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    International Talks Resume on Afghanistan

    Pakistan's Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, head of Pakistani delegations (C) attends a meeting in Kabul, Afghanistan, Jan. 18, 2016.

    February 06, 2016 3:15 AM
    US, China, Pakistan, Afghanistan representatives meet in Islamabad in attempt to revive peace talks with Taliban

    Video What Does the Super Bowl Mean to You?

    American football fans from around the country arrived in San Francisco ahead of Sunday's Super Bowl 50. VOA asked a number of them just what the big game means to them.

    Video Campaign Tradition: The Diner Stop

    VOA stops by a New Hampshire diner to ask voters there what issues are most important to them

    US Astronaut on Apollo 14 Dies in Florida

    Edgar Mitchell, one of 12 people to set foot on moon, died Thursday night at age 85 after short illness, family members say

    Next Few Days Seen Crucial for Syria Peace Talks

    US Secretary of State John Kerry says ideas for implementing a cease-fire and providing humanitarian aid to besieged areas of Syria are being discussed

    Twitter Suspends Over 125,000 Accounts for 'Promoting Terrorist Acts'

    Most of accounts taken down since middle of 2015 linked to the Islamic State group, the company said in a blog post on Friday

    Australian Commander: IS Changing Tactics

    Head of Australian forces in Middle East talks with VOA about training Iraqi troops, countering evolving Islamic State efforts and defeating extremism

    South Korea Says North Korea Moving Closer to Rocket Launch

    In phone call, US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping agree that Pyongyang's move would be 'provocative'

    Candidates' Comments Fly Like New Hampshire Snowflakes

    Four days ahead of the country's first-in-the-nation Republican and Democratic party primary elections, surveys show the parties' contests tightening

    Two Women Banned for Using Tinder to Spam Pro-Sanders Messages

    Both supporters used dating app to contact at least 50 people a day in hopes of garnering more votes for the Democratic presidential candidate

    Video Mixed Jobs Report Shows US Added Just 151K Jobs, But Rate Falls Below 5%

    The U.S. economy created fewer jobs than expected in January – just 151,000, well below the 190,000 economists were expecting. But it was enough to bring down the nation’s unemployment rate to 4.9 percent, the lowest level in nearly eight years. So why are U.S. stock prices falling? Analysts say it depends on how you read the tea leaves. Mil Arcega has more.

    Pentagon Releases Photos of Prisoner Abuse from Iraq, Afghanistan

    The nearly 200 images came from criminal investigations into alleged misconduct by U.S. personnel, which led to 65 service members being disciplined

    Winter White Puts Hares at Risk

    Camouflage is key to bunnies’ survival, so danger grows substantially if snow melts before their coat changes to brown — which may occur more often with global warming, researchers say

    February Brings More Volatility to US Stock Markets

    US financial markets continue to fluctuate due to weakness in crude oil prices and moves in global currencies

    Manhunt for Modern-day Bonnie & Clyde Ends in Car Chase, Shootout

    Blake Fitzgerald and Brittany Harper allegedly committed a string of armed robberies similar to those of infamous robbers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow

    At Least 1 Dead in New York Crane Collapse

    Three more person have been injured when a crane landed across intersection in Lower Manhattan, stretching about one block on top of several parked cars

    Video US Economy Gains 151,000 Jobs, Unemployment Declines Slightly

    Friday's report by Labor Department also says US economy had a net gain of 151,000 jobs, which was lower than past couple of months

    Fact-checking the Democratic Debate

    Fireworks at Democratic presidential debate focused on money: Hillary Clinton's acceptance of donations and speaking fees from Wall Street, and how Bernie Sanders will pay for proposals

    Video Former Drug CEO Martin Shkreli Angers Lawmakers

    Martin Shkreli subpoenaed to appear before congressional hearing after his former company raised price of Daraprim, drug used for treating AIDS and certain types of cancer, from $13.50 to $750 per pill

    Earth, Wind & Fire Founder Dies at 74

    Maurice White, who suffered from Parkinson's disease, 'passed away peacefully in his sleep' at his home Wednesday in Los Angeles, his brother said

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    German Artists to Memorialize Refugees With Life Jacket Exhibiti
    Hamada Elsaram
    February 05, 2016 4:30 PM
    Sold in every kind of shop in some Turkish port towns, life jackets have become a symbol of the refugee crisis that brought a million people to Europe in 2015.  On the shores of Lesbos, Greece, German artists collect discarded life jackets as they prepare an art installation they plan to display in Germany.  For VOA, Hamada Elrasam has this report from Lesbos, Greece.

