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Monday, March 27, 2017
Japanese officials say eight high school students are feared dead after being engulfed in an avalanche at a ski resort in eastern Japan. Three other students were injured. At least one teacher is missing. Japanese officials say the students were participating in a mountain-climbing outing Monday morning in the town of Nasu, about 175 kilometers north of Tokyo. Tochigi prefectural authorities said about 50 students and 10 teachers from seven high schools were on the trip in the... (Full Story)
Monday, March 27, 2017
A massive renewable energy project could change the seascape of the Welsh city of Swansea in coming years. The plan is to encase the city's lagoon in a horshoe shaped causeway that will serve as a giant tidal generator. The four year project is massive but if its approved would create a long-term reliable source of clean energy. VOA's Kevin Enochs report. (Full Story)
Monday, March 27, 2017
A massive renewable energy project could change the seascape of the Welsh city of Swansea in coming years. The plan is to encase the city's lagoon in a horseshoe-shaped causeway that will serve as a giant tidal generator. The four-year project is massive, but if it is  approved, it would create a long-term reliable source of clean energy. The 9.5 kilometer horseshoe would literally ring the harbor of Swansea. Once in place, the huge tides on the English coast will be spinning... (Full Story)
Monday, March 27, 2017
U.N. officials say six humanitarian aid workers were ambushed and killed in South Sudan. The officials said the workers were killed Saturday as they traveled in a convoy from the capital, Juba, to the the eastern town of Pibor. "I am appalled and outraged by the heinous murder...," Eugene Owusu, the top U.N. humanitarian official in South Sudan said. "At a time when humanitarian needs have reached unprecedented levels, it is entirely unacceptable that those who are... (Full Story)
Monday, March 27, 2017
President Donald Trump is set to announce a new White House office run by his son-in-law that will seek to overhaul government functions using ideas from the business sector. A senior administration official said Trump on Monday will announce the White House Office of American Innovation. The official sought anonymity to discuss the office in advance of the formal rollout. The plans for the office were first reported by The Washington Post. The innovation office will be led by Jared... (Full Story)
Monday, March 27, 2017
Russian protesters have demonstrated by the thousands in cities across the country in support of a call by Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny for accountability among Russia's elite. More than 100 people were detained around Moscow’s Pushkin square, including Navalny, for protesting without permission. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from the protest in Moscow. (Full Story)
Monday, March 27, 2017
As East Africa struggles through a drought, scientists say climate change may be making the situation worse. VOA's Steve Baragona looks at how a warming planet may be altering the weather patterns that bring rain to the region. (Full Story)
Monday, March 27, 2017
As East Africa struggles through a drought, scientists say climate change may be making the situation worse as a warming planet may be altering the weather patterns that bring rain to the region. In Somalia, the rains failed late last year. And the rains before that were meager. Livestock have died. Crops have failed. Famine threatens Somalia for the second time this decade. While drought is not uncommon in this dry region, it has gotten worse, Chris Funk, a climate scientist at the... (Full Story)
Monday, March 27, 2017
The United States has "strongly condemned" the detention of hundreds of protesters throughout Russia Sunday, including the country's opposition leader, Alexei Navalny. Tens of thousands of Russians demonstrated in cities across the country in support of a call by Navalny for accountability among Russia's elite. OVD-Info, an organization that monitors Russian political repression, said on its website that more than 1,000 people were arrested in the Moscow... (Full Story)
Monday, March 27, 2017
Taiwan is pursuing a two-pronged upgrade to its armed forces as people on the island worry about recent shows of force by powerful rival China during a political stalemate. Last week, the Taiwanese navy signed a memorandum of understanding with two local companies to develop submarines over the next four years. Construction of the vehicles, ideal for warfare against a stronger adversary, could reach $85.8 million, though the final price is not set, the defense ministry spokesman... (Full Story)
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