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In China’s Guangzhou, Ebola and Crackdown on Illegals Hits Trade Hardi
William Ide
November 26, 2014 6:03 PM
China has not recorded a case of Ebola, but the disease is affecting trade in southern Guangzhou, the city with the biggest African population in Asia. At a time of anxiety over infections, authorities have launched an intensified crackdown on visa over stayers and illegal businesses. VOA’s Bill Ide recently visited Xiaobei, a key African trading hub in the city.

Video In China’s Guangzhou, Ebola and Crackdown on Illegals Hits Trade Hard

China has not recorded a case of Ebola, but the disease is affecting trade in southern Guangzhou, the city with the biggest African population in Asia. At a time of anxiety over infections, authorities have launched an intensified crackdown on visa over stayers and illegal businesses. VOA’s Bill Ide recently visited Xiaobei, a key African trading hub in the city.

Video Protests Reveal Lingering Racial Divisions in US

Americans are divided over a grand jury decision not to indict the white police officer who killed an unarmed black teenager in a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri. Some are angered by what they see as injustice toward African Americans, while others call for respect for the legal process. The shooting death in Ferguson has brought to the surface unresolved racial tensions that still exist in this country. Zlatica Hoke reports.

Video Ferguson Remains Tense in Wake of Decision in Teen's Shooting

National Guard troops continue to stand guard in Ferguson, Missouri, after violent protests followed the announcement that a grand jury did not indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown. The racially charged case in which Wilson, a white local policeman, killed the unarmed black teen triggered demonstrations around the country. VOA’s Victoria Macchi reports.

Video French Far-right National Front Reveals Russian Financing

France’s far-right National Front has admitted taking a multimillion-dollar loan from a bank controlled by Russia, the latest evidence of growing links between the Kremlin and far-right groups across Europe. The revelation comes as the French government postpones indefinitely a contract to deliver two warships for Russia. Henry Ridgwell reports.

Video Israel on Iran Talks: No Deal Better Than Bad Deal

Israel has expressed satisfaction over the extension of the Iran nuclear talks, saying no deal is better than a bad deal in the negotiations to remove any Iranian nuclear weapons capability. VOA’s Scott Bobb reports from Jerusalem.

Video Global Climate Deal a Step Closer, but at Least One Year Away

Climate watchers will be focused on Lima, Peru, as representatives of 200 countries gather December 1 for critical negotiations on a new climate treaty that would replace the Kyoto Protocol, the global agreement that expired in 2012. As VOA’s Rosanne Skirble reports, hopes for success in this round of talks are boosted by recent agreements among the world’s top polluters.

Video Group Advocates Dimming Lights to Reclaim Night Sky

For a really good look at the night sky, stay out of the city. Artificial light — from street lamps, buildings, signs and cars — diminishes visibility of the nighttime sky. VOA’s Rosanne Skirble joins an advocate for darker skies in Washington, D.C., where his group wants to dim the lights for people's health and the health of the planet.

Video 'World’s Best Rice' Title Could Boost Cambodian Rice Exports

For the third year in a row, Cambodia’s premier rice has been voted the world’s best at the World Rice Conference. The award, which it shares this year with Thailand, comes at a time when Cambodia is looking at rice exports as a way to increase incomes for its many impoverished subsistence farmers.

Video Asia Seeks to Improve Vital Birth Registrations

This week government ministers from Southeast Asia are meeting in Bangkok to discuss how to improve official registrations of births, deaths and marriages - critical measures for providing government services. Thailand has had notable success but issues remain, especially with birth registrations for children of migrant workers. VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from Samut Prakan.

Video Ferguson Grand Jury Decides Not to Indict

A decision by a Missouri grand jury not to charge white police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of African American teenager Michael Brown resulted in more violence and destruction in Ferguson, Missouri. VOA’s Kane Farabaugh has more on how despite pleas from community leaders, the reaction was anything but peaceful.

Video VOA EXCLUSIVE: Hotel in Guangzhou Serves as China’s Loose Ebola Quarantine

Like many countries, China is taking extensive steps to keep the deadly Ebola virus from reaching its shores. But the government has released little information about just what those measures include. During a recent visit to China’s southern port Guangzhou, the city with the biggest African population in all of Asia, VOA’s Bill Ide got a first hand look at the hotel where travelers from Ebola hit countries are required to stay while being monitored by health workers.

Video Merits of Giving Ukraine Lethal Aid Debated

US Vice President Joe Biden has condemned what he calls Russia’s “aggression” in Ukraine, but stopped short of saying the US will provide Ukraine with lethal aid. He commented before wrapping up a visit to Ukraine that included talks with President Petro Poroshenko. But the White House nominee to fill the number two position at the State Department says the United States should consider giving Ukraine lethal military equipment. VOA State Department correspondent Pam Dockins has the story.

Video Aung San Suu Kyi: Myanmar Opposition to Keep Pushing for Constitutional Change

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi says she and her supporters will continue pushing to amend a constitutional clause that bars her from running for president next year. VOA's Than Lwin Htun reports from the capital Naypyitaw in this report narrated by Colin Lovett.

Video Mali Attempts to Shut Down Ebola Transmission Chain

Senegal and Nigeria were able to stop small Ebola outbreaks by closely monitoring those who had contact with the sick person and quickly isolating anyone with symptoms. Mali is now scrambling to do the same. VOA’s Anne Look reports from Mali on what the country is doing to shut down the chain of transmission.

Video Hong Kong Protests at a Crossroads

New public opinion polls in Hong Kong indicate declining support for pro-democracy demonstrations after weeks of street protests. VOA’s Bill Ide in Guangzhou and Pros Laput in Hong Kong spoke with protesters and observers about whether demonstrators have been too aggressive in pushing for change.

Video Ukraine Marks Anniversary of Deadly 1930s Famine

During a commemoration for millions who died of starvation in Ukraine in the early 1930s, President Petro Poroshenko lashed out at Soviet-era totalitarianism for causing the deaths and accused today’s Russian-backed rebels in the east of using similar tactics. VOA’s Daniel Shearf reports from Kyiv.

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.

Video Tensions Build on Korean Peninsula Amid Military Drills

It has been another tense week on the Korean peninsula as Pyongyang threatened to again test nuclear weapons while the U.S. and South Korean forces held joint military exercises in a show of force. VOA’s Brian Padden reports from the Kunsan Air Base in South Korea.

Video Memories of the Berlin Wall (On Assignment)

Reporter Henry Ridgwell talks with On Assignment's Rebecca Ward about his coverage of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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.

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.

Video New Skateboard Defies Gravity

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.

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.

Video Better Protective Suit Sought for Ebola Caregivers

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.


President Barack Obama, right, pardons "Cheese," the turkey at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014.

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