News / USA

US to Submit Plans to Fight Global Warming While Others Delay

Smoke rises from the Colstrip Steam Electric Station, a coal burning power plant in in Colstrip, Montana, July 1, 2013.

March 29, 2015 10:14 AM
Many other greenhouse gas emitters - China, India, Russia, Brazil, Canada and Australia - say they are waiting until closer to Paris summit in December to submit plans More

Michelle Obama Declares 'Black Girls Rock!'

US first lady celebrates beauty, power, tenacity of black women while spreading her own message of education for girls at annual event honoring trailblazing women of color

Video Iran Talks Get Tougher as Deadline Looms

German, British foreign ministers helping to negotiate a nuclear deal with Iran are sounding confident that an agreement can be reached by Tuesday's deadline

Lights Switched Off Around World for Earth Hour

More than 7,000 events are held around globe, according to World Wildlife Fund, which began annual campaign to raise awareness about climate change

Pair Begin Record-Setting Year in Space

Mission designed to study long-term effects of zero gravity on human body

European Ministers Join Iran Talks in Switzerland

French, German ministers hold private sessions with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif, consult with US Secretary of State John Kerry.

Obama's Weekly Address: Protecting Working Americans’ Paychecks

President highlights progress he says he's made protecting American consumers since he signed Wall Street Reform into law five years ago

Republicans Expect Long, Expensive Presidential Battle

Political strategist says eventual winner will be one who can put together strongest coalition of various conservative groups that make up Republican Party

Obama Announces Plan to Fight Antibiotic-Resistant Germs

Program calls for better monitoring and diagnosing of bacteria-resistant strains and more research into new drugs

Kleiner Firm Cleared in Silicon Valley Gender Bias Case

Jury also clears venture capital firm of claim it retaliated against Ellen Pao by firing her after she sued in 2012

Italian Court Overturns Knox Murder Conviction

Ruling ends lengthy legal battle by Knox and boyfriend, who maintained their innocence in death of Briton Meredith Kercher in 2007

Video Virginia Tavern Takes Patrons Back to Medieval Times

European martial arts are not widely practiced and are unknown by most people. A tavern in Old Town Alexandria, outside Washington, wants to change this by promoting these fighting techniques from medieval times. Through combining visual arts, martial arts and culinary arts, this tavern brings medieval history back to life. VOA's Yang Lin and Helen Wu report.

Deadline Looms for Iran Nuclear Talks — Or Does It?

'Political agreement' is to be reached by Tuesday, but final pact, which Iran is more focused on, is to be announced by June

US Cop Charged in Beating of Indian Man

Alabama officer, 26, facing federal charge of ‘unreasonable force’ against Sureshbhai Patel, a grandfather

US GDP Grows at 2.2 Percent Rate in Last 2014 Quarter

Report from Commerce Department also shows growth rate for all of 2014 to be at 2.4 percent

Video Accord Within Reach at Iran Talks

((INTRO)) Negotiators from six countries, including the U.S. Secretary of State and Iran’s foreign minister, are working against a midnight Tuesday deadline to reach the framework of a deal to prevent Iran from building a nuclear bomb and to end international sanctions against the country. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London.

Senate's Harry Reid Announces He Won't Seek Re-election

Minority leader says he wants to focus on bringing Democrats back to power in Senate rather than seeking his own re-election

US: Assad Cannot Be Part of Syria's Future

Assad says that he would be open to dialogue with US, but that it must be 'based on mutual respect'

Turkey: US-led Campaign to Train Syrian Rebels Delayed

Foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says there has a minor delay by Washington due to geographic distance, but 'everything is fine both politically and technically'

Video DOJ: Illinois National Guard Soldier Tried to Join ISIS

U.S. federal law enforcement agents arrested two suburban Chicago men accused of trying to join ISIS overseas, while also plotting attacks in the United States. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports from the Midwest state of Illinois, one of those arrested is a soldier of the Illinois National Guard.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Film Tells Story of Musicians in Mali Threatened by Jihadistsi
X
Greg Flakus
March 30, 2015 6:48 PM
At this year's annual South by Southwest film and music festival in Austin, Texas, some musicians from Mali were on hand to promote a film about how their lives were upturned by jihadists who destroyed ancient treasures in the city of Timbuktu and prohibited anyone from playing music under threat of death. As VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Austin, some are afraid to return to their hometowns even though the jihadists are no longer in control there.
Video

