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Another Celebrity Breakup: Kermit, Miss Piggy Call It Quits

Tue, 2015-08-04 21:39
Kermit the frog and Miss Piggy have been an item ever since their first hit TV show, "The Muppet Show," first aired in 1976. And they have appeared together in numerous movies since then, including "The Great Muppet Caper" and "The Muppets Take Manhattan." The celebrity puppet couple broke the news at an ABC panel for TV critics Tuesday: They are going their separate ways after 40 years. “People change. So do frogs and pigs. … We were together for long,...

'Catch Shares' Aim for Sustainable Fishing

Tue, 2015-08-04 20:50
More than a quarter of the world’s fisheries are overfished, according to the United Nations. Many communities worldwide that depend on the ocean for their livelihoods are struggling to manage the resource. A growing number are adopting programs called “catch shares,” which aim to make fishing more sustainable. Under previous rules, for instance, officials used to decide how many striped bass could be caught each year in the Chesapeake Bay, an estuary lying inland from the Atlantic...

'Catch Shares' Aim for Sustainable Fishing

Tue, 2015-08-04 20:29
More than a quarter of the world’s fisheries are overfished, the United Nations says. A growing number of communities worldwide that depend on the ocean for their livelihoods are adopting programs called “catch shares" that aim to make fishing more sustainable, but critics say they put many fishermen out of business. VOA's Steve Baragona reports.

US State Department Stands By Human Trafficking Report

Tue, 2015-08-04 20:11
The U.S. State Department is standing by the accuracy of its annual global report on human trafficking, following a news report that accused senior diplomats of manipulating the rankings of more than a dozen strategically important countries. State Department spokesman Mark Toner on Tuesday said the report was "objective" and "credible." "The goal here is to help nations improve their efforts to stop human trafficking and to fight modern slavery," Toner...

US Asks Venezuela to Scrap Ban on Opposition Candidates

Tue, 2015-08-04 19:20
The United States on Tuesday called on Venezuela to reverse a ban on opposition members from holding office and participating in the Dec. 6 parliamentary elections. Washington made the request after opposition leader Maria Machado said she had tried to register on Monday as a candidate but her application was rejected. The State Department said in a statement that the decisions by Venezuelan electoral officials "clearly have the intention of complicating the ability of the...

Israel Arrests 2 More Jewish Extremists

Tue, 2015-08-04 19:18
Israeli security agents arrested two more right-wing Jews Tuesday as part of the promised crackdown on Jewish extremists after an arson attack killed a Palestinian toddler in his bed last week. None of the three extremists arrested since Monday have been directly linked to the West Bank firebombing that left other family members severely burned. But they all are suspected of ties to other violent crimes, including church arson. Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon signed an order placing one...

Helicopter Crash Kills 16 Police Officers in Colombia

Tue, 2015-08-04 18:59
Sixteen policemen died Tuesday when a helicopter likely crashed into the side of mountain in a wooded region of northwestern Colombia, Defense Minister Luis Carlos Villegas said. The U.S.-made UH-60 Black Hawk may have crashed because of bad weather or a mechanical failure while taking part in a counternarcotics operation in the department of Antioquia, some 450 kilometers (280 miles) northeast of the capital, Bogota. The incident is under investigation, he said. "For now the most...

YALI - Young Leaders Visiting from Sub-Saharan Africa

Tue, 2015-08-04 18:50
President Obama urged the Mandela-Washington fellows of the Youth African Leaders Initiative to build on the progress Monday in Washington

Forbes Ranks Robert Downey Jr. as World's Top-earning Actor

Tue, 2015-08-04 18:47
"Iron Man" star Robert Downey Jr. was named the world's top-earning actor on Tuesday by Forbes, taking first place on a list that featured leading men from Bollywood as well as Hollywood for the first time. Downey, 50, earned an estimated $80 million between June 2014 and June 2015, spurred by the success of this year's superhero ensemble "Avengers: Age of Ultron," which grossed more than $1.3 billion worldwide. Second-place honors went to veteran Chinese...

Venezuela Ruling Party Games Twitter for Political Gain

Tue, 2015-08-04 18:45
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's approval ratings may be languishing below 30 percent, but on Twitter he's as popular as Pope Francis - or so it would seem.   The socialist South American leader regularly sets social media afire with support, with heavily trending anti-U.S. campaigns such as #ObamaYankeeGoHome and #ObamaRepealTheExecutiveOrder, which denounced U.S. sanctions on members of Maduro's administration.   But a closer look suggests that the government...

