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September 30, 2014 4:14 AM
Student protests in Hong Kong have entered a second week, with demonstrators refusing to leave the central business district despite government calls to disperse. The pro-democracy demonstration is expected to grow in the middle of the week during the two-day national holiday marking the 65th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. Zlatica Hoke reports.
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Video Student Protests In Hong Kong Enter 2nd Week

Student protests in Hong Kong have entered a second week, with demonstrators refusing to leave the central business district despite government calls to disperse. The pro-democracy demonstration is expected to grow in the middle of the week during the two-day national holiday marking the 65th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. Zlatica Hoke reports.
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President Obama says airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria will likely continue for some time because, in his words, "there is a cancer that has grown for too long." So what if President Obama had acted sooner in Syria to arm more-moderate opponents of both the Islamic State and the Syrian government? VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns reports from the United Nations.
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Video Israel’s PM: ISIS, Hamas Branches of Same Tree

Israel’s prime minister urged the international community not to allow Iran to develop its nuclear capabilities, and tied the Jewish state's fight against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip to the larger global fight against Islamic State militants. The U.S. disagreed. A State Department spokeswoman said Washington believes the Islamic State group poses a different threat. VOA's Margaret Besheer has more on the Israeli leader's address to the U.N. General Assembly on Monday, and remarks by Syri
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Video Treasure Hunters Seek 'Hidden Treasure' in Central Kenya

Could a cave in a small village in central Kenya be the site of buried treasure? A rumor of riches, left behind by colonialists, has some residents dreaming of wealth, while others see it as a dangerous hoax. VOA's Gabe Joselow has the story.
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Video Iran's Rouhani Skeptical on Syria Strikes

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani expressed skepticism Friday that U.S.-led airstrikes in Iraq and Syria could crush Islamic State militants. From New York, VOA’s Margaret Besheer reports the president was also hopeful that questions about Iran’s nuclear program could be resolved soon.
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It’s been a month since Israel and the Palestinians agreed to a ceasefire to end 52 days of an air and tank war that left 60,000 homes in Gaza damaged or destroyed and 110,000 homeless. Sharon Behn reports that lack of reconstruction is leading to despair.
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At a holding facility in Makeni, central Sierra Leone, dozens of sick people sit on the floor in an empty university building. They wait in filthy conditions. It's a 16-hour drive by ambulance to Kailahun Ebola treatment center. Adam Bailes was there and reports on what he says are some of the worst situations he has seen since the beginning of this Ebola outbreak. And he says it appears case numbers may already be far worse than authorities acknowledge.
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Thousands of immigrants have died after crossing the border from Mexico into remote areas of the southwestern United States in recent years. Local officials in south Texas alone have found hundreds of unidentified bodies and buried them in mass graves in local cemeteries. Now an anthropologist and her students at Baylor University have been exhuming bodies and looking for clues to identify them. VOA’s Greg Flakus has more from Waco, Texas.
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In Liberia, where Ebola has killed more than 1,500 people, authorities have worked hard to convince people to allow specialized burial teams to take away dead bodies. But these safety measures, while necessary, make it hard for people to say good bye to their loved ones. VOA's Anne Look reports on the tragedy from Liberia.
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Video After UNGA, Obama Issues Second Call for Global Effort on Ebola

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Video Community Radio Fosters Cohesiveness in Kenya’s Most Populous Settlement

In a large settlement in the Nairobi, Kenya area known as Kibera, there is a community radio station that residents rely on to keep them informed and entertained. Pamoja FM has grown to be a trusted media outlet, run by locals for local residents. Lenny Ruvaga has more on the station’s impact and role in fostering unity.

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FILE - United States Secret Service director Julia Pierson enters a hearing room to answer questions before a closed meeting of the Senate Homeland Security Committee in Washington, April 1, 2014.

Secret Service Head to be Questioned Over White House Intruder

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FILE - (L-R) Founders of the Occupy Central civil disobedience movement, academic Chan Kin-man, academic Benny Tai and Reverend Chu Yiu-ming, attend a rally, attended by thousands, in front of the government headquarters in Hong Kong, Sept.  27, 2014.

Pro-democracy Academics in Hong Kong Say They Face Threats

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FILE - Shoppers are seen in the dairy section of a supermarket in Kenya's capital Nairobi, July 18, 2014.

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Middle East

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Syria Raids Show Saudi, UAE Ambition to Extend Regional Authority

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Jonathan Blackman, left, an attorney representing Argentina in their ongoing debt issues, leaves the Federal court in New York, Sept. 29, 2014.

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