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    US Economy Gains 151,000 Jobs, Unemployment Declines Slightly

    FILE - Job applicant Lazaro Fonte, right, 24, of Miami, talks with Banana Republic assistant manager Edward Ortega, during a job fair at Dolphin Mall in Miami.

    February 05, 2016 9:06 AM
    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

    Video Clinton, Sanders Combative in 1st One-on-one Presidential Debate

    Two remaining US Democratic presidential candidates hold tense and angry debate in New Hampshire, days before state holds nation's first presidential primary

    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.

    Clinton, Sanders Locked in Heated, Angry Debate

    Democratic presidential candidates scrap in New Hampshire about who is the true progressive in the race and who is beholden to big-money interests

    Video NIAID Director: Massive Zika Outbreak in US Unlikely

    Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, tells VOA that while the US will likely see small clusters of people infected with the Zika virus, a massive outbreak isn't likely

    US Defense Chief Welcomes Saudi Offer on Troops in Syria

    Increased activity by other countries in ground operations helps US accelerate fight against Islamic State militants, Ash Carter said Thursday

    Obama Ramps Up Aid to Colombia as Peace Deal With Rebels Nears

    Leaders mark anniversary of joint initiative begun to help end armed conflict, drug trade; Obama calls Colombia a country 'on the brink of peace'

    Video US Initiative Enlists International Students for Online Anti-extremism Campaign

    Forty-five university teams from 17 countries participated in ‘Peer to Peer,’ aimed at creating measurable impact on campus and community

    Classified Info Found in Personal Emails of Powell, Aides to Rice

    News that Hillary Clinton's GOP predecessors might have received such information on nonsecure servers could blunt Republican criticism about her own emails

    Video Obama Salutes NBA Champs at White House

    Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in last year's finals, are off to historically strong start in quest to repeat, sporting 45-4 record so far this season

    Video Crowdsourcing Company Aims to 'Annotate the World'

    Genius.com, a collection of crowdsourced musical knowledge, now wants to annotate any text online and let all users take part in projects they're passionate about

    Soldiers Pick US Presidential Candidates With Afghanistan in Mind

    One Iowan says he wants to see a winning candidate show 'appreciation to Afghans, because a lot of Afghans helped the US'

    US Gun Traders Rush to Set Up New Sites After Facebook Firearms Ban

    Enthusiasts fear recent policy barring private gun sales on site will backfire and force gun traders to unmonitored sites where users share less information about themselves

    Chocolate Demand Falls as Candy Bars Shrink and Asia Growth Slows

    High prices for ingredients last year made chocolate less affordable, leading manufacturers to cut portions without lowering price

    US Army Commander: Troop Cuts Would Hurt Afghans' Training

    Obama wants to nearly halve US troop level in Afghanistan this year; General John Campbell says 'very little' extra training of Afghan soldiers would then be possible

    US Senate Energy Bill Delayed by Flint Water Crisis

    Michigan senators’ request for millions of federal dollars in aid to help fix Flint’s pipes stalls, leading to successful push to block voting on energy bill

    US: Slight Decrease in IS Fighters in Iraq, Syria

    The US now estimates there are between 19,000 and 25,000 IS militants in Iraq and Syria, the official told VOA Tuesday, slightly lower that previous estimates of 20,000-31,500 fighters in the area

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    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.
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    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.
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