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Pakistan’s Parched Baluchistan Nears Water Crisisi
Ayaz Gul
July 06, 2015 1:05 PM
An acute water shortage has gripped Pakistan’s impoverished southwestern province of Baluchistan. Though this has been a recurring problem, the situation is nearing a breaking point that critics say the government is doing little to address. Ayaz Gul reports from Islamabad.

Video Pakistan’s Parched Baluchistan Nears Water Crisis

An acute water shortage has gripped Pakistan’s impoverished southwestern province of Baluchistan. Though this has been a recurring problem, the situation is nearing a breaking point that critics say the government is doing little to address. Ayaz Gul reports from Islamabad.

Video Making Music, Fleeing Bombs: New Film on Sudan’s Internal Refugees

In 2012, Sudanese filmmaker Hajooj Kuka went to make a documentary among civil war refugees in Sudan’s Blue Nile and Nuba Mountains region. What he found surprised him: music was helping to save people from bombing raids by their own government. VOA’s Carolyn Weaver has more.

Video Floodwaters Threaten Iconic American Home

The Farnsworth House in the Midwest State of Illinois is one of the most iconic homes in America. Thousands of tourists visit the site every year. Its location near a river inspired the design of the house, but, as VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, that very location is now threatening the existence of this National Historic Landmark.

Video New Exhibit Explores American History Through Business History

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Video Middle East Activists Go Online to Try to Bridge Rifts

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Video From Taliban to IS, Afghan Fighters Pledge New Allegiance

The Islamic State group appears to be attracting new followers in yet another country, with Afghan fighters raising the black flag in parts of Afghanistan's Nangarhar province. In this report narrated by Roger Wilkison, VOA's Ashna TV reporter Sarwan Rahim Gul has more from Nangarhar's Bati Kot district.

Video Somalia Hires First Six Female Prosecutors

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Video Images in Museum Exhibit Reflect a Transforming America

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Video China Seals Economic, Trade Deals With Europe

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Video UNESCO Chief Warns of 'Cultural Cleansing' in War Zones

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Video 'Freedom Frigate' Replica Tours US Ports

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