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Ayesha Tanzeem
September 04, 2015 9:29 PM
A two-day regional economic conference in Afghanistan ended Friday with emphasis on regional trade and economic cooperation. VOA's Ayesha Tanzeem reports.
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Video Economic Conference in Kabul Promotes Regional Cooperation

A two-day regional economic conference in Afghanistan ended Friday with emphasis on regional trade and economic cooperation. VOA's Ayesha Tanzeem reports.
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Video Public Health Experts Focus on Preventing Epidemics

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Video US Jobless Rate Falls; Fed Rate Hike Still in Question

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Video Kurds Claim Islamic State Using Chemical Weapons

The area known as Sultan Abdullah Heights southwest of the Iraqi city of Erbil is a place where fighting occurs on an almost daily basis between Kurdish Peshmerga forces and militants of the self-styled Islamic State. The Peshmerga in the area claim that, a few days ago, IS used chemical weapons against them which affected 22 of their fighters. VOA Kurdish Service stringer Ahmed Zebari reports from Iraq. Robert Raffaele narrates his report.
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Video Russians Observe 11th Anniversary of Beslan School Attack

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Video Kurdish Fighters on IS Frontline Ready for Offensive

Finger on the trigger, the Kurdish Peshmerga soldier stared across the dust at a village taken over by Islamic State extremists. The Kurdistan’s Khazir frontline, just 45 minutes from the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul. And at this point, the militants were less than two kilometers away. VOA's Sharon Behn reports.
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Video Obama Hones Climate Change Message With Alaskan Arctic Visit

As the first sitting U.S. president to visit the Alaskan Arctic, Barack Obama continues to highlight the urgent need to act on climate change. White House correspondent Aru Pande has more on the president's Alaskan trip, where he is meeting with locals who say they are feeling the impact of global warming firsthand.
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Europe is facing mounting criticism over how it’s handling its biggest migration crisis since World War II. But not all Europeans believe building walls or passing repressive policies are the answer. A school for migrants in the French port city of Calais, is opening doors and building bonds across nationalities. VOA's Lisa Bryant reports.
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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, using crutches after recent foot surgery, talks to participants at an exhibition of Afghanistan products during the Regional Economic Cooperation Conference of Afghanistan (RECCA) in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sept. 4, 2015.

Afghan, Pakistani Officials Meet in Bid to Lower Tensions

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Africa

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Americas

Colombia's Foreign Minister Maria Angel Holguin (R) speaks with her counterparts Argentina's Hector Timerman (L) and Brazil's Mauro Vieira during a meeting at San Carlos palace in Bogota, Sept. 4, 2015. (Handout photo)

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Science & Technology

This Sept. 4, 2015 photo made available by NASA shows a mural depicting Boeing's newly named CST-100 Starliner commercial crew transportation spacecraft on the company's Commercial Crew and Cargo Processing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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Europe

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