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US: Time for Free Trade Deal with Japan is Now

U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker speaks to U.S. and Japanese executives at an American Chamber of Commerce luncheon in Toyko, Japan, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014.

October 21, 2014 5:33 AM
US has been urging Japan to reduce tariffs on agricultural imports, measures that are in place to protect Japanese farmers More

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

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 US, Iran Face Similar Challenges in Syrian Fight Against IS

Both Washington, Tehran back fighters battling Islamic State militants in Iraq -- but in Syria they support opposing sides in country’s civil war

Video US, Iran Face Similar Challenges in Syrian Fight Against IS Group

The United States and Iran are both helping fight Sunni militants in the Islamic State group. But one of the biggest battlefields is Syria, where Washington and Tehran back opposing sides in the civil war. VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns reports on how that’s affecting the fight.

Report: Expelled Nazis Collected Millions in US Social Security

Associated Press says payments were distributed as part of deal set up by Justice Department unit to circumvent lengthy deportation hearings

Benghazi Suspect Pleads Not Guilty in US Court

Ahmed Abu Khattala faces charges linked to September 2012 attacks that killed four US citizens, including an American ambassador

Russian FM Sees No Quick Fix to US Ties

Sergei Lavrov denies new ‘Cold War’ but says relations since start of Ukraine crisis have reached low point with no remedy in sight

Video US Sets New Ebola Protocols for Health Workers

Stricter guidelines come on same day that WHO declares Nigeria free of the virus

Photogallery Turkey Allows Iraqi Kurds to Join Fight for Kobani

Reversal in policy comes as US conducts airdrops in besieged city, where Kurdish fighters are battling Islamic State jihadists

Photogallery Peyton Manning Sets NFL Career Touchdown Passing Record

Manning's short pass to wide receiver Demaryius Thomas makes for his 509th career touchdown pass

Contest Seeks to Crown World's Funniest Person

Iranian-born US comedy club chain founder Jamie Masada scoured the globe for best comics, ten of whom will perform in semi-finals Monday

3 Missing US Girls Detained in Germany

Two ethnic Somalis, one girl from Sudan living in Denver had gone missing last Friday; not clear where they were heading when apprehended in Frankfurt

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After Decades of Pressure, Luxembourg Drops Bank Secrecy Rulesi
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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.
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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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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 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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