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US Immigration Relief Imminent for Mixed-Status Familiesi
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Victoria Macchi
November 22, 2014 1:52 AM
Tens of thousands of undocumented immigrants in the Washington, D.C., area may benefit from a controversial presidential order announced this week. It's not a path to citizenship, as some activists hoped. But it will allow more immigrants who arrived as children or who have citizen children, to avoid deportation and work legally. VOA's Victoria Macchi talks with one young man who benefited from an earlier presidential order, and whose parents may now benefit after years of living in fear.
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Video US Immigration Relief Imminent for Mixed-Status Families

Tens of thousands of undocumented immigrants in the Washington, D.C., area may benefit from a controversial presidential order announced this week. It's not a path to citizenship, as some activists hoped. But it will allow more immigrants who arrived as children or who have citizen children, to avoid deportation and work legally. VOA's Victoria Macchi talks with one young man who benefited from an earlier presidential order, and whose parents may now benefit after years of living in fear.
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Video Hispanics Welcome Obama Immigration Action with Reservations

Many Hispanics are welcoming the announcement by President Barack Obama that will shield millions of undocumented residents of the United States from deportation. Mike O’Sullivan reports from Los Angeles, where many immigrants gathered to watch the televised announcement that some are applauding, but about which others have reservations.
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Video Gay Evangelicals Argue That Bible Does Not Condemn Homosexuality

More than 30 U.S. states now recognize same-sex marriages, and an increasing number of mainline American churches are blessing them. But evangelical church members- which account for around 30 percent of the U.S. adult population - believe the Bible unequivocally condemns homosexuality. VOA's Jerome Socolovsky reports that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender evangelicals are coming out. Backed by a prominent evangelical scholar, they argue that the traditional reading of the bible is wrong.
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A futuristic dream only a couple of decades ago, the hoverboard – a skateboard that floats above the ground - has finally been made possible. While still not ready for mass production, it promises to become a cool mode of transport... at least over some surfaces. VOA’s George Putic reports.
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Video Falling Gas Prices Impact US Oil Extraction

With the price of oil now less than $80 a barrel, motorists throughout the United States are benefiting from gas prices below $3 a gallon. But as VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, the decreasing price of petroleum has a downside for the hydraulic fracturing industry in the United States.
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Since its outbreak in West Africa, Ebola has claimed more than 5,400 lives — including 329 health care workers, according to the World Health Organization. A team from a university in Maryland is working to improve protective equipment for these doctors and nurses. VOA’s June Soh reports.
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Video Mexico Protests Escalate Over Disappearances

Protests in Mexico over 43 students missing since September continue to escalate, reflecting growing anger among Mexicans about a political system they view as corrupt, and increasingly tainted by the drug trade. Mounting outrage over the disappearances is now focused on the government of President Enrique Pena Nieto, accused of not doing enough to end insecurity in the country. More from VOA's Victoria Macchi.
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Video Ebola Economic Toll Stirs W. Africa Food Security Concerns

The World Bank said Wednesday that it expects the economic impact of the Ebola outbreak on the sub-Saharan economy to cost somewhere betweenf $3 billion to $4 billion - well below a previously-outlined worst-case scenario of $32 billion. Some economists, however, paint a gloomier picture - warning that the disruption to regional markets and trading is considerable. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
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The governor of the central U.S. state of Missouri has named members of an independent commission that will help chart a path to reconciliation between the white and African-American communities, following the killing of a black teenager by a white policeman in the town of Ferguson. Zlatica Hoke reports.

Asia

FILE - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi attends the 12th ASEAN-India Summit during the 25th ASEAN Summit in  Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Nov. 12, 2014.

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Al-Shabab Kills 28 Bus Passengers in Kenya

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Middle East

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, left, and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu shake hands before a meeting in Istanbul, Turkey, Nov. 21, 2014.

Biden Pushes Turkey for Help in Fight Against Islamic State

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Health

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Clean Cookstoves Get a Global Boost

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Economy & Business

A building under construction is seen amidst smog on a polluted day in Shenyang, Liaoning province, Nov. 21, 2014.

China Cuts Interest Rates to Spur Growth, Ease Debt Strain

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