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May 26, 2015 4:26 AM
Recent advances by Islamic State forces in Iraq and Syria have made it clear that air strikes alone are not enough to halt the radical militant group. While the West, including the United States, remains reluctant to send troops to fight in the region, some local forces seem more inclined to flee than fight the brutal invaders. Zlatica Hoke reports the resurgence of Islamic State is sparking another refugee crisis in the Middle East.
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Video Islamic State Advances Spark Crisis in Iraq, Syria

Recent advances by Islamic State forces in Iraq and Syria have made it clear that air strikes alone are not enough to halt the radical militant group. While the West, including the United States, remains reluctant to send troops to fight in the region, some local forces seem more inclined to flee than fight the brutal invaders. Zlatica Hoke reports the resurgence of Islamic State is sparking another refugee crisis in the Middle East.
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Human rights group Amnesty International says there is overwhelming evidence of ongoing war crimes in Ukraine, despite a tentative cease-fire with pro-Russian rebels. Researchers interviewed more than 30 prisoners from both sides of the conflict and all but one said they were tortured. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.
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Every year, on the last Monday in the month of May, millions of Americans honor the memories of those killed while serving in the armed forces. Memorial Day is a tradition that dates back to the 19th Century. While many people celebrate the federal holiday with a barbecue and a day off from work, for those who’ve served in the military, it’s a special day to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Arash Arabasadi reports for VOA from Washington.
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President Barack Obama laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns as part of his observance of Memorial Day. The ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery was attended by dignitaries, military personnel and families of the fallen.
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Millions of Ethiopians cast their votes Sunday in the first national election since the 2012 death of longtime leader Meles Zenawi. Mr. Meles' party, the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front, is almost certain of victory again. VOA's Anita Powell reports from Addis Ababa.
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Video New Approach Eases Refugee Suffering in Lebanon Camp

In Lebanon, refugees are often forced to live in ad-hoc settlements in appalling conditions. But one camp is seeking to make life easier by empowering its residents and taking a longer-term approach. John Owens has more for VOA from Lebanon's Bekaa Valley.
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Video Female American Soldiers: Healing Through Filmmaking

According to the United States Defense Department, there are more than 200-thousand women serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.  Like their male counterparts, females have experiences that can be very traumatic.  VOA's Bernard Shusman tells us about a program that is helping some American women in the military heal through filmmaking.
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Turkey’s AK (Justice and Development) Party is seeking a fourth successive general election victory, with the goal of securing two-thirds of the seats in Parliament to rewrite the constitution and change the country's parliamentary system into a presidential one. To achieve that, the party will need to win seats in opposition strongholds like the western city of Izmir. Dorian Jones reports.

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Washing ParadeHonors Those Killed Serving in US Military

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Al-Shabab Stages Deadly Attack on Kenya Police

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FILE - Ivan Marquez, chief negotiator for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), gestures during a news conference at the close of another round of peace talks with Colombia's governmentin Havana, Cuba, March 27, 2015.

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U.S actress Emma Stone and U.S actor Bradley Cooper pose for photographers at a photocall for Aloha at a central London venue, May 16, 2015.

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