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US Parties Face Challenge Motivating Hispanic Voters

5 hours 17 min ago
U.S. citizens of Latin American descent, or Latinos, could play an important role in the midterm elections November 4, when Americans vote for members of the U.S. House of Representatives, a third of the Senate, and other state and local officials around the country. VOA's Mike O’Sullivan reports that in states like California, Latinos are a core constituency for Democrats, but both parties face a challenge in getting their vote.

Tanzania Opposition United in Referendum Challenge

5 hours 19 min ago
Tanzania main opposition Chadema and other rival political parties are preparing to launch a legal challenge to the government’s decision to hold a referendum about the country’s draft constitution in April 2015. That’s according to Ibrahim Lipumba, a leading member of the consultative assembly that helped to draft the proposed measure. Tanzania’s attorney general Frederick Werema announced that the referendum about the proposed constitution would be held next spring. Lipumba, leader...

Vanishing Cheetahs

6 hours 33 min ago

Racing to Save the Cheetah

6 hours 41 min ago
Award-winning conservationist Dr. Laurie Marker warns that unless we act quickly, the world will likely lose its remaining cheetahs within the next ten years. That dire prediction comes on the heels of a newly released report by World Wildlife Fund, which states that the world has already lost 50 percent of its wild animal population since 1970. That grim statistic includes the loss of two-thirds of the wild cheetah population. VOA’s Julie Taboh has more.

IOC Grants Kosovo Provisional Olympic Recognition

6 hours 53 min ago
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has granted provisional recognition to Kosovo’s National Olympic Committee (NOC). The Executive Board of the IOC, meeting Wednesday in Montreux, Switzerland, also proposed that the Kosovo NOC be granted full recognition at the next IOC Session, scheduled for December in Monaco. The IOC made the decision in the interests of Kosovo athletes and to remove any uncertainty about their participation in the qualifiers for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio...

Pentagon: One of Kobani Bundles 'Probably' in IS Hands

6 hours 54 min ago
The Pentagon is confirming that Islamic State militants seized one of the 28 bundles of weapons and medical supplies dropped to Kurdish forces on Monday. The news comes as forces battling Islamic State in Iraq repelled an offensive by the militants. Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steve Warren said two of the 28 bundles dropped by the United States for Kurds fighting Islamic State militants did not make it to the allies. "Yesterday we announced that one resupply bundle went astray and...

Estonia Demands Explanation Over Russian Spy Plane

7 hours 3 min ago
Estonia has summoned the Russian ambassador after a Russian spy plane entered the Baltic country’s airspace without permission. A spokeswoman for the Estonian Foreign Ministry said the Baltic country considers the violation serious and “demands an explanation” from the ambassador. The spokeswoman said Estonia wants to know why a Russian Ilyushin-20 surveillance aircraft crossed into its airspace Tuesday afternoon. NATO says the Russian aircraft was in Estonian airspace for about a...

Battling Ebola

7 hours 8 min ago

Digital Fingerprints Track Kids’ Health

7 hours 29 min ago
A new study finds that children can be successfully followed by their fingerprints, making an electronic health registry feasible. This is critical in the developing world, where 2.5 million children die each year from preventable diseases because they have not been vaccinated. Twenty-five million babies don’t receive routine immunizations. And even when they do, paperwork is lost, incomplete or riddled with errors. Anil Jain is an expert in image recognition at Michigan State...

Racing to Save the Cheetah

7 hours 37 min ago
A wild cheetah sprinting across the African savannah has been described as poetry in motion. Dr. Laurie Marker can understand why. The award-winning conservationist and renowned cheetah expert has devoted her life to the protection of the big cats. But Marker warns that unless we act quickly, the world will likely lose its remaining cheetahs within the next ten years. That dire prediction comes on the heels of a newly released report by World Wildlife Fund, a leading conservation...

