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ABUJA, NIGERIA — South African and other foreign soldiers in Nigeria are fighting against Boko Haram, engaging in ground combat and flying combat air sorties, Nigerian soldiers told VOA Thursday.

The fighting comes as the Nigerian government tries to notch battlefield victories ahead of presidential and parliamentary elections later this month.

Nigerian government officials confirmed the presence of foreign military personnel, but said they were only advisers accompanying military equipment purchased from South Africa, Russia and Ukraine.  Read More

Hubble Observations Suggest Underground Ocean on Jupiter’s Largest Moon

Jupiter_moonNASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has the best evidence yet for an underground saltwater ocean on Ganymede, Jupiter’s largest moon. The subterranean ocean is thought to have more water than all the water on Earth’s surface.

Identifying liquid water is crucial in the search for habitable worlds beyond Earth and for the search for life, as we know it. Read More

New Cuba US direct phone link established

Cuba and the United States have re-established direct telephone links for the first time in 15 years, Cuba’s state telecommunications company says.

The company, Etecsa, said initially the link would only be for phone calls.  Telephone calls have until now passed through a third country, making them very expensive. Read More

‘Blurred Lines’ Verdict Likely to Alter Music Business

LOS ANGELES — A jury’s verdict that Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke copied Marvin Gaye’s music to create their hit song “Blurred Lines” won’t just be felt by the singer’s pocketbooks – it has the potential to change how musicians work and could open the door to new copyright claims.

An eight-person jury determined Tuesday that Williams and Thicke copied elements of Gaye’s 1977 hit “Got to Give It Up” and ordered the pair to pay nearly $7.4 million to the late singer’s three children. Read More

Arrest over Ferguson police shooting

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A man has been arrested in connection with the shooting of two police officers in the troubled city of Ferguson. Jeffrey Williams has been charged with assault and gun violations.

Two police officers were wounded when shots were fired at them during a protest on Thursday night.

Ferguson has been a flashpoint for race relations following the shooting of black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer in August 2014.  Read More

Funeral Held for Black Teen 

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Hundreds of people attended the funeral Saturday of a 19-year-old black man shot by a white police officer in the northern U.S. city of Madison, Wisconsin.

The mourners packed a high school field house where family members requested no demonstrations.

Tony Robinson Jr. was unarmed during a confrontation with Police Officer Matt Kenny on March 6. Read More

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AFRICAN

ABUJA, NIGERIA — South African and other foreign soldiers in Nigeria are fighting against Boko Haram, engaging in ground combat and flying combat air...

CARIBBEAN - LATIN AMERICA

Cuba and the United States have re-established direct telephone links for the first time in 15 years, Cuba's state telecommunications company says. The company, Etecsa,...

NORTH AMERICA

A man has been arrested in connection with the shooting of two police officers in the troubled city of Ferguson. Jeffrey Williams has been...
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