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Georgian Wines Make Forbes List of 'Best to Drink in 2015'

Georgian Wines Make Forbes List of 'Best to Drink in 2015'

January 23, 2015 4:19 PM
Forbes Magazine has named Georgian wines as one of the "nine best wines and spirits to start drinking in 2015" — a list that also includes several fine liqueurs and a number of other wine varieties. A number of Washington-area liquor stores and restaurants say Georgian wines are being well-received by consumers in the U.S. capital. VOA's Maia Kay reports. More

Video Activists: Nigeria Elections Should Be Postponed

Nigerian expatriates, activists recently gathered in Washington to denounce deadly raids and massacres by militant group Boko Haram, and some urged that next month’s presidential polls be delayed. Mariama Diallo reports from Washington for VOA.

Kerry to Visit Nigeria, Meet Presidential Candidates

Secretary of state will meet with incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan and main opposition candidate Muhammadu Buhari

Kerry Rolls Out Broad Anti-Extremism Plan

Top US diplomat highlights efforts by international coalition combating Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria

Video Jacobson: US-Cuba Talks Are 'Important' Step

U.S.-Cuba are trying to eliminate obstacles to normalized ties; U.S. delegation visit for the first time in more than three decades holds a second day of talks with Cuban officials

Video In NYC’s Underground Art Museum, Works to Delight the Passerby

Millions of New Yorkers and visitors ride the New York City subway and commuter trains each day. Along the way, they encounter one of the most far-flung public art collections in the world. VOA’s Carolyn Weaver has more.

Netanyahu Basks in US Congress Invitation, But May Shake US Ties

Israeli prime minister will address a joint session of Congress on March 3 - but will not meet with President Obama

Video As Viewership Drops, Obama Puts His Message on YouTube

Ratings reports show President Obama’s State of the Union address this week drew the lowest number of viewers for this annual speech in 15 years. White House officials anticipated this, and the president has decided to take a non-traditional approach to getting his message out. VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.

Video In NYC’s 'Underground Art Museum,' Works to Delight the Passerby

More than 250 murals, sculptures, bas-reliefs and decorative elements surround New York's subway and commuter trains

Anti-Abortion Legislation Advances 42 Years After Landmark Decision

The House passed a bill permanently barring federal funding of abortions

Video White House Has Cool Reaction to Congress’ Invitation to Netanyahu

The White House says President Barack Obama will not meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he visits Washington in March to address a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress. Republican House Speaker John Boehner said that he did not consult with the White House in advance. Many see the invitation as a rebuke by congressional Republicans to President Obama’s policy of international diplomacy to curb Iran’s nuclear program. VOA’s Cindy Saine has the story from Capitol Hill.

Anti-Semitism a 'Monstrous Global Problem,' UN Delegates Told

Faulting Jews now a rallying cry of 'new order of assassins,' French philosopher Levy tells General Assembly

Video US Marching Bands Grow Into a Show of Their Own

The 2014 Super Bowl halftime show was the most-watched in history - attracting an estimated 115 million viewers. That event featured pop star Bruno Mars. But the halftime show tradition started with marching bands, which still dominate the entertainment at U.S. high school and college American football games. But as Enming Liu reports in this story narrated by Adrianna Zhang, marching bands have grown into a show of their own.

Vaccines Alliance Set to Ramp Up Its Work, Hopes to Raise $7.5B

Nonprofit GAVI's goal: Immunize another 300 million children between 2016 and 2020, saving an estimated 5 million to 6 million lives

Hagel: Iraqi PM Wrong About Pace of US Weapons Supply

Defense secretary says Pentagon quickly filled every request for missiles the Iraqis made

Video Touchiness About Religious Figures’ Portrayal Not Unique to Islam

Sensitivity over how religious figures are depicted cuts across faiths

Video Touchiness About Religious Figures’ Portrayal is Not Unique to Islam

The terrorists who killed 12 people at a French magazine earlier this month said they were angry about its cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. VOA religion correspondent Jerome Socolovsky visited an art museum in Washington and found that sensitivity over the depiction of religious figures is not unique to Islam.

