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August 26, 2014 5:45 PM
Ukrainian officials say they have captured Russian soldiers on Ukrainian territory -- the latest accusation of Moscow's involvement in the conflict in eastern Ukraine. VOA's Gabe Joselow reports from the Ukrainian side of the battle, where soldiers are convinced of Russia's role.

Video Ukraine: Captured Troops Proof of Russian Role in Separatist Fight

Ukrainian officials say they have captured Russian soldiers on Ukrainian territory -- the latest accusation of Moscow's involvement in the conflict in eastern Ukraine. VOA's Gabe Joselow reports from the Ukrainian side of the battle, where soldiers are convinced of Russia's role.

Video Scientists Unlock Mystery of Bird Flocks

How can flocks of birds, schools of fish or herds of antelope suddenly change direction -- all the individuals adjusting their movement in concert, at seemingly the same time? British researchers now have some insights into this behavior, which has puzzled scientists for a long time. VOA's George Putic has more.

Video Rubber May Soon Come From Dandelions

Synthetic rubber has been around for more than a century, but quality tires for cars, trucks and aircraft still need up to 40 percent or more natural rubber content. As the source of natural rubber, the rubber tree, is prone to disease and can be affected by bad weather. So scientists are looking for replacements. And as VOA’s George Putic reports, they may have found one in a ubiquitous weed.

Video Jewish Life in Argentina Reflected in Yiddish Tango

Jewish people from across Europe and Russia have been immigrating to Argentina for hundreds of years. They brought with them dance music that were eventually mixed with Argentine tango. The result is Yiddish tango -- a fusion of melodies and cultural experiences that is still evolving today. Elizabeth Lee reports from the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, where one band is bringing Yiddish tango to an American audience.

Video Peace Returns to Ferguson as Community Tries to Heal

Thousands of people nationwide are expected to attend funeral services Monday in the U.S. Midwestern city of St. Louis, Missouri, for Michael Brown, the unarmed African-American teenager who was fatally shot by a white police officer August 9 in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. The shooting touched off days of violent demonstrations there, resulting in more than 100 arrests. VOA's Chris Simkins reports from Ferguson where the community is trying to move on after weeks of racial tension.

Video Independence Day in Eastern Ukraine Takes on New Meaning

Independence Day took on a special meaning Sunday in Slovyansk, Ukraine, a town that, earlier this year, was under the control of pro-Russian separatists. But a new nationalist fervor is sweeping the city as residents fight for a more Ukrainian future. Gabe Joselow reports.

Video Artists Shun Russia's Profanity Law

Russia in July enacted a law threatening fines for publicly displayed profanity in media, films, literature, music and theater. The restriction, the toughest since the Soviet era, aims to protect the Russian language and culture and has been welcomed by those who say cursing is getting out of control. But many artists reject the move as a patronizing and ineffective act of censorship in line with a string of conservative morality laws. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Moscow.

Video Drug-Resistant Malaria Spreads in Southeast Asia

On Thailand’s border with Myanmar, also known as Burma, a malaria research and treatment clinic is stepping up efforts to eliminate a drug-resistant form of the parasite - before it spreads abroad. Steve Sandford reports from Mae Sot, Thailand.


Activists raise their hands as they demand justice for the killing of Michael Brown while marching to the Thomas F. Eagleton United States Courthouse from City Hall in downtown St. Louis, Missouri, August 26, 2014.

Missouri Protests Resume Over Black Teen's Shooting Death

More than 100 protesters marched peacefully Tuesday, called for arrest of white police officer who shot dead Michael Brown on August 9 More


An ambulance carrying onboard a patient infected with the Ebola virus arrivres at the Universitaetsklinikum Hamburg Eppendorf (UKE) university hospital in Hamburg, northern Germany, August 27, 2014.

WHO Worker Arrives in Germany for Ebola Treatment

The Senegalese epidemiologist was flown to Hamburg on Wednesday after contracting the virus from an Ebola testing lab in Sierra Leone More

Middle East

Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu greets supporters during a meeting of the ruling AK Party (AKP), in Ankara August 27, 2014.

Turkey's Ruling AK Party Elects Davutoglu as Leader

Foreign minister also expects to be appointed prime minister on Thursday after Tayyip Erdogan is sworn in as president More


FILE - Peru's President Ollanta Humala speaks during an interview at the government palace in Lima, July 12, 2014.

Peru's Congress Narrowly OKs Humala's New Cabinet on 3rd Vote

Lawmakers ratify president's embattled cabinet after ruling party offers to suspend rule requiring independent workers to pay into a pension program More

Arts & Entertainment

Aaron Paul, winner for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, Anna Gunn, winner for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series and Bryan Cranston, winner for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, pose with their awards for AMC's "Breaking Bad" during the Governors Ball for the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California, Aug. 25, 2014.

Photogallery Old Emmy Favorites 'Breaking Bad,' 'Modern Family' Top Newcomers

'Breaking Bad' was named top drama series on US television for the second consecutive year, and picked up three top acting awards More


Wim Heijnen, head of medical forensic investigations at the Netherlands Forensic Institute, awaits the start of a press conference in The Hague, Netherlands, Aug. 27, 2014.

Experts Positively Identify Remains of 173 MH17 Crash Victims

All 298 passengers died when plane was shot down July 17 over area controlled by pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine More


FILE - Air France planes are parked on the tarmac at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport, in Roissy, near Paris, Feb. 7, 2012.

France Asks Citizens to Avoid Liberia, Sierra Leone Over Ebola Scare

Government says decision driven by developments in epidemic and state of health systems in those two West African countries More

Economy & Business

IMF chief Christine Lagarde poses on the sideline of a press conference, Aug. 27, 2014.

IMF's Lagarde Under Investigation in France

At issue is a tangled case of political fraud that dates back to her time as France's finance minister, before her move to Washington More

VOA Special Report

Carnage and mayhem are part of daily life in northern Nigeria, the result of a terror campaign by the Islamist group Boko Haram. Fears are growing that Nigeria’s government may not know how to counter it, and may be making things worse. More

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Pianist Myra Melford’s new CD “Life Carries Me This Way” features solo piano interpretations of drawings by modern artist Don Reich. She performs songs from the album, talks about turning art into music, and joins host Eric Felten in some Chicago boogie-woogie on "Beyond Category."

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