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Smithsonian Museum Initiative Explores 'Giving in America'

A display from the “Giving in America” which showcases the role of philanthropy in shaping American civic culture, including museums, libraries, orchestras, universities and hospitalsin seen in Washington, Nov. 23, 2015.

December 01, 2015 9:16 AM
The National Museum of American History's announced a plan to collect, research and exhibit artifacts documenting the nation's legacy of philanthropy

Boston Marathon Bomber's Lawyers to Argue for New Trial

Attorneys say Supreme Court ruling earlier this year puts series of convictions in case against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in jeopardy

Obama Urges Turkey, Russia to Focus on ‘Common Enemy’

A week after Turkey shot down Russian fighter jet, US president calls for de-escalation of tensions between two countries and a unified front on Syrian conflict

Video Colorado Shooting Suspect Appears in Court

The suspect in a deadly shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado is being held without bond on charges of first degree murder. Robert Lewis Dear appeared in court Monday where he was advised of multiple charges against him, including murder and attempted murder. Three people were killed and nine others were wounded in the gun attack Friday at the Colorado Springs clinic that provides services to low-income women. Zlatica Hoke reports.

Photogallery Sixty Years On, US Heroes of Montgomery Bus Boycott Recalled

While Rosa Parks became a symbol of the US civil rights movement, anniversary of her arrest also highlights lesser-known pioneers

After 7 Months, US Senate Approves Obama USAID Nominee

Gayle Smith, a long-time White House adviser on development issues, confirmed by vote of 79-7 with strong support from both Democrats and Republicans

Video In Paris, Obama Urges Collective Action on Climate Change

U.S. President Barack Obama Monday urged world leaders to “rise to this moment” in the fight against climate change, as he addressed the opening of the United Nations climate summit in Paris. VOA White House correspondent Aru Pande has more from the French capital, which is still reeling from the Nov. 13 terrorist attack.

State Department Releases Slew of Clinton Emails

Latest 7,800 pages means two-thirds of emails now public; remaining documents to be released by end of January

US Activist Heading Home After Serving Peru Sentence

Lori Berenson returning to New York, two decades after being found guilty of aiding leftist rebels in Peru

Video Teenage Girl Sets Goal to Empower Kids with Computer Coding

Virginia student's love of computer science inspires non-profit, which hosts coding workshops for elementary-age kids

Video Teenage Girl Sets Goal to Empower Kids with Computer Coding

In the US, computer science jobs are some of the fastest growing and highest paying, but a majority of students have no access to computer science classes before high school or college. A high school student, who became fascinated with the intricacies of coding, wants to inspire children to do coding and perhaps consider careers in computer science. VOA's June Soh has more on Swetha Prabakaran, who was recently recognized by the White House for her effort. Carol Pearson narrates.

Video A Path to Literacy on the Street Corner

According to a recent study, 34 percent of Maryland's 3rd graders are reading below grade level. Holly Gray has spent years mentoring young people in Baltimore, Maryland's largest city. Her latest effort to change that statistic is helping the community get more access to books. For VOA, Michelle Chavez reports.

US Tightens Visa Waiver Program After Paris Attacks

New measures to allow Homeland Security to immediately collect more information from travelers about past visits to countries the US consider to be a ' terrorist safe haven'

Planned Parenthood Shooting Suspect Appears in Court

Robert Lewis Dear, 57, wore bulletproof vest as judge told him he faces first-degree murder charges and possibly more

US Holiday Cyber Commerce Surges

Research group comScore predicts that e-commerce will hit $70 billion for holiday season that ends in late December

Obama Urges Putin to Reduce Tensions With Turkey

President also voices regret to Kremlin leader over shootdown on sidelines of UN climate summit in Paris as two leaders discuss in detail Syrian war, need for political settlement

Trial of 1st Baltimore Policeman in Freddie Gray Death Begins

William Porter, who is black, one of six police charged in death of Gray, who died in back of a police van of a severe spinal cord injury after his arrest

Obama, Xi Recommit to Cutting Carbon Emissions

Meeting on sidelines of Paris climate summit, US and Chinese leaders reaffirm last year’s pledges, saying talks present 'crucial opportunity to enhance action’

Cyber Monday Sales Still on Top, But Losing Some Luster

Monday is expected to be the biggest online shopping day ever, with estimates that it will rack up over $3 billion in sales

Trump Says Black Pastors Likely Pressured Not to Endorse Him

Many of the religious leaders invited to Republican candidate’s meet-and-greet were surprised that gathering was being touted by his campaign as endorsement

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Social Media Aids Counter-Terrorism Investigationsi
Katherine Gypson
December 01, 2015 10:06 PM
In the aftermath of the Paris attacks, officials carried out waves of raids and arrests to break up terror cells. As VOA's Katherine Gypson reports, social media can be a key tool for investigators.

