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Facebook Inc. is working on automatically flagging offensive material in live video streams, building on a growing effort to use artificial intelligence to monitor content, said Joaquin Candela, the company's director of applied machine learning. The...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Thursday, December 1, 2016
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Family members of a Houston-area high school student who killed herself are rallying for tighter laws against cyberbullying. Brandy Vela's family says cyberbullying pushed the 18-year-old over the edge, leading her to shoot herself in the chest Tuesday...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Friday, December 2, 2016
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Hundreds of women poured into the inner sanctum of the iconic Haji Ali Dargah mosque in Mumbai on Tuesday after a Supreme Court order granted them equal access, sparking hope for other cases of discrimination against women. The lengthy legal battle for...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Thursday, December 1, 2016
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On a hilltop in the occupied West Bank, Israeli teenagers are hammering stakes into the earth and erecting tent frames, preparing the ground for a confrontation with Israeli security forces. The devoutly religious young men see themselves as a last line...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Thursday, December 1, 2016
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The United Nations announced Wednesday that the conflict in Afghanistan has internally displaced more than a half million people in 2016, the highest number on record. The figure surpasses last year's record of 471,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs)...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Wednesday, November 30, 2016
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Officials in Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarar province say so-called Islamic State is trying to imprint a lasting legacy on children in the region through an increasing network of religious seminaries and schools. Authorities say IS runs at least 25...
From: Voice of America | By: Zia-U-Rahman Hasrat, Noor Zahid | Wednesday, November 30, 2016
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Engineering conglomerate Odebrecht took out full-page advertisements in Brazil's main newspapers on Friday to apologize to Brazilians for its involvement in the country's biggest-ever corruption scandal. The apology by Latin America's largest engineering...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Saturday, December 3, 2016
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Researchers say that lead levels in the drinking water supply of Flint, Michigan, continue to drop, but say residents should still filter their water. The researchers from Virginia Tech said Friday that they found no detectable levels of lead in 57 percent...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Saturday, December 3, 2016
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U.S. military veterans were building barracks Friday at a protest camp in North Dakota to support thousands of activists who have squared off against authorities in frigid conditions to oppose a multibillion-dollar pipeline project near a Native American...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Saturday, December 3, 2016
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It was a passion for the Kurdish cause that drove Californian Michael Israel to fight on the front lines in northern Syria against the Islamic State group. Israel, 26, died fighting for that mission. Kurdish authorities late this week identified Israel...
From: Voice of America | By: Sirwan Kajjo | Saturday, December 3, 2016
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One woman has been killed and some 40 people were arrested in a Peruvian shantytown after an angry mob tried to lynch two pollsters whom residents believed were butchering local children to take their organs, authorities said Friday. False rumors on...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Saturday, December 3, 2016
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U.S. General John Nicholson, the commander of international forces in Afghanistan, said the biggest challenges facing Afghanistan next year are leadership and corruption in the Afghan military. “These do plague some portions of the Afghan security...
From: Voice of America | By: Carla Babb | Saturday, December 3, 2016
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The chef credited with inventing General Tso's Chicken, a world-famous Chinese dish smothered in a sweet sauce that was never a staple in China, has died in Taiwan at 98. Peng Chang-kuei died of pneumonia last Wednesday in Taipei, his son Chuck Peng,...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Saturday, December 3, 2016
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With his career on the line, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi made a final appeal to Italians on Friday to support a crucial referendum to change the constitution, saying Italy could become Europe's strongest nation if it wins. The vote Sunday "could change...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Saturday, December 3, 2016
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The International Monetary Fund on Friday resumed payments to Guinea-Bissau, which were suspended in June over the government's loan bailouts for two private banks. The decision by the IMF's board could lead donors, which also suspended budget support...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Saturday, December 3, 2016
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People across Africa reacted with mixed feelings last month to news of businessman Donald Trump's victory in the U.S. presidential elections. Fatima Sadiqi, a professor of linguistics and gender studies at the Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University in...
