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Defense Chiefs Meet in Singapore Amid Rising Maritime Tension

A member of the Special Operations Command patrols outside the venue of the International Institute for Strategic Studies' (IISS) Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, May 29, 2015.

May 29, 2015 5:02 AM
US Defense Secretary Ash Carter called for 'an immediate and lasting halt' to Chinese reclamation in disputed South China Sea waters More

US Bikers to Hold Muhammad Cartoon Contest Outside Mosque

Organizers say the rally is in response to an incident earlier this month in which two gunmen opened fire on a similar contest in Texas

At Least 20 Years in Prison Await Silk Road Founder

Ross Ulbricht said he regrets what he calls a 'very naive and costly idea'

Pataki Enters 2016 Race as GOP Field Expands

George Pataki was governor of the state of New York during the September 11, 2001 terror attacks

US National Spelling Bee Ends in Tie for 2nd Year in a Row

The two co-winners went head-to-head for 10 rounds before the list of 25 championship words was exhausted

Video US Agencies Ferret Out Alleged Corruption at FIFA

This week's corruption indictment against nine FIFA officials and five corporate executives came as little shock to many observers. It was the U.S. Justice Department, FBI and IRS that uncovered the alleged racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracies. VOA's Parke Brewer reports.

Obama: US Has to Be More Prepared for Climate Change

President, in Miami for update on coming Atlantic hurricane season, says global warming is affecting pace, intensity of storms

UN Assesses Efforts to Halt Flow of Foreign Fighters

Security Council to discuss threat of foreign terrorist fighters - both to conflict zones and to their home countries when they return

Former US House Speaker Indicted for Alleged Corruption

Dennis Hastert accused of withdrawing $952,000 in cash in a way that evaded requirement that banks report cash transactions over $10,000

Banks Could Face Questions in FIFA Probe

Prosecutors will review how much they knew about millions in alleged bribes flowing through US banking system to accounts around world

FIFA Indictments Put Gold Cup Tournament Under Cloud

Experts say US indictments could lead to charges of other world soccer officials, and lead to major shakeup in sport's governance

Top US Iran Negotiator Departing Post

State Department says Wendy Sherman, under secretary of state for political affairs, will be 'moving on' after talks

Allies, Ex-players, Fans Abroad Cheer US Move Against FIFA

Soccer devotees flood Twitter with praise, ask why countries with richer traditions in the sport had ignored suspicions of corruption for so long

Obama Makes Surprise Visit to Cuban-American Church in Miami

White House says president visited site to honor Cuban-Americans' sacrifices in pursuit of liberty, opportunity

President Obama Visits Family of Journalist Slain by ISIS

In September ISIS released video purporting to show beheading of Steven Sotloff, a 31-year-old freelance journalist

Soccer Great Pele to Join New York Cosmos on Cuban Trip

Goodwill mission will include exhibition match between Cosmos, Cuban national team

Former NY Governor Pataki Begins Presidential Bid

Pataki enters crowded Republican field, positioning himself as a moderate who can appeal to Democrats

Multimedia @POTUS Holds First Twitter Q+A

President Barack Obama offered condolences to flooding victims in Texas, Oklahoma, discussed climate change and a variety of other subjects

US Charges 15 Chinese Nationals in SAT Fraud Scheme

Grand jury says conspirators took college entrance exams, including the SAT, and also cheated student visa requirement using counterfeit Chinese passports

Friend of Boston Marathon Bomber Faces Up to 7 Years

Prosecutors say there's no evidence Dias Kadyrbayev knew about plot to detonate two pressure cooker bombs near race finish line, but say he impeded police investigation of Tsarnaev brothers

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Expelled from Pakistan, Afghan Refugees Return to Increased Hardshipi
Ayesha Tanzeem
May 28, 2015 6:48 PM
Undocumented refugees returning to Afghanistan from Pakistan have no jobs, no support system, and no home return to, and international aid agencies say they and the government are overwhelmed and under-resourced. Ayesha Tanzeem has more from Kabul.

Video Expelled from Pakistan, Afghan Refugees Return to Increased Hardship

Undocumented refugees returning to Afghanistan from Pakistan have no jobs, no support system, and no home return to, and international aid agencies say they and the government are overwhelmed and under-resourced. Ayesha Tanzeem has more from Kabul.

Video Britain Makes Controversial Move to Crack Down on Extremism

Britain is moving to tighten controls on extremist rhetoric, even when it does not incite violence or hatred -- a move that some are concerned might unduly restrict basic freedoms. It is an issue many countries are grappling with as extremist groups gain power in the Middle East, fueled in part by donations and fighters from the West. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London.

Video Floodwaters Recede in Houston, but Rain Continues

Many parts of Texas are recovering from one of the worst natural disasters to hit the southwestern state. Heavy rains on Monday and early Tuesday caused rivers to swell in eastern and central Texas, washing away homes and killing at least 13 people. As VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Houston, floodwaters are receding slowly in the country's fourth-largest city, and there likely is to be more rain in the coming days.

Video 3D Printer Makes Replica of Iconic Sports Car

Cars with parts made by 3D printers are already on the road, but engineers are still learning about this new technology. While testing the possibility of printing an entire car, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy recently created an electric-powered replica of an iconic sports roadster. VOA’s George Putic has more.

Video Al-Shabab Recruitment Drive Still on In Kenya

The al-Shabab militants that have long battled for control of Somalia also have recruited thousands of young people in Kenya, leaving many families disconsolate. Mohammed Yusuf recently visited the Kenyan town of Isiolo, and met with relatives of those recruited, as well as a many who have helped with the recruiting.

Video US Voters Seek Answers From Presidential Candidates on IS Gains

The growth of the Islamic State militant group in Iraq and Syria comes as the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign kicks off in the Midwest state of Iowa.   As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, voters want to know how the candidates would handle recent militant gains in the Middle East.

Video A Small Oasis on Kabul's Outskirts Provides Relief From Security Tensions

When people in Kabul want to get away from the city and relax, many choose Qargha Lake, a small resort on the outskirts of Kabul. Ayesha Tanzeem visited and talked with people about the precious oasis.

Video Film Festival Looks at Indigenous Peoples, Culture Conflict

A recent Los Angeles film festival highlighted the plight of people caught between two cultures. Mike O'Sullivan has more on the the Garifuna International Film Festival, a Los Angeles forum created by a woman from Central America who wants the world to know more about her culture.

Video Kenyans Lament Losing Sons to al-Shabab

There is agony, fear and lost hope in the Kenyan town of Isiolo, a key target of a new al-Shabab recruitment drive. VOA's Mohammed Yusuf visits Isiolo to speak with families and at least one man who says he was a recruiter.

Video Scientists Say Plankton More Important Than Previously Thought

Tiny ocean creatures called plankton are mostly thought of as food for whales and other large marine animals, but a four-year global study discovered, among other things, that plankton are a major source of oxygen on our planet. VOA’s George Putic reports.

Video Kenya’s Capital Sees Rise in Shisha Parlors

In Kenya, the smoking of shisha, a type of flavored tobacco, is the latest craze. Patrons are flocking to shisha parlors to smoke and socialize. But the practice can be addictive and harmful, though many dabblers may not realize the dangers, according to a new review. Lenny Ruvaga has more on the story for VOA from Nairobi, Kenya.

Video Iowa Family's Sacrifice Shaped US Military Service for Generations

Few places in America have experienced war like Waterloo. This small town in the Midwest state of Iowa became famous during World War II not for what it accomplished, but what it lost. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, the legacy of one family’s sacrifice is still a reminder today of the real cost of war for all families on the homefront.

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