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Parents of Autistic Adults Worry About Future

Twenty-Six-year-old Kevin Gibson, who has autism, lives on his own and is a file clerk at the law firm MG-IP, in Washington, D.C., August 2012.

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April 21, 2014
Madison House Autism Foundation advocates to help autistic adults meet housing and employment needs More

Video Autistic Adults Face Housing, Job Challenges

Many parents of children with disabilities fear for the future of their adult child. It can be difficult to find services to help adults with disabilities - physical, mental or emotional - find work or live on their own. The mother of an autistic boy set up a foundation to advocate for the estimated 1.2 million American adults with autism, a developmental disorder that causes communication difficulties and often social difficulties. VOA's Faiza Elmasry reports.

US Anti-Corruption Law Snags Major Tech Company

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act was signed into law by President Jimmy Carter in December, 1977

Ukraine Looms Over Obama Trip to Asia

Experts say there are big differences between China's disputes in Asia and what has happened on the Crimean peninsula

'Exceptionally Lucky' US Boy Survives Flight in Wheel Well

The boy was unconscious for most of the flight, and appeared to be unharmed after enduring the extremely cold temperatures and lack of oxygen

Video Boston Hosts Marathon One Year After Bombing

One year ago, two bombs exploded at the finish of the Boston Marathon. The blasts killed three and left many others as amputees. Participants in this year's marathon are running with a different spirit. VOA's Carolyn Presutti is there and spoke with residents who were at the race, as the drama unfolded last year, to ask how the city is different since then.

Video Biden in Ukraine as Tensions Remain High in Country's East

During two-day visit, vice president intends to send "very clear message" of US support for Ukraine, says administration official

Video Following Last Year’s Bombing, Thousands to Participate in Boston Marathon

The men's field includes five of the top six finishers from last year, including defending champion Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia

Boxer 'Hurricane' Carter Dead at 76

Carter, who following wrongful murder conviction became international symbol of racial injustice, succumbs to cancer

Photogallery Pope's Easter Prayer: Peace in Ukraine, Syria

Pontiff also calls for end to terrorist acts in Nigeria, violence in Iraq, and success in peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians

Iran Says it Has Diluted Highly Enriched Uranium

Move called for in interim deal struck with world powers on its controversial nuclear program

Video Synetic Theater Celebrates Shakespeare Anniversary with Historic Hamlet

April 23 marks the 450th anniversary of the birth of famed playwright William Shakespeare. A Washington-area theater company recently marked the bard’s birthday with a revival of its original wordless version of Hamlet from its well-regarded “Silent Shakespeare” Series. Synetic Theater Company's Paata and Irina Tsikurishvili kicked off their independent career in 2002 with this silent version of Hamlet - which earned several major local awards. Maia Kay, of VOA's Georgian Service, has more.

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Georgian immigrant couple started Virginia-based company 12 years ago

War Legacy Haunts Vietnam, US Relations

$84 million project aims to clean up soil contaminated by Agent Orange

Obama Reflects on Easter

In weekly address, president says holy days remind us of our 'responsibilities to God and, as God's children, our responsibilities to one another'

Video Selfies: Taking Photos of Yourself More Popular Than Ever

The saying that a picture is worth a thousand words may be especially true these days with huge amount of people snapping away

Video Selfies: Taking Photos of Yourself More Popular Than Ever

There’s a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. That may be especially true these days with the huge amount of what are called "selfies" on the Internet. VOA’s Deborah Block looks at this popular trend of taking a picture of yourself.

SpaceX Rocket Lifts Off for Space Station Cargo Run

Dragon ship is loaded with about 2,300 kilograms of equipment, science experiments and supplies, and due to reach station on Sunday

Thousands Mourn Victims of Anti-Semitic Gunman in Kansas City

Fourteen-year-old Reat Underwood and his grandfather, William Corporon, 69, were both killed on their way to the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park

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There is a strong historical religious connection between Russia and Ukraine. But what role is religion playing in the current conflict? In the run-up to Easter, Michael Eckels in Moscow reports for VOA.
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Video Ukraine, Russia, United in Faith, Divided in Politics

There is a strong historical religious connection between Russia and Ukraine. But what role is religion playing in the current conflict? In the run-up to Easter, Michael Eckels in Moscow reports for VOA.
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Video Face of American Farmer is Changing

The average American farmer is now 58 years old, and farmers 65 and older are the fastest growing segment of the population. It’s a troubling trend signaling big changes ahead for American agriculture as aging farmers retire. Reporter Mike Osborne says a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau is suggesting what some of those changes might look like... and why they might not be so troubling.
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Video Donetsk Governor: Ukraine Military Assault 'Delicate But Necessary'

Around a dozen state buildings in eastern Ukraine remain in the hands of pro-Russian protesters who are demanding a referendum on self-rule. The governor of the whole Donetsk region is among those forced out by the protesters. He spoke to VOA's Henry Ridgwell from his temporary new office in Donetsk city.
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Video Drones May Soon Send Data From High Seas

Drones are usually associated with unmanned flying vehicles, but autonomous watercraft are also becoming useful tools for jobs ranging from scientific exploration to law enforcement to searching for a missing airliner in the Indian Ocean. VOA’s George Putic reports on sea-faring drones.
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Video New Earth-Size Planet Found

Not too big, not too small. Not too hot, not too cold. A newly discovered planet looks just right for life as we know it, according to an international group of astronomers. VOA’s Steve Baragona has more.
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Video Copts in Diaspora Worry About Future in Egypt

Around 10 percent of Egypt’s population belong to the Coptic faith, making them the largest Christian minority in the Middle East. But they have become targets of violence since the revolution three years ago. With elections scheduled for May and the struggle between the Egyptian military and Islamists continuing, many Copts abroad are deeply worried about the future of their ancient church. VOA religion correspondent Jerome Socolovsky visited a Coptic church outside Washington DC.
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Video Critics Say Venezuelan Protests Test Limits of Military's Support

During the two months of deadly anti-government protests that have rocked the oil-rich nation of Venezuela, President Nicolas Maduro has accused the opposition of trying to initiate a coup. Though a small number of military officers have been arrested for allegedly plotting against the government, VOA’s Brian Padden reports the leadership of the armed forces continues to support the president, at least for now.
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Video More Millenials Unplug to Embrace Board Games

A big new trend in the U.S. toy industry has more consumers switching off their high-tech gadgets to play with classic toys, like board games. This is especially true among the so-called millenial generation - those born in the 1980's and 90's. Elizabeth Lee has more from an unusual café in Los Angeles, where the new trend is popular and business is booming.
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Video Google Buys Drone Company

In its latest purchase of high-tech companies, Google has acquired a manufacturer of solar-powered drones that can stay in the air almost indefinitely, relaying broadband Internet connection to remote areas. It is seen as yet another step in the U.S. based Web giant’s bid to bring Internet to the whole world. VOA’s George Putic reports.
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