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Chelsea Clinton Expecting First Child

Chelsea Clinton, vice chair of the Clinton Foundation, speaks during a student conference for the Clinton Global Initiative University.

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April 18, 2014
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' More

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.

Video Trial of Egyptian Cleric Opens in New York

The federal trial of terror suspect Abu Hamza al-Masri is under way in the U.S. Testimony began Thursday in a New York courtroom where the Egyptian cleric faces multiple terror-related charges. His trial began with opening statements by attorneys, as VOA’s Carolyn Weaver reports.

Video Trial of Egyptian Cleric Opens in New York

Abu Hamza al-Masri faces multiple terror-related charges

US Trial Opens for Egyptian-Born Cleric Extradited From Britain

The defendant was extradited from Britain to the United States in 2012

Video Drones May Soon Send Data From High Seas

Autonomous watercraft are becoming useful tools for jobs ranging from scientific exploration to law enforcement to searching for a missing airliner in the Indian Ocean

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.

Video Concern Over Attacks on Middle East Christians Grows in Washington

Around 10 percent of Egypt’s population belong to Coptic faith

From Obscurity to the White House

U.S. presidential campaigns have begun earlier than ever in recent years as prospective candidates assess their chances for winning and fundraising

Moh Dediouf, Eyrkah Badu Wow Cape Town Jazz Festival

Cape Town's 15th Annual International Jazz Festival Starred Erykah Badu from the United States, Moh Dediouf of Senegal and Some Local South African Musical Stars.

Pentagon to Send Assistance to Ukraine

US assistance is to be of the non-lethal variety

Snowden Questions Putin on Surveillance

Exchange on live televised call-in show was first known direct contact between Russian president, former spy agency contractor since granting him asylum last summer

US Cellphone Makers to Equip Phones With Anti-Theft Mechanism

Measure would allow owners to remotely lock a stolen phone and erase all its data

Multimedia Russia, West Reach Agreement on Easing Ukraine Tensions

Kerry said the agreement includes disarming groups on the streets and for the provision of monitors to calm tensions

Obama, Abe to Battle Negative Images at US-Japan Summit

President, stopping in Tokyo at the beginning of four-nation Asian trip, must counter worries in Japan that his commitment to its defense is weak in the face of an increasingly assertive China

NY Times: US Deportation of Illegal Immigrants Declines

Obama has come under increasing pressure from immigration advocates who have accused him of moving too slowly on immigration reform

Video 3 Killed in Clash at Ukrainian Base

Officials say casualties were pro-Russian separatists and that they arrested 10 Russian citizens, all of whom have intelligence backgrounds

NYC Muslim Leaders Cautiously Welcome Disbanding of NYPD Surveillance Unit

A special unit spied on Muslims in their mosques and community gathering places

Developers Expect to Become Wealthy

New study shows majority of them think they will become millionaires and that their jobs are invulnerable to economic downturns

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George Putic
April 15, 2014
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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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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Video Ray Bonneville Sings the Blues and More on New CD

Singer/songwriter Ray Bonneville has released a new CD called “Easy Gone” with music that reflects his musical and personal journey from French-speaking Canada to his current home in Austin,Texas. The eclectic artist’s fan base extends from Texas to various parts of North America and Europe. VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Austin.
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Video Millions Labor in Pakistan's Informal Economy

The World Bank says that in Pakistan, roughly 70 percent work in the so-called informal sector, a part of the economy that is unregulated and untaxed. VOA's Sharon Behn reports from Islamabad on how the informal sector impact's the Pakistani economy.
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Video Passover Celebrates Liberation from Bondage

Jewish people around the world are celebrating Passover, a commemoration of their liberation from slavery in Egypt more than 3,300 years ago. According to scripture, God helped the Jews, led by Moses, escape bondage in Egypt and cross the Red Sea into the desert. Zlatica Hoke reports that the story of the Jewish Exodus resonates with other people trying to escape slave-like conditions.
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Video Police Pursue Hate Crime Charges Against Kansas Shooting Suspect

Prosecutors are sifting through the evidence in the wake of Sunday’s shootings in a suburb of Kansas City, Missouri that left three people dead. A suspect in the shootings taken into custody is a white supremacist. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, he was well-known to law enforcement agencies and human rights groups alike.
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Video In Eastern Ukraine, Pro-unity Activists Emerge from Shadows

Amid the pro-Russian uprisings in eastern Ukraine, there is a large body of activists who support Ukrainian unity and reject Russian intervention. Their activities have remained largely underground, but they are preparing to take on their pro-Moscow opponents, as Henry Ridgwell reports from the eastern city of Donetsk.
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Video Basket Maker’s Skills Have World Reach

A prestigious craft show in the U.S. capital offers one-of-a-kind creations by more than 120 artists working in a variety of media. As VOA’s Julie Taboh reports from Washington, one artist lucky enough to be selected says sharing her skills with women overseas is just as significant.
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Video UN Report Urges Speedier Action to Avoid Climate Disaster

A new United Nations report says the world must switch from fossil fuels to cleaner energy sources to control the effects of climate change. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released the report (Sunday) following a meeting of scientists and government representatives in Berlin. The comprehensive review follows two recent IPCC reports that detail the certainty of climate change, its impacts and in this most recent report what to do about it. VOA’s Rosanne Skirble has the details.
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