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Oregon Becomes 3rd US State to Allow Recreational Marijuana Sales

Customers look at product displays at Shango Premium Cannabis, in Portland , Oregon, Oct. 1, 2015.

October 01, 2015 8:45 AM
With legislative change, Oregon joins Washington state and Colorado in allowing sale of drug that remains illegal under US federal law More

'Alternative Nobels' Honor Human Rights, Global Struggles

Marshall Islands PM and people lauded for taking legal action against nuclear powers over failure to disarm

USS Ronald Reagan Arrives in Japan

US Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus said the substance and symbolism of the carrier's presence 'cannot be overstated'

Hurricane Joaquin Strengthens to Category 4

Storm is causing heavy rains, minor flooding and significant storm surge as it approaches lightly populated central and eastern islands

Hurricane Joaquin to Strike Bahamas, Has Eye on US Mid-Atlantic

Joaquin was a Category 2 storm with top sustained winds of 165 kilometers per hour; track after Bahamas is difficult to forecast

Kerry, Lavrov Discuss Options on Syrian Conflict

Earlier, Kerry said U.S. would have 'grave concerns' about Russian airstrikes in parts of Syria where IS, al-Qaida-affiliated militants are not operating

Video California March Draws Attention to Refugee Crisis

The current migrant crisis in Europe was on the minds of people in Irvine, California, recently, as they rallied in support of all the world's displaced people. The march — led by some who came to the city as refugees — was called Walk for Unity. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan has more.

Analysts Differ on US Foreign Policy

There is consensus among some analysts that Washington is happy to let Russia get bogged down in quagmire of Syrian conflict

Video UN Works to Remain Relevant at 70

World body has grown substantially over those years and as it moves into its next decade will decide what it needs to do to stay relevant going forward

Video UN Works to Remain Relevant at 70

The United Nations' founders set out 70 years ago to prevent another world war. In that, they succeeded to date, but there has been no shortage of crises and conflicts to test the organization. As it moves into its next decade, VOA’s Margaret Besheer looks at how the world body has grown and what it needs to do to stay relevant going forward.

Video Yazidi-American Activist Seeks Help for Refugees

Social worker Laila Khoudeida, born and raised in a Syrian camp after her family fled persecution in Iraq, says she feels deeply linked to Yazidi cause

Video Yazidi-American Activist Seeks Help for Refugees

The plight of the Yazidis, a religious-ethnic minority in Iraq, drew world attention last year when Islamic State fighters drove thousands of them to a mountain refuge in Sinjar. Far away, in the Midwestern city of Lincoln, Nebraska, the largest community of Yazidis in North America took action, led in great part by Laila Khoudeida, and she she continues to seek help for her threatened people. VOA's Greg Flakus reports.

Video Chinese Culture Fades in Washington's Chinatown

With area’s Chinese population shrinking, some fear Chinatown may lose its status as an authentically ethnic tourist attraction

Video UNGA Week in New York: Checkpoints, Checkpoints, Checkpoints

Even with one of the largest US police departments providing security, overcoming cultural differences, language barriers requires some extra help

Video California March Draws Attention to Refugee Crisis

Walk for Unity, sponsored by the Tiyya Foundation, a refugee assistance group, is part of Irvine's Global Village Festival, a celebration of cultural diversity

Video Chinese Culture Fades in Washington's Chinatown

Washington’s Chinatown was once the home of many Chinese immigrants. But over the years, the Chinese population has decreased sharply, which has caused the local Chinese culture to fade. VOA’s Adrianna Zhang has more.

Video Checkpoints, Checkpoints, During UN Week in New York

World leaders require tight security whenever they travel. So, imagine more than 150 of them traveling around one city. That's the monumental security effort required every year for the United Nations General Assembly in New York City. Couple that with a visit from the Pope and it's double police presence. VOA's Carolyn Presutti shows us how it's done.

Tesla Unveils Model X, an All-electric SUV

CEO Elon Musk says Model X sets new bar for automotive engineering, with features such as rear falcon-wing doors that open upward

Pope: Flight From Cuba to US Symbolic of Bridge Being Built

Francis says flight from Havana to Washington was 'an emblematic passage, a bridge which, thanks be to God, is being rebuilt'

Video Boehner's Departure Reveals Deep Republican Divide

In U.S. politics, deep rifts within the Republican Party are on display in the wake of House Speaker John Boehner’s decision to resign and the rise of political outsiders in the Republican presidential race. VOA National correspondent Jim Malone has more on the reasons behind the divide in the party - and what it could mean for next year’s presidential election.

