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VOA's Jerome Socolovsky talks with On Assignment's Alex Villarreal about his recent coverage of one of the largest immigrant detention centers in the U.S. and a volunteer group focused on helping the detainees inside.
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Video Rare Look Inside a US Immigrant Detention Center (On Assignment 10.24.14)

VOA's Jerome Socolovsky talks with On Assignment's Alex Villarreal about his recent coverage of one of the largest immigrant detention centers in the U.S. and a volunteer group focused on helping the detainees inside.
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Video Authorities Look for Motive in Canadian Shootings

Police in Canada are investigating recent shooting incidents in Ottawa and near Montreal that have killed two soldiers and spooked the nation. Zlatica Hoke reports that U.S. and Canadian air forces have been put on high alert following the Wednesday shooting in Canada's capital.
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Video Iconic American Journalist Ben Bradlee Dies at 93

A giant of American journalism, former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, has died at age 93. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports that Bradlee played a critical role in the Post’s legal battle to publish secret U.S. documents about the Vietnam War, and oversaw the newspaper’s groundbreaking probe of the Watergate scandal that led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon in 1974.
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Video Ebola Orphanage Opens in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone's first Ebola orphanage has opened in the Kailahun district. Hundreds of children orphaned since the beginning of the Ebola outbreak face stigma and rejection with nobody to care for them. Adam Bailes reports for VOA about a new interim care center that's aimed at helping the growing number of children affected by Ebola.
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Video Kobani Refugees Welcome, Turkey Criticizes, US Airdrop

Residents of Kobani in northern Syria have welcomed the airdrop of weapons, ammunition and medicine to Kurdish militia who are resisting the seizure of their city by Islamic State militants. The Turkish government, however, has criticized the operation. VOA’s Scott Bobb reports from southeastern Turkey, across the border from Kobani.
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Video After Decades of Pressure, Luxembourg Drops Bank Secrecy Rules

European Union finance ministers have reached a breakthrough agreement that will make it more difficult for tax cheats to hide their money. The new legislation, which had been blocked for years by countries with a reputation as tax havens, was approved last week after Luxembourg and Austria agreed to lift their vetoes. But as Mil Arcega reports, it doesn’t mean tax cheats have run out of places to keep their money hidden.
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Video Young Nairobi Tech Innovator on 'Track' in Security Business

A 24-year-old technology innovator in Nairobi has invented a tracking device that monitors and secures cars. He has also come up with what he claims is the most robust audio-visual surveillance system yet. As Lenny Ruvaga reports from the Kenyan capital, his innovations are offering alternative security solutions.
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Video US ‘Death Cafes’ Put Focus on the Finale

In contemporary America, death usually is a topic to be avoided. But the growing “death café” movement encourages people to discuss their fears and desires about their final moments. VOA’s Jerome Socolovsky reports.
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Video China Political Meeting Seeks to Improve Rule of Law

China’s communist leaders will host a top level political meeting this week, called the Fourth Plenum, and for the first time in the party’s history, rule of law will be a key item on the agenda. Analysts and Chinese media reports say the meetings could see the approval of long-awaited measures aimed at giving courts more independence and include steps to enhance an already aggressive and high-reaching anti-corruption drive. VOA’s Bill Ide has more from Beijing.
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Video Miami Woman Is Guardian to Nearly 1,000 Children of Immigrants

Last year, the Obama administration deported 240,000 undocumented immigrants who didn’t have a criminal record. That’s up more than 20,000 from 2012, according to Pew Research. Many of those deported left behind children who are U.S. citizens because they were born here. So who takes in these children? VOA's Carolyn Presutti introduces us to one Florida woman who is taking charge of hundreds.
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Video Obama Fights Ebola’s Political Fallout

The fear of Ebola has become a political factor in the United States, where President Barack Obama’s Democratic Party is fighting to retain control of the Senate in congressional elections next month. VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports the one fatality from Ebola on U.S. soil and two additional cases are posing a political challenge for Obama.
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Video South Korea Confronts Violence Within Military Ranks

Every able-bodied South Korean male between 18 and 35 must serve for 21 to 36 months in the country’s armed forces, depending upon the specific branch. For many, service is a rite of passage to manhood. But there are growing concerns that bullying and violence come along with the tradition. Reporter Jason Strother has more from Seoul.
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Video Turkey Campus Attacks Raise Islamic Radicalization Fears

Concerns are growing in Turkey of Islamic radicalization at some universities, after clashes between supporters of the jihadist group Islamic State (IS) or ISIS, and those opposed to the extremists. Pro-jihadist literature is on sale openly on the streets of Istanbul. Critics accuse the government of turning a blind eye to radicalism at home, while Kurds accuse the president of supporting IS - a charge strongly denied. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
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Video Robot Locates Unexploded Underwater Mines

Many educators believe that hands-on experience is the best way to learn. Proving that the method works is a project developed by a group of students at the Stevens Institute of Technology, in Hoboken, New Jersey. They rose up to a challenge posted by the U.S. Department of Defense and successfully designed and built an underwater robot for locating submerged unexploded ordnance. VOA’s George Putic reports.
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Video Flooding Adds to Misery in South Sudan Camps

Tens of thousands of South Sudanese who fled to a U.N. base to escape violence in Unity State are now facing another enemy: rising floodwaters. VOA East Africa Correspondent Gabe Joselow has this exclusive report from the Bentiu protection site, where aid workers are scrambling to help a population with nowhere else to turn.

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Comanche Chief Quanah Parker’s Century-Old House Falling Apart

Video Comanche Chief Quanah Parker’s Century-Old House Falling Apart

Most remarkable physical reminder of legendary American Indian is slowly falling into ruin on a lot behind a trading post in Cache, Oklahoma More

Asia

South Korean policemen stop a Paju resident from rushing to an anti-North Korean civic group's vehicle near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas in Paju, Oct. 25, 2014.

S. Koreans Scuffle Over Propaganda Launch

Scuffles broke out in S. Korean border town between activists planning to send propaganda leaflets into N. Korea and town residents who wanted to stop them More

Africa

FILE - Paulo Cuinica is spokesman for Mozambique’s National Electoral Commission (CNE)

Mozambique Electoral Body Yet to Endorse Election Results

Provisional results show ruling FRELIMO party with 57 percent while main opposition RENAMO has 36 percent More

Middle East

Tunisian Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa (C) and president of the newly appointed electoral body (ISIE) Mohamed Chafik Sarsar (L)  inspect ballot boxes and ballot papers ahead of distribution to pooling centers in the governorate of Nabeul, Oct. 25, 2014.

Tunisia Set for Parliamentary Elections

Fragile democracy in Tunisia remains beacon of hope, but country remains dogged by massive economic and security problems More

Americas

Canadian Authorities Seek More Power to Thwart Terror Suspects

Canada's PM Harper he'll press for speedy OK to track terror suspects abroad, and to detain people in the country suspected of plotting attacks More

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Video 'Fishing Without Nets' a Dramatic Story of Somali Piracy

Story focuses on Abdi, played by Abdikani Muktar, a fisherman off the coast of Somalia, where pollution has ruined the catch More

Europe

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko poses for a photograph prior to recording a televised address to the nation on the eve of parliamentary elections in Kyiv, Oct. 25, 2014.

On Eve of Poll, Ukraine Leader Seeks Support for Pro-Europe Course

Poroshenko called Sunday's snap vote to clear out Yanukovich loyalists from parliament and secure increased legitimacy for pro-Western leadership in face of pressure from Russia More

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