From: Voice of America | By: Mariama Diallo | Friday, December 2, 2016
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President-elect Donald Trump announced the formation of a council to advise him on job creation, a group composed of the leaders of a variety of major U.S. corporations including General Electric, General Motors, Boeing, Disney and IBM. Stephen Schwarzman,...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Saturday, December 3, 2016
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President-elect Donald Trump made several phone calls to world leaders on Friday, most notably Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, a move that breaks decades of policy and one that could risk raising tensions with China even before Trump takes office. The...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Friday, December 2, 2016
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Billionaire philanthropist David Rubenstein has pledged the funding needed to fix the elevator at the Washington Monument, which was forced to shut its doors several months ago due to the elevator's mechanical failures. The National Parks Service shuttered...
From: Voice of America | By: Joshua Fatzick | Friday, December 2, 2016
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The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization said Friday that more than 40 million people need food assistance across southern Africa before the next harvest next March, with Zimbabwe and Madagascar being some of the worst hit. Chimimba David Phiri, the...
From: Voice of America | By: Sebastian Mhofu | Friday, December 2, 2016
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As Syrian government forces continue to push deeper into the rebel stronghold of eastern Aleppo, analysts say the wider geopolitical ramifications are being felt across the West. In Europe, demands for the removal of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad...
From: Voice of America | By: Henry Ridgwell | Friday, December 2, 2016
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Turkish media is reporting that a Russian cargo ship has run aground off the coast of Istanbul and says rescuers are trying to evacuate the ship's crew members. Turkey's Dogan news agency said heavy winds forced the Volgo Don 203 to run aground off Istanbul's...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Friday, December 2, 2016
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The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Friday to take up cases about whether hospitals that are affiliated with religious groups can use their church affiliations to get  exemptions from federal pension law. The justices agreed to hear the appeals of three nonprofit...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Friday, December 2, 2016
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California's Silicon Valley, known as the global center of high-tech innovation, is also a showcase for immigrant success stories. In 2013, two immigrant startups were among the top five biggest Silicon Valley venture capital deals. Silicon Valley provides...
From: Voice of America | By: Saqib ul-Islam | Friday, December 2, 2016
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The U.S. Senate gave Congress' final approval to an extension of the American sanctions law against Iran that lawmakers of both parties say is critical to enforcing the international nuclear accord with Tehran. VOA's Michael Bowman reports from Capitol...
From: Voice of America | By: Michael Bowman | Friday, December 2, 2016
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A new smartphone app is being viewed as a possible game-changer for videographers and musicians, who can gain real traction when they team up—although digital rights management often puts them at odds. When creating video content, the use of copyrighted...
From: Voice of America | By: Elizabeth Lee | Friday, December 2, 2016
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“We expected that the children would be afraid,” says Ali, a grandfather who was an herbalist before Islamic State militants took over Mosul. “But they just went on playing while mortars rained down on our neighborhood.”   About four meters...
From: Voice of America | By: Heather Murdock | Friday, December 2, 2016
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We’re interfacing with the five most popular songs in the Billboard Hot 100 Pop Singles chart, for the week ending December 3, 2016. Last week we got a new champion. This week? We'll keep you in suspense, but …things do change. Number 5: Twenty One...
From: Voice of America | By: Ray McDonald | Friday, December 2, 2016
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The 18-year-old who attacked a crowd at Ohio State University this week was buried Thursday in an unusually low-profile Islamic funeral in Columbus. Abdurazak Ali Artan was shot and killed by an campus police officer after driving his car over a curb...
From: Voice of America | By: Mohamed Olad Hassan | Friday, December 2, 2016
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Cicely Tyson performed a Langston Hughes poem as she accepted a lifetime achievement award from Ebony magazine. Adding years and grit to her voice, Tyson recited "Mother to Son" from memory, telling the audience at the magazine's annual Power 100 gala...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Friday, December 2, 2016
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AP 4 - 12/2/2016 8:31:00 AM - BC-EU--Macedonia-FakeNew   On the second floor of a noisy sports center in the Macedonian town of Veles, a teenage purveyor of fake news cracked open his laptop and laid out his case for why lying is more lucrative than...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Friday, December 2, 2016
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The United Nations says some 31,500 civilians have fled eastern Aleppo since Syrian government forces captured more than one-third of the rebel-held, besieged territory earlier this week. The United Nations reports 18,000 civilians have fled to Jibreen,...
