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Former Olympian Bruce Jenner Identifies as Woman

FILE - Kim Kardashian and Bruce Jenner are pictured heading back to their cars after having lunch in West Hollywood, California, October 21, 2014.

April 24, 2015 10:21 PM
65-year-old makes declaration in ABC interview to put to rest months of speculation that he was transitioning to life as a woman More

Apple Watch Rolls Out in Fashion Boutiques

Boutiques in London, Tokyo, Los Angeles, Paris, Milan are all trendsetters, capable of making watch a must-have fashion item for trendy shoppers

China Blocks Entry of Former Tiananmen Leader

Xiong Yan, now a US Army major seeking to see his dying mother, is stopped at Hong Kong's airport, then flown back home

Video Baltimore Mayor Wants Answers in Detainee's Death

Stephanie Rawlings-Blake says she needs to know why police officers apparently didn't follow policy requiring that all prisoners wear seatbelts while being transported

Putin Aims to Destabilize Ukraine, Former US Envoy Says

John Herbst says Russia's president won't be content to 'simply sit behind the cease-fire line'

Republicans Spar Over Survival of Export Agency

Advocates say US Export-Import Bank needed to compete with 60 other nations that assist US competitors; critics call it market intrusion, waste of taxpayers’ money

US Sees Tensions Lessen Over Iranian Ships Near Yemen

Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steve Warren says Iranian naval convoy now appears to be on course to return to Iran

Obama: 'We All Bleed When We Lose an American Life'

President reiterates his regret for deaths of two hostages in US counterterrorism operation, says news that American, Italian aid workers had been killed was 'hard' for him to absorb

Statue of Liberty Evacuated After Threat

Someone telephoned a bomb threat Friday morning and police dogs detected a suspicious scent on a package

Clinton 2016 on Defensive Over Donations

News reports question possible conflict of interest in foreign donations to Clinton Foundation

Comcast Abandons $45 Billion Time Warner Cable Merger

Justice Department says plan to merge two biggest US cable companies would have made Comcast an 'unavoidable gatekeeper' for broadband services

Video Final Phase of Iran Nuclear Talks Begins

Iranian and international negotiators resumed talks in Vienna this week, trying to finalize an agreement on the future of Tehran’s nuclear program by the end of June. They are working from a list of agreed parameters, but important differences remain, as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry acknowledged when he announced the framework accord April 2 in Switzerland. VOA’s Al Pessin reports.

Video Final Phase of Iran Nuclear Talks Begins

Iranian, international negotiators resume talks in Vienna to finalize deal on future of Tehran’s nuclear program

Pakistan: Two Deaths Show US Drone Risks

President Obama personally apologized for a US counterterrorism operation which accidentally killed two male hostages - an American aid worker and an Italian - held by al-Qaida on Afghan-Pakistan border

Video Baltimore Sees Fifth Day of Police Protests

Hundreds stop traffic to demand accountability from local officials for alleged acts of police brutality

Video Baltimore Protesters Demand Police Accountability, Justice

Hundreds of protesters gathered in downtown Baltimore, (in the eastern U.S. state of) Maryland Thursday to again demand changes to the justice system following the death of a 25-year-old man taken into police custody last week. Officials arrested two people for disorderly conduct in what was otherwise a loud but peaceful protest as the city awaits more information from authorities about how Freddie Gray died. VOA's Victoria Macchi has more from the rally.

Multimedia Study Links Small Earthquakes, Drilling

US Geological Survey study finds expanded drilling for oil and gas has led to disturbing rise in number of small earthquakes in areas not usually prone to seismic activity

Ex-US Treasury Secretary: Pollution, Reforms Key to China’s Growth

Henry Paulson says controlling pollution and a stable urbanization plan are two of the biggest issues facing Beijing’s economy

Video Tribeca Film Festival Showcases Cinema That Crosses Borders

Among nearly 100 feature length films being shown at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival in New York City are more than 20 documentaries and features with international appeal

Minnesota Declares Emergency Over Bird Flu Outbreak

Fast-spreading strain of avian flu has led to extermination of more than 7.3 million birds across US

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Cinema That Crosses Borders Showcased at Tribeca Film Festivali
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April 24, 2015 4:09 AM
Among the nearly 100 feature length films being shown at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival in New York City are more than 20 documentaries and features with international appeal, from a film about a Congolese businessman in China, to documentaries shot in Pakistan and diaspora communities in the U.S., to a poetic look at disaffected South African youth. VOA’s Carolyn Weaver has more.
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Video Cinema That Crosses Borders Showcased at Tribeca Film Festival

