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Studies: Climate Change a Factor in Disasters in Syria, California

A boat paddle is shown on the bottom of the nearly dry Almaden Reservoir near San Jose, California January 21, 2014.

March 02, 2015 10:09 PM
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US Agriculture Delegation Visits Cuba, Protests Embargo

Delegation began three days of meetings Monday, hoping to find potential business partners, while urging Congress to lift embargo on trade with the island

Obama: Iran Must Freeze Sensitive Nuclear Activity for At Least a Decade

Obama speaks out on negotiations to contain Iran’s nuclear program, day before Israeli PM Netanyahu speaks on the issue before US Congress

Bill Gates Maintains Lead of World's Billionaires

Billionaire philanthropist keep his spot as world's richest man, a rank he has held for 16 of the past 21 years, Forbes magazine said Monday

US Congress Awaits Controversial Netanyahu Speech

White House concerned that Tuesday’s address could reveal sensitive details of tentative nuclear deal with Iran, damaging ongoing negotiations

Iran Judiciary 'Picks' Lawyer for Detained WP Reporter

Masoud Shafii has been attempting to secure official recognition as Rezaian’s attorney, but is not allowed to see his client in prison

At Boston Bombing Hearing, Sides Spar Over Boat

At final pre-trial hearing, lawyers for suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, prosecutors disagree on whether vessel where he hid from police can be shown to jurors

Venezuela Tells US to Downsize Embassy Staff

President Nicolas Maduro claimed Saturday that Venezuela has detained American spies

Netanyahu’s Speech Before Congress Echoes Deep US Roots

On eve of controversial speech to US Congress, Israeli PM knows halls of political power in America as well as many home-bred US politicos

US, Turkey Differ on Aims of Training Syrian Rebels

Ankara says toppling Syria's Assad is as important as battling IS militants; Washington says objective is solely to battle Islamist group

Twitter, Authorities Probe Alleged IS Threats

Islamist group relies heavily on social media to coordinate, communicate, yet those networks have removed content, suspended accounts that post gruesome content

Prosecutors Seeking Death Penalty in Tsarnaev Trial Face Hurdles

Even if prosecutors succeed in persuading a Boston jury of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's guilt, a death sentence is far from assured

Apple, Google Workers Head to Court on $415 Million Poaching Settlement

Plaintiffs filed antitrust class action lawsuit in 2011 alleging that Apple Inc, Google Inc, Intel Corp and Adobe Systems Inc conspired to hold down worker salaries, opportunities

Kerry Blasts UN Council's 'Obsession' With Israel

Secretary of State says UN body's heavy focus on Israel’s human rights records 'risks undermining the credibility of the entire organization'

FDA: Companies' Tests Used in Superbug Scope Cleaning Flawed

FDA links inadequate cleaning of medical device to exposure of 179 patients to drug-resistant bacteria at California medical center

Multimedia US Calls for Investigation of Boris Nemtsov Murder

Secretary Kerry says United States has no intelligence on who might be responsible for murder of Nemtsov, but he calls for 'thorough, transparent, real investigation'

Netanyahu Cites 'Obligation' to Warn of Nuclear Iran

Israeli PM spoke at policy meeting for the pro-Israeli lobby American Israeli Public Affairs Committee

Video Kerry Deplores Rights Situation in E. Ukraine

US diplomat spoke Monday in Geneva before UN Human Rights Council, following talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

N. Korea Fires Rockets as Joint US-South Korean Maneuvers Start

South Korea's Yonhap news agency quotes officials as saying the missiles fell into the East Sea 490 kilometers from the North Korean port city of Nampo

Video Washington Braces for Controversial Netanyahu Address to Congress

An increasingly-strained relationship between the Obama administration and Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu will be on display this week, as the prime minister visits Washington to address a joint meeting of Congress. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports, Netanyahu will decry a potential accord on Iran’s nuclear program in a speech organized by House Speaker John Boehner, without White House consultation, sparking controversy in Washington and Jerusalem.

