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Obama on Colorado Shooting: 'Enough Is Enough'

Colorado Springs Police spokesperson Lt. Catherine Buckley addresses the media Friday during an active shooter situation near a Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado Springs, Colo., Nov. 27, 2015.

November 28, 2015 10:03 AM
Friday shooting at Planned Parenthood clinic leaves three killed and nine wounded; suspect Robert Lewis Dear, 57, of North Carolina is in custody, scheduled to appear in court Monday

Video In New York, Warm Reception for Syrian Refugees

A divisive debate over the fate of Syrian refugees ripples across the United States. But in New York City, home to immigrants from all walks of life, community organizations are taking measures into their own hands to ensure that incoming refugees feel welcomed. Ramon Taylor reports.

Poll: Trump Drops 12 Percentage Points in Week

US presidential hopeful's support among Republicans drops 12 points in less than week, marking real estate mogul's biggest decline since he vaulted to top of field in July, Reuters/Ipsos poll reveals

Video In New York, a Warmer Reception for Syrian Refugees

While some politicians want bans on certain refugees, New York’s mayor praised city’s Muslim population as crucial ally in fight against terrorism

White House Fence Jumper Left Suicide Note, Documents Show

Connecticut man to undergo psychiatric evaluation after scaling fence, causing lockdown Thanksgiving Day

Video 'A Path Appears' Highlights Poverty, Solutions

Exhibit shows innovative devices that address water and sanitation problems in parts of the world and carry messages about stopping the spread of AIDS

IS Attacks Raise Odds of Closer International Cooperation

Wave of terror forces governments to weigh existing policies, new alliances; US under pressure to guide anti-extremist policy

Planned Parenthood Gunman in Custody; 3 Dead

Two civilians, 1 police officer killed in 5-plus-hour shootout in Colorado; 9 people remain hospitalized

Black Friday Retail Sales Produce Little Hubbub

Stores around US had sparse parking lots, orderly lines, modest traffic; retailers' earlier offerings may be taking steam out of yearly event

Carbon Taxes, Cap-and-Trade Getting Another Look in US

With negotiators gathering in Paris for major UN climate talks, calls are intensifying to make all polluters pay a price for carbon dioxide and other planet-warming emissions

Video Chicago Protesters Block Streets, Disrupt Holiday Shopping

Meanwhile, Chicago police say they have made an arrest in the shooting death of a 9-year-old boy, whose alleged gang-related slaying has sparked outrage in the city

Poland Will Not Extradite Roman Polanski to US

Krakow says it won't extradite Oscar-winning filmmaker to US in an almost 40-year-old case after prosecutors declined to challenge court ruling against it

Trump Denies Mocking Disabled Reporter

The billionaire real estate tycoon said he doesn't know what the reporter looks like

Federal Permit Process Stalls Open Ocean Fish Farming Projects

Pioneers of offshore aquaculture say plans have stalled or been abandoned because of long and expensive federal permitting process that requires extensive environmental monitoring and data collection

US Backers of Syrian Refugees Step Up Campaign

President Obama has said he wants to welcome at least 10,000 Syrian refugees in the 2016 fiscal year

Ecuador to Impose Visa Requirements on Cuban Citizens

Objective is 'to discourage the flow of people seeking to reach the United States,' Ecuador's deputy foreign minister says

Man Wearing American Flag Jumps White House Fence

Secret Service catches Joseph Caputo immediately but doesn't divulge his age, hometown or motivation

Family Discloses Gifford Suffered Head Trauma

Legendary American-style football player Frank Gifford suffered degenerative disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy

Video Tree Houses - A Branch of American Dream

Away from parents, above the crowd, enjoying total freedom -- having a tree house can be every little kid’s dream. It can be anything from a few carefully-balanced boards to a specially constructed arboreal retreat. Workshops aimed at teaching people how to build tree houses have become widely popular in America in recent years. VOA’s Enming Liu and Lin Yang uncovered the luxury treetop dreams of participants at one such workshop in Pennsylvania.

Video Americans, Tourists, Reflect on Meaning of Thanksgiving

VOA garnered opinions from several people soon after November 13 Paris attacks, which colored many of their thoughts

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Belgium-Germany Border Remains Porous, Even As Manhunt For Paris Attacker Continuesi
Ayesha Tanzeem
November 25, 2015 10:46 PM
One of the suspected gunmen in the Nov. 13 Paris attacks, Salah Abdeslam, evaded law enforcement, made his way to Belgium, and is now believed to have fled to Germany. VOA correspondent Ayesha Tanzeem makes the journey across the border from Belgium into Germany to see how porous the borders really are.

Video Belgium-Germany Border Remains Porous, Even As Manhunt For Paris Attacker Continues

One of the suspected gunmen in the Nov. 13 Paris attacks, Salah Abdeslam, evaded law enforcement, made his way to Belgium, and is now believed to have fled to Germany. VOA correspondent Ayesha Tanzeem makes the journey across the border from Belgium into Germany to see how porous the borders really are.

Video Islamic State Unfazed by Losses in Iraq, Syria

Progress in the U.S.-led effort to beat Islamic State on its home turf in Iraq and Syria has led some to speculate the terror group may be growing desperate. But counterterror officials say that is not the case, and warn the recent spate of terror attacks is merely part of the group’s evolution. VOA National Security correspondent Jeff Seldin has more.

