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Kerry Accuses Russia of Ignoring Geneva Agreement On Ukraine

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers a statement on Ukraine from the State Department press briefing room in Washington, April 24, 2014.

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April 25, 2014 12:39 AM
Kerry said there is no doubt that Russia has sent armed men who have occupied government buildings in several eastern Ukrainian towns More

Obama Warns North Korea Against Nuclear Test

Obama has arrived in South Korea on the second leg of an Asian tour; He said North Korea should expect 'a firm response' if it engages in a nuclear test

Video Kerry Accuses Russia of Ignoring Geneva Agreement On Ukraine

The United States has accused Russia of orchestrating armed resistance in eastern Ukraine. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Thursday warned Moscow of crippling economic sanctions if it fails to adhere to commitments it made earlier this month in Geneva. Russia has begun military exercises close to its border with Ukraine and says it is ready to step in to defend pro-Russian separatists. Zlatica Hoke reports.

Video Detained American Provides Glimpse Into Chinese Forced Labor Practices

Fulbright Scholar who was arrested in China for stealing spent eight months assembling Christmas lights in detention center

Video US Anti Apartheid Movement Helps Bring Change to South Africa

It's been 20 years since the end of apartheid in South Africa, the system of racial segregation that curtailed the rights of black South Africans for decades. One of the strongest protest movements outside South Africa to dismantle apartheid was in the United States during the 1980's. VOA's Chris Simkins reports from Washington on how the American anti-apartheid effort played a pivotal role in bringing about change in South Africa.

Video Detained American Provides Glimpse Into Chinese Forced Labor Practices

An American Fulbright Scholar who was arrested in China for stealing spent eight months in a detention center assembling Christmas lights. In this report by Yang Chen and narrated by VOA's Colin Lovett, the man's story offers a glimpse into forced labor in China.

Video US Anti Apartheid Movement Helps Bring Change to South Africa

One of the strongest protest movements outside South Africa to dismantle apartheid was in the United States during the 1980's

Iran Lawmakers Demand Probe of Alleged Beatings of Political Prisoners

Iran's state prisons head denies allegations that Evin prison inmates were beaten last week, claiming reports by Voice of America's and BBC's Persian news services are lying about incident

Video Obama Visits Malaysia Following MH370 Criticisms

President Barack Obama heads to Malaysia this weekend, where the host government’s handling of the disappearance of the Malaysia Airways flight has drawn international attention - and criticism. But even critics note that Malaysia has successfully used its diplomatic connections to cobble together a vast multinational search effort, in which both the U.S. and China have featured prominently. Mahi Ramakrishnan reports from Kuala Lumpur.

Supreme Court Politics of Campaign 2016

How will sharp ideological divisions on the high court, and possible retirements, impact upcoming elections?

Video News Business in US Faces Big Challenges

The business of providing news and current affairs commentary in the United States is facing big challenges as the older audience diminishes and new digital services struggle to gain a foothold with younger people. The future of journalism may depend on the success of income diversification in media companies.

Video Mobile Phone App Could Help Detect Down Syndrome

Researchers at Washington’s Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation are developing a computer program that detects Down syndrome immediately after birth

Israel Rejects Link of Ukraine Crisis to Anti-Semitism

Jewish state offers measured assessment as Moscow asserts anti-Semitism allegations, and Washington condemns incident in pro-Russian city where Jews were handed leaflets reminiscent of Holocaust

Janet Yellen, Miley Cyrus Among 'Time' Magazine's 100 Most Influential

In addition to pop star and federal reserve chair, singer Beyonce also made list and is featured on the cover

Video American Journalist Held in Ukraine Freed

Pro-Russian separatists release Simon Ostrovsky, who was held in eastern Ukraine for three days

Tech Companies Fund Cybersecurity Initiative

Plan to donate millions of dollars to fund security improvements in open source programs like OpenSSL comes after the software's "Heartbleed" glitch sent the computer industry into a panic

Video Phone App Could Help Detect Down Syndrome

Scientists are developing a smartphone app they say can accurately detect Down syndrome in infants soon after birth. VOA’s George Putic reports.

Facebook's Next Growth Engines Still Warming Up

World's No. 1 Internet social network has message for Wall Street: Don't expect new revenue streams soon

Apple Resets Clock as Investors Await Next Big Thing

Whether company can again devise a revolutionary new product remains the central question in the minds of investors and Silicon Valley executives

Iconic 'Rubik's Cube' Toy Celebrates Milestone

Plastic multi-colored, multi-layered puzzle cube that has both entertained and frustrated scores of admirers worldwide

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Children’s author Julia Heckathorn travels the world to learn about different ecosystems and endangered animals. She pours her knowledge into children’s books, hoping the next generation will right the environmental wrongs of our times. As in many children's books, the main character in Heckathorn's stories is an animal. Unlike those other characters, though, this one is real - a kangaroo, that lives in the author’s backyard. VOA’s Penelope Poulou has more.
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Children’s author Julia Heckathorn travels the world to learn about different ecosystems and endangered animals. She pours her knowledge into children’s books, hoping the next generation will right the environmental wrongs of our times. As in many children's books, the main character in Heckathorn's stories is an animal. Unlike those other characters, though, this one is real - a kangaroo, that lives in the author’s backyard. VOA’s Penelope Poulou has more.
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Video Pro-Russian Separatists Plan 'Federalization Referendum' in Eastern Ukraine

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