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Boston Trial Focuses on Bomb Components

FILE - A portion of a pressure-cooker bomb recovered from a blast site at the Boston Marathon bombing is displayed for the media in a conference room.

March 26, 2015 11:07 AM
Agents tell jurors that nails, BBs, pressure cooker parts and other items similar to those used in two pressure-cooker bombs were found in Dzokhar Tsarnaev's apartment in Cambridge More

Video US, South Korea Conduct Joint Military Exercises

The Eighth U.S. Army Division and the Eighth Republic of Korea Mechanized Infantry Division put on a well orchestrated show of force for the media this week during their joint military training exercises in South Korea. VOA’s Seoul correspondent Brian Padden was there and reports the soldiers were well disciplined both in conducting a complex live fire exercise and in staying on message with the press.

Video US, South Korea Conduct Joint Drills

Exercise involved 14 helicopters, ten armored vehicles and 300 soldiers at range in Pocheon, about six kilometers from border with North

US, Cuba Teams Discuss Telecommunications Issues

US delegation visited Cuba this week as the two nations continued efforts to restore diplomatic relations broken over 50 years ago

Kerry, Zarif Press for Nuclear Deal with Deadline Days Away

A senior State Department official told reporters that the US 'can see a path forward to get to agreement' by the March 31 deadline

Abdullah: US, Afghanistan in 'New Chapter' of Relations

Afghan chief executive says when he and President Ghani took office in September, 'new hopes were raised' both among Afghan people and country's partners

California Attorney General Asks Court to Block Anti-Gay Ballot Measure

California's attorney general is required by law to administer a proposed ballot initiative once it is filed and the sponsor pays a $200 fee

Iraqi Official: Troops Launch 'Final Phase' of Tikrit Offensive

Analysts say offensive could take coalition a step further toward Mosul, largest city held by Islamic State militants

Video Documentary Tells of Last Astronaut to Walk on Moon

New film tells story of former astronaut Eugene Cernan, who thinks US space program has taken wrong turn

Video Space Program Status Disappoints 'Last Man on the Moon'

One of the films that drew big crowds last week at the annual South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, tells the story of the last human being to stand on the moon, U.S. astronaut Eugene Cernan. It has been 42 years since Cernan returned from the moon and he laments that no one else has gone there since. VOA’s Greg Flakus reports.

Heinz to Buy Kraft, Creating Global Food Giant

The new Kraft Heinz Co. will become world's fifth biggest food manufacturer with expected annual revenue of $28 billion

Video Drop in Prices Delays Midwest Shale Oil Production

With the legislative and regulatory framework in place to move forward with hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," of shale formations in three U.S. Midwestern states, oil companies are now in a race against the clock. They need oil prices to rebound in time to make their already considerable investments in shale exploration in the region pay off. VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports.

Video Afghan Leader Maps Path Forward to US Lawmakers

One day after President Barack Obama announced a delay in the drawdown of American troops in Afghanistan, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani mapped out a hopeful vision for his country in an address to a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress. As VOA’s Michael Bowman reports, Ghani expressed deep gratitude for U.S. sacrifices made in Afghanistan, and said his nation is eager to build a prosperous, secure, and self-reliant future.

Video South Asia Analysts See Positives From Afghan Leaders' US Visit

The U.S. visit by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah is being closely monitored in South Asia. Analysts say there have been some positive results from the trip, but some offer caveats. VOA’s Ayesha Tanzeem reports.

US-led Coalition Begins Airstrikes in Tikrit

Iraq asked US for air support as it struggles to retake strategically important city from Islamic State militants

Video Young Filmmakers Shine Spotlight on Giving Back

15 short films made by US youths were chosen for screening at second annual White House Student Film Festival

Video Young Filmmakers Shine Spotlight on Giving Back

A group of student filmmakers from across the United States joined President Barack Obama at the White House this month for the second annual White House Student Film Festival. Fifteen short films were officially selected from more than 1,500 entries by students aged 6 through 18. The filmmakers and their families then joined the president and a group of celebrities for a screening of their films. VOA’s Julie Taboh reports.

