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'The Power of You' Motivates Teen Girls

'The Power of You' Motivates Teen Girls

April 23, 2015 12:46 PM
It's not uncommon to hear older people talk about how kids these days have it easy. Don't believe it! The list of challenges young people - especially young girls - face is a long one: Bullying, Stress, Drugs, Violence, Depression and Teen Pregnancy. But there is help. A program In New York, is helping young girls between the ages of 13 and 19 to navigate beyond these stresses. VOA’s Bernard Shusman reports from Harlem. More

US Senate to Debate Iran Nuclear Bill

Discussions to begin next week on bipartisan legislation subjecting any final nuclear accord with Iran to congressional review, and potential vote approving or rejecting deal

Video Left for Dead on Battlefield, Ukrainian Officer Recovers at US Мilitary Hospital

A Ukrainian Army colonel, badly wounded while fighting Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine, is now undergoing rehabilitation at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center near Washington, D.C. As Tetiana Kharchenko reports, Colonel Ihor Hordiychuk is a rare patient there - in more ways than one. Faith Lapidus narrates her report.

Video Clinton Focus of Republican Presidential Attacks

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was in the northeastern U.S. state of New Hampshire this week, her second campaign swing since announcing her candidacy for president earlier this month. VOA national correspondent Jim Malone reports from Washington she is drawing heavy fire from a large group of Republicans also eyeing the White House in 2016.

US Aid Worker Weinstein Pleaded for Release

Warren Weinstein, 73, was kidnapped August 13, 2011 by unknown armed men in Lahore, Pakistan and had been held by al-Qaida

Official: US, Italian Hostages Killed Were 'Well Concealed'

President Obama personally apologizes for counterterrorism strikes that inadvertently killed American aid worker, Italian held by al-Qaida on Afghanistan-Pakistan border

Rubio, Clinton Early Favorites for 2016 White House Run

Even though Florida Republican senator leads his party’s group of hopefuls, he trails likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, poll finds

Poland Says Still Waiting for US to Apologize for Holocaust Remarks

At issue, article by FBI Director James Comey critics contend implies Poland’s complicity in WWII Nazi atrocities

Pentagon Faces Uphill Battle in Restoring Ties With Tech Industry

Defense Chief Ashton Carter's Sillicon Valley trip aims to rebuild confidence eroded by security firm skepticism over Snowden leaks about US spying activities

US Senate Confirms Lynch as Attorney General

Attorney general candidate's nomination had been held up for weeks due to Senate wrangling over legislation aimed at cracking down on human trafficking

Clinton Charities Will Refile 5 Tax Returns, Audit for Other Errors

Unsettled numbers on tax returns are not evidence of wrongdoing but tend to undermine 990s role as form of public accountability, experts in charity law and transparency advocates tell Reuters

Boston Bombing Victims Describe Injuries, Loss at Trial

Long-lasting impact of bombing is brought home to jurors as loved ones of two of people killed in attack describe profound loss during penalty phase in trial of convicted bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

Video TIME Magazine Honors Activists, Pioneers Seen as Influential

Magazine managing editor says, 'Power’s reach is limited to those you can control. Influence’s reach is boundless'

Video TIME Magazine Honors Activists, Pioneers Seen as Influential

TIME Magazine has released its list of celebrities, leaders and activists, whom it deems the world’s “most influential” in 2015. VOA's Ramon Taylor reports from New York.

M.H. Abrams, Norton Anthology Founder, Dies at Age 102

He was esteemed critic and teacher who helped shape the modern literary canon, also wrote one of 20th century's most acclaimed works of criticism

Video Obama: Climate Change Cannot Be Denied

U.S. President Barack Obama says climate change, which he calls the greatest threat to the planet, can no longer be denied. He highlighted the issue during an Earth Day trip to Everglades National Park in the southern U.S. state of Florida on Wednesday. VOA correspondent Aru Pande has more from Washington.

Video Baltimore Residents Demand Answers After Detainee's Death

Residents in Baltimore's Sandtown neighborhood, where Freddie Gray was arrested, tell VOA they want answers for what they say is a long-standing faceoff between police, black community

Video Baltimore Residents Demand Answers After Detainee's Death

Six police officers in the eastern U.S. state of Maryland are on paid leave as investigators look into what killed a 25-year-old man in police custody. Residents in the Baltimore neighborhood where Freddie Gray was arrested tell VOA's Victoria Macchi they want answers for what they say is a longstanding face-off between police and the black community.

Quiet Rollout Planned Friday for Apple's Smartwatch

Company hasn't said how many orders it has received for Apple Watch, which will be available at select luxury shops

Video US Lawmakers: Iran Must Grant Inspectors Access to Military Sites

U.S. lawmakers held a hearing Wednesday on whether it would be possible to verify that Tehran is complying with provisions of any deal to curb a weapons capability in Iran's nuclear program. The former nuclear weapons inspectors who testified heard a lot of skepticism about Tehran's intentions. VOA's Cindy Saine reports.

