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Obama Honors 'Extraordinary' Americans With Medal of Freedom

President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Willie Mays during a ceremony Nov. 24, 2015, in the East Room of the White House.

November 24, 2015 7:51 PM
17 people, from politicians to activists to entertainers, receive highest U.S. civilian award Tuesday

US Officials Move Toward Embracing Self-Driving Cars

Transportation Secretary pushes to be ‘vigilant on the safety front’ without being ‘skittish about innovations’

Why Government, Tech Can't Agree About Encryption

As companies work to expand data-scrambling capabilities to shield information from prying eyes, police look for ways around it

Chicago Police Release 'Graphic' Video of 2014 Shooting of Black Teen

Authorities appeal for calm after release of video showing officer continuing to shoot teen after he falls to ground

Video Kurds Seek Reconstruction Help After Liberating Sinjar

City in Iraq's north sustained heavy destruction during both the Islamic State's original attack and the battle for its liberation

Video Kurds Seek Reconstruction Help After Liberating Sinjar

Kurdish forces backed by US air strikes liberated the city of Sinjar in Iraq from the Islamic State terrorist group earlier this month, and now are looking for help with reconstruction in the region. And the Yazidi population — a religious minority in Iraq's Kurdish region — is upset that nearly 3,000 Yazidi women and children kidnapped by the IS militants are still in captivity. VOA’s Kawa Omar reports, and Bronwyn Benito narrates his report.

Video Obama: US, France 'United' in Fight Against Terrorism

President welcomed his French counterpart to the White House for talks on how best to fight Islamic State militants in the wake of the deadly jihadist attacks on Paris.

Youngest US Chess Master, 10: I've Got to Work on my Endgame

Distinction of being a national master belongs to less than 2 percent of US Chess Federation members and it's a rarity among children

US Jails Pakistani Man for 40 Years for al-Qaida Attack Plot

Abid Naseer was convicted earlier this year of providing support to al-Qaida, conspiring to provide material support to al-Qaida and conspiring to use destructive device

Adele Has Already Sold 2.3 Million Copies of Disc

Nielsen Music says Adele will almost certainly break one-week record for album sales, set by 'NSYNC in 2000 with 2.4 million for "No Strings Attached"

Canada Refugee Plan Revives Concerns Over Porous US Border

Border agents, some residents say they are concerned about Ottawa's plan to bring in 25,000 Syrians by year-end, even though the government there insists its screening will be thorough

Hollande Goes to White House Seeking Cooperation Against Militants

France is intensifying its attacks on Islamic State targets in Syria in the aftermath of the deadly Paris attacks that killed at least 130 people

Biden to Discuss Migrants, Terrorism in Croatia Visit

In the past week, Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia and Macedonia have all announced new restrictions on who can pass through their countries

Video People’s Tree on Capitol Hill Lights Up the Holiday Season

The 2015 Capitol Christmas tree, also known as the People’s Tree, arrived last Friday, marking the beginning of the holiday season on Capitol Hill. VOA’s Yang Chen and Adrianna Zhang have more.

Youthful Rubio's Message Appeals Most to Seniors

Gains for Republican presidential candidate, 44, coming from voters over age of 50, and most from those older than 65, according to Reuters/Ipsos polling

Video US Catholic Churches Recruit African Priests

Number of priests in Africa climbs as number in US plummets, leading Church to bring in clergy from countries such as Kenya

Arkansas Phone Booth Makes Historic Places List

It is the first such honor for a once ubiquitous, now fast-disappearing feature of the American landscape

Terror Alert Issued as US Readies for Holiday Travel

No specific, credible terrorist threat to US, but law enforcement on high alert ahead of Thanksgiving, Black Friday

Homeland Security Defends US Refugee Security Vetting

Department's deputy secretary says US governors opposed to accepting Syrians are basing decisions on unfounded fears

Video Obama, Hollande Aim to Destroy 'Barbaric' IS Together

American leader says, 'murderous ideology' of terror group 'must be destroyed'; French president calls for 'implacable joint response' with US

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After Paris Attacks, France Steps Up Fight Against ISi
November 24, 2015 3:04 AM
The November 13 Paris attacks have drawn increased attention to Syria, where many of the suspected perpetrators are said to have received training. French President Francois Hollande is working to build a broad international coalition to defeat Islamic State in Syria and in Iraq. Zlatica Hoke reports.

