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Plunging Oil Prices Have Unpredictable Impact on Politics, Economics

October 17, 2014 9:03 PM
Surge of oil production from new US drilling techniques comes as economists say slowing economic growth in Europe, Asia is cutting energy demand More

US Air Force Lands Robotic Space Plane in California

Landing of X-37B, or Orbital Test Vehicle, ends classified 22-month mission that marks third in-Earth orbit for experimental program

Video Obama Fights Ebola’s Political Fallout

The fear of Ebola has become a political factor in the United States, where President Barack Obama’s Democratic Party is fighting to retain control of the Senate in congressional elections next month. VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports the one fatality from Ebola on U.S. soil and two additional cases are posing a political challenge for Obama.

Video Obama Battles Political Fallout of Ebola

One fatality from Ebola on US soil, two additional cases, accusations president has not done enough to protect Americans pose political challenge as elections loom

US Charitable Aid Lags in West Africa’s Ebola Fight

For most Americans, the disease is 'on our news radar, but it doesn’t seem to be on our philanthropic radar,' says one expert in giving

US Judge Strikes Down Arizona Gay Marriage Ban

Same-sex marriage is now legal in more than 30 US states

Video Comanche People Maintain Pride in Their Heritage

The Comanche (Indian nation) once were called the “Lords of the Plains,” with an empire that included half the land area of current day Texas, large parts of Oklahoma, New Mexico, Kansas and Colorado.The fierceness and battle prowess of these warriors on horseback delayed the settlement of most of West Texas for four decades. VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Lawton, Oklahoma, that while their warrior days are over, the 15,000 members of the Comanche Nation remain a proud people.

Video Dallas Nurse With Ebola Speaks Before Transfer to Maryland

Nina Pham contracted the disease after caring for Liberian Thomas Eric Duncan, who is the first person to die of Ebola in the United States

Obama Taps Ron Klain as New Ebola Czar; Death Toll at 4,555

Former top aide to two vice presidents will coordinate US efforts to contain the virus

US VP Biden's Son Discharged from Navy for Cocaine Use

Hunter Biden, a junior officer who carried the rank of ensign, is a former lobbyist who also works at a private equity company

HRW: US Returning Migrants to Danger

HRW says 80 percent of Hondurans who arrived between 2011 and 2012 were placed in summary removal proceedings, with only 1.9 percent flagged as possible asylum seekers

Photogallery US Commander: IS Fight to Take Time

Kurdish forces defending northern Syrian border city are working increasingly with US-led coalition to push back ultra-radical group

Accused White House Intruder Faces New Charges

Omar Gonzalez allegedly breached secure grounds of White House

US Efforts Against Ebola in West Africa Make Progress Without Infecting Personnel

Obama authorizes Pentagon to order military reserve units to active duty to help forces in West Africa.

Kerry’s Air Force Jet Grounded - Again

Problems with 1990s-era Air Force fleet that ferry America's top officials aren't new

Video Drum Circle Kept Mystic Tradition for Half A Century

A mystic tradition has been kept in a relatively little known park in Washington for decades. Every Sunday afternoon, except during the cold winter months, drummers have been bringing vibrant rhythms there for half a century. Hundreds of people surround the beat of the drums and many dance to the sounds. As VOA’s June Soh learned, the Sunday Drum Circle reflects a storied history of drumming in the African-American community. She takes us to Meridian Hill Park in the nation’s capital.

Video US Political Parties Eye Asian American Vote

Asians are the fastest-growing minority group in the United States, and political scientists say they are starting to have an impact on U.S. politics, VOA's Elizabeth Lee reports.

Two US Journalists Briefly Detained in Russia

Russian court finds them guilty of 'violating the visa regime'

Video US Political Parties Eye Asian American Vote

Politicians from both major US parties are reaching out to Asian Americans to try to get their support in November elections, but persuading them to vote has its own challenges

Apple, FBI Battle Over High-Tech Privacy Turf

Should governments have the right to search the contents of someone's mobile phone?

