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Slain Missouri Teen's Funeral Draws Thousands

Slain Missouri Teen's Funeral Draws Thousands

August 26, 2014 1:53 PM
Thousands of people from across the country gathered Monday in the midwestern city of St. Louis, Missouri to say goodbye to the unarmed African-American teenager who was fatally shot by a white police officer during a street confrontation in nearby Ferguson. Differing eyewitnesses accounts touched off days of violent protests, which resulted in more than 100 arrests. VOA's Chris Simkins reports from St. Louis. More

Video 'Next Generation Leaders' Head Home After US Experience

Nine young people from around globe have been learning specifics of local government, democratic values, leadership at the McCain Institute for International Leadership

Cell Phone Kill Switch Mandatory in California

New law will be applicable only to smartphones sold in California; if phone is lost or stolen, owner can wipe data clean, lock it, disable new software installations

Photogallery US Surprised by Egypt, UAE Airstrikes on Libyan Militants

US officials say Egypt provided base for launch of airstrikes, UAE provided aircraft and pilots

US Transfers Pakistani Bagram Detainees to Islamabad

Transfer angers Afghan authorities, despite earlier release of 65 Afghan prisoners by Kabul

Diverse NYC African Diaspora Expresses Unity, Pride and Maybe Clout

Over the last two decades, New York City has seen a surge in immigration from Africa

US Official: Obama Approves Surveillance Flights Over Syria

Pentagon officials have expressed the need to go after the Islamic State group on both sides of the border

US Seeks Life in Prison for bin Laden Son-in-law Abu Ghaith

Abu Ghaith convicted in March for conspiring to kill Americans, conspiring to provide material support for terrorists, and providing such support

US, Chinese Officials to Meet at Pentagon After Jet Intercept

Talks will be on rules of behavior, days after United States denounced 'dangerous' Chinese jet intercept of US Navy patrol plane

Experimental US Hypersonic Weapon Destroyed Seconds After Launch

Weapon part of a program to create a missile that will destroy targets anywhere on Earth within an hour of getting data and permission to launch

California Wine Country Quake Losses Seen in the Billions

6.0 quake struck Sunday just as grape-harvesting season getting under way in a significant wine-producing area that generates thousands of jobs in the region

US: Military Force Not Only Tool to Confront Islamic State

White House spokesman says that only sustainable solution would require active involvement of effective and inclusive Iraqi government

WH: No Ransom Paid for Kidnapped US Journalist

Peter Theo Curtis was released Sunday by Jabhat al-Nusra, one of a number of Islamist groups fighting for control of Syria

Female Soldier Fatally Shoots Self at Ft. Lee

Virginia Army base put on lockdown for about an hour during incident, soldier's name not yet released

Multimedia Missouri Town Torn by Teen's Shooting Seeks to Heal, Unite

City wants to return to normal life after violent protests, but many residents say there needs to be a change in how police treat black population in Ferguson

Ex-Governor's Corruption Trial Has Lurid Sideshow

Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, wife Maureen, face 20 years in prison if convicted of charges including accepting bribes and obstructing an investigation

Video Peace Returns to Ferguson as Community Tries to Heal

Thousands of people nationwide are expected to attend funeral services Monday in the U.S. Midwestern city of St. Louis, Missouri, for Michael Brown, the unarmed African-American teenager who was fatally shot by a white police officer August 9 in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. The shooting touched off days of violent demonstrations there, resulting in more than 100 arrests. VOA's Chris Simkins reports from Ferguson where the community is trying to move on after weeks of racial tension.

Photogallery Cleanup Efforts Underway after Major Earthquake in California

Experts have warned of dozens of aftershocks in the coming days

US Journalist Held in Syria Freed

The release came five days after a video posted on the Internet showed the beheading of American journalist James Foley by Islamic State militants

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West Africa Ebola Vaccine Trials Possible by Early 2015i
Carol Pearson
August 30, 2014 7:14 PM
A U.S. health agency is speeding up clinical trials of a possible vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus that so far has killed more than 1,500 people in West Africa. If successful, the next step would be a larger trial in countries where the outbreak is occurring. VOA's Carol Pearson has more.

Video West Africa Ebola Vaccine Trials Possible by Early 2015

A U.S. health agency is speeding up clinical trials of a possible vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus that so far has killed more than 1,500 people in West Africa. If successful, the next step would be a larger trial in countries where the outbreak is occurring. VOA's Carol Pearson has more.

