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November 20, 2014 5:21 AM
Protests in Mexico over 43 students missing since September continue to escalate, reflecting growing anger among Mexicans about a political system they view as corrupt, and increasingly tainted by the drug trade. Mounting outrage over the disappearances is now focused on the government of President Enrique Pena Nieto, accused of not doing enough to end insecurity in the country. More from VOA's Victoria Macchi.
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Video Mexico Protests Escalate Over Disappearances

Protests in Mexico over 43 students missing since September continue to escalate, reflecting growing anger among Mexicans about a political system they view as corrupt, and increasingly tainted by the drug trade. Mounting outrage over the disappearances is now focused on the government of President Enrique Pena Nieto, accused of not doing enough to end insecurity in the country. More from VOA's Victoria Macchi.
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Video Ebola Economic Toll Stirs W. Africa Food Security Concerns

The World Bank said Wednesday that it expects the economic impact of the Ebola outbreak on the sub-Saharan economy to cost somewhere betweenf $3 billion to $4 billion - well below a previously-outlined worst-case scenario of $32 billion. Some economists, however, paint a gloomier picture - warning that the disruption to regional markets and trading is considerable. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
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Video Constitutional Showdown Looms Over Obama Immigration Order

President Barack Obama is expected to announce a controversial decision soon to issue an an executive order that would save millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation. VOA's Carolyn Presutti shows us who would be affected by the order and how it sets up a showdown with Republican lawmakers.
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Video Ferguson Commission to Address Racial Inequality in Missouri

The governor of the central U.S. state of Missouri has named members of an independent commission that will help chart a path to reconciliation between the white and African-American communities, following the killing of a black teenager by a white policeman in the town of Ferguson. Zlatica Hoke reports.
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Video US Senate Votes Down Controversial Oil Pipeline - For Now

The U.S. Senate has rejected construction of a controversial pipeline to transport Canadian oil to American refineries. The $5 billion project still could be approved next year, but it faces a possible veto by President Barack Obama. As VOA’s Michael Bowman reports, the pipeline has exposed deep divisions in Congress about America’s energy future.
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Video Can Minsk Cease-fire Agreement Hold?

Growing tensions between government troops and separatists in eastern Ukraine further threaten a cease-fire agreement reached two months ago in the Belarusian capital of Minsk. Critics of U.S. policy in Ukraine say it is time the Obama administration gives up on that much-violated cease-fire and moves toward a new deal with Russia. VOA's Scott Stearns has more.
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Video Low-Cost Incubator May Save More Babies

Each year, about one million babies throughout the world die of complications due to premature birth. Many of them could have been saved if given access to an incubator. But this expensive device is sorely lacking in developing countries. A young British researcher says he has found a solution - a low-cost inflatable incubator. VOA’s George Putic reports
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Video US Defense Secretary Rallies Troops Deploying to West Africa

The United States has sent about 2,200 troops to West Africa to help in the battle against Ebola. About half of the soldiers come from the army base in Fort Campbell, Kentucky. VOA Pentagon correspondent Carla Babb visited Fort Campbell with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to get a firsthand look at the training the team undergoes ahead of their deployment. ((NAT))
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Video Ukraine Readies for Possible Russian-backed Attack

Ukraine's military is preparing to repel a possible assault by Russian-backed rebels in the east following reports of Russian military reinforcements crossing the border. Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko has said they are ready for total war. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Ukraine's front lines in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
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Video US Hosts Record 866,000 Foreign Students

Close to 900,000 international students are studying at American universities and colleges, more than ever before. About half of them come from Asia, mostly China. The United States hosts more foreign students than any other country in the world, and its foreign student population is steadily growing. Zlatica Hoke reports.
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Video Breathalyzers Curb Traffic Carnage on Kenyan Roads

Kenyan roads claim more than three thousand fatalities each year. in a bid to reduce drunk driving-related accidents breathalyzers have been deployed throughout the country. A special task force has been charged with ensuring the roads are kept free from those who violate the law, and authorities say it seems to be paying off. Lenny Ruvaga has more from Nairobi.
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Video What Jon Stewart Learned About Iran From 'Rosewater'

Jon Stewart, host of the satirical news program "The Daily Show" talks with Saman Arbabi of Voice of America's Persian service about Stewart's directorial debut, "Rosewater."

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Egypt's Sissi Urges West to Support Libya

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A handout photo released by the Mexican presidency press office shows President Enrique Pena Nieto (R) waving to supporters in Cuatitlan Izcalli, Mexico state on Nov. 18, 2014.

Mexico's President Discloses $3 Million in Assets

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FILE - Singer-songwriter Jackson Browne performs at an Occupy DC rally in Washington's Freedom Plaza, Dec. 5, 2011.

Singer Jackson Browne Still Manning the Barricades

Browne has always worn his heart on his sleeve, whether singing about romance or railing against US foreign policy and global injustice, new album shows he has not given up the struggle More

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FILE - Jet fighters from the Su-30 SM "Sokoly Rossii" (Falcons of Russia) aerobatic team fly during rehearsals for a show above the Yenisei River in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, Oct. 2014.

NATO Scrambles Jets 400 Times in 2014 Over Russian Activity

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