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2016 could be the year of the sugar tax, as several large nations consider levies on sweetened food and drinks to battle obesity and fatten government coffers. For years, public health advocates have called for such measures as one prong of an attack...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Tuesday, February 9, 2016
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Islamic State has started cutting down trees in some parts of eastern Afghanistan in a timber-smuggling operation to neighboring Pakistan, according to Afghan officials and tribal leaders. Locals in the Afghan province say the terror group has imported...
From: Voice of America | By: Zia-U-Rahman Hasrat | Monday, February 8, 2016
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A Taliban suicide bomber Monday killed at least three Afghan soldiers and wounded more than 18 others in the northern Balkh province. Afghan officials, citing initial reports from the scene, say a bus carrying personal of the Afghan National Army was...
From: Voice of America | Monday, February 8, 2016
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A new poll suggests Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and real estate mogul Donald Trump are maintaining their large leads in the northeastern U.S. state of New Hampshire, which holds a crucial presidential primary vote Tuesday. The poll, released by Monmouth...
From: Voice of America | By: William Gallo | Sunday, February 7, 2016
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Hundreds of migrants and refugees waited on Sunday in slow-moving queues at the border between Greece and Macedonia as heightened security measures put in place by Macedonia increased registration times. All refugees entering Macedonia are now required...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Sunday, February 7, 2016
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The sweeping Russian-backed offensive in northern Syria by President Bashar al-Assad’s military and foreign fighters from Iran, Lebanon and Afghanistan is triggering a humanitarian crisis by propelling thousands of civilians to flee to the Turkish...
From: Voice of America | By: Jamie Dettmer | Sunday, February 7, 2016
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An Afghan policeman was killed in a roadside bomb explosion in the country's east, an official said on Sunday.  Salim Saleh, spokesman for the provincial governor in Logar, said eight others were wounded in the attack which took place in Puli Alim,...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Sunday, February 7, 2016
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Israel's military chief says its number one mission is to counter the threat posed by attack tunnels from Gaza.   Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot said Tuesday that Gaza's Hamas rulers have been rebuilding the sophisticated network of underground tunnels that...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Tuesday, February 9, 2016
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The President of the World Medical Association said Thailand’s universal health program is a model for other emerging economies in Asia, including India, in providing health services to low income workers. There are growing tensions within the Thai...
From: Voice of America | By: Ron Corben | Tuesday, February 9, 2016
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In India, advocates of net neutrality have welcomed new rules by the telecom regulator that have blocked efforts by Facebook to offer free but limited access to the web in the country’s fast growing Internet market. In a widely awaited ruling, the...
From: Voice of America | By: Anjana Pasricha | Tuesday, February 9, 2016
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An Indian soldier buried by an avalanche for six days in the Himalayan region of Kashmir has been found alive and pulled from the snow, along with the bodies of nine other soldiers, officials said Tuesday. The enormous avalanche slammed into an Indian...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Tuesday, February 9, 2016
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The United Nations warned Tuesday that if pro-government forces in Syria succeed in encircling the strategic city of Aleppo then up to 300,000 people could be cut off from humanitarian aid. In an assessment of the situation in Aleppo, the U.N. said the...
From: Voice of America | By: Sharon Behn | Tuesday, February 9, 2016
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Iraq says its forces have completely recaptured the city of Ramadi and surrounding areas from Islamic State fighters. The military and interior ministry said Tuesday that Iraqi troops finished retaking several areas to the east of Ramadi, and had reopened...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Tuesday, February 9, 2016
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Ireland's justice minister urged gang members to seek police protection Tuesday after gunmen shot to death the brother of a Dublin crime kingpin in apparent retaliation for last week's attack on a boxing weigh-in ceremony. Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Tuesday, February 9, 2016
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As Cameroon's young people prepare to observe national youth day on Thursday, February 11, many are questioning their future. As the week long activities take place, youths are complaining that galloping unemployment and economic insecurity are causing...
