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US Jobless Claims Rise

FILE - A case worker offers advice to job seekers at a San Francisco employment center.

August 14, 2014 9:30 AM
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Denver Event Aims to Close Gap in Walmart's 'Made in USA' Push

Walmart hopes to win back customers, help US vendors put their plants back to work

Top US Military Officer in Vietnam for Historic Talks

It is the first time since 1971 a chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has visited Vietnam

Multimedia Iraq’s Prime Minister Agrees to Renounce Power

Embattled Shi’ite leader ends legal challenge to replacement's nomination

Video Kerry: Law, Not Coercion, Key to Resolving Sea Disputes

Effort necessary despite Beijing's behavior in South China Sea, says US top diplomat wrapping up eight-day Asia trip

Video Work on Ebola Treatments Speeds Up to Address Outbreak

Company that produced serum used on American missionaries says it will increase production as other groups join work on vaccines, treatments

Video Work on Ebola Treatments Speeds Up to Address Outbreak

The World Health Organization has approved the use of experimental drugs for people who have Ebola, a virus that already has claimed more than 1,000 lives in western Africa. VOA's Carol Pearson looks at possible treatments and vaccines for those with the disease.

Video Panama Canal Turns 100 Amid Growing Pains, Competition

Taking over 30 years to build - it is considered one of biggest engineering feats of 20th century

Video Panama Canal Turns 100 Amid Growing Pains, Competition

The Panama Canal turns 100 this week. Officially opened in 1914, the 77-kilometer channel joins the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean at the isthmus of Panama. It made the world smaller, creating a shortcut for cargo ships that ply their trade from east and west. But 100 years later the canal is straining from the demands of expanding global trade. And as Mil Arcega reports, it may also be facing some serious competition as it navigates the next 100 years.

Rule Change Makes More Companies Vulnerable to US Sanctions

US Treasury Department rules that business entities, even partly owned by individuals sanctioned by Washington, can now be blacklisted

Obama, Clinton to Mingle on Martha's Vineyard After Foreign Policy Spat

They may or may not hug, but president and former secretary of state rubbing shoulders on Wednesday at a party on Martha's Vineyard

Column: Interview Suggests New Obama-Clinton Tensions

Clinton steps up criticism of Obama’s foreign policy - yet another sign of an impending campaign for the White House in 2016

3 Years Later, American Aid Worker Still Captive in Pakistan

On anniversary of her husband's kidnapping, wife of Warren Weinstein urges US and Pakistan to redouble efforts to bring him home safely

Reporter's Notebook: Remembering Robin Williams

VOA's Kane Farabaugh recalls trying to interview 'the planet’s funniest man' during a 2002 USO tour in Afghanistan

Video Racial Tensions High Over Police Shooting of African American Youth

Racial tensions remain high in a suburb outside Saint Louis, Missouri days after an unarmed black teenager was shot to death, allegedly by a white police officer. Civil rights leaders and President Barack Obama are calling for calm. As VOA’s Chris Simkins reports, federal authorities are investigating other recent altercations between African Americans and police.

Video Racial Tensions Remain High in Missouri

St. Louis suburb of Ferguson has been hotbed of racial tension since Aug. 9 when 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer

Justin Bieber Pleads Guilty to Careless Driving in Florida Case

Deal, which includes anger management course and $50,000 charitable contribution, allows pop star to avoid possible DUI conviction

Broadway Pays Tribute to Robin Williams

Lights of New York's theater district will dim Wednesday to pay tribute to Williams

Is Former NSA Contractor Snowden a Traitor?

Russia recently granted former US intelligence worker, who is wanted on espionage charges, a three-year residency permit

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August 19, 2014 11:43 PM
The World Health Organization has approved the use of experimental treatments for Ebola patients in West Africa. The Ebola outbreak there is unprecedented, the disease deadly. The number of people who have died from Ebola has surpassed 1,200. VOA's Carol Pearson reports on the ethical considerations of allowing experimental drugs to be used.
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Video Five Patients Given Experimental Ebola Drug Said to Be Improving

The World Health Organization has approved the use of experimental treatments for Ebola patients in West Africa. The Ebola outbreak there is unprecedented, the disease deadly. The number of people who have died from Ebola has surpassed 1,200. VOA's Carol Pearson reports on the ethical considerations of allowing experimental drugs to be used.
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Video In Ukraine, Fear and Distrust Remain Where Fighting has Stopped

As the Ukrainian military reclaims control of eastern cities from pro-Russian separatists, residents are getting a chance to rebuild their lives. VOA's Gabe Joselow reports from the town of Kramatorsk in Donetsk province, where a sense of fear is still in the air, and distrust of the government in Kyiv still runs deep.
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Video China Targets Overseas Assets of Corrupt Officials

As China presses forward with its anti-graft effort, authorities are targeting corrupt officials who have sent family members and assets overseas. The efforts have stirred up a debate at home on exactly how many officials take that route and how likely it is they will be caught. Rebecca Valli has this report.
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Video Leading The Fight Against Islamic State, Kurds Question Iraqi Future

Western countries including the United States have begun arming the Kurdish Peshmerga forces in northern Iraq to aid their battle against extremist Sunni militants from the Islamic State. But there are concerns that a heavily-armed Kurdistan Regional Government, or KRG, might seek to declare independence and cause the break-up of the Iraqi state. As Henry Ridgwell reports from London, the KRG says it will only seek greater autonomy from Baghdad.
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Video In Rural Kenya, Pressure Builds Against Female Circumcision

In some Kenyan communities, female genital mutilation remains a rite of passage. But activists are pushing back, with education for girls and with threats of punishment those who perform the circumcision. Mohammed Yusuf looks at the practice in the rural eastern community of Tharaka-Nithi.
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Video For Obama, Racial Violence is Personal Issue

The racial violence in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson is presenting U.S. President Barack Obama with an issue to which he has a deep personal connection. To many Americans, Obama's election as America's first black president marked a turning point in race relations in the United States, and Obama has made ending the violence a policy priority. On Monday he issued a new call for calm and understanding. Luis Ramirez reports from the White House.
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Video Clinton-Obama Relationship Could Impact 2016 Election

President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have a long and complicated relationship. That relationship took another turn recently when Clinton criticized the president’s foreign policy. VOA National Correspondent Jim Malone reports there is renewed attention on the Clinton-Obama relationship as Hillary Clinton considers running for
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Video Iran Looks to Maintain Influence in Baghdad With New Shia PM

Washington and Tehran share the goal of stopping Syrian-based militants in Iraq. But experts say it's Iran, not the United States, that will most influence how the new government in Baghdad approaches internal reforms and the war in Syria. VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns has the story.

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