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Indiana City Welcomes Myanmar Refugees, Struggles With Syrians

Indiana City Welcomes Myanmar Refugees, Struggles With Syrians

November 25, 2015 8:33 PM
One midwestern U.S. city accustomed to taking in thousands of refugees from all over the world may be changing its policies. Following the Paris terror attacks, the governor of Indiana closed the door to Syrian refugees. As VOA's Carolyn Presutti reports from Fort Wayne, it's now a city divided between hospitality and safety.

Video Modern-Day Photographer Takes Old-Time 'Spirit' Photos

In the 1860s and '70s, American photographer William Mumler figured out how to take photos in which ghostly images would appear in the background. Today, Baltimore photographer John Milleker uses the same tricks of the trade that made those old photos of "spirits" possible. VOA’s Deborah Block reports.

Academy Prepares Young Refugees for Life in America

International Rescue Committee in New York helps youths prepare for a public school education

Video North Korean Refugees Struggle to Adjust to US

Transition to new country is tough for many, who have lived in 'culture of distrust for a long time'

Video Indiana City Welcomes Myanmar Refugees, Struggles With Syrians

Fort Wayne is known for welcoming refugees — 5,000 residents are from Myanmar — but the prospect of terrorist infiltration makes some residents nervous

Video North Korean Refugees Struggle to Adjust to US

The Refugee Processing Center, which is operated by the U.S. State Department, says there are some 190 North Korean refugees living in the United States. But there may be more who do not claim refugee status. As Elizabeth Lee reports from Los Angeles, many North Koreans have settled in California, where they are trying to adjust to their new lives.

Video US Retailers Gear Up for Holiday Shopping Season

Black Friday marks time when many retailers finally move from red, as in losses, into black, as in profits

Video US Retailers Gear Up for Holiday Shopping Season

The holiday season is once again upon us. That means retailers and shopping malls around the world are busy with the final decorating touches for the start of the all-important holiday shopping season. In the United States, that's usually the Friday after Thanksgiving. Retailers call the start of the holiday shopping season "Black Friday". That's because, for many retailers, it marks the day they finally move from the red (as in losses) and into the black as in profits. Mil Arcega has more.

US Vows to Expand Sanctions on Burundi Officials 'As Needed'

United States cracks down on Burundian officials who are stoking ongoing political, security crisis in African country

UN Focuses on Global Effort to End Violence Against Women

Sixteen-day UN campaign will attempt to raise awareness about violent realities faced by many of world's women and girls

Video Obama: 'No Specific and Credible' Threat to US

In the wake of attacks claimed by the Islamic State militant group in Paris, Beirut, and Tunis, U.S. President Barack Obama is reassuring Americans on the threat of terrorism over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. “Right now, we know of any specific and credible intelligence indicating a plot on the homeland,” he says.

Did the Pilgrims Really Invent Thanksgiving?

The annual tradition owes as much to Victorian-age intellectuals as it does the colonists who invited their Native American benefactors to a fall feast

Expert: Friends Recruit Most Islamic State Fighters

A terrorism expert says research shows radicalization rarely occurs in mosques and very rarely through anonymous recruiters and strangers

Paris Attacks Have Reset US Election Campaign

For Republican frontrunner Donald Trump the attacks have reset the presidential campaign with a focus on protecting the homeland

Biden to Discuss Migrants, Terrorism at Summit in Croatia

US vice president's trip comes amid debate in US about whether to admit Syrian refugees following Islamic State group's attack in Paris

Video US Holiday Travelers Face Increased Security

As Americans take to the highways, skies and rails for their Thanksgiving holiday travel, most say that safety is something that concerns them. VOA’s Adrianna Zhang reports.

‘Clock Boy’ Misses US

Now living in Qatar, Ahmed Mohamed's family is suing the Irving school district for $15 million and an apology

Boston Marathon Bombing Survivors Brace for Movies on Attack

Two movies, a play and an HBO documentary are in the works

Jolie Pitt Accepts Honorary Post at Cambodian Film Festival

Festival held in Phnom Penh, runs Dec. 4-10 and is screening 130 films from 34 countries

Video Protests in Chicago After Fatal Police Shooting Video Released

Tensions ran high overnight in the Midwest city of Chicago as protesters reacted to release of a police video.  The video shows a veteran white police officer shooting a black teenager.  VOA's Carolyn Presutti reports from Chicago

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Video After Terrorist Attacks, Support for Refugees Fades

The terrorists who killed and injured almost 500 people around Paris this month are mostly French or Belgian nationals. But at least two apparently took advantage of Europe’s migrant crisis to sneak into the region. The discovery has hardened views about legitimate refugees, including those fleeing the same extremist violence that hit the French capital. Lisa Bryant has this report for VOA from the Paris suburb of Cergy-Pontoise

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Video Uncertain Future for Syrian Refugee Resettlement in Illinois

For the trickle of Syrian refugees finding new homes in the Midwest city of Chicago, the call to end resettlement in many U.S. states is adding another dimension to their long journey fleeing war. Organizations working to help them integrate say the backlash since the Paris attacks is both harming and helping their efforts to provide refugees sanctuary. VOA's Kane Farabaugh reports.

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