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New Orleans Works to Rebuild Music Scene After Katrina

Rebuilding New Orleans' Music Scene

August 29, 2015 9:07 PM
Collection of volunteer-built homes called Musicians' Village is giving artists a place to which they can return, put down roots More

Video Rebuilding New Orleans' Music Scene

Ten years after Hurricane Katrina inundated New Orleans, threatening to wash away its vibrant musical heritage along with its neighborhoods, the beat goes on. A project called Musicians' Village is helping to preserve the city's unique sound. VOA's Bronwyn Benito reports.

Texas Prosecutors Charge Suspect in Deputy's 'Assassination'

Police say no motive has been established in the killing of Darren Goforth, but that suspect Shannon Miles has a previous record

Tropical Storm Erika Dissipates; 21 Dead

Storm flags over Cuba, could regain strength over Gulf of Mexico; death toll in Dominica, Haiti is 21

A busy weekend for presidential hopefuls

Democrats who have announced their candidacy for their party's nomination are in Minnesota for two-day meeting that began early Friday

Video Presidential Hopefuls Keep Busy Weekend Schedule

U.S. presidential candidates have scheduled meetings this weekend with groups supporting their respective parties. Democratic hopefuls are in Minnesota to address the Democratic National Committee's annual summer meeting. Republican candidates are taking their campaign messages to supportive groups across the United States. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports from Washington.

Eaton of US Breaks Decathlon Record in Beijing

Second place in Beijing decathlon went to Damian Warner of Canada

Rice in Islamabad for Talks With Sharif

US national security adviser's talks with Pakistani officials expected to touch on rise in tensions between Islamabad, New Delhi

Obama: Alaskans Feel Signs of Climate Change

They're seeing bigger storm surges as sea ice melts, more wildfires, erosion of glaciers, shorelines

New Orleans Mourns Katrina Losses But Celebrates Its Renewal

Brass bands, church bells mark day when storm wrecked levees, flooded city, killed 1,800

New Mexico Politician Charged With Misusing Campaign Funds

Dianna Duran is accused of diverting contributions for personal use, including 'large debits for cash expenditures occurring at casinos'

Supreme Court Can Prohibit Protesters on Front Plaza

In unanimous ruling, three-judge panel says demonstrations outside court might lead to perception it is influenced by public opinion

Twitter Sets Goals for Increasing Workforce Diversity

Social media titan wants 35 percent female force next year, up from 34 percent, will boost underrepresented minorities to 11 percent from 10 percent

Video Kurdish Fighters Seize Iraqi Territory From Islamic State

Video released Friday by Pentagon shows a US airstrike destroying an Islamic State armored vehicle to be used as a truck bomb, near Tuz in northern Iraq

Video Doctor: Use of Controversial Tissue Essential for Research

But it has reignited charged debate between anti-abortion and abortion-rights supporters, with politicians weighing in on both sides of issue

IS British Hacker Killed in US Airstrike in Syria

Junaid Hussain, a Briton also known as Abu Hussain al Britani, had been high on Pentagon's list of most-wanted Islamic State targets

Video Male Panda Cub Thriving at Washington's National Zoo

Zoo official Wendy Smith says surviving cub is growing and mother Mei Xiang is taking good care of him; smaller cub of fraternal twins born last Saturday died Wednesday

Markets Cloud US Central Bank's Decision on Rates

Federal Reserve's vice chair says case for rate hike was 'pretty strong' prior to this week's wild swings in stock prices

NSA Phone Surveillance Ruling Reversed

Court overturns decision that blocked security agency program from collecting phone records

Analysts Try to Understand Wild Stock Market Swings

Investors, traders try to parse what has been happening - and attempt to guess future direction and strength of markets, and overall economy

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Colombians Flee Venezuela as Border Crisis Escalatesi
August 27, 2015 2:08 AM
Hundreds of Colombians have fled Venezuela since last week, amid an escalating border crisis between the two countries. Last week, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ordered the closure of a key border crossing after smugglers injured three Venezuelan soldiers and a civilian. The president also ordered the deportation of Colombians who are in Venezuela illegally. Zlatica Hoke reports.

