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Afghanistan, US Sign Security Pact

Afghan National Security Adviser Hanif Atmar (R) and US Ambassador to Afghanistan James Cunningham (L) sign documents as Afghan President Ashraf Ghani (2R) and Afghanistan's new Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah (C) look on at the Presidential Palace in

September 30, 2014 5:38 AM
Accord is expected to keep smaller US/NATO force in Afghanistan beyond December 31 end of ISAF combat mission More

Secret Service Head to be Questioned Over White House Intruder

Julia Pierson will be questioned about the latest break-in well as several other embarrassing incidents involving the agency

FCC Expected to End Sports TV Blackout Rule

The 1975 blackout rule, originally meant to ensure that TV broadcasts of sports did not hurt local ticket sales, has faced mounting criticism

Protest Over Contract Award to Delay Work on NASA Space Taxi

NASA recently awarded contracts worth up to $6.8 billion to Boeing and SpaceX

Man Opens Fire During Ethiopian Embassy Protest in Washington

US Secret Service spokesman said it detained possible shooter after report at about 12:15 pm EDT (1615 GMT) that shots were fired, no injuries reported

US Judge Holds Argentina in Contempt Over Bond Payment Plan

In rare move, District Judge Thomas Griesa says country taking 'illegal' steps to evade his orders in longstanding dispute with hedge funds over defaulted debt

Archive of Forgotten UCLA Speeches Offers Snapshot of History

Recordings of prominent voices in social change, politics, science and literature from 1960s, early 1970s now available on YouTube

US Pledges $83 Million in Aid for South Sudan

State Department says conflict threatens to create a famine and more than two million people are already facing crisis levels of food insecurity

Fence-jumper Ran Through Main Floor of White House

Man who breached security this month made his way farther into the building than previously disclosed, a Republican congressman said on Monday

US Urges Restraint in Hong Kong Protests

Protesters angered by Beijing's decision to only approve candidates that it sanctions for Hong Kong's leadership elections in 2017

Video Obama Confident in US Intelligence Despite Islamic State’s Rise

Earlier, president said US underestimated rise of extremist group, particularly in Syria

Video Could US Have Done More to Stop Rise of Islamic State?

President Obama says airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria will likely continue for some time because, in his words, "there is a cancer that has grown for too long." So what if President Obama had acted sooner in Syria to arm more-moderate opponents of both the Islamic State and the Syrian government? VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns reports from the United Nations.

Syria Backs Global Fight Against IS, Minister Tells UN

In UNGA address, FM Walid al-Moualem appears to give tacit approval to US, Arab airstrikes in Syria targeting the militants

California Signs Sexual Consent Law

The law requires students on university campuses to have clear consent before engaging in sexual activity and sets requirements for sexual assault investigations

Trial Questioning Legality of AIG Bailout to Begin

Judge, in rejecting US bid to dismiss lawsuit, says the case involved 'complex financial and economic issues' that deserved analysis

Photogallery India’s Modi to Meet President Obama at White House

On Sunday prime minister received an enthusiastic welcome from thousands of Indian-Americans in New York’s Madison Square Garden

US, Philippines Launch Military Exercise Near Spratly Islands

The two countries will practice boat raids, beach landings, live fire exercises and armored maneuvers

Photogallery New Afghanistan President Calls for End to War

'We are tired of war and our message is a message of peace, but it should not be considered our weakness,' new leader says in inaugural address

Photogallery India's Modi Gets Big Welcome in New York

PM’s appearance before thousands of Indian Americans comes before White House meetings with President Barack Obama Monday and Tuesday

American Doctor Exposed to Ebola in US for Observation

Officials say the patient will be admitted to the NIH Clinical Center for observation and to enroll in clinical study

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Treasure Hunters Seek 'Hidden Treasure' in Central Kenyai
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September 29, 2014 6:20 PM
Could a cave in a small village in central Kenya be the site of buried treasure? A rumor of riches, left behind by colonialists, has some residents dreaming of wealth, while others see it as a dangerous hoax. VOA's Gabe Joselow has the story.
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Video Treasure Hunters Seek 'Hidden Treasure' in Central Kenya

