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Class Tackles Questions of Race, Discrimination

Class Tackles Questions of Race, Discrimination

May 21, 2015 4:00 PM
Unrest in some U.S. cities is more than just a trending news item at Ladue Middle School in St. Louis, Missouri. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, it’s a focus of a multicultural studies class engaging students in wide-ranging discussions about racial tensions and police aggression. More

Clinton's Benghazi Emails Show Correspondence With Adviser

Hillary Clinton has faced months of controversy after revealing that she used a private email address while working as secretary of state, rather than a government address

House Panel Advances Reforms of US International Media

Bill, aimed at countering foreign propaganda, calls for reorganizing government-supported BBG and its entities

US Sanctions 2 Companies in Iran Plane Purchases

US Treasury sanctions Iraq-based Al-Naser Airlines as well as UAE-based Sky Blue Bird Aviation for providing support to Iranian airline Mahan Air

US, Cuba Talks Resume With Focus on Embassies

Fourth round of talks aimed at overcoming obstacles to opening embassies in each other's capitals and re-establishing diplomatic ties

Rising Inequality Holding Back Economic Growth, Report Warns

OECD says widening gap between haves and have-nots in much of the developed world raises concerns about the fraying social fabric, has political, economic implications

Video Class Tackles Questions of Race, Discrimination

At Missouri middle school near Ferguson, students find safe space to confront concerns

Hard-Fought Trade Bill Advances in US Senate

Trade Promotion Authority, also known as 'fast track,' is a mechanism that mandates simple congressional votes to approve or disapprove trade pacts

State of Emergency Declared for California Oil Spill

The leak at Refugio state beach is reported to have come from a rupture in an onshore oil pipeline

Obama Designates Tunisia as Major Non-NATO Ally

Tunisia, which has held several successful elections since longtime leader ousted in 2011, dealing with massive youth unemployment, regional instability

Video US, Myanmar Officials Discuss Treatment of Rohingya

About 3,000 refugees and migrants have been rescued or have swum ashore in Southeast Asian countries over the past 10 days

Video One Woman’s Vision to Eradicate Poverty a Family at a Time

Albina du Boisrouvray created FXBVillage to continue the work of her son after his tragic death in a helicopter accident

US Congress Reviews Lessons Learned From Nepal Earthquake

United States is longest-standing development partner with Nepal, since 1951, and has provided $47 million to date in wake of April temblor

US Vows to Help Iraqi Government Retake Ramadi

Islamic State took control of Anbar provincial capital since Sunday, but US Central Command spokesman says Iraqi forces are regrouping

Critics Want to Split US Air Traffic Control from Federal Government

Some say that Federal Aviation Administration is not deploying new technologies fast enough

Video Fans Mourn End of 'Late Show with David Letterman'

Fans waited, hoping to snag a ticket to watch late night talk show host tape his 6028th - and final - broadcast

Lawmakers Question Normalization Effort With Cuba

On eve of next round of US-Cuba talks, Senator Bob Menendez calls engagement 'one-sided'

Video California’s Water System Not Created To Handle Current Drought

Network has depended on melted snowpack as water source and was not engineered for long periods without precipitation

Video California’s Water System Not Created To Handle Current Drought

The drought in California is moving into its fourth year. While the state's governor is mandating a reduction in urban water use, most of the water used in California is for agriculture. But both city dwellers and farmers are feeling the impact of the drought. Some experts say the state’s water system was not created to handle long periods of drought. Elizabeth Lee reports from Ventura County, an agricultural region just northwest of Los Angeles.

Inside Bin Laden Papers: Targeting Americans, Missing Family

Documents released by Office of the Director of National Intelligence range from personal letters to bin Laden's son, to screed calling for killing of Americans, downfall of West

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May 22, 2015 10:23 AM
Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party has sought an image change ahead of the June 7 general election. The move comes after suffering successive defeats at the hands of the Islamist-rooted AK Party, which has portrayed it as hostile to religion. Dorian Jones reports from the western city of Izmir.
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Video Turkey's Main Opposition Party Hopes for Election Breakthrough

Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party has sought an image change ahead of the June 7 general election. The move comes after suffering successive defeats at the hands of the Islamist-rooted AK Party, which has portrayed it as hostile to religion. Dorian Jones reports from the western city of Izmir.
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Video Europe Follows US Lead in Tackling ‘Conflict Minerals’

Metals mined from conflict zones in places like the Democratic Republic of Congo are often sold by warlords to buy weapons. This week European lawmakers voted to force manufacturers to prove that their supply chains are not inadvertently fueling conflicts and human rights abuses. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
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Video Class Tackles Questions of Race, Discrimination

Unrest in some U.S. cities is more than just a trending news item at Ladue Middle School in St. Louis, Missouri. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, it’s a focus of a multicultural studies class engaging students in wide-ranging discussions about racial tensions and police aggression.
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Video Mind-Controlled Prosthetics Are Getting Closer

Scientists and engineers are making substantial advances towards the ultimate goal in prosthetics – creation of limbs that can be controlled by the wearer’s mind. Thanks to sophisticated sensors capable of picking up the brain’s signals, an amputee in Iceland is literally bringing us one step closer to that goal. VOA’s George Putic reports.
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Video Afghan Economy Sinks As Foreign Troops Depart

As international troops prepare to leave Afghanistan, and many foreign aid groups follow, Afghans are grappling with how the exodus will affect the country's fragile economy. Ayesha Tanzeem reports from the Afghan capital, Kabul.
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Video Poverty, Ignorance Force Underage Girls Into Marriage

The recent marriage of a 17-year old Chechen girl to a local police chief who was 30 years older and already had a wife caused an outcry in Russia and beyond. The bride was reportedly forced to marry and her parents were intimidated into giving their consent. The union spotlighted yet again the plight of many underage girls in developing countries. Zlatica Hoke reports poverty, ignorance and fear are behind the practice, especially in Asia and Africa.
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Video South Korea Marks Gwangju Uprising Anniversary

South Korea this week marked the 35th anniversary of a protest that turned deadly. The Gwangju Uprising is credited with starting the country’s democratic revolution after it was violently quelled by South Korea’s former military rulers. But as Jason Strother reports, some observers worry that democracy has recently been eroded.
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Video California’s Water System Not Created To Handle Current Drought

The drought in California is moving into its fourth year. While the state's governor is mandating a reduction in urban water use, most of the water used in California is for agriculture. But both city dwellers and farmers are feeling the impact of the drought. Some experts say the state’s water system was not created to handle long periods of drought. Elizabeth Lee reports from Ventura County, an agricultural region just northwest of Los Angeles.
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Video How to Clone a Mammoth: The Science of De-Extinction

An international team of scientists has sequenced the complete genome of the woolly mammoth. Led by the Swedish Museum of Natural History in Stockholm, the work opens the door to recreate the huge herbivore, which last roamed the Earth 4,000 years ago. VOA’s Rosanne Skirble considers the science of de-extinction and its place on the planet
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Video Blind Boy Defines His Life with Music

Cole Moran was born blind. He also has cognitive delays and other birth defects. He has to learn everything by ear. Nevertheless, the 12-year-old has had an insatiable love for music since he was born. VOA’s June Soh introduces us to the young phenomenal harmonica player.

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