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North Korean Refugees Struggle to Adjust to US

North Korean Refugees Struggle to Adjust to US

November 25, 2015 5:20 PM
The Refugee Processing Center, which is operated by the U.S. State Department, says there are some 190 North Korean refugees living in the United States. But there may be more who do not claim refugee status. As Elizabeth Lee reports from Los Angeles, many North Koreans have settled in California, where they are trying to adjust to their new lives.

Video US Retailers Gear Up for Holiday Shopping Season

Black Friday marks time when many retailers finally move from red, as in losses, into black, as in profits

Video US Retailers Gear Up for Holiday Shopping Season

The holiday season is once again upon us. That means retailers and shopping malls around the world are busy with the final decorating touches for the start of the all-important holiday shopping season. In the United States, that's usually the Friday after Thanksgiving. Retailers call the start of the holiday shopping season "Black Friday". That's because, for many retailers, it marks the day they finally move from the red (as in losses) and into the black as in profits. Mil Arcega has more.

US Vows to Expand Sanctions on Burundi Officials 'As Needed'

United States cracks down on Burundian officials who are stoking ongoing political, security crisis in African country

UN Focuses on Global Effort to End Violence Against Women

Sixteen-day UN campaign will attempt to raise awareness about violent realities faced by many of world's women and girls

Video Obama: 'No Specific and Credible' Threat to US

In the wake of attacks claimed by the Islamic State militant group in Paris, Beirut, and Tunis, U.S. President Barack Obama is reassuring Americans on the threat of terrorism over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. “Right now, we know of any specific and credible intelligence indicating a plot on the homeland,” he says.

Did the Pilgrims Really Invent Thanksgiving?

The annual tradition owes as much to Victorian-age intellectuals as it does the colonists who invited their Native American benefactors to a fall feast

Expert: Friends Recruit Most Islamic State Fighters

A terrorism expert says research shows radicalization rarely occurs in mosques and very rarely through anonymous recruiters and strangers

Paris Attacks Have Reset US Election Campaign

For Republican frontrunner Donald Trump the attacks have reset the presidential campaign with a focus on protecting the homeland

Biden to Discuss Migrants, Terrorism at Summit in Croatia

US vice president's trip comes amid debate in US about whether to admit Syrian refugees following Islamic State group's attack in Paris

Video US Holiday Travelers Face Increased Security

As Americans take to the highways, skies and rails for their Thanksgiving holiday travel, most say that safety is something that concerns them. VOA’s Adrianna Zhang reports.

‘Clock Boy’ Misses US

Now living in Qatar, Ahmed Mohamed's family is suing the Irving school district for $15 million and an apology

Boston Marathon Bombing Survivors Brace for Movies on Attack

Two movies, a play and an HBO documentary are in the works

Jolie Pitt Accepts Honorary Post at Cambodian Film Festival

Festival held in Phnom Penh, runs Dec. 4-10 and is screening 130 films from 34 countries

Video Protests in Chicago After Fatal Police Shooting Video Released

Tensions ran high overnight in the Midwest city of Chicago as protesters reacted to release of a police video.  The video shows a veteran white police officer shooting a black teenager.  VOA's Carolyn Presutti reports from Chicago

Video Obama: 'No Specific and Credible' Threat to US

President says US counterterrorism, military, intelligence and law enforcement officials are continually monitoring threats at home and abroad

Video Protests in Chicago After Fatal Police Shooting Video Released

Officer Jason Van Dyke is charged with first-degree murder over October 20, 2014, shooting that killed 17-year-old Laquan McDonald

Video Spectrum of American Culture Represented in Medal of Freedom Honorees

President Obama awarded 17 distinguished individuals with the nation’s highest civilian honor Tuesday. The honorees included athletes and musicians, politicians and protestors. VOA’s Katherine Gypson has more from the White House.

Video Obama, Hollande Vow to Intensify Fight Against Islamic State

Less than two weeks after terrorists opened fire in a deadly attack in Paris, U.S. President Barack Obama and his French counterpart Francois Hollande pledged unity in the fight against the Islamic State militant group, which claimed responsibility for the attack that killed at least 130 people. But as VOA correspondent Aru Pande reports, Tuesday’s talks at the White House also covered the downing of a Russian jet over Turkey.

Video Obama Honors 'Extraordinary' Americans With Medal of Freedom

17 people, from politicians to activists to entertainers, receive highest U.S. civilian award Tuesday

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Islamic State Unfazed by Losses in Iraq, Syriai
November 26, 2015 5:21 AM
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.