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Russia’s Syria Involvement Raising Concerns in Europei
Luis Ramirez
October 02, 2015 4:45 PM
European nations are joining the United States in demanding that Russia stop targeting opposition groups other than the Islamic State militants as Russian warplanes continue to conduct raids in Syria. The demand came in a statement from Britain, France, Germany, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United States Friday. VOA Europe correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.

Video Russia’s Syria Involvement Raising Concerns in Europe

European nations are joining the United States in demanding that Russia stop targeting opposition groups other than the Islamic State militants as Russian warplanes continue to conduct raids in Syria. The demand came in a statement from Britain, France, Germany, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United States Friday. VOA Europe correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.

Video First Self-Driving Truck Debuts on European Highways

The first automated semi-trailer truck started its maiden voyage Friday, Oct. 2, on a European highway. The Daimler truck called 'Actros' is the first potentially mass-produced truck whose driver will be required only to monitor the situation, similar to the role of an airline captain while the plane is in autopilot mode. VOA’s George Putic reports.

Video Nano-tech Filter Cleans Dirty Water

Access to clean water is a problem for hundreds of millions of people around the world. Now, a scientist and chemical engineer in Tanzania (in East Africa) is working to change that by creating an innovative water filter that makes dirty water safe. VOA’s Deborah Block has the story.

Video Demand Rising for Organic Produce in Cambodia

In Cambodia, where rice has long been the main cash crop, farmers are being encouraged to turn to vegetables to satisfy the growing demand for locally produced organic farm products. Daniel de Carteret has more from Phnom Penh.

Video Migrant Influx Costs Europe, But Economy Could Benefit

The influx of hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants is testing Europe’s ability to respond – especially in the poorer Balkan states. But some analysts argue that Europe will benefit by welcoming the huge numbers of young people – many of them well educated and willing to work. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.

Video Botanists Grow Furniture, with Pruning Shears

For something a bit out of the ordinary to furnish your home, why not consider wooden chairs, crafted by nature, with a little help from some British botanists with an eye for design. VOA’s Jessica Berman reports.

Video New Fabric Helps Fight Dust-Related Allergies

Many people around the world suffer from dust-related allergies, caused mainly by tiny mites that live in bed linen. Polish scientists report they have successfully tested a fabric that is impenetrable to the microscopic creatures. VOA’s George Putic has more.

Video Burkina Faso's Economy Deeply Affected by Political Turmoil

Political turmoil in Burkina Faso over the past year has taken a toll on the economy. The transitional government is reporting nearly $70 million in losses in the ten days that followed a short-lived coup by members of the presidential guard earlier this month. The crisis shut businesses and workers went on strike. With elections on the horizon, Emilie Iob reports on what a return to political stability can do for the country's economic recovery.

Video Fleeing Violence, Some Syrians Find Refuge in Irbil

As Syrians continue to flee their country’s unrest to seek new lives in safer places, VOA Persian Service reporter Shepol Abbassi visited Irbil, where a number Syrians have taken refuge. During the religious holidy of Eid al-Adha, the city largely shut down, as temperatures soared. Amy Katz narrates his report.

Video Nigeria’s Wecyclers Work for Reusable Future in Lagos

The streets and lagoons of Africa's largest city - Lagos, Nigeria - are often clogged with trash, almost none of which gets recycled. One company is trying to change that. Chris Stein reports for VOA from Lagos.

Video Sketch Artist Helps Catch Criminals, Gives a Face to Deceased

Police often face the problem of trying to find a crime suspect based on general descriptions that could fit hundreds of people in the vicinity of the crime. In these cases, an artist can use information from witnesses to sketch a likeness that police can show the public via newspapers and television. But, as VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Houston, such sketches can also help bring back faces of the dead.

Video Thailand Set to Build China-like Internet Firewall

Thai authorities are planning to tighten control over the Internet, creating a single international access point so they can better monitor content. VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from Bangkok on what is being called Thailand’s own "Great Firewall."

Video Croatian Town’s War History Evokes Empathy for Migrants

As thousands of Afghanistan, Iraqi and Syrian migrants pass through Croatia, locals are reminded of their own experiences with war and refugees in the 1990s. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from the town of Vukovar, where wartime scars still are visible today.

Video Long Drought Affecting California’s Sequoias

California is suffering under a historic four-year drought and scientists say even the state's famed sequoia trees are feeling the pain. The National Park Service has started detailed research to see how it can help the oldest living things on earth survive. VOA’s George Putic reports.

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