Video Social Media Aids Counter-Terrorism Investigations

In the aftermath of the Paris attacks, officials carried out waves of raids and arrests to break up terror cells. As VOA's Katherine Gypson reports, social media can be a key tool for investigators.

Video Russia Marks World AIDS Day With Grim News

While HIV infection rates have steadied or even declined in many European countries, the caseload has grown rapidly in Russia, as VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Moscow. Over half of the new infections were transmitted through injection drug use.

Video Pakistan Hit Hard by Global Warming

As world leaders meet in Paris to craft a new global agreement aimed at cutting climate-changing greenhouse-gas emissions, many developing countries are watching closely for the final results. While most developing nations contribute much less to global warming than developed countries, they often feel the effects to a disproportionate degree. As Saud Zafar reports from Karachi, one such nation is Pakistan. Aisha Khalid narrates his report.

Video With HIV, Can We Get to Zero?

The theme of this year's World AIDS Day is "Getting to Zero." The U.N. says new HIV infections have been reduced by 35 percent since 2000 and AIDS-related deaths are down by 42 percent since the peak in 2004. VOA's Carol Pearson takes a look at what it might take to actually have an AIDS-free generation.

Video Political Motives Seen Behind Cancelled Cambodian Water Festival

For the fourth time in the five years since more than 350 people were killed in a stampede at Cambodia’s annual water festival, authorities canceled the event this year. Officials blamed environmental reasons as the cause, but many see it as fallout from rising political tensions with a fresh wave of ruling party intimidation against the opposition. David Boyle and Kimlong Meng report from Phnom Penh.

Video African Circus Gives At-Risk Youth a 2nd Chance

Ethiopia hosted the first African Circus Arts Festival this past weekend with performers from seven different African countries. Most of the performers are youngsters coming form challenging backgrounds who say the circus gave them a second chance.

Video US Lawmakers Brace for End-of-Year Battles

U.S. lawmakers are returning to Washington for Congress’ final working weeks of the year. And, as VOA's Michael Bowman reports, a full slate of legislative business awaits them, from keeping the federal government open to resolving a battle with the White House over the admittance of Syrian refugees.

Video Taiwan Looks for Role in South China Sea Dispute

The Taiwanese government is one of several that claims territory in the hotly contested South China Sea, but Taipei has long been sidelined in the dispute, overshadowed by China. Now, as the Philippines challenges Beijing’s claims in an international court at The Hague, Taipei is looking to publicly assert its claims. VOA’s Bill Ide has more from Beijing.

Video After Terrorist Attacks, Support for Refugees Fades

The terrorists who killed and injured almost 500 people around Paris this month are mostly French or Belgian nationals. But at least two apparently took advantage of Europe’s migrant crisis to sneak into the region. The discovery has hardened views about legitimate refugees, including those fleeing the same extremist violence that hit the French capital. Lisa Bryant has this report for VOA from the Paris suburb of Cergy-Pontoise

Video Syrian Refugees in US Express Concern for Those Left Behind

Syrian immigrants in the United States are concerned about the negative tide of public opinion and the politicians who want to block a U.S. plan to accept 10,000 Syrian refugees. Zlatica Hoke reports many Americans are fighting to dispel suspicions linking refugees to terrorists.

Video Thais Send Security Concerns Down the River

As Thailand takes in the annual Loy Krathong festival, many ponder the country’s future and security. Steve Sandford reports from Chiang Mai.

Video Islamic State Unfazed by Losses in Iraq, Syria

Progress in the U.S.-led effort to beat Islamic State on its home turf in Iraq and Syria has led some to speculate the terror group may be growing desperate. But counterterror officials say that is not the case, and warn the recent spate of terror attacks is merely part of the group’s evolution. VOA National Security correspondent Jeff Seldin has more.

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