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6 Baltimore Officers Suspended After Arrestee Suffers Fatal Injury

Demonstrators protest the death of Freddie Gray, who died a week after he was rushed to the hospital with spinal injuries following an encounter with several Baltimore police officers, outside Baltimore City Hall, April 20, 2015.

April 21, 2015 2:13 AM
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Video CPJ Names 10 Most Restrictive Nations for Media

The Committee to Protect Journalists has listed the 10 countries where the news media are the most restricted. Led by Eritrea and North Korea, the CPJ report released Tuesday says these countries harass and imprison journalists as well as censor the Internet to keep reporters quiet. VOA's Daniela Schrier has the details.

Japan, US Voice Optimism Over TPP Trade Talks

Two countries have been locked in negotiations over Trans-Pacific Partnership, a US proposal that would connect a dozen economies by cutting trade barriers, among many things

Clinton Pushes Back Against Criticisms of Family Foundation

Hillary Clinton dismisses questions about Clinton Foundation as little more than political attacks from Republicans in 2016 presidential contest

In Cuba, New York Governor Cuomo Seeks to Open Doors to Trade

Cuomo met senior officials in Havana Monday as head of high-powered business delegation looking to take advantage of the easing of restrictions with Communist-led island

US Republican Jeb Bush to Visit Germany, Estonia, Poland

Bush to visit US allies to get first-hand view of European economic and security challenges as he explores a run for his party's 2016 presidential nomination

South Carolina Paper Wins Pulitzer for Domestic Violence Series

Prestigious prizes announced Monday for journalism, books, drama and music

Video US Forces Launch Ukraine Military Training

U.S. troops have begun a training program for Ukrainian forces at a base in western Ukraine, far from the fighting in the east, but linked to it very closely. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London.

Video New Brain Mapping Techniques Could Ease Chronic Pain

New methods for mapping pain in the brain not only validate sufferers of chronic pain but might someday also lead to better treatment

Video James Webb Space Telescope Progresses Toward Launch

This week (April 24, 2015) marks the 25th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope. While it continues to capture data and images, its successor is on its way. The James Webb Space Telescope -- named for the man who ran NASA in the 1960's -- is currently being assembled and tested prior to its launch in 2018. As VOA’s Rosanne Skirble reports, the $8-billion observatory is designed to expand on knowledge from Hubble and new giant ground-based telescopes.

Video New Brain Mapping Techniques Could Ease Chronic Pain

From Boulder, Colorado, Shelley Schlender reports that new methods for mapping pain in the brain are providing validation for chronic pain and might someday guide better treatment.

Video Hubble Reaches Quarter-Century Capturing Images of Universe

The Hubble Space Telescope has changed the way we see the universe. It was launched aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery in 1990. But when its first images were sent to earth, Mission Control saw something it hadn’t expected: the pictures were out of focus.

Yemen Brings US, Iran Closer to Naval Face-off

US sending two more ships to waters off coast of Yemen to take part in 'maritime security operations'

US, Europe Seek to End Tariffs on Each Other's Products

Trade talks are complex, though, and there is no guarantee an agreement will be reached anytime soon

Video Hubble Telescope Celebrates 25 Years in Space

The Hubble Space Telescope is an orbiting workhorse. Over the past quarter century, it has sent back thousands of images of nearby planets and the most remote galaxies, expanding our knowledge of the universe in ways previously unimagined. VOA’s Rosanne Skirble has this look back at Hubble’s remarkable history.

Obama to Host Tunisian President in May

Obama, Essebsi will discuss security, economic issues on May 21, a White House statement said

Video US, Ukraine Start Military Training, Defying Russian Fury

Exercises, involving 300 American soldiers, come as Ukrainian troops fight pro-Russian separatists in country’s east

119th Boston Marathon

119th Boston Marathon

Multimedia Ethiopian Lelisa Desisa Wins Boston Marathon

Desisa's other victory at Boston was two years ago when two bombs rocked finish area about two hours after he won

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Sharon Behn
April 21, 2015 9:18 PM
A century ago this April, hundreds of thousands of Armenians of the Turkish Ottoman empire were deported and massacred, and their culture erased from their traditional lands. While broadly accepted by the U.N. and at least 20 countries as “genocide”, the United States and Turkey have resisted using that word to describe the atrocities that stretched from 1915 to 1923. But Armenians have never forgotten. Sharon Behn reports on the politics of the word genocide on the 100th anniversary of the events.
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Video Armenia and Politics of Word 'Genocide'

