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US Reviewing Chinese Purchase of Waldorf Hotel

The lobby of New York's Waldorf Astoria hotel, Oct. 6, 2014.

October 14, 2014 6:47 PM
Waldorf Astoria has been home to US envoys to UN for more than 50 years; Hilton plans to sell it to Chinese insurance company for $1.95 billion More

CDC Vows Quicker, More Robust Ebola Response

CDC announcement comes as pharmaceutical company in China announces application for market approval for possible Ebola cure

Texas Nurse With Ebola Says She's 'Doing Well'

She is the third patient to receive transfusion of blood from Dr. Kent Brantly, who has recovered from Ebola

Multimedia Obama, Foreign Military Chiefs to Discuss Islamic State Plans

President to meet with military leaders from 20 countries including Turkey, Saudi Arabia amid growing pressure for US-led coalition to do more to stop militants' advance

Obama Urges More ‘Robust Commitments’ to Combat Ebola

US president, French President Francois Hollande discuss coordinated actions to contain epidemic, including treatment facilities in West Africa and passenger screening

Multimedia Obama: No 'Quick Fixes' Battling IS Militants

US says its aerial bombardment of Islamic State militants is slowing their advance in fight to help Kurdish forces keep control of Kobani, Syria

Video US Urges Egypt to Ease Civil Society Restrictions

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Egyptian leaders Monday to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the fight against Islamic State militants. But, as VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns reports from Cairo, they also revisited the Obama administration's continuing concerns about restrictions on Egyptian civil society.

Video US Urges Egypt to Ease Civil Society Restrictions

In Cairo, Secretary of State John Kerry calls for due process, free press to speed transition to democracy

US Parents of Islamic State Hostage Break Silence

‘We’re doing everything we can to secure his release,’ says family of Abdul-Rahman Kassig, 26

Video US Health Officials Respond to New Ebola Case

America’s top disease control official says the first known transmission of Ebola in the United States dictates a rethinking and a redoubling of protocols to protect health care workers and the public from the deadly virus. A nurse in Dallas, Texas has tested positive for Ebola after caring for Liberian Thomas Eric Duncan, who died last week. VOA's Michael Bowman reports, the new case prompted President Barack Obama to adjust his schedule to get an update on Ebola-containment efforts.

Study Predicts Better Holiday Shopping Season for US Retailers

A new study by Accenture says increased optimism and job security mean a quarter of consumers plan to spend more on holiday gifts this year

Kerry, Fabius Discuss Global Threats, Regional Issues

US, French top diplomats meet in Paris for talks on Islamic State threat, Iran’s nuclear program, Gaza reconstruction efforts and Ebola crisis

Turkey Still Negotiating US Use of Bases to Fight IS Militants

Turkish media cite sources in the prime minister's office as saying there is no agreement for the use of Turkey's military bases by the US-led coalition, although negotiations are ongoing

IS Militants Make Advances in Iraq's Anbar Province

Iraqi security forces have also withdrawn from two prisons, including Ramadi's central prison, moving prisoners to other facilities in Baghdad

Video New US Ebola Case Raises Fears

America’s medical community is reviewing and tightening protocols to avoid further breeches and to bolster detection and containment

Video New US Ebola Case Raises Fears

U.S. health officials are scrambling to respond to a new Ebola case - that of a nurse in Dallas, Texas, who cared for Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan, who died last week. As VOA’s Michael Bowman reports, America’s medical community is reviewing and tightening protocols to detect and contain the virus, as officials around the world express growing alarm about the deadly disease.

Video CDC Criticized for Blaming 'Protocol Breach' as Nurse Gets Ebola

Healthcare experts say case shows how far nation's hospitals are from adequately training staff to deal with deadly virus

US Official: No Indication of Transfer of Power in North Korea

Some analysts say Kim’s absence may be the latest attempt to gain attention as the global community is distracted by other events

Obama Calls for Better Protocol in US Ebola Cases

President's call follows infection with the virus of Texas hospital nurse who was part of team treating first US Ebola patient

US Women Win First World Volleyball Title

At world championship final in Milan, US team beats China in four sets; top-ranked Brazil goes home with bronze medal

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Exclusive: American Joins Kurds' Anti-IS Fighti
Zana Omer
October 18, 2014 6:37 PM
The United States and other Western nations have expressed alarm about their citizens joining Islamic State forces in Syria and Iraq. In a rare counterpoint to the phenomenon, an American has taken up arms with the militants' Syrian Kurdish opponents. Elizabeth Arrott has more in this exclusive profile by VOA Kurdish reporter Zana Omer in Ras al Ayn, Syria.

