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US Coast Guard Fires at Iranian Boat in Gulf

FILE - In this photo provided by the U.S. Navy, an Iran-flagged dhow is shown in the Persian Gulf. (AP)

August 27, 2014 8:40 PM
Cmdr. Kevin Stephens says personnel on small boat dispatched from US Coast Guard patrol boat fired single shot when it saw crew on nearby Iranian dhow aiming one of its two .50-caliber machine guns at them More

Girl, 9, Accidentally Kills Instructor With Uzi in Arizona

Instructor Charles Vacca was standing next to the girl Monday at a shooting range in Mohave County, south of Las Vegas, when she squeezed the trigger

NASA: New Heavy-Lift Rocket Likely for 2018 Debut

NASA estimates it could spend almost $12 billion developing initial rocket, and potentially billions more to build and fly heavier-lift next-generation boosters

Video Made in America Socks Get Toehold in Online Fashion Market

Three young entrepreneurs are hoping to revolutionize the high-end sock industry by introducing all-American creations of their own. And they’re doing most of it the old-fashioned way. VOA’s Julie Taboh recently caught up with them to learn what goes into making their one-of-a-kind socks.

Video 'Made in America' Socks Get a Toehold in Online Fashion Market

Small company makes luxury American dress socks at knitting mill in North Carolina

Video America's Most Popular Artworks Displayed in Public Places

Public places in cities across America were turned into open-air art galleries in August. Pictures of the nation’s most popular artworks were displayed on billboards, bus shelters, subway platforms and more. The idea behind “Art Everywhere,” a collaborative campaign by five major museums is to allow more people to enjoy art and learn about the country’s culture and history. Faiza Elmasry has more.

Immigration Could Set Stage for Big US Budget Showdown

Congressional conservatives threaten to tie budget bill to immigration issue, making for possible confrontation in September - raising threat of government shutdown

Video Artworks Tell Story of American Culture, History

'Art Everywhere,' largest outdoor art campaign in US, has goal to educate people about the foundation of American visual culture, encourage museum visits

Video Obama Warns of Expanding Battle Against Islamic State

The United States is preparing to extend its reach in the effort to contain the group known as the Islamic State. Officials say Washington will do what it needs to do in order to protect American citizens. VOA's Jeff Seldin has more from the Pentagon.

Photogallery US Military Launches Airstrikes Against IS Near Irbil

Strikes near Mosul Dam said to destroy a Humvee, a supply truck, three armored vehicles, and severely damaged a building used by the militants

Missouri Protests Resume Over Black Teen's Shooting Death

More than 100 protesters marched peacefully Tuesday, called for arrest of white police officer who shot dead Michael Brown on August 9

Photogallery US Journalist Kidnapped in Syria Returns Home

Peter Theo Curtis, 45, who arrived in Boston late Tuesday tells reporters he is overwhelmed and emotional over support he's received from Americans

Details Emerge About Douglas McCain, American Jihadist Killed in Syria

Douglas McCain was reportedly killed Sunday as he took part in an attack on a Syrian opposition checkpoint near Aleppo

Video Search for Positive Change in Ferguson

In Ferguson, life is slowly returning to normal

Video Search for Positive Change in Ferguson

A grand jury in Missouri continues to hear evidence in a case involving the fatal shooting of an African American teenager by a white police officer in the town of Ferguson on August 9th. The shooting of Michael Brown, of which eyewitnesses give differing accounts, touched off days of violent demonstrations, resulting in more than 100 arrests. From Ferguson, VOA's Chris Simkins reports life is slowly returning to normal as people look for ways to bring positive change to the community.

Video Texas-Based Nigerian Filmmaker Explores Tardiness as Cultural Rift

Many Africans have left their homelands to find opportunities abroad, but they carry with them cultural traditions that can create problems. One example is tardiness, an issue tackled by Texas-based Nigerian filmmaker Kelechi Eke, who makes “Nollywood” style films that focus on the lives of African immigrants. VOA’s Greg Flakus has more from Houston.

