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Exploratory N Korean Nuclear Talks Possible, Seoul Official Says

FILE - Hwang Joon-kook, right, South Korea's special representative for Korean Peninsula affairs — shown in Seoul last year with U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Policy Sung Kim — says exploratory talks will test Pyongyang’s will to denuclearize.

February 25, 2015 5:58 PM
US, China, South Korea, Japan and Russia have discussed timing, format and venue of talks; plan will be given to North More

New York Pol Pleads Not Guilty in Federal Corruption Case

Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver resigned post after January 22 arrest by FBI officials in high-profile corruption probe

Senate Breaks Deadlock Blocking Funding for Homeland Security

If Congress cannot pass a Homeland Security funding bill by Friday night, department will run out of money

Video Disruption in Sending Cash Home Distresses Somali Immigrants

Somalis must get cash to relatives who need it for food, but wire transfers have stopped, probably to keep funds out of extremists' hands

Video Disruption in Sending Cash Home Distresses Somali Immigrants

Every year Somalis in the U.S. send hundreds of millions of dollars back home to help their families make ends meet. But in February the U.S. bank that handled more than half of these cash transfers to Somalia decided to shut down its services, and smaller banks providing such services are also planning to eliminate them soon. That has left Somali communities worried for their families back home who are now desperate for new ways to get the funds. VOA’s June Soh has more details.

Sri Lankan-American Has Mission for Better Vision

Rather than recycle used eyeglasses, Ashanthi Mathai created So Others May See to make new ones for people in need in her homeland

Video US Charges 3 With Conspiring to Support IS

One Kazakh, two Uzbeks arraigned for attempting to provide material support to Islamic State militant group; if convicted, each faces maximum of 15 years in prison

Video US Supreme Court Hears Hijab Discrimination Case

Samantha Elauf was rejected for job at Abercrombie & Fitch store in the southwestern city of Tulsa, Oklahoma, because she wore a hijab

Australia, US Race to Satisfy Lucrative Quinoa Appetite

Two of world's biggest wheat exporters, work to become mass producers of 'superfood,' tap gluten-free market expected to be worth more than $6B by 2018

Video New Pentagon Chief Goes on International Offensive

Hours after being confirmed, Ashton Carter travels to Kuwait, Afghanistan to meet with top officials, US troops

Charges in Minaj Crew Stabbing; Cosby Appearance Postponed; Canada Denies Chris Brown Entry

Brown's Canadian concerts canceled due to ‘immigration issues’ promoter Live Nation says

US Official Charged with Juvenile Sex Solicitation

State Department suspends security clearance of Daniel Rosen, director of counterterrorism programs, and places him on administrative leave pending outcome of criminal case against him

Video Kerry: Netanyahu Misjudging Nuclear Talks with Iran

Israeli PM says with concessions to Tehran, US and its partners have given up on commitment to keep Iran from being able to build nuclear weapon

US: Islamic State Must Release Assyrian Hostages

Assyrians, many of whom live in the diaspora, are using social media to draw attention to the case

Photogallery Guilty Verdict for Killer of Famed 'American Sniper'

Since prosecutors did not seek the death penalty in the case, 27-year-old Eddie Routh received an automatic life sentence without parole

Obama Nominates First Ambassador to Somalia Since 1991

If confirmed, Katherine Dhanani would lead the US Mission to Somalia, which is located in neighboring Kenya

Video US, British Lawmakers Discuss Response to Russia's Aggression

French and German leaders still hope to salvage the shaky truce between the Ukrainian government and pro-Russian separatists in the east. But officials in the United States and Britain are accusing Russia of working to further destabilize the region. Zlatica Hoke reports that lawmakers in both countries are discussing how to respond to what they call Russia's aggressive plans.

Video As Lawmakers Face Off, US Braces for Homeland Security Shutdown

Members of the U.S. Congress are locked in another partisan showdown, this time over a $40 billion bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security, known as DHS. House Republicans have linked DHS funding to a measure to block President Barack Obama’s executive action delaying deportations of some undocumented immigrants, a delay Democrats support. VOA’s Cindy Saine reports.

