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What Does the Super Bowl Mean to You?

Fri, 2016-02-05 22:17
American football fans from around the country arrived in San Francisco ahead of Sunday's Super Bowl 50. VOA asked a number of them just what the big game means to them.

Earthquake Hits Taiwan

Fri, 2016-02-05 22:04
A strong earthquake struck southern Taiwan near the city of Tainan Feb. 6, collapsing a massive apartment complex and killing at least three people and injuring many more.

Campaign Tradition: The Diner Stop

Fri, 2016-02-05 21:26
VOA stops by a New Hampshire diner to ask voters there what issues are most important to them

Zambian Government Says Opposition Fueled Student Protests

Fri, 2016-02-05 21:14
Zambian officials have accused opposition leaders of encouraging unrest at two state-funded universities to make the government unpopular ahead of this year's elections. Copperbelt University in Kitwe and the University of Zambia in the capital, Lusaka, were closed indefinitely Wednesday after students at both schools protested delays in grant payments. Information Minister Chishimba Kambwili said opposition leaders had undermined efforts by the government to resolve disagreements...

New Warning From CDC on Zika Virus Transmission

Fri, 2016-02-05 20:40
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a new warning for men about transmitting the Zika virus, which is spreading rapidly in Latin America and the Caribbean, creating a crisis for pregnant women. VOA's Carol Pearson reports very little is actually known about the virus.

US Astronaut on Apollo 14 Dies in Florida

Fri, 2016-02-05 20:29
U.S. astronaut Edgar Mitchell, who flew on the Apollo 14 mission and became the sixth man on the moon, has died in Florida at age 85. Family members said Mitchell died Thursday night at a hospital in West Palm Beach after a short illness. Mitchell, one of only 12 people to set foot on the moon, joined NASA in 1966. He helped to design and test the first lunar modules that reached the moon in 1969. He was on the Apollo 14 crew in 1971 with Alan Shepard, the first American in...

Goodell Dangles NFL Expansion Carrot to London

Fri, 2016-02-05 20:20
The NFL continued to build its global brand on Friday when commissioner Roger Goodell announced Mexico will host a game next season and dangled a carrot to British fans saying a team in London was a realistic possibility. The National Football League will play three regular season games in London next season and Goodell said he expects that number to rise in the future as the league continues to build a solid British fan base. The NFL played only one game in Wembley Stadium for six...

Pope to OK Use of Indigenous Languages for Mass in Mexico

Fri, 2016-02-05 20:13
Pope Francis will issue a decree authorizing the use of indigenous languages in Mass celebrations when he travels to Mexico next week, one of the symbolic gestures he will make in defense of Indian rights in the country. The Vatican said Friday that Francis will present the decree during a Mass dedicated to indigenous people in the state of Chiapas on Feb. 15. Some church authorities had long bristled at the inclusion of indigenous elements in Masses, which was championed by the late...

Next Few Days Seen Crucial for Syria Peace Talks

Fri, 2016-02-05 20:02
The next few days will “tell the story” on whether parties are serious about implementing a cease-fire in Syria and moving forward with talks on a political transition, Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday. His comments came two days after a U.N. envoy suspended fragile proximity talks between the Syrian regime and opposition, following opposition protests against a Russian-backed Syrian government offensive in Aleppo. “We will know in the next few days who is serious and who is...

NASA: Big Asteroid Could Pass Near Earth Next Month

Fri, 2016-02-05 20:00
NASA is monitoring a 100-foot (30-meter) wide asteroid that could make a close pass by Earth next month but has no chance of hitting it, the U.S. space agency said on Friday. First spotted in 2013, the asteroid could fly as close as 11,000 miles (17,700 km) from Earth on March 5, according to scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. That is roughly 1/20th the distance from Earth to the moon and about half as far as many communications satellites that...

Ghana Starts Africa's First High-tech Interactive Distance Learning

Fri, 2016-02-05 19:40
There are no computers, TVs or smartphones in many schools in rural Ghana. In the classroom, teachers talk while students listen. There's very little engagement and virtually no interaction, because many teachers themselves were not formally trained. The private, nonprofit Varkey Foundation — together with co-donor Dubai Cares and the Ghanaian Ministry of Education — wants to change that. "What we're trying to do is leapfrog what they should have received when they...

