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US Ebola Patients Released, Pose 'No Public Health Threat'

Kevin Brantly, who contracted the deadly Ebola virus, thanks supporters during a press conference at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, Aug. 21, 2014.

August 21, 2014 6:45 AM
Doctors say aid workers Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol have fully recovered from deadly virus More

Video US Acknowledges Unsuccessful Syria Rescue Attempt

Officials say air and ground operation was not successful because hostages were not present at targeted location

Multimedia Ferguson, Missouri Streets Calm After Days of Violence

Police official says authorities responded to fewer incidents, noting there were no shootings, Molotov cocktails or fires

Video Embattled Ferguson Unites in Call for Justice, Peace

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has met with leaders of the embattled community of Ferguson, a predominantly African American suburb of St. Louis, Missouri. Ferguson has endured violent protests since the August 9 shooting death of a black unarmed teenager by a white police officer. But as VOA’s Mary Alice Salinas reports, the community is determined to end the unrest and seek justice.

Photogallery Streets of Ferguson Calm Following Days of Violence

Earlier Wednesday, US Attorney General Eric Holder met in Ferguson with community leaders and residents of the town

California Students Charged after Plotting School Shooting

The boys, ages 16 and 17, denied the charges

Video Obama Condemns Journalist Killing, Vows Justice

President Barack Obama has condemned the killing of American journalist James Foley and warned the United States will see that justice is done. VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.

US Offers New Rewards for Haqqani Leaders

Haqqani Network is Pakistan-based organization allied with al-Qaida, Taliban; considered most lethal group targeting international forces in Afghanistan

Video Company Gets Up Close and Personal With Skycrapers

Historic landmark buildings, museums, the United States Capitol - all seen from top to bottom just inches from one’s face. To get there you have to be an engineer, an archaeologist, and part-daredevil. More from VOA’s Bernard Shusman in New York, the city of skyscrapers.

Video Company Gets Up Close and Personal With Skyscrapers

Literally climbing walls is cheapest way for engineers and architects to monitor a building’s rehabilitation and upkeep

Texas Governor Pleads Not Guilty to Abuse of Power Charges

If convicted, Rick Perry faces as much as 109 years in prison, but some legal experts believe case against him is shaky

US Republicans See Senate Chances Bolstered by Primary Results

With mid-term poll approaching, Republicans hope to bank on unpopular president, stronger candidates to win control of upper chamber

Video Beheading Of US Journalist Breeds Outrage

U.S. and British authorities have launched an investigation into an Islamic State video showing the beheading of kidnapped American journalist James Foley by a militant with a British accent. The extremist group, which posted the video on the Internet Tuesday, said the murder was revenge for U.S. airstrikes on militant positions in Iraq - and has threatened to execute another American journalist it is holding. Henry Ridgwell has more from London.

Fed Officials Debate When to Raise Interest Rates

Key interest rate kept at record-low level to bolster faltering growth and fight high unemployment

Photogallery New Drug Protects Against Virus in Ebola Family

Study by researchers at University of Texas Medical Branch, Tekmira Pharmaceuticals is first looking at drug's effectiveness after onset of symptoms

Militants’ Beheading Video Suggests New Anti-West Strategy

Gaining ground and confidence, Islamic State group fighters say they’re infiltrating US, Europe, hinting of future attacks

Photogallery US Racial Tensions Story Ripples Abroad

For countries whose rights records Washington has criticized, events in Ferguson, Missouri offer an opportunity to even the score

Multimedia New Protests Form in Ferguson

Eric Holder meets with Ferguson community leaders, FBI investigators and federal civil rights officials to discuss shooting death of Michael Brown

Audio On-Call Translators Help English-Only Emergency Dispatchers

Callers speaking a foreign language are seeking 911 help more frequently, leading many counties to contract with emergency translation services

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The Palestinian unity government of Mahmoud Abbas has failed to convince Hamas to agree to Egyptian-negotiated terms with Israel on a Gaza cease-fire. VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns reports on what the Gaza conflict means for President Abbas, with whom U.S. officials have worked for years on a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
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Video Gaza Conflict, Hamas Popularity Challenge Abbas

The Palestinian unity government of Mahmoud Abbas has failed to convince Hamas to agree to Egyptian-negotiated terms with Israel on a Gaza cease-fire. VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns reports on what the Gaza conflict means for President Abbas, with whom U.S. officials have worked for years on a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
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Video Nigeria's 'Nollywood' Movie Industry Rolls in High Gear