From: Voice of America | By: Lisa Schlein | Friday, December 2, 2016
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At the moment when shooters unleashed terror on San Bernardino a year ago, county employees will remember their fallen colleagues with silence. Later on Friday, community members will gather to remember the 14 people killed and 22 wounded with speeches...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Friday, December 2, 2016
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A university teacher in the U.S. state of Nevada has come under fire after he posted on social media that his classroom is not a “safe space” and he would report any students who are in the country illegally to authorities. In a Facebook post Wednesday...
From: Voice of America | By: Joshua Fatzick | Friday, December 2, 2016
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Nelson Mandela's dream of a hospital to provide specialized care for children has opened in Johannesburg on Friday. The 200-bed Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital cost $70 million to build. It was conceived by Mandela more than a decade ago, will employ...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Friday, December 2, 2016
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Syrian rebel commanders and opposition politicians insist the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad will continue even if they lose their tenuous hold on parts of Aleppo, the country’s second-largest city. Most military observers and diplomats...
From: Voice of America | By: Jamie Dettmer, Jeff Seldin | Friday, December 2, 2016
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An honor guard played taps early Friday as members of Colombia's military loaded five flight crew victims of an air crash that also killed most members of a soccer team onto a cargo plane for the trip back to their native Bolivia. The five were all Bolivian...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Friday, December 2, 2016
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Trump supporters file federal lawsuit seeking to halt Wisconsin's ongoing presidential election recount. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Friday he doesn't expect his state's recount to significantly change the results.   "Anytime there's a canvass...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Friday, December 2, 2016
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Michigan's attorney general has asked the state Supreme Court to block a potential recount of the state's presidential vote, which was won by his fellow Republican, Donald Trump. Attorney General Bill Schuette, like the Trump campaign, argues that Green...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Friday, December 2, 2016
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Employers hired American workers at a brisk pace in November, pushing the unemployment rate down to a nine-year low of 4.6 percent, a reflection of rising confidence in the U.S. economy. The solid jobs report is yet another signal that the Federal Reserve...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Friday, December 2, 2016
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The electoral commission of Gambia says President Yahya Jammeh will concede defeat in the country's presidential election. Partial returns have shown Jammeh trailing challenger Adama Barrow, the candidate for a coalition of seven opposition parties....
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Friday, December 2, 2016
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Adults with the early symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease might be able to ward off or slow down its progression through aerobic exercise. Alzheimer’s disease is difficult to diagnose in the early stages. It begins with mild cognitive impairment –...
From: Voice of America | By: Jessica Berman | Friday, December 2, 2016
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More than 2,000 U.S. military veterans are expected to join a protest at a camp in North Dakota Friday where thousands of activists, braving frigid conditions, are demonstrating against a pipeline project near a Native American reservation. Veterans...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Friday, December 2, 2016
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The founder of a Hungarian cable news and talk channel says he has sold the broadcaster to an ally of the prime minister. Industrialist Gabor Szeles said he sold Echo TV to a company owned by Lorinc Meszaros, a village mayor whose business empire has...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Friday, December 2, 2016
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Russia said Friday it had uncovered a plot by foreign spy agencies to sow chaos in Russia’s banking system via a coordinated wave of cyberattacks and fake social media reports about banks going bust. Russia’s domestic intelligence agency, the Federal...
From: Voice of America | Friday, December 2, 2016
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Authorities in China announced this week that five officers are expected to be charged with dereliction of duty in the controversial and closely watched case of Lei Yang, a 29-year-old environmental scientist who died in police custody earlier this year....
From: Voice of America | By: William Ide, Joyce Huang | Friday, December 2, 2016
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The Obama administration has declared its support for requiring women to register for the military draft, a symbolic but significant shift that reflects the U.S. military’s evolution from a male-dominated force to one seeking to incorporate women at...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Friday, December 2, 2016
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Former NFL player Joe McKnight has been shot to death following an argument at an intersection with another motorist outside New Orleans. Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand says it happened about 2:43 p.m. Thursday in Terrytown, a suburb of New...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Friday, December 2, 2016
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For years, residents of central Israel have been complaining about air pollution from Palestinian factories in the nearby West Bank. Now that authorities have finally cracked down, shutting a group of the worst offending charcoal plants in one notorious...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Friday, December 2, 2016
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President-elect Donald Trump took a break from his transition work Thursday to speak in Cincinnati, Ohio, where several thousand supporters cheered as if the election campaign were still on. The rally was the first in a nationwide series of events aimed...
From: Voice of America | Friday, December 2, 2016
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