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Los Angeles Pledges to End Homeless Crisis

October 02, 2015 5:02 PM
City officials have pledged $100M to battle a problem that those who work with the homeless say has become a crisis More

Video Los Angeles Steps Up Fight Against Homelessness

Homelessness is up in Los Angeles, where encampments line some streets downtown and in the suburbs. Local officials have declared a war on homelessness and pledged $100 million for the battle. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan reports.

Stats: Nearly 300 Mass US Shootings This Year

Latest incident in Oregon highlights growing level of gun violence across the country, calls for strengthening gun control laws

Clinton Sees Opening in Republican Gaffe on Benghazi

Potential future Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy tries to backtrack from earlier comments

Video Rivals Agree to Disagree as UNGA Winds Down

The United Nations General Assembly, which wraps up Saturday, not only exposed deep rifts between some nations but also gave leaders of countries opposed to each other a chance to meet face-to-face. Alberto Pimienta reports.

Video US Job Growth Stumbles, Raising Doubts on Economy

Employers slam brakes on hiring, wages fell in September, raising new doubts about Fed's interest rates hike by end of this year

Facebook Fans Make GOP Candidate Carson Fundraising Star

Retired neurosurgeon, Republican presidential hopeful not far behind Hillary Clinton, the Democrat's powerhouse fundraiser

Strong Support for Guns in Town Shocked by College Shooting

Roseburg residents call mass shooting 'anomaly,' say gun bans made campus vulnerable to 'lone wolf' attack

Clinton Private Account Targeted in Russia-linked Email Scam

During tenure as secretary of state, Clinton received virus-riddled spam, disguised as speeding tickets, newly released emails show

Vatican: Pope Meeting Not to Support Davis

Rowan County, Kentucky, official was jailed for six days in September for defying a federal judge's order to issue same-sex marriage licenses

Video Oregon Gunman Had at Least 13 Weapons

Police are probing why 26-year-old Chris Harper Mercer killed nine people, wounded nine others before dying during an exchange of gunfire with officers

Hurricane Joaquin Batters Bahama Region, Likely to Stay at Sea

Five US coastal states have declared emergencies and announced measures in preparation for storm, should it hit America’s shoreline

Video Ten Killed in Oregon College Shooting

President Barack Obama has condemned the latest mass shooting to hit the United States, this time in a small community in the far western state of Oregon. At least 10 people were killed in the gunfire Thursday morning at Umpqua Community College near the southern town of Roseburg. About 20 others were injured. Zlatica Hoke has the story.

Video US, Russia Bicker Over Airstrikes in Syria

Officials of the U.S. and Russian defense ministries spoke in a video call today to try to better understand each other’s position in Syria. Russia maintains it is striking Islamic State terrorists in Syria, but the U.S. and others say these strikes are not in IS-controlled areas. VOA Pentagon correspondent Carla Babb has the latest.

Jury Convicts 2 Mexicans for Murder of US Border Patrol Agent

Ivan Soto-Barraza and Jesus Leonel Sanchez-Meza both face life in prison when they are sentenced in December

Activists: Involving Women, Girls Early in Political Process Crucial

Activists say that while there are lots of barriers to women becoming empowered, it’s important to focus on the solutions

Video Yazidi Americans Seek Help for their People

Last year Islamic State massacred more than 5,000 Yazidis, enslaved more than 5,000 Yazidi women and children and displaced hundreds of thousands more

Video Yazidi-Americans Seek Help for their People

As the world confronts the Syrian refugee crisis, Yazidi activists in the United States are calling attention to the plight of their displaced people in northern Iraq. Last year, Islamic State massacred more than 5,000 members of this religious minority, enslaved more than 5,000 Yazidi women and children and displaced hundreds of thousands more. VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Lincoln, Nebraska on efforts by Yazidi Americans to help their beleaguered brethren.

Video Old Standbys & Newcomers at Toy Preview

The Christmas holiday is three months away... and that means it's time to start thinking about toys! An independent toy reviewer has checked out the hot, new items... and many classic best-sellers, which have been updated for Christmas 2015. VOA’s Bernard Shusman reports from the Toys, Tots, Pets and More show -- the TTPM -- in New York.

Video US: Russian Strikes in Syria Will Not Prompt Change in Strategy

Obama administration officials say Russian airstrikes against what they call "indiscriminate" targets in Syria have not prompted a broad re-evaluation of U.S. strategy inside the war-torn country. VOA White House correspondent Aru Pande takes a look at U.S. options in Syria, in light of Russia's recent military intervention.

