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Obama Pledges No US Ground War in Iraq

Obama Pledges No US Ground War in Iraq

September 17, 2014 5:37 PM
President Barack Obama is repeating his pledge to not embroil the U.S. military in another ground war in Iraq. His remarks to American forces in Florida come a day after the country's top military commander told Congress he would recommend sending U.S. combat troops to Iraq if it were to become necessary. VOA's Aru Pande has more from the White House. More

US Proposes Talks Over Envoy to North Korea

Envoy's mission would be securing release of three detained Americans

US Official Tries to Allay Fear Ebola Could Become Airborne

Some infectious disease specialists voice concern disease could acquire new mode of transmission -- through inhalation, much like the common flu bug

US Government Investigating Young People Joining Mideast Jihadists

Authorities are conducting probes of men, women they believe have left the northern US state of Minnesota to fight alongside extremists in Syria

US Attorney General to Propose More Rewards, Agents to Fight Wall St Crime

Prosecutors have stepped up efforts to pursue bankers, traders and others in the industry for other types of financial fraud, including insider trading

US Central Bank Expects to End Direct Support of Economy in October

In addition to policy change, Fed will, for the first time, lay out new economic and interest rate projections that will extend out to 2017

US Congratulates Ukraine for Forging Closer Ties with EU

President Petro Poroshenko travels to Washington this week, where he will meet President Obama and address a joint session of Congress

Multimedia Obama: No US Ground Troops to Fight IS in Iraq

President tells service members at MacDill Air Base that American troops are in a unique position to lead in fight against Islamic State militants

Video Ukrainian Leader to Seek Greater US Support on Visit

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko visits Washington this week amid a shaky cease-fire with Russian-backed separatists, the ratification of an EU pact, and moves to grant self-rule to eastern Ukraine. As he tackles a range of challenges, the Ukrainian leader is expected to press for greater U.S. support during talks Thursday with President Barack Obama at the White House. VOA's Aru Pande has more from Washington.

Video Ukrainian Leader to Seek Greater US Support on Visit

So far, the US has pledged some $70 million in aid to Ukraine in the form of body armor, communications equipment and rations

US Indicts Man for Attempted Support to Islamic State Group

Mufid Elfgeeh of Rochester, New York encouraged two people to travel overseas to fight for the Islamic State

Video NASA Picks Boeing, SpaceX to Carry Astronauts Into Space

The U.S. space agency, NASA, has chosen Boeing and SpaceX companies to build the next generation of spacecraft that will carry U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station by the year 2017. The deal with private industry enables NASA to end its dependence on Russia to send space crews into low Earth orbit and back. Zlatica Hoke has more.

US Man Arrested in River Swim to North Korea

The man, who appeared to be in his 30s, was arrested along the Han River by South Korean soldiers

Video Efforts Underway to Reduce Confrontations Between Police, African American Youth

The shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, on August 9 touched off days of unrest and racial tension in the Saint Louis suburb. The incident also highlighted the problem of racial animosity between police and Ferguson's African American community. Now some African-Americans parents and social workers are talking to young people about how to act when stopped by police. VOA's Chris Simkins has more.

Video Obama Unveils Plan to Contain Ebola

President Barack Obama has announced a plan to contain the spread of the Ebola virus in West Africa, indicating the world is relying on the United States to confront the outbreak that has killed more than 2,000 people. VOA White House Correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.

Video US Defense Secretary: Islamic State War to be 'Complicated'

When President Barack Obama intensified the fight against Islamic State militants, he warned this would not be a quick victory. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, echoed that sentiment testifying before Congress Tuesday. VOA Pentagon Correspondent Carla Babb has more.

Video Hot Tech Ideas Seek Investors at San Francisco Expo

TechCrunch exposition in San Francisco is a place where tech start-ups can meet potential backers, try to convince them their gadgets may be the next big thing

Video UN: Climate Change Action Boosts Economic Growth

A landmark report released Tuesday at the United Nations finds that economic growth is compatible with taking action on climate change. VOA’s Rosanne Skirble has the details.