    Video German Artists to Memorialize Refugees With Life Jacket Exhibit

    Sold in every kind of shop in some Turkish port towns, life jackets have become a symbol of the refugee crisis that brought a million people to Europe in 2015.  On the shores of Lesbos, Greece, German artists collect discarded life jackets as they prepare an art installation they plan to display in Germany.  For VOA, Hamada Elrasam has this report from Lesbos, Greece.

    Video E-readers Help Ease Africa's Book Shortage

    Millions of people in Africa can't read, and there's a chronic shortage of books. A non-profit organization called Worldreader is trying to help change all that one e-reader at a time. VOA’s Deborah Block tells us about a girls' school in Nairobi, Kenya where Worldreader is making a difference.

    Video Genius Lets World Share Its Knowledge

    Inspired by crowdsourcing companies like Wikipedia, Genius allows anyone to edit anything on the web, using its web annotation tool

    Video Former Drug CEO Martin Shkreli Angers US Lawmakers

    A former U.S. pharmaceutical business executive has angered lawmakers by refusing to explain why he raised the price of a life-saving pill by 5,000 percent. Martin Shkreli was removed from a congressional hearing on Thursday after citing his Fifth Amendment right to stay silent. Zlatica Hoke has more.

    Video Super Bowl TV Commercials are Super Business for Advertisers

    The Super Bowl, the championship clash between the two top teams in American Football, is the most-watched sporting event of the year, and advertisers are lining up and paying big bucks to get their commercials on the air. In fact, the TV commercials during the Super Bowl have become one of the most anticipated and popular features of the event. VOA's Brian Allen has a sneak peek of what you can expect to see when the big game goes to commercial break, and the real entertainment begins.

    Video In Philippines, Mixed Feelings About Greater US Military Presence

    In the Philippines, some who will be directly affected by a recent Supreme Court decision clearing the way for more United States troop visits are having mixed reactions.  The increased rotations come at a time when the Philippines is trying to build up its military in the face of growing maritime assertiveness from China.  From Bahile, Palawan on the coast of the South China Sea, Simone Orendain has this story.

    Video Microcephaly's Connection to Zika: Guilty Until Proven Innocent

    The Zika virus rarely causes problems for the people who get it, but it seems to be having a devastating impact on babies whose mothers are infected with Zika. VOA's Carol Pearson has more.

    Video Solar Innovation Provides Cheap, Clean Energy to Kenya Residents

    In Kenya, a company called M-Kopa Solar is providing clean energy to more than 300,000 homes across East Africa by allowing customers to "pay-as-you-go" via their cell phones. As Lenny Ruvaga reports from Kangemi, customers pay a small deposit for a solar unit and then pay less than a dollar a day to get clean energy to light up their homes or businesses.

    Video Stunning Artworks Attract Record Crowds, Thanks to Social Media

    A new exhibit at the oldest art museum in America is shattering attendance records. Thousands of visitors are lining up to see nine giant works of art that have gotten a much-deserved shot of viral marketing. The 150-year-old Smithsonian American Art Museum has never had a response quite like this. VOA's Julie Taboh reports.

    Video Apprenticeships Put Americans on Path Back to Work

    Trying to get more people into the U.S. workforce, the Obama administration last year announced $175 million in grants towards apprenticeship programs. VOA White House correspondent Aru Pande went inside one training center outside of Washington that has gained national recognition for helping put people on the path to employment.

    Video New Material May Reduce Concussion Effects

    As the 2016 National Football League season reaches its summit at the Super Bowl this coming Sunday (2/7), scientists are trying to learn how to more effectively protect football players from dangerous and damaging concussions. Researchers at Cardiff and Cambridge Universities say their origami-based material may solve the problem. VOA’s George Putic reports.

    Video Saudi Arabian Women's Sports Chip Away at Stereotypes

    Saudi Arabian female athletes say that sports are on the front line of busting traditions that quash women’s voices, both locally and internationally. In their hometown of Jeddah, a group of basketball players say that by connecting sports to health issues, they are encouraging women and girls to get out of their homes and participate in public life. VOA’s Heather Murdock reports.

    Video A Year Later, Fortunes Mixed for Syrians Forging New Lives in Berlin

    In April of last year, VOA followed the progress of six young Syrian refugees -- four brothers and their two friends -- as they made their way from Libya to Italy by boat, and eventually to Germany. Reporter Henry Ridgwell caught up with the refugees again in Berlin, as they struggle to forge new lives amid the turmoil of Europe's refugee crisis.

    Video Zika Virus May be Hard to Stop

    With the Zika virus spreading rapidly, the World Health Organization Monday declared Zika a global health emergency. As Alberto Pimienta reports, for many governments and experts, the worst is yet to come.