Funding Hampers Lebanon’s Cluster Bomb Clearance Effort
Nearly a decade after the 2006 Israel-Lebanon war and Lebanon’s civil war, Lebanese continue to suffer the consequences of cluster bomblets and mines left over from those conflicts. Although efforts continue to make the land safe once again, funding has taken a hit – and now casualties are starting to steadily rise. John Owens reports for VOA from southern Lebanon.
Philippines Woos Arms Manufacturers
The Philippines ongoing territorial tensions with China have led it to try to modernize its military which for years had one of the smallest budgets in Asia. The country is spending more on more advanced ships and planes, but it is also trying to entice arms manufacturers to set up shop locally. Jason Strother reports from Bataan.
San Diego Zoo Giant Panda Turns 24
According to the best numbers available there are just over 2,000 giant pandas left in the world. That makes each one special. Washington D.C. recently celebrated the birth of twin pandas, though one died just a few days after being born. Meanwhile, across the country, another panda is celebrating not a new birth, but a long, long life. VOA’s Julia Taboh reports.
Cheap Pollution Monitor Aims to Help World’s Cities
Outdoor air pollution kills 3.7 million people per year around the world, according to the World Health Organization. The key to controlling the problem is knowing where it comes from. But that information is all but absent in much of the developing world. So the United Nations Environment Program is launching a low-cost tool to help officials keep watch over the air in their cities. VOA’s Steve Baragona has more from Nairobi, Kenya.
Europe Calls for Compulsory Resettlement of 160,000 Refugees
European Commission Chief Jean-Claude Juncker has called for the resettlement of 160,000 refugees across the 28 members of the European Union – and a permanent asylum mechanism to cope with future crises. Henry Ridgwell reports from London on the latest attempt by Brussels to deal with the huge influx of migrants and refugees.
Navigation, 3-D Printing in Sensing Technology Lead to New Apps
3-D printing, high-speed navigation, and a magic mirror are some of the technologies to come from new computer chips with advanced spatial sensing. VOA’s Mike O’Sullivan reports from San Francisco, where technology start-ups that have partnered with chip-maker Intel showed off …Read More