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Abdulaziz Billow
May 23, 2015 2:20 PM
As stability returns to the once lawless nation of Somalia, the world football governing body, FIFA, is helping to rebuild the country’s sport sector by training referees as well as its young footballers. Abdulaziz Billow has more from Mogadishu.
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Video FIFA Trains Somali Referees

As stability returns to the once lawless nation of Somalia, the world football governing body, FIFA, is helping to rebuild the country’s sport sector by training referees as well as its young footballers. Abdulaziz Billow has more from Mogadishu.
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Video Shi'ite Militias Battle Islamic State Militants in Beiji

The U.S. military said the international coalition it leads conducted 22 strikes in Iraq overnight, focusing on Ramadi, the IS stronghold of Mosul, and the area near the oil refinery of Beiji, as a convoy of Shi'ite Muslim militia and Iraqi army forces launched a counter-offensive against Islamic State militants near Ramadi.
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Video Battlefield Gains for IS Raise Fears of Assault on Baghdad

Reports from Syria say the so-called Islamic State group, also known as ISIS or ISIL, has seized the last government-held border crossing to Iraq. It’s the latest in a series of territorial gains for the group, and there are mounting fears that it could soon launch an assault on the Iraqi capital. Henry Ridgwell looks at how Islamic State continues to fight on several fronts against coalition and government forces.
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Video Obama Reassures US Jews That Iran Will Not Get Nuke

President Barack Obama insisted on Friday that Iran must not be allowed to get a nuclear weapon “under any circumstances.” He spoke during a visit to a Washington synagogue that is being seen as an effort to reassure American Jews about his commitment to Israel. VOA religion correspondent Jerome Socolovsky reports.
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Video Debate Ignites Over Government Benefits, Training for Displaced Workers

As debate intensifies over whether to give Congress and the president the ability to "fast-track" proposed free trade agreements with Pacific and European countries, many Democrats and labor unions continue to champion a little-known program that provides financial assistance to American workers laid off as a result of increased international competition. Conservatives say the Trade Adjustment Assistance program should be abolished. A former steel worker disagrees. Mil Arcega has more for VOA.
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Video With US Child Obesity Rates on the Rise, Program Promotes Health Eating

In its fifth year, FoodCorps puts more than 180 young Americans into 500 schools across the United States, where they focus on teaching students about nutrition, engaging them with hands-on activities, and improving their access to healthy foods whether in the cafeteria or the greater community. Aru Pande has more.
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Video Fighting Islamic State, Kurds Among Few Making Gains

In a two-week offensive, Syrian Kurdish fighters of the YPG (People's Protection Units) recaptured dozens of villages and towns from Islamic State militants. It's one of the few successful anti-IS operations, as the militant group continues to take ground elsewhere in Syria and in neighboring Iraq. VOA Kurdish Service reporter Zana Omer is on the frontlines in Tal Shamiran, where the YPG are getting help from America, both in the air, and on the ground. Robert Raffaele narrates.
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Video White House: No Plans to Send US Ground Troops to Iraq

Despite the Islamic State militant group’s taking this week of Iraqi city Ramadi and Syria’s Palmyra - the White House has made clear President Barack Obama has no plans to send U.S. troops into the region to “re-invade Iraq or invade Syria.” VOA correspondent Aru Pande has more from the White House.
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Video Some AGOA Renewal Supporters Call For Amendments

The African Growth and Opportunity Act - a trade provision that allows thousands of products from African countries to enter the U.S. tax-free - is due to expire in September. While the U.S. Senate has recently passed legislation to extend the Act for another 10 years, it still has to go through the House of Representatives. Meanwhile, many say the program has only benefited a few sub-Saharan African countries and needs some revisions. Mariama Diallo reports.
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Video Race Headlines Drive Curriculum in St. Louis Classroom

Violence and unrest across the country in response to deaths in police custody — as well as police-involved shooting deaths — is more than just a trending news item for students at Ladue Middle School near St. Louis Missouri. It’s the central focus of one class designed to engage students in open discussion about police brutality and racial tensions. VOA’s Kane Farabaugh has more.
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Video Presidential Election Campaigning Underway in Iowa

Although the November 2016 presidential election is over a year and half away, campaigning to choose party nominees is already underway in Iowa - a key state because it holds a party caucus early in the election season. VOA’s Kane Farabaugh caught up with some of the presidential hopefuls on the campaign trail, and talked with voters who are sizing up the candidates.
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Video Pro-Kurdish Party Reaches Out to Turkish Voters

In the midst of a general election season, Turkey, for the first time in its history, is seeing a pro-Kurdish party seeking to break through the 10 percent electoral threshold. Dorian Jones has more from Izmir, the country's third most-populous city.
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Video US Lawmakers Debate Strategy After IS Gains