Olympians Join Fight Against Ebola

7 hours 41 min ago
The fastest man in the world, Usain Bolt, has stepped up to do his part to fight the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history.  The six-time Olympic gold medalist joined former track and field Olympian Carl Lewis on Wednesday to unveil the campaign, dubbed #TargetEbola. Sponsored by the World Olympians Association (WOA), the project aims to raise money to combat Ebola in Sierra Leone and other hard-hit West African countries.   According to WOA...

Americans Anxious over Ebola

8 hours 10 min ago
A recent survey shows more than four in 10 Americans are worried they or a relative might catch the Ebola virus. VOA’s Carolyn Presutti takes a look at why Americans are so anxious about a virus that, so far, has led to only three confirmed Ebola cases in the United States.

Autopsy: Ferguson Shooting Was Close Range

8 hours 15 min ago
Following months of protests against excessive force by police in Ferguson, Missouri, a review of the official autopsy report says Michael Brown was shot at close range and did not have his arms raised in surrender at the time. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper obtained the St. Louis County medical examiner's autopsy and an accompanying toxicology report that shows the 18-year-old Brown had used marijuana. The newspaper reported medical examiner Dr. Michael Graham and another...

Sweden Scales Back ‘Submarine’ Hunt

8 hours 28 min ago
Sweden’s military says it has reduced the number of vessels participating in the search for “foreign underwater activity” in the Stockholm archipelago. The communications director for the Swedish armed forces, Erik Lagerstedt, said some of the naval assets returned to a base for “maintenance,” as the six-day intelligence operation entered “a partially new phase.”       "This means the tactical commander has chosen to rearrange the units he has at his...

US Political Parties Face Challenge Motivating Hispanics

8 hours 34 min ago
U.S. citizens of Latin American descent, or Latinos, could play an important role in the midterm elections November 4, when Americans vote for members of the U.S. House of Representatives, a third of the Senate, and other state and local officials around the country. In states like California, Latinos are a core constituency for Democrats, but both parties face a challenge in getting their vote. Latino activists signed up new voters at a citizenship ceremony, targeting newly minted U.S....

Cambodian Activists: Illegal Logging Ravaging Last Forests

8 hours 35 min ago
Forestry activists in Cambodia say illegal logging is putting the country's last major forests in jeopardy. Activists gathered in Phnom Penh Wednesday told reporters that just this year alone, at least 55,000 tons of luxury wood were sent to China as part of what they allege is a “systematic” trade that includes the participation of high-ranking officials and security forces. Em Sopheak, an activist from eastern Mondulkiri province who works with the Community Legal Education...

Ukrainians Vote Sunday in Key Election

8 hours 35 min ago
Ukrainian voters go to the polls Sunday to elect a new parliament, the last political step in the revolution that started nearly a year ago. The vote is expected to move the country closer to badly-needed reforms, but won’t solve all of its problems. When Ukrainians took to the streets last winter for protests that led to the ouster of their pro-Russian president, their message was clear -- they wanted closer ties to Western Europe, an end to corruption, and a more just and open...

UN: ‘Guns Must Be Silenced’ in S. Sudan

8 hours 55 min ago
The new U.N. envoy to South Sudan said Wednesday that the “guns must be silenced” in that country as the humanitarian crisis grows and gross violations of human rights are reported. In her first briefing to the U.N. Security Council, Ellen Margrethe Loej said she is “shocked” by the “complete disregard for human life” she has seen since arriving in South Sudan. Loej said peace cannot be delayed for even one more day and there is no alternative to a comprehensive peace...

Ebola Increases Threat to Sierra Leone Pregnancies

8 hours 57 min ago
Sierra Leone has one of the world’s highest infant mortality rates, and the Ebola outbreak is likely to push it even higher. Health officials say almost all pregnant women infected with Ebola, along with their unborn babies, die from the disease. It’s a grim baseline. Last year, 107 out of every 1,000 infants born alive in the West African nation had died before their first birthday – compared with 65 in Guinea and 54 in Liberia, the two other countries most devastated by Ebola, or 6 in...

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