From: Voice of America | By: Moki Edwin Kindzeka | Tuesday, February 9, 2016
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Police in Taiwan have arrested the developer of a 17-story apartment building in the city of Tainan that collapsed during last Saturday's powerful earthquake, killing 40 people.  Lin Ming-hui has been charged on suspicion of negligent homicide, due...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Tuesday, February 9, 2016
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Yemeni forces and al-Qaida militants battled Tuesday in Yemen's southern port city of Aden, leaving several people dead. The fighting took place in the Mansoura district.  Residents there said the Yemeni troops were backed by aircraft from a Saudi-led...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Tuesday, February 9, 2016
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Police say a train collision Tuesday in southern Germany has killed at least two people and wounded about 100 others. The crash involved two trains that hit head-on.  It happened near Bad Aibling, about 60 kilometers southeast of Munich. The cause of...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Tuesday, February 9, 2016
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Watching a lone browser in his Sydney Chinatown shop, Bing Chen is worried business is being squeezed this Lunar New Year by what's ailing the world economy at large - the weakest Chinese economy in 25 years. In years gone by, Chen would stay open until...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Tuesday, February 9, 2016
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Japan's Nikkei index sustained major losses during Tuesday's trading session, a sign that Monday's sell-off in Europe and the U.S. will extend for another day across the globe. The Nikkei lost a staggering 918 points, or 5.40 percent, at the closing...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Tuesday, February 9, 2016
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Canada will end its airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria this month. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Monday he will bring home Canada's six fighter jets by February 22, fulfilling a campaign pledge he made before being elected...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Tuesday, February 9, 2016
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Voters in three small towns cast their votes in the first minutes of Tuesday, kicking off the presidential primary election in the northeastern U.S. state of New Hampshire. In Dixville Notch, Ohio Governor John Kasich got three votes, enough to beat...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Tuesday, February 9, 2016
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Voters in three small towns cast their ballots early Tuesday to begin the New Hampshire presidential primary that could make or break several candidates' White House aspirations. The tiny populations brought quick vote counts, with Ohio Governor John...
From: Voice of America | By: William Gallo | Tuesday, February 9, 2016
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Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, will attempt its second launch of the year this month, as it ramps up production of its Falcon 9 rockets to handle more than $8 billion of business for NASA and commercial companies, officials said. The next...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Tuesday, February 9, 2016
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Syrians fleeing death in Russian air raids or in fighting between Syrian government troops and rebels are massing at the border with Turkey. Meanwhile, a United Nations report says detainees held by the Syrian government are being killed on a massive...
From: Voice of America | Tuesday, February 9, 2016
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There is growing concern in South Korea that the U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) could further hurt the country's economy, which is already experiencing a steep drop in exports and slow growth.  South Korea has focused on developing bilateral...
From: Voice of America | By: Brian Padden | Tuesday, February 9, 2016
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Voters filled town hall meetings and rallies across New Hampshire in the hours before the nation’s first presidential primary. Many came out despite a snowstorm because they had not yet made a final decision. According to polls, up to fifty percent...
From: Voice of America | By: Katherine Gypson | Tuesday, February 9, 2016
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Riot police used batons and pepper spray early Tuesday to disperse crowds after clashes erupted when authorities tried to move illegal street vendors from a working-class district, the worst street violence since pro-democracy protests in late 2014....
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Tuesday, February 9, 2016
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The International Monetary Fund will not give more aid to Ukraine until it becomes clear that, in the event of a government collapse, the next government would follow through on promised reforms, the country's Finance Minister Natalia Yaresko said on...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Tuesday, February 9, 2016
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African forces began a U.S.-led counter-terrorism training program Monday in Senegal, amid what a U.S. commander said were rising signs of collaboration between Islamist militant groups across north Africa and the Sahel. The annual "Flintlock" exercises...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Tuesday, February 9, 2016
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When an earthquake struck southern Taiwan in the early hours of Saturday, Chang Chun-jung thought it was all over. Asleep on the 10th floor of the Wei-guan Golden Dragon Building in Tainan city - now the focus of rescue efforts - Chun-jung, 28, didn't...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Tuesday, February 9, 2016
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U.S. presidential contenders have made a furious last-minute push for votes in New Hampshire, site of the nation's first presidential primary on Tuesday. Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders lead in the latest polls from the state. But...
From: Voice of America | Tuesday, February 9, 2016
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People use a lot of words to describe the reviled cockroach: disgusting, ugly, sneaky and repulsive, to name a few. But it may be time to add a surprising new one: inspirational. Scientists said Monday they have built a small search-and-rescue robot,...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Tuesday, February 9, 2016
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The annual Oscar nominees luncheon is generally a time of low-stakes celebration, but this year amid discussions of Oscar diversity and a boycott, as well as dramatic changes to academy membership, the Monday gathering was also one for reflection. Those...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Tuesday, February 9, 2016
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A phone call from Stevie Wonder changed Andra Day's life. He called Day and asked if he could work with her. Wonder heard about the songstress from his now ex-wife Kai Millard Morris, who discovered Day in a video clip. The clip showed Day singing in...
