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Syrian Kurds Uneasy About US-Turkey Deal

FILE - A Syrian Kurdish sniper looks at the rubble in the Syrian city of Kobani.

August 02, 2015 4:04 PM
Many worry Washington will distance itself from their fighters and look the other way as Ankara resumes its war against Kurdish separatists More

Video Obama to Unveil Plan to Combat Climate Change

U.S. President Barack Obama will formally unveil an ambitious plan to combat climate change by reducing carbon emissions from U.S. power plants. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports, the initiative faces stiff opposition from coal-producing states and their representatives in Congress.

US Civil Right Activists to March on Washington

1,385-kilometer-long journey from Selma, Alabama, to US capital to highlight recent flare-up in racial tensions, organizers say

Video US Landmark Pushes Endangered Species

People gathered in streets, on rooftops in Manhattan to see image highlights that covered 33 floors of Empire State Building

Video Kerry Backs Egypt's Anti-terror Push, Seeks to Ease Iran Deal Concerns

Show of support comes during US top diplomat’s meeting with Egyptian officials; stop in Cairo part of trip aiming to address regional worries over nuclear pact with Tehran

Video Obama to Unveil Plan to Cut Power Plant Carbon Emissions

Goal is for plants to reduce their carbon emissions by 32 percent below 2005 levels by year 2030

Researcher Who Studied Cecil Talks About Impact of Lion's Death

Researcher who put tracking collar on Cecil last year talks about his anger over the lion's killing

Obama Making Case for Iran Deal to Democrats

Obama, who has often been at odds with congressional Democrats, trying to win support for nuclear deal just weeks after a divisive debate over trade

Trump Companies Sought Visas to Import Over 1,000 Workers

Policy seems at odds with candidate's pledge to protect American jobs

Firefighter Killed in California Wildfires

David Ruhl, engine captain from South Dakota's Black Hills National Forest, was killed fighting a fast-moving blaze in Modoc National Forest, about 100 miles south of Oregon border

Kerry in Egypt for Talks on Security, Terrorism

US Secretary of State, on five-nation tour, arrives in Cairo for talks about security issues and regional terrorism, including threat posed by Islamic State extremists

Head of Failed Japan-based Bitcoin Exchange Mt. Gox Arrested

Mark Karpeles is taken into custody in Tokyo on suspicion of inflating his cash account by $1 million, authorities say

UN Envoy Jolie Spotlights Refugee Conditions in Myanmar

Actress and humanitarian Angelina Jolie says living conditions for displaced people in Myanmar are 'extremely serious'

Video Americans' Anger Grows Over Killing of Lion

White House threshold for response reached; nearly 150,000 have signed petition demanding US dentist who killed popular lion in Zimbabwe be extradited there for trial

Trans-Pacific Trade Talks End Without Deal

But US Trade Representative Michael Froman says 12 nations involved have made significant progress and are more confident than ever deal is within reach

Video Special Olympics Show Competitors' Skill, Determination

Special Olympics competitions will wrap up Saturday in Los Angeles, and the closing ceremony for athletes with intellectual disabilities will be held Sunday night. In a week of competition, athletes have shown what they can do through skill and determination. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan reports.

Video Special Olympics Show Competitors' Skill, Determination

Games will wrap up Saturday, and closing ceremony is set for Sunday in Los Angeles

TPP Negotiators Fail to Reach Deal

Negotiators say they will continue their intensive talks to reach a deal

North Korea Ramps Up Rhetoric In Wake of Iran Nuclear Deal

Its diplomats stressed this week that Pyongyang is not interested in an Iran-type nuclear deal and won't negotiate away its nuclear weapons

Video Inclusive Gym Gets People With Disabilities in Fitness Spirit

Suburban Washington program wants to help individuals with special needs, who often have problems with obesity, anxiety, depression

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Astronauts Train Underwater for Deep Space Missionsi
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George Putic
July 30, 2015 8:59 PM
Manned deep space missions are still a long way off, but space agencies are already testing procedures, equipment and human stamina for operations in extreme environment conditions. Small groups of astronauts take turns in spending days in an underwater lab, off Florida’s southern coast, simulating future missions to some remote world. VOA’s George Putic reports.

Video Astronauts Train Underwater for Deep Space Missions

Manned deep space missions are still a long way off, but space agencies are already testing procedures, equipment and human stamina for operations in extreme environment conditions. Small groups of astronauts take turns in spending days in an underwater lab, off Florida’s southern coast, simulating future missions to some remote world. VOA’s George Putic reports.

Video Civil Rights Leaders Struggled to Achieve Voting Rights Act

Fifty years ago, lawmakers approved, and U.S. President Lyndon Johnson signed, the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The measure outlawed racial discrimination in voting, giving millions of blacks in many parts of the southern United States federal enforcement of the right to vote. Correspondent Chris Simkins introduces us to some civil rights leaders who were on the front lines in the struggle for voting rights.

