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A Syrian man holds portraits of Syrian and Russian leaders as several hundred people gathered near the Russian Embassy in Damascus to express their support for Moscow's air war in Syria, just before two rockets struck the compound, sparking panic, Oct. 13, 2015.

Rocket Attack Hits Russian Embassy in Syrian Capital

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Amnesty Accuses Saudi Coalition of ‘War Crimes’ in Yemeni
Henry Ridgwell
October 12, 2015 4:03 PM
The human rights group Amnesty International has accused the Saudi-led coalition of war crimes in airstrikes against Houthi rebels in Yemen. Henry Ridgwell reports the group says hundreds of civilians have been killed in strikes on residential areas.

Video Amnesty Accuses Saudi Coalition of ‘War Crimes’ in Yemen

The human rights group Amnesty International has accused the Saudi-led coalition of war crimes in airstrikes against Houthi rebels in Yemen. Henry Ridgwell reports the group says hundreds of civilians have been killed in strikes on residential areas.

Video Anger Simmers as Turks Begin to Bury Blast Victims

The Turkish army carried out new air strikes on Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) targets on Sunday, a day after the banned group announced a unilateral cease fire. The air raids apparently are in retaliation for the Saturday bombing in Turkey's capital Ankara that killed at least 95 people and wounded more than 200 others. But as Zlatica Hoke reports, there are suspicions that Islamic State is involved.

Video Bombings a Sign of Turkey’s Deep Troubles

Turkey has begun a three-day period of mourning following Saturday’s bomb attacks in the capital, Ankara, that killed nearly 100 people. With contentious parliamentary elections three weeks away, the attacks highlight the challenges Turkey is facing as it struggles with ethnic friction, an ongoing migrant crisis, and growing tensions with Russia. VOA Europe correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.

Video Presidential Candidates Clinton, Trump Woo Hispanic Voters

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton reached out to Hispanic voters this past week in a bid to boost their voter support. With about 400 days before the election, opinion polls show that rivals are catching up to both frontrunners. Zlatica Hoke reports.

Video In 'He Named Me Malala,' Guggenheim Finds Normal in Extraordinary

Davis Guggenheim’s documentary "He Named Me Malala" offers a probing look into the life of 18-year-old Malala Yousafsai, the Pakistani teenager who, in 2012, was shot in the head by the Taliban for standing up for her right to education in her hometown in Pakistan's Swat Valley. Guggenheim shows how, since then, Malala has become a symbol not as a victim of brutal violence, but as an advocate for girls’ education throughout the world. VOA’s Penelope Poulou has more.

Video Tunisian Democracy Quartet Wins Nobel Peace Prize

This year’s Nobel Peace Prize has gone to Tunisia’s National Dialogue Quartet for its work in bolstering the North African country’s democratization process following the 2011 Arab Spring. VOA Europe Correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.

Video German, US Officials Investigate Volkswagen

German officials have taken steps to restore some of the reputation their car industry has lost after a recent Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal. Authorities have searched Volkswagen headquarters and other locations in an effort to identify the culprits in the creation of software that helps cheat on emission tests. Meanwhile, a group of lawmakers in Washington held a hearing to get to the bottom of the cheating strategy that was first discovered in the United States. Zlatica Hoke reports.

Video Music Brings Generations Together

When musicians over the age of 50 headline a rock concert, you expect to see baby boomer fans in the audience. Boomer rock stars have boomer fans. Millennial rock stars have millennial fans. But this isn’t always the case. Take the Lockn’ Music festival which took place in mid-September in rural Arrington, Virginia. Here, Jacquelyn de Phillips discovered two generations of people who are considered quite different in the outside world, spending 4 days together in music-loving harmony.

Video Paintable Solar Cells May Someday Replace Silicon-Based Panels

Solar panels today are still factory-manufactured, with the use of some highly toxic substances such as cadmium chloride. But a researcher at St. Mary’s College, Maryland, says we are close to being able to create solar panels by painting them on a suitable surface, using nontoxic solutions. VOA’s George Putic reports.

Video House Republicans in Chaos as Speaker Favorite Withdraws

The Republican widely expected to become the next speaker of the House of Representatives shocked his colleagues Thursday by announcing he was withdrawing his candidacy. The decision by Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy means the race to succeed retiring Speaker John Boehner is now wide open. VOA National Correspondent Jim Malone reports.


FILE - Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards, shown testifying before Congress in September, says her organization changed its policy "to take away any basis for attacking Planned Parenthood to advance an anti-abortion political agenda."

US Health Group Ends Acceptance of Money for Aborted Fetal Tissue

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TPP Countries and Other Global Trade Agreements

World Bank Sees Vietnam As ‘Winner’ from TPP

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Yang Feng Lan is seen after her arrest on charges for trafficking in ivory. (Elephant Action League)

Chinese Ivory Trafficker Arrested in Tanzania

Tanzania has been a center of elephant poaching for several years, having lost 85,000 elephants between 2009 and 2014, activists say More

Middle East

Sunni volunteer fighters are deployed in the eastern suburbs of Ramadi, the capital of Iraq's Anbar province, 70 miles (115 kilometers) west of Baghdad, to support the Iraqi security forces in liberating the city from Islamic State group militants, Oct. 11, 2015.

Coalition Spokesman: Now Time for Push into Ramadi

Offensive by Iraqi forces would be in tandem with increase in US-led coalition airstrikes to wrest capital of Anbar province from IS control More


This photo provided by Mexico's attorney general, shows the most recent image of drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman before he escaped from the Altiplano maximum security prison in Almoloya, Mexico, July 12, 2015.

Drug Lord Mask Topping Halloween Sales

Mexican authorities continue search for escaped Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzmán, but manhunt for Sinaloa cartel leader could be tough - many plan to dress like fugitive More

Science & Technology

Video Study Links Video Game Use With Weaker School Performance

A study found students who played computer games less than once a week achieved better grades than those who played them twice a day or more More

Arts & Entertainment

British actor Daniel Craig (R), a UN advocate against use of landmines and explosives, gets a briefing from Cambodian de-miners at an active minefield in Cyprus, Oct. 12, 2015.

Daniel Craig Drops Bond Role to See Landmines in Cyprus

Before new Bond movie 'Spectre' comes out later this month, actor spends two days as part of his UN-mandated role to warn against perils of unexploded ordnance More


This photo from the Syrian news agency SANA shows Syrians in front of the Russian Embassy in Damascus expressing their thanks to Russia for its intervention, Oct. 13, 2015. Few Syrians who leave their country, however, are finding Russia to be a safe haven.

Russia a Rare Destination for Syrians Seeking Refuge

Dealing with asylum-seekers is relatively new phenomenon in Russia where refugees generally are said to be treated coldly More


FILE - Patients undergoing a rehabilitation program draw during a therapy session at the Sopi Jikko centre in Dakar, June 6, 2014. Sopi Jikko is a rehabilitation center for people with mental health and drug addiction problems.

Mentally Ill Victims of Stigma, Discrimination, Abuse

World Health Organization says mentally ill account for 13 percent of global disease burden, and one-third of all health-related disability More

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FILE - A man walks past the AB InBev logo in Leuven, Belgium.

Brewing Giants Announce Merger Deal 'In Principle'

Planned $106 billion deal would combine longtime American brewers, Anheuser Busch and Miller, among many other global brands More

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