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Vendors Display Marijuana Products at Washington Expo

March 03, 2015 7:45 PM
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US Weighs Venezuela’s Order to Cut US Embassy Staff

US State Department dismisses Caracas’ charge of undermining government as ‘baseless’

Video Jury Chosen in Boston Marathon Bombing Trial

Diverse group will weigh federal death penalty case against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

Obama: Nothing New in Netanyahu Speech

He says Israel's leader 'didn't offer any viable alternatives' on the issue of preventing Iran from gaining nuclear weapons

US House Approves Homeland Security Funding

Bill’s passage upsets conservative Republicans who had hoped to derail Obama's immigration plan

Video Top US Lawman Calls for Police, Court Reform in Ferguson

US Attorney General Eric Holder introduces 'searing' report finding racial bias and constitutional violations in Midwestern city

Netanyahu's US Speech Draws Mixed Response in Israel

Some say prime minister's speech, though important, should have been postponed because it undermines historically close relations with United States

Video Simulated Astronauts Get Taste of Mars, in Hawaii

Six volunteers are isolated high atop volcanic mountain Mauna Loa, living for eight months in terrain that looks much like the surface of the Red Planet

Video Simulated Astronauts Get Taste of Mars, in Hawaii

For generations, people have dreamed of traveling to Mars to explore Earth's closest planetary neighbor. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan reports that while space agencies like NASA are planning manned missions to the planet, some volunteers in Hawaii are learning how humans will cope with months in isolation on a Mars base.

US Proposes Making Radio Marti, Broadcaster to Cuba, Independent

Officials say proposal was unrelated to Cuba outreach and aimed at modernizing the broadcaster

Video Cyber War Rages Between Iran, US

A newly published report indicates Iran and the United States have increased their cyber attacks on each other, even as their top diplomats are working toward an agreement to guarantee Iran does not develop a nuclear weapon and to free Iran from international sanctions. The development is part of a growing global trend. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London.

Video Gift Economies Strengthen Communities

Recycling has become routine in communities around the world. Cans, bottles, old newspapers are collected and repackaged. Unwanted clothes and toys are passed along to families in need. Now, grassroots organizations have set up local networks, to reuse all sorts of items. In these 'gift economies,' neighbors advertise things they don't want, and ask for what they'd like to have, and donors and recipients are brought together. Faiza Elmasry tells us about one of these - the Buy Nothing Project -

Federal Agents Raid 20 Suspected 'Maternity Hotels' in California

ICE investigation of so-called 'birth tourism' targets scheme that allows pregnant foreign women to give birth in the United States

Video Cyber War Rages Between Iran, US

Newly published report indicates two nations have increased cyber attacks on each other, even as their top diplomats work toward nuclear agreement

Video Gift Economies Strengthen Communities

Buy Nothing Project uses Internet power and some inspired grassroots organizations that are willing to set up local networks to help reuse all sorts of items

House Votes for Full Funding of Homeland Security

Bill fully funds Department of Homeland Security for rest of fiscal year

Petraeus Admits to Mishandling Classified Documents

Former Army Gen. David Petraeus pleads guilty in federal court to charge of unauthorized removal, retention of classified information, Justice Department says

Lawyer: Snowden in Talks for US Return

Moscow granted former US spy agency contractor asylum in 2013, straining already tense ties with Washington

Michelle Obama to Head to Asia to Promote Girls' Education

White House says first lady's initiative aims to reduce number of girls worldwide who do not attend school

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Jeff Seldin
March 05, 2015 2:36 AM
A graphic mobile phone video is spreading on the Internet, claiming to show Iraqi forces or Shia militia executing a handcuffed Sunni boy. Experts have yet to verify the video, but already Islamic State followers are publicizing it across social media, playing on deep-rooted sectarian fears. VOA’s Jeff Seldin reports.
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Video Video Claims to Show Shia Forces in Iraq Executing Sunni Boy

A graphic mobile phone video is spreading on the Internet, claiming to show Iraqi forces or Shia militia executing a handcuffed Sunni boy. Experts have yet to verify the video, but already Islamic State followers are publicizing it across social media, playing on deep-rooted sectarian fears. VOA’s Jeff Seldin reports.
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Video Ukrainian Authorities Struggle to Secure a Divided Mariupol

Since last month's cease-fire went into effect, shelling around the port city of Mariupol has decreased, but it is thought pro-Russian separatists remain poised to attack. For the city’s authorities, a major challenge is gaining the trust of residents, while at the same time rooting out informants who are passing sensitive information to the rebels. Patrick Wells reports for VOA.
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Video Volunteer Gauge-Watchers Help Fine-Tune Weather Science

An observation system called CoCoRaHS is working to improve weather science, thanks to thousands of volunteers across the country who measure precipitation in their own backyards, then share their data through the Internet. VOA's Shelley Schlender reports.
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Video NASA Spacecraft Approaches a Dwarf Planet

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft will make history on Friday, March 6, when it becomes the first man-made object to orbit a dwarf planet named Ceres. It is located in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, almost 500 million kilometers from Earth. Among other objectives, Dawn will try to examine two mysterious bright white spots detected on the planet’s surface. VOA’s George Putic has more.
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Video Young Muslims Radicalized Online

Young Muslims are being radicalized ‘in their bedrooms’ through direct contact with Islamic State or ISIL fighters via the Internet, according to terror experts. There are growing concerns that authorities and Internet providers are not doing enough to counter online extremism - which analysts say is spread by a prolific network of online supporters around the world. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
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Video African Americans Recall 1960s Fight For Voting Rights

U.S. President Barack Obama and thousands of people will gather in the small southern U.S. city of Selma, Alabama, Saturday, March 7 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of a historic voting rights march that became known as “Bloody Sunday." VOA’s Chris Simkins traveled to Alabama and introduces us to some of the foot soldiers of the voting rights struggles of the 1960s.
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Video Positive Messaging Transforms Ethiopia's Image

Ethiopia was once known for famine and droughts. Now, headlines more often point to its fast-growing economy and its emergence as a regional peacemaker. How has Addis Ababa changed the narrative? VOA's Marthe van der Wolf reports.
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Video Cyber War Rages Between Iran, US

A newly published report indicates Iran and the United States have increased their cyber attacks on each other, even as their top diplomats are working toward an agreement to guarantee Iran does not develop a nuclear weapon and to free Iran from international sanctions. The development is part of a growing global trend. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London.
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Video Answers Elude Families of MH370 Passengers

For the families on board Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, an airline official’s statement nearly one year ago that the plane had lost contact with air traffic control at 2:40 AM is the only thing that remains confirmed. William Ide reports.

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