Video Booming London Property a ‘Haven for Dirty Money’

Billions of dollars of so-called ‘dirty money’ from the proceeds of crime - especially from Russia - are being laundered through the London property market, according to anti-corruption activists. As Henry Ridgwell reports from the British capital, the government has pledged to crack down on the practice.

Video Hometown of Boy Scouts of America Founder Reacts to Gay Leader Decision

Ottawa, Illinois, is the hometown of W.D. Boyce, who founded the Boy Scouts of America in 1910. In Ottawa, where Scouting remains an important part of the legacy of the community, the end of the organization's ban on openly gay adult leaders was seen as inevitable. VOA's Kane Farabaugh reports.

Video 'Metal Muscles' Flex a New Bionic Hand

Artificial limbs, including the most complex of them – the human hand – are getting more life-like and useful due to constant advances in tiny hydraulic, pneumatic and electric motors called actuators. But now, as VOA’s George Putic reports, scientists in Germany say the future of the prosthetic hand may lie not in motors but in wires that can ‘remember’ their shape.

Video Russia Accused of Abusing Interpol to Pursue Opponents

A British pro-democracy group has accused Russia of abusing the global law enforcement agency Interpol by requesting the arrest and extradition of political opponents. A new report by the group notes such requests can mean the accused are unable to travel and are often unable to open bank accounts. VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports.

Video 'Positive Atmosphere' Points Toward TPP Trade Deal in Hawaii

Talks on a major new trade agreement among 12 Pacific Rim nations are said to be nearing completion in Hawaii. Some trade experts say the "positive atmosphere" at the discussions could mean a deal is within reach, but there is still hard bargaining to be done over many issues and products, including U.S. drugs and Japanese rice. VOA's Jim Randle reports.

Video Genome Initiative Urgently Moves to Freeze DNA Before Species Go Extinct

Earth is in the midst of its sixth mass extinction. The last such event was caused by an asteroid 66 million years ago. It killed off the dinosaurs and practically everything else. So scientists are in a race against time to classify the estimated 11 million species alive today. So far only 2 million are described by science, and researchers are worried many will disappear before they even have a name. VOA’s Rosanne Skirble reports.

Video Scientists: One-Dose Malaria Cure is Possible

Scientists have long been trying to develop an effective protection and cure for malaria - one of the deadliest diseases that affects people in tropical areas, especially children. As the World Health Organization announces plans to begin clinical trials of a promising new vaccine, scientists in South Africa report that they too are at an important threshold. George Putic reports, they are testing a compound that could be a single-dose cure for malaria.

Video 'New York' Magazine Features 35 Cosby Accusers

The latest issue of 'New York' magazine features 35 women who say they were drugged and raped by film and television celebrity Bill Cosby. The women are aged from 44 to 80 and come from different walks of life and races. The magazine interviewed each of them separately, but Zlatica Hoke reports their stories are similar.

Video US Calls Fight Against Human Trafficking a Must Win

The United States is promising not to give up its fight against what Secretary of State John Kerry calls the “scourge” of modern slavery. Officials released the country’s annual human trafficking report Monday – a report that’s being met with some criticism. VOA’s National Security correspondent Jeff Seldin has more from the State Department.

Video Washington DC Underground Streetcar Station to Become Arts Venue

Abandoned more than 50 years ago, the underground streetcar station in Washington D.C.’s historic DuPont Circle district is about to be reborn. The plan calls for turning the spacious underground platforms - once meant to be a transportation hub, - into a unique space for art exhibitions, presentations, concerts and even a film set. Roman Mamonov has more from beneath the streets of the U.S. capital. Joy Wagner narrates his report.

Video Europe’s Twin Crises Collide in Greece as Migrant Numbers Soar

Greece has replaced Italy as the main gateway for migrants into Europe, with more than 100,000 arrivals in the first six months of 2015. Many want to move further into Europe and escape Greece’s economic crisis, but they face widespread dangers on the journey overland through the Balkans. VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports.

Video Stink Intensifies as Lebanon’s Trash Crisis Continues

After the closure of a major rubbish dump a week ago, the streets of Beirut are filling up with trash. Having failed to draw up a plan B, politicians are struggling to deal with the problem. John Owens has more for VOA from Beirut.

Video Paris Rolls Out Blueprint to Fight Climate Change

A U.N. climate conference in December aims to produce an ambitious agreement to fight heat-trapping greenhouse gases. But many local governments are not waiting, and have drafted their own climate action plans. That’s the case with Paris — which is getting special attention, since it’s hosting the climate summit. Lisa Bryant takes a look for VOA at the transformation of the French capital into an eco-city.

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