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Climate Change Summit Takes Up Deforestation

An aerial view of a tract of Amazon jungle recently cleared by loggers and farmers near the city of Novo Progresso, Para state, Brazil, Sept. 22, 2013.

September 23, 2014 10:21 PM
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Video US, Allies Hit Islamic State, Al-Qaida Affiliate in Syria

The U.S. and five Arab nations have struck Islamic State and al-Qaida militant targets in Syria, in a move the Pentagon says is "just the beginning." VOA's Pentagon Correspondent Carla Babb has more.

Video Obama Calls for World Action on Climate Change

U.S. President Barack Obama has gone before world leaders at the United Nations and made an urgent plea for nations to boost their efforts to deal with climate change. VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez is traveling with the president and has this report.

Video UN Climate Summit Raises Hopes for Climate Treaty

The United Nations Climate Summit Tuesday in New York brought together heads of state with leaders from the private sector and civil society to address the world's climate crisis. As VOA's Rosanne Skirble reports, while the event is not a negotiating session, its outcome can serve to build momentum for a new climate treaty by 2015

Video Washington to Pyongyang: 'Shut This Evil System Down'

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is calling on North Korea to shut down prison camps and other human rights abuses following a United Nations Commission of Inquiry into "widespread and systematic human rights violations." VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns reports from the United Nations.

White House Gets Second Barrier After Fence Jumping

Second fence pushes tourists and passersby farther away after a fence jumper scaled existing fence and entered the executive mansion last week

US Airstrikes in Syria Draw Praise, Concern in Congress

Opinions are divided, with some saying nature of US mission is shifting

US Will Abide by Mine Ban Treaty Except on Korean Peninsula

US edges closer to compliance with international treaty, but President Obama says exception due to 'unique circumstances' for defense of ally South Korea

Yum! Brands’ Banh Shop Drops ‘Communist’ Logo

Dallas, Texas shop's logo had a communist, five -pointed star

Photogallery Mixed Arab World Reaction to US Strikes

Some people in a number of countries, however, decry the attacks online, calling ISIL and the United States 'alternate faces of the terrorist coin'

Video High Intensity Focused Ultrasound Used to Kill Cancer Tumor

There is a new way of killing certain cancer tumors that allows the patient to go home on the same day. Surgeons at the Keck Medical Center of the University of Southern California became the first doctors to use this procedure on a patient with the help of high intensity focused ultrasound, or HIFU, and new robotic technology. Elizabeth Lee reports from Los Angeles.

Video Kerry Slams N. Korea Human Rights Abuses

Secretary of State says international community no longer can ignore situation in communist nation given findings of UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea

Britain Close to Joining US-led Anti-IS Strikes

PM David Cameron is set to lay out his position in speech to UN General Assembly in New York on Wednesday night, at which he'll call on world to unite to destroy militants

Ukraine's Poroshenko Secures Less US Aid Than Hoped

New US Senate bill would, if passed and signed into law, allocate $350 million to supply Ukraine with both non-lethal and lethal military equipment

Who Are the Khorasan?

Syria-based al-Qaida affiliate is possibly one of the most secretive organizations operating under cover of country's civil war

Video Tensions High in Lebanon as US-led Coalition Strikes Syria

As a U.S.-led coalition begins bombing Islamist militant targets in Syria, tensions are soaring in neighboring Lebanon. Syrian refugees continue to clamor to get in, fleeing battles and bombings. Heather Murdock reports for VOA from the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon that violence is crossing the border into Lebanon, along with mistrust and fear.

Iran Calls Nuclear Suspicions 'Fabricated Ambiguities'

Statement comes a day after Tehran came under renewed Western pressure to help clear up UN watchdog concerns about its atomic energy program

Hope Sparks in Liberia as US Soldiers Arrive to Help Fight Ebola

Optimism grows that epidemic can be contained as citizens welcomed the first of 3,000 US troops who arrived in the country

Bin Laden Son-in-law Gets Life Prison Term

Abu Ghaith, a former al-Qaeda spokesman, was convicted in US in March of conspiring to kill Americans and providing support for terrorists

Somali Kidnappers Free German-American Journalist

Forty-five-year-old Michael Scott Moore was captured in Galkayo in January 2012 while doing research for book on piracy

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is calling on North Korea to shut down prison camps and other human rights abuses following a United Nations Commission of Inquiry into "widespread and systematic human rights violations." VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns reports from the United Nations.
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Video Washington to Pyongyang: 'Shut This Evil System Down'

