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    US Orders Wanted Bosnian War Crimes Suspect Deported

    This image released by the Washington County, Minn. Sheriff's Department shows Zdenko Jakisa. Jakisa will be deported for concealing a long criminal past in his home country of Bosnia, a federal judge said.

    February 11, 2016 10:19 PM
    Zdenko Jakisa was convicted in Bosnia of various crimes, including killing an elderly Serbian woman by shooting her through her bedroom window

    Clinton and Sanders Face Off in Wisconsin

    Democratic candidates participate in their 6th debate in Milwaukee as their race for the White House enters a new phase

    Video NYC Children’s Museum Celebrates Muslim Diversity

    Museum's executive director says addition of Muslim cultures exhibit allows families an opportunity to discuss unity and diversity within the same tradition

    Fourth Minnesota Terror Suspect Pleads Guilty of Trying to Join IS

    Abdirizak Mohamed Warsame was part of a group of five Minnesota men who met numerous times in 2014 to plan their journey to Syria

    EXCLUSIVE: Dueling Missives Press Obama, Cambodian PM on Human Rights

    Coincidental letters speak to human rights violations in Southeast Asia; one insists topic be added to upcoming, US-hosted ASEAN summit

    US Forces in Afghanistan Up Anti-IS Strikes, Presence in Helmand

    Brig. Gen. Wilson Shoffner estimates there are up to 3,000 Islamic State fighters in Afghanistan; militants working to ‘establish a base’ in southern Nangarhar province

    Clinton, Sanders Fight for African American Votes

    Some African American lawmakers lining up to support Clinton in face of perceived surge by Sanders in race for Democratic nomination in presidential campaign

    Video Trade, Security on Agenda as US Hosts ASEAN Leaders

    Trade and Pacific security will be on the agenda when U.S. President Barack Obama meets next week in California with leaders of 10-member states of ASEAN, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan reports that U.S. officials say the meeting is part of an American rebalancing to the Asia Pacific region.

    Zika Vaccine Could Be Ready for First Human Trials Within Months

    It could then be sent to affected regions for large-scale testing in 2017, head of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases tells US lawmakers

    Video Trade, Security on Agenda as US Hosts ASEAN Leaders

    US President Obama to meet next week in California with leaders of 10 member states as part of American rebalancing to Asia Pacific region

    Clinton, Sanders Debating Again in US Democratic Presidential Contest

    Debate is sixth between former secretary of state, US senator from Vermont; comes two days after Sanders routed Clinton in party's New Hampshire contest

    Video US Co-ed Selective Service Plan Stirs Controversy

    Young women may soon be required to register with the U.S. Selective Service System, the U.S. government agency charged with implementing a draft in a national emergency. Top Army and Marine Corps commanders told the Senate Armed Services Committee recently that women should register, and a bill has been introduced in Congress requiring eligible women to sign up for the military draft. The issue is stirring some controversy, as VOA’s Bernard Shusman reports from New York.

    More Americans Look to Internet to Play Cupid, Pew Survey Finds

    Just in time for Valentine's Day, a survey shows that more Americans are looking for love through online dating, with more than four times as many young adults using mobile apps than in 2013

    NATO Alliance May Join Anti-IS Coalition

    Addition would bring alliance's experience in building partner capacity and training ground forces, US's Ash Carter tells fellow defense chiefs in Brussels

    Hawaii's Big Wave Surf Competition Called Off

    Wednesday's surf in Hawaii didn't stack up to namesake competition's big-wave standards, and event was called off hours before it was supposed to happen

    New York Fashion Week Opens Amid Questions About Shows' Future

    New York Fashion Week opens on Thursday with chilly weather and perhaps an even chillier prospect: defining the purpose of the shows as brands begin trying fresh ways to engage customers

    China Warns on South China Sea as US, India Consider Patrols

    Neither the United States nor India have claims to the area, but Washington says it is concerned about shipping lanes running through the South China Sea

    Toxic Water Supply Plagues US City

    A look at the who, what, where and why of the public health crisis that has poisoned the Flint water supply for more than a year

    Video After NH Primaries All Eyes on South Carolina

    After Tuesday's primary in New Hampshire, US presidential candidates swiftly turned to the next election coming up in South Carolina. The so-called “first-in-the-South” poll may help further narrow down the field of candidates. Zlatica Hoke reports.