From: Voice of America | By: Associated Press | Tuesday, February 9, 2016
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Nepal's ethnic minority groups lifted a four-month-old blockade along a major trading point with India on Monday, saying it didn't want ordinary people to suffer anymore, but vowed to carry on with its campaign against the new constitution. The Madhesi...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Tuesday, February 9, 2016
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The U.S. Justice Department has charged the wife of a now-deceased Islamic State leader for her alleged role in last year's death of American aid worker Kayla Mueller. Nisreen Assad Ibrahim Bahar and her husband, Abu Sayyaf, are accused of holding Mueller...
From: Voice of America | By: Smita Nordwall | Tuesday, February 9, 2016
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At least 21 people were killed, 40 wounded and dozens of houses burned in weekend attacks aimed at Hutus in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, which has been the scene of heightened ethnic tensions in recent weeks. The United Nations said Monday it...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Tuesday, February 9, 2016
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Academy Award winner Sofia Coppola will make her operatic debut in May, directing a new production of Giuseppe Verdi's romantic tragedy "La Traviata", Rome's opera house said on Monday. Coppola, who won the gold statuette for the screenplay of the 2003...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Tuesday, February 9, 2016
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South Korea's point man on North Korea hinted Monday at possibly shutting down an inter-Korean industrial complex as a punitive measure against North Korea in response to the communist country's long-range rocket launch. On Sunday, Pyongyang proceeded...
From: Voice of America | By: Kim Hwan Yong | Tuesday, February 9, 2016
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Top Academy Award nominees will have a politically-charged gift in their swag bag this year - a luxury trip to Israel paid for in part by a government that hopes such celebrity junkets will offset news coverage of the country's troubles. Israel's tourism...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Tuesday, February 9, 2016
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Two brothers from Cuba's preeminent baseball family have abandoned a Cuban team traveling in the Dominican Republic, presumably to defect and later seek professional careers in the United States, official Cuban media reported Monday. Yulieski Gurriel,...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Tuesday, February 9, 2016
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The National Liberation Army, Colombia's second-largest leftist rebel group, must release a civilian and a soldier held hostage before the government will agree to begin a peace process, President Juan Manuel Santos said on Monday. The two sides have...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Tuesday, February 9, 2016
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Observed in many countries around the world, Valentine’s Day is sometimes celebrated with chocolate festivals.  But at a festival near Washington, the visitors experience a bit more than a sugar rush.  They go on a sweet journey through history....
From: Voice of America | By: June Soh | Tuesday, February 9, 2016
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Observed in many countries around the world, Valentine’s Day is sometimes celebrated with chocolate festivals. But at a festival near Washington, the visitors experience a bit more than a sugar rush. They go on a sweet journey through history. VOA’s...
From: Voice of America | By: June Soh | Monday, February 8, 2016
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Presidential hopefuls traveled across snowy New Hampshire on Monday, making a final appeal to undecided voters and stepping up their attacks on rivals, one day before an election that could make or break several candidates' White House aspirations. Ahead...
From: Voice of America | By: William Gallo | Monday, February 8, 2016
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Prime Minister Hun Sen is preparing for a meeting of ASEAN leaders with U.S. President Barack Obama later this month, political analysts say the visit will be a good way for Cambodia to improve relations with the United States. Hun Sen and other leaders...
From: Voice of America | By: Neou Vannarin | Monday, February 8, 2016
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Egypt has again denied police involvement in the killing of an Italian research student whose mutilated body was found early this month in the Egyptian capital. Speaking Monday in Cairo, Egyptian Interior Minister Magdi Abdel Ghaffar rejected published...
From: Voice of America | By: Lou Lorscheider | Monday, February 8, 2016
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Simple bandages are usually seen as the first line of attack in healing small to moderate wounds and burns. But scientists say new synthetic materials with embedded microsensors could turn bandages into a much more valuable tool for emergency physicians....
From: Voice of America | By: George Putic | Monday, February 8, 2016
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They fled their country and lived in refugee camps in neighboring Nepal for decades before being resettled in the northeastern U.S. state of New Hampshire -- now the focus of the U.S. presidential contest. VOA correspondent Aru Pande spoke with members...
From: Voice of America | Monday, February 8, 2016
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