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Kobani Fighting Sends 400,000 Refugees to Turkeyi
Scott Bobb
October 19, 2014 12:57 PM
The offensive by Islamic State militants against the northern Syrian city of Kobani has caused hundreds of thousands of residents to flee to Turkey. They receive help from Turkish authorities and individuals, but say much more is needed. VOA’s Scott Bobb reports from the town of Suruc a few kilometers from the border.

Video Kobani Fighting Sends 400,000 Refugees to Turkey

The offensive by Islamic State militants against the northern Syrian city of Kobani has caused hundreds of thousands of residents to flee to Turkey. They receive help from Turkish authorities and individuals, but say much more is needed. VOA’s Scott Bobb reports from the town of Suruc a few kilometers from the border.

Video Miami Woman Is Guardian to Nearly 1,000 Children of Immigrants

Last year, the Obama administration deported 240,000 undocumented immigrants who didn’t have a criminal record. That’s up more than 20,000 from 2012, according to Pew Research. Many of those deported left behind children who are U.S. citizens because they were born here. So who takes in these children? VOA's Carolyn Presutti introduces us to one Florida woman who is taking charge of hundreds.

Video Fear and Anger in Guinea Over Ebola (On Assignment October 17 2014)

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Video Obama Fights Ebola’s Political Fallout

The fear of Ebola has become a political factor in the United States, where President Barack Obama’s Democratic Party is fighting to retain control of the Senate in congressional elections next month. VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports the one fatality from Ebola on U.S. soil and two additional cases are posing a political challenge for Obama.

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Video South Korea Confronts Violence Within Military Ranks

Every able-bodied South Korean male between 18 and 35 must serve for 21 to 36 months in the country’s armed forces, depending upon the specific branch. For many, service is a rite of passage to manhood. But there are growing concerns that bullying and violence come along with the tradition. Reporter Jason Strother has more from Seoul.

Video Turkey Campus Attacks Raise Islamic Radicalization Fears

Concerns are growing in Turkey of Islamic radicalization at some universities, after clashes between supporters of the jihadist group Islamic State (IS) or ISIS, and those opposed to the extremists. Pro-jihadist literature is on sale openly on the streets of Istanbul. Critics accuse the government of turning a blind eye to radicalism at home, while Kurds accuse the president of supporting IS - a charge strongly denied. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.

Video Robot Locates Unexploded Underwater Mines

Many educators believe that hands-on experience is the best way to learn. Proving that the method works is a project developed by a group of students at the Stevens Institute of Technology, in Hoboken, New Jersey. They rose up to a challenge posted by the U.S. Department of Defense and successfully designed and built an underwater robot for locating submerged unexploded ordnance. VOA’s George Putic reports.

Video Syrian Defector Leaks Shocking Photos of Torture Victims

Shocking photographs purporting to show Syrian torture victims are on display at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington. The museum says the graphic images are among thousands of photographs recently smuggled out of Syria by a military policeman-turned-defector. As VOA reporter Julie Taboh reports, the museum says the photos provide further evidence of atrocities committed by the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad against its own people.

Video Flooding Adds to Misery in South Sudan Camps

Tens of thousands of South Sudanese who fled to a U.N. base to escape violence in Unity State are now facing another enemy: rising floodwaters. VOA East Africa Correspondent Gabe Joselow has this exclusive report from the Bentiu protection site, where aid workers are scrambling to help a population with nowhere else to turn.

Video A Day with Sierra Leone’s First Ebola Burial Team

In West Africa, traditions are suffering in the time of Ebola, as important burial rites are bypassed. Since June, Sierra Leone's government has decreed all deaths be treated as suspect and should only be handled by trained Ebola teams. Adam Bailes reports for VOA News from Kailahun, where Sierra Leone's first body management team was established and remains hard at work.

Video Hong Kong Protests Expose Generation Gap

Most of the tens of thousands of protesters in Hong Kong are students seeking democracy. Idealistic youths say while the older generation worries about the present, they are fighting for the territory's future. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Hong Kong.


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Photogallery Turkey to Allow Iraqi Kurds to Reinforce Kobani

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US Air Force Lands Robotic Space Plane in California

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Contest Seeks to Crown World's Funniest Person

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VIDEO: Two U.S. nurses who treated a Liberian man diagnosed with Ebola have contracted the disease. Both were moved from the Dallas hospital where they caught the virus to special biohazard treatment centers. VOA's Carol Pearson reports on precautions, concerns and fears about Ebola in the U.S.

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Fed Chief Rips Widening Gap Between Rich, Poor Americans

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