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is calling on North Korea to shut down prison camps and other human rights abuses following a United Nations Commission of Inquiry into "widespread and systematic human rights violations." VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns reports from the United Nations.
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Video US, Gulf Allies Strike Islamic State Militants in Syria

United States forces have carried out strikes against Islamic State or ISIL militant positions in Syria - the first time Western forces have taken action on Syrian soil. Five U.S. allies from the Gulf joined the military action. Local reports suggest dozens of militants were killed. The U.S. also carried out unilateral missile strikes against a Syria-based terror group which Washington says poses an imminent threat to the West. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
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Video High Intensity Focused Ultrasound Used to Kill Cancer Tumor

There is a new way of killing certain cancer tumors that allows the patient to go home on the same day. Surgeons at the Keck Medical Center of the University of Southern California became the first doctors to use this procedure on a patient with the help of high intensity focused ultrasound, or HIFU, and new robotic technology. Elizabeth Lee reports from Los Angeles.
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Video USAID Provides $231 Million for Girls Education in Five Countries

Hollywood stars Alicia Keys, Jennifer Garner and 30 others have voiced their support for a U.S.-backed initiative called "Let Girls Learn." The $231 million program, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, is aimed at ensuring public and quality education for girls worldwide. As VOA's Mariama Diallo reports, this new program will focus on five countries in Africa, South Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.
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Video UN: Relocation of Bedouins in Israel Weakens Two-state Solution

Rural Bedouins living in disputed lands east of Jerusalem could soon find themselves forcibly relocated. VOA's Sharon Behn reports from Jerusalem that while Israel defends the move as in the Bedouins’ best interests, the United Nations says the plan threatens the survival of the two-state solution with Palestinians.
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Video NASA’s MAVEN Probe Enters Mars Orbit

NASA’s newest Mars probe, called MAVEN, has successfully entered its designated orbit around the Red Planet. Scientists will use its sophisticated instruments to try to learn what happened to the atmosphere Mars had a few billion years ago. VOA’s George Putic has more.
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Video Prolonged Drought Plagues SW Oklahoma Farmers

Parts of western Texas and southwestern Oklahoma have been in drought conditions for several years running and the deficit in rainfall has taken a heavy toll on cotton and grain production. Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin says the state has suffered $2 billion in agricultural losses since 2011. There has been rain in recent weeks, but, as VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Altus, Oklahoma, for most farmers it has been too late.
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Video For West Ukraine City, Conflict Far Away Yet Near

The western Ukrainian city of Lviv prides itself on being both physically and culturally close to Western Europe. The Russian-backed separatists in the eastern part of the country are 1,200 kilometers away, and seemingly even farther away in their world view. Still, as VOA’s Al Pessin reports, the war is having an impact in Lviv.
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Video Saving Global Fish Stocks Starts in the Kitchen

With an estimated 90 percent of the world’s larger fish populations having already vanished, a growing number of people in the seafood industry are embracing the concept of sustainable fishing and farming practices. One American marine biologist turned restaurateur in Thailand is spreading the word among fellow chefs and customers. VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from Bangkok.
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Video Chinese Admiral Key in China’s Promotion of Sea Links

China’s President last week wrapped up landmark visits to India, Sri Lanka and Maldives, part of a broader campaign to promote a new “Maritime Silk Road” in Asia. The Chinese government’s promotion efforts rely heavily on the country’s best-known sailor, a 15th century eunuch named Zheng He. VOA's Bill Ide reports from the sailor’s hometown in Yunnan on the effort to promote China’s future by recalling its past.
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Video Experts Fear Ebola Outbreak ‘Beyond Our Capability to Contain’

Each day brings with it new warnings about the deadly Ebola outbreak already blamed for killing more than 2,600 people across West Africa. And while countries and international organizations like the United Nations are starting to come through on promises of help for those most affected, the unprecedented speed with which the virus has spread is raising questions about the international response. VOA's Jeff Seldin has more from Washington.
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Video Migrants Caught in No-Man's Land Called Calais

The deaths of hundreds of migrants in the Mediterranean this week has only recast the spotlight on the perils of reaching Europe. And for those forunate enough to reach a place like Calais, France, only find that their problems aren't over. Lisa Bryant has the story.
Colonel Steve ‘Spiros’ Pisanos left Greece and came to the U.S. to learn to fly. He flew fighters for the Allies in World War II, narrowly escaping death multiple times.Colonel Steve ‘Spiros’ Pisanos left Greece and came to the U.S. to learn to fly. He flew fighters for the Allies in World War II, narrowly escaping death multiple times.

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