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Thai Muslims Create Thriving California Mosque

Thai Muslims Create Thriving California Mosque

October 29, 2014 5:09 PM
A mosque in suburban Los Angeles that began as a center for Muslim immigrants from Thailand now serves Muslims of many backgrounds. As Mike O'Sullivan reports from Azusa, California, the thriving religious center is a labor of love for one Thai immigrant and his family. More

Scientists Pinpoint Genetic Origins of More Than 20 Autoimmune Diseases

Researchers now closer to finding better treatments for range of diseases, including multiple sclerosis, juvenile diabetes, lupus and arthritis

Video Fed Ends Bond-buying Program, Keeps Rates Low

Federal Reserve experts say improving economy no longer needs stimulus that cost US Treasury billions of dollars per month

Pentagon Orders 21-Day Isolation for All Troops Returning from W. Africa

Defense officials call decision a safety measure sought by military members' families

Western Experts Increasingly Fear Lone Wolf Terror Attacks

Slaying and assault on Canada's parliament building was followed by a hatchet attack on two New York City policemen

Cross-Time Photos From Fire Lookouts Reveal Big Changes

National Park Service commissioned panoramic images from fire lookout stations to compare against historic images of the same landscape almost 80 years ago

US Airlines Point to Additional Problems of any Ebola Travel Ban

Airline officials note that even under travel ban, they may not be able to determine where passenger set out from, as there are no direct flights from Liberia, Guinea or Sierra Leone

Photogallery Hawaii Lava Threatens Town Center

Residents in projected path have been urged to evacuate

Video Russia Launches ISS Cargo After US Craft Explodes

Unmanned NASA-contracted rocket bursts into fiery fragments just seconds after Tuesday lift-off

Former Baseball Star Canseco Hospitalized in Gun Mishap

Canseco was reportedly cleaning his gun at his Las Vegas home when it fired

Video Texas Voter ID Law Discourages Some Voters

Critics of the law say it puts an undue burden on poor people, minorities, the elderly and the disabled

Video Texas Voter ID Law Discourages Some Voters

The US Supreme Court recently upheld the Texas voter identification law - which requires voters to show an approved form of picture ID in order to vote at a poll. Critics of the law say it puts an undue burden on poor people, minorities, the elderly and disabled. VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Houston.

Suspicious Activity Detected on White House Computer Network

Officials say situation was addressed quickly, give no details about possible suspects

Kerry Lays Wreath for Slain Canadian Soldier

World has been witness to Canada's strength in face of tragedy, he says

Tighter Security Ordered at US Federal Buildings

Recent attacks in Canada, other world events demonstrate need for vigilance, homeland security chief says

Photogallery US Rocket to Space Station Explodes on Launch

Privately owned rocket barely gets off ground before it blows up after sunset, just off Atlantic coast

Video US Seeks More Tourists from China

Last year the US played host to 1.8 million visitors from China alone, and now efforts are being stepped up efforts to attract even more

Video US Seeks More Tourists from China

Tourists make more than one billion international visits annually, and the United Nations says their spending gives a boost to the global economy. As VOA's Jim Randle reports, the United States, which had 1.8 million Chinese visitors last year, is stepping up efforts to attract even more.

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Victorious Secularists Face Challenge to Form Government in Tunisiai
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Henry Ridgwell
October 30, 2014 11:39 PM
Official results from Tunisia show the Islamist Ennahda party has failed to win the second free election since the so-called "Arab Spring" uprising in 2011. Ennahda, which handed power to a government of technocrats pending the elections, lost out to the secular party Nidaa Tounes. Henry Ridgwell reports from London that the relatively peaceful poll offers some hope in a volatile region.
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Video Victorious Secularists Face Challenge to Form Government in Tunisia

Official results from Tunisia show the Islamist Ennahda party has failed to win the second free election since the so-called "Arab Spring" uprising in 2011. Ennahda, which handed power to a government of technocrats pending the elections, lost out to the secular party Nidaa Tounes. Henry Ridgwell reports from London that the relatively peaceful poll offers some hope in a volatile region.
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Video Africa Tells its Story Through Fashion

In Africa, Fashion Week is a riot of colors, shapes, patterns and fabrics - against the backdrop of its ongoing struggle between nature and its fast-growing urban edge. How do these ideas translate into needle and thread? VOA’s Anita Powell visited this year’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Africa in Johannesburg to find out.
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Video Smugglers Offer Cheap Passage From Turkey to Syria

Smugglers in Turkey offer a relatively cheap passage across the border into Syria. Ankara has stepped up efforts to stem the flow of foreign fighters who want to join Islamic State militants fighting for control of the Syrian border city of Kobani. But porous borders and border guards who can be bribed make illegal border crossings quite easy. Zlatica Hoke has more.
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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 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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