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From Cantankerous Warlock to Incorruptible Priest, 'Harry Potter' Actor Embraces Diverse Rolesi
Penelope Poulou
July 30, 2014 5:32 PM
He’s perhaps best known as Mad Eye Moody, the whimsical wizard in the Harry Potter franchise. But character actor Brendan Gleeson's resume includes dozens of films, and he embraces all the characters he inhabits with equal passion. In an interview with VOA’s Penelope Poulou, Gleeson discussed his new drama "Calvary" and his secret to success.

Video From Cantankerous Warlock to Incorruptible Priest, 'Harry Potter' Actor Embraces Diverse Roles

He’s perhaps best known as Mad Eye Moody, the whimsical wizard in the Harry Potter franchise. But character actor Brendan Gleeson's resume includes dozens of films, and he embraces all the characters he inhabits with equal passion. In an interview with VOA’s Penelope Poulou, Gleeson discussed his new drama "Calvary" and his secret to success.

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False rumors in Central America are fueling the current surge of undocumented young people being apprehended at the U.S. border. The inaccurate claims suggest the U.S. will give amnesty to young migrants from the region. As VOA's Brian Padden reports from Honduras, these rumors trace back to President Obama's 2012 executive order to halt deportations for some young undocumented immigrants already living in the United States.

Video Obama Holds Town Hall Meeting with Aspiring Young Africans

U.S. President Barack Obama says the future stability of the world depends on African nations' prosperity and self-reliance. Obama made the comment Monday to a group of 500 young people attending the first Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. As VOA's Mariama Diallo reports, the aspiring young African leaders have just finished a six-week program of academic study at 20 institutions across the United States.

Video Vietnamese Staging Chinese Product Boycott After Oil Rig Spat

China recently pulled an oil rig from an area of the disputed South China Sea that Vietnam also claims. Despite the action, the incident has had a lingering effect on consumers in Vietnam. VOA's Reasey Poch reports from Hanoi on an effort to boycott Chinese products.

Video MH17 Crash Investigators Hampered by Fighting in Ukraine

A team of international crash investigators and police officers was forced to cancel a visit to the site of the downed Malaysia Airlines plane Sunday in eastern Ukraine. Heavy fighting has been reported between government forces and rebels close to the area where Flight MH17 came down ten days ago. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from Kyiv.

Video Clock Ticking for Congress to Act on US Border Crisis

This week is Congress’ last chance to respond to a surge of undocumented children arriving at America’s southern border before U.S. lawmakers leave town for a five-week recess. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports, at issue is how much money to appropriate to house and process the juveniles, and whether to alter a 2008 law that entitles non-Mexican arrivals to an immigration hearing.

Video Students in Business for Themselves

They're only high school students, but they are making accessories for shoes, fabricating backpacks and doing product photography - all through their own businesses. It's the result of a partnership between a non-profit organization that teaches entrepreneurship and their schools. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan and Deyane Moses met the budding entrepreneurs near Los Angeles.

Video Researchers: Africa Genetically Modified Crops Held Back by Scaremongering

A new report states that genetically-modified crops -- also known as GM crops -- would dramatically improve agriculture in Africa. The report, published by the policy group Chatham House, argues the technology is being held back by scaremongering from opponents. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.


FILE - U.S. President Barack Obama is seen pausing during a press briefing at the White House in Washington.

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Sierra Leone Declares Emergency to Combat Ebola

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Palestinians gather near the minaret of a mosque that police said was destroyed by an Israeli Air strike in Gaza City, July 30, 2014.

Netanyahu: Gaza Tunnels Will Be Destroyed, Cease-Fire Or Not

update Israel presses ahead with its Gaza offensive, saying it is days from achieving its core goal of destroying all Islamist guerrilla cross-border attack tunnels More

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This artist's rendering provided by NASA shows the Mars rover, Opportunity, on the surface of Mars.

Mars Rover Sets a Driving Record

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Alexander Hug, deputy head of the OSCE mission to Ukraine, left, his colleagues and a pro-Russian rebel, 2nd right, examine a map as they try to estimate security conditions around the site of the crashed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in the city of Donetsk

Dutch, Australians Again Attempt to Reach MH17 Crash Site

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African business leaders visiting key US energy and transportation facilities, seeking ideas and contacts to solve problems and speed economic development More

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