їм важко говорити про секс. Наприклад, зі своїми батьками. Вони не мають співрозмовника на цю тему», – зазначає Олександр Сташенко в одній з експозицій виставки.

Кураторки українського проекту Лізавета Герман та Марія Ланько зізналися, що вперше працюють із людьми з синдромом Дауна і мають намір продовжити подібну співпрацю.

Виставка триватиме з 19 жовтня по 8 листопада на території креативного простору «Izone» в Києві, до того ж організатори планують проводити перфоманси та кінопокази, про які повідомляють на сторінці проекту.

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Trump Administration Rethinks Foreign Aid With Eye Toward China

A gleaming new $3.2 billion railway cuts in half the travel time from Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, to the coast. Major investments in transportation, energy and maritime infrastructure are turning Pakistan into a major economic corridor. A new industrial zone in Thailand boasts solar, rubber and industrial manufacturing plants and is slated to host 500 companies by 2021.

All are parts of China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative, featuring billions of dollars in infrastructure investment across Asia, Africa and the Pacific. The global impact is forcing the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump to rethink elements of its plan to cut back on foreign assistance under an “America First” strategy.

U.S.  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, interviewed Friday in Mexico City by VOA contributor Greta van Susteren, said Chinese foreign investment will not overwhelm the U.S. 

“We don’t have any problem with Chinese commercial investment. That’s their right to go compete in the world,” he said. “I’m convinced that if we compete with them all over the world we’ll do incredibly well.”

When “very senior people” in the administration traveled abroad and “saw that China was eating our lunch, they thought to themselves, ‘We have to do something,’ ” said Daniel Runde, an analyst with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington.

And in a number of quiet moves affecting private investment, humanitarian aid and women’s empowerment abroad, the administration and the U.S. Congress have been doing just that.

Major policy reversal

In what is being seen as a major policy reversal, Trump this month signed the so-called BUILD Act, described by the nonpartisan CSIS as “the most important piece of U.S. soft power legislation in more than a decade.”

The new law merges and boosts agencies and programs that had once been targeted for deep budget cuts, creating a new entity tasked with providing loans, political-risk insurance and equity stakes to U.S. firms investing in developing countries, from Afghanistan to Zambia.

The agency will be known as the U.S. International Development Finance Corp., or USIDFC, and have a $60 billion budget. It will absorb the existing Overseas Private Investment Corp. (OPIC) and more than double that agency’s current budget of $29 billion.

The USIDFC is “a much-needed instrument of commercial diplomacy that the U.S. has been sorely lacking,” said Witney Schneidman, a former deputy assistant secretary of state for African affairs, in a recent blog post for the Brookings Institution.

In a follow-up phone interview, Schneidman said he thought the new agency would help “get U.S. companies interested in Africa on its own merit. … It does put the U.S. on level with the Chinese” by matching Beijing’s policy of making equity investments in companies seeking to do business overseas.

​Dwarfed by China

Even at $60 billion, the new U.S. program will be dwarfed by Chinese investments in Asia and Africa. But Brookings analyst George Ingram said its impact can be magnified by partnering with other international lending organizations.

“The French, the British, the Scandinavians – they all have similar organizations,” Ingram said. “And now that the [USIDFC] has equity authority, this new entity will be able to be a much more effective partner than OPIC could be.”

The BUILD Act has its critics, especially among free-market conservatives who believe the government should not get involved in private business decisions.

“The idea of equity participation was kind of sold politically that it was going to be the U.S. responding to China’s One Belt, One Road [initiative] and yet there was no mention of China in the legislation at all,” James M. Roberts, an editor for the Washington-based Heritage Foundation’s annual “Index of Economic Freedom,” told VOA in an interview.

By ensuring equity stakes, “that means the government is going to be a shareholder in foreign companies,” added Roberts, who has listed a potential for “cronyism and misallocation of capital” among his concerns.

Advocates of the plan include Mark Green, head of the U.S. Agency for International Development, whose Development Credit Authority is being folded into the USIDFC. By encouraging U.S. private investment abroad, he has said, the new enterprise will “spur economic growth in less developed countries and advance the foreign policy interests of the United States.”

Interviewed last week for VOA’s “Plugged In With Greta Van Susteren,” Green, a former Republican congressman who later served as ambassador to Tanzania, said there’s a “fundamental difference” between U.S. and Chinese approaches to development abroad.

China favors loans that can include “unsustainable financing that mortgages a country’s future,” he said. In contrast, USAID expects recipients to implement reforms. 

“We ask them to respect certain rights and values. What we want for them is to become eventual trading partners, but equal partners,” Green added.

Other measures

The Trump administration has demonstrated a renewed openness to international aid in other ways as well, including a recent five-year extension to an anti-hunger measure known as the Global Food Security Act. It supports USAID programs such as the Feed the Future initiative, which partners with governments, NGOs, private enterprise and others “to strengthen agricultural markets and then entire food systems,” said Beth Dunford, who oversees the initiative.

Pending in Congress, meanwhile, is the Women’s Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment Act, aimed at improving women’s access “to economic participation and opportunity.”

It calls for supporting women’s property and inheritance rights and ending gender-based violence. It also requires that USAID integrate efforts to empower women in all of its programs, and it broadens support for women-run small- and medium-size businesses.

The bill, which enjoys bipartisan backing, is being promoted by first daughter Ivanka Trump. She tweeted her thanks this week to four U.S. senators for advancing the bill.

“Women’s economic empowerment doesn’t always get a lot of attention in Congress, so this bill is something we’re quite excited about,” said Nicole Ellis, who manages policy communications for the international relief agency CARE.

Gayatri Patel, CARE’s senior policy advocate, said the agency is working closely with legislators, noting they want “practical recommendations and approaches.”

That might include endorsing approaches such as the CARE Village Savings and Loan Association program that CARE started in Niger in 1991.

“You get women in a community to save, they give each other loans,” Patel said. “It’s really an entry point for women for more formal economic endeavors … to start businesses or pay for their children’s education, to connect with the market and mentor or be mentored by others in the community.”

The goal, she said, is to encourage aid that has “a catalytic effect on women, their families and their communities.”

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