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    Obama Cites Importance of Faith at National Prayer Breakfast

    Obama Cites Importance of Faith at National Prayer Breakfast

    February 04, 2016 1:19 PM
    U.S. President Barack Obama spoke about how religious faith can help people overcome their fears and how it has helped him in his job as president. VOA'S Jeff Custer reports the president spoke Thursday at the annual National Prayer Breakfast in Washington.

    ‘No Credible Threat’ Against Super Bowl

    Law enforcement officials say one of their main concerns is a lone-wolf attack

    Glitter, Feathers, Paint: New Orleans Preps for Mardi Gras

    Outside of New Orleans, Mardi Gras has often been perceived as a raucous time of drinking too much beer, throwing beads and nudity -- but to those who live here and essentially put on the show for the world, it's a wildly creative time of personal expression

    US Lawmakers Grill Ex-Pharma Chief Shkreli

    Martin Shkreli, a former US business executive, who abruptly raised price of life-saving drug by more than 5,000 percent, refused to answer questions when he appeared before Congress Thursday

    Video Obama Calls for Embrace of 'Common Humanity' at Annual Prayer Breakfast

    President appearing at prayer breakfast for eighth and final time, with his presidency ending in January 2017

    Muslim Cleric's Lawyers Want US Suit Backed by Turkey Tossed

    Attorneys for reclusive Muslim cleric living in exile in Pennsylvania asked federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit that claims he orchestrated human rights abuses in his native Turkey

    Security Beefed up at National Wildlife Refuges in 3 States

    No specific threats or incidents have occurred in the past week, but as a precaution, additional officers have been sent to the Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex, Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Nevada and Modoc National Wildlife Refuge in northern California

    Video Leaders Pledge Billions for Syrian Refugees

    US Secretary of State John Kerry pledges nearly $1 billion in new US aid and is calling for Syrian government and Russia to halt attacks on rebel-held areas in order to let humanitarian aid through

    Super Bowl 50 Will See Generational Pass Between Quarterbacks

    Symbolic passing of torch to happen Sunday as Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning ready to hand off mantle of greatness to Carolina Panthers' Cam Newton

    Video In Philippines, Mixed Feelings About Greater US Military Presence

    Increased rotations of US troops to Philippines come at time when Manila is trying to build up its military in face of maritime assertiveness from China

    Video Only Known US Jaguar Shown in Video Roaming Arizona Mountains

    El Jefe is about 7 years old and is one of only four or five jaguars that have been spotted in US in past 20 years, and only documented wild jaguar in country

    Survey: Americans Split on Attitudes Toward Islam, Extremism

    Study finds 65 percent of Republicans want next president to speak bluntly about Islamic extremism; however, 70 percent of Democrats think next president should speak more carefully

    Clinton, Sanders Set for First One-on-One Debate

    Presidential candidates appeared separately at town hall but will take part in another face-to-face debate Thursday; Republican candidates trade accusations on campaign trail

    Video TPP Trade Deal Signed, But Roadblocks Remain

    With combined trade of more than $1.5 trillion, 12 countries that make up Trans-Pacific Partnership are responsible for 40 percent of world’s economy

    Video 12 Pacific Rim Countries Sign TPP Trade Deal, But Roadblocks Remain

    Twelve Pacific Rim countries have set the stage for what may become the world’s largest trading bloc. After more than five years of negotiations, ministers from those countries signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement Thursday. But as Mil Arcega reports, the landmark free trade deal faces more roadblocks before it becomes a done deal.

    Pentagon Admits to Hundreds More Troops in Iraq

    Defense Department says number now is 3,870; military spokesman says that with normal rotation of forces, total can actually be higher

    Video 12 Pacific Nations Sign Major Free Trade Agreement

    Deal cuts taxes, trade barriers for nearly half of world's economy; President Obama praises accomplishment, while critics see risks to jobs, health, environment

    Judge Rules Criminal Case Against Bill Cosby Can Proceed

    ‘A secret agreement that allows a wealthy defendant to try to buy his way out of a criminal case isn't right,’ district attorney argued

    Video Stunning Artworks Attract Record Crowds, Thanks to Social Media

    Thousands are flocking to see nine giant works of art that have gotten a shot of viral marketing at the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Renwick Gallery

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    German Artists to Memorialize Refugees With Life Jacket Exhibiti
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    Hamada Elsaram
    February 05, 2016 4:30 PM
    Sold in every kind of shop in some Turkish port towns, life jackets have become a symbol of the refugee crisis that brought a million people to Europe in 2015.  On the shores of Lesbos, Greece, German artists collect discarded life jackets as they prepare an art installation they plan to display in Germany.  For VOA, Hamada Elrasam has this report from Lesbos, Greece.
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    Video German Artists to Memorialize Refugees With Life Jacket Exhibit

