VOA NEWS

May 7, 2017

From Washington, this is VOA news. I'm David Byrd reporting.



Overseas voting is underway for French citizens in the crucial presidential runoff between far-right candidate Marine Le Pen and centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron.

???Anne Marie Peters voted for Macron in New York City. "It's very simple. It's because I think France has to stay with Europe. I think she is a populist. She is dangerous and she is part of those bully presidents in the world. She is part of that kind of global bully."

???Michelin Salentino cast her ballot for Marine Le Pen. "Why is it important? Because I thinks she is the best place, you know, the best person who could resolve some of the problem that there is in France period. I don't believe in this other guy."

Meanwhile, a French government official says the state cyber security agency will investigate a hacking attack that targeted presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron. The official said the Macron team asked the campaign oversight commission to bring in the cyber security agency, ANSSI, to study the hack.

Documents were taken from Macron's campaign and mixed with fake documents and then published on social media Friday.



Thousands of women, many of them dressed in all white, marched in Venezuela's capital Saturday, continuing more than a month of demonstrations against President Nicholás Maduro.

The ongoing demonstrations started after the Venezuelan Supreme Court's announcement that it would strip the opposition-controlled national assembly of its legislative powers. The court later reversed its position after domestic and international outcries about an attempted power grab.



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After more than three years in captivity, 83 of the so-called Chibok girls kidnapped by the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram have been released.

Military officials in Nigeria say the girls were released in the town of Banki near the border with Cameroon.

The officials said the girls would be flown to the capital of Borno state on Sunday.

Two hundred seventy-six schoolgirls were kidnapped from Chibok in 2014. Fifty-seven of them managed to escape early in the kidnapping and other 21 girls were released in October after a negotiation brokered by the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Swiss government.

Boko Haram has waged an insurgency aimed at creating an Islamic state in Nigeria. Thousands of people have died and more than two million have been displaced because of the conflict.



At least 35 people, most of them young children, were killed after a bus carrying students lost control and crashed in northern Tanzania. Officials say the dead included 32 young students, two teachers and a bus driver.

A regional police commander said the bus had been carrying the students from a primary school in Arusha for an examination when it skidded off the road and plunged into a gully.

President John Magufuli has sent a message with his condolences to the families of the victims at this time of tragedy and grief.



Al-Shabaab insurgents in Somalia have beheaded two government soldiers they captured on Saturday near the town of Mahaday, about 35 kilometers north of Jowhar, and the provincial capital of the Middle Shabelle region.

The head of the Somali National Army 30th contingent, Lieutenant Colonel Omar Ali Adow, told VOA's Somali service the militants intercepted a civilian passenger vehicle in which the two unarmed, out-of-uniform soldiers were traveling. The militants then forced the soldiers to get out of the car, took them to a nearby village and beheaded them.

Colonel Adow added the soldiers identified as Mowlid Hussien and Ahmed Ya'qub had left a government military camp in [bidi] Biya Ade village, that is, and headed to Jowhar because of family emergencies.



The Pentagon has identified a U.S. Navy SEAL killed while fighting the al-Shabaab terrorist group in Somalia as Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Kyle Milliken.

The 38-year-old Milliken of Falmouth, Maine, was the first American service member killed in combat in Somalia since 1993.



For more on these stories, visit our website. I'm David Byrd in Washington.

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