Major Conference on N. Korean Rights Set for February

Washington event will take place on anniversary of release of UN report on wide-ranging abuses committed under Pyongyang regime

Brzezinski: US, Allies Should Deploy Deterrent Force to Baltics

Former US national security advisor says move needed to deter possible Russian aggression there

US Senate Takes Small Step on Climate Change

Measure was an amendment to a larger bill seeking approval of a pipeline to transport Canadian oil to US gulf states — a project environmental groups vehemently decry

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January 26, 2015 9:33 PM
U.S. President Barack Obama says the United States and India must do better to capitalize on untapped potential in their economic relationship - by removing some of the roadblocks to greater trade and investment. As VOA correspondent Aru Pande reports from New Delhi, Obama spoke after participating in India’s Republic Day celebration.
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Video Obama Urges Closer Economic Ties During Historic India Visit

U.S. President Barack Obama says the United States and India must do better to capitalize on untapped potential in their economic relationship - by removing some of the roadblocks to greater trade and investment. As VOA correspondent Aru Pande reports from New Delhi, Obama spoke after participating in India’s Republic Day celebration.
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Video US, EU Threaten New Russia Sanctions Over Ukraine

U.S. President Barack Obama has blamed Russia for an attack by Ukrainian separatists that left dozens dead in the port of Mariupol and cast further doubt on the viability of last year’s cease-fire with the Kyiv government. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports from Washington.
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Video White House Grapples With Yemen Counterterrorism Strategy

Reports say the U.S. has carried out a drone strike on suspected militants in Yemen, the first after President Barack Obama offered reassurances the U.S. is continuing its counterterrorism operations in the country. The future of those operations has been in question following the collapse last week of Yemen’s government. VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.
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Video Kerry Warns Against Violence in Nigeria Election

US Secretary of State John Kerry visited Nigeria Sunday in a show of the level of concern within the U.S. and the international community over next month’s presidential election. Chris Stein reports.
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Video Zoo Animals Show Their Artistic Sides

The pursuit of happiness is so important, America's founding fathers put it in the Declaration of Independence. Any zookeeper will tell you animals need enrichment, just like humans do. So painting, and even music, are part of the Smithsonian National Zoo's program to keep the animals happy. VOA’s June Soh met some animal artists at the zoo in Washington. Faith Lapidus narrates.
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Video Worldwide Photo Workshops Empower Youth

Last September, 20 young adults from South Sudan took part in a National Geographic Photo Camp. They are among hundreds of students from around the world who have learned how to use a camera to tell the stories of the people in their communities through the powerful medium of photography. Three camp participants talked about their experiences recently on a visit to Washington. VOA’s Julie Taboh reports.
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Video Saudi, Yemen Developments Are Sudden Complications for Obama

The death of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah and the collapse of Yemen’s government have cast further uncertainty on U.S. efforts to fight militants in the Middle East and also contain Iran’s influence in the region. VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports on the new complications facing the Obama administration and its Middle East policy.
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Video Progress, Some Areas of Disagreement in Cuba Talks

U.S. and Cuban officials are reporting progress from initial talks in Havana on re-establishing diplomatic ties. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State (for Western Hemisphere Affairs) Roberta Jacobson said while there was agreement on a broad range of issues, there also are some “profound disagreements” between Washington and Havana. VOA State Department correspondent Pam Dockins has the story.
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Video US, Japan Offer Lessons as Eurozone Launches Huge Stimulus

The Euro currency has fallen sharply after the European Central Bank announced a bigger-than-expected $67 billion-a-month quantitative easing program Thursday - commonly seen as a form of printing new money. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London on whether the move might rescue the eurozone economy -- and what lessons have been learned from similar programs around the world.
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Video Nigerian Elections Pose Concern of Potential Conflict in 'Middle Belt'

Nigeria’s north-central state of Kaduna has long been the site of fighting between Muslims and Christians as well as between people of different ethnic groups. As the February elections approach, community and religious leaders are making plans they hope will keep the streets calm after results are announced. Chris Stein reports from the state capital, Kaduna.
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Video As Viewership Drops, Obama Puts His Message on YouTube

Ratings reports show President Obama’s State of the Union address this week drew the lowest number of viewers for this annual speech in 15 years. White House officials anticipated this, and the president has decided to take a non-traditional approach to getting his message out. VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.
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Video S. Korean Businesses Want to End Trade Restrictions With North

Business leaders in South Korea are calling for President Park Geun-hye to ease trade restrictions with North Korea that were put in place in 2010 after the sinking of a South Korean warship.Pro-business groups argue that expanding trade and investment is not only good for business, it is also good for long-term regional peace and security. VOA’s Brian Padden reports.

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