US Can't Fight Violent Extremism 'On the Cheap,' Kerry Tells Senators

State Department seeks $3.5B to counter Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, to bolster regional security, provide humanitarian aid

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US Supreme Court Hears Hijab Discrimination Casei
Katherine Gypson
February 25, 2015 11:30 PM
The U.S. Supreme Court has heard opening arguments in a workplace religious discrimination case that examines whether a clothing store can refuse to hire a young woman for wearing the headscarf she says is a symbol of her Muslim faith. Katherine Gypson reports from the Supreme Court.

Video US Supreme Court Hears Hijab Discrimination Case

The U.S. Supreme Court has heard opening arguments in a workplace religious discrimination case that examines whether a clothing store can refuse to hire a young woman for wearing the headscarf she says is a symbol of her Muslim faith. Katherine Gypson reports from the Supreme Court.

Video Falling Gas Prices Hurt Nascent Illinois Hydraulic Fracturing Industry

Falling oil prices are helping consumers purchase cheaper petroleum at the pump. But that’s made hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” less economically viable for the companies in the United States invested in the process. VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports on one Midwestern town that was hoping to change its fortunes by cashing in on the next big U.S. oil boom.

Video Fighting in Sudan's South Kordofan Fuels Mass Displacement

Heavy fighting in Sudan's South Kordofan state is causing hundreds of thousands to flee into uncertain conditions. Local aid organizations estimate as many as 400,000 civilians have been internally displaced since the conflict began more than three years ago, while another 250,000 have fled across the border to refugee camps in South Sudan. VOA's Adam Bailes reports.

Video Lao Dam Project Runs Into Opposition

A Lao dam project on a section of the Mekong River is drawing opposition from local fishermen, international environmental groups and neighboring countries. VOA's Say Mony visited the region to investigate the concerns. Colin Lovett narrates.

Video A Filmmaker Discovers Her Biracial Identity in "Little White Lie

Lacey Schwartz grew up in an upper middle-class Jewish family, in a town in upstate New York where almost everyone she knew was white. She assumed that she was, as well. Her recent documentary, Little White Lie, tells the story of how she uncovered the secret of her true racial background. VOA’s Carolyn Weaver has more on the film.

Video Deep Under Antarctic Ice Sheet, Life!

With the end of summer in the Southern hemisphere, the Antarctic research season is over. Scientists from Northern Illinois University are back in their laboratory after a 3-month expedition on the Ross Ice Shelf, the world’s largest floating ice sheet. As VOA’s Rosanne Skirble reports, they hope to find clues to explain the dynamics of the rapidly melting ice and its impact on sea level rise.

Video US-Cuba Normalization Talks Resume Friday

Negotiations aimed at normalizing diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba resume Friday. On the table: lifting a half-century trade embargo and easing banking and travel restrictions. There's opposition in Congress, but some analysts say there may be sufficient political and economic incentives in both nations for a potential breakthrough this year. VOA's Mil Arcega reports.

Video Pakistan's Deadline For SIM Registration Has Cellphone Users Scrambling

Pakistani cell phone users have until midnight Thursday to register their SIM cards, or their service will be cut off. While some privacy experts worry about government intrusion, many Pakistanis are just worried about keeping their phone lines open. VOA Deewa reporter Arshad Muhmand has more from Peshawar.

Video Myanmar Warns Factory Workers to End Strikes

Outside Myanmar's main city Yangon, thousands of workers walked off their jobs earlier this month demanding a doubling of their wages, pay raises after a year and input from labor unions on industrial regulations. Since Friday, the standoff has grown more tense as police moved in to disrupt the sit-ins, resulting in clashes that injured people from both sides. VOA correspondent Steve Herman visited industrial zones which have become a focus of Myanmar's fledgling workers rights movement.

Video Oscar Winners Do More Than Thank the Academy

The Academy Awards presentation is Hollywood’s night to reward the best movies from the previous year. It’s typically a lot of glitter, a lot of thank you’s, a lot of speeches. But many of this year’s speeches carried messages beyond the thank you's. VOA’s Carolyn Presutti takes a look.

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