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Vice President Biden to Visit Ukraine

FILE - Smoke rises from a residential building during fighting between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian government forces near the Sergey Prokofiev International Airport in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Nov. 17, 2014.

November 19, 2014 1:27 AM
A senior White house official said Biden will convey US concerns about 'Russia’s ongoing violations' of the Minsk agreement More

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The governor of the central U.S. state of Missouri has named members of an independent commission that will help chart a path to reconciliation between the white and African-American communities, following the killing of a black teenager by a white policeman in the town of Ferguson. Zlatica Hoke reports.

Video US Senate Votes Down Controversial Oil Pipeline - For Now

The U.S. Senate has rejected construction of a controversial pipeline to transport Canadian oil to American refineries. The $5 billion project still could be approved next year, but it faces a possible veto by President Barack Obama. As VOA’s Michael Bowman reports, the pipeline has exposed deep divisions in Congress about America’s energy future.

Video US Senate Votes Down Controversial Oil Pipeline - For Now

The $5 billion project still could be approved next year, but faces a possible veto by President Barack Obama

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President Barack Obama is expected to announce a controversial decision soon to issue an an executive order that would save millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation. VOA's Carolyn Presutti shows us who would be affected by the order and how it sets up a showdown with Republican lawmakers.

FBI Tracking 150 Americans Who Traveled to Syria

Director says Americans fighting with foreign jihadist groups are a top concern because of possibility they could return to US with training, connections to launch attack on home soil

Arctic Blast in US Brings Early Snow, Freezing Temperatures

Chill has Northeast towns declaring emergencies and Southern states bracing for record cold

Keystone XL Pipeline Bill Dies in US Senate

Measure fell just short of 60 votes needed for passage, despite frantic last-minute lobbying by supporters

Video Obama, Congress Agree to Maintain Ebola Focus

President Barack Obama and two congressional panels warned Tuesday that despite waning media attention, Ebola remains a serious global threat. The president has asked Congress for an additional $6.2 billion in emergency funding to fight the deadly disease in West Africa. Most lawmakers say they realize the money is urgently needed. VOA’s Cindy Saine has the story from Capitol Hill.

Video Multiple Problems Cause Congestion at Busiest US Port Complex

The Los Angeles and Long Beach port complex in Southern California is the main gateway for trade between the United States and Asia, but much of that cargo is being delayed by what some describe as a huge congestion problem — just before the holiday shopping season. VOA's Elizabeth Lee reports.

US Rejects Label of Two American Muslim Groups as Terrorist

UAE named the Council on American-Islamic Relations, well as the Muslim American Society, as terrorist organizations on Monday

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Growing tensions between government troops and separatists in eastern Ukraine further threaten a cease-fire agreement reached two months ago in the Belarusian capital of Minsk. Critics of U.S. policy in Ukraine say it is time the Obama administration gives up on that much-violated cease-fire and moves toward a new deal with Russia. VOA's Scott Stearns has more.

Can Minsk Cease-fire Agreement Hold?

Obama administration disagrees with those who advocate moving toward new deal with Russia

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From speeding up detection to identifying immunity to Ebola, scientists pursue answers as outbreak continues uncontained

Video US Parties Eye 2016 Election

Even as the political dust continues to settle from midterm elections, both Democrats and Republicans are looking ahead to campaign 2016. VOA National correspondent Jim Malone has more from Washington.

Video Multiple Problems Cause Congestion at Busiest US Port Complex

Issues include supplies of shipping containers, union negotiations, increase in cargo and decrease in truck drivers

'Vape' is English Word of the Year for 2014, Oxford Says

Word pertains to e-cigarettes and vapor they produce; usage has 'more than doubled in the past year'

Obama: ‘Push Forward’ in Fight Against Ebola

Meanwhile, congressional panel hears calls for emergency preparedness, stronger health systems

FBI Warns Ferguson Ruling ‘Will Likely’ Spur Violence

Bureau predicts grand jury decision in fatal police shooting will prompt attacks on law enforcement, infrastructure

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