Haiti’s First Family Under Corruption Probe Cloud

President Michel Martelly's son and wife are accused of abuse of authority, money laundering and squandering public funds More

2015 Could Be Watershed for Syria Conflict

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Policemen collect evidence on Dec. 21, 2014 in Dijon on the site where a driver shouting "Allahu Akbar" ("God is great") drove into a crowd injuring 11 people, two seriously.

Video France Rocked by Attacks as Fear of IS-Inspired Terror Grows

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Chanteuse Jane Monheit sings the holiday classic “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” and explains why it’s her favorite song of the season.

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Chanteuse Jane Monheit sings the holiday classic “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” and explains why it’s her favorite song of the season.

Video S. Sudan’s Bentiu Camp: Making the Youth Better Than Their Fathers

Sunday Bayak is 16 years old. When fighting started in Bentiu where he lived with his brother, he fled like thousands of South Sudanese to U.N. protected sites. Many of his male friends and peers joined the rebels, either to take revenge for the killing of their relatives or out of hunger, or both. Benno Muchler has more on the story from the camp.

Video Cuba Deal is Major Victory for Pope’s Diplomatic Initiatives

Pope Francis played a key role in brokering the US-Cuba deal that was made public earlier this week. It is the most stunning success so far in a series of peacemaking efforts by the pontiff. VOA religion reporter Jerome Socolovsky has more.

Video Three Cities Bid for Future Obama Presidential Library

President Barack Obama still has two years left in his term in office, but the effort to establish his post-presidential library is already underway. The bid for the Obama Presidential Library is down to four locations in three states -- New York, Hawaii, and Illinois. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, each of them played an important part in the president’s life before he reached the White House.

Video 50 Years of Wilderness Preservation (On Assignment)

On Assignment's Philip Alexiou took a reporting trip to the western U.S. state of Wyoming recently. He joins Imran Siddiqui to discuss what he learned about the Wilderness Act, signed into law 50 years ago.

Video Exiled Myanmar Singer Still Not Able to Return Home

In Myanmar, thousands of refugees have returned home in recent years, drawn by democratic changes, a growing economy and loosened restrictions on political freedoms. But not everyone is welcome. Steve Sandford reports on one former activist who remains in exile, despite his desire to return.

Video US Decision on Cuba Underscores Divisions Among Miami Cubans

For decades, older, more conservative Cubans have been gathering at Café Versailles on the corner of Calle Ocho to eat Cuban food and talk politics. After hearing of President Barack Obama’s decision, a number of them gathered in front of the café with posters to protest. VOA's Sharon Behn reports on the situation.

Video Sudan School Becomes Target of Aerial Attacks

The school dropout rate is at an all-time high in Sudan's South Kordofan state because many schools have been destroyed during the three-year civil war between the government and SPLA-N rebel forces. Adam Bailes visited Sudan's Nuba Mountains' region and reports many children are simply too scared to go to school


Gerardo Hernandez, one of so-called "Cuban Five," hugs his wife Adriana Perez during the National Assembly in Havana, Dec. 20, 2014.

US Senator Helped Cuban Prisoner Become a Father

After visiting Cuba last year Sen. Patrick Leahy helped arrange artificial insemination for Gerardo Hernandez, one of so-called 'Cuban Five,' and his wife, Adriana Perez More


United Kingdom U.N. Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant, left, listens as Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, speaks during a meeting of the U.N. Security Council Monday, Dec. 22, 2014

Security Council Puts N. Korean Human Rights on Agenda

Move follows landmark resolution calling on the Council to refer Pyongyang to International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity More


FILE - Emmerson Mnangagwa, left, Vice President of Zimbabwe chats with Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe after the swearing in ceremony at State House in Harare, Dec, 12, 2014.

Zimbabwe President Fires Seven More Ministers

Move by Robert Mugabe is seen as apparent purge of allies of former vice president Joice Mujuru More

Middle East

FILE - Jordan's Prince Zeid Ra'ad Zeid al-Hussein, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, gestures after a news conference at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva, October 2014.

UN Rights Chief Criticizes Jordan Reviving Death Penalty

Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said crime rates aren't lowered by executions, and with what he calls 'tragic frequency,' executed prisoners are later proven innocent More


HK Nicaragua Canal Development Investment Co Ltd (HKND Group) Chairman Wang Jing greets youths during the start of work on the Interoceanic Grand Canal in Brito town, Dec. 22, 2014, in this handout provided by the Presidential Palace Nicaragua.

Nicaragua Announces Start of China-backed Canal to Rival Panama

Government says $50 billion, 172-mile (278-km) canal, due to be operational by around 2020, would raise annual economic growth to more than 10 percent More

Arts & Entertainment

FILE - British singer Joe Cocker receives the lifetime achievement award for music during the 48th Golden Camera award ceremony in Berlin, Germany,  Feb. 2, 2013.

British Rocker Joe Cocker Dead at 70

Raspy-voiced, British-born singer best known for his rendition of Beatles' song 'With a Little Help From My Friends' and singles such as 'You Are So Beautiful' More


Juan Lopez holds his lottery ticket with the winning number of Spain's Christmas Lottery "El Gordo", together with his daughter Pilar in La Eliana near Valencia, Dec. 22, 2014.

Spaniards Celebrate 'El Gordo' Victories in World's Biggest Lottery

Over 2.2 billion euros ($2.7 billion) in prizes doled out across the country Monday in traditional Christmas lottery More


British health workers lift a newly admitted Ebola patient onto a wheeled stretcher in to the Kerry town Ebola treatment center outside Freetown, Sierra Leone, Dec. 22, 2014.

WHO: Ebola Death Toll Passes 7,500

Latest data reflects recent trends with Liberia and Guinea seeing a decrease in transmission rates, while Sierra Leone's cases continue to rise More

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"Soul Lounge" host Shawna Renee catches up with soul singer and songwriter Russell Taylor to hear what he’s been up to since winning the VH1 "You Oughta Know" title in 2013. She also convinces him to share a few songs from his album "War of Hearts."


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