Video Taiwan Looks for Role in South China Sea Dispute

The Taiwanese government is one of several that claims territory in the hotly contested South China Sea, but Taipei has long been sidelined in the dispute, overshadowed by China. Now, as the Philippines challenges Beijing’s claims in an international court at The Hague, Taipei is looking to publicly assert its claims. VOA’s Bill Ide has more from Beijing.

Video Syrian Refugees in US Express Concern for Those Left Behind

Syrian immigrants in the United States are concerned about the negative tide of public opinion and the politicians who want to block a U.S. plan to accept 10,000 Syrian refugees. Zlatica Hoke reports many Americans are fighting to dispel suspicions linking refugees to terrorists.

Video After Paris Attacks, France Steps Up Fight Against IS

The November 13 Paris attacks have drawn increased attention to Syria, where many of the suspected perpetrators are said to have received training. French President Francois Hollande is working to build a broad international coalition to defeat Islamic State in Syria and in Iraq. Zlatica Hoke reports.

Video US, Cambodian Navies Pair Up in Gulf of Thailand

The U.S. Navy has deployed one of its newest and most advanced ships to Cambodia to conduct joint training drills in the Gulf of Thailand. Riding hull-to-hull with Cambodian ships, the seamen of the USS Fort Worth are executing joint-training drills that will help build relations in Southeast Asia. David Boyle reports for VOA from Preah Sihanouk province.

Video Americans Sharpen Focus on Terrorism

Washington will be quieter than usual this week due to the Thanksgiving holiday, even as Americans across the nation register heightened concerns over possible terrorist threats. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports new polling data from ABC News and the Washington Post newspaper show an electorate increasingly focused on security issues after the deadly Islamic State attacks in Paris.

Video World Leaders Head to Paris for Climate Deal

Heads of state from nearly 80 countries are heading to Paris (November 30-December 11) to craft a global climate change agreement. The new accord will replace the Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change that expired in 2012.

Video Uncertain Future for Syrian Refugee Resettlement in Illinois

For the trickle of Syrian refugees finding new homes in the Midwest city of Chicago, the call to end resettlement in many U.S. states is adding another dimension to their long journey fleeing war. Organizations working to help them integrate say the backlash since the Paris attacks is both harming and helping their efforts to provide refugees sanctuary. VOA's Kane Farabaugh reports.

Video Creating Physical Virtual Reality With Tiny Drones

As many computer gamers know, virtual reality is a three-dimensional picture, projected inside special googles. It can fool your brain into thinking the computer world is the real world. But If you try to touch it, it’s not there. Now Canadian researchers say it may be possible to create a physical virtual reality using tiny drones. VOA’s George Putic reports.

Video New American Indian Village Takes Visitors Back in Time

There is precious little opportunity to experience what life was like in the United States before its colonization by European settlers. Now, an American Indian village built in a park outside Washington is taking visitors back in time to experience the way of life of America's indigenous people. Carol Pearson narrates this report from VOA's June Soh.

Video Even With Hometown Liberated, Yazidi Refugees Fear Return

While the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar has been liberated from Islamic State forces, it's not clear whether Yazidi residents who fled the militants will now return home. VOA’s Mahmut Bozarslan talked with Yazidis, a religious and ethnic minority, at a Turkish refugee camp in Diyarbakır. Robert Raffaele narrates his report.

Video Nairobi Tailors Make Pope Francis’ Vestments

To ensure the pope is properly attired during his visit, the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops asked the Dolly Craft Sewing Project in the Nairobi slum of Kangemi to make the pope's vestments, the garments he will wear during the various ceremonies. Jill Craig reports.

Video Cross-Border Terrorism Puts Europe’s Passport-Free Travel in Doubt

The fallout from the Islamic State terror attacks in Paris has put the future of Europe’s passport-free travel area, known as the "Schengen Zone," in doubt. Several of the perpetrators were known to intelligence agencies, but were not intercepted. Henry Ridgwell reports from London European ministers are to hold an emergency meeting Friday in Brussels to look at ways of improving security.

Video El Niño Brings Unexpected Fish From Mexico to California

Fish in an unexpected spectrum of sizes, shapes and colors are moving north, through El Niño's warm currents from Mexican waters to the Pacific Ocean off California’s coast. El Nino is the periodic warming of the eastern and central Pacific Ocean. As Faiza Elmasry tells us, this phenomenon thrills scientists and gives anglers the chance of a once-in-a-lifetime big catch. Faith Lapidus narrates.

Video Terrorism in Many Forms Continues to Plague Africa

While the world's attention is on Paris in the wake of Friday night's deadly attacks, terrorism from various sides remains a looming threat in many African countries. Nigerian cities have been targeted this week by attacks many believe were staged by the violent Islamist group Boko Haram. In addition, residents in many regions are forced to flee their homes as they are terrorized by armed militias. Zlatica Hoke reports.

Video Study: Underage Marriage Rate Higher for Females in Pakistan

While attitudes about the societal role of females in Pakistan are evolving, research by child advocacy group Plan International suggests that underage marriage of girls remains a particularly big issue in the country. VOA’s Ayesha Tanzeem reports how such marriages leads to further social problems.

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