Could a cave in a small village in central Kenya be the site of buried treasure? A rumor of riches, left behind by colonialists, has some residents dreaming of wealth, while others see it as a dangerous hoax. VOA's Gabe Joselow has the story.
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Video Iran's Rouhani Skeptical on Syria Strikes

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani expressed skepticism Friday that U.S.-led airstrikes in Iraq and Syria could crush Islamic State militants. From New York, VOA’s Margaret Besheer reports the president was also hopeful that questions about Iran’s nuclear program could be resolved soon.
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Video US House Speaker: Congress Should Debate Authorization Against IS

As wave after wave of U.S. airstrikes target Islamic State militants, the speaker of the Republican-controlled House of Representatives says he would be willing to call Congress back into session to debate a formal, broad authorization for the use of military force. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports from Washington, where legislators left town 10 days ago for a seven-week recess.
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Video Ebola Patients Find No Treatment at Sierra Leone Holding Center

At a holding facility in Makeni, central Sierra Leone, dozens of sick people sit on the floor in an empty university building. They wait in filthy conditions. It's a 16-hour drive by ambulance to Kailahun Ebola treatment center. Adam Bailes was there and reports on what he says are some of the worst situations he has seen since the beginning of this Ebola outbreak. And he says it appears case numbers may already be far worse than authorities acknowledge.
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Video Identifying Bodies Found in Texas Border Region

Thousands of immigrants have died after crossing the border from Mexico into remote areas of the southwestern United States in recent years. Local officials in south Texas alone have found hundreds of unidentified bodies and buried them in mass graves in local cemeteries. Now an anthropologist and her students at Baylor University have been exhuming bodies and looking for clues to identify them. VOA’s Greg Flakus has more from Waco, Texas.
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Video Ebola Robs Liberians of Chance to Say Good-Bye to Loved Ones

In Liberia, where Ebola has killed more than 1,500 people, authorities have worked hard to convince people to allow specialized burial teams to take away dead bodies. But these safety measures, while necessary, make it hard for people to say good bye to their loved ones. VOA's Anne Look reports on the tragedy from Liberia.
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It’s been a month since Israel and the Palestinians agreed to a ceasefire to end 52 days of an air and tank war that left 60,000 homes in Gaza damaged or destroyed and 110,000 homeless. Sharon Behn reports that lack of reconstruction is leading to despair.
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Video US, Saudi Arabia and UAE Hit Islamic State's Oil Revenue

The United States, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have bombed oil facilities operated by Islamic State militants in Syria. It was a truly collaborative effort, with the two Arab countries dropping the majority of the bombs. The 12 refineries targeted were estimated to generate as much as $2 million per day for the terrorist group. VOA Pentagon correspondent Carla Babb has the story.
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Video Russia's Food Sanctions Raise Price Worries, Hopes for Domestic Production

Russia retaliated against Western sanctions imposed for its actions in Ukraine by halting food imports from the West. The temporary import ban on food from Australia, the European Union, Norway and North America has Russian consumers concerned that they could face a sharp increase in food prices. But in an ironic twist, the restrictions aimed at the Kremlin have made Russia's domestic food producers hopeful this can boost their business. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Moscow.
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Video Washington to Pyongyang: 'Shut This Evil System Down'

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is calling on North Korea to shut down prison camps and other human rights abuses following a United Nations Commission of Inquiry into "widespread and systematic human rights violations." VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns reports from the United Nations.
Colonel Steve ‘Spiros’ Pisanos left Greece and came to the U.S. to learn to fly. He flew fighters for the Allies in World War II, narrowly escaping death multiple times.Colonel Steve ‘Spiros’ Pisanos left Greece and came to the U.S. to learn to fly. He flew fighters for the Allies in World War II, narrowly escaping death multiple times.

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