    Sold in every kind of shop in some Turkish port towns, life jackets have become a symbol of the refugee crisis that brought a million people to Europe in 2015.  On the shores of Lesbos, Greece, German artists collect discarded life jackets as they prepare an art installation they plan to display in Germany.  For VOA, Hamada Elrasam has this report from Lesbos, Greece.
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    Video E-readers Help Ease Africa's Book Shortage

    Millions of people in Africa can't read, and there's a chronic shortage of books. A non-profit organization called Worldreader is trying to help change all that one e-reader at a time. VOA’s Deborah Block tells us about a girls' school in Nairobi, Kenya where Worldreader is making a difference.
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    Video Genius Lets World Share Its Knowledge

    Inspired by crowdsourcing companies like Wikipedia, Genius allows anyone to edit anything on the web, using its web annotation tool
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    Video Former Drug CEO Martin Shkreli Angers US Lawmakers

    A former U.S. pharmaceutical business executive has angered lawmakers by refusing to explain why he raised the price of a life-saving pill by 5,000 percent. Martin Shkreli was removed from a congressional hearing on Thursday after citing his Fifth Amendment right to stay silent. Zlatica Hoke has more.
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    Video Super Bowl TV Commercials are Super Business for Advertisers

    The Super Bowl, the championship clash between the two top teams in American Football, is the most-watched sporting event of the year, and advertisers are lining up and paying big bucks to get their commercials on the air. In fact, the TV commercials during the Super Bowl have become one of the most anticipated and popular features of the event. VOA's Brian Allen has a sneak peek of what you can expect to see when the big game goes to commercial break, and the real entertainment begins.
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    Video In Philippines, Mixed Feelings About Greater US Military Presence

    In the Philippines, some who will be directly affected by a recent Supreme Court decision clearing the way for more United States troop visits are having mixed reactions.  The increased rotations come at a time when the Philippines is trying to build up its military in the face of growing maritime assertiveness from China.  From Bahile, Palawan on the coast of the South China Sea, Simone Orendain has this story.
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    Video Microcephaly's Connection to Zika: Guilty Until Proven Innocent

    The Zika virus rarely causes problems for the people who get it, but it seems to be having a devastating impact on babies whose mothers are infected with Zika. VOA's Carol Pearson has more.
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    Video Solar Innovation Provides Cheap, Clean Energy to Kenya Residents

    In Kenya, a company called M-Kopa Solar is providing clean energy to more than 300,000 homes across East Africa by allowing customers to "pay-as-you-go" via their cell phones. As Lenny Ruvaga reports from Kangemi, customers pay a small deposit for a solar unit and then pay less than a dollar a day to get clean energy to light up their homes or businesses.
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    Video Stunning Artworks Attract Record Crowds, Thanks to Social Media

    A new exhibit at the oldest art museum in America is shattering attendance records. Thousands of visitors are lining up to see nine giant works of art that have gotten a much-deserved shot of viral marketing. The 150-year-old Smithsonian American Art Museum has never had a response quite like this. VOA's Julie Taboh reports.
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    Video Apprenticeships Put Americans on Path Back to Work

    Trying to get more people into the U.S. workforce, the Obama administration last year announced $175 million in grants towards apprenticeship programs. VOA White House correspondent Aru Pande went inside one training center outside of Washington that has gained national recognition for helping put people on the path to employment.
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    Video New Material May Reduce Concussion Effects

    As the 2016 National Football League season reaches its summit at the Super Bowl this coming Sunday (2/7), scientists are trying to learn how to more effectively protect football players from dangerous and damaging concussions. Researchers at Cardiff and Cambridge Universities say their origami-based material may solve the problem. VOA’s George Putic reports.
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    Video Saudi Arabian Women's Sports Chip Away at Stereotypes

    Saudi Arabian female athletes say that sports are on the front line of busting traditions that quash women’s voices, both locally and internationally. In their hometown of Jeddah, a group of basketball players say that by connecting sports to health issues, they are encouraging women and girls to get out of their homes and participate in public life. VOA’s Heather Murdock reports.
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    Video A Year Later, Fortunes Mixed for Syrians Forging New Lives in Berlin

    In April of last year, VOA followed the progress of six young Syrian refugees -- four brothers and their two friends -- as they made their way from Libya to Italy by boat, and eventually to Germany. Reporter Henry Ridgwell caught up with the refugees again in Berlin, as they struggle to forge new lives amid the turmoil of Europe's refugee crisis.
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    Video Zika Virus May be Hard to Stop

    With the Zika virus spreading rapidly, the World Health Organization Monday declared Zika a global health emergency. As Alberto Pimienta reports, for many governments and experts, the worst is yet to come.