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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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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 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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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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A woman holds a picture of her son, Jordanian pilot Lt. Mu'ath al-Kaseasbeh, who is held by Islamic State group militants, in Amman, Jordan, Jan. 27, 2015.

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Africa

FILE - Hakainde Hichilema of Zambia.

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Mexico Confirms Missing Students Murdered by Drug Gang

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FILE - This artist's rendition provided by NASA shows the Kepler space telescope.

Astronomers Spot Oldest Known Star

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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

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Europe

Ukrainian municipal workers carry a coffin bearing the body of Vitaliy Sirotenko, who was killed Saturday during an attack in Mariupol, Ukraine, on  Jan. 27, 2015.

EU to Extend Russia Sanctions

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Health

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

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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

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