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    Freedom of Information Under Threat

    Freedom of Information Under Threat

    May 03, 2016 12:14 PM
    Twenty-five years after the world declared that freedom of information is a fundamental human right, journalists are under increasing threat of official censorship, harassment, imprisonment, and even assassination.

    US Marines Investigating Iwo Jima Photo

    Probe comes more than a year after two amateur historians raised doubts that one of the six marines in an iconic photo taken at Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II has been misidentified

    Video Malinowski on Free the Press Campaign

    US Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, Tom Malinowski discusses press freedom and the State Departments Free the Press campaign.

    US Sentences Proponent of 'Hacker-for-Hire' Cybercrime

    The court said Nikita Kuzmin's punishment is the 37 months he has already spent in prison and a $6.9 million fine

    Solar-powered Plane Reaches Phoenix in Bid to Circle Globe

    The ultimate goal is flying the plane all the way back to Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates, where the trip began in March 2015

    Video Media Monitors Report Decline in Global Press Freedom

    A new report from Freedom House scoring 199 countries and territories shows global press freedom has fallen to its lowest point in more than a decade

    Video US: Journalists Around the World Never in More Peril

    State Department draws attention to detentions, alleged human rights abuses against journalists that it has previously identified as being 'censored, attacked, threatened, imprisoned, or otherwise oppressed because of their reporting'

    Former American Detainee Says North Korea Tried to Use Him as Negotiating Tool

    Kenneth Bae, 47, a South Korean-born naturalized US citizen, was arrested in Rason, a city in North Korea's northeast, in November 2012

    Key Findings of Freedom of the Press Report

    Annual Freedom of the Press report on media independence around world assesses degree of print, broadcast and digital media freedom in 199 countries and territories

    What is World Press Freedom Day?

    Global observance stresses freedom of information as fundamental human right, reminds that in dozens of countries, journalists are harassed and attacked, publications are censored and closed

    Detroit Shutting Off Water to Homes With Unpaid Bills

    Some 23,000 people owed an average of about $663; Hundreds of them lined up Saturday to sign up for a payment plan to keep their water on

    Obama: Decision to Kill Bin Laden Was Heavily Debated

    US president spoke to CNN television Monday, on fifth anniversary of special forces operation that killed the world's most wanted criminal

    New Chicago High-Rise Will Be City’s Biggest Chinese Property Deal

    Builders to break ground this summer on $900M, 95-story skyscraper expected to have 406 residential units, 200 luxury hotel rooms, approximately 9,000 square feet of retail space

    Video Painting Captures President Lincoln Assassination Aftermath

    German artist Carl Bersch's painting is the only known painting by an eyewitness that captures the horror of that fateful night

    Massive Teacher Protest Shutters Detroit Schools

    Nearly 45,000 students get unscheduled day off Monday as more than 1,500 teachers call in sick over district’s enormous debt

    Should Selfies Be Allowed in US Voting Booths?

    While secret ballot seen as integral to US democratic system, social media documentation increasingly successful in keeping millennials involved and excited about political process

    US Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Seattle Minimum Wage Law

    Owners of franchises had pushed to be classified as small businesses, and given more time to adjust to law; workers’ rights advocates disagreed, citing benefits doled out by parent corporations

    US: Religious Freedom Curtailed Sharply Across Globe

    ‘Incarceration of prisoners of conscience … remains astonishingly widespread,’ according to Commission on International Religious Freedom, which lists dozens of countries contributing to ‘suffering worldwide’

    Video Painting Captures President Lincoln Assassination Aftermath

    A newly restored painting captures the moments following President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination in 1865. It was recently unveiled at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, where America’s 16th president was shot. It is the only known painting by an eyewitness that captures the horror of that fateful night. VOA’s Julie Taboh tells us more about the painting and what it took to restore it to its original condition.