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Cinema That Crosses Borders Showcased at Tribeca Film Festivali
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April 24, 2015 4:09 AM
Among the nearly 100 feature length films being shown at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival in New York City are more than 20 documentaries and features with international appeal, from a film about a Congolese businessman in China, to documentaries shot in Pakistan and diaspora communities in the U.S., to a poetic look at disaffected South African youth. VOA’s Carolyn Weaver has more.
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Video Cinema That Crosses Borders Showcased at Tribeca Film Festival

Among the nearly 100 feature length films being shown at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival in New York City are more than 20 documentaries and features with international appeal, from a film about a Congolese businessman in China, to documentaries shot in Pakistan and diaspora communities in the U.S., to a poetic look at disaffected South African youth. VOA’s Carolyn Weaver has more.
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Video UN Confronts Threat of Young Radicals

The radicalization and recruitment of young people into Islamist extremist groups has become a growing challenge for governments worldwide. On Thursday, the U.N. Security Council heard from experts on the issue, which has become a potent threat to international peace and security. VOA’s Margaret Besheer reports.
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Video Growing Numbers of Turks Discover Armenian Ancestry

In a climate of improved tolerance, growing numbers of people in Turkey are discovering their grandmothers were Armenian. Hundreds of thousands of Armenians escaped the mass deportations and slaughter of the early 1900's by forced conversion to Islam. Or, Armenian children were taken in by Turkish families and assimilated. Now their stories are increasingly being heard. Dorian Jones reports from Istanbul that the revelations are viewed as an important step.
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Video Migrants Trek Through Western Balkans to Reach EU

Migrants from Africa and other places are finding different routes into the European Union in search of a better life. The Associated Press followed one clandestine group to document their trek through the western Balkans to Hungary. Zlatica Hoke reports that the migrants started using that route about four years ago. Since then, it has become the second-most popular path into Western Europe, after the option of sailing from North Africa to Italy.
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Video TIME Magazine Honors Activists, Pioneers Seen as Influential

TIME Magazine has released its list of celebrities, leaders and activists, whom it deems the world’s “most influential” in 2015. VOA's Ramon Taylor reports from New York.
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Video US Businesses See Cuba as New Frontier

The Obama administration's opening toward Cuba is giving U.S. companies hope they'll be able to do business in Cuba despite the continuation of the U.S. economic embargo against the communist nation. Some American companies have been able to export some products to Cuba, but the recent lifting of Cuba's terrorism designation could relax other restrictions. As VOA's Daniela Schrier reports, corporate heavy hitters are lining up to head across the Florida Straits - though experts urge caution.
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Video Kenya Launches Police Recruitment Drive After Terror Attacks

Kenya launched a major police recruitment drive this week as part of a large-scale effort to boost security following a recent spate of terror attacks. VOA’s Gabe Joselow reports that allegations of corruption in the process are raising old concerns about the integrity of Kenya’s security forces.
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Video Japan, China in Race for Asia High-Speed Rail Projects

A lucrative competition is underway in Asia for billions of dollars in high-speed rail projects. Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia Thailand and Vietnam are among the countries planning to move onto the fast track. They are negotiating with Japan and the upstart Chinese who are locked in a duel to revolutionize transportation across Asia. VOA Correspondent Steve Herman in Bangkok has details.
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Video Scientists: Mosquitoes Attracted By Our Genes

Some people always seem to get bitten by mosquitoes more than others. Now, scientists have proved that is really the case - and they say it’s all because of genes. It’s hoped the research might lead to new preventative treatments for diseases like malaria, as Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
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Video Bible Museum Coming to Washington DC

Washington is the center of American political power and also home to some of the nation’s most visited museums. A new one that will showcase the Bible has skeptics questioning the motives of its conservative Christian funders. VOA religion correspondent Jerome Socolovsky reports.
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Video Armenia and Politics of Word 'Genocide'

A century ago this April, hundreds of thousands of Armenians of the Turkish Ottoman empire were deported and massacred, and their culture erased from their traditional lands. While broadly accepted by the U.N. and at least 20 countries as “genocide”, the United States and Turkey have resisted using that word to describe the atrocities that stretched from 1915 to 1923. But Armenians have never forgotten.
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Video Afghan First Lady Pledges No Roll Back on Women's Rights

Afghan First Lady Rula Ghani, named one of Time's 100 Most Influential, says women should take part in talks with Taliban. VOA's Rokhsar Azamee has more from Kabul.
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Video Keeping Washington Airspace Safe Is Tall Order

Being the home of all three branches of the U.S. federal government makes Washington, D.C. the prime target for those who want to make their messages and ideas heard. Unfortunately, many of them choose to deliver them in unorthodox ways, including from the air, as a recent incident clearly showed involving a gyrocopter landing on the Capitol’s West Lawn. VOA's George Putic has more.
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Video New Brain Mapping Techniques Could Ease Chronic Pain

From Boulder, Colorado, Shelley Schlender reports that new methods for mapping pain in the brain are providing validation for chronic pain and might someday guide better treatment.
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Video Hope, Prayer Enter Fight Against S. Africa Xenophobia

South Africa has been swept by disturbing attacks on foreign nationals. Some blame the attacks on a legacy of colonialism, while others say the economy is to blame. Whatever the cause, ordinary South Africans - and South African residents from around the world - say they're praying for the siege of violence to end. Anita Powell reports from Johannesburg.

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