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Teaching a Computer to Diagnose Heart Disease

Heart disease kills more than 17 million people around the world every year. It's the world's leading cause of death. Scientists are now using artificial intelligence to help them diagnose this deadly disease. VOA's Kevin Enochs reports.

Former Diplomats Worry About US Standing Among 1.2 Billion Africans

One week after President Donald Trump allegedly made derogatory comments about Africa and Haiti in a meeting over immigration policy with lawmakers, 78 former US ambassadors to 48 African countries have sent a letter to the president asking him to "reassess your views on Africa and its citizens." Former U.S. Ambassador John Campbell speaks with VOA's Diplomatic Correspondent Cindy Saine about an effort to reassure Africans about the U.S. commitment to the region.

Asian wildlife trafficking 'kingpin' Boonchai Bach arrested

Boonchai Bach is accused of heading of one Asia's biggest illegal wildlife smuggling networks.

US Condemns Sudan’s Arbitrary Detention of Journalists

The United States has condemned Sudan’s arbitrary detention of journalists after reporters from the French news agency (AFP) and Reuters were arrested covering a street protest Friday. The U.S. State Department said it was aware of the detentions and was closely following the reports. “We condemn the harassment, arbitrary detention, and attacks on journalists in Sudan who are doing their jobs and exercising their fundamental right to freedom of expression,” State Department spokeswoman… Read Full Article

Bad US Flu Season Gets Worse

The flu season in the U.S. is getting worse. Health officials last week said flu was blanketing the country, but they thought there was a good chance the season was peaking. But the newest numbers out Friday show it grew even more intense. “This is a season that has a lot more steam than we thought,” said Dr. Dan Jernigan of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One measure of the season is how many doctor or hospital visits are because of a high fever, cough and other flu… Read Full Article

During Government Shutdown, What's Closed? Who Is Affected?

The federal government shutdown only partly curbs operations. But the longer the shutdown continues, the more likely its impact will be felt.  U.S. troops will stay at their posts and mail will get delivered, but almost half of the 2 million civilian federal workers will be barred from doing their jobs if the shutdown extends into Monday. Here's how key parts of the federal government will be affected by a shutdown: Internal Revenue Service A shutdown plan posted on the Treasury… Read Full Article

Tom Petty Died of Accidental Overdose, Including Opioids

Tom Petty died last year of an accidental drug overdose that his family said occurred the same day he found out his hip was broken. He had just finished a string of dozens of shows with a less serious injury. His wife and daughter released the results of Petty’s autopsy via a statement Friday on his Facebook page, moments before coroner’s officials in Los Angeles released their findings and the rocker’s full autopsy report. Dana and Adria Petty say they got the results from the coroner’s… Read Full Article

Oscars: Four Questions Ahead of Tuesday’s Nominations

Oscar nominations balloting might be finished but Hollywood’s “Me Too” moment has kept right on going. When Academy Awards nominations are announced Tuesday morning, it might be a brief, celebratory reprieve for an industry enflamed by sexual harassment scandals and gender equality protests. Or it might just add more fuel to the fire. Will the motion picture academy, as it has done in 85 out of 89 years, field an all-male field of film directors? Will James Franco squeak into the best… Read Full Article

Partial US Government Shutdown Begins

A partial shutdown of the U.S. government commenced early Saturday after a funding bill was blocked in the Senate. Spending authority expired at midnight Washington time, triggering a halt of non-essential functions. Senators resume debate Saturday afternoon on a temporary spending bill that would fund the government through Feb. 8. Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin, however, objects to the continuing series of temporary spending bills, saying it “simply kicks the can down the road and fails… Read Full Article

Tax Cut, US Economy, Fair Trade on Trump’s Davos Agenda

U.S. President Donald Trump will be entering something of a lion’s den when he visits the elitist enclave of Davos next week, rubbing shoulders with the same “globalists” that he campaigned against in winning the 2016 election. Aides said some of Trump’s advisers had argued against him attending the World Economic Forum in order to steer clear of the event, which brings together political leaders, CEOs and top bankers. But in the end, they said, Trump, the first sitting U.S. president to… Read Full Article