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Synetic Theater Celebrates Shakespeare Anniversary with Historic Hamlet

Synetic Theater Celebrates Shakespeare Anniversary with Historic Hamlet

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April 19, 2014
April 23 marks the 450th anniversary of the birth of famed playwright William Shakespeare. A Washington-area theater company recently marked the bard’s birthday with a revival of its original wordless version of Hamlet from its well-regarded “Silent Shakespeare” Series. Synetic Theater Company's Paata and Irina Tsikurishvili kicked off their independent career in 2002 with this silent version of Hamlet - which earned several major local awards. Maia Kay, of VOA's Georgian Service, has more. More

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Georgian immigrant couple started Virginia-based company 12 years ago

War Legacy Haunts Vietnam, US Relations

$84 million project aims to clean up soil contaminated by Agent Orange

Obama Reflects on Easter

In weekly address, president said Saturday holy days remind us of our 'responsibilities to God and, as God's children, our responsibilities to one another'

Video Selfies: Taking Photos of Yourself More Popular Than Ever

The saying that a picture is worth a thousand words may be especially true these days with huge amount of people snapping away

Video Selfies: Taking Photos of Yourself More Popular Than Ever

There’s a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. That may be especially true these days with the huge amount of what are called "selfies" on the Internet. VOA’s Deborah Block looks at this popular trend of taking a picture of yourself.

SpaceX Rocket Lifts Off for Space Station Cargo Run

Dragon ship is loaded with about 2,300 kilograms of equipment, science experiments and supplies, and due to reach station on Sunday

Thousands Mourn Victims of Anti-Semitic Gunman in Kansas City

Fourteen-year-old Reat Underwood and his grandfather, William Corporon, 69, were both killed on their way to the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park

Audit Finds US Housing Aid Program in Haiti Falls Short

Results show post-earthquake USAID program has delivered only a quarter of planned number of homes at nearly twice the budgeted cost

Video Study: Immigrants Benefit NYC Economy, Quality of Life

New York has long been a magnet for immigrants looking for a better life. A new independent research study also shows that immigrants help the city thrive as well. VOA’s Adam Phillips has more.

Video Study: Immigrants Benefit NYC Economy, Quality of Life

Immigrants like those at a recent New York rally are an increasingly potent economic force, and according to the Mayor’s office, immigrants make up more than 40 percent of city’s population

Obama Signs Law to Bar Iran Diplomat from Serving in UN Post

Law, passed by US Congress, blocks any individual from entering US who has been found to have been engaged in espionage or terrorist activity or may pose a threat to national security

Pro-Russian Protesters in Ukraine Ignore Diplomatic Deal

Growing number of high-ranking officials warn there's a high likelihood many of the armed separatists are really Russian forces

Video Face of American Farmer Changing

Average American farmer is now 58 years old, and farmers 65 and older are the fastest growing segment of the population

Video Face of American Farmer is Changing

The average American farmer is now 58 years old, and farmers 65 and older are the fastest growing segment of the population. It’s a troubling trend signaling big changes ahead for American agriculture as aging farmers retire. Reporter Mike Osborne says a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau is suggesting what some of those changes might look like... and why they might not be so troubling.

Video Carter Decries Abuse of Girls in India

A 2013 State Department report on human trafficking says there are 26 million people around the world who are victims of modern day slavery, many of them young girls. The problem is a growing concern, particularly in India. VOA's Kane Farabaugh spoke recently with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter about the problem, which is addressed in his new book, "A Call to Action."

Video Carter Decries Abuse of Girls in India

In VOA interview, former US president says where a growing shortage of women in India is attracting more human trafficking

Chelsea Clinton Expecting First Child

Daughter of former president Bill Clinton and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton says she and husband Marc will welcome a baby 'later this year'

Video Obama Rules Out Military Option in Ukraine

Obama said Ukraine needs to implement reforms that meet the interests of all its various groups, hold elections and start working on its economy

Video Obama Rules Out Military Option in Ukraine

President Barack Obama has expressed hope that a plan to de-escalate tensions in Ukraine, reached Thursday in Geneva, will lead to restoration of peace and security for all citizens of Ukraine. Obama told reporters in Washington that if Russia fails to take steps to defuse the crisis in eastern Ukraine, the United States and Europe will respond with tough measures. But he ruled out a military intervention. Zlatica Hoke has more.

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April 19, 2014
There is a strong historical religious connection between Russia and Ukraine. But what role is religion playing in the current conflict? In the run-up to Easter, Michael Eckels in Moscow reports for VOA.
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Video Ukraine, Russia, United in Faith, Divided in Politics

There is a strong historical religious connection between Russia and Ukraine. But what role is religion playing in the current conflict? In the run-up to Easter, Michael Eckels in Moscow reports for VOA.
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Video Face of American Farmer is Changing

The average American farmer is now 58 years old, and farmers 65 and older are the fastest growing segment of the population. It’s a troubling trend signaling big changes ahead for American agriculture as aging farmers retire. Reporter Mike Osborne says a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau is suggesting what some of those changes might look like... and why they might not be so troubling.
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Video Donetsk Governor: Ukraine Military Assault 'Delicate But Necessary'

Around a dozen state buildings in eastern Ukraine remain in the hands of pro-Russian protesters who are demanding a referendum on self-rule. The governor of the whole Donetsk region is among those forced out by the protesters. He spoke to VOA's Henry Ridgwell from his temporary new office in Donetsk city.
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Video Drones May Soon Send Data From High Seas

Drones are usually associated with unmanned flying vehicles, but autonomous watercraft are also becoming useful tools for jobs ranging from scientific exploration to law enforcement to searching for a missing airliner in the Indian Ocean. VOA’s George Putic reports on sea-faring drones.
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Video New Earth-Size Planet Found

Not too big, not too small. Not too hot, not too cold. A newly discovered planet looks just right for life as we know it, according to an international group of astronomers. VOA’s Steve Baragona has more.
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Video Copts in Diaspora Worry About Future in Egypt

Around 10 percent of Egypt’s population belong to the Coptic faith, making them the largest Christian minority in the Middle East. But they have become targets of violence since the revolution three years ago. With elections scheduled for May and the struggle between the Egyptian military and Islamists continuing, many Copts abroad are deeply worried about the future of their ancient church. VOA religion correspondent Jerome Socolovsky visited a Coptic church outside Washington DC.
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Video Critics Say Venezuelan Protests Test Limits of Military's Support

During the two months of deadly anti-government protests that have rocked the oil-rich nation of Venezuela, President Nicolas Maduro has accused the opposition of trying to initiate a coup. Though a small number of military officers have been arrested for allegedly plotting against the government, VOA’s Brian Padden reports the leadership of the armed forces continues to support the president, at least for now.
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Video More Millenials Unplug to Embrace Board Games

A big new trend in the U.S. toy industry has more consumers switching off their high-tech gadgets to play with classic toys, like board games. This is especially true among the so-called millenial generation - those born in the 1980's and 90's. Elizabeth Lee has more from an unusual café in Los Angeles, where the new trend is popular and business is booming.
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Video Google Buys Drone Company

In its latest purchase of high-tech companies, Google has acquired a manufacturer of solar-powered drones that can stay in the air almost indefinitely, relaying broadband Internet connection to remote areas. It is seen as yet another step in the U.S. based Web giant’s bid to bring Internet to the whole world. VOA’s George Putic reports.
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