Video Film Tells Story of Musicians in Mali Threatened by Jihadists

At this year's annual South by Southwest film and music festival in Austin, Texas, some musicians from Mali were on hand to promote a film about how their lives were upturned by jihadists who destroyed ancient treasures in the city of Timbuktu and prohibited anyone from playing music under threat of death. As VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Austin, some are afraid to return to their hometowns even though the jihadists are no longer in control there.
Video

Video With Coalition Airstrikes, Iraq Entering 'Last Page' of IS Battle

American warplanes joined Iraq's battle against the so-called 'Islamic State' in northern Iraq late Wednesday, as Iraqi ground troops launched a massive assault on Tikrit. Analysts say the offensive could take the coalition a step further towards Mosul, the largest city held by Islamic State forces. Others say it could also deepen already-dangerous sectarian tensions in the region. VOA's Heather Murdock has more from Cairo.
Video

Video Philippines Wants Tourists Spending Money at New Casinos

Tourism is a multi-billion dollar industry in the Philippines. Close to five million foreign visitors traveled there last year, perhaps lured by the country’s tropical beaches. But Jason Strother reports from Manila that the country hopes to entice more travelers to stay indoors and spend money inside new casinos.
Video

Video Civilian Casualties Push Men to Join Rebels in Ukraine

The continued fighting in eastern Ukraine and the shelling of civilian neighborhoods seem to be pushing more men to join the separatist fighters. Many of the new recruits are residents of Ukraine made bitter by new grievances, as well as old. VOA's Patrick Wells reports.
Video

Video Islamic State Prisoners Talk of Curiosity, God, Regret

Islamic State fighter, a prisoner of Kurdish YPG forces, asked his family asking for forgiveness: "I destroyed myself and I destroyed them along with me." The Syrian youth was one of two detainees who spoke to VOA’s Kurdish Service about the path they chose; their names have been changed and identifying details obscured. VOA's Zana Omer reports.
Video

Video Germanwings Findings Raise Issue of Psychological Testing for Pilots

More is being discovered about the co-pilot in the crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 in the French Alps. Investigators say he was hiding a medical condition, raising questions about the mental qualifications of pilots. VOA's Carolyn Presutti reports.
Video

Video Hi-tech Motorbike Helmet's Goal: Improve Road Safety

In cities with heavily congested traffic, people can get around much faster on a motorcycle than in a car. But a rider who is not sure of his route may have to stop to look at the map or consult a GPS. A Russian start-up company is working to make navigation easier for motorcyclists. Designers at Moscow-based LiveMap are developing a smart helmet with a built-in navigation system, head-mounted display and voice recognition. Zlatica Hoke has more.
Video

Video DOJ: Illinois National Guard Soldier Tried to Join ISIS

U.S. federal law enforcement agents arrested two suburban Chicago men accused of trying to join ISIS overseas, while also plotting attacks in the United States. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports from the Midwest state of Illinois, one of those arrested is a soldier of the Illinois National Guard.
Video

Video New Wheelchair Is Easier to Use, Increases Mobility

Traditional push-rim wheelchairs create a lot of stress for arm, shoulder and neck muscles and joints. A redesigned chair, based on readily available bicycle technology, radically increases mobility while reducing the physical effort. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Liberia's Almost Last Ebola Patient Grateful but Still Grieving

Beatrice Yardolo was to make history as Liberia’s last Ebola patient. Liberians recently started counting down 42 days, the period that has to go by without a single new infection until the World Health Organization can declare a country Ebola-free. That countdown stopped on March 20 when there was another new case of Ebola, making Yardolo’s story a reminder that Ebola is far from over. Benno Muchler reports from Monrovia.
Video

Video Cambodian Land Grabs Threaten Traditional Communities

Indigenous communities in Cambodia's Ratanakiri province say the government’s economic land concession policy is taking away their land and traditional way of life, making many fear that their identity will soon be lost. Local authorities, though, have denied this is the case. VOA's Say Mony went to investigate and filed this report, narrated by Colin Lovett.
Video

Video Space Program Status Disappoints 'Last Man on the Moon'

One of the films that drew big crowds last week at the annual South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, tells the story of the last human being to stand on the moon, U.S. astronaut Eugene Cernan. It has been 42 years since Cernan returned from the moon and he laments that no one else has gone there since. VOA’s Greg Flakus reports.

VOA Blogs

Circumventing Censorship

An Internet Primer for Healthy Web Habits

As surveillance and censoring technologies advance, so, too, do new tools for your computer or mobile device that help protect your privacy and break through Internet censorship.
More