US Agency Urges Steps to Prevent Superbug Deaths

Tue, 2015-08-04 18:41
An immediate, focused effort to halt the spread of antibiotic-resistant germs could save tens of thousands of lives and prevent hundreds of thousands of new infections over the next five years, according to a U.S. government report released Tuesday. The report said as many as 37,000 lives could be saved, and 619,000 new infections prevented, if public health departments and health care facilities would find a way to quickly identify and address emerging outbreaks of antibiotic-resistant...

US Voting Restrictions Fuel Tensions

Tue, 2015-08-04 18:22
Among the political and legal fights over U.S. elections, some of the most contentious ones center on voter identification requirements and on the way political districts are drawn. Historically, both sometimes have been misused to suppress minority voting, which the Voting Rights Act of 1965 aimed to correct. Voter ID As of this spring, 32 states had voter identification laws in place; North Carolina will join them in 2016, the National Conference of State Legislatures reports....

Wanted: Ugandan Chefs

Tue, 2015-08-04 18:08
As the middle class and tourism industry grow in Uganda, so too do the number of restaurants and high-end hotels. However the owners of these establishments have often had to recruit executive chefs from neighboring countries like Kenya and Tanzania, because there has been a shortage of well-trained kitchen personnel in Uganda. Slowly but surly, this is changing. Serginho Roosblad has more on the story from Kampala

N. Korea Accused of Forcing Detained Pastor to Make False Confession

Tue, 2015-08-04 17:58
A group of pastors who worked closely with Lim Hyeon-soo, a Korean-Canadian pastor who confessed to attempting to overthrow North Korea, claim the detained pastor made a false confession against his will. Lim, the head pastor of the Light Korean Presbyterian Church in Toronto, has been detained in the North since early February, when he was arrested in Pyongyang while traveling on a humanitarian mission. Last week, Lim made his first public appearance at a news conference in Pyongyang...

Poland Awards Top Rights Prize to Daughter of Boris Nemtsov

Tue, 2015-08-04 17:46
Poland has awarded the journalist daughter of slain Russian democracy advocate and opposition leader Boris Nemtsov a $1.1 million human rights prize in recognition of the duo's advocacy. Zhanna Nemtsova accepted the Solidarity award Tuesday in Warsaw, in ceremonies presided over by President Bronislaw Komorowski and Polish human rights icon Lech Walesa.   At the ceremony, she asked the audience for a minute of silence to honor her late father, a vocal critic of Russian...

Obama: 'Different Plan' May Be Needed for South Sudan

Tue, 2015-08-04 17:37
President Barack Obama said Tuesday that the world might have to come up with a "different plan" for South Sudan if the young country's feuding leaders fail to meet an August 17 deadline for a peace deal. "If they miss that target, then I think it's our view that it's going to be necessary for us to move forward with a different plan and recognize that those leaders are incapable of creating the peace that is required," the president said after White House...

Primordial Landscapes Echo Nature’s Power

Tue, 2015-08-04 17:29
Iceland is a tiny windswept nation on the edge of the Arctic Circle in the North Atlantic. Its raw beauty is the subject of a new photo exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington. VOA’s Rosanne Skirble takes us on a behind the scenes journey to explore how the country formed and continues to evolve.

'Primordial Landscapes' Echo Nature’s Power

Tue, 2015-08-04 17:28
Iceland is a small country, about one quarter larger than Ireland or about the size of the U.S. state of Ohio. It sits on the edge of the Arctic Circle in the North Atlantic. Most of its 300,000 people live in or around the capital, Reykjavik. But through the skilled eye of landscape photographer Feodor Pitcarin, Iceland appears like an isolated planet from another galaxy. The raw beauty of this tiny windswept nation is the subject of a new photo exhibit. There are no people in the...

Wanted: Chefs in Uganda

Tue, 2015-08-04 16:44
As the middle class and tourism industry grow in Uganda, so, too, do the number of restaurants and high-end hotels. The owners of these establishments, however, have often had to recruit executive chefs from neighboring countries like Kenya and Tanzania, because there has been a shortage of well-trained kitchen personnel in Uganda. Slowly but surely, this is changing. It’s a problem that is not immediately associated with a low-income country such as Uganda, but there’s a shortage of...

Wanted: Ugandan Chefs

Tue, 2015-08-04 16:08
As the middle class and tourism industry grow in Uganda, so too do the number of restaurants and high-end hotels. However the owners of these establishments have often had to recruit executive chefs from neighboring countries like Kenya and Tanzania, because there has been a shortage of well-trained kitchen personnel in Uganda. Slowly but surly, this is changing. Serginho Roosblad has more on the story from Kampala.

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