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World Must Not Miss Early Signals of Any Flu Pandemic

World Must Not Miss Early Signals of Any Flu Pandemic

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND —  The World Health Organization called on all countries on Monday to monitor closely outbreaks of deadly avian influenza in birds and poultry and to report promptly any human cases that could signal the start of a flu pandemic. Different strains of bird flu have been spreading across Europe…

Paris Tests Driverless Bus Service to Fight Pollution, Congestion

Paris Tests Driverless Bus Service to Fight Pollution, Congestion

Paris on Monday launched its first driverless electric shuttle bus service, aiming to curb congestion and pollution that many Parisians blame for coughing, eye irritation and runny noses. Sensors and cameras tell the EZ10 bus when to stop and start, how fast to go and in which direction. The 130…

Former US President George H.W. Bush Recovers From Pneumonia

Former US President George H.W. Bush Recovers From Pneumonia

Doctors said Monday that the health of former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, who is suffering from bacterial pneumonia, is improving and that he has been moved out of the intensive care unit of a Houston hospital. “He still has a fair amount of coughing,” Dr…

Caution Urged Against Over-Browned Potatoes and Toast

Caution Urged Against Over-Browned Potatoes and Toast

A British regulatory agency is urging consumers to avoid burnt or very well toasted bread and deeply browned potatoes.  Instead, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) says people should “Go for the Gold” when it comes to starch-containing foods, cooking them to a golden brown, enough to retain…

Silicon Valley Company Helps Immigrants Stay in US to Build Startups

Silicon Valley Company Helps Immigrants Stay in US to Build Startups

PALO ALTO, CA. —  Inspired by the movie Terminator, Yingzhe Fu has wanted to make robots ever since he was a child. That dream is now being realized in the form of a smart device for new homes, created by a startup called Togg that he co-founded. The computer would…

January 23, 2017

January 23, 2017

A look at the best news photos from around the world. http://www.voanews.com/a/january-23-3017-day-in-photos/3688292.html…

Trump’s Inauguration ‘Largest Watched … Ever’

Trump’s Inauguration ‘Largest Watched … Ever’

WASHINGTON —  New White House press secretary Sean Spicer, widely criticized for his assessment of the crowd size at President Donald Trump’s swearing-in last Friday, said Monday “it’s unquestionable” that the event was the “largest watched inaugural ever.” Spicer said “tens of millions” of people watched…

Food Aid Cutbacks Provoke Anguish in Central African Republic

Food Aid Cutbacks Provoke Anguish in Central African Republic

The past year has seen the World Food Program make drastic cuts to food rations for people in need across Africa, as crises around the globe compete for donor money.  In the Central African Republic, 2 million people — half of the population – need food aid.  But the WFP says…

High Expectations in Ankara for Trump Presidency

High Expectations in Ankara for Trump Presidency

ISTANBUL —  Turkey’s pro-government media, usually critical of the United States, welcomed the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump. Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin spoke warmly of the new American president, saying the Trump administration “has a perspective that will guard Turkey’s sensitive position in the…

Dutch Elections Overtaken by Populist and Anti-Establishment Parties

Dutch Elections Overtaken by Populist and Anti-Establishment Parties

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and his right-liberal People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy ran a full page newspaper advertisement Monday calling for people to “act normal or leave” the Netherlands if they do not like the country and its values.  The message is seen…