Hurricane Cristobal Kills Four, Moves Toward Bermuda

Storm is not expected to threaten US, but could cause deadly surf and rip currents from Florida to North Carolina

US to Give Tunisia $60 Million in Military Aid

US Africa Command's General David Rodriguez says assistance includes mine-detecting equipment, boats, joint US-Tunisian military training

Video Obama Warns of Expanding Battle Against Islamic State

Meanwhile, California man was killed while fighting for Islamic State

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August 29, 2014 12:26 AM
U.S. President Barack Obama has ruled out sending ground troops to Iraq to fight militants of the so-called Islamic State, or ISIS, despite officials in Washington describing the extremist group as the biggest threat the United States has faced in years. Henry Ridgwell reports from London on the growing uncertainty over whether the West’s response to ISIS will be enough to defeat the terrorist threat.
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Video Is West Doing Enough to Tackle Islamic State?

U.S. President Barack Obama has ruled out sending ground troops to Iraq to fight militants of the so-called Islamic State, or ISIS, despite officials in Washington describing the extremist group as the biggest threat the United States has faced in years. Henry Ridgwell reports from London on the growing uncertainty over whether the West’s response to ISIS will be enough to defeat the terrorist threat.
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Video Pachyderms Play Polo to Raise Money for Elephants

Polo, the ancient team competition typically played on horseback, is known as the “sport of kings.” However, the royal version for one annual event in Thailand swaps the horse for the kingdom’s national symbol - the elephant. VOA Correspondent Steve Herman in Samut Prakan reports that the King’s Cup Elephant Polo tournament is all for a good cause.
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Video Coalition to Fight Islamic State Could Reward Assad

The United States along with European and Mideast allies are considering a broader assault against Islamic State fighters who have spread from Syria into Iraq and risk further destabilizing an already troubled region. But as VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns reports, confronting those militants could end up helping the embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
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Video Made in America Socks Get Toehold in Online Fashion Market

Three young entrepreneurs are hoping to revolutionize the high-end sock industry by introducing all-American creations of their own. And they’re doing most of it the old-fashioned way. VOA’s Julie Taboh recently caught up with them to learn what goes into making their one-of-a-kind socks.
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Video Americans, Ex-Pats Send Relief Supplies to West Africa

Health organizations from around the world are sending supplies and specialists to the West African countries that are dealing with the worst Ebola outbreak in history. On a smaller scale, ordinary Americans and African expatriates living in the United States are doing the same. VOA's Carol Pearson reports.
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Video America's Most Popular Artworks Displayed in Public Places

Public places in cities across America were turned into open-air art galleries in August. Pictures of the nation’s most popular artworks were displayed on billboards, bus shelters, subway platforms and more. The idea behind “Art Everywhere,” a collaborative campaign by five major museums is to allow more people to enjoy art and learn about the country’s culture and history. Faiza Elmasry has more.
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Video Chinese Doctors Use 3-D Spinal Implant

A Chinese boy suffering from a debilitating bone disease has become the first patient with a part of his spine created in a three-dimensional printer. Doctors say he will soon regain normal mobility. VOA’s George Putic reports.
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Video Uneasy Calm Settles Over Israel, Gaza Strip

Israel and the Gaza Strip have been calm since a cease-fire set in Tuesday evening, ending seven weeks of hostilities. Hamas, which controls Gaza, declared victory. Israelis were more wart. VOA’s Scott Bobb reports from Jerusalem.
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Video India’s Leprosy Battle Stymied by Continuing Stigma

Medical advancements in the treatment of leprosy have greatly diminished its impact around the world, largely eliminating the disease from most countries. India made great strides in combating leprosy, but still accounts for a majority of the world’s new cases each year, and the number of newly infected Indians is rising - more than 130,000 recorded last year. Doctors there say the problem has more to do with society than science. Shaikh Azizur Rahman reports from Kolkata.
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Video Scientists Unlock Mystery of Bird Flocks

How can flocks of birds, schools of fish or herds of antelope suddenly change direction -- all the individuals adjusting their movement in concert, at seemingly the same time? British researchers now have some insights into this behavior, which has puzzled scientists for a long time. VOA's George Putic has more.

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