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.

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 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 After Paris Attacks, France Steps Up Fight Against IS

The November 13 Paris attacks have drawn increased attention to Syria, where many of the suspected perpetrators are said to have received training. French President Francois Hollande is working to build a broad international coalition to defeat Islamic State in Syria and in Iraq. Zlatica Hoke reports.

Video US, Cambodian Navies Pair Up in Gulf of Thailand

The U.S. Navy has deployed one of its newest and most advanced ships to Cambodia to conduct joint training drills in the Gulf of Thailand. Riding hull-to-hull with Cambodian ships, the seamen of the USS Fort Worth are executing joint-training drills that will help build relations in Southeast Asia. David Boyle reports for VOA from Preah Sihanouk province.

Video Americans Sharpen Focus on Terrorism

Washington will be quieter than usual this week due to the Thanksgiving holiday, even as Americans across the nation register heightened concerns over possible terrorist threats. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports new polling data from ABC News and the Washington Post newspaper show an electorate increasingly focused on security issues after the deadly Islamic State attacks in Paris.

Video World Leaders Head to Paris for Climate Deal

Heads of state from nearly 80 countries are heading to Paris (November 30-December 11) to craft a global climate change agreement. The new accord will replace the Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change that expired in 2012.

Video Uncertain Future for Syrian Refugee Resettlement in Illinois

For the trickle of Syrian refugees finding new homes in the Midwest city of Chicago, the call to end resettlement in many U.S. states is adding another dimension to their long journey fleeing war. Organizations working to help them integrate say the backlash since the Paris attacks is both harming and helping their efforts to provide refugees sanctuary. VOA's Kane Farabaugh reports.

Video Creating Physical Virtual Reality With Tiny Drones

As many computer gamers know, virtual reality is a three-dimensional picture, projected inside special googles. It can fool your brain into thinking the computer world is the real world. But If you try to touch it, it’s not there. Now Canadian researchers say it may be possible to create a physical virtual reality using tiny drones. VOA’s George Putic reports.

Video New American Indian Village Takes Visitors Back in Time

There is precious little opportunity to experience what life was like in the United States before its colonization by European settlers. Now, an American Indian village built in a park outside Washington is taking visitors back in time to experience the way of life of America's indigenous people. Carol Pearson narrates this report from VOA's June Soh.

Video Even With Hometown Liberated, Yazidi Refugees Fear Return

While the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar has been liberated from Islamic State forces, it's not clear whether Yazidi residents who fled the militants will now return home. VOA’s Mahmut Bozarslan talked with Yazidis, a religious and ethnic minority, at a Turkish refugee camp in Diyarbakır. Robert Raffaele narrates his report.

Video Nairobi Tailors Make Pope Francis’ Vestments

To ensure the pope is properly attired during his visit, the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops asked the Dolly Craft Sewing Project in the Nairobi slum of Kangemi to make the pope's vestments, the garments he will wear during the various ceremonies. Jill Craig reports.

Video Cross-Border Terrorism Puts Europe’s Passport-Free Travel in Doubt

The fallout from the Islamic State terror attacks in Paris has put the future of Europe’s passport-free travel area, known as the "Schengen Zone," in doubt. Several of the perpetrators were known to intelligence agencies, but were not intercepted. Henry Ridgwell reports from London European ministers are to hold an emergency meeting Friday in Brussels to look at ways of improving security.

Video El Niño Brings Unexpected Fish From Mexico to California

Fish in an unexpected spectrum of sizes, shapes and colors are moving north, through El Niño's warm currents from Mexican waters to the Pacific Ocean off California’s coast. El Nino is the periodic warming of the eastern and central Pacific Ocean. As Faiza Elmasry tells us, this phenomenon thrills scientists and gives anglers the chance of a once-in-a-lifetime big catch. Faith Lapidus narrates.

Video Terrorism in Many Forms Continues to Plague Africa

While the world's attention is on Paris in the wake of Friday night's deadly attacks, terrorism from various sides remains a looming threat in many African countries. Nigerian cities have been targeted this week by attacks many believe were staged by the violent Islamist group Boko Haram. In addition, residents in many regions are forced to flee their homes as they are terrorized by armed militias. Zlatica Hoke reports.

Video Study: Underage Marriage Rate Higher for Females in Pakistan

While attitudes about the societal role of females in Pakistan are evolving, research by child advocacy group Plan International suggests that underage marriage of girls remains a particularly big issue in the country. VOA’s Ayesha Tanzeem reports how such marriages leads to further social problems.

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