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Kurdish Fighters Seize Iraqi Territory From Islamic State

File - A Kurdish flag is seen next to Peshmerga fighters taking position with their weapons on the frontline against the Islamic State, on the outskirts of Mosul, Iraq.

August 28, 2015 6:41 PM
Video released Friday by Pentagon shows a US airstrike destroying an Islamic State armored vehicle to be used as a truck bomb, near Tuz in northern Iraq More

Video Doctor: Use of Controversial Tissue Essential for Research

But it has reignited charged debate between anti-abortion and abortion-rights supporters, with politicians weighing in on both sides of issue

IS British Hacker Killed in US Airstrike in Syria

Junaid Hussain, a Briton also known as Abu Hussain al Britani, had been high on Pentagon's list of most-wanted Islamic State targets

Video Male Panda Cub Thriving at Washington's National Zoo

Zoo official Wendy Smith says surviving cub is growing and mother Mei Xiang is taking good care of him; smaller cub of fraternal twins born last Saturday died Wednesday

Markets Cloud US Central Bank's Decision on Rates

Federal Reserve's vice chair says case for rate hike was 'pretty strong' prior to this week's wild swings in stock prices

NSA Phone Surveillance Ruling Reversed

Court overturns decision that blocked security agency program from collecting phone records

Analysts Try to Understand Wild Stock Market Swings

Investors, traders try to parse what has been happening - and attempt to guess future direction and strength of markets, and overall economy

US Teen Jailed for 11 Years for Supporting IS

Seventeen year-old Ali Shukri Amin pleads guilty in federal court to charges of using his Twitter account to send 'encouragement and advice' to Islamic State members

Obama Assures American Jewish Leaders on Iran Deal

Obama takes part in webcast organized by two major Jewish organizations that have held similar events with Israeli PM Netanyahu, US Energy Secretary Moniz

1 Billion People Used Facebook on Single Day

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg praised the accomplishment in a posting on the social media site

New Orleans Counts on New Levees to Prevent Future Flood

Critics say these are the kind of levees that should have been built in the first place

Katrina Brought Enduring Changes to New Orleans

The city’s recovery is the result of the people and culture the city is famous for, as well as newcomers and start-up industries

Video New Orleans Counts on New Levees to Prevent a Future Flood

New Orleans is marking the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent flooding of the low-elevation city. Studies have shown that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers failed to build levees strong enough to withstand the surge of storm water. But, as VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from New Orleans, the new levees are much stronger

Video Ten Years After Katrina, Tourists Now Flood New Orleans

New Orleans has long been an international tourist attraction, but tourism was disrupted for many months after Hurricane Katrina struck 10 years ago. Tourism rebounded along with the city’s infrastructure and today, as VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from New Orleans, it is a major part of a thriving economy.

Video Hurricane Katrina Brought Enduring Changes to New Orleans

Nearly a decade has passed since the city of New Orleans and many of its suburbs were devastated by flooding resulting from the failure of levees to hold back Hurricane Katrina’s storm surge. Most of the infrastructure and housing has been restored, and trade, commerce and tourism are flourishing. But, as VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from New Orleans, Katrina changed the city’s population mix.

US, South Korea Hold Joint Military Drill

Largest-ever joint military drill follows days of increased tension between North and South Korea

Bush Returns to New Orleans for 10th Anniversary of Katrina

Bush was president in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina broke through protective levies and flooded the city, killing 1,800 people and destroying 100,000 homes

US, China Officials Discuss Xi Visit

Rice's visit comes ahead of President Xi's visit to Washington next month

Video Immigrant Students Not Worried About Immigration Battle

Some DREAMers, who came to the US illegally as children and could be at risk of future deportation, say harsh criticism of immigrants is nothing new

Apple Event Generates Speculation About New Devices

Industry observers say the new product is likely to be a new iPhone model or a new version of the Apple TV set-top box

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August 31, 2015 2:17 AM
Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai met with VOA's Deewa service in Washington Sunday to talk about women’s rights and unveil a trailer for her new documentary. VOA's Katherine Gypson has more.

Video Nobel Prize Winner Malala Talks to VOA

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai met with VOA's Deewa service in Washington Sunday to talk about women’s rights and unveil a trailer for her new documentary. VOA's Katherine Gypson has more.

Video War, Drought Threaten Iraq's Marshlands

Iraq's southern wetlands are in crisis. These areas are the spawning ground for Gulf fisheries, a resting place for migrating wildfowl, and source of livelihood for fishermen and herders. Faith Lapidus has more.

Video Colombians Flee Venezuela as Border Crisis Escalates

Hundreds of Colombians have fled Venezuela since last week, amid an escalating border crisis between the two countries. Last week, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ordered the closure of a key border crossing after smugglers injured three Venezuelan soldiers and a civilian. The president also ordered the deportation of Colombians who are in Venezuela illegally. Zlatica Hoke reports.

Video Rebuilding New Orleans' Music Scene

Ten years after Hurricane Katrina inundated New Orleans, threatening to wash away its vibrant musical heritage along with its neighborhoods, the beat goes on. As Bronwyn Benito and Faith Lapidus report, a Musicians' Village is preserving the city's unique sound.

Video In Russia, Auto Industry in Tailspin

Industry insiders say country relies too heavily on imports as inflation cuts too many consumers out of the market. Daniel Schearf has more from Moscow.

Video Scientist Calls Use of Fetal Tissue in Medical Research Essential

An anti-abortion group responsible for secret recordings of workers at a women's health care organization claims the workers shown are offering baby parts for sale, a charge the organization strongly denies. While the selling of fetal tissue is against the law in the United States, abortion and the use of donated fetal tissue for medical research are both legal. VOA’s Julie Taboh reports.

Video Next to Iran, Climate at Forefront of Obama Agenda

President Barack Obama this week announced new initiatives aimed at making it easier for Americans to access renewable energy sources such as solar and wind. Obama is not slowing down when it comes to pushing through climate change measures, an issue he says is the greatest threat to the country’s national security. VOA correspondent Aru Pande has more from the White House.

Video Arctic Draws International Competition for Oil

A new geopolitical “Great Game” is underway in earth’s northernmost region, the Arctic, where Russia has claimed a large area for resource development and President Barack Obama recently approved Shell Oil Company’s test-drilling project in an area under U.S. control. Greg Flakus reports.

Video Philippine Maritime Police: Chinese Fishermen a Threat to Country’s Security

China and the Philippines both claim maritime rights in the South China Sea.  That includes the right to fish in those waters. Jason Strother reports on how the Philippines is catching Chinese nationals it says are illegal poachers. He has the story from Palawan province.

Video China's Spratly Island Building Said to Light Up the Night 'Like A City'

Southeast Asian countries claim China has illegally seized territory in the Spratly islands. It is especially a concern for a Philippine mayor who says Beijing is occupying parts of his municipality. Jason Strother reports from the capital of Palawan province, Puerto Princesa.

Video Ages-old Ice Reveals Secrets of Climate Change

Ice caps don't just exist at the world's poles. There are also tropical ice caps, and the largest sits atop the Peruvian Andes - but it is melting, quickly, and may be gone within the next 20 years. George Putic reports scientists are now rushing to take samples to get at the valuable information about climate change locked in the ice.

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