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Accused Boston Bomber's Lawyers Challenge Jury-selection Process

FILE - A courtroom sketch depicts Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sitting in federal court in Boston, Massachusetts, Dec. 18, 2014.

February 26, 2015 9:45 AM
Attorneys say randomly assigning numbers to people who reported for initial selection resulted in fewer potential black jurors being screened More

EU Court Hands Setback to US Deserter Seeking Asylum

Court of Justice says American Iraq war veteran would need to show he was involved in war crimes or had no option other than desertion

Studies Support Truvada as Prevention

Findings released at Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections

Recreational Marijuana Use Now Legal in Washington, DC

Law allows adults 21 and over to privately possess and smoke 0.05 kilogram of pot, and to grow small amounts of the plant

US Regulators Approve 'Net Neutrality' for Internet Providers

Ruling confirms FCC's new policy of regulating broadband - both fixed and mobile - under Communications Act, which regulates telephone industry like public utility

Video Three Brooklyn Men Charged With Conspiracy to Support IS Group

The United States has charged three men with conspiring to support Islamic State militants in Syria and wage war against the United States. Charges against two Uzbeks and one Kazakh were filed in federal court in New York Wednesday. Zlatica Hoke reports.

Lawmaker Warns DC Mayor of Jail Time Over Pot Law

Muriel Bowser says 'bullying' by Republican congressman won't keep voter-approved measure from taking effect Thursday

US, Cuba Set for 2nd Round of Talks on Diplomatic Ties

Negotiations in Washington, which follow initial meeting in Havana in January, to include discussion on reopening embassies

Obama Defends Immigration Plan

During Town Hall at Spanish language station Telemundo in Miami, US president insists he was within his rights to protect undocumented immigrants from deportation

US General: No Red Line in Ukraine to Trigger NATO Response

Absent any joint action by the 28-member alliance, Philip Breedlove says he has laid out military options Obama administration could consider

Video US-Cuba Normalization Talks Resume Friday

Negotiations aimed at normalizing diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba resume Friday. On the table: lifting a half-century trade embargo and easing banking and travel restrictions. There's opposition in Congress, but some analysts say there may be sufficient political and economic incentives in both nations for a potential breakthrough this year. VOA's Mil Arcega reports.

Video Trade, Travel, More at Stake When US-Cuba Talks Resume

Cuban market is small, but it's one that many American companies want access to, observers note

Video US Supreme Court Hears Hijab Discrimination Case

The U.S. Supreme Court has heard opening arguments in a workplace religious discrimination case that examines whether a clothing store can refuse to hire a young woman for wearing the headscarf she says is a symbol of her Muslim faith. Katherine Gypson reports from the Supreme Court.

Exploratory N Korean Nuclear Talks Possible, Seoul Official Says

US, China, South Korea, Japan and Russia have discussed timing, format and venue of talks; plan will be given to North

New York Pol Pleads Not Guilty in Federal Corruption Case

Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver resigned post after January 22 arrest by FBI officials in high-profile corruption probe

Senate Breaks Deadlock Blocking Funding for Homeland Security

If Congress cannot pass a Homeland Security funding bill by Friday night, department will run out of money

Video Disruption in Sending Cash Home Distresses Somali Immigrants

Somalis must get cash to relatives who need it for food, but wire transfers have stopped, probably to keep funds out of extremists' hands

Video Disruption in Sending Cash Home Distresses Somali Immigrants

Every year Somalis in the U.S. send hundreds of millions of dollars back home to help their families make ends meet. But in February the U.S. bank that handled more than half of these cash transfers to Somalia decided to shut down its services, and smaller banks providing such services are also planning to eliminate them soon. That has left Somali communities worried for their families back home who are now desperate for new ways to get the funds. VOA’s June Soh has more details.

