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Making Music, Fleeing Bombs: New Film on Sudan’s Internal Refugeesi
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Carolyn Weaver
July 06, 2015 6:47 PM
In 2012, Sudanese filmmaker Hajooj Kuka went to make a documentary among civil war refugees in Sudan’s Blue Nile and Nuba Mountains region. What he found surprised him: music was helping to save people from bombing raids by their own government. VOA’s Carolyn Weaver has more.
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Video Making Music, Fleeing Bombs: New Film on Sudan’s Internal Refugees

In 2012, Sudanese filmmaker Hajooj Kuka went to make a documentary among civil war refugees in Sudan’s Blue Nile and Nuba Mountains region. What he found surprised him: music was helping to save people from bombing raids by their own government. VOA’s Carolyn Weaver has more.
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Video Rice Farmers Frustrated As Drought Grips Thailand

A severe drought in Thailand is limiting the growing season of the country’s important rice crop. Farmers are blaming the government for not doing more to protect a key export. Steve Sandford reports from Chiang Mai, Thailand.
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Video Floodwaters Threaten Iconic American Home

The Farnsworth House in the Midwest State of Illinois is one of the most iconic homes in America. Thousands of tourists visit the site every year. Its location near a river inspired the design of the house, but, as VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, that very location is now threatening the existence of this National Historic Landmark.
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Video Pakistan’s Parched Baluchistan Nears Water Crisis

An acute water shortage has gripped Pakistan’s impoverished southwestern province of Baluchistan. Though this has been a recurring problem, the situation is nearing a breaking point that critics say the government is doing little to address. Ayaz Gul reports from Islamabad.
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Video New Exhibit Explores American History Through Business History

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Washington, with more than 5 million visitors each year. The museum has just opened a new exhibition (on July 1) that traces America’s development from a dependent agriculture nation to one of the world’s most vibrant and trend-setting economies. VOA’s June Soh takes us to the “American Enterprise” exhibit that celebrates entrepreneurial spirit.
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Video Greece Defiantly Rejects Europe's Bailout Terms

Greeks have voted against accepting a bailout from the European Union in return for more spending cuts. Early results suggest the ‘No’ camp won with around 61 percent of the vote. As Henry Ridgwell reports from Athens, all eyes are now on Europe’s response.
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Video Middle East Activists Go Online to Try to Bridge Rifts

Diplomats at the Iran nuclear talks are hoping to redraw alliances, making former enemies future competitors, but it's not just officials who are defying old lines drawn in the sands of Middle East politics. The Facebook page "Israel Loves Iran" is part of a larger Internet movement to bridge rifts in the Middle East. VOA's Heather Murdock reports.
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Video From Taliban to IS, Afghan Fighters Pledge New Allegiance

The Islamic State group appears to be attracting new followers in yet another country, with Afghan fighters raising the black flag in parts of Afghanistan's Nangarhar province. In this report narrated by Roger Wilkison, VOA's Ashna TV reporter Sarwan Rahim Gul has more from Nangarhar's Bati Kot district.
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Video Somalia Hires First Six Female Prosecutors

In a nation long marred by conflict, corruption and impunity, Somalia's government is hoping to rebuild the country's justice system and, for the first time, has brought on board six female prosecutors. VOA's Abdulaziz Billow reports.
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Video Images in Museum Exhibit Reflect a Transforming America

A new exhibit at a Washington museum features a collection of photographs offering a rare look at life in the U.S. during the mid-20th century. The photos help tell the story of a transforming America. VOA’s Julie Taboh reports.
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Video China Seals Economic, Trade Deals With Europe

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang is wrapping up a visit to Europe, where he’s signed a series of economic accords and trade deals. Several European countries have signed up to China’s new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank - seen by some as a rival to the World Bank based in the US. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.
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Video UNESCO Chief Warns of 'Cultural Cleansing' in War Zones

The head of the United Nations cultural organization says the loss of ancient artifacts destroyed by militants in Iraq and Syria has long-term implications for security and peace in the region. The official spoke in London, and VOA’s Al Pessin reports.

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Visitors walk at the entrance to the Alamo, the most-visited tourist site in the state, in San Antonio, Texas, March 2, 2015.

Alamo Makes UNESCO's 2015 World Heritage List

Alamo, part of five San Antonio Missions in Texas, is just one 27 properties to make the international roster of historical sites More

Asia

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai speaks during the Oslo Summit on Education for Development at Oslo Plaza in Oslo, Norway, July, 7, 2015.

Turning 18, Malala Says She'll Remain 'Voice of Children'

Youngest winner of Nobel Peace Prize urges an extra $39 billion a year for education to allow all children worldwide to attend secondary schools More

Africa

FILE - Opposition leaders fear constitutional changes would give Republic of Congo President Denis Sassou Nguesso license to seek a third term.

DRC Opposition Plans to Boycott ‘National Dialogue’

Leaders fear government wants constitutional changes that would ease term limits for President Denis Sassou Nguesso More

Middle East

Fighters with the Kurdish People's Protection Units, or YPG, wave their yellow triangular flag on the outskirts of Tal Abyad, Syria, June 15, 2015.

For Syrian Rebels, Kurds, Suspicions Grow

While Obama says working with indigenous forces is key to defeating IS militants, the challenge is getting them to trust each other More

Americas

FILE - Ivan Marquez, chief FARC negotiator, sought to downplay pessimistic remarks by government negotiator Humberto de la Calle, saying, "We don't have to give any space to ominous voices about the failure of the talks."

Colombian Peace Talks' Sponsors Worry About War Escalation

Statement by Norway, Cuba, Chile and Venezuela says it's essential that parties tone down conflict, step up confidence-building measures More

Science & Technology

An unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket explodes after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, Florida, June 28, 2015.

SpaceX CEO: Cause of Falcon Rocket Accident Still Unclear

Company still unable to resolve conflicting data radioed back to ground before June 28 explosion, Elon Musk says More

Arts & Entertainment

FILE - Bill Cosby performs at the Stand Up for Heroes event at Madison Square Garden, in New York.

Lawyers: Cosby's Drugs-Sex Admission Could Aid Women's Cases

Defamation suit accuses actor of branding accusers liars when his representatives denied their accusations of being drugged and sexually assaulted More

Europe

Greece

Migrant Sailboat Sinks in Aegean, at Least 17 Missing

Greece's Maritime Ministry says rescue efforts had saved 16 of between 33 and 37 migrants believed to be on board when boat went down between Greek islands of Farmakonisi and Agathonisi More

Health

FILE - Patron smokes cigarette inside Kajun's Pub, in New Orleans, Louisiana, April 21, 2015.

WHO Urges Governments to Raise Tobacco Taxes

UN health agency says one person dies from tobacco-related disease about every six seconds, equivalent to about 6 million people a year More

Economy & Business

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras leaves Maximos Mansion for a meeting with party leaders at the Presidential Palace in central Athens, Greece, July 6, 2015.

Greece Offers Bailout 'Improvements' But Angers European Leaders

update Athens officials show up at Brussels summit without written proposal; European heads of state doubt Greece's seriousness More

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