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Bombing Jury Sees Fuse, Jar of Nails From Tsarnaev Apartment

FILE - In this courtroom sketch, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, center, is depicted between defense attorneys Miriam Conrad, left, and Judy Clarke, right, during his federal death penalty trial.

March 25, 2015 8:58 AM
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Obama: Base Health Care Payments on Quality, not Quantity

White House says it will launch Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network, a new program to aid in cutting health care costs

Italy High Court Deciding Fate of 'Very Worried' Amanda Knox

American student and her former boyfriend were convicted in brutal 2007 murder of Knox's British roommate Meredith Kercher

Video Ghani: Afghanistan Owes 'Profound Debt' to US

Afghan leader's visit to US, speech to Congress part of effort to mend bilateral relations strained by nearly 14 years of war

Obamacare Foe Cruz to Sign Up for Insurance via Program

2016 presidential candidate says he's enrolling because it's required of members of Congress who aren't otherwise covered

Nitrogen, Key Element for Life, Found on Mars

But NASA says there's no evidence the nitrogen came from living things; meteorites may have been the source

Video Obama Won't Draw Down US Troops in Afghanistan in 2015

President Barack Obama has announced he will slow the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan and will keep just under 10,000 in the country through this year. That’s almost double the number of troops originally scheduled to remain there at year’s end. VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.

Boston Group Will Seek Voters' Support for Olympic Bid

Leader says group will drop bid if voters show insufficient enthusiasm for bringing 2024 event to Massachusetts

Video At SXSW, Paraguayan Children Make Music From Trash

At this year's South by Southwest music and film festival in Austin, Texas, a group of teenage musicians from a slum in Paraguay made music and touched hearts with instruments made of trash. Their story is told in a documentary film, Landfill Harmonic, which also played at the film festival and won an audience response award. VOA’s Greg Flakus has more in this report from Austin.

Video Lobbyists Press for US Dollar Coin, Despite Public Resistance

Former congressman promotes switch from paper, saying people will accept idea when they learn how cost-effective it is

FAA Streamlines Approval for Some Commercial Drone Use

Regulatory agency says it will award 'blanket' certification allowing companies exempt from US ban on commercial drones to begin using aircraft at altitudes of up to 200 feet

US Inflation Rises Slightly in February

Inflation is still projected at below the 2 percent annual rate US central bank experts say is healthy for economy

House Passes Resolution Urging Obama to Send Arms to Ukraine

Resolution is approved by vote of 348 to 48 with bipartisan support; State Department says officials are waiting to see whether February's cease-fire is implemented

Video Obama Won't Draw Down US Troops in Afghanistan in 2015

President promises to maintain US troop strength of 9,800 in Afghanistan to advise Afghan forces as they brace for tough spring fighting season

US Officials React to Allegations of Israeli Spying

Obama: we have briefed the U.S. Congress on developments as well as Israel and other partners around the world

Video US, Afghanistan Herald 'New Era of Cooperation'

U.S. and Afghan leaders are heralding a "new era of cooperation" following talks Monday at the historic presidential retreat at Camp David near Washington, DC. Afghanistan's new president, Ashraf Ghani, and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, met with the top U.S. diplomat and defense and treasury chiefs to discuss the path forward for Afghanistan. VOA's Mary Alice Salinas reports from the State Department.

Overfishing Opponent Wins Environmental Prize

Catch shares set a maximum amount of fish that can be caught in a region, then divide the allowed catch among fishermen

Video Obama Announces New Funds to Expand Science Education

President Barack Obama has announced nearly a quarter-billion dollars in new pledges to support the study of science, technology, engineering and math, a group of fields jointly called STEM. At the White House Science Fair Monday, the president stressed the importance of private sector efforts to encourage more students from underrepresented groups to pursue science studies. Zlatica Hoke reports.

Utah to Use Firing Squads if Lethal Drugs Unavailable

Utah becomes only state to allow firing squads for executions, Republican governor says Utah is a capital punishment state, needs a backup execution method

US: No Indication Data Breach Linked to IS Online Threat

Defense officials say it does not appear recently posted information was hacked from US government websites, and that most of it is publicly available

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Islamic State Prisoners Talk of Curiosity, God, Regreti
Zana Omer
March 28, 2015 1:19 AM
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Video Virginia Tavern Takes Patrons Back to Medieval Times

European martial arts are not widely practiced and are unknown by most people. A tavern in Old Town Alexandria, outside Washington, wants to change this by promoting these fighting techniques from medieval times. Through combining visual arts, martial arts and culinary arts, this tavern brings medieval history back to life. VOA's Yang Lin and Helen Wu report.

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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