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Russia’s Syria Involvement Raising Concerns in Europei
Luis Ramirez
October 02, 2015 4:45 PM
European nations are joining the United States in demanding that Russia stop targeting opposition groups other than the Islamic State militants as Russian warplanes continue to conduct raids in Syria. The demand came in a statement from Britain, France, Germany, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United States Friday. VOA Europe correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.

Video Russia’s Syria Involvement Raising Concerns in Europe

European nations are joining the United States in demanding that Russia stop targeting opposition groups other than the Islamic State militants as Russian warplanes continue to conduct raids in Syria. The demand came in a statement from Britain, France, Germany, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United States Friday. VOA Europe correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.

Video First Self-Driving Truck Debuts on European Highways

The first automated semi-trailer truck started its maiden voyage Friday, Oct. 2, on a European highway. The Daimler truck called 'Actros' is the first potentially mass-produced truck whose driver will be required only to monitor the situation, similar to the role of an airline captain while the plane is in autopilot mode. VOA’s George Putic reports.

Video Nano-tech Filter Cleans Dirty Water

Access to clean water is a problem for hundreds of millions of people around the world. Now, a scientist and chemical engineer in Tanzania (in East Africa) is working to change that by creating an innovative water filter that makes dirty water safe. VOA’s Deborah Block has the story.

Video Demand Rising for Organic Produce in Cambodia

In Cambodia, where rice has long been the main cash crop, farmers are being encouraged to turn to vegetables to satisfy the growing demand for locally produced organic farm products. Daniel de Carteret has more from Phnom Penh.

Video Migrant Influx Costs Europe, But Economy Could Benefit

The influx of hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants is testing Europe’s ability to respond – especially in the poorer Balkan states. But some analysts argue that Europe will benefit by welcoming the huge numbers of young people – many of them well educated and willing to work. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.

Video Botanists Grow Furniture, with Pruning Shears

For something a bit out of the ordinary to furnish your home, why not consider wooden chairs, crafted by nature, with a little help from some British botanists with an eye for design. VOA’s Jessica Berman reports.

Video New Fabric Helps Fight Dust-Related Allergies

Many people around the world suffer from dust-related allergies, caused mainly by tiny mites that live in bed linen. Polish scientists report they have successfully tested a fabric that is impenetrable to the microscopic creatures. VOA’s George Putic has more.

Video Burkina Faso's Economy Deeply Affected by Political Turmoil

Political turmoil in Burkina Faso over the past year has taken a toll on the economy. The transitional government is reporting nearly $70 million in losses in the ten days that followed a short-lived coup by members of the presidential guard earlier this month. The crisis shut businesses and workers went on strike. With elections on the horizon, Emilie Iob reports on what a return to political stability can do for the country's economic recovery.

Video Fleeing Violence, Some Syrians Find Refuge in Irbil

As Syrians continue to flee their country’s unrest to seek new lives in safer places, VOA Persian Service reporter Shepol Abbassi visited Irbil, where a number Syrians have taken refuge. During the religious holidy of Eid al-Adha, the city largely shut down, as temperatures soared. Amy Katz narrates his report.

Video Nigeria’s Wecyclers Work for Reusable Future in Lagos

The streets and lagoons of Africa's largest city - Lagos, Nigeria - are often clogged with trash, almost none of which gets recycled. One company is trying to change that. Chris Stein reports for VOA from Lagos.

Video Sketch Artist Helps Catch Criminals, Gives a Face to Deceased

Police often face the problem of trying to find a crime suspect based on general descriptions that could fit hundreds of people in the vicinity of the crime. In these cases, an artist can use information from witnesses to sketch a likeness that police can show the public via newspapers and television. But, as VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Houston, such sketches can also help bring back faces of the dead.

Video Thailand Set to Build China-like Internet Firewall

Thai authorities are planning to tighten control over the Internet, creating a single international access point so they can better monitor content. VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from Bangkok on what is being called Thailand’s own "Great Firewall."

Video Croatian Town’s War History Evokes Empathy for Migrants

As thousands of Afghanistan, Iraqi and Syrian migrants pass through Croatia, locals are reminded of their own experiences with war and refugees in the 1990s. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from the town of Vukovar, where wartime scars still are visible today.

Video Long Drought Affecting California’s Sequoias

California is suffering under a historic four-year drought and scientists say even the state's famed sequoia trees are feeling the pain. The National Park Service has started detailed research to see how it can help the oldest living things on earth survive. VOA’s George Putic reports.

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