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    Apprenticeships Offer Job Security in Uncertain US Economy

    Denise Long is enrolled in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union's a tuition-free, five-year apprenticeship program outside Washington, D.C.

    February 03, 2016 7:48 PM
    International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union runs tuition-free, five-year apprenticeship program training students as electrical and telecommunication workers, while earning a paycheck

    Video NYC Gets 'Ultrafast’ Public Wi-Fi

    In a few months, New York City will make history: The city's 8.5 million residents, along with tourists, will be able to access ultra-fast Wi-Fi anywhere in the city, at zero cost. At 3 meters tall, each Wi-Fi portal — featuring dual 140-centimeter HD digital screens for advertising — is every bit as futuristic as you might imagine. VOA's Ramon Taylor reports.

    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.

    Obama's Mosque Visit Shows Support for American Muslims

    One scholar says Obama's visit to Islamic Society of Baltimore continued long tradition of US presidents defending religious freedom

    US Confirms Involvement in Syria Airfield Expansion

    Syrian Kurds are expanding an airbase on farmland in northeast Syria that could be used for military purposes, according to Kurdish and US officials

    US Struggles With North Korea Response

    There is wide disagreement over what steps should be taken to curb Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic missile ambitions

    Video Job Seekers Navigate Uncertain US Economy

    Economy has grown, jobs have been added, wages appear to be headed up — but global economic problems could mean uncertainty for US in 2017

    Which US Political Party is Better for the Economy?

    Despite candidates’ claims, neither side has monopoly on economic wisdom, according to study of markets’ ups and downs in Democratic and Republican administrations

    Official: Admitting Syrian Refugees Enhances US Security

    US Citizenship and Immigrations Services Director Leon Rodriguez delivers strong defense of Syrian Resettlement program

    Video Job Seekers Navigate Uncertain US Economy

    In recent weeks, the issues of immigration, national security and counterterrorism have seemed to overshadow the U.S. economy as a focus of the 2016 presidential campaign. But tthe country’s economic outlook remains on the minds of many Americans who are concerned about their job prospects and growing income inequality. VOA's Aru Pande reports.

    Video Visiting Mosque, Obama Condemns Violence Against Muslim Americans

    President Barack Obama says an attack on one religious faith is an attack on all faiths. He spoke during his first visit to a U.S. mosque as president Wednesday in Baltimore, Maryland. VOA’s Chris Simkins has more on the story.

    Syrian-American Students Go Greek at US University

    15 Syrian-Americans at Penn State have formed a chapter of a national Muslim fraternity so that they 'can experience college to the full potential' in a way that aligns with their values

    US Border Crossing Arrests Hit Lowest Level in a Year

    Apprehension figures, said to reflect overall number of attempts to enter country illegally, dropped to 23,767 in January compared to more than 37,000 in December

    Trump Claims Cruz 'Stole' Iowa Caucus Victory

    Billionaire attacks Republican rival’s win as unfair, calls for new election in Iowa; Trump ‘lost Iowa and now nobody is talking about him, so he's popping off on Twitter,’ Cruz spokesman responds

    Syrian Refugee Flow to Canada Probed in Washington

    US lawmakers question Ottawa's ability to screen large influx of newcomers on short timetable; porous border with Canada makes migration policies ‘a legitimate concern,’ says one senator

    Clinton Clear on Trump: 'We Were Not Friends'

    In ‘People’ interview, Democratic presidential candidate denies billionaire’s previous claims of friendship and denounces ‘mean-spiritedness’ in campaign

    Mystery Money Makes Its Way Back Into US Election Process

    Loosening of campaign finance laws often obfuscates who's really supporting candidates, what favors could be owed should they get elected

    Video Gallaudet University: A Worldwide Draw for Deaf Students

    What's it like to go to college if you're deaf? And not only deaf, but in a foreign country — and dealing with not just one, but TWO languages that are not your own? At Washington's Gallaudet University — the only university in the world specifically designed for the education of the deaf and hard of hearing — international students take challenges like that in stride. Watch on YouTube with captions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3sb26lHYB9Y

    Two More Republicans End US Presidential Bids

    Sen. Rand Paul now faces tough re-election fight in Kentucky to keep Senate seat; vocal conservative Rick Santorum finished 11th of 12 candidates Monday, after winning Iowa caucuses in 2012

    US, Michigan Officials Trade Blame Over Flint's Toxic Water Crisis

    Director of Michigan environmental agency concedes that officials should have required Flint to take steps to control corrosion of its water pipes

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    German Artists to Memorialize Refugees With Life Jacket Exhibiti
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    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.