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'Point and Shoot' Shows American Filmmaker in Libyan Revolution

October 30, 2014 10:53 PM
In a bid to jumpstart his life, Matthew VanDyke bought a motorcycle and drove through the Arab world, filming himself along the way More

Video 'Point and Shoot': An American Filmmaker - and Fighter - in Libyan Revolution

It sounds like fiction: a young American takes to the road in a motorcycle journey around the Arab world -- and ends up fighting alongside Libyan rebels to depose Moammar Gadhafi. It’s actually a true story, and the subject of an unusual documentary. VOA’s Carolyn Weaver has more.

Video Two Professors from one Virginia College Square off in US Congress Race

Members of the U.S. Congress come from a variety of backgrounds. Lawyers, doctors and businessmen fill the halls of Congress. At least one will soon be a professor from Virginia. As VOA's Yang Chen reports, that's almost guaranteed.

US Medical Supplies Donated Annually to Developing Countries

Volunteer-run program collects surgical towels, gloves, other items normally recycled as waste

Pentagon Seeks to Empower Sunnis Fighting Islamic State in Iraq

But Baghdad must be willing to arm tribes, US Joint Chiefs chairman says

Video More US Women Birthing the Old-fashioned Way

Concerns about safety of using a midwife generally unfounded, experts say

Video More US Women Birthing The Old-Fashioned Way

A small but growing number of women in the U.S. are choosing to give birth using the services of a certified nurse-midwife rather than an obstetrician. The number of midwife-attended births -- at home, in birthing centers and in hospitals -- reached 8.6 percent of all births in 2012. VOA’s Julie Taboh reports on this trend.

Obama: Ebola Quarantines Must Be Based on Science

White House commenting on case of a nurse in Maine, who is defying a mandatory 21-day quarantine after treating Ebola patients

Video Control of Senate in US Midterm Elections Could Hinge on Iowa Turnout

The balance of power between Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. Senate hinges on the outcome of the November 4 midterm elections. Each party is campaigning for votes in close races, including the midwestern state of Iowa. As VOA's Kane Farabaugh reports, the winner in Iowa could be decided by the party most successful in convincing their supporters to get out to vote.

Video Control of Senate in US Midterm Elections Could Hinge on Iowa Turnout

Winner in Iowa race could be decided by the party most successful in convincing supporters to get out to vote

US Economy Grows at 3.5 Percent Rate

Commerce Department says third quarter growth was helped by exports, spending by consumers and government

US Envoy: 'Alarming Gaps' Remain in Fighting Ebola

US ambassador to UN Samantha Power says some nations have yet to shoulder their fair burden in the battle against the disease

US Coast Guard Rescues 33 Cubans at Sea

Because the overloaded boat did not make landfall, those rescued will be returned to Cuba

Photogallery San Francisco Giants Win Baseball World Series

Championship is third for Giants in past five years

Video Comanche People Give New Life to Ancestors' Language

Although their life based on hunting buffalo in the vast American plains came to an end in 1875, the Comanche Indians adapted to modern life and today are relatively prosperous and proud of their heritage. They mingle with people of other tribes and races every day, while trying to maintain cultural traditions and a language that underscore their identity. VOA’s Greg Flakus has more from Lawton, Oklahoma.

Video US Fed Ends Bond Buying Program, Keeps Interest Rates Low

The U.S. Federal Reserve says it is ending its bond buying program this week but assured investors that short-term interest rates will remain near zero for some time. The announcement comes amid growing worries about the global economy and recent market volatility. VOA's Mil Arcega has more.

Obama: US Can’t Seal Itself Off From Ebola

President says that as America continues to help stem outbreak at its source, it cannot expect to remain immune to cases of disease at home

Video Thai Muslims Create Thriving California Mosque

Religious center in suburban Los Angeles is labor of love for one Thai immigrant, his family and community

Video Thai Muslims Create Thriving California Mosque

A mosque in suburban Los Angeles that began as a center for Muslim immigrants from Thailand now serves Muslims of many backgrounds. As Mike O'Sullivan reports from Azusa, California, the thriving religious center is a labor of love for one Thai immigrant and his family.

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October 25, 2014 4:21 PM
Ukrainian and Russian officials will meet again next week in an effort to settle their dispute over natural gas supplies that threatens to leave Ukraine short of heating fuel for the coming winter. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London the dispute is complex, and has both economic and geopolitical dimensions.
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Video Talks to Resume on Winter Gas for Ukraine

Ukrainian and Russian officials will meet again next week in an effort to settle their dispute over natural gas supplies that threatens to leave Ukraine short of heating fuel for the coming winter. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London the dispute is complex, and has both economic and geopolitical dimensions.
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Video Smugglers Offer Cheap Passage From Turkey to Syria

Smugglers in Turkey offer a relatively cheap passage across the border into Syria. Ankara has stepped up efforts to stem the flow of foreign fighters who want to join Islamic State militants fighting for control of the Syrian border city of Kobani. But porous borders and border guards who can be bribed make illegal border crossings quite easy. Zlatica Hoke has more.
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Video China Political Meeting Seeks to Improve Rule of Law

China’s communist leaders will host a top level political meeting this week, called the Fourth Plenum, and for the first time in the party’s history, rule of law will be a key item on the agenda. Analysts and Chinese media reports say the meetings could see the approval of long-awaited measures aimed at giving courts more independence and include steps to enhance an already aggressive and high-reaching anti-corruption drive. VOA’s Bill Ide has more from Beijing.
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Video After Decades of Pressure, Luxembourg Drops Bank Secrecy Rules

European Union finance ministers have reached a breakthrough agreement that will make it more difficult for tax cheats to hide their money. The new legislation, which had been blocked for years by countries with a reputation as tax havens, was approved last week after Luxembourg and Austria agreed to lift their vetoes. But as Mil Arcega reports, it doesn’t mean tax cheats have run out of places to keep their money hidden.
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Video Kobani Refugees Welcome, Turkey Criticizes, US Airdrop

Residents of Kobani in northern Syria have welcomed the airdrop of weapons, ammunition and medicine to Kurdish militia who are resisting the seizure of their city by Islamic State militants. The Turkish government, however, has criticized the operation. VOA’s Scott Bobb reports from southeastern Turkey, across the border from Kobani.
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Video US ‘Death Cafes’ Put Focus on the Finale

In contemporary America, death usually is a topic to be avoided. But the growing “death café” movement encourages people to discuss their fears and desires about their final moments. VOA’s Jerome Socolovsky reports.
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Video Ebola Orphanage Opens in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone's first Ebola orphanage has opened in the Kailahun district. Hundreds of children orphaned since the beginning of the Ebola outbreak face stigma and rejection with nobody to care for them. Adam Bailes reports for VOA about a new interim care center that's aimed at helping the growing number of children affected by Ebola.

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