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Whitaker Urges Lawmakers to Speak Out for Young People

FILE - Forest Whitaker speaks on stage during the Peak Mind Foundation celebration held at Rancho Las Lomas, July 4, 2015 in Silverado, Calif.

September 01, 2015 6:59 AM
Oscar-winning actor says many young people feel marginalized because nobody listens to them and believe their only recourse is violence and extremism More

Video Girls Learn What It Takes to Become a Police Officer

The recent news of two women passing grueling U.S. Army ranger training for the first time definitely put the 'power' into women's empowerment. It's obvious on a local level, too, as a county police force near Washington, DC, is putting out the word they also want more women in uniform. VOA's June Soh has more in this report narrated by Amy Katz.

American Anti-dolphin-hunt Activist Arrested in Japan

Police received a tip that Ric O'Barry might be driving under the influence of alcohol; He passed a breath test but was detained after he could not produce his passport

Kentucky Clerk Defies US Court, Won't Issue Gay Marriage License

Kim Davis, elected court clerk in state's Rowan County, refuses licenses to two same-sex couples Tuesday; she could face fines or jail time for her actions

Video State Department: 150 More of Clinton Email Messages 'Upgraded' to Classified

The U.S. State Department has released a new batch of about 7,000 pages of Hillary Clinton's official email messages sent from her private server while she was secretary of state. About 150 messages of those released Monday were retroactively upgraded to classified status. The leading Democratic presidential hopeful has been losing support as the controversy over her emails deepens. Zlatica Hoke reports.

Video Stepped Up Efforts Pledged to Fight Arctic Climate Change

Delegations from about 20 countries have gathered in Alaska for an environmental conference focusing on the effects of climate change on the sensitive Arctic region. The U.S. delegation, which includes President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry, is hosting a series of meetings with policy makers, scientists and non-governmental organizations to discuss ways to combat issues such as the impact of global warming on the Arctic. VOA State Department correspondent Pam Dockins has the story.

State Department Releases More Clinton Emails

Department releases another 7,000 pages of Democratic presidential candidate's emails, sent and received when she was secretary of state

LAPD Issues Body Cameras to Patrol Division

Move comes one day after mayor of Milwaukee proposes spending $880,000 to equip his city's entire force of 1,200 patrol officers with body cameras

US Sentences Man for Attempted Airport Blast

Terry Lee Loewen, who worked at the Wichita Mid-Continent Airport, pleaded guilty attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction

Video US Girls Explore Police Careers

A Virginia police department offers a week-long program called "Future Women Leaders in Law Enforcement"

Suspect in Execution-style Shooting of Texas Lawman Held Without Bail

Officials say Sheriff's Deputy Darren Goforth was at a gas station Friday night when a gunman shot him in the back of the head

Canada, White House Dismiss Candidate's Suggestion for Border Wall

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker says that northern wall on US-Canadian border is 'legitimate issue for us to look at'

Obama Faces Backlash Over Renaming of Alaska Mountain

Some lawmakers critical of president's decision to change name of North America's highest peak from McKinley to Denali

US Court to Rule on California Death Penalty

Federal appeals court will consider Monday whether California's death row is arbitrary and unfair system

Video Obama: Climate Change 'Defining Threat of This Century'

'Those who want to deny the science are on their own. They are on their own shrinking island,' US president warns critics

White House: Mt. McKinley to be Renamed Denali

The announcement came as Obama prepared to depart early Monday on a three-day visit to Alaska

Report: US Preparing Sanctions Over Alleged Chinese Cybertheft

Punitive measures could include asset freezes, blocking of financial transactions of those US deems involved in cyberattacks, The Washington Post reports, quoting administration officials

Video Will VP Biden Enter US Presidential Fray?

A big question mark remains on the list of U.S. presidential hopefuls – will Vice President Joe Biden enter the race on the Democratic side, joining former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders? VOA’s Michael Bowman reports, the answer could come any day now and put an end to weeks of speculation and intrigue in Washington and beyond.

Video Will VP Biden Enter US Presidential Fray?

With an extensive political resume, plain-spoken and long-winded, Vice President Joe Biden is no stranger to the campaign trail

Serena Williams Aims for Rare Tennis Grand Slam

The 33-year-old American, with the 2015 Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon trophies already on her crowded mantle, will be gunning to complete the first season's sweep of the slams since German Steffi Graf in 1988

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Video Nobel Prize Winner Malala Talks to VOA

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai met with VOA's Deewa service in Washington Sunday to talk about women’s rights and unveil a trailer for her new documentary. VOA's Katherine Gypson has more.

Video War, Drought Threaten Iraq's Marshlands

Iraq's southern wetlands are in crisis. These areas are the spawning ground for Gulf fisheries, a resting place for migrating wildfowl, and source of livelihood for fishermen and herders. Faith Lapidus has more.

Video Colombians Flee Venezuela as Border Crisis Escalates

Hundreds of Colombians have fled Venezuela since last week, amid an escalating border crisis between the two countries. Last week, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ordered the closure of a key border crossing after smugglers injured three Venezuelan soldiers and a civilian. The president also ordered the deportation of Colombians who are in Venezuela illegally. Zlatica Hoke reports.

Video Rebuilding New Orleans' Music Scene

Ten years after Hurricane Katrina inundated New Orleans, threatening to wash away its vibrant musical heritage along with its neighborhoods, the beat goes on. As Bronwyn Benito and Faith Lapidus report, a Musicians' Village is preserving the city's unique sound.

Video In Russia, Auto Industry in Tailspin

Industry insiders say country relies too heavily on imports as inflation cuts too many consumers out of the market. Daniel Schearf has more from Moscow.

Video Scientist Calls Use of Fetal Tissue in Medical Research Essential

An anti-abortion group responsible for secret recordings of workers at a women's health care organization claims the workers shown are offering baby parts for sale, a charge the organization strongly denies. While the selling of fetal tissue is against the law in the United States, abortion and the use of donated fetal tissue for medical research are both legal. VOA’s Julie Taboh reports.

Video Next to Iran, Climate at Forefront of Obama Agenda

President Barack Obama this week announced new initiatives aimed at making it easier for Americans to access renewable energy sources such as solar and wind. Obama is not slowing down when it comes to pushing through climate change measures, an issue he says is the greatest threat to the country’s national security. VOA correspondent Aru Pande has more from the White House.

Video Arctic Draws International Competition for Oil

A new geopolitical “Great Game” is underway in earth’s northernmost region, the Arctic, where Russia has claimed a large area for resource development and President Barack Obama recently approved Shell Oil Company’s test-drilling project in an area under U.S. control. Greg Flakus reports.

Video Philippine Maritime Police: Chinese Fishermen a Threat to Country’s Security

China and the Philippines both claim maritime rights in the South China Sea.  That includes the right to fish in those waters. Jason Strother reports on how the Philippines is catching Chinese nationals it says are illegal poachers. He has the story from Palawan province.

Video China's Spratly Island Building Said to Light Up the Night 'Like A City'

Southeast Asian countries claim China has illegally seized territory in the Spratly islands. It is especially a concern for a Philippine mayor who says Beijing is occupying parts of his municipality. Jason Strother reports from the capital of Palawan province, Puerto Princesa.

Video Ages-old Ice Reveals Secrets of Climate Change

Ice caps don't just exist at the world's poles. There are also tropical ice caps, and the largest sits atop the Peruvian Andes - but it is melting, quickly, and may be gone within the next 20 years. George Putic reports scientists are now rushing to take samples to get at the valuable information about climate change locked in the ice.

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