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Harvard's Prestigious Debate Team Loses to NY Inmates

October 07, 2015 11:44 AM
In two years since they started debate team, prisoners have beaten teams from US Military Academy at West Point and University of Vermont More

South Carolina Flooding Now Threatens Downstream Towns

Several rivers remain above flood stage, sending huge mass of water flowing toward sea, threatening dams and displacing residents along the way

As Clinton Campaigns, Complications With Her Old Boss Arise

President Obama seems to call Hillary Clinton's idea of a no-fly zone in Syria 'half-baked'; Clinton describes the president's immigration strategy as 'harsh and aggressive'

2 US Massacres Linked by Mother-Son Bonding Over Guns

Parallels drawn between shooters at Oregon community college and at Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School

Kerry Meets with Haiti Officials on Election Preparations

US secretary of state, who met with outgoing President Michel Martelly, other officials stressed that legitimate transfer of power can only be achieved through free and fair elections

Photogallery MSF Seeks Probe Into Kunduz Hospital Bombing

Doctors Without Borders says attack needs to be investigated impartially and independently and that medical charity cannot rely on internal probes promised by US, Afghanistan and NATO

Search for Answers Begins in Sinking of US Cargo Ship

The captain's decision to plot a course near Hurricane Joaquin will almost certainly be part of an investigation launched Tuesday

Video Russian Warships Hit IS Targets in Syria

Meanwhile, Defense Secretary Ash Carter tells reporters in Rome, US has not agreed to cooperate with Russia in fight against Islamic State

Video Making a Mint​

While apples, corn, and cranberries top the list of fall produce in the US, the country is also home to 280 mint farmers

Video Making a Mint

While apples, corn, and cranberries top the list of fall produce in the US, it’s also the time to harvest gum, candy, and toothpaste—or at least the oil that makes them minty fresh. Erika Celeste reports from South Bend, Indiana on the mint harvest.

Video TPP Agreed, But Faces Stiff Opposition

President Barack Obama promoted the Trans-Pacific Partnership on Tuesday, one day after 12 Pacific Rim nations reached the free trade deal in Atlanta. The controversial pact that would involve about 40 percent of global trade still needs approval by lawmakers in respective countries. Zlatica Hoke reports Obama is facing strong opposition to the deal, including from members of his own party.

Video Children of Refugee Families Play Soccer in Phoenix

Their families fled war-torn countries and refugee camps for a better life in the United States. But these kids need something to help them learn English and integrate into American society. With help from the community, refugee kids with little or no financial resources have a chance to play soccer on a special team. VOA's Arash Arabasadi reports from Phoenix.

Video General: US Would Never Intentionally Strike Medical Facility

As investigations continue into the U.S. airstrike that hit a hospital in the Afghan city of Kunduz, the top U.S. general in Afghanistan says the United States would never deliberately target a medical facility. General John Campbell also told senators Tuesday that he thinks the current plan to reduce U.S. forces in Afghanistan should be revised. VOA Pentagon correspondent Carla Babb reports.

#AidRefugees Campaign Provides Ways to Help

White House, high-tech firms work to provide ways to let citizens contribute money, food, provide housing for migrants in Europe

US Seeks ‘Constructive’ Response from Russia

State Department spokesman: US would not want to see Russia transfer its 'formula' in Syria to Iraq, says Moscow has 'ratcheted up tensions' with strikes

US Arrests Former Senior UN Official for Bribery

John Ashe was Antigua and Barbuda’s ambassador to UN from 2004 until his election as president of 68th session of the General Assembly in 2013

TPP Deal Expected to Move Easily Through Vietnam Legislature

Historic pact is aimed at cutting trade tariffs, setting common standards in trade for nations involved - including US and Vietnam

Video Clinton Seeks to Boost Image Before Upcoming Debate

The five announced Democratic party presidential contenders meet in their first debate next Tuesday in Las Vegas, Nevada. Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton continues to lead the Democratic field, but she is getting a stronger-than-expected challenge from Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. VOA National correspondent Jim Malone has more from Washington.

Oregon Gunman's Writings Ranted About Others Being Crazy

Christopher Harper-Mercer, who killed nine people at a community college, reportedly thought he was sane, but upset about not having a girlfriend

Video Clinton Seeks to Boost Image Ahead of 1st Debate

Five Democrats running for president will get their moment in spotlight in first Democratic face-off next Tuesday in Las Vegas

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Russia’s Syria Involvement Raising Concerns in Europei
Luis Ramirez
October 02, 2015 4:45 PM
European nations are joining the United States in demanding that Russia stop targeting opposition groups other than the Islamic State militants as Russian warplanes continue to conduct raids in Syria. The demand came in a statement from Britain, France, Germany, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United States Friday. VOA Europe correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.