Among the nearly 100 feature length films being shown at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival in New York City are more than 20 documentaries and features with international appeal, from a film about a Congolese businessman in China, to documentaries shot in Pakistan and diaspora communities in the U.S., to a poetic look at disaffected South African youth. VOA’s Carolyn Weaver has more.
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Video UN Confronts Threat of Young Radicals

The radicalization and recruitment of young people into Islamist extremist groups has become a growing challenge for governments worldwide. On Thursday, the U.N. Security Council heard from experts on the issue, which has become a potent threat to international peace and security. VOA’s Margaret Besheer reports.
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Video Growing Numbers of Turks Discover Armenian Ancestry

In a climate of improved tolerance, growing numbers of people in Turkey are discovering their grandmothers were Armenian. Hundreds of thousands of Armenians escaped the mass deportations and slaughter of the early 1900's by forced conversion to Islam. Or, Armenian children were taken in by Turkish families and assimilated. Now their stories are increasingly being heard. Dorian Jones reports from Istanbul that the revelations are viewed as an important step.
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Video Migrants Trek Through Western Balkans to Reach EU

Migrants from Africa and other places are finding different routes into the European Union in search of a better life. The Associated Press followed one clandestine group to document their trek through the western Balkans to Hungary. Zlatica Hoke reports that the migrants started using that route about four years ago. Since then, it has become the second-most popular path into Western Europe, after the option of sailing from North Africa to Italy.
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Video TIME Magazine Honors Activists, Pioneers Seen as Influential

TIME Magazine has released its list of celebrities, leaders and activists, whom it deems the world’s “most influential” in 2015. VOA's Ramon Taylor reports from New York.
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Video US Businesses See Cuba as New Frontier

The Obama administration's opening toward Cuba is giving U.S. companies hope they'll be able to do business in Cuba despite the continuation of the U.S. economic embargo against the communist nation. Some American companies have been able to export some products to Cuba, but the recent lifting of Cuba's terrorism designation could relax other restrictions. As VOA's Daniela Schrier reports, corporate heavy hitters are lining up to head across the Florida Straits - though experts urge caution.
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Video Kenya Launches Police Recruitment Drive After Terror Attacks

Kenya launched a major police recruitment drive this week as part of a large-scale effort to boost security following a recent spate of terror attacks. VOA’s Gabe Joselow reports that allegations of corruption in the process are raising old concerns about the integrity of Kenya’s security forces.
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Video Japan, China in Race for Asia High-Speed Rail Projects

A lucrative competition is underway in Asia for billions of dollars in high-speed rail projects. Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia Thailand and Vietnam are among the countries planning to move onto the fast track. They are negotiating with Japan and the upstart Chinese who are locked in a duel to revolutionize transportation across Asia. VOA Correspondent Steve Herman in Bangkok has details.
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Video Scientists: Mosquitoes Attracted By Our Genes

Some people always seem to get bitten by mosquitoes more than others. Now, scientists have proved that is really the case - and they say it’s all because of genes. It’s hoped the research might lead to new preventative treatments for diseases like malaria, as Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
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Video Bible Museum Coming to Washington DC

Washington is the center of American political power and also home to some of the nation’s most visited museums. A new one that will showcase the Bible has skeptics questioning the motives of its conservative Christian funders. VOA religion correspondent Jerome Socolovsky reports.
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Video Armenia and Politics of Word 'Genocide'

A century ago this April, hundreds of thousands of Armenians of the Turkish Ottoman empire were deported and massacred, and their culture erased from their traditional lands. While broadly accepted by the U.N. and at least 20 countries as “genocide”, the United States and Turkey have resisted using that word to describe the atrocities that stretched from 1915 to 1923. But Armenians have never forgotten.
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Video Afghan First Lady Pledges No Roll Back on Women's Rights

Afghan First Lady Rula Ghani, named one of Time's 100 Most Influential, says women should take part in talks with Taliban. VOA's Rokhsar Azamee has more from Kabul.
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Video Keeping Washington Airspace Safe Is Tall Order

Being the home of all three branches of the U.S. federal government makes Washington, D.C. the prime target for those who want to make their messages and ideas heard. Unfortunately, many of them choose to deliver them in unorthodox ways, including from the air, as a recent incident clearly showed involving a gyrocopter landing on the Capitol’s West Lawn. VOA's George Putic has more.
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Video New Brain Mapping Techniques Could Ease Chronic Pain

From Boulder, Colorado, Shelley Schlender reports that new methods for mapping pain in the brain are providing validation for chronic pain and might someday guide better treatment.
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Video Hope, Prayer Enter Fight Against S. Africa Xenophobia

South Africa has been swept by disturbing attacks on foreign nationals. Some blame the attacks on a legacy of colonialism, while others say the economy is to blame. Whatever the cause, ordinary South Africans - and South African residents from around the world - say they're praying for the siege of violence to end. Anita Powell reports from Johannesburg.

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