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    Syrian Refugee Flow to Canada Probed in Washington

    FILE - Syrian refugees wait at Marka Airport in Amman, Jordan, to complete their migration procedures to Canada, Dec. 8, 2015.

    February 03, 2016 2:56 PM
    US lawmakers question Ottawa's ability to screen large influx of newcomers on short timetable; porous border with Canada makes migration policies ‘a legitimate concern,’ says one senator

    Clinton Clear on Trump: 'We Were Not Friends'

    In ‘People’ interview, Democratic presidential candidate denies billionaire’s previous claims of friendship and denounces ‘mean-spiritedness’ in campaign

    Mystery Money Makes Its Way Back Into US Election Process

    Loosening of campaign finance laws often obfuscates who's really supporting candidates, what favors could be owed should they get elected

    Video Gallaudet University: A Worldwide Draw for Deaf Students

    What's it like to go to college if you're deaf? And not only deaf, but in a foreign country — and dealing with not just one, but TWO languages that are not your own? At Washington's Gallaudet University — the only university in the world specifically designed for the education of the deaf and hard of hearing — international students take challenges like that in stride. Watch on YouTube with captions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3sb26lHYB9Y

    Two More Republicans End US Presidential Bids

    Sen. Rand Paul now faces tough re-election fight in Kentucky to keep Senate seat; vocal conservative Rick Santorum finished 11th of 12 candidates Monday, after winning Iowa caucuses in 2012

    US, Michigan Officials Trade Blame Over Flint's Toxic Water Crisis

    Director of Michigan environmental agency concedes that officials should have required Flint to take steps to control corrosion of its water pipes

    Too Good to be True: Desk Carved With 'JFK' Isn't Kennedy's

    Desk was centerpiece of exhibition at JFK Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, even though school officials said it was clear to them the desk wasn't Kennedy's

    Georgia’s Oldest Inmate Executed

    72-year-old man was executed early Wednesday morning for 1979 murder

    Upcoming US Super Bowl Causes Huge Security Concerns

    Officials evaluating evolving terror threats in preparation for US National football championship game, Sunday

    Ambassador: US to Continue South China Sea Flights, Sail-bys

    Ambassador Philip Goldberg says the US and the Philippines both have deep interest in ensuring freedom of navigation and he is not discarding the possibility of joint patrols in the area

    Tornadoes in US South; Snow in Plains, Upper Midwest

    Parts of major interstates were closed in eastern Nebraska, South Dakota, Colorado and Kansas throughout the day as powerful weather patterns moves across the country

    Jimmy Carter Says Scans Show No Signs of Cancer

    A previous brain scan found that four cancerous lesions were gone with no new evidence of new cancer cells, Carter said in December

    UN Urges Communities to Mobilize to Stop Zika Spread

    Virus is suspected of causing birth defects in newborn babies; more than 4,000 cases have been found in Brazil

    Higher Temperatures Make Zika Mosquito Spread Disease More

    The hotter it gets, the better the mosquito that carries Zika virus is at transmitting its buffet of dangerous illnesses, scientists say; but they say you can't just blame one thing for an outbreak

    Clinton, Sanders to Face Off in New Hampshire Town Hall

    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, fresh off her narrow win in Iowa, is taking part in a town hall event Wednesday night with Senator Bernie Sanders

    Obama to Present Medal of Honor to Navy SEAL

    Edward Byers, a senior chief in the Navy, will be the 11th living service member to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Afghanistan; it is the nation's highest award for valor in action

    Ferguson, Missouri, Hears from Public on Justice Reforms Plan

    Residents of Ferguson, jammed a meeting to weigh in on a proposed agreement with US Justice Department to reform the city police department after 2014 shooting of a black teenager by a white officer

    Oregon Standoff Leader Strikes Defiant Tone from Behind Bars

    Ammon Bundy says authorities are leading an "armed occupation," words typically reserved for the ranchers and others that launched the standoff on Jan. 2; requested that the remaining protesters go home

    Video VOA Exclusive: Washington Post Editor Martin Baron Discusses Jason Rezaian's Release from Iran

    VOA Persian service's Setareh Derakhshesh talks to Washington Post Editor Martin Baron about journalist Jason Rezaian's release from Iran after being imprisoned for 545 days.