Twenty years after its birth in a video shop in Lagos, Nigeria's "Nollywood" is one of the most prolific film industries on earth. Despite low budgets and whirlwind production schedules, Nigerian films are wildly popular in Africa and industry professionals say they hope, in the future, their films will be as great in quality as they are in quantity. Heather Murdock has more for VOA from Lagos.
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Video UN Launches 'Biggest Aid Operation in 30 Years' in Iraq

The United Nations has launched what it describes as one of the biggest aid operations in 30 years in northern Iraq, as hundreds of thousands of refugees flee the extremist Sunni militant group calling itself the Islamic State. As Kurdish and Iraqi forces battle the Sunni insurgents, the fighting has forced more people to flee their homes. Kurdish authorities say the international community must act now to avert a humanitarian catastrophe. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.
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Video Cambodian American Hip Hop Artist Sings of Personal Struggles

A growing underground movement of Cambodian American hip hop artists is rapping about the struggles of living in urban America. Most, if not all of them, are refugees or children of refugees who came to the United States from Cambodia to escape the Khmer Rouge genocide of the 1970s. Through their music, the artists hope to give voice to immigrants who have been struggling quietly for years. Elizabeth Lee reports from Long Beach, California.
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Video African Media Tries to Educate Public About Ebola

While the Ebola epidemic continues to claim lives in West Africa, information technology specialists, together with radio and TV reporters, are battling misinformation and prejudice about the disease - using social media to educate the public about the deadly virus. VOA’s George Putic has more.
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Video Ferguson Calls for Justice as Anger, Violence Grips Community

Violence, anger and frustration continue to grip the small St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri. Protests broke out after a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black teenager on August 9. The case has sparked outrage around the nation and prompted the White House to send U.S. Attorney Eric Holder to the small community of just over 20,000 people. VOA’s Mary Alice Salinas has more from Ferguson.
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Video Beheading Of US Journalist Breeds Outrage

U.S. and British authorities have launched an investigation into an Islamic State video showing the beheading of kidnapped American journalist James Foley by a militant with a British accent. The extremist group, which posted the video on the Internet Tuesday, said the murder was revenge for U.S. airstrikes on militant positions in Iraq - and has threatened to execute another American journalist it is holding. Henry Ridgwell has more from London.
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Video Family Robots - The Next Big Thing?

Robots that can help us with daily chores like cooking and cleaning are a long way off, but automatons that serve as family companions may be much closer. Researchers in the United States, France, Japan and other countries are racing to build robots that can entertain and perform some simpler tasks for us. VOA’s George Putic reports.
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Video In Ukraine, Fear and Distrust Remain Where Fighting has Stopped

As the Ukrainian military reclaims control of eastern cities from pro-Russian separatists, residents are getting a chance to rebuild their lives. VOA's Gabe Joselow reports from the town of Kramatorsk in Donetsk province, where a sense of fear is still in the air, and distrust of the government in Kyiv still runs deep.
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Video Five Patients Given Experimental Ebola Drug Said to Be Improving

The World Health Organization has approved the use of experimental treatments for Ebola patients in West Africa. The Ebola outbreak there is unprecedented, the disease deadly. The number of people who have died from Ebola has surpassed 1,200. VOA's Carol Pearson reports on the ethical considerations of allowing experimental drugs to be used.
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Video China Targets Overseas Assets of Corrupt Officials

As China presses forward with its anti-graft effort, authorities are targeting corrupt officials who have sent family members and assets overseas. The efforts have stirred up a debate at home on exactly how many officials take that route and how likely it is they will be caught. Rebecca Valli has this report.
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Video Leading The Fight Against Islamic State, Kurds Question Iraqi Future

Western countries including the United States have begun arming the Kurdish Peshmerga forces in northern Iraq to aid their battle against extremist Sunni militants from the Islamic State. But there are concerns that a heavily-armed Kurdistan Regional Government, or KRG, might seek to declare independence and cause the break-up of the Iraqi state. As Henry Ridgwell reports from London, the KRG says it will only seek greater autonomy from Baghdad.
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Video In Rural Kenya, Pressure Builds Against Female Circumcision

In some Kenyan communities, female genital mutilation remains a rite of passage. But activists are pushing back, with education for girls and with threats of punishment those who perform the circumcision. Mohammed Yusuf looks at the practice in the rural eastern community of Tharaka-Nithi.

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