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White House Fence-Jumper Prompts Lockdown, Again

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October 23, 2014 1:42 AM
The fence jumper's father told a local TV station that his son suffered from paranoia and believed he was under surveillance More

Audio VOA Exclusive: US Democracy Group Rebuts Hong Kong Meddling Allegations

Chinese state media and pro-Beijing news outlets in Hong Kong have published a series of articles in recent days, accusing the National Endowment for Democracy of funding and advising the protesters

Romanian Princess Turned Cockfighting Queen Sentenced in US Court

Irina Walker, the third daughter of former Romanian King Michael I, pleaded guilty to hosting cockfights on her Oregon ranch

Man Caught After Jumping White House Fence

For second time in little more than a month, man jumps White House fence; intruder apprehended with help of Secret Service dogs

Video American Detained in North Korea Returns Home

An American arrested and held for nearly six months in North Korea has returned home to the United States to hugs and tears of joy from his family. As VOA correspondent Meredith Buel reports, analysts say it is still too early to tell whether the release is an effort by Pyongyang to improve relations with Washington.

Video West Accused of Draining African Ebola-hit Countries of Doctors

Health systems in the West African countries worst hit by Ebola are struggling to contain the epidemic. A report from a British charity accuses Western countries of recruiting hundreds of doctors and nurses from Africa, severely weakening the frontline health services in the very countries where the disease has taken hold. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.

Video US Parties Face Challenge Motivating Hispanic Voters

U.S. citizens of Latin American descent, or Latinos, could play an important role in the midterm elections November 4, when Americans vote for members of the U.S. House of Representatives, a third of the Senate, and other state and local officials around the country. VOA's Mike O’Sullivan reports that in states like California, Latinos are a core constituency for Democrats, but both parties face a challenge in getting their vote.

Photogallery Pentagon: One of Kobani Bundles 'Probably' in IS Hands

Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steve Warren says two of 28 bundles dropped by US for Kurds fighting Islamic State militants did not make it to allies

Olympians Join Fight Against Ebola

Gold medalists Carl Lewis and Usain Bolt help kick off #TargetEbola campaign

Video Americans Anxious over Ebola

A recent survey shows more than four in 10 Americans are worried they or a relative might catch the Ebola virus. VOA’s Carolyn Presutti takes a look at why Americans are so anxious about a virus that, so far, has led to only three confirmed Ebola cases in the United States.

Autopsy: Ferguson Shooting Was Close Range

Attorney representing Michael Brown's family says autopsy offers no insight into why police officer killed teen

Video US Political Parties Face Challenge Motivating Hispanics

As November 4 midterm elections loom, Latino activists, who are mostly Democrats, say they are disappointed and angry with president over immigration reform

4 Former Blackwater Security Guards Guilty of Iraq Killings

Trial focused on the 2007 killings of 14 Iraqis and wounding of 17 others, jury is expected to continue deliberating on other counts

Photogallery Ebola Survivors Continue Healing Through Support Group

Guinea group's members find strength by encouraging each other, educating broader communities

Video American Held in North Korea Receives Emotional Homecoming

Pyongyang abruptly released Jeffrey Fowle on Tuesday with no explanation, except to say he was freed following 'repeated requests' from US President Obama

Video US Midterms: The Battle for the Senate

In the final days of the midterm campaign, Democrats and Republicans alike try to tap into what polls suggest is growing anxiety and apprehension

Column: Republicans Appear on Verge of Senate Control

In final days of midterm campaign, Democrats and Republicans alike try to tap into what polls suggest is growing anxiety and apprehension

Photogallery Accused US Marine Transferred to Philippines Military Camp

Armed Forces of Philippines says Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton is being held at Camp Aguinaldo, under US custody

Video US Candidates Tap into Fears to Mobilize Voters

Recent opinion surveys reflect an undercurrent of unease among American voters ahead of the November 4 congressional, state and local elections. A Gallup poll says the Ebola virus and the threat posed by Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria are among the top 10 issues Americans consider the most important facing the country. VOA’s Cindy Saine reports from Capitol Hill on the “fear factor” in the 2014 elections.

Video US Candidates Tap into Fears to Mobilize Voters

Polls say the Ebola virus and the threat posed by Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria are among the top 10 issues facing the country

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After Decades of Pressure, Luxembourg Drops Bank Secrecy Rulesi
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October 21, 2014 12:20 AM
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 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 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 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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Video Young Nairobi Tech Innovator on 'Track' in Security Business

A 24-year-old technology innovator in Nairobi has invented a tracking device that monitors and secures cars. He has also come up with what he claims is the most robust audio-visual surveillance system yet. As Lenny Ruvaga reports from the Kenyan capital, his innovations are offering alternative security solutions.
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Video Latinas Converting to Islam for Identity, Structure

Latinos are one of the fastest growing groups in the Muslim religion. According to the Pew Research Center, about 6 percent of American Muslims are Latino. And a little more than half of new converts are female. VOA’s Carolyn Presutti travelled to Miami, Florida -- where two out of every three residents is Hispanic -- to learn more.
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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.
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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.
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Video North Carolina Emerges as Key Election Battleground

U.S. congressional midterm elections will be held on November 4th and most political analysts give Republicans an excellent chance to win a majority in the U.S. Senate, which Democrats now control. So what are the issues driving voters in this congressional election year? VOA National Correspondent Jim Malone traveled to North Carolina, one of the most politically competitive states in the country, to find out.
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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.
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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.

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