Video Colombians Flee Venezuela as Border Crisis Escalates

Hundreds of Colombians have fled Venezuela since last week, amid an escalating border crisis between the two countries. Last week, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ordered the closure of a key border crossing after smugglers injured three Venezuelan soldiers and a civilian. The president also ordered the deportation of Colombians who are in Venezuela illegally. Zlatica Hoke reports.

Video Is China's Economic Data Accurate?

Some investors say China's wild stock market gyrations have been made worse by worries about the reliability of that nation's economic data. And some critics say the reports can mislead investors by painting an unrealistically-strong picture of the economy. A key China scholar says Beijing is not fudging ((manipulating)) the numbers, but that the economy is evolving quickly from smoke-stack industries to services, and the ways of tracking new economic activity are falling behind the change. V

Video Next to Iran, Climate at Forefront of Obama Agenda

President Barack Obama this week announced new initiatives aimed at making it easier for Americans to access renewable energy sources such as solar and wind. Obama is not slowing down when it comes to pushing through climate change measures, an issue he says is the greatest threat to the country’s national security. VOA correspondent Aru Pande has more from the White House.

Video Shipping Containers Provide Experimental Housing

Housing prices around the San Francisco Bay area are out of reach for many people, so some young entrepreneurs, artists and tech industry workers are creating their own houses using converted shipping containers. But as VOA's Mike O’Sullivan reports from Oakland, the effort requires ingenuity and dealing with restrictive local laws.

Video Arctic Draws International Competition for Oil

A new geopolitical “Great Game” is underway in earth’s northernmost region, the Arctic, where Russia has claimed a large area for resource development and President Barack Obama recently approved Shell Oil Company’s test-drilling project in an area under U.S. control. Greg Flakus reports.

Video Philippine Maritime Police: Chinese Fishermen a Threat to Country’s Security

China and the Philippines both claim maritime rights in the South China Sea.  That includes the right to fish in those waters. Jason Strother reports on how the Philippines is catching Chinese nationals it says are illegal poachers. He has the story from Palawan province.

Video Technique May Eliminate Drill-and-Fill Dental Care

Many people dread visiting dentists because they're afraid of drills. Now, however, a technology developed by a British firm promises to eliminate the need for mechanical cleaning of dental cavities by speeding a natural process of tooth repair. VOA’s George Putic reports.

Video China's Spratly Island Building Said to Light Up the Night 'Like A City'

Southeast Asian countries claim China has illegally seized territory in the Spratly islands. It is especially a concern for a Philippine mayor who says Beijing is occupying parts of his municipality. Jason Strother reports from the capital of Palawan province, Puerto Princesa.

Video Ages-old Ice Reveals Secrets of Climate Change

Ice caps don't just exist at the world's poles. There are also tropical ice caps, and the largest sits atop the Peruvian Andes - but it is melting, quickly, and may be gone within the next 20 years. George Putic reports scientists are now rushing to take samples to get at the valuable information about climate change locked in the ice.

Video French Experiment in Integrating Roma Under Threat

Plans to destroy France’s oldest slum have sparked an outcry on the part of its Roma residents. As Lisa Bryant reports from the Paris suburb of La Courneuve, rights groups argue the community is a fledgling experiment on integrating Roma who are often outcasts in many parts of Europe.

Video Kenyans Turn to Agriculture for Business

Each year Kenyan universities continue to churn out graduates for the job market despite the already existing high rate of unemployment among youth in the country. Some of these young men and women have realized that agriculture can be as rewarding as any other business or job, and they are resorting to agribusiness in large numbers as a way of tackling unemployment. Rael Ombuor reports for VOA.

Video First Women Graduate Elite Army Ranger School

Two women are making history for the U.S. Army by proving they are among the toughest of the tough. VOA's Carla Babb reports from Fort Benning, Georgia as 94 men and those two women rise as graduates of the difficult Ranger school.

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