    US Wildlife Refuge Standoff Ends as Last 4 Protesters Surrender

    Two men, one woman walked out of Malheur refuge in Oregon on Thursday; hours later, last protester followed suit — six weeks after anti-government group first seized facility

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    As Refugees Perish, Greek Graveyards Filli
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    Hamada Elsaram
    February 11, 2016 8:01 PM
    Aid workers on the Greek island of Lesbos say they are struggling to bury the increasing number of bodies of refugees that have been recovered or washed up ashore in recent months.  The graveyards are all full, they say, yet as tens of thousands of people clamor to get out of Syria, it is clear refugees will still be coming in record numbers. For VOA, Hamada Elrasam reports from Lesbos, Greece.
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    Video As Refugees Perish, Greek Graveyards Fill

    Aid workers on the Greek island of Lesbos say they are struggling to bury the increasing number of bodies of refugees that have been recovered or washed up ashore in recent months.  The graveyards are all full, they say, yet as tens of thousands of people clamor to get out of Syria, it is clear refugees will still be coming in record numbers. For VOA, Hamada Elrasam reports from Lesbos, Greece.
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    Video To Fight Zika, Scientists Target Mosquitoes

    Mosquitoes strike again. The Zika virus outbreak is just the latest headline-grabbing epidemic carried by these biting pests, but researchers are fighting back with new ways to control them. VOA's Steve Baragona takes a look.
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    Video Mosul Refugees Talk About Life Under IS

    A top U.S. intelligence official told Congress this week that a planned Iraqi-led operation to re-take the city of Mosul from Islamic State militants is unlikely to take place this year. IS took over the city in June 2014, and for the past year and a half, Mosul residents have been held captive under its rule. VOA's Zana Omar talked to some families who managed to escape. Bronwyn Benito narrates his report.
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    Video Scientists Make Progress Toward Better Diabetes Treatment, Cure

    Scientists at two of the top U.S. universities say they have made significant advances in their quest to find a more efficient treatment for diabetes and eventually a cure. According to the International Diabetes Federation, the disease affects more than 370 million people worldwide. VOA’s George Putic reports.
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    Video NATO to Target Migrant Smugglers

    NATO has announced plans to send warships to the Aegean Sea to target migrant smugglers in the alliance's most direct intervention so far since a wave of people began trying to reach European shores.
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    Video Russia's Catholics, Orthodox Hopeful on Historic Pope-Patriarch Meeting

    Russia's Catholic minority has welcomed an historic first meeting Friday in Cuba between the Pope and the Patriarch of Russia's dominant Orthodox Church. The Orthodox Church split with Rome in 1054 and analysts say politics, both church and state, have been driving the relationship in the centuries since. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Moscow.
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    Video Used Books Get a New Life on the Streets of Lagos

    Used booksellers are importing books from abroad and selling them on the streets of Africa's largest city. What‘s popular with readers may surprise you. Chris Stein reports from Lagos.
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    Video After NH Primaries All Eyes on South Carolina

    After Tuesday's primary in New Hampshire, US presidential candidates swiftly turned to the next election coming up in South Carolina. The so-called “first-in-the-South” poll may help further narrow down the field of candidates. Zlatica Hoke reports.
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    Video US Co-ed Selective Service Plan Stirs Controversy

    Young women may soon be required to register with the U.S. Selective Service System, the U.S. government agency charged with implementing a draft in a national emergency. Top Army and Marine Corps commanders told the Senate Armed Services Committee recently that women should register, and a bill has been introduced in Congress requiring eligible women to sign up for the military draft. The issue is stirring some controversy, as VOA’s Bernard Shusman reports from New York.
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    Video Lessons Learned From Ebola Might Help Fight Zika

    Now that the Ebola epidemic has ended in West Africa, Zika has the world's focus. And, as Carol Pearson reports, health experts and governments are applying some of the lessons learned during the Ebola crisis in Africa to fight the Zika virus in Latin America and the Caribbean.
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    Video Smartphone Helps Grow Vegetables

    One day, you may be using your smartphone to grow your vegetables. A Taipei-based company has developed a farm cube — a small, enclosed ecosystem designed to grow plants indoors. The environment inside is automatically adjusted by the cube, but it can also be controlled through an app. VOA's Deborah Block has more on the gardening system.
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    Video Illinois Voters Have Mixed Emotions on Obama’s Return to Springfield

    On the ninth anniversary of the launch of his quest for national office, President Barack Obama returned to Springfield, Illinois, to speak to the Illinois General Assembly, where he once served as state senator. His visit was met with mixed emotions by those with a front-row seat on his journey to the White House. VOA's Kane Farabaugh reports.
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    Video Exhibit Turns da Vinci’s Drawings Into Real Objects

    In addition to being a successful artist, Renaissance genius Leonardo da Vinci designed many practical machines, some of which are still in use today, although in different forms. But a number of his projects were never realized — until today. VOA’s George Putic reports.
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    Video Heated Immigration Debate Limits Britain’s Refugee Response

    Compared to many other European states, Britain has agreed to accept a relatively small number of Syrian refugees. Just over a thousand have arrived so far -- and some are being resettled in remote corners of the country. Henry Ridgwell reports on why Britain’s response has lagged behind its neighbors.
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    Video Russia's Car Sales Shrink Overall, But Luxury and Economy Models See Growth

    Car sales in Russia dropped by more than a third in 2015 because of the country's economic woes. But, at the extreme ends of the car market, luxury vehicles and some economy brands are actually experiencing growth. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Moscow.