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US Backs Ukraine's Separatist Crackdown

White House press secretary Jay Carney gestures as he speaks during the daily news briefing at the White House in Washington, April 15, 2014.

April 15, 2014
White House spokesman says US is 'seriously considering' new sanctions against Russia, but is not looking to provide lethal aid to Kyiv More

Native American Group asks OAS to Help With Land Claim

Leaders of Onondaga Indian Nation meet in Washington to petition Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, saying US courts have violated their group's rights by refusing to hear its claim to 2.5 million acres in New York state

Conflicting 'Truths' About Tragedy Play Out on NY Stage

Americans last week dealt with another seemingly unprovoked school attack, theater-goers explore emotion surrounding such events in 'The Library'

Obama Warns Russia on Ukraine

President urges counterpart Vladimir Putin to 'use his influence' with armed, pro-Russian groups to convince them to depart buildings they have seized

Biden Hails 'Pure Courage' of Boston Marathon Attack Survivors

Biden spoke at a memorial service for the victims of the attack

Iran Asks UN to Address US Refusal to Issue Envoy Visa

Iran's mission to the UN said that the refusal has 'negative implications' diplomatically and creates a dangerous precedent

White Supremacist Charged with Murder in Kansas Shootings

Frazier Glenn Cross was known by law enforcement and human rights groups as a former senior member of the Ku Klux Klan movement

Video Police Pursue Hate Crime Charges Against Kansas Shooting Suspect

Prosecutors are sifting through the evidence in the wake of Sunday’s shootings in a suburb of Kansas City, Missouri that left three people dead. A suspect in the shootings taken into custody is a white supremacist. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, he was well-known to law enforcement agencies and human rights groups alike.

Video Basket Maker’s Skills Have World Reach

Fiber artisan Jackie Abrams' work will be on display at the Smithsonian Craft Show in Washington

For 98th Year, American Journalism’s Best Lauded with Pulitzers

The Pulitzer is the most prestigious award in American journalism

Video Washington Cherry Trees Sign of Harmony, Friendship with Japan

Washington’s iconic cherry trees were originally a gift to thank the United States for recognizing Japan as a member of the international community. More than 100 years after their arrival, the trees are a symbol of the relationship between the two countries, the brevity of life, and the beauty of nature. VOA’s David Byrd spoke with U.S Park Ranger Brad Berger about the trees, what they represent, and what they have come to symbolize for millions of visitors to Washington each year.

Video Mass Pillow Fight Turns Washington DC into Urban Playground

Hundreds of people gathered in more than 100 cities around the world this month to celebrate International Pillow Fight Day. For the eight year in a row, participants turned seemingly-normal public spaces into urban playgrounds, battling each other with soft and fluffy weapons and creating spectacles for those around them. In Washington D.C., a group of young professionals known as Capitol Improv used Facebook to organize a mass pillow fight on the National Mall.

Video US, Europe Wary of Russian Actions, Pledge Support for Ukraine

Officials now intensely working on a response to calm tensions across the region, even as President Barack Obama spoke again with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, about the crisis

Video US, Europe Wary of Russian Actions, Pledge Support for Ukraine

The intensifying violence in eastern Ukraine -- and fears of increased Russian involvement -- have gripped the attention of both the United States and Europe. Officials are now intensely working on a response to calm tensions across the region, even as President Barack Obama spoke again with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, about the crisis. VOA's Jeff Seldin reports from the Pentagon.

Jury Chosen for US Terror Trial of Egyptian Cleric

Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, also known as Abu Hamza al-Masri, extradited to US in 2012

Manning's Conviction Upheld in WikiLeaks Case

Army Private Bradley Manning, now known as Chelsea Manning, convicted in July of 20 crimes, but acquitted of most serious charge, aiding the enemy

Video Basket Maker’s Skills Have World Reach

A prestigious craft show in the U.S. capital offers one-of-a-kind creations by more than 120 artists working in a variety of media. As VOA’s Julie Taboh reports from Washington, one artist lucky enough to be selected says sharing her skills with women overseas is just as significant.

