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US Transfers Saudi Prisoner From Guantanamo Bay Prison

FILE - A U.S. soldier stands in the turret of a vehicle with a machine gun, left, as a guard looks out from a tower at the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba, March 30, 2010.

November 22, 2014 6:24 PM
Muhammed Murdi Issa al-Zahrani, who spent 12 years there, deemed no longer a threat to US interests More

Russian Foreign Minister: West Wants 'Regime Change' in Moscow

Sergei Lavrov says Western leaders seek sanctions that will ruin Russia's economy, incite protests

House Panel: No Wrongdoing by US Military, CIA on Benghazi

Seventh high-level probe finds no intelligence failure, no bid to block rescue attempt by the CIA

Video Melinda Gates Honored for Humanitarian Work

Melinda Gates, co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has been awarded the annual Chatham House Prize for making the most significant contribution to improved international relations. VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports from London.

Video Social Media, Websites Escalate Tension in Ferguson

Messages, violent images in news put community on edge as it awaits grand jury decision in Michael Brown shooting

Biden, Erdogan Discuss Syrian Regime Change

US Vice President Biden tells reporters Saturday they also talked about denying Islamic State militants a safe haven in Iraq and Syria

Kennedy Assassination Reverberates 51 Years Later

Conspiracy theories persist; JFK remains United States’ most popular recent president

Video Melinda Gates Honored for Humanitarian Work

Prince William praises US philanthropist for aid in health care, education, technology

Kerry: 'Serious Gaps' Remain as Iran Nuclear Deadline Looms

US Secretary of State John Kerry says 'careful progress' is being made in talks in Vienna on the future of Iran’s nuclear program, and negotiators are working to close 'big gaps'

Report: Obama Broadens US Combat Role in Afghanistan

The New York Times says resident Barack Obama has signed a classified order extending the role of US troops in Afghanistan for another year

Biden Pushes Turkey for Help in Fight Against Islamic State

Visit follows weeks of public bickering between two NATO allies over reluctance of Turkish leaders to become militarily involved in campaign against jihadists

Photogallery Winter Weather Slams U.S.

An Arctic blast brought freezing temperatures to a large portion of the United States, and early snowfall to others, early in the week of Nov. 17, 2014. While cold temperatures affected much of the country, western New York state was hit with over two meters of snow, paralyzing much of the region.

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Shooting of Michael Brown

Video Law Enforcement, Activists in Ferguson Agree to Keep Peace

Authorities in Ferguson, Missouri, say they have agreed with protest leaders to maintain peace when a grand jury reaches its decision on whether to indict a white police officer in the shooting death of a black teenager. Ferguson, a suburb of St. Louis, has been the scene of intermittent violence since the August 9 shooting intensified long-simmering antagonism between the police and the African-American community. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports.

Video US Immigration Relief Imminent for Mixed-Status Families

Tens of thousands of undocumented immigrants in the Washington, D.C., area may benefit from a controversial presidential order announced this week. It's not a path to citizenship, as some activists hoped. But it will allow more immigrants who arrived as children or who have citizen children, to avoid deportation and work legally. VOA's Victoria Macchi talks with one young man who benefited from an earlier presidential order, and whose parents may now benefit after years of living in fear.

Obama to Be 'Chief Guest' at India's Republic Day in January

It will be first time in history a sitting US president will attend celebration, and White House says talks will strengthen, expand US-Indian relations

NYC Immigrant Advocates Praise Obama Move, Vow to Continue Fight

Threatened refusal by Republican congressional leaders to cooperate will backfire politically, attorney insists

Obama's Immigration Action: What It All Means

Attorney Camille Mackler is director of legal initiatives at advocacy group New York Immigration Coalition, and she discusses specifics of the action

Multimedia Ferguson Police, Protesters Agree to 'Rules of Engagement'

Grand jury decision upcoming on whether or not to indict a white police officer who shot and killed unarmed black teenager

Rigors of Shoveling Snow Can Be Perilous to Heart

Expert notes activity's effect on heart rate, blood pressure, advises people 55 or older to refrain

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A futuristic dream only a couple of decades ago, the hoverboard – a skateboard that floats above the ground - has finally been made possible. While still not ready for mass production, it promises to become a cool mode of transport... at least over some surfaces. VOA’s George Putic reports.
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More than 30 U.S. states now recognize same-sex marriages, and an increasing number of mainline American churches are blessing them. But evangelical church members- which account for around 30 percent of the U.S. adult population - believe the Bible unequivocally condemns homosexuality. VOA's Jerome Socolovsky reports that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender evangelicals are coming out. Backed by a prominent evangelical scholar, they argue that the traditional reading of the bible is wrong.
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Growing tensions between government troops and separatists in eastern Ukraine further threaten a cease-fire agreement reached two months ago in the Belarusian capital of Minsk. Critics of U.S. policy in Ukraine say it is time the Obama administration gives up on that much-violated cease-fire and moves toward a new deal with Russia. VOA's Scott Stearns has more.
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