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Head of Mexican Cartel Appears in US Court

Tamaulipas, Mexico

October 21, 2014 7:45 PM
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Video White House Ebola Czar's Job: Contain Political Fallout

Ron Klain is a lawyer with a reputation as a formidable campaigner and administrator but no public health background

Video New US Ebola Czar Aims to Improve Obama Image

As Ron Klain begins his job as President Barack Obama’s Ebola Czar on Wednesday, his agenda will include not only stopping the Ebola virus from spreading, but also containing the political damage that the three cases on U.S. soil have brought upon the president and his Democratic Party. VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.

Britain Extradites Terror Suspect to US

Haroon Rashid Aswat is escorted Tuesday from a psychiatric hospital in West London to a waiting US plane

Video South African Dance Company Brings 'Fusion' Work to New York

Johannesburg-based Vuyani Dance Theatre's 'Umnikelo' was created for eight men and women

Video South African Dance Company Brings “Fusion” Work to New York

A festival of South African arts in New York, “Ubuntu,” features a dance company from Johannesburg. Vuyani Dance Theatre recently performed at New York City Center, where VOA’s Carolyn Weaver met up with them.

Photogallery Vietnamese Americans Rally for Hong Kong Students

Crowd gathers in Los Angeles suburb of Westminster, one of largest Vietnamese communities in US

US Hails Release of American Detained in N. Korea

US citizen Jeffrey Fowle, who is headed home and said to be in good health, was arrested earlier this year

Video Survivor's Blood Used in Ebola Treatment

There is no known cure for Ebola, but several U.S. patients have received donations of blood and plasma from a survivor of the Ebola virus. VOA's Katherine Gypson looks at whether the blood of Ebola survivors has value in the medical community.

Poland to Appeal European Court Ruling on CIA Jails

Poland to ask European Court of Human Rights to re-consider its ruling that Warsaw violated its human rights commitments by hosting a secret CIA jail on its soil

Photogallery Report: Islamic State Gets US Arms Airdrop

Sizable parachuted cache reportedly grabbed by insurgents after US Air Force dropped supplies Sunday night; rights group also says jihadists may have secured second consignment intended for Kurdish militiamen

US: Time for Free Trade Deal with Japan is Now

US has been urging Japan to reduce tariffs on agricultural imports, measures that are in place to protect Japanese farmers

Video Health Care Workers Demand Better Preparedness for Ebola

National Nurses United criticizes sloppy procedures at the Dallas hospital that treated the first Ebola patient after two nurses who treated him became infected

Video Healthcare Professionals Demand Better Preparedness for Ebola

Although there have only been three cases of Ebola diagnosed in the United States, unease about contracting the disease has spread across the country. At the same time, nurses are asking President Obama to mandate uniform procedures for dealing with Ebola in all U.S. hospitals, where they say preparations are, for the most part, far from adequate. As VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Houston, public officials are supporting these requests.

UN Officials Criticize Detroit Water Shutoffs

Detroit has turned off water to more than 27,000 people this year

Baseball's World Series Matches Kansas City, San Francisco

Both teams entered the playoffs as Wild Card teams

Missing US Girls Returned Home From Germany

Relatives and other sources tell VOA's Somali service teen girls flew to Germany from Denver without anyone's knowledge, they were apprehended in Frankfurt

Kerry Meets With East Asian Officials

After lauding new Indonesian president, US envoy heads to Berlin Wall commemoration

Video Network Sharing Improves Internet, Cell Phone Connections

During major emergencies, like the Boston Marathon bombing in 2010, cell phone and Wi-Fi networks quickly get overloaded. A group of scientists at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey, have designed and successfully tested a system that automatically uses all available networks, switching seamlessly from one to another, thus reducing the burden on all of them. VOA’s George Putic reports

Video US ‘Death Cafes’ Put Focus on Finale

Hope is that talking about taboo topic will make last moments less terrifying to face

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After Decades of Pressure, Luxembourg Drops Bank Secrecy Rulesi
October 21, 2014 12:20 AM
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.

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.

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.

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.

Video US ‘Death Cafes’ Put Focus on the Finale

In contemporary America, death usually is a topic to be avoided. But the growing “death café” movement encourages people to discuss their fears and desires about their final moments. VOA’s Jerome Socolovsky reports.

Video Ebola Orphanage Opens in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone's first Ebola orphanage has opened in the Kailahun district. Hundreds of children orphaned since the beginning of the Ebola outbreak face stigma and rejection with nobody to care for them. Adam Bailes reports for VOA about a new interim care center that's aimed at helping the growing number of children affected by Ebola.

Video Young Nairobi Tech Innovator on 'Track' in Security Business

A 24-year-old technology innovator in Nairobi has invented a tracking device that monitors and secures cars. He has also come up with what he claims is the most robust audio-visual surveillance system yet. As Lenny Ruvaga reports from the Kenyan capital, his innovations are offering alternative security solutions.

Video Latinas Converting to Islam for Identity, Structure

Latinos are one of the fastest growing groups in the Muslim religion. According to the Pew Research Center, about 6 percent of American Muslims are Latino. And a little more than half of new converts are female. VOA’s Carolyn Presutti travelled to Miami, Florida -- where two out of every three residents is Hispanic -- to learn more.

Video Exclusive: American Joins Kurds' Anti-IS Fight

The United States and other Western nations have expressed alarm about their citizens joining Islamic State forces in Syria and Iraq. In a rare counterpoint to the phenomenon, an American has taken up arms with the militants' Syrian Kurdish opponents. Elizabeth Arrott has more in this exclusive profile by VOA Kurdish reporter Zana Omer in Ras al Ayn, Syria.

Video South Korea Confronts Violence Within Military Ranks

Every able-bodied South Korean male between 18 and 35 must serve for 21 to 36 months in the country’s armed forces, depending upon the specific branch. For many, service is a rite of passage to manhood. But there are growing concerns that bullying and violence come along with the tradition. Reporter Jason Strother has more from Seoul.

Video North Carolina Emerges as Key Election Battleground

U.S. congressional midterm elections will be held on November 4th and most political analysts give Republicans an excellent chance to win a majority in the U.S. Senate, which Democrats now control. So what are the issues driving voters in this congressional election year? VOA National Correspondent Jim Malone traveled to North Carolina, one of the most politically competitive states in the country, to find out.

Video Comanche People Maintain Pride in Their Heritage

The Comanche (Indian nation) once were called the “Lords of the Plains,” with an empire that included half the land area of current day Texas, large parts of Oklahoma, New Mexico, Kansas and Colorado.The fierceness and battle prowess of these warriors on horseback delayed the settlement of most of West Texas for four decades. VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Lawton, Oklahoma, that while their warrior days are over, the 15,000 members of the Comanche Nation remain a proud people.

Video Turkey Campus Attacks Raise Islamic Radicalization Fears

Concerns are growing in Turkey of Islamic radicalization at some universities, after clashes between supporters of the jihadist group Islamic State (IS) or ISIS, and those opposed to the extremists. Pro-jihadist literature is on sale openly on the streets of Istanbul. Critics accuse the government of turning a blind eye to radicalism at home, while Kurds accuse the president of supporting IS - a charge strongly denied. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.

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