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Sierra Leone Ebola Orphans Face Another Crisisi
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March 06, 2015 12:28 AM
There's growing concern about the future of an orphanage run by a British charity in Sierra Leone, after a staff member and his wife died this week from Ebola. The Saint George Foundation Orphanage in Freetown is now in quarantine, with more than 20 children and seven staff in lock-down. The BBC has agreed to share Ebola-related material with Voice of America because of the difficulties faced by media organizations reporting the crisis. Clive Myrie reports from Sierra Leone.
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Video Sierra Leone Ebola Orphans Face Another Crisis

There's growing concern about the future of an orphanage run by a British charity in Sierra Leone, after a staff member and his wife died this week from Ebola. The Saint George Foundation Orphanage in Freetown is now in quarantine, with more than 20 children and seven staff in lock-down. The BBC has agreed to share Ebola-related material with Voice of America because of the difficulties faced by media organizations reporting the crisis. Clive Myrie reports from Sierra Leone.
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Video Growing Concerns Over Whether Myanmar’s Next Elections Will Be Fair

Myanmar has scheduled national elections for November that are also expected to include a landmark referendum on the country's constitution. But there are growing concerns over whether the government is taking the necessary steps to prepare for a free and fair vote. VOA Correspondent Steve Herman was recently in Myanmar and files this report from our Southeast Asia bureau in Bangkok.
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Video Nigeria’s Ogonis Divided Over Resuming Oil Production

More than two decades ago, Nigeria’s Ogoni people forced Shell oil company to cease drilling on their land, saying it was polluting the environment. Now, some Ogonis say it’s time for the oil to flow once again. Chris Stein reports from Kegbara Dere, Nigeria.
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Video Winter Weather Strikes Eastern US...Again!

A new wintry blast has hit more than 20 states in the U.S. Midwest and Mid-Atlantic region, adding more snow to the piles from previous storms. Tired of shoveling snow, breaking the ice and dealing with accidents, flight delays and property damage, most Americans hope this is the last bout of cold for the season. Zlatica Hoke reports.
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Video Muslims Long Thrived in N Carolina Before Slaying of 3 Students

The killings of three Muslim students in North Carolina early last month came as Muslims across the United States have felt under siege, partly as a result of terrorist attacks being committed internationally in the name of their faith. But Muslims have long thrived in university cities in this part of the American South. VOA's Jerome Socolovsky reports.
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Video Fuel Shortages in Nigeria Threaten Election Campaigns

Nigeria is suffering a gas shortage as the falling oil price has affected the country’s ability to import and distribute refined fuels. Coming just weeks before scheduled March 28 elections, the shortage could have a big impact on the campaign, as Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA.
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Video Report: Human Rights in Annexed Crimea Deteriorating

A new report by Freedom House and the Atlantic Council of the United States says the human rights situation in Crimea has deteriorated since the peninsula was annexed by Russia in March of last year. The report says the new authorities in Crimea are discriminating against minorities, suppressing freedom of expression, and forcing residents to assume Russian citizenship or leave. Zlatica Hoke has more.
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Video 50 Years Later African-Americans See New Voting Rights Battles Ahead

Thousands of people will gather to mark the 50th anniversary of a historic civil rights march on March 7th in Selma, Alabama. In 1965, dozens of people were seriously injured during the event known as “Bloody Sunday,” after police attacked African-American demonstrators demanding voting rights. VOA’s Chris Simkins introduces us to some civil rights pioneers who are still fighting for voting rights in Alabama more than 50 years later.
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Video Craft Brewers Taking Hold in US Beer Market

Since the 1950’s, the U.S. beer industry has been dominated by a handful of huge breweries. But in recent years, the rapid rise of small craft breweries has changed the American market and, arguably, the way people drink beer. VOA’s Jeff Custer reports.
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Video Video Claims to Show Shia Forces in Iraq Executing Sunni Boy

A graphic mobile phone video is spreading on the Internet, claiming to show Iraqi forces or Shia militia executing a handcuffed Sunni boy. Experts have yet to verify the video, but already Islamic State followers are publicizing it across social media, playing on deep-rooted sectarian fears. VOA’s Jeff Seldin reports.
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Video Ukrainian Authorities Struggle to Secure a Divided Mariupol

Since last month's cease-fire went into effect, shelling around the port city of Mariupol has decreased, but it is thought pro-Russian separatists remain poised to attack. For the city’s authorities, a major challenge is gaining the trust of residents, while at the same time rooting out informants who are passing sensitive information to the rebels. Patrick Wells reports for VOA.
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Video Myanmar's Traditional Fashion Choices Endure

The sartorial choices of Myanmar’s men and women quickly catch the eye of any visitor to the tropical Southeast Asian country. But at a time when Myanmar’s political and economic opening is bringing affordable western fashions to the masses, will the country’s unique fashion trends endure? VOA Correspondent Steve Herman in Yangon explores that question.

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