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Kobe Bryant Now Third Top NBA Scorer

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) holds up the game ball and acknowledges the crowd during an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves after passing Michael Jordan on the NBA all-time scoring list, in Minneapolis, Dec. 14, 2014.

December 14, 2014 9:23 PM
Basketball superstar of Los Angeles Lakers is now league's third all-time leading scorer, supplanting legendary Michael Jordan More

Video Washington's Partisan Spending Battle Mostly On-hold for a Year

While Washington continues to be rocked by last week’s report on CIA interrogation methods, the city is breathing easier now that Congress has approved almost all federal funding for another year. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports, after years of nail-biting budget showdowns, lawmakers sent President Barack Obama a $1.1 trillion spending bill with comparatively little drama.

Thousands March in US Against Killings by Police

Family members of unarmed black men killed by white police officers urged demonstrators to continue pressing for changes to criminal justice system

Kerry, Lavrov Meet Again on Ukraine Conflict

Talks in Rome between US, Russian top diplomats come just days after Congress voted in support of providing military aid for Ukrainian forces

Afghanistan's Ghani Vows Security Shake-up

President denounces surge of suicide bombings and commando-style assaults in recent weeks by Taliban insurgents

UK Lawmakers Will Ask US for Secret Parts of CIA Report

Powerful parliamentary committee will ask US to hand over blacked out parts of report, to try to establish whether British spies were complicit in torture or rendition

Video Thousands March in Washington Over Police Killings

The two recent high-profile cases in which white police officers were not indicted in the killings of unarmed black men have some Americans questioning the fairness of the U.S. criminal justice system. Community organizers of all backgrounds gathered in Washington Saturday for a protest march. Arash Arabasadi was in the crowd and files this report.

US Citizen Enters N. Korea, Slams US Government

Arturo Pierre Martinez, 29, from El Paso, Texas, told reporters he had entered North Korea illegally, wanted to seek asylum in Venezuela

Deal Reached at UN Climate Talks

UN chief Ban Ki-moon praises outcome of Peru conference, urges countries to engage in 'substantive negotiations' ahead of Paris meeting in late 2015

Video US Congress Passes $1.1 Trillion Budget for 2015

Spending bill now heads to the White House where President Barack Obama has said he will sign it into law

Egypt Bars US Scholar From Country

Scholar and ex-diplomat Michele Dunne, headed to conference, was turned away at Cairo airport

Activists in Washington March for Racial Justice

Demonstration is part of widespread call for reforming police treatment of blacks

US Congress Approves $585 Billion Defense Bill

The $585 billion National Defense Authorization Act was overwhelmingly approved by the Senate Friday, a week after passing in the House of Representatives

Tensions High Ahead of Kerry-Netanyahu Talks

Any U.N. action now that moves Palestinians closer to statehood would add strain on Israeli leader, who is campaigning for re-election

Three Injured in Shooting Near Oregon High School; Manhunt Underway

Police in city of Portland say two boys, one girl have been shot outside Rosemary Anderson High School, and manhunt is underway for shooter or shooters

Russia Protests US Aid for Ukraine Military

If President Obama signs into law Ukraine Freedom Support Act, US will provide Ukraine with anti-tank, armor-piercing weapons, counter-artillery radars, drones, communications equipment, ammo

Michelle Obama: More Work Needed for Girls' Education

First lady says she’s committed to empowering girls worldwide to get an education

Major Storms Pummel US West Coast

After months of record-breaking drought, heavy rain, wind and even snow bearing down on California, Washington

Video Scientists Close In on Sustainable Nuclear Fusion

Scientists in the United States, Europe and elsewhere are experimenting with two types of fusion nuclear reactors that could someday provide cheap and abundant energy and finally wean the world from fossil-based fuels. The U.S. technological giant Lockheed Martin has claimed it will have a working fusion reactor within five years. Now, scientists from the University of Washington say they are also on the path to creating sustainable fusion. VOA’s George Putic reports.

Video Obama Draws Fire for Ambassador Nominations

Criticism follows confirmation of soap opera producer with little knowledge of assigned country

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December 19, 2014 12:45 AM
The school dropout rate is at an all-time high in Sudan's South Kordofan state because many schools have been destroyed during the three-year civil war between the government and SPLA-N rebel forces. Adam Bailes visited Sudan's Nuba Mountains' region and reports many children are simply too scared to go to school
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Video Sudan School Becomes Target of Aerial Attacks

The school dropout rate is at an all-time high in Sudan's South Kordofan state because many schools have been destroyed during the three-year civil war between the government and SPLA-N rebel forces. Adam Bailes visited Sudan's Nuba Mountains' region and reports many children are simply too scared to go to school
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Video VOA Reporter Tours Devastated Peshawar School

Islamist militants wearing military uniforms and strapped with explosives attacked a military run school Tuesday in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar. At least 141 people were killed in the horrific attack, most of them young students. VOA reporter Ayaz Gul visited the devastated school and attended the funeral of the principal who courageously tried to save her students from the deadly attack.
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Video Nigerians Fleeing Boko Haram Languish in Camp Near Capital

In its five-year effort to impose Islamic law in northeastern Nigeria, the Boko Haram extremist group has killed thousands of people and forced hundreds of thousands to flee. Some of those who ran for their lives now live in squalor on the edges of the capital, Abuja. Chris Stein reports for VOA.
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Video Putin Says Russian Economy Will Emerge Stronger

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said his country's sinking economy will not only recover but also become stronger, despite falling oil prices and Western sanctions over Ukraine. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports.
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Video Detained Turkish Journalists Follow Teachings of US-Based Preacher

The Turkish government’s jailing of critical journalists has sparked international condemnation and is being seen as an effort to undermine the followers of an ailing Turkish preacher based in the United States. VOA religion reporter Jerome Socolovsky has more.
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Video ‘Anti-Islamization’ Marches Increase Tensions In Germany

Anti-immigrant rallies in Germany have been building in recent weeks, peaking Monday night in the city of Dresden where tens of thousands of people turned out to demonstrate against what they call the ‘Islamization’ of the West. Germany has offered asylum to more Syrian refugees than any other country, and this appears to have set off the protests. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
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Video Aceh Rebuilt Decade After Tsunami, But Scars Remain

On December 26, 2004 there was an earthquake in the Indian Ocean so powerful it caused the Earth’s axis to wobble a few centimeters. Onshore on the island of Sumatra, the resulting tsunami was devastating. A decade later, VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from Banda Aceh, Indonesia, where although there is little remaining evidence of the physical devastation, the psychological scars among survivors remain.
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Video Refugees Living in Kenya Long for Peace in the Home Countries

Kenya is host to numerous refugees seeking safe haven from conflict. Immigrants from Somalia face challenges in their new lives in Kenya. Ahead of International Migrants Day (December 18) Lenny Ruvaga has more for VOA News from the Kenyan capital.

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