Video Mass Pillow Fight Turns Washington into Urban Playground

For eighth year in a row, participants in 100 cities around the world battle each other with soft, fluffy weapons and create a spectacle for those around them

US Olympic Swimming Legend to Make Comeback

USA Swimming announced Phelps, who retired from the sport after taking six medals at the 2012 London Olympics, will make his competitive comeback next week

Video Man to Face Hate Crimes Charges in Kansas Shooting

Frazier Glenn Cross, longtime white supremacist and Ku Klux Klan member, under arrest in connection with shootings that killed 3 on Sunday

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Ukraine, Russia, United in Faith, Divided in Politicsi
Michael Eckels
April 19, 2014
There is a strong historical religious connection between Russia and Ukraine. But what role is religion playing in the current conflict? In the run-up to Easter, Michael Eckels in Moscow reports for VOA.

Video Ukraine, Russia, United in Faith, Divided in Politics

There is a strong historical religious connection between Russia and Ukraine. But what role is religion playing in the current conflict? In the run-up to Easter, Michael Eckels in Moscow reports for VOA.

Video Face of American Farmer is Changing

The average American farmer is now 58 years old, and farmers 65 and older are the fastest growing segment of the population. It’s a troubling trend signaling big changes ahead for American agriculture as aging farmers retire. Reporter Mike Osborne says a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau is suggesting what some of those changes might look like... and why they might not be so troubling.

Video Donetsk Governor: Ukraine Military Assault 'Delicate But Necessary'

Around a dozen state buildings in eastern Ukraine remain in the hands of pro-Russian protesters who are demanding a referendum on self-rule. The governor of the whole Donetsk region is among those forced out by the protesters. He spoke to VOA's Henry Ridgwell from his temporary new office in Donetsk city.

Video Drones May Soon Send Data From High Seas

Drones are usually associated with unmanned flying vehicles, but autonomous watercraft are also becoming useful tools for jobs ranging from scientific exploration to law enforcement to searching for a missing airliner in the Indian Ocean. VOA’s George Putic reports on sea-faring drones.

Video New Earth-Size Planet Found

Not too big, not too small. Not too hot, not too cold. A newly discovered planet looks just right for life as we know it, according to an international group of astronomers. VOA’s Steve Baragona has more.

Video Copts in Diaspora Worry About Future in Egypt

Around 10 percent of Egypt’s population belong to the Coptic faith, making them the largest Christian minority in the Middle East. But they have become targets of violence since the revolution three years ago. With elections scheduled for May and the struggle between the Egyptian military and Islamists continuing, many Copts abroad are deeply worried about the future of their ancient church. VOA religion correspondent Jerome Socolovsky visited a Coptic church outside Washington DC.

Video Critics Say Venezuelan Protests Test Limits of Military's Support

During the two months of deadly anti-government protests that have rocked the oil-rich nation of Venezuela, President Nicolas Maduro has accused the opposition of trying to initiate a coup. Though a small number of military officers have been arrested for allegedly plotting against the government, VOA’s Brian Padden reports the leadership of the armed forces continues to support the president, at least for now.

Video More Millenials Unplug to Embrace Board Games

A big new trend in the U.S. toy industry has more consumers switching off their high-tech gadgets to play with classic toys, like board games. This is especially true among the so-called millenial generation - those born in the 1980's and 90's. Elizabeth Lee has more from an unusual café in Los Angeles, where the new trend is popular and business is booming.

Video Google Buys Drone Company

In its latest purchase of high-tech companies, Google has acquired a manufacturer of solar-powered drones that can stay in the air almost indefinitely, relaying broadband Internet connection to remote areas. It is seen as yet another step in the U.S. based Web giant’s bid to bring Internet to the whole world. VOA’s George Putic reports.