Bergdahl Charged With Desertion, Misbehavior

Traded for five Taliban prisoners last year, US Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl could face maximum sentence of five years in prison

Video Virginia Tavern Takes Patrons Back to Medieval Times

Visual arts, martial arts and culinary arts merge in theatrical display each weekend

Booz Allen Contractor, 2 Other Americans Die in Airbus Crash

Germanwings jet crash in French Alps Tuesday also claimed the lives of 72 Germans and 51 Spaniards, among others

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Film Tells Story of Musicians in Mali Threatened by Jihadistsi
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March 30, 2015 6:48 PM
At this year's annual South by Southwest film and music festival in Austin, Texas, some musicians from Mali were on hand to promote a film about how their lives were upturned by jihadists who destroyed ancient treasures in the city of Timbuktu and prohibited anyone from playing music under threat of death. As VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Austin, some are afraid to return to their hometowns even though the jihadists are no longer in control there.
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Video Film Tells Story of Musicians in Mali Threatened by Jihadists

At this year's annual South by Southwest film and music festival in Austin, Texas, some musicians from Mali were on hand to promote a film about how their lives were upturned by jihadists who destroyed ancient treasures in the city of Timbuktu and prohibited anyone from playing music under threat of death. As VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Austin, some are afraid to return to their hometowns even though the jihadists are no longer in control there.
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Video With Coalition Airstrikes, Iraq Entering 'Last Page' of IS Battle

American warplanes joined Iraq's battle against the so-called 'Islamic State' in northern Iraq late Wednesday, as Iraqi ground troops launched a massive assault on Tikrit. Analysts say the offensive could take the coalition a step further towards Mosul, the largest city held by Islamic State forces. Others say it could also deepen already-dangerous sectarian tensions in the region. VOA's Heather Murdock has more from Cairo.
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Video Philippines Wants Tourists Spending Money at New Casinos

Tourism is a multi-billion dollar industry in the Philippines. Close to five million foreign visitors traveled there last year, perhaps lured by the country’s tropical beaches. But Jason Strother reports from Manila that the country hopes to entice more travelers to stay indoors and spend money inside new casinos.
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Video Civilian Casualties Push Men to Join Rebels in Ukraine

The continued fighting in eastern Ukraine and the shelling of civilian neighborhoods seem to be pushing more men to join the separatist fighters. Many of the new recruits are residents of Ukraine made bitter by new grievances, as well as old. VOA's Patrick Wells reports.
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Video Islamic State Prisoners Talk of Curiosity, God, Regret

Islamic State fighter, a prisoner of Kurdish YPG forces, asked his family asking for forgiveness: "I destroyed myself and I destroyed them along with me." The Syrian youth was one of two detainees who spoke to VOA’s Kurdish Service about the path they chose; their names have been changed and identifying details obscured. VOA's Zana Omer reports.
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Video Germanwings Findings Raise Issue of Psychological Testing for Pilots

More is being discovered about the co-pilot in the crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 in the French Alps. Investigators say he was hiding a medical condition, raising questions about the mental qualifications of pilots. VOA's Carolyn Presutti reports.
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Video Hi-tech Motorbike Helmet's Goal: Improve Road Safety

In cities with heavily congested traffic, people can get around much faster on a motorcycle than in a car. But a rider who is not sure of his route may have to stop to look at the map or consult a GPS. A Russian start-up company is working to make navigation easier for motorcyclists. Designers at Moscow-based LiveMap are developing a smart helmet with a built-in navigation system, head-mounted display and voice recognition. Zlatica Hoke has more.
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Video DOJ: Illinois National Guard Soldier Tried to Join ISIS

U.S. federal law enforcement agents arrested two suburban Chicago men accused of trying to join ISIS overseas, while also plotting attacks in the United States. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports from the Midwest state of Illinois, one of those arrested is a soldier of the Illinois National Guard.
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Video New Wheelchair Is Easier to Use, Increases Mobility

Traditional push-rim wheelchairs create a lot of stress for arm, shoulder and neck muscles and joints. A redesigned chair, based on readily available bicycle technology, radically increases mobility while reducing the physical effort. VOA’s George Putic reports.
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Video Liberia's Almost Last Ebola Patient Grateful but Still Grieving

Beatrice Yardolo was to make history as Liberia’s last Ebola patient. Liberians recently started counting down 42 days, the period that has to go by without a single new infection until the World Health Organization can declare a country Ebola-free. That countdown stopped on March 20 when there was another new case of Ebola, making Yardolo’s story a reminder that Ebola is far from over. Benno Muchler reports from Monrovia.
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Video Cambodian Land Grabs Threaten Traditional Communities

Indigenous communities in Cambodia's Ratanakiri province say the government’s economic land concession policy is taking away their land and traditional way of life, making many fear that their identity will soon be lost. Local authorities, though, have denied this is the case. VOA's Say Mony went to investigate and filed this report, narrated by Colin Lovett.
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Video Space Program Status Disappoints 'Last Man on the Moon'

One of the films that drew big crowds last week at the annual South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, tells the story of the last human being to stand on the moon, U.S. astronaut Eugene Cernan. It has been 42 years since Cernan returned from the moon and he laments that no one else has gone there since. VOA’s Greg Flakus reports.

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