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UN's Humanitarian Chief to Step Down

U.N. humanitarian chief Valerie Amos speaks at a news conference on Ebola at the United Nations in Geneva, Sept. 16, 2014.

November 26, 2014 8:24 PM
UN chief Ban announces Valerie Amos will leave her post at the end of March 2015 More

Video Future Uncertain for Asian Immigrants Facing Deportation in US

In the debate about immigration in the United States, one group often overlooked is the estimated 1.3 million illegal immigrants from Asia. President Barack Obama’s recent executive order can provide a temporary reprieve from deportation to about 400,000 of these people, but for many more, the future is uncertain. VOA's Elizabeth Lee reports.

Video Chinese Tourism to US Expected to Grow

Major West Coast cities are must-see destinations for Chinese tour groups, which take in sights that include San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge

High-Tech Material Cools Buildings by Sending Heat Into Space

Panels with new product can reduce indoor temperatures to nearly 5 degrees Celsius below the temperature outside

Video Chinese Tourism to US Expected to Grow

San Francisco is a major stop for Chinese visitors, and an agreement between China and the United States, announced in Beijing this month (in November), promises to draw even more Chinese tourists to US destinations. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan spent a day in San Francisco, California, with some visitors from China to learn why they are coming.

Video Future Uncertain for Asian Immigrants Facing Deportation in US

Estimated population is 1.3 million; recent Obama executive order protects only about 400,000

Video US Community Kicks Off Thanksgiving With Parade

Thursday is Thanksgiving in the United States, a holiday whose roots go back to the country's earliest days as a British colony. One way Americans celebrate the occasion is with parades. Anush Avetisyan takes us to one such event on the day before Thanksgiving near Washington, where a community's diversity is on display. Joy Wagner narrates

Video Pentagon Says 'Business as Usual' After Hagel Resignation

The Pentagon is making assurances that it's “business as usual” following Monday's resignation of U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. VOA Pentagon correspondent Carla Babb has this report narrated by Carolyn Presutti on some of the challenges that will face Hagel's successor.

Video Sierra Leonean in US Sends Medical Supplies Home to Combat Ebola

Bobby Smith founded, runs volunteer organization, Hope for Lives in Sierra Leone, to help disadvantaged in his homeland - and group is playing key role in fighting deadly disease

Video Holiday Shopping Erodes Thanksgiving Tradition, Many Say

Americans celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday, a time when family and friends share a hearty meal and express gratitude for the things they have. But in recent years, more retailers have begun using the day to get a head start on the holiday shopping season, and Thanksgiving traditionalists aren't happy about it. VOA's Mil Arcega reports.

Video Holiday Shopping Erodes Thanksgiving Tradition, Many Say

Many retail workers are particularly unhappy about not being able to observe the occasion with loved ones

Video Sierra Leonean in US Sends Medical Supplies Home to Combat Ebola

On Thanksgiving day in the United States, Americans give thanks for their blessings. Among them is Bobby Smith, who emigrated to here 25 years ago from Sierra Leone. To give back, three years ago Smith began a small volunteer organization, Hope for Lives in Sierra Leone, to help the disadvantaged in his homeland -- one of the poorest countries in the world. As VOA’s Deborah Block reports, he now is sending medical supplies to help combat Ebola, which continues to devastate Sierra Leone.

Obama Spares Turkeys in White House Thanksgiving Tradition

Birds named Mac, Cheese will go to a farm, not a dinner table, but it's Cheese who gets the official 'pardon'

Video Efforts Underway to Reduce Confrontations Between Police and Young African Americans

The shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri in August 9 touched off days of unrest and racial tension in the suburb outside Saint Louis. The incident also highlighted the problem of racial animosity between police and Ferguson's African American community. Now, some African-Americans parents and social workers are talking to young people about how to act when stopped by police. VOA's Chris Simkins has more on the story.

