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National Guard Deployments for Civil Unrest Uncommon in US

National Guard troops arrive at a mall complex that serves as staging area for the police in Ferguson, Missouri, Aug. 18, 2014.

August 18, 2014 7:57 PM
With protests continuing in Ferguson, Missouri, nine days after unarmed black man was shot by police, governor calls in National Guard to quell violence More

Obama: Iraqi Kurds, Military Recapture Mosul Dam

President says if militants breached Mosul Dam, it would have brought 'catastrophic' floods to northern Iraq, killing thousands

US Cost of Raising Children Nears $250K

Largest expense for new parents is housing, which accounts for almost one-third of projected cost, with child care, education, food at top of list

Video US Ambassador: Deadlines Loom in Afghanistan

In interview with VOA, James Cunningham expresses hope new Afghan president will be inaugurated before NATO holds its summit in early September

Video Concept of ‘Free Legal Help’ Gains Ground in US

Lawyers who offer free legal help for their clients are commonly called "pro bono" lawyers. In recent years, there has been a growing number of law firms that do pro bono work. Elizabeth Lee explains the growing trend for VOA from Los Angeles.

Video Concept of ‘Free Legal Help’ Gains Ground in US

With costs unaffordable for many, increasing numbers of law firms, lawyers offer ‘pro bono’ services to the needy

Multimedia Protests Continue in Ferguson after National Guard Called

President says US attorney general will travel to Ferguson on Wed. to get an update on federal probe into the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager

NATO Commander: We Need to Be Ready for ‘Little Green Men’

US General Philip Breedlove says NATO would respond militarily to a Crimea-type incursion on the territory of any member state

Vacationing Obama Plans Brief Return to Washington

AP reports president is to return to Washington late Sunday, meet with Vice President Joe Biden, other advisers

Photogallery Missouri Police Use Smoke, Tear Gas on Protesters

Authorities say one person was shot and critically wounded and seven people arrested early Sunday morning as police used smoke and tear gas to enforce a curfew in the U.S. town of Ferguson, Missouri.

Photogallery Protests Ramp Up Following Shooting Death of Black Teen

Civil rights leader Al Sharpton calls incident 'defining moment,' administration orders federal autopsy as protests continue

US Police Tactics Stir Controversy

Some say the crisis of trust between law enforcement, US citizens is nothing new

Obama: Everyone Should Be Able to Afford Higher Education

President says paying for higher education is 'constant struggle' for too many families and he wants to reverse that with new initiatives

Electric Engines Keep Many Satellites in Orbit

Electric propulsion crafts gradually accelerate toward destination, gaining momentum the longer they travel

Video Oil Wealth Attracts Businesses to North Dakota

Job market keeps growing as more businesses relocate to state, attracted by promise of profits -- though not without challenges

Video Oil Wealth Attracts Businesses to North Dakota

The state of North Dakota has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, thanks to a glut of jobs created by the oil boom in the western part of the state, which rests on one of the largest shale oil deposits in the country. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports from Williston, North Dakota, the job market keeps growing as more businesses relocate to North Dakota, attracted by the promise of profits -- but not without challenges.

Texas Governor Vows to Fight Indictment

Grand jury in state capital, Austin, charges Perry with two felony counts: abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public official

Photogallery Ferguson Riots Underscore Police Militarization in US

US government programs equip state and local law enforcement with surplus military equipment worth billions of dollars

Video EU Approves Arming of Kurds; US Says Air Strikes Will Continue

European Union Foreign Ministers have approved sending arms to Kurdish Peshmerga forces who are battling extremist Islamic State militants in northern Iraq. The United States says its air strikes against Islamic State positions have relieved the humanitarian emergency facing ethnic minorities sheltering on Sinjar mountain. As Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA, however, the West is determined not to get sucked in to another conflict in Iraq.

Police Shoot, Kill Unarmed African-American Teen

Police Shoot, Kill Unarmed African-American Teen

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African Media Tries to Educate Public About Ebolai
George Putic
August 20, 2014 8:57 PM
While the Ebola epidemic continues to claim lives in West Africa, information technology specialists, together with radio and TV reporters, are battling misinformation and prejudice about the disease - using social media to educate the public about the deadly virus. VOA’s George Putic has more.

Video African Media Tries to Educate Public About Ebola

While the Ebola epidemic continues to claim lives in West Africa, information technology specialists, together with radio and TV reporters, are battling misinformation and prejudice about the disease - using social media to educate the public about the deadly virus. VOA’s George Putic has more.

Video Ferguson Calls For Justice as Anger, Violence Grips Community

Violence, anger and frustration continue to grip the small St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri. Protests broke out after a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black teenager on August 9. The case has sparked outrage around the nation and prompted the White House to send U.S. Attorney Eric Holder to the small community of just over 20,000 people. VOA’s Mary Alice Salinas has more from Ferguson.

Video Beheading Of US Journalist Breeds Outrage

U.S. and British authorities have launched an investigation into an Islamic State video showing the beheading of kidnapped American journalist James Foley by a militant with a British accent. The extremist group, which posted the video on the Internet Tuesday, said the murder was revenge for U.S. airstrikes on militant positions in Iraq - and has threatened to execute another American journalist it is holding. Henry Ridgwell has more from London.

Video Family Robots - The Next Big Thing?

Robots that can help us with daily chores like cooking and cleaning are a long way off, but automatons that serve as family companions may be much closer. Researchers in the United States, France, Japan and other countries are racing to build robots that can entertain and perform some simpler tasks for us. VOA’s George Putic reports.

Video In Ukraine, Fear and Distrust Remain Where Fighting has Stopped

As the Ukrainian military reclaims control of eastern cities from pro-Russian separatists, residents are getting a chance to rebuild their lives. VOA's Gabe Joselow reports from the town of Kramatorsk in Donetsk province, where a sense of fear is still in the air, and distrust of the government in Kyiv still runs deep.

Video Five Patients Given Experimental Ebola Drug Said to Be Improving

The World Health Organization has approved the use of experimental treatments for Ebola patients in West Africa. The Ebola outbreak there is unprecedented, the disease deadly. The number of people who have died from Ebola has surpassed 1,200. VOA's Carol Pearson reports on the ethical considerations of allowing experimental drugs to be used.

Video China Targets Overseas Assets of Corrupt Officials

As China presses forward with its anti-graft effort, authorities are targeting corrupt officials who have sent family members and assets overseas. The efforts have stirred up a debate at home on exactly how many officials take that route and how likely it is they will be caught. Rebecca Valli has this report.

Video Leading The Fight Against Islamic State, Kurds Question Iraqi Future

Western countries including the United States have begun arming the Kurdish Peshmerga forces in northern Iraq to aid their battle against extremist Sunni militants from the Islamic State. But there are concerns that a heavily-armed Kurdistan Regional Government, or KRG, might seek to declare independence and cause the break-up of the Iraqi state. As Henry Ridgwell reports from London, the KRG says it will only seek greater autonomy from Baghdad.

Video In Rural Kenya, Pressure Builds Against Female Circumcision

In some Kenyan communities, female genital mutilation remains a rite of passage. But activists are pushing back, with education for girls and with threats of punishment those who perform the circumcision. Mohammed Yusuf looks at the practice in the rural eastern community of Tharaka-Nithi.