    US, EU Strike New Data-Sharing Deal

    Officials says deal marks first time US has given EU 'binding assurances' that public officials' access to personal information will be subject to clear limits, safeguards and oversight

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    German Artists to Memorialize Refugees With Life Jacket Exhibiti
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    February 05, 2016 4:30 PM
    Sold in every kind of shop in some Turkish port towns, life jackets have become a symbol of the refugee crisis that brought a million people to Europe in 2015.  On the shores of Lesbos, Greece, German artists collect discarded life jackets as they prepare an art installation they plan to display in Germany.  For VOA, Hamada Elrasam has this report from Lesbos, Greece.
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    Video German Artists to Memorialize Refugees With Life Jacket Exhibit

    Sold in every kind of shop in some Turkish port towns, life jackets have become a symbol of the refugee crisis that brought a million people to Europe in 2015.  On the shores of Lesbos, Greece, German artists collect discarded life jackets as they prepare an art installation they plan to display in Germany.  For VOA, Hamada Elrasam has this report from Lesbos, Greece.
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    Video E-readers Help Ease Africa's Book Shortage

    Millions of people in Africa can't read, and there's a chronic shortage of books. A non-profit organization called Worldreader is trying to help change all that one e-reader at a time. VOA’s Deborah Block tells us about a girls' school in Nairobi, Kenya where Worldreader is making a difference.
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    Video Genius Lets World Share Its Knowledge

    Inspired by crowdsourcing companies like Wikipedia, Genius allows anyone to edit anything on the web, using its web annotation tool
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    Video Former Drug CEO Martin Shkreli Angers US Lawmakers

    A former U.S. pharmaceutical business executive has angered lawmakers by refusing to explain why he raised the price of a life-saving pill by 5,000 percent. Martin Shkreli was removed from a congressional hearing on Thursday after citing his Fifth Amendment right to stay silent. Zlatica Hoke has more.
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    Video Super Bowl TV Commercials are Super Business for Advertisers

    The Super Bowl, the championship clash between the two top teams in American Football, is the most-watched sporting event of the year, and advertisers are lining up and paying big bucks to get their commercials on the air. In fact, the TV commercials during the Super Bowl have become one of the most anticipated and popular features of the event. VOA's Brian Allen has a sneak peek of what you can expect to see when the big game goes to commercial break, and the real entertainment begins.
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    Video In Philippines, Mixed Feelings About Greater US Military Presence

    In the Philippines, some who will be directly affected by a recent Supreme Court decision clearing the way for more United States troop visits are having mixed reactions.  The increased rotations come at a time when the Philippines is trying to build up its military in the face of growing maritime assertiveness from China.  From Bahile, Palawan on the coast of the South China Sea, Simone Orendain has this story.
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    Video Microcephaly's Connection to Zika: Guilty Until Proven Innocent

    The Zika virus rarely causes problems for the people who get it, but it seems to be having a devastating impact on babies whose mothers are infected with Zika. VOA's Carol Pearson has more.
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    Video Solar Innovation Provides Cheap, Clean Energy to Kenya Residents

    In Kenya, a company called M-Kopa Solar is providing clean energy to more than 300,000 homes across East Africa by allowing customers to "pay-as-you-go" via their cell phones. As Lenny Ruvaga reports from Kangemi, customers pay a small deposit for a solar unit and then pay less than a dollar a day to get clean energy to light up their homes or businesses.
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    Video Stunning Artworks Attract Record Crowds, Thanks to Social Media

    A new exhibit at the oldest art museum in America is shattering attendance records. Thousands of visitors are lining up to see nine giant works of art that have gotten a much-deserved shot of viral marketing. The 150-year-old Smithsonian American Art Museum has never had a response quite like this. VOA's Julie Taboh reports.
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    Video Apprenticeships Put Americans on Path Back to Work

    Trying to get more people into the U.S. workforce, the Obama administration last year announced $175 million in grants towards apprenticeship programs. VOA White House correspondent Aru Pande went inside one training center outside of Washington that has gained national recognition for helping put people on the path to employment.
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    Video New Material May Reduce Concussion Effects

    As the 2016 National Football League season reaches its summit at the Super Bowl this coming Sunday (2/7), scientists are trying to learn how to more effectively protect football players from dangerous and damaging concussions. Researchers at Cardiff and Cambridge Universities say their origami-based material may solve the problem. VOA’s George Putic reports.
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    Video Saudi Arabian Women's Sports Chip Away at Stereotypes

    Saudi Arabian female athletes say that sports are on the front line of busting traditions that quash women’s voices, both locally and internationally. In their hometown of Jeddah, a group of basketball players say that by connecting sports to health issues, they are encouraging women and girls to get out of their homes and participate in public life. VOA’s Heather Murdock reports.
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    Video A Year Later, Fortunes Mixed for Syrians Forging New Lives in Berlin

    In April of last year, VOA followed the progress of six young Syrian refugees -- four brothers and their two friends -- as they made their way from Libya to Italy by boat, and eventually to Germany. Reporter Henry Ridgwell caught up with the refugees again in Berlin, as they struggle to forge new lives amid the turmoil of Europe's refugee crisis.
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    Video Zika Virus May be Hard to Stop

    With the Zika virus spreading rapidly, the World Health Organization Monday declared Zika a global health emergency. As Alberto Pimienta reports, for many governments and experts, the worst is yet to come.