Researchers Say Tests of Ebola Treatments, Vaccines Are Accelerating

Next month, tests of three possible treatments to begin in Guinea, Liberia; human trial results expected soon in Mali

Poll: Americans Split on Obama’s Immigration Order

Quinnipiac survey also shows Republicans must respond carefully or risk alienating minorities

Video Protests Continue in Ferguson, Spread to Other US Cities

Missouri officials say deployment of more than 2,000 National Guard soldiers helps curb second night of rampant arson and looting in Midwestern town

Rodgers and Hammerstein Flop Gets 2nd Chance

Allegro, a rare miss for the legendary musical team of Rogers and Hammerstein, is getting a rare revival off-Broadway

Supreme Court Justice Undergoes Heart Procedure

81-year-old Ruth Bader Ginsburg has had a stent implanted address a blockage in her right coronary artery

NATO Commander Warns of Crimea 'Militarization'

Gen. Philip Breedlove says Russian military buildup in Black Sea peninsula includes cruise and surface-to-air missiles able to exert 'military influence' on region

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Aung San Suu Kyi: Myanmar Opposition to Keep Pushing for Constitutional Changei
November 24, 2014 10:09 PM
Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi says she and her supporters will continue pushing to amend a constitutional clause that bars her from running for president next year. VOA's Than Lwin Htun reports from the capital Naypyitaw in this report narrated by Colin Lovett.

Video Aung San Suu Kyi: Myanmar Opposition to Keep Pushing for Constitutional Change

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi says she and her supporters will continue pushing to amend a constitutional clause that bars her from running for president next year. VOA's Than Lwin Htun reports from the capital Naypyitaw in this report narrated by Colin Lovett.

Video Mali Attempts to Shut Down Ebola Transmission Chain

Senegal and Nigeria were able to stop small Ebola outbreaks by closely monitoring those who had contact with the sick person and quickly isolating anyone with symptoms. Mali is now scrambling to do the same. VOA’s Anne Look reports from Mali on what the country is doing to shut down the chain of transmission.

Video Ukraine Marks Anniversary of Deadly 1930s Famine

During a commemoration for millions who died of starvation in Ukraine in the early 1930s, President Petro Poroshenko lashed out at Soviet-era totalitarianism for causing the deaths and accused today’s Russian-backed rebels in the east of using similar tactics. VOA’s Daniel Shearf reports from Kyiv.

Video Hong Kong Protests at a Crossroads

New public opinion polls in Hong Kong indicate declining support for pro-democracy demonstrations after weeks of street protests. VOA’s Bill Ide in Guangzhou and Pros Laput in Hong Kong spoke with protesters and observers about whether demonstrators have been too aggressive in pushing for change.

Video US Immigration Relief Imminent for Mixed-Status Families

Tens of thousands of undocumented immigrants in the Washington, D.C., area may benefit from a controversial presidential order announced this week. It's not a path to citizenship, as some activists hoped. But it will allow more immigrants who arrived as children or who have citizen children, to avoid deportation and work legally. VOA's Victoria Macchi talks with one young man who benefited from an earlier presidential order, and whose parents may now benefit after years of living in fear.

Video New Skateboard Defies Gravity

A futuristic dream only a couple of decades ago, the hoverboard – a skateboard that floats above the ground - has finally been made possible. While still not ready for mass production, it promises to become a cool mode of transport... at least over some surfaces. VOA’s George Putic reports.

Video Falling Gas Prices Impact US Oil Extraction

With the price of oil now less than $80 a barrel, motorists throughout the United States are benefiting from gas prices below $3 a gallon. But as VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, the decreasing price of petroleum has a downside for the hydraulic fracturing industry in the United States.

Video Tensions Build on Korean Peninsula Amid Military Drills

It has been another tense week on the Korean peninsula as Pyongyang threatened to again test nuclear weapons while the U.S. and South Korean forces held joint military exercises in a show of force. VOA’s Brian Padden reports from the Kunsan Air Base in South Korea.

Video Mama Sarah Obama Honored at UN Women’s Entrepreneurship Day

President Barack Obama's step-grandmother is in the United States to raise money to build a $12 million school and hospital center in Kogelo, Kenya, the birthplace of the president's father, Barack Obama, Sr. She was honored for her decades of work to aid poor Kenyans at a Women's Entrepreneurship Day at the United Nations.

Video Ebola Economic Toll Stirs W. Africa Food Security Concerns

The World Bank said Wednesday that it expects the economic impact of the Ebola outbreak on the sub-Saharan economy to cost somewhere betweenf $3 billion to $4 billion - well below a previously-outlined worst-case scenario of $32 billion. Some economists, however, paint a gloomier picture - warning that the disruption to regional markets and trading is considerable. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.

Video Chaos, Abuse Defy Solution in Libya

The political and security crisis in Libya is deepening, with competing governments and, according to Amnesty International, widespread human rights violations committed with impunity. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London.

Video US Hosts Record 866,000 Foreign Students

Close to 900,000 international students are studying at American universities and colleges, more than ever before. About half of them come from Asia, mostly China. The United States hosts more foreign students than any other country in the world, and its foreign student population is steadily growing. Zlatica Hoke reports.

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