Video NASA Picks Contractors to Resume Manned Space Flight

Space agency names two private companies to build, launch spacecrafts to and from International Space Station

Under Secretary Stengel: US in Information 'Battle' with IS, Russia

Richard Stengel says that in face of strong foreign propaganda machines such as Russia and Islamic State, US needs to harden its 'soft power'

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Deborah Block
September 21, 2014 2:12 PM
A U.S. power company that has been importing natural gas now wants to export it. If approved, its plant in Lusby, Maryland, would likely be the first terminal on the United States East Coast to export liquefied natural gas from American pipelines. While some residents welcome the move because it will create jobs, others oppose it, saying the expansion could be a safety and environmental hazard. VOA’s Deborah Block examines the controversy.
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Video Natural Gas Export Plan Divides Maryland Town

A U.S. power company that has been importing natural gas now wants to export it. If approved, its plant in Lusby, Maryland, would likely be the first terminal on the United States East Coast to export liquefied natural gas from American pipelines. While some residents welcome the move because it will create jobs, others oppose it, saying the expansion could be a safety and environmental hazard. VOA’s Deborah Block examines the controversy.
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Video Difficult Tactical Battle Ahead Against IS Militants in Syria

The U.S. president has ordered the military to intensify its fight against the Islamic State, including in Syria. But how does the military conduct air strikes in a country that is not a U.S. ally? VOA correspondent Carla Babb reports from the Pentagon.
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Video Iran, World Powers Seek Progress in Nuclear Talks

Iran and the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany, known as the P5 + 1, have started a new round of talks on Iran's nuclear program. VOA State Department correspondent Pam Dockins reports that as the negotiations take place in New York, a U.S. envoy is questioning Iran's commitment to peaceful nuclear activity.
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Video Alibaba Shares Soar in First Day of Trading

China's biggest online retailer hit the market Friday -- with its share price soaring on the New York Stock Exchange. The shares were priced at $68, but trading stalled at the opening, as sellers held onto their shares, waiting for buyers to bid up the price. More on the world's biggest initial public offering from VOA’s Bernard Shusman in New York.
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Video Obama Goes to UN With Islamic State, Ebola on Agenda

President Obama goes to the United Nations General Assembly to rally nations to support a coalition against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. He also will look for nations to back his plan to fight the Ebola virus in West Africa. As VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports, Obama’s efforts reflect new moves by the U.S. administration to take a leading role in addressing world crises.
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Video Migrants Caught in No-Man's Land Called Calais

The deaths of hundreds of migrants in the Mediterranean this week has only recast the spotlight on the perils of reaching Europe. And for those forunate enough to reach a place like Calais, France, only find that their problems aren't over. Lisa Bryant has the story.
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Video Westgate Siege Anniversary Brings Back Painful Memories

One year after it happened, the survivors of the terror attack on Nairobi's Westgate Shopping Mall still cannot shake the images of that tragic incident. For VOA, Mohammed Yusuf tells the story of victims still waiting for the answer to the question 'how could this happen?'
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Video Militant Assault in Syria Displaces Thousands of Kurds

A major assault by Islamic State militants on Kurds in Syria has sent a wave of new refugees to the Turkish border, where they were stopped by Turkish border security. Turkey is already hosting about 700,000 Syrian refugees who fled the civil war between the government and the opposition. But the government in Ankara has a history of strained relations with Turkey's Kurdish minority. Zlatica Hoke reports Turkey is asking for international help.
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Video Whaling Summit Votes to Uphold Ban on Japan Whale Hunt

The International Whaling Commission, meeting in Slovenia, has voted to uphold a court ruling banning Japan from hunting whales in the Antarctic Ocean. Conservationists hailed the ruling as a victory, but Tokyo says it will submit revised plans for a whale hunt in 2015. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
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Video A Dinosaur Fit for Land and Water

Residents and tourists in Washington D.C. can now examine a life-size replica of an unusual dinosaur that lived almost a hundred million years ago in northern Africa. Scientists say studying the behemoth named Spinosaurus helps them better understand how some prehistoric animals adapted to life on land and in water. The Spinosaurus replica is on display at the National Geographic museum. VOA’s George Putic has more.
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Video Iraqi Kurdistan Church Helps Christian Children Cope find shelter in churches in the Kurdish capital, Irbil

In the past six weeks, tens of thousands of Iraqi Christians have been forced to flee their homes by Islamic State militants and find shelter in churches in the Kurdish capital, Irbil. Despite U.S. airstrikes in the region, the prospect of people returning home is still very low and concerns are starting to grow over the impact this is having on the displaced youth. Sebastian Meyer reports from Irbil on how one church is coping.


Carnage and mayhem are part of daily life in northern Nigeria, the result of a terror campaign by the Islamist group Boko Haram. Fears are growing that Nigeria’s government may not know how to counter it, and may be making things worse. More

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