Video Russia’s Syria Involvement Raising Concerns in Europe

European nations are joining the United States in demanding that Russia stop targeting opposition groups other than the Islamic State militants as Russian warplanes continue to conduct raids in Syria. The demand came in a statement from Britain, France, Germany, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United States Friday. VOA Europe correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.

Video First Self-Driving Truck Debuts on European Highways

The first automated semi-trailer truck started its maiden voyage Friday, Oct. 2, on a European highway. The Daimler truck called 'Actros' is the first potentially mass-produced truck whose driver will be required only to monitor the situation, similar to the role of an airline captain while the plane is in autopilot mode. VOA’s George Putic reports.

Video Nano-tech Filter Cleans Dirty Water

Access to clean water is a problem for hundreds of millions of people around the world. Now, a scientist and chemical engineer in Tanzania (in East Africa) is working to change that by creating an innovative water filter that makes dirty water safe. VOA’s Deborah Block has the story.

Video Demand Rising for Organic Produce in Cambodia

In Cambodia, where rice has long been the main cash crop, farmers are being encouraged to turn to vegetables to satisfy the growing demand for locally produced organic farm products. Daniel de Carteret has more from Phnom Penh.

Video Migrant Influx Costs Europe, But Economy Could Benefit

The influx of hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants is testing Europe’s ability to respond – especially in the poorer Balkan states. But some analysts argue that Europe will benefit by welcoming the huge numbers of young people – many of them well educated and willing to work. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.

Video Botanists Grow Furniture, with Pruning Shears

For something a bit out of the ordinary to furnish your home, why not consider wooden chairs, crafted by nature, with a little help from some British botanists with an eye for design. VOA’s Jessica Berman reports.

Video New Fabric Helps Fight Dust-Related Allergies

Many people around the world suffer from dust-related allergies, caused mainly by tiny mites that live in bed linen. Polish scientists report they have successfully tested a fabric that is impenetrable to the microscopic creatures. VOA’s George Putic has more.

Video Burkina Faso's Economy Deeply Affected by Political Turmoil

Political turmoil in Burkina Faso over the past year has taken a toll on the economy. The transitional government is reporting nearly $70 million in losses in the ten days that followed a short-lived coup by members of the presidential guard earlier this month. The crisis shut businesses and workers went on strike. With elections on the horizon, Emilie Iob reports on what a return to political stability can do for the country's economic recovery.

Video Fleeing Violence, Some Syrians Find Refuge in Irbil

As Syrians continue to flee their country’s unrest to seek new lives in safer places, VOA Persian Service reporter Shepol Abbassi visited Irbil, where a number Syrians have taken refuge. During the religious holidy of Eid al-Adha, the city largely shut down, as temperatures soared. Amy Katz narrates his report.

Video Nigeria’s Wecyclers Work for Reusable Future in Lagos

The streets and lagoons of Africa's largest city - Lagos, Nigeria - are often clogged with trash, almost none of which gets recycled. One company is trying to change that. Chris Stein reports for VOA from Lagos.

Video Sketch Artist Helps Catch Criminals, Gives a Face to Deceased

Police often face the problem of trying to find a crime suspect based on general descriptions that could fit hundreds of people in the vicinity of the crime. In these cases, an artist can use information from witnesses to sketch a likeness that police can show the public via newspapers and television. But, as VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Houston, such sketches can also help bring back faces of the dead.

Video Thailand Set to Build China-like Internet Firewall

Thai authorities are planning to tighten control over the Internet, creating a single international access point so they can better monitor content. VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from Bangkok on what is being called Thailand’s own "Great Firewall."

Video Croatian Town’s War History Evokes Empathy for Migrants

As thousands of Afghanistan, Iraqi and Syrian migrants pass through Croatia, locals are reminded of their own experiences with war and refugees in the 1990s. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from the town of Vukovar, where wartime scars still are visible today.

Video Long Drought Affecting California’s Sequoias

California is suffering under a historic four-year drought and scientists say even the state's famed sequoia trees are feeling the pain. The National Park Service has started detailed research to see how it can help the oldest living things on earth survive. VOA’s George Putic reports.

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