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    Factions Shift as Civilians Die in Syrian War

    A child navigates rubble and barbed wire in Aleppo, Syria, Feb. 11, 2016.

    February 12, 2016 6:03 PM
    Scenario likely only to further confuse military situation on ground and potentially worsen humanitarian crisis that already has grown to epic proportions

    US Congress Hits North Korean Leadership with Tough Sanctions

    Legislation targets money launderers, human rights abusers, weapons traders and nuclear weapons personnel

    Video Looking for an unusual Valentine's treat? Try the Chocolate House

    Valentine's Day is around the corner, and Americans are searching for the sweetest gifts for their loved ones. According to US News and World Report, Valentine’s retail spending is expected to reach a record of $18.9 billion this year, as the improving economy frees up some funds to spend on the occasion. Ariadne Budianto takes us to a place where chocolate-lovers can do just that.

    Foundation Supports Artists' Positive Creative Endeavors

    One man’s dream to make a difference through hip-hop music comes to life after his death, when his sister takes up the fight

    Mother of IS Supporter Says Son Was Peaceful, 'Role Model'

    Somali-American Abdirizak Mohamed Warsame pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of conspiring to provide material support to Islamic State militants

    Presidential Hopefuls Woo Minorities, Evangelicals

    Four GOP candidates to speak at forum at Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina

    NYPD Officer Convicted of Manslaughter

    Peter Liang, 28, found guilty in 2014 fatal shooting of black man; sentencing — of up to 15 years in prison — set for April 14

    Seoul: US, South Korea to Discuss Missile Defense System

    Washington and Seoul formally announced last week they intend to deploy the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense missile system, known as THAAD, in South Korea at the earliest possible date

    Oil Prices, Stocks Up Sharply

    Surge for both comes on word that oil exporters might agree on production cuts, and new data showing stronger US consumer spending

    Missing Canada Man to Reunite with Family after 30 Years

    Police say Edgar Latulip was reported missing in 1986 from Waterloo region and suffered a head injury that robbed him of much of his memory

    Video At the Oscars, A New Side of Holocaust

    Since World War II, the Holocaust has been the subject of countless films. Son of Saul by Hungarian Laszlo Nemes and Labyrinth of Lies by German – Italian Giulio Ricciarelli are two new additions in the filmography. Both have been nominated for an Oscar in the category of Foreign Language Film for their great cinematography, their exceptional acting and mainly their cutting edge approach to the Holocaust saga. VOA’s Penelope Poulou has more.

    Obama Gives California Deserts Monument Status

    Officials say the move will maintain in perpetuity the region's fragile ecosystem and natural resources

    Obama: US at 'Interesting Political Moment'

    Obama said voters are scared and anxious and that 'strange things' can happen when they are feeling that way

    Video Syria: Cessation of Hostilities to Begin in a Week

    Plan reached in late night talks; Kerry, Lavrov say humanitarian access is priority; deal does not apply to terrorist groups and military operations against Islamic State will continue

    Video World Powers Agree on ‘Cessation,' Aid Plan for Syria

    World powers have agreed on a plan for a ‘cessation of hostilities’ in Syria, but have stopped short of securing a cease-fire, a move sought by the Syrian opposition to end Russian airstrikes on rebel-held Aleppo. Foreign ministers in the International Syria Support Group also agreed to expand delivery of humanitarian aid during their talks in Munich. VOA's Pam Dockins reports from Munich.

    US Orders Wanted Bosnian War Crimes Suspect Deported

    Zdenko Jakisa was convicted in Bosnia of various crimes, including killing an elderly Serbian woman by shooting her through her bedroom window

    Clinton, Sanders Face Off in Wisconsin Debate

    Democratic candidates participate in their 6th debate in Milwaukee as their race for the White House enters a new phase

    Video NYC Children’s Museum Celebrates Muslim Diversity

    Museum's executive director says addition of Muslim cultures exhibit allows families an opportunity to discuss unity and diversity within the same tradition

    Fourth Minnesota Terror Suspect Pleads Guilty of Trying to Join IS

    Abdirizak Mohamed Warsame was part of a group of five Minnesota men who met numerous times in 2014 to plan their journey to Syria

    EXCLUSIVE: Dueling Missives Press Obama, Cambodian PM on Human Rights

    Coincidental letters speak to human rights violations in Southeast Asia; one insists topic be added to upcoming, US-hosted ASEAN summit

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