Video Survivors Commemorate 70th Anniversary of Nazi Liquidation of Jewish Ghetto

When the German Nazi army occupied the Polish city of Lodz in 1939, it marked the beginning of a long nightmare for the Jewish community that once made up one third of the population. Roughly 200,000 people were forced into the Lodz Ghetto. Less than 7,000 survived. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, some survivors gathered at the Union League Club in Chicago on the 70th anniversary of the liquidation of the Lodz Ghetto to remember those who suffered at the hands of the Nazi regime.

Video Cost to Raise Child in US Continues to Rise

The cost of raising a child in the United States continues to rise. In its latest annual report, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says middle income families with a child born in 2013 can expect to spend more than $240,000 before that child turns 18. And sending that child to college more than doubles that amount. VOA’s Deborah Block visited with a couple with one child in Alexandria, Virginia, to learn if the report reflects their lifestyle.

Video Chaotic Afghan Vote Recount Threatens Nation’s Future

Afghanistan’s troubled presidential election continues to be rocked by turmoil as an audit of the ballots drags on. The U.N. says the recount will not be completed before September 10. Observers say repeated disputes and delays are threatening the orderly transfer of power and could have dangerous consequences. VOA correspondent Meredith Buel reports.

Video Ukraine Battles Pro-Russia Rebel Assault

After NATO concluded an emergency meeting to discuss the crisis in eastern Ukraine, the country is struggling to contain heavy fighting near the strategic port of Mariupol, on the Azov Sea. Separatist rebels are trying to capture the city, allegedly with Russian military help, and Ukraine's defense forces are digging in. VOA's Daniel Schearf spoke with analysts about what lies ahead for Ukraine.

Video Growing Business Offers Paint with a Twist of Wine

Two New Orleans area women started a small business seven years ago with one thing in mind: to help their neighbors relieve the stress of coping with a hurricane's aftermath. Today their business, which pairs painting and a little bit of wine, has become one of the fastest growing franchises across the U.S. VOA’s June Soh met the entrepreneurs at their newest franchise location in the Washington suburbs.

Video Ebola Vaccine Trials To Begin Next Week

The National Institutes of Health says it is launching early stage trials of a vaccine to prevent the Ebola virus, which has infected or killed thousands of people across West Africa. The World Health Organization says Ebola could infect more than 20,000 people across the region by the time the outbreak is over. The epidemic has health experts and governments scrambling to prevent more people from becoming infected. Zlatica Hoke has more.

Video Asian Bacteria Threatens Florida Orange Trees

Florida's citrus fruit industry is facing a serious threat from a bacteria carried by the Asian insect called psyllid. The widespread infestation again highlights the danger of transferring non-native species to American soil. VOA’s George Putic reports.

Video Aging Will Reduce Economic Growth Worldwide in Coming Decades

The world is getting older, fast. And as more people retire each year, fewer working-age people will be there to replace them. Bond rating agency Moody’s says that will lead to a decline in household savings; reducing global investments - which in turn, will lead to slower economic growth around the world. But experts say it’s not too late to mitigate the economic impact of the world’s aging populations. Mil Arcega has more.

Video Is West Doing Enough to Tackle Islamic State?

U.S. President Barack Obama has ruled out sending ground troops to Iraq to fight militants of the so-called Islamic State, or ISIS, despite officials in Washington describing the extremist group as the biggest threat the United States has faced in years. Henry Ridgwell reports from London on the growing uncertainty over whether the West’s response to ISIS will be enough to defeat the terrorist threat.

Video Coalition to Fight Islamic State Could Reward Assad

The United States along with European and Mideast allies are considering a broader assault against Islamic State fighters who have spread from Syria into Iraq and risk further destabilizing an already troubled region. But as VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns reports, confronting those militants could end up helping the embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Video Made in America Socks Get Toehold in Online Fashion Market

Three young entrepreneurs are hoping to revolutionize the high-end sock industry by introducing all-American creations of their own. And they’re doing most of it the old-fashioned way. VOA’s Julie Taboh recently caught up with them to learn what goes into making their one-of-a-kind socks.

Video Americans, Ex-Pats Send Relief Supplies to West Africa

Health organizations from around the world are sending supplies and specialists to the West African countries that are dealing with the worst Ebola outbreak in history. On a smaller scale, ordinary Americans and African expatriates living in the United States are doing the same. VOA's Carol Pearson reports.