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FILE - A Ukrainian Naval Forces flag is on display at the city hall building in Lviv, in support of Ukrainian military sailors based in Crimea, March 6, 2014.

Video For West Ukraine City, Conflict Far Away Yet Near

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September 22, 2014 11:42 AM
With an estimated 90 percent of the world’s larger fish populations having already vanished, a growing number of people in the seafood industry are embracing the concept of sustainable fishing and farming practices. One American marine biologist turned restaurateur in Thailand is spreading the word among fellow chefs and customers. VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from Bangkok.

Video Saving Global Fish Stocks Starts in the Kitchen

With an estimated 90 percent of the world’s larger fish populations having already vanished, a growing number of people in the seafood industry are embracing the concept of sustainable fishing and farming practices. One American marine biologist turned restaurateur in Thailand is spreading the word among fellow chefs and customers. VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from Bangkok.

Video NASA’s MAVEN Probe Enters Mars Orbit

NASA’s newest Mars probe, called MAVEN, has successfully entered its designated orbit around the Red Planet. Scientists will use its sophisticated instruments to try to learn what happened to the atmosphere Mars had a few billion years ago. VOA’s George Putic has more.

Video For West Ukraine City, Conflict Far Away Yet Near

The western Ukrainian city of Lviv prides itself on being both physically and culturally close to Western Europe. The Russian-backed separatists in the eastern part of the country are 1,200 kilometers away, and seemingly even farther away in their world view. Still, as VOA’s Al Pessin reports, the war is having an impact in Lviv.

Video Chinese Admiral Key in China’s Promotion of Sea Links

China’s President last week wrapped up landmark visits to India, Sri Lanka and Maldives, part of a broader campaign to promote a new “Maritime Silk Road” in Asia. The Chinese government’s promotion efforts rely heavily on the country’s best-known sailor, a 15th century eunuch named Zheng He. VOA's Bill Ide reports from the sailor’s hometown in Yunnan on the effort to promote China’s future by recalling its past.

Video People's Climate March Sounds Climate Alarm in New York

One hundred thousand protesters took to New York City streets for the People's Climate March. Coming just two days before world leaders meet for the U.N. Climate Summit, demonstrators called for a new political reality to face the threat of a warming planet. VOA's Rosanne Skirble reports.

Video Modernization or Historic Preservation? The City of Richmond is Torn

Before America's Civil War in the 1860s, the southern city of Richmond, Virginia was home to the nation's second largest slave trading district. Today, the neighborhood known as Shockoe Bottom is targeted for development and modernization. VOA’s Penelope Poulou has more.

Video Experts Fear Ebola Outbreak ‘Beyond Our Capability to Contain’

Each day brings with it new warnings about the deadly Ebola outbreak already blamed for killing more than 2,600 people across West Africa. And while countries and international organizations like the United Nations are starting to come through on promises of help for those most affected, the unprecedented speed with which the virus has spread is raising questions about the international response. VOA's Jeff Seldin has more from Washington.

Video Natural Gas Export Plan Divides Maryland Town

A U.S. power company that has been importing natural gas now wants to export it. If approved, its plant in Lusby, Maryland, would likely be the first terminal on the United States East Coast to export liquefied natural gas from American pipelines. While some residents welcome the move because it will create jobs, others oppose it, saying the expansion could be a safety and environmental hazard. VOA’s Deborah Block examines the controversy.

Video Mogadishu's Flood of Foreign Workers Leaves Somalis Out of Work

Unemployment and conflict has forced many young Somalians out of the country in search of a better life. But a newfound stability in the once-lawless nation has created hope — and jobs — which, some say, are too often being filled by foreigners. Abdulaziz Billow reports from Mogadishu.

Video NFL to Improve Personal Conduct Policies

The National Football League says it plans to improve its personal conduct policies following the release of a video showing one of its biggest stars beating his wife unconscious. Zlatica Hoke has more.

Video Belgian Researchers Discover Way to Block Cancer Metastasis

Cancer remains one of the deadliest diseases, despite many new methods to combat it. Modern medicine has treatments to prevent the growth of primary tumor cells. But most cancer deaths are caused by metastasis, the stage when primary tumor cells change and move to other parts of the body. A team of Belgian scientists says it has found a way to prevent that process. Zlatica Hoke has more.

Video CERN Accelerator Back in Business

The long upgrade of the Large Hadron Collider is over. The scientific instrument responsible for the discovery of the Higgs boson -- the so-called "God particle" -- is being brought up to speed in time for this month's 60th anniversary of the European Organization for Nuclear Research, known by its French acronym CERN. Physicists hope the accelerator will help them uncover more secrets about the origins of the universe. VOA’s George Putic reports.


FILE - A Palestinian boy wears a headband with the logo of Hamas during a rally of the miltant Islamic group in the West Bank town of Bethlehem.

US Court Revives Case Accusing RBS' NatWest of Aiding Hamas

A US appeals court revives lawsuits against National Westminster Bank by about victims of attacks attributed to Hamas who are seeking to hold the bank liable for handling Hamas-linked transactions More


Afghanistan's presidential election candidates Abdullah Abdullah, left, and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai shake hands after signing a power-sharing deal at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sept. 21, 2014

Former Afghan Ambassador Says Election Flaws Must Be Fixed

Omar Samad says Afghanistan needs census, voter registration process and mechanisms that work properly on a national scale with identification cards More


Upper Nile, South Sudan

Scores Killed in South Sudan Fighting as Peace Talks Resume

A spokesman for government forces blames the fighting on opposition forces, who he says are trying to gain control of the economy by seizing control of oil-rich Upper Nile state. More

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African migrants react after hearing the Israel's high court decision outside Holot open detention center in Israel's southern Negev desert, Sept. 22, 2014.

Israeli Court Orders Closure of African Migrant Detention Center

Ruling strikes down measure passed by parliament in December to indefinitely incarcerate migrants, most of them from Sudan and Eritrea More


FILE - The flag of the Islamic State.

French National Kidnapped in Eastern Algeria

The Caliphate Soldiers, a group linked to Islamic State militants, published a video on the Internet video Monday claiming responsibility More

Economy & Business

FILE - National flags of Switzerland fly over the entrance of the headquarters of Swiss bank Credit Suisse in Zurich July 31, 2014.

N. Korean Defectors Urge Switzerland to Freeze Pyongyang Assets

In open letter to Swiss president, group says Kim Jong Un regime ‘directly responsible for the crimes against their own people’ More

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