A century ago this April, hundreds of thousands of Armenians of the Turkish Ottoman empire were deported and massacred, and their culture erased from their traditional lands. While broadly accepted by the U.N. and at least 20 countries as “genocide”, the United States and Turkey have resisted using that word to describe the atrocities that stretched from 1915 to 1923. But Armenians have never forgotten.
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Video Afghan First Lady Pledges No Roll Back on Women's Rights

Afghan First Lady Rula Ghani, named one of Time's 100 Most Influential, says women should take part in talks with Taliban. VOA's Rokhsar Azamee has more from Kabul.
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Video German Program Helps Migrants Overcome Traumatic Experience at Sea

Migrants fleeing poverty and violence in parts of Africa, the Middle East and Asia risk life and limb to reach safety in Europe. Those who have made it to European shores are traumatized by the experience. A program in Germany helps survivors overcome the trauma by giving a new perspective to their catastrophic experience. Zlatica Hoke reports.
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Video New Brain Mapping Techniques Could Ease Chronic Pain

From Boulder, Colorado, Shelley Schlender reports that new methods for mapping pain in the brain are providing validation for chronic pain and might someday guide better treatment.
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Video Hope, Prayer Enter Fight Against S. Africa Xenophobia

South Africa has been swept by disturbing attacks on foreign nationals. Some blame the attacks on a legacy of colonialism, while others say the economy is to blame. Whatever the cause, ordinary South Africans - and South African residents from around the world - say they're praying for the siege of violence to end. Anita Powell reports from Johannesburg.
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Video New Test Set to Be Game Changer in Eradicating Malaria

The World Health Organization estimates 3.4 billion people are at risk of malaria, with children under the age of five and pregnant women being the most vulnerable. As World Malaria Day approaches (April 25), mortality rates are falling, and a new test -- well into the last stage of trials -- is having positive results in Kenya. Lenny Ruvaga reports for VOA from Nairobi.
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Video Are Energy Needs Putting Thailand's Natural Beauty at Risk?

Thailand's appetite for more electricity has led to the construction of new dams along the Mekong River to the north and new coal plants near the country's famous beaches in the south. A proposed coal plant in a so-called "green zone" has touched off a debate. VOA's Steve Sandford reports.
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Video Eye Contact Secures Dog's Place in Human Heart

Dogs serve in the military, work with police and assist the disabled, and have been by our side for thousands of years serving as companions and loyal friends. We love them. They love us in return. VOA’s Rosanne Skirble reports on a new study that looks at the bio-chemical bond that cements that human-canine connection.
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Video Ukrainian Volunteers Search for Bodies of Missing Soldiers

As the cease-fire becomes more fragile in eastern Ukraine, a team of volunteer body collectors travels to the small village of Savur Mohyla in the what pro-Russian separatists call the Donetsk Peoples Republic - to retrieve bodies of fallen Ukrainian servicemen from rebel-held territories. Adam Bailes traveled with the team and has this report.
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Video Apollo 13, NASA's 'Successful Failure,' Remembered

The Apollo 13 mission in 1970 was supposed to be NASA's third manned trip to the moon, but it became much more. On the flight's 45th anniversary, astronauts and flight directors gathered at Chicago's Adler Planetarium to talk about how the aborted mission changed manned spaceflight and continues to influence space exploration today. VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports.
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Video Endangered Hawaiian Birds Get Second Chance

Of the world's nearly 9,900 bird species, 13 percent are threatened with extinction, according to BirdLife International. Among them are two Hawaiian honeycreepers - tiny birds that live in the forest canopy, and, as the name implies, survive on nectar from tropical flowers. Scientists at the San Diego Zoo report they have managed to hatch half a dozen of their chicks in captivity, raising hopes that the birds will flutter back from the brink of extinction. VOA’s George Putic reports.
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Video Exhibit Brings Renaissance Master Out of the Shadows

The National Gallery of Art in Washington has raised the curtain on one of the most intriguing painters of the High Renaissance. Mostly ignored after his death in the early 1500s, Italian master Piero di Cosimo is now claiming his place alongside the best-known artists of the period. VOA’s Ardita Dunellari reports.

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