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Texas Wins Division Title on Baseball's Final Day

Texas Rangers' Hanser Alberto runs onto the field after the final out of the baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015.

October 04, 2015 9:20 PM
The Texas Rangers clinch the West Division and ends the playoff hopes of the Los Angeles Angels by beating the Angels 9-2 More

S. Carolina Governor: Worst Storm in 1,000 Years

Governor Nikki Haley says as much as 61 centimeters of rain has fallen in some parts of the state on the southern US Atlantic coast

Syria's Assad: Middle East Would Collapse if Russian Airstrikes Fail

Assad's comments come as Russia intensified its airstrikes against the insurgents; Moscow says it carried out 20 missions against IS targets in the last 24 hours in Idlib province

Video Oregon Mass Shooting Rekindles Debate on Gun Violence

Last week’s mass-shooting at an Oregon college that left 10 people dead has revived the politically-polarizing issue of gun violence in the United States and what, if anything, should be done about it.

Survivor: Gunman Spared 'Lucky One' to Give Police Message

Law enforcement official says a manifesto of several pages was recovered; contents not revealed

Multimedia Oregon Mass Shooting Rekindles Debate on Gun Violence

Legislation aimed at curbing America’s firearms mortality rate, the highest among developed nations, has been stymied for years

Video Hillary Clinton Pokes Fun at Herself in 'SNL' Skit

Democratic presidential candidate appears in sketch as bartender alongside comedian Kate McKinnon, who plays former US senator and secretary of state

Utah Rep. Chaffetz Announces Uphill Run for House Speaker

Chairman of House Oversight and Government Reform Committee says voters, public want Republicans to fight and current House leaders don't deserve automatic promotion

Wind Gusts to Add to East Coast Weather Warnings

Major flooding strikes South Carolina, with people being rescued from deep water in Columbia, while cars are stranded and immersed in water almost up to roof in Charleston

Video DOD Vows 'Full and Transparent' Probe of US Air Strike at Afghan Hospital

Medical aid group, Doctors Without Borders, raises death toll in aerial bombardment to 22, says no one on staff reported any firing from inside hospital prior to US bombing

TPP Talks on Trade Grind On

Officials have yet to work out final details of complex deal that could cover about 40 percent of the global economy

Oregon Gunman Left Hate-Filled Note

Christopher Harper Mercer, 26, died after killing nine people and wounding nine others at a community college in Roseburg

Life Ring From Storm-Tossed Ship Spotted

Ring seen 120 miles northeast of Crooked Island, 70 miles northeast of El Faro's last known position before it lost contact amid fury of Hurricane Joaquin

Video Obama, World Leaders Reject Russian ‘Terrorist’ Strikes in Syria

President Barack Obama has called for Russia to stop airstrikes in Syria — airstrikes that coalition nations said in a statement Friday would “only fuel more extremism.” Obama says the strikes are not part of the fight against Islamic State, but instead are part of a coordinated attack on the Syrian people. VOA's Carla Babb reports.

Video US Job Growth Loses Steam in September

U.S. adding only 142,000 jobs in September, well below the 200,000-plus that many analysts were expecting. Job growth was also revised lower in July and August, surprising many economists who say the weak numbers don’t seem to match the underlying strength in the U.S. economy. VOA's Mil Arcega reports.

Video Los Angeles Explores Solutions to Homeless Crisis

Twenty-five-thousand residents of Los Angeles are homeless, and local officials have declared a homelessness "state of emergency." They also have pledged $100 million for solutions. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan reports that those who help the homeless say remedies must include more affordable housing, job training, counseling and long-term help.

Local Officials in US Use Chinese Social Media to Reach Immigrants

They're good tools for making announcements and letting those near and far know 'what life is really like' in a community

Video Local Officials in US Use Chinese Social Media to Reach Immigrants

Asians are projected to be the largest immigrant group in the U.S. by 2055, according to a new report by the Pew Research Center. A growing number of police departments and city officials are trying to reach them through Chinese social media. VOA's Elizabeth Lee reports.

President Takes Tougher Budget Stance

Obama says he'll sign no more 'shortsighted' measures that cover brief periods and leave unresolved disputes over major issues

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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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