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US Congratulates Ukraine for ‘Making History’ in Forging Closer Ties with EU

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko shows a signed landmark association agreement with the European Union during a session of the parliament in Kyiv, Sept. 16, 2014.

September 17, 2014 5:10 AM
Poroshenko travels to the US this week, where he will meet President Obama and address a joint session of Congress More

Obama to Get Briefed on Military Plan Against IS

President is asking Congress for funds to train, arm moderate Syrian rebels fighting against militant group as well as waging war against Syrian government

Video Ukrainian Leader to Seek Greater US Support on Visit

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko visits Washington this week amid a shaky cease-fire with Russian-backed separatists, the ratification of an EU pact, and moves to grant self-rule to eastern Ukraine. As he tackles a range of challenges, the Ukrainian leader is expected to press for greater U.S. support during talks Thursday with President Barack Obama at the White House. VOA's Aru Pande has more from Washington.

Video Ukrainian Leader to Seek Greater US Support on Visit

So far, the US has pledged some $70 million in aid to Ukraine in the form of body armor, communications equipment and rations

US Indicts Man for Attempted Support to Islamic State

Mufid Elfgeeh of Rochester, New York encouraged two people to travel overseas to fight for the Islamic State

Video NASA Picks Boeing, SpaceX to Carry Astronauts Into Space

The U.S. space agency, NASA, has chosen Boeing and SpaceX companies to build the next generation of spacecraft that will carry U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station by the year 2017. The deal with private industry enables NASA to end its dependence on Russia to send space crews into low Earth orbit and back. Zlatica Hoke has more.

US Man Arrested in River Swim to North Korea

The man, who appeared to be in his 30s, was arrested along the Han River by South Korean soldiers

Video Efforts Underway to Reduce Confrontations Between Police, African American Youth

The shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, on August 9 touched off days of unrest and racial tension in the Saint Louis suburb. The incident also highlighted the problem of racial animosity between police and Ferguson's African American community. Now some African-Americans parents and social workers are talking to young people about how to act when stopped by police. VOA's Chris Simkins has more.

Video Obama Unveils Plan to Contain Ebola

President Barack Obama has announced a plan to contain the spread of the Ebola virus in West Africa, indicating the world is relying on the United States to confront the outbreak that has killed more than 2,000 people. VOA White House Correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.

Video US Defense Secretary: Islamic State War to be 'Complicated'

When President Barack Obama intensified the fight against Islamic State militants, he warned this would not be a quick victory. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, echoed that sentiment testifying before Congress Tuesday. VOA Pentagon Correspondent Carla Babb has more.

Video Hot Tech Ideas Seek Investors at San Francisco Expo

TechCrunch exposition in San Francisco is a place where tech start-ups can meet potential backers, try to convince them their gadgets may be the next big thing

Video UN: Climate Change Action Boosts Economic Growth

A landmark report released Tuesday at the United Nations finds that economic growth is compatible with taking action on climate change. VOA’s Rosanne Skirble has the details.

Video NASA Picks Contractors to Resume Manned Space Flight

Space agency names two private companies to build, launch spacecrafts to and from International Space Station

Under Secretary Stengel: US in Information 'Battle' with IS, Russia

Richard Stengel says that in face of strong foreign propaganda machines such as Russia and Islamic State, US needs to harden its 'soft power'

Video Report: Action on Climate Change Boosts Economic Growth

One week before UN Climate Summit, Global Commission on the Economy and Climate makes economic case for bold action on climate change

US to Resume Vietnamese Adoptions After 6 Year Suspension

Two US adoption service providers granted licenses to facilitate limited adoption program

Video Top US General Does Not Rule Out Ground Troops in Iraq: White House Scrambles to Clarify

America’s top military commander says he does not believe U.S. ground forces will be required to defeat Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, but would recommend their use under certain conditions. The Obama administration moved quickly to clarify its position that no ground troops will be sent in. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports from Capitol Hill.

Q&A: Ukraine’s Donbas Battalion Commander Seeks US Support

Semenchenko’s Washington visit follows withering losses inflicted by pro-Russian forces

Video Iran Nuclear Program Talks to Resume at UN

A major sticking point to negotiations is Iran's uranium enrichment capacity; Western powers accuse it of wanting to make nuclear weapons

Video World Powers to Discuss Iran's Nuclear Program

Iran and and the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany are set to resume talks on Iran's nuclear program Thursday in New York -- in a bid to reach an agreement before a November deadline. The two sides agreed to extend an original July deadline after negotiators failed to come to terms on a number of key issues. As VOA State Department Correspondent Pam Dockins reports, analysts have mixed views on whether negotiators will make progress in New York.

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September 16, 2014 2:06 PM
Lorna Rutto, a former banker, is now an ‘enviropreneur’ - turning plastic waste into furniture and fences discusses the challenges she faces in Africa with raw materials and the environment.

Video Enviropreneur Seeks to Save the Environment, Empower the Community

Lorna Rutto, a former banker, is now an ‘enviropreneur’ - turning plastic waste into furniture and fences discusses the challenges she faces in Africa with raw materials and the environment.

Video West Trades Accusations Over Ransoms

As world leaders try to forge a common response to the threat posed by Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, there is simmering tension over differing policies on paying ransoms. In the past month, the jihadist group has beheaded two Americans and one Briton. Both countries refuse to pay ransom money. As Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London, there is uncertainty in the approach of some other European nations.

Video Scotland Independence Bid Stokes Global Interest

The people of Scotland are preparing to vote on whether to become independent and break away from the rest of Britain, in a referendum being watched carefully in many other countries. Some see it as a risky experiment; while others hope a successful vote for independence might energize their own separatist demands. Foreign immigrants to Scotland have a front row seat for the vote. VOA’s Henry Ridgwell spoke to some of them in Edinburgh.

Video Washington DC Mural Artists Help Beautify City

Like many cities, Washington has a graffiti problem. Buildings and homes, especially in low-income neighborhoods, are often targets of illegal artwork. But as we hear from VOA’s Julie Taboh, officials in the nation's capital have come up with an innovative program that uses the talents of local artists to beautify the city.

Video US Muslim Leaders Condemn Islamic State

Leaders of America's Muslim community are condemning the violent extremism of the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria. The U.S. Muslim leaders say militants are exploiting their faith in a failed effort to justify violent extremism. VOA correspondent Meredith Buel reports.

Video Americans' Reaction Mixed on Obama Strategy for Islamic State Militants

President Barack Obama’s televised speech on how the United States plans to “degrade and destroy” the group known as the Islamic State reached a prime-time audience of millions. And it came as Americans appear more willing to embrace a bolder, tougher approach to foreign policy. VOA producer Katherine Gypson and reporter Jeff Seldin have this report from Washington.

Video Authorities Allege LA Fashion Industry-Cartel Ties

U.S. officials say they have broken up crime rings that funneled tens of millions of dollars from Mexican drug cartels through fashion businesses in Los Angeles. Mike O'Sullivan reports that authorities announced nine arrests, as 1,000 law enforcement agents fanned out through the city on Wednesday.

Video Bedouin Woman Runs Successful Business in Palestinian City

A Bedouin woman is breaking social taboos by running a successful vacation resort in the Palestinian town of Jericho. Bedouins are a sub-group of Arabs known for their semi-nomadic lifestyle. Zlatica Hoke says the resort in the West Bank's Jordan Valley is a model of success for women in the region.

Carnage and mayhem are part of daily life in northern Nigeria, the result of a terror campaign by the Islamist group Boko Haram. Fears are growing that Nigeria’s government may not know how to counter it, and may be making things worse. More