• Sierra Leone VP Quarantines Self After Bodyguard Dies of Ebola

    Sierra Leonean Vice President Samuel Sam-Sumana placed himself under a 21-day quarantine Saturday after one of his bodyguards died of Ebola.

    Sam-Sumana told Reuters, “I have decided to be put under quarantine because I do not want to take chances and I want to lead by example. I am very well and showing no signs of illness.”

    Doctors say the incubation period for Ebola — the period between infection with the virus and the appearance of symptoms — is 21 days.

    Cases of the…

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  • NYC’s Restaurant Week: An Economic Boom in Fine Dining

    Many of New York’s fine-dining establishments take part in what is known as Restaurant Week, an event held since 1992 that offers locals and tourists the opportunity to enjoy a more affordable three-course culinary experience.

    For a fixed lunch price of $25, or $38 for dinner, there are 340 restaurants and 28 diverse cuisines to choose from through March 6.  Any other day of the year, such meals could cost 25 percent to 50 percent more.

    One of the pioneers of this initiative is…

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  • UN Envoy to Push Peace Plan in Syria

    U.N. envoy Staffan de Mistura arrived in Damascus on Saturday for talks aimed at ending the fighting in Syria.

    The diplomat hopes to persuade both sides in the conflict to stop fighting in Aleppo through a series of locally negotiated truces that would allow humanitarian aid to be taken in — part of a “very complicated but very important effort” to make progress in Syria.

    De Mistura said in mid-February that the Syrian government had agreed to suspend airstrikes and artillery…

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  • NYC’s Restaurant Week: An Economic Boom in Fine Dining

    New Yorkers take pride in setting world trends — in fashion, the arts and fine dining. The city’s famous biannual Restaurant Week plays a significant role in a booming tourism industry that sustains 359,000 jobs and generates $61 billion in yearly revenue. VOA’s Ramon Taylor reports.

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  • So, What Color IS That Dress, Anyway?

    A new dress by British retailer Roman Originals attracted the world’s attention when an international survey showed that people looking at it on the Internet could not agree on what color it is.

    Some say it’s blue and black; others go with white and g…

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  • So, What Color IS That Dress, Anyway?

    It’s universally acknowledged that people sometimes see things differently. A British fashion retailer has inadvertently put forward another proof of that with a photo of a new dress that different people see in different colors. The photo has sparked a worldwide debate — and has increased sales of the garment. VOA’s Zlatica Hoke reports.

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  • Paris Tent Camp Reflects Plight of Europe’s Asylum-Seekers

    About a mile from Paris’ iconic Montmartre neighborhood is a spot where very few tourists go. It is a busy overpass that shelters a collection of small, dirty tents. The metro rumbles overhead. Trains pass by below.

    The residents of this tent camp mos…

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  • Balad Ruz, Samarra Attacked in Iraq

    Car bombs in Iraq have targeted a market and a checkpoint north of Baghdad, killing more than a dozen people, as Iraq’s prime minister vowed to punish the Islamic State militants who smashed ancient artifacts in their stronghold, the northern city of M…

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  • Zimbabwe’s President Celebrates 91st Birthday

    Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe has celebrated his 91st birthday by hinting the government might seize some of the remaining white-owned land in his country.

    Those are members of Zimbabwe’s police band singing Happy Birthday for President Robert Mugabe’s 91st birthday party in the resort town of Victoria Falls, more than 900 kilometers southwest of the capital, Harare. The lavish affair, attended by thousands of ruling party supporters, was held on the golf course of a luxury…

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  • India Focuses on Infrastructure, Investment to Propel Economy

    In India, the government says it will focus on infrastructure development and on boosting investment as it proposes a slew of measures to propel the economy on a high growth path.

    Saying that the government last year inherited an economy dominated by “doom and gloom,” Finance Minister Arun Jaitley pointed to the dramatically changed scenario nine months on.
     
    Presenting the country’s annual budget Saturday, he said growth is strong, inflation is down and foreign exchange…

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