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Baltimore Residents Demand Answers After Detainee's Death

Baltimore Residents Demand Answers After Detainee's Death

April 22, 2015 10:53 PM
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. More

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.

US Senate Passes Human Trafficking Bill

Passage opens door for vote on confirmation of President Obama’s attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch

Model for Rockwell's 'Rosie the Riveter' Painting Dies at 92

Mary Doyle Keefe posed for iconic 1943 painting that symbolized millions of American women who went to work on the home front during WWII

Carter: Europe's Security Challenges Should Mean More Defense Spending

Decreased investment in military capabilities eroding continent’s ability to be ‘capable’ US ally, says Pentagon chief

New Report Urges Overhaul of US Govt. International Broadcasting

It concludes current broadcasting 'mission is unclear, its attachment to US foreign policy strategies tenuous at best, and its organizational structure ineffective'

Video Human Trafficking Plagues Houston

Authorities worldwide are fighting human trafficking rings that exploit migrants and force young women into prostitution. The U.S. Justice Department estimates that one in four women trafficked in the United States passes through Houston, Texas, at some point because it is an international and domestic crossroads and a center of commerce. Most are from Asia or Latin America, but, as VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Houston, some are U.S. citizens.

Video US Enrollment in Korean Language Classes Growing

Popular Korean entertainment one reason enrollment in Korean language classes has increased by almost 45 percent in four years

US-Cuba Relations Challenge Ballplayers Choosing Pro Path

Thawing bilateral ties still not offering new promises to players having to give up family and life on the island in pursuit of major leagues

British Trader Granted Bail in US Stock Market Fraud Case

Navinder Singh Sarao accused of executing a scheme that contributed to a 'flash crash,' a 600-point drop in the Dow Jones Industrials in May 2010

Concussions Settlement Could Cost NFL $1 Billion

Former players of US National Football League suffering from years of hard hits to head could each receive up to $5M, after federal judge OKs settlement deal

Video US Interest in Korean Culture, Other Factors, Spurs Growth in Language Study

Korean language study is quickly growing in popularity across the United States. The Modern Language Association finds that college enrollments in Korean increased by almost 45 percent between 2009 and 2013. This is happening at a time when total language enrollments have fallen. Correspondent Elizabeth Lee explains the reasons behind this phenomenon.

Video Bible Museum Coming to Washington DC

Museum backed by evangelical Christian who owns one of world’s largest private collections of biblical artifacts and manuscripts

Video US Farm Exports to Cuba Set to Grow

Agriculture experts say farm exports to communist nation could more than triple in next 5 years to $1B, support many new US jobs - if some obstacles cleared

Active Online, Foreign Women Reveal Selves as IS Widows

Morale of foreign women a concern for IS as it tries to attract females from abroad to marry Islamist fighters, populate territory it holds

Video US Lawmakers Urge Tough Stance as Iran Nuclear Talks Resume

Iran's supreme leader has suggested Tehran would never grant weapons inspectors access to military sites

US Senate Panel Approves 'Fast Track' for Pacific Trade Pact

Bill now goes to full Senate, where furious debate is expected; Trade Promotion Authority viewed as critical for approving Trans-Pacific Partnership involving US, 11 other nations

Video Republican Challengers Focus on Clinton

Hillary Clinton may not have any rivals for Democratic presidential nomination as yet, but she is getting plenty of fire from eager Republican hopefuls

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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April 24, 2015 10:13 PM
A popular but controversial type of insecticide is damaging important wild bee populations, according to a new study. VOA’s Steve Baragona has more.
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Video Study: Insecticide Damaging Wild Bee Populations

A popular but controversial type of insecticide is damaging important wild bee populations, according to a new study. VOA’s Steve Baragona has more.
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Video Data Servers Could Heat Private Homes

As every computer owner knows, when their machines run a complex program they get pretty hot. In fact, cooling the processors can be expensive, especially when you're dealing with huge banks of computer servers. But what if that energy could heat private homes? VOA’s George Putic reports that a Dutch energy firm aims to do just that.
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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 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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