Sri Lankan-American Has Mission for Better Vision

Rather than recycle used eyeglasses, Ashanthi Mathai created So Others May See to make new ones for people in need in her homeland

Video US Charges 3 With Conspiring to Support IS

One Kazakh, two Uzbeks arraigned for attempting to provide material support to Islamic State militant group; if convicted, each faces maximum of 15 years in prison

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The U.S. Supreme Court has heard opening arguments in a workplace religious discrimination case that examines whether a clothing store can refuse to hire a young woman for wearing the headscarf she says is a symbol of her Muslim faith. Katherine Gypson reports from the Supreme Court.
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Video US Supreme Court Hears Hijab Discrimination Case

The U.S. Supreme Court has heard opening arguments in a workplace religious discrimination case that examines whether a clothing store can refuse to hire a young woman for wearing the headscarf she says is a symbol of her Muslim faith. Katherine Gypson reports from the Supreme Court.
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Video Falling Gas Prices Hurt Nascent Illinois Hydraulic Fracturing Industry

Falling oil prices are helping consumers purchase cheaper petroleum at the pump. But that’s made hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” less economically viable for the companies in the United States invested in the process. VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports on one Midwestern town that was hoping to change its fortunes by cashing in on the next big U.S. oil boom.
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Video Fighting in Sudan's South Kordofan Fuels Mass Displacement

Heavy fighting in Sudan's South Kordofan state is causing hundreds of thousands to flee into uncertain conditions. Local aid organizations estimate as many as 400,000 civilians have been internally displaced since the conflict began more than three years ago, while another 250,000 have fled across the border to refugee camps in South Sudan. VOA's Adam Bailes reports.
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Video Lao Dam Project Runs Into Opposition

A Lao dam project on a section of the Mekong River is drawing opposition from local fishermen, international environmental groups and neighboring countries. VOA's Say Mony visited the region to investigate the concerns. Colin Lovett narrates.
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Video A Filmmaker Discovers Her Biracial Identity in "Little White Lie

Lacey Schwartz grew up in an upper middle-class Jewish family, in a town in upstate New York where almost everyone she knew was white. She assumed that she was, as well. Her recent documentary, Little White Lie, tells the story of how she uncovered the secret of her true racial background. VOA’s Carolyn Weaver has more on the film.
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Video Deep Under Antarctic Ice Sheet, Life!

With the end of summer in the Southern hemisphere, the Antarctic research season is over. Scientists from Northern Illinois University are back in their laboratory after a 3-month expedition on the Ross Ice Shelf, the world’s largest floating ice sheet. As VOA’s Rosanne Skirble reports, they hope to find clues to explain the dynamics of the rapidly melting ice and its impact on sea level rise.
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Video US-Cuba Normalization Talks Resume Friday

Negotiations aimed at normalizing diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba resume Friday. On the table: lifting a half-century trade embargo and easing banking and travel restrictions. There's opposition in Congress, but some analysts say there may be sufficient political and economic incentives in both nations for a potential breakthrough this year. VOA's Mil Arcega reports.
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Video Pakistan's Deadline For SIM Registration Has Cellphone Users Scrambling

Pakistani cell phone users have until midnight Thursday to register their SIM cards, or their service will be cut off. While some privacy experts worry about government intrusion, many Pakistanis are just worried about keeping their phone lines open. VOA Deewa reporter Arshad Muhmand has more from Peshawar.
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Video Myanmar Warns Factory Workers to End Strikes

Outside Myanmar's main city Yangon, thousands of workers walked off their jobs earlier this month demanding a doubling of their wages, pay raises after a year and input from labor unions on industrial regulations. Since Friday, the standoff has grown more tense as police moved in to disrupt the sit-ins, resulting in clashes that injured people from both sides. VOA correspondent Steve Herman visited industrial zones which have become a focus of Myanmar's fledgling workers rights movement.
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Video Oscar Winners Do More Than Thank the Academy

The Academy Awards presentation is Hollywood’s night to reward the best movies from the previous year. It’s typically a lot of glitter, a lot of thank you’s, a lot of speeches. But many of this year’s speeches carried messages beyond the thank you's. VOA’s Carolyn Presutti takes a look.

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