Report: N. Korea’s Last Nuclear Test Caused Quake That Killed Dozens

An artificial earthquake caused by a North Korean nuclear test in September reportedly caused buildings to collapse and killed scores of people, including schoolchildren, South Korean media reported this week. On Sept. 3, North Korea conducted its sixth nuclear test, successfully detonating a hydrogen bomb — one that could fit onto an intercontinental missile (ICBM). The blast produced two shallow earthquakes...

Duterte formally ends peace talks with the reds

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte declared on Thursday the termination of peace negotiations with the National Democratic Front – Communist Party of the Philippines – New People’s Army (NDF-CPP-NPA). Through Proclamation No. 360, the President ordered his Peace Adviser and the government peace negotiators to stop all peace talks with the communist group. “I hereby direct the Office of the Presidential Adviser...

Even After Death, Social Media Still Connects Loved Ones

Social media is turning into a vast graveyard for profiles of owners who have passed away, leaving them unattended or as standing memorials. And some experts are urging social networks to do more to help users prepare for their digital deaths. There are millions of them – pages that remain on social media sites, and in some cases, automatically update...

Asia Code for Sea Peace Expected to Tilt Toward China

TAIPEI — A code of conduct aimed at avoiding mishaps in the contested South China Sea is likely to sidestep concerns that are offensive to the chief claimant, Beijing, analysts forecast. China and 10 Southeast Asian Nations agreed at summits in Manila this month to start negotiations on a code of conduct for the resource-rich sea, where sovereignty is contested...

Boko Haram: Journey from Evil


Boko Haram: Journey from Evil shows that despite being mired in conflict and nearly a decade of suffering, not all is lost in Nigeria.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque holds a press briefing for the Malacañang Press Corps


Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, together with Presidential Task Force on Media Security Executive Director and Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Undersecretary Joel Egco, holds a press briefing for the Malacañang Press Corps (MPC) at the New Executive Building (NEB) in Malacañang on November 23, 2017.

Anti-Smoking Ads to Air on American TV


These plain commercials come with a $30 million price tag and are ordered to air during prime time, five times a day, Monday through Thursday. They will run for a year. In addition to television commercials, cigarette companies must also pay for full-page ads in the Sunday edition of newspapers. These ads will run five times over the course...

Cambodia’s Major Food Source is Slowly Dying


Cambodia's Tonle Sap Lake, which lies in the center of the country, is home to hundreds of species of fish that provide the Southeast Asian nation with up to 60 percent of its protein. But the lake's rich fishery is at risk because of overfishing, pollution and hydroelectric dams. VOA's Kevin Enochs reports.

Nigeria Oil Spills Double Risk of Infant Mortality, Research Shows


Babies are much more likely to die in their first few weeks of life if their mothers live close to the site of an oil spill, according to new research. Scientists studied data on infant mortality and oil spills in Nigeria’s Niger delta region – and describe their results as ‘shocking’. Henry Ridgwell reports.

US Charges Iranian National With Hacking HBO Computer Systems

WASHINGTON — U.S. prosecutors charged an Iranian with hacking into computer systems of the cable TV channel HBO earlier this year, stealing information about the hit program "Game of Thrones" and attempting to extort millions of dollars from the company. In an indictment Tuesday, prosecutors said 29-year-old Behzad Mesri has had ties to Iran's military and is a member of...