    Vietnam Urges US to Lift Lethal Weapons Ban Amid S. China Sea Tensions

    US president’s upcoming visit to Vietnam underscores strength of relationship, and lifting embargo would reflect that trust, ambassador says

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    May 05, 2016 6:44 PM
    A Facebook campaign organized by a VOA radio host raised 150,000 Afghan rupees to rescue a family from forced labor at a brick kiln in Nangarhar province – the result of the father’s unpaid debt. Video by a VOA reporter in Jalalabad went viral this week and triggered the Facebook campaign.
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    Video Donations Rescue Afghan Parents, Children From Forced Labor

    A Facebook campaign organized by a VOA radio host raised 150,000 Afghan rupees to rescue a family from forced labor at a brick kiln in Nangarhar province – the result of the father’s unpaid debt. Video by a VOA reporter in Jalalabad went viral this week and triggered the Facebook campaign.
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    Video Kurdish Troops Recount Firefight Which Killed US Navy SEAL

    A U.S. Navy SEAL killed Tuesday, when Islamic State fighters punched through Kurdish lines in northern Iraq, was part of a quick reaction force sent to extract other U.S. troops trapped by the surprise offensive. VOA's Kawa Omar spoke with Kurdish troops in the town of Telskuf -- the scene of what U.S. officials called a "dynamic firefight."
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    Video British Lawmakers Warn EU Exit Talks Could Last A Decade

    Leaving the European Union would mean difficult negotiations that could take years to complete, according to a bipartisan group of British lawmakers. While the group did not recommend a vote either way, the lawmakers noted trade deals between the EU and non-EU states take between four and nine years on average. Henry Ridgwell reports on the mounting debate over whether Britain should stay or exit the EU as the June vote approaches.
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    Video NASA Astronauts Train for Commercial Space Flights

    Since the last Shuttle flight in 2011, the United States has been relying on Russian rockets to launch fresh crews to the International Space Station. But that may change in the next few years. NASA and several private space companies are developing advanced capsules capable of taking humans into low orbit and beyond. As VOA's George Putic reports, astronauts are already training for commercial spacecraft in flight simulators.
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    Video US Worried Political Chaos in Iraq Will Hurt IS Fight

    The White House is expressing concern about rising political chaos in Iraq and the impact it could have on the fight against the Islamic State. The U.S. says Iraq needs a stable, central government to help push back the group. But some say Baghdad may not have a unified government any time soon. VOA's White House correspondent Mary Alice Salinas reports.
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    Video Press Freedom in Myanmar Fragile, Limited

    As Myanmar begins a new era with a democratically elected government, many issues of the past confront the new leadership. Among them is press freedom in a country where journalists have been routinely harassed or jailed.
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    Video Taliban Threats Force Messi Fan to Leave Afghanistan

    A young Afghan boy, who recently received autographed shirts and a football from his soccer hero Lionel Messi, has fled his country due to safety concerns. He and his family are now taking refuge in neighboring Pakistan. VOA's Ayaz Gul reports from Islamabad.
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    Video Major Rubbish Burning Experiment Captures Destructive Greenhouse Gases

    The world’s first test to capture environmentally harmful carbon dioxide gases from the fumes of burning rubbish took place recently in Oslo, Norway. The successful experiment at the city's main incinerator plant, showcased a method for capturing most of the carbon dioxide. VOA’s Deborah Block has more.
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    Video EU Visa Block Threatens To Derail EU-Turkey Migrant Deal

    Turkish citizens could soon benefit from visa-free travel to Europe as part of the recent deal between the EU and Ankara to stem the flow of refugees. In return, Turkey has pledged to keep the migrants on Turkish soil and crack down on those who are smuggling them. Brussels is set to publish its latest progress report Wednesday — but as Henry Ridgwell reports from London, many EU lawmakers are threatening to veto the deal over human rights concerns.
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    Video Tensions Rising Ahead of South China Sea Ruling

    As the Philippines awaits an international arbitration ruling on a challenge to China's claims to nearly all of the South China Sea, it is already becoming clear that regardless of which way the decision goes, the dispute is intensifying. VOA’s Bill Ide has more from Beijing.
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    Video Painting Captures President Lincoln Assassination Aftermath

    A newly restored painting captures the moments following President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination in 1865. It was recently unveiled at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, where America’s 16th president was shot. It is the only known painting by an eyewitness that captures the horror of that fateful night. VOA’s Julie Taboh tells us more about the painting and what it took to restore it to its original condition.
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    Video Displaced By War, Syrian Artist Finds Inspiration Abroad

    Saudi-born Syrian painter Mohammad Zaza is among the millions who fled their home for an uncertain future after Syria's civil war broke out. Since fleeing Syria, Zaza has lived in Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan and now Turkey where his latest exhibition, “Earth is Blue like an Orange,” opened in Istanbul. He spoke with VOA about how being displaced by the Syrian civil war has affected the country's artists.

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