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Syria conflict: 15 refugees found frozen to death

Children were among the 15 people who died trying to cross from Syria into Lebanon in a snowstorm.

DeVos: 'Common Core Is Dead'; A Large Online Charter School Is Shut Down

School-to-prison pipeline, foster youth transportation, and more education news of the week.

Pad Man: A man's 'period poverty' rescue becomes a film

A new film, Pad Man, charts one man's 20-year bid to make cheaper sanitary towels available in India.

Robots in Aisle 5: Supermarket Tech for the Way We Shop

Self-driving cars haven’t fully made their way to Main Street, in part, because of the unpredictable conditions and occurrences on everyday roads. But a more controlled and mappable environment exists in the everyday supermarket or big box store, where autonomous vehicles (robots, really) are already cruising the aisles. At the recent National Retail Federation trade show in New York, several examples of autonomous robots were on display. Inside Intel’s booth, the Bossa Nova robot scanned… Read Full Article

Robots in Aisle 5: Supermarket Tech for the Way We Shop

Robots, artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies were all on display at the National Retail Federation (NRF) 2018 trade show. The event showcased the ways retailers are keeping pace with shoppers' round-the-clock spending. Tina Trinh reports.

Official: ‘No Formal Decision’ on Florida Offshore Drilling

The Trump administration’s promise to exempt Florida from an offshore drilling plan is not a formal action, an Interior Department official said Friday in a statement that Democrats said contradicted a high-profile announcement by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. Zinke has proposed opening nearly all U.S. coastline to offshore oil and gas drilling, but said soon after announcing the plan that he will keep Florida “off the table” when it comes to offshore drilling. Zinke’s Jan. 9 statement… Read Full Article

Anniversary of Women's March Electrified by #MeToo Movement

One year after more than 4 million protesters rallied for the Women's March in cities across the country, tens of thousands are expected here in Washington for an anniversary march. While the focus for the first march was the newly inaugurated president, this year's march takes place at a time when women are speaking out more than ever, highlighting sexual harassment and the abuse of power. VOA's Carolyn Presutti takes a look at the growth of the #MeToo movement.

Russia Probe Dogs Trump's First Year in Office

If there is one single word that has dogged and defined Donald Trump's presidency, it is Russia. Several congressional committees and special counsel Robert Mueller are investigating Trump campaign contacts with Moscow, focusing this week on former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon. VOA White House correspondent Peter Heinlein has a look at how Trump's relationship with Russia, and the Kremlin's role in his election, has hung over every moment of his first year in office.

Trump Upends Climate Policy in First Year

Donald Trump campaigned as a booster of fossil fuels and a skeptic of climate change science, and his policies over the past year have reflected these views. VOA's Steve Baragona has a look at 2017 in climate and energy policy under the Trump administration.

VP Pence Arrives in Cairo for Terrorism, Security Talks

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence arrived in Cairo Saturday to discuss terrorism and security issues, including efforts to fight Islamic State, with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. The trip was originally planned for December but was delayed because of Pence's involvement in year-end tax overhaul negotiations and in the aftermath of Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas' refusal to meet with him in Bethlehem. Abbas has denounced U.S. President Donald Trump's decision late last year to… Read Full Article