Islamic State militants have made significant gains in recent days, following temporary setbacks inflicted by coalition air strikes on their positions. The radical Islamist group seized the historic Syrian city of Palmyra Thursday just days after capturing Ramadi in Iraq. Republican lawmakers in the U.S. Congress are calling for greater U.S. military engagement against Islamic State, but the Obama administration rejects that strategy. Zlatica Hoke has more.
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Video Cambodian Underwater Mine Team Finds Success

In Cambodia, an elite dive team – trained with U.S. support – has successfully completed its first mission to clear unexploded ordnance from waterways. On Thursday, divers recovered and defused a U.S.-made aircraft bomb dropped more than four decades ago during the country’s civil war. Robert Carmichael reports for VOA from Kandal province.
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Video Mind-Controlled Prosthetics Are Getting Closer

Scientists and engineers are making substantial advances towards the ultimate goal in prosthetics – creation of limbs that can be controlled by the wearer’s mind. Thanks to sophisticated sensors capable of picking up the brain’s signals, an amputee in Iceland is literally bringing us one step closer to that goal. VOA’s George Putic reports.
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Video Turkey's Main Opposition Party Hopes for Election Breakthrough

Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party has sought an image change ahead of the June 7 general election. The move comes after suffering successive defeats at the hands of the Islamist-rooted AK Party, which has portrayed it as hostile to religion. Dorian Jones reports from the western city of Izmir.
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Video Europe Follows US Lead in Tackling ‘Conflict Minerals’

Metals mined from conflict zones in places like the Democratic Republic of Congo are often sold by warlords to buy weapons. This week European lawmakers voted to force manufacturers to prove that their supply chains are not inadvertently fueling conflicts and human rights abuses. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.

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FILE - In this Oct. 28, 1997 file photo, John Forbes Nash, 1994 Economics Nobel Prize winner, takes a break during the European School of Economics conference in Rome.

Nobel Winner John Nash Killed in US Car Crash

The 86-year-old Nash and his wife, Alicia, 82, were killed Saturday when the driver of the taxi they were riding in lost control of the cab on the New Jersey Turnpike More

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U.S. activist Gloria Steinem, seventh from right, two Nobel Peace Prize laureates and other activists march to the Imjingak Pavilion along the military wire fences near the border village of Panmunjom in Paju, north of Seoul, South Korea, May 24, 2015.

Women Peace Activists Cross Korean DMZ

Governments of Koreas give international delegation of women peace activists permission to pass through heavily fortified border, but some critics say symbolic crossing only benefits Pyongyang More

Africa

Official: Killed Somali Lawmaker Was Shot by Soldiers

Somali defense ministry says soldiers opened fire on the car of lawmaker Yusuf Dirir because they thought it might be on its way to a suicide bombing More

Middle East

Activists: IS Executes 217 Civilians, Soldiers Near Palmyra

British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights on Sunday said the victims include nurses, women, children and Syrian government fighters More

Americas

Federal police stand near the bodies of men who authorities say were suspected cartel gunmen at the Rancho del Sol, near Ecuanduero, in western Mexico, Friday, May 22, 2015.

Relatives Doubt 42 Men Died in Mexico Ranch Shootout

The lopsided death toll and photographs from the scene in which bodies appeared to have been moved have raised questions More

Science & Technology

Anne Stausboll (R), chief executive of CalPERS in conversation with Gina McCarthy at Ceres' 12th annual conference in San Francisco. (Photo: Courtesy Rob Scheid)

Environmental Group Helps Big Companies to Change Practices

After the spill and clean up cost Exxon Mobil more than $4.3 billion, Ceres decided to speak a language the corporate world would understand: environmentalism can translate to profits More

Arts & Entertainment

Director Jacques Audiard holds the Palme d’Or award for the film Dheepan as he poses for photographers during a photo call following the awards ceremony at the 68th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Sunday, May 24, 2015.

French Refugee Drama Wins Cannes Top Prize

Dheepan is about a group of Sri Lankan refugees who pretend to be a family in order to flee their war-torn country for a housing project in France More

Europe

Supporters of the ruling conservative VMRO-DPMNE party rally in front of the Parliament building in Skopje, Macedonia, May 18, 2015.

Photogallery Crisis in Macedonia Requires Meaningful and Swift Measures

The international community has called on Macedonian leadership to take concrete measures in support of democracy in order to exit the crisis More

Health

Delegate stands for a minute of silence in memory of the deceased health workers at the World Health Organization (WHO) assembly, May 18, 2015, Geneva.

WHO to Create New Program for Health Emergencies

WHO will set up a $100 million contingency fund to finance the emergency program, if the World Health Assembly approves it More

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