Video Exclusive: American Joins Kurds' Anti-IS Fight

The United States and other Western nations have expressed alarm about their citizens joining Islamic State forces in Syria and Iraq. In a rare counterpoint to the phenomenon, an American has taken up arms with the militants' Syrian Kurdish opponents. Elizabeth Arrott has more in this exclusive profile by VOA Kurdish reporter Zana Omer in Ras al Ayn, Syria.

Video South Korea Confronts Violence Within Military Ranks

Every able-bodied South Korean male between 18 and 35 must serve for 21 to 36 months in the country’s armed forces, depending upon the specific branch. For many, service is a rite of passage to manhood. But there are growing concerns that bullying and violence come along with the tradition. Reporter Jason Strother has more from Seoul.

Video Comanche People Maintain Pride in Their Heritage

The Comanche (Indian nation) once were called the “Lords of the Plains,” with an empire that included half the land area of current day Texas, large parts of Oklahoma, New Mexico, Kansas and Colorado.The fierceness and battle prowess of these warriors on horseback delayed the settlement of most of West Texas for four decades. VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Lawton, Oklahoma, that while their warrior days are over, the 15,000 members of the Comanche Nation remain a proud people.

Video Turkey Campus Attacks Raise Islamic Radicalization Fears

Concerns are growing in Turkey of Islamic radicalization at some universities, after clashes between supporters of the jihadist group Islamic State (IS) or ISIS, and those opposed to the extremists. Pro-jihadist literature is on sale openly on the streets of Istanbul. Critics accuse the government of turning a blind eye to radicalism at home, while Kurds accuse the president of supporting IS - a charge strongly denied. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.

Video Syrian Defector Leaks Shocking Photos of Torture Victims

Shocking photographs purporting to show Syrian torture victims are on display at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington. The museum says the graphic images are among thousands of photographs recently smuggled out of Syria by a military policeman-turned-defector. As VOA reporter Julie Taboh reports, the museum says the photos provide further evidence of atrocities committed by the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad against its own people.

Video Drought-Stricken California Considers Upgrading Water System

A three-year drought in California is causing a water shortage that is being felt on farms and cities throughout the state. As VOA's Mike O’Sullivan reports, water experts, consumers and farmers say California needs to make changes to cope with an uncertain future.

Video TechShop Puts High-tech Dreams Within Reach

Square, a business app and card reader, makes it possible to do credit card transactions through cell phones. But what made Square possible? VOA’s Adrianna Zhang and Enming Liu have the answer.

Video Church for Atheists Goes Global

Atheists, by definition, do not believe in God. So they should have no need of a church. But two years ago, a pair of British stand-up comedians decided to create one. Sanderson Jones and Pippa Evans told the BBC they envisioned “something like church but without God". Their “Sunday Assembly” movement has grown from a single congregation in London to dozens of churches around the world. Reporter Mike Osborne visited with the members of a Sunday Assembly that now meets regularly in Nashville.

Video Robot Locates Unexploded Underwater Mines

Many educators believe that hands-on experience is the best way to learn. Proving that the method works is a project developed by a group of students at the Stevens Institute of Technology, in Hoboken, New Jersey. They rose up to a challenge posted by the U.S. Department of Defense and successfully designed and built an underwater robot for locating submerged unexploded ordnance. VOA’s George Putic reports.

Video Liberia's JFK Hospital Reopens After Temporary Ebola Exposure

JFK Hospital is Liberia’s largest and one of its oldest medical facilities. The hospital had to close temporarily following the deaths of two leading doctors from Ebola. It is now getting back on its feet, with the maternity ward being the first section to reopen. Benno Muchler has more for VOA News from Monrovia.

Video Hong Kong Protests Expose Generation Gap

Most of the tens of thousands of protesters in Hong Kong are students seeking democracy. Idealistic youths say while the older generation worries about the present, they are fighting for the territory's future. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Hong Kong.

Video Liberians Living in US Struggle From Afar as Ebola Ravages Homeland

More than 8,000 Liberians live in New York City, more than in any other city outside of Liberia itself. As VOA’s Bernard Shusman reports, with the Ebola virus ravaging their homeland, there is no peace of mind for these New Yorkers.

Video Kurds See War-Ravaged Kobani As Political, Emotional Heartland

Intense fighting is continuing between Islamic State militants -- also known as ISIS or ISIL -- and Kurdish forces around the Syrian town of Kobani, on the Turkish border. The U.S. said it carried out at least nine airstrikes against Islamic State positions Friday. Meanwhile the U.N. has warned that hundreds of civilians would be massacred if the town falls to the militants. Henry Ridgwell looks at the strategic significance of the city.

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