Video After Paris Attacks, France Steps Up Fight Against IS

The November 13 Paris attacks have drawn increased attention to Syria, where many of the suspected perpetrators are said to have received training. French President Francois Hollande is working to build a broad international coalition to defeat Islamic State in Syria and in Iraq. Zlatica Hoke reports.

Video US, Cambodian Navies Pair Up in Gulf of Thailand

The U.S. Navy has deployed one of its newest and most advanced ships to Cambodia to conduct joint training drills in the Gulf of Thailand. Riding hull-to-hull with Cambodian ships, the seamen of the USS Fort Worth are executing joint-training drills that will help build relations in Southeast Asia. David Boyle reports for VOA from Preah Sihanouk province.

Video Americans Sharpen Focus on Terrorism

Washington will be quieter than usual this week due to the Thanksgiving holiday, even as Americans across the nation register heightened concerns over possible terrorist threats. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports new polling data from ABC News and the Washington Post newspaper show an electorate increasingly focused on security issues after the deadly Islamic State attacks in Paris.

Video World Leaders Head to Paris for Climate Deal

Heads of state from nearly 80 countries are heading to Paris (November 30-December 11) to craft a global climate change agreement. The new accord will replace the Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change that expired in 2012.

Video Uncertain Future for Syrian Refugee Resettlement in Illinois

For the trickle of Syrian refugees finding new homes in the Midwest city of Chicago, the call to end resettlement in many U.S. states is adding another dimension to their long journey fleeing war. Organizations working to help them integrate say the backlash since the Paris attacks is both harming and helping their efforts to provide refugees sanctuary. VOA's Kane Farabaugh reports.

Video Creating Physical Virtual Reality With Tiny Drones

As many computer gamers know, virtual reality is a three-dimensional picture, projected inside special googles. It can fool your brain into thinking the computer world is the real world. But If you try to touch it, it’s not there. Now Canadian researchers say it may be possible to create a physical virtual reality using tiny drones. VOA’s George Putic reports.

Video New American Indian Village Takes Visitors Back in Time

There is precious little opportunity to experience what life was like in the United States before its colonization by European settlers. Now, an American Indian village built in a park outside Washington is taking visitors back in time to experience the way of life of America's indigenous people. Carol Pearson narrates this report from VOA's June Soh.

Video Even With Hometown Liberated, Yazidi Refugees Fear Return

While the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar has been liberated from Islamic State forces, it's not clear whether Yazidi residents who fled the militants will now return home. VOA’s Mahmut Bozarslan talked with Yazidis, a religious and ethnic minority, at a Turkish refugee camp in Diyarbakır. Robert Raffaele narrates his report.

Video Nairobi Tailors Make Pope Francis’ Vestments

To ensure the pope is properly attired during his visit, the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops asked the Dolly Craft Sewing Project in the Nairobi slum of Kangemi to make the pope's vestments, the garments he will wear during the various ceremonies. Jill Craig reports.

Video Cross-Border Terrorism Puts Europe’s Passport-Free Travel in Doubt

The fallout from the Islamic State terror attacks in Paris has put the future of Europe’s passport-free travel area, known as the "Schengen Zone," in doubt. Several of the perpetrators were known to intelligence agencies, but were not intercepted. Henry Ridgwell reports from London European ministers are to hold an emergency meeting Friday in Brussels to look at ways of improving security.

Video El Niño Brings Unexpected Fish From Mexico to California

Fish in an unexpected spectrum of sizes, shapes and colors are moving north, through El Niño's warm currents from Mexican waters to the Pacific Ocean off California’s coast. El Nino is the periodic warming of the eastern and central Pacific Ocean. As Faiza Elmasry tells us, this phenomenon thrills scientists and gives anglers the chance of a once-in-a-lifetime big catch. Faith Lapidus narrates.

Video Terrorism in Many Forms Continues to Plague Africa

While the world's attention is on Paris in the wake of Friday night's deadly attacks, terrorism from various sides remains a looming threat in many African countries. Nigerian cities have been targeted this week by attacks many believe were staged by the violent Islamist group Boko Haram. In addition, residents in many regions are forced to flee their homes as they are terrorized by armed militias. Zlatica Hoke reports.

Video Study: Underage Marriage Rate Higher for Females in Pakistan

While attitudes about the societal role of females in Pakistan are evolving, research by child advocacy group Plan International suggests that underage marriage of girls remains a particularly big issue in the country. VOA’s Ayesha Tanzeem reports how such marriages leads to further social problems.

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