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'Eyes on the Sea' Curtail Illegal Fishingi
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January 27, 2015 12:16 AM
Illegal fishing accounts for 20 percent of the global market -- one out of every five fish caught. That’s worth $23.5 billion a year. "Fishing Piracy" on the high seas -- as some call it -- hastens fishery decline, threatens food security, depletes economic resources and harms the environment. As VOA’s Rosanne Skirble reports, a new high-tech tool to patrol the world's oceans and bring criminals to justice was introduced at a video news conference.
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Video 'Eyes on the Sea' Curtail Illegal Fishing

Illegal fishing accounts for 20 percent of the global market -- one out of every five fish caught. That’s worth $23.5 billion a year. "Fishing Piracy" on the high seas -- as some call it -- hastens fishery decline, threatens food security, depletes economic resources and harms the environment. As VOA’s Rosanne Skirble reports, a new high-tech tool to patrol the world's oceans and bring criminals to justice was introduced at a video news conference.
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Video Oil Price Drop Troubles Texas Producers

As oil prices have fallen over the past several months, drilling operations have slowed in some parts of the United States - including Texas, the state that surpasses all others in energy production. The Lone Star State’s energy output has been boosted in recent years by development of resources trapped deep below ground in the Eagle Ford shale deposit, which stretches across south central Texas. As VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Karnes City, Texas, the drop in oil prices has created concerns,
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Video US, EU Threaten New Russia Sanctions Over Ukraine

U.S. President Barack Obama has blamed Russia for an attack by Ukrainian separatists that left dozens dead in the port of Mariupol and cast further doubt on the viability of last year’s cease-fire with the Kyiv government. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports from Washington.
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Video Kerry Warns Against Violence in Nigeria Election

US Secretary of State John Kerry visited Nigeria Sunday in a show of the level of concern within the U.S. and the international community over next month’s presidential election. Chris Stein reports.
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Video Progress, Some Areas of Disagreement in Cuba Talks

U.S. and Cuban officials are reporting progress from initial talks in Havana on re-establishing diplomatic ties. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State (for Western Hemisphere Affairs) Roberta Jacobson said while there was agreement on a broad range of issues, there also are some “profound disagreements” between Washington and Havana. VOA State Department correspondent Pam Dockins has the story.
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Video Worldwide Photo Workshops Empower Youth

Last September, 20 young adults from South Sudan took part in a National Geographic Photo Camp. They are among hundreds of students from around the world who have learned how to use a camera to tell the stories of the people in their communities through the powerful medium of photography. Three camp participants talked about their experiences recently on a visit to Washington. VOA’s Julie Taboh reports.
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Video US, Japan Offer Lessons as Eurozone Launches Huge Stimulus

The Euro currency has fallen sharply after the European Central Bank announced a bigger-than-expected $67 billion-a-month quantitative easing program Thursday - commonly seen as a form of printing new money. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London on whether the move might rescue the eurozone economy -- and what lessons have been learned from similar programs around the world.
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Video Nigerian Elections Pose Concern of Potential Conflict in 'Middle Belt'

Nigeria’s north-central state of Kaduna has long been the site of fighting between Muslims and Christians as well as between people of different ethnic groups. As the February elections approach, community and religious leaders are making plans they hope will keep the streets calm after results are announced. Chris Stein reports from the state capital, Kaduna.

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This handout photo provided by the US Secret Service shows the drone that crashed onto the White House grounds in Washington, Jan. 26, 2015.

Can Consumer Drones Become a Serious Threat?

FAA regulates US airspace, limits flights of drones operated by hobbyists; modern drones can be pre-programmed to fly automatically along so-called 'way points' More

Asia

FILE - A Train arrives in Maeklong, in Samut Songkhram province, Thailand.

Thailand Plans Major Infrastructure Upgrade

More than $100-billion infrastructure spending program includes upgrading national rail network and opening links to Southern China More

Africa

A former senior Al-Shabab commander, Zakariya Ismail Hersi, speaks during a press conference at the presidential palace in Mogadishu, Somalia, Jan. 27, 2015.

Former Al-Shabab Commander Denounces Terror Group

Zakariya Ismail Hersi served as intelligence chief of the al-Qaida-linked organization before surrendering to Somali authorities More

Middle East

Kurds celebrating success by Kurdish and peshmerga fighters in driving Islamic State militants out of Kobani, hold a photo of a fighter killed in the conflict, near Turkish-Syrian border at Suruc, Sanliurfa province, Jan. 27, 2015.

Kurds Expand Offensive After Driving IS From Kobani

British-based monitor confirms Kurd claims that its fighters took control of nearby village; some Kobani residents start to return to mostly destroyed town More

Science & Technology

FILE - A man is silhouetted against a video screen with an Facebook logo.

Facebook: Internal Error to Blame for Outages

Temporary outage appeared to spill over and temporarily slow or block traffic to other major Internet sites More

Arts & Entertainment

Greek singer Demis Roussos performs at the Edineyat international festival in Ehden town, northern Lebanon, Aug. 10, 2013.

Famous Greek Singer Demis Roussos Dead at 68

A public funeral is planned for Friday at the First Cemetery of Athens, a resting site for many Greek politicians and cultural icons More

Europe

Video Saved By a Mistake: an Auschwitz Survivor's Story

Dagmar Lieblova was 14 when she arrived at Auschwitz in December 1943, along with her entire Czech Jewish family, and a paperwork mix-up saved her life More

Health

FILE - Patients with Alzheimer's and dementia are seen during a therapy session.

Common Drugs Linked to Increased Risk of Dementia, Alzheimer's

Researchers find that over-the-counter drugs - including those to promote sleep and treat allergies - may affect memory in people 65 and older More

Economy & Business

Eurogroup chairman Jeroen Dijsselbloem (L) talks to European Commissioner for economics, taxation and customs Pierre Moscovici (R) during an eurozone finance ministers meeting in Brussels, Jan. 26,  2015.

EU Offers Mixed Reaction to Syriza Victory

European Union finance ministers meeting in Brussels have suggested they are open to giving Greece more time to pay back its debt, but there is little support for a total write-off More

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