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After Decades of Pressure, Luxembourg Drops Bank Secrecy Rulesi
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October 21, 2014 12:20 AM
European Union finance ministers have reached a breakthrough agreement that will make it more difficult for tax cheats to hide their money. The new legislation, which had been blocked for years by countries with a reputation as tax havens, was approved last week after Luxembourg and Austria agreed to lift their vetoes. But as Mil Arcega reports, it doesn’t mean tax cheats have run out of places to keep their money hidden.
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Video After Decades of Pressure, Luxembourg Drops Bank Secrecy Rules

European Union finance ministers have reached a breakthrough agreement that will make it more difficult for tax cheats to hide their money. The new legislation, which had been blocked for years by countries with a reputation as tax havens, was approved last week after Luxembourg and Austria agreed to lift their vetoes. But as Mil Arcega reports, it doesn’t mean tax cheats have run out of places to keep their money hidden.
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Video Kobani Refugees Welcome, Turkey Criticizes, US Airdrop

Residents of Kobani in northern Syria have welcomed the airdrop of weapons, ammunition and medicine to Kurdish militia who are resisting the seizure of their city by Islamic State militants. The Turkish government, however, has criticized the operation. VOA’s Scott Bobb reports from southeastern Turkey, across the border from Kobani.
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Video China Political Meeting Seeks to Improve Rule of Law

China’s communist leaders will host a top level political meeting this week, called the Fourth Plenum, and for the first time in the party’s history, rule of law will be a key item on the agenda. Analysts and Chinese media reports say the meetings could see the approval of long-awaited measures aimed at giving courts more independence and include steps to enhance an already aggressive and high-reaching anti-corruption drive. VOA’s Bill Ide has more from Beijing.
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Video US ‘Death Cafes’ Put Focus on the Finale

In contemporary America, death usually is a topic to be avoided. But the growing “death café” movement encourages people to discuss their fears and desires about their final moments. VOA’s Jerome Socolovsky reports.
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Video Ebola Orphanage Opens in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone's first Ebola orphanage has opened in the Kailahun district. Hundreds of children orphaned since the beginning of the Ebola outbreak face stigma and rejection with nobody to care for them. Adam Bailes reports for VOA about a new interim care center that's aimed at helping the growing number of children affected by Ebola.
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Video Young Nairobi Tech Innovator on 'Track' in Security Business

A 24-year-old technology innovator in Nairobi has invented a tracking device that monitors and secures cars. He has also come up with what he claims is the most robust audio-visual surveillance system yet. As Lenny Ruvaga reports from the Kenyan capital, his innovations are offering alternative security solutions.
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Video Latinas Converting to Islam for Identity, Structure

Latinos are one of the fastest growing groups in the Muslim religion. According to the Pew Research Center, about 6 percent of American Muslims are Latino. And a little more than half of new converts are female. VOA’s Carolyn Presutti travelled to Miami, Florida -- where two out of every three residents is Hispanic -- to learn more.
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Video Exclusive: American Joins Kurds' Anti-IS Fight

The United States and other Western nations have expressed alarm about their citizens joining Islamic State forces in Syria and Iraq. In a rare counterpoint to the phenomenon, an American has taken up arms with the militants' Syrian Kurdish opponents. Elizabeth Arrott has more in this exclusive profile by VOA Kurdish reporter Zana Omer in Ras al Ayn, Syria.
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Video South Korea Confronts Violence Within Military Ranks

Every able-bodied South Korean male between 18 and 35 must serve for 21 to 36 months in the country’s armed forces, depending upon the specific branch. For many, service is a rite of passage to manhood. But there are growing concerns that bullying and violence come along with the tradition. Reporter Jason Strother has more from Seoul.
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Video North Carolina Emerges as Key Election Battleground

U.S. congressional midterm elections will be held on November 4th and most political analysts give Republicans an excellent chance to win a majority in the U.S. Senate, which Democrats now control. So what are the issues driving voters in this congressional election year? VOA National Correspondent Jim Malone traveled to North Carolina, one of the most politically competitive states in the country, to find out.
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Video Comanche People Maintain Pride in Their Heritage

The Comanche (Indian nation) once were called the “Lords of the Plains,” with an empire that included half the land area of current day Texas, large parts of Oklahoma, New Mexico, Kansas and Colorado.The fierceness and battle prowess of these warriors on horseback delayed the settlement of most of West Texas for four decades. VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Lawton, Oklahoma, that while their warrior days are over, the 15,000 members of the Comanche Nation remain a proud people.
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Video Turkey Campus Attacks Raise Islamic Radicalization Fears

Concerns are growing in Turkey of Islamic radicalization at some universities, after clashes between supporters of the jihadist group Islamic State (IS) or ISIS, and those opposed to the extremists. Pro-jihadist literature is on sale openly on the streets of Istanbul. Critics accuse the government of turning a blind eye to radicalism at home, while Kurds accuse the president of supporting IS - a charge strongly denied. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.

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