FILE - Smoke rises from  an unknown point in Kunduz city, north of Kabul, Afghanistan. Oct. 1, 2015.

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Ukranian Artist Portrays Putin in an Unusual Wayi
Tetiana Kharchenko
October 05, 2015 7:55 PM
As Russian President Vladimir Putin was addressing the United Nations in New York last month, he was also being featured in an art exhibition in Washington. It’s not a flattering exhibit. It’s done by a Ukrainian artist in a unique medium. And its creator says it’s not only a work of art - it’s a political statement. VOA’s Tetiana Kharchenko has more.

Video Ukranian Artist Portrays Putin in an Unusual Way

As Russian President Vladimir Putin was addressing the United Nations in New York last month, he was also being featured in an art exhibition in Washington. It’s not a flattering exhibit. It’s done by a Ukrainian artist in a unique medium. And its creator says it’s not only a work of art - it’s a political statement. VOA’s Tetiana Kharchenko has more.

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The United States and 11 other countries reached agreement Monday on a massive free trade deal that will lower trading barriers and set common standards among Pacific Rim countries that together account for nearly half of the world’s global output. News of the landmark trade agreement was announced Monday in Atlanta. Now it’s up to lawmakers in all of the countries to determine if the terms of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, is in their country’s best interests. Mil Arcega has more.

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Video Rough Seas Cut Migrant Flow to Greece

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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 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.

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FILE - Republican presidential candidates from left, Chris Christie, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Scott Walker, Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and John Kasich, Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio.

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FILE - A customer points at a screen displaying a website of Alibaba's Taobao at a rural service center in Yuzhao Village, Tonglu, Zhejiang province, China, July 20, 2015.

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Middle East

An image grab made from a video released Oct. 5, 2015, by the Russian Defense Ministry reportedly shows a Russian aircraft dropping bombs during an airstrike against Islamic State group's positions at an undisclosed location in Syria.

Turkey Summons Russian Ambassador Over 2nd Airspace Breach

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Guyana's President David A. Granger, right, with Guyana's Vice President and Foreign Minister Carl Greenidge, delivers remarks during a press briefing at the United Nations headquarters in New York, Sept. 29, 2015. (AP)

Guyana Sugar Corporation Bankrupt; Future Uncertain

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Science & Technology

Professors Anne L'Huillier (L-R), Goran K. Hansson and Olga Botner, members of the Nobel Assembly, talk to the media in Stockholm, Oct. 6, 2015. Japan's Takaaki Kajita and Canada's Arthur B. McDonald won the 2015 Nobel Prize for Physics for their discover

Neutrino Scientists Win Nobel Prize in Physics

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Arts & Entertainment

FILE - Singer Taylor Swift poses at the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards, March 29, 2015.

Taylor Swift, Kim Kardashian Lead Most-followed Instagram Accounts

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FILE - Former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.

Snowden: I'd Go to Prison to Return to US

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