Ghana Starts Africa's First High-tech Interactive Distance Learning

Fri, 2016-02-05 19:38
The Ministry of Education in Ghana says almost 45 percent of that country's primary school teachers and 30 percent of junior high school teachers have not been formally trained. With the help of international donors, authorities in the African country have now launched a two-way interactive training program to help solve the problem. VOA's George Putic reports.

Ecuador Sacks Military Top Brass Over Questioned Land Deal

Fri, 2016-02-05 19:31
Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa on Friday said he had fired the Andean country's top military brass for allegedly overcharging the Environment Ministry by $41 million in a sale of land in 2010. The Armed Forces apparently sold 66 lots to the Environment Ministry for $48 million, but a report from the Attorney General's office this week said they were worth only $7 million. "With great pain I had to prematurely end the High Command. We will not allow anyone to...

Twitter Suspends Over 125,000 Accounts for 'Promoting Terrorist Acts'

Fri, 2016-02-05 19:27
Twitter has shut down more than 125,000 terrorism-related accounts since the middle of 2015, most of them linked to the Islamic State group, the company said in a blog post on Friday. Twitter has said it only takes down accounts when they are reported by other users, but said that it has increased the size of teams monitoring and responding to reports and has decreased its response time "significantly." Twitter's announcement comes as many tech companies - led by Facebook...

Australian Commander: IS Changing Tactics

Fri, 2016-02-05 18:50
As part of VOA's ongoing reporting on Iraq, correspondent Sharon Behn interviewed Air Vice Marshal Tim Innes, national theater commander for all Australian forces deployed to the Middle East region, including Afghanistan. Innes assumed command of Australia's Joint Task Group 633 on January 25, 2016. The following article is based in part on that interview. Islamic State extremists fighting in Iraq and Syria have proven themselves experts in modern warfare. They create diversionary...

South Korea Says North Korea Moving Closer to Rocket Launch

Fri, 2016-02-05 18:29
North Korea appears to be moving quickly on its preparations for a long-range rocket launch, South Korea’s Defense Ministry said Friday. The communist country notified the International Maritime Organization and the International Telecommunication Union of its plan to launch an "Earth observation satellite" between February 8 and February 25, prompting neighboring countries to go on alert. Pyongyang provided the coordinates of the rocket trajectory as a warning to aircraft...

E-readers Help Thousands in Africa Learn to Read

Fri, 2016-02-05 18:24
At the Kibera Girls Soccer Academy in Nairobi, 17-year-old Naima Hassan and her fellow high school students sit in class, using an e-reader instead of textbooks. The electronic device, known as the Worldreader, can be loaded with hundreds of books. "I get to learn everything that I want," Hassan said. On a continent where millions of people can't read, there's a chronic shortage of textbooks in many schools, including the girls' academy. "The textbooks...

Study: Global Mental Illness Widespread, Undercounted

Fri, 2016-02-05 18:01
The number of people living with mental illness worldwide is underestimated by more than a third, according to researchers at Harvard University and University College London, who say mental illness accounts for 32 percent of all disability worldwide.  Previously, mental illness was thought to be responsible for 21 percent of global disability. Researchers say people with other health problems — such as heart disease, pain syndromes, neurological problems and HIV — often suffer...

Candidates' Comments Fly Like New Hampshire Snowflakes

Fri, 2016-02-05 18:00
U.S. presidential candidates traipsed through fresh-fallen snow in New Hampshire on Friday, trading barbs with each other four days ahead of the country's first-in-the-nation Republican and Democratic party primary elections. New surveys in the small Northeastern state showed the two parties' contests tightening. But the polls indicated that billionaire real estate tycoon Donald Trump still held a substantial lead over a large field of Republican rivals, while Bernie Sanders,...

Russia's Shrinking Expat Community an Opportunity for Those Remaining

Fri, 2016-02-05 18:00
Russia's shrinking economy and tensions with the West have led hundreds of thousands of foreigners to leave the country, seeking better opportunities. Businesses catering to foreigners are suffering; but, at a first exhibition for expatriates in Moscow, some also see opportunity. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports.

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