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Concept of ‘Free Legal Help’ Gains Ground in US

Concept of ‘Free Legal Help’ Gains Ground in US

August 18, 2014 11:10 AM
Lawyers who offer free legal help for their clients are commonly called "pro bono" lawyers. In recent years, there has been a growing number of law firms that do pro bono work. Elizabeth Lee explains the growing trend for VOA from Los Angeles. More

Video Concept of ‘Free Legal Help’ Gains Ground in US

With costs unaffordable for many, increasing numbers of law firms, lawyers offer ‘pro bono’ services to the needy

Multimedia Protests Continue in Ferguson after National Guard Called

President says US attorney general will travel to Ferguson on Wed. to get an update on federal probe into the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager

NATO Commander: We Need to Be Ready for ‘Little Green Men’

US General Philip Breedlove says NATO would respond militarily to a Crimea-type incursion on the territory of any member state

Vacationing Obama Plans Brief Return to Washington

AP reports president is to return to Washington late Sunday, meet with Vice President Joe Biden, other advisers

Photogallery Missouri Police Use Smoke, Tear Gas on Protesters

Authorities say one person was shot and critically wounded and seven people arrested early Sunday morning as police used smoke and tear gas to enforce a curfew in the U.S. town of Ferguson, Missouri.

Photogallery Protests Ramp Up Following Shooting Death of Black Teen

Civil rights leader Al Sharpton calls incident 'defining moment,' administration orders federal autopsy as protests continue

US Police Tactics Stir Controversy

Some say the crisis of trust between law enforcement, US citizens is nothing new

Obama: Everyone Should Be Able to Afford Higher Education

President says paying for higher education is 'constant struggle' for too many families and he wants to reverse that with new initiatives

Electric Engines Keep Many Satellites in Orbit

Electric propulsion crafts gradually accelerate toward destination, gaining momentum the longer they travel

Video Oil Wealth Attracts Businesses to North Dakota

Job market keeps growing as more businesses relocate to state, attracted by promise of profits -- though not without challenges

Video Oil Wealth Attracts Businesses to North Dakota

The state of North Dakota has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, thanks to a glut of jobs created by the oil boom in the western part of the state, which rests on one of the largest shale oil deposits in the country. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports from Williston, North Dakota, the job market keeps growing as more businesses relocate to North Dakota, attracted by the promise of profits -- but not without challenges.

Texas Governor Vows to Fight Indictment

Grand jury in state capital, Austin, charges Perry with two felony counts: abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public official

Photogallery Ferguson Riots Underscore Police Militarization in US

US government programs equip state and local law enforcement with surplus military equipment worth billions of dollars

Video EU Approves Arming of Kurds; US Says Air Strikes Will Continue

European Union Foreign Ministers have approved sending arms to Kurdish Peshmerga forces who are battling extremist Islamic State militants in northern Iraq. The United States says its air strikes against Islamic State positions have relieved the humanitarian emergency facing ethnic minorities sheltering on Sinjar mountain. As Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA, however, the West is determined not to get sucked in to another conflict in Iraq.

Police Shoot, Kill Unarmed African-American Teen

Police Shoot, Kill Unarmed African-American Teen

Video Ferguson Police ID Officer, Call Brown Robbery Suspect

Thousands of people have been holding protest rallies across the United States in remembrance of an unarmed black teenager fatally shot by a police officer in the state of Missouri on August 9. After four nights of demonstrations, the community of Ferguson, where the shooting occurred, is peaceful. VOA’s Chris Simkins reports racial tensions in the town still remain high, however, as new details are released about the investigation.

Video Border Crisis Fuels Opposition to Immigration Reform

Opposition to outright amnesty grows, along with support for stronger border security, according to latest public opinion polls

Video Border Crisis Fuels Opposition to Immigration Reform

Concern over illegal immigration in the United States has spiked in public opinion polls since the surge of migrant children from Central America trying to the cross the border began earlier this year. VOA’s Brian Padden reports that while a majority of Americans still support some form of legalization program for undocumented immigrants already in the country, opposition to outright amnesty is growing -- along with support for stronger border security.

Apple Starts Storing User Data on Servers in China

Data will be kept on servers provided by China Telecom Corp Ltd, the country's third-largest wireless carrier, Apple said in a statement Friday

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August 22, 2014 12:23 AM
U.S. President Barack Obama has called for a federal strategy to promote the health of bees that have been declining. The honeybee has been waning due to parasites, disease and pesticides. Wild bees may be used to take over their role as crop pollinators. Scientists first need to learn a lot more about wild bees, says biologist Sam Droege, who is pioneering the first national inventory on native bees. VOA’s Deborah Block went to his research laboratory in Beltsville, Maryland, to bring you more.
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Video Native Bees May Help Save Crops

U.S. President Barack Obama has called for a federal strategy to promote the health of bees that have been declining. The honeybee has been waning due to parasites, disease and pesticides. Wild bees may be used to take over their role as crop pollinators. Scientists first need to learn a lot more about wild bees, says biologist Sam Droege, who is pioneering the first national inventory on native bees. VOA’s Deborah Block went to his research laboratory in Beltsville, Maryland, to bring you more.
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Video US Defense Officials Plan for Long-Term Strategy to Contain Islamic State

U.S. defense officials say American air strikes in Iraq have helped deter Islamic State militants for the time being, but that a broad international effort is needed to defeat the extremists permanently. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned Thursday that the group formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, is better organized, and financially and militarily stronger than any other known terrorist group. Zlatica Hoke has more.
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On Thailand’s border with Myanmar, also known as Burma, a malaria research and treatment clinic is stepping up efforts to eliminate a drug-resistant form of the parasite - before it spreads abroad. Steve Sandford reports from Mae Sot, Thailand.
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Video Gaza Conflict, Hamas Popularity Challenge Abbas

The Palestinian unity government of Mahmoud Abbas has failed to convince Hamas to agree to Egyptian-negotiated terms with Israel on a Gaza cease-fire. VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns reports on what the Gaza conflict means for President Abbas, with whom U.S. officials have worked for years on a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
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Twenty years after its birth in a video shop in Lagos, Nigeria's "Nollywood" is one of the most prolific film industries on earth. Despite low budgets and whirlwind production schedules, Nigerian films are wildly popular in Africa and industry professionals say they hope, in the future, their films will be as great in quality as they are in quantity. Heather Murdock has more for VOA from Lagos.
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Video UN Launches 'Biggest Aid Operation in 30 Years' in Iraq

The United Nations has launched what it describes as one of the biggest aid operations in 30 years in northern Iraq, as hundreds of thousands of refugees flee the extremist Sunni militant group calling itself the Islamic State. As Kurdish and Iraqi forces battle the Sunni insurgents, the fighting has forced more people to flee their homes. Kurdish authorities say the international community must act now to avert a humanitarian catastrophe. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.
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Video Cambodian American Hip Hop Artist Sings of Personal Struggles

A growing underground movement of Cambodian American hip hop artists is rapping about the struggles of living in urban America. Most, if not all of them, are refugees or children of refugees who came to the United States from Cambodia to escape the Khmer Rouge genocide of the 1970s. Through their music, the artists hope to give voice to immigrants who have been struggling quietly for years. Elizabeth Lee reports from Long Beach, California.
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Video African Media Tries to Educate Public About Ebola

While the Ebola epidemic continues to claim lives in West Africa, information technology specialists, together with radio and TV reporters, are battling misinformation and prejudice about the disease - using social media to educate the public about the deadly virus. VOA’s George Putic has more.

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