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Obama: Women Deserve 'Fair Pay'

FILE - President Barack Obama, Oct. 8, 2014.

November 01, 2014 9:41 AM
President says one solution to raising women's pay is for Congress to pass a minimum wage increase, something they have not done for seven years More

US Girl Barred Over Ebola Returns To School

Ikeoluwa Opayemi had been barred from school because of fears she may have been exposed to the Ebola virus while visiting Africa

Video Virgin Spaceship Crash Raises Questions

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo crashed during manned test flight in the Mojave desert, killing one pilot and seriously injuring another

Video Virgin Spaceship Crash Raises Questions

Plans to fly tourists to the edge of space could be delayed after Friday's crash of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo during a manned test flight. It is the second explosion of a U.S. commercial spacecraft this week. Zlatica Hoke reports the two disasters raise questions about the future of commercial space flights in the United States.

Girl Dies After School Shooting in Washington State

Fourteen-year-old Shaylee Chuckulnaskit was shot last week at her high school near Seattle; two other students died in rampage, along with gunman who took his own life

Mexican Court Frees Ex-US Marine Jailed on Gun Charges

Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi had been behind bars since March for bringing guns into the country

White House Celebrates Halloween

Obamas hand out cookies, candy to costumed local children on South Lawn

Pentagon: Russian Military Flights in Europe Unhelpful to Security

Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby says flights also could pose a risk to civilian aviation because of their number, size and scope

Video Deadline Looms for Iran Nuclear Talks

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is traveling to Europe, Asia and the Middle East for a series of meetings on numerous issues. In the Mideast, Kerry will visit Oman for a trilateral meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and EU rep Catherine Ashton on the Iran’s nuclear program. Negotiators for the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany face a November deadline to reach a nuclear agreement with Iran. VOA State Department correspondent Pam Dockins reports.

Researchers Use Computerized Harness to Communicate With Dogs

Device has applications for working with search-and-rescue canines, training household pets

Video Gorgeous Fall Leaves Unfold Along Virginia’s Blue Ridge Parkway

In autumn, the Blue Ridge Parkway is considered one of the top places in the United States to see the colorful fall leaves. The scenic highway, which stretches through Virginia and North Carolina, also offers fantastic mountain views of woods and farmland. VOA’s Deborah Block takes us for a drive along the Virginia section of the parkway to show us the stunning displays.

Large swamp teems with exotic wildlife

The largest blackwater swamp in North America shelters fish, birds, and dozens of different amphibians and reptiles

Photogallery Wilderness Awaits in the Okefenokee Swamp

The Okefenokee Swamp, a 180-thousand hectare wilderness located in the southeastern part of the United States in the state of Georgia

Video Kerry, Iranian FM to Hold Nuclear Talks in November

State Department says top US diplomat to meet with Iranian counterpart in Oman on November 9 and November10

Video NYC Kids Draw Worldwide Praise for Chorus

Fourteen-hundred fresh-faced, eager, talented, New York youngsters blending their voices -- the Young People’s Chorus of New York City -- are making an impact on the world. VOA’s Bernard Shusman reports from New York.

New Ebola Treatment Center Opens in Liberia

Two-hundred bed facility, built with help of US troops, will be staffed by Cuban doctors

Virgin Galactic Spaceship Crash Kills 1

Second pilot suffers significant injuries after ejecting from suborbital passenger spacecraft during test flight at Mojave Air and Space Port in California

UN Report: Thousands of Foreign Fighters Joining Extremist Groups

Report says foreign fighters joining Islamic State militants, other extremists on 'unprecedented scale'

Video Fading Scars, Renewed Hope

Brooklyn, New York man, an innocent victim of a drive-by attack, blogs about recovery

Video Gun Survivor: Fading Scars, Renewed Hope

When the innocent victim of a drive-by shooting survived a bullet to the gut, he turned to blogging - a method of coping that has helped him, and his followers, turn a page and focus on his path to recovery. VOA's Ramon Taylor has the story in New York.

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Victorious Secularists Face Challenge to Form Government in Tunisiai
Henry Ridgwell
October 30, 2014 11:39 PM
Official results from Tunisia show the Islamist Ennahda party has failed to win the second free election since the so-called "Arab Spring" uprising in 2011. Ennahda, which handed power to a government of technocrats pending the elections, lost out to the secular party Nidaa Tounes. Henry Ridgwell reports from London that the relatively peaceful poll offers some hope in a volatile region.

Video Victorious Secularists Face Challenge to Form Government in Tunisia

Official results from Tunisia show the Islamist Ennahda party has failed to win the second free election since the so-called "Arab Spring" uprising in 2011. Ennahda, which handed power to a government of technocrats pending the elections, lost out to the secular party Nidaa Tounes. Henry Ridgwell reports from London that the relatively peaceful poll offers some hope in a volatile region.

Video Africa Tells its Story Through Fashion

In Africa, Fashion Week is a riot of colors, shapes, patterns and fabrics - against the backdrop of its ongoing struggle between nature and its fast-growing urban edge. How do these ideas translate into needle and thread? VOA’s Anita Powell visited this year’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Africa in Johannesburg to find out.

Video Smugglers Offer Cheap Passage From Turkey to Syria

Smugglers in Turkey offer a relatively cheap passage across the border into Syria. Ankara has stepped up efforts to stem the flow of foreign fighters who want to join Islamic State militants fighting for control of the Syrian border city of Kobani. But porous borders and border guards who can be bribed make illegal border crossings quite easy. Zlatica Hoke has more.

Video China Political Meeting Seeks to Improve Rule of Law

China’s communist leaders will host a top level political meeting this week, called the Fourth Plenum, and for the first time in the party’s history, rule of law will be a key item on the agenda. Analysts and Chinese media reports say the meetings could see the approval of long-awaited measures aimed at giving courts more independence and include steps to enhance an already aggressive and high-reaching anti-corruption drive. VOA’s Bill Ide has more from Beijing.

Video After Decades of Pressure, Luxembourg Drops Bank Secrecy Rules

European Union finance ministers have reached a breakthrough agreement that will make it more difficult for tax cheats to hide their money. The new legislation, which had been blocked for years by countries with a reputation as tax havens, was approved last week after Luxembourg and Austria agreed to lift their vetoes. But as Mil Arcega reports, it doesn’t mean tax cheats have run out of places to keep their money hidden.

Video Kobani Refugees Welcome, Turkey Criticizes, US Airdrop

Residents of Kobani in northern Syria have welcomed the airdrop of weapons, ammunition and medicine to Kurdish militia who are resisting the seizure of their city by Islamic State militants. The Turkish government, however, has criticized the operation. VOA’s Scott Bobb reports from southeastern Turkey, across the border from Kobani.

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