Editor's note: We wanted a way to keep you updated with the top immigration, migration, and refugee stories every week — the ones that will most affect you, our international readers, viewers and listeners. We want you to know what's happening, why, and how it could impact your life, family or business, so we created a weekly digest of the top original immigration reporting from across VOA. Questions? Tips? Comments? Email the VOA immigration team: ImmigrationUnit@voanews.com The Border… Read Full Article
Ethiopia's government says it has removed internet restrictions on 246 websites and TV channels, the latest reform under the country's new prime minister. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's chief of staff, Fitsum Arega, announced the news Friday on Twitter, saying "freedom of expression is a foundational right." "A free flow of information is essential for engaged and responsible citizenry. Only a free market of ideas will lead to the truth," he added. The unblocked news sites include two… Read Full Article
Switzerland take a huge step towards the last 16 of the World Cup as Xherdan Shaqiri scores a 90th-minute winner against Serbia.
Sources close to U.N. Yemen envoy Martin Griffiths say the Houthi rebel group that controls chunks of the country, including the capital Sanaa, may be willing to hand over control of the Red Sea port of Hodeida to a U.N. team to administer. Arab media says that the Houthis are denying the claim. Scattered fighting continued in and around Hodeida on Friday as the Saudi-led coalition and Yemeni forces loyal to the internationally-recognized government consolidated gains around the city and… Read Full Article
A federal jury on Friday found a former New England mob boss and an associate guilty of the 1993 murder of a nightclub owner whose remains were discovered buried in Rhode Island two years ago. Jurors in Boston convicted Francis "Cadillac Frank" Salemme, 84, and Paul Weadick, 63, of killing club owner Steven DiSarro because they believed DiSarro was cooperating with federal investigators. The case provided a flashback to an era when organized crime in Boston was run by Salemme, who headed… Read Full Article
Peace talks between South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar ended without an agreement in Addis Ababa, but they may meet again, possibly as early as next week in Khartoum. South Sudan Information Minister Michael Makuei, who returned to Juba from Addis on Friday, told reporters that the IGAD Council of Ministers had declared the high-level forum to be over. He said leaders of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development had urged Kiir and Machar to continue… Read Full Article
Officials in Afghanistan said Friday insurgents in separate attacks have kidnapped 33 employees of a construction company and killed at least 20 government security forces. The Taliban has launched major coordinated attacks across the country since ending its three-day Eid cease-fire on Sunday, killing more than 100 Afghan forces and overrunning new territory. The kidnapping occurred near the border with Pakistan in the southern province of Kandahar. A provincial government spokesman,… Read Full Article
The human backup driver in an autonomous Uber SUV was streaming the television show "The Voice" on her phone and looking downward just before fatally striking a pedestrian in suburban Phoenix, according to a police report. The 300-page report released Thursday night by police in Tempe revealed that driver Rafaela Vasquez had been streaming the musical talent show via Hulu in the 43 minutes before the March 18 crash that killed Elaine Herzberg as she crossed a darkened road outside the lines… Read Full Article
U.S. celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, who killed himself in a French hotel room earlier this month, had no narcotics or alcohol in his body when he died, a local prosecutor said on Friday. Bourdain, host of CNN's food-and-travel-focused "Parts Unknown" television series, was 61. Brash and opinionated, he had spoken openly about his use of drugs and addiction to heroin earlier in his life. "No trace of narcotics, no trace of any toxic products, no trace of medicines, no trace of alcohol,"… Read Full Article
Michael Benanav has traveled around much of the world, chronicling in words and pictures nomadic communities from Mali, to Jordan to Mongolia. But when the photographer heard about the Van Gujjar tribe of Northern India, he knew he wanted to do more than just document their existence. He wanted to join them on a migration to better understand their nomadic way of life and culture.