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Scientists: Global Fresh Water Access Could Pose Huge Challengei
Elizabeth Lee
October 09, 2015 11:01 AM
Scientists say the world is experiencing a shortage of fresh water, and it will only get worse because of the growing population and climate change. Photos that show how water scarcity is impacting people around the world can be seen at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California. That’s also where experts discuss the severity of the problem and solutions. Elizabeth Lee reports.

Video Scientists: Global Fresh Water Access Could Pose Huge Challenge

Scientists say the world is experiencing a shortage of fresh water, and it will only get worse because of the growing population and climate change. Photos that show how water scarcity is impacting people around the world can be seen at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California. That’s also where experts discuss the severity of the problem and solutions. Elizabeth Lee reports.

Video Why Are Gun Laws So Hard for Congress to Tackle?

Since taking office, President Barack Obama has spoken out or issued statements about 15 mass shootings. The most recent shooting, in which 10 people were killed at a community college, sparked outrage over the nation's gun laws. But changing those laws isn't as easy as many think. VOA's Carolyn Presutti reports.

Video Syrian Village Community Faces Double Displacement in Lebanon

Driven by war from their village in southwestern Syria, a group of families found shelter in Lebanon, resettling en masse in a half-built university to form one of the biggest settlements of its kind in Lebanon. Three years later, however, they now face being kicked out and dispersed in a country where finding shelter as a refugee can be especially tough. John Owens has more for VOA from the city of Saida, also known as Sidon.

Video Iraqi-Kurdish Teachers Vow to Continue Protest

Sixteen people were injured when police used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse teachers and other public employees who took to the streets in Iraq’s Kurdish north, demanding their salaries from the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG). VOA’s Dilshad Anwar, in Sulaimaniya, caught up with protesting teachers who say they have not been paid for three months. Parke Brewer narrates his report.

Video Refugee Begins New Life in US but Heart Remains in Syria

Nearly 300,000 people have died since the Syrian civil war began more than four years ago. Of the four million refugees who have fled the country, only 1500 have come to the United States, although President Obama has decided to take 10,000 over the next year. How have these Syrian refugees adapted to their new life in the U.S.? Grace Wang takes a look at one family that has settled in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Grace Wang reports.

Video Bat Colony: Unusual Tourist Attraction in Texas

The action hero Batman might be everyone’s favorite but real bats hardly get that kind of adoration. Put more than a million of these creatures of the night together and it only evokes images of horror. Sarah Zaman visited the largest urban bat colony in North America to see just how well bat and human get along with each other.

Video Hungary Criticized for Handling of Refugees

Amnesty International has accused Hungary of breaking multiple international and European human rights laws in its handling of the refugee crisis. As Henry Ridgwell reports, thousands of migrants and refugees continue to travel through the Balkans to Hungary every day.

Video Virtual Medicine Takes Shape with Floating Body Parts

An image of a rotating heart and floating intestine hover in the air in front of doctors, who use the virtual images to diagnose disease and prepare for surgery. VOA’s Jessica Berman has more.

Video Device Shows Promise of Stopping Motion Sickness

It’s a sickening feeling — the dizziness, nausea and vomiting that comes with motion sickness. But a device now being developed could stop motion sickness by suppressing certain signals in the brain. VOA’s Deborah Block reports.

Video 'Black Lives Matter' Movement Keeps Pressing For End to Police Brutality

The Black Lives Matter movement is renewing its call to end police brutality and pushing for criminal justice reform across the United States. VOA's Chris Simkins reports the movement, made up of mostly young African American activists, is trying to influence public opinion and pressure politicians to take up their cause.


First lady Michelle Obama speaks in the Blue Room of the White House in Washington, Oct. 8, 2015, during an event to honor the 2015 class of the National Student Poets Program (NSPP), the nation’s highest honor for youth poets.

First Lady Honors New Class of Student Poets for Bravery

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Beef kabab being grilled at a restaurant in a Muslim locality of Kolkata, Sept. 03, 2015. (Shaikh Azizur Rahman/VOA)

Indian PM Calls for Unity Amid Tense Climate Over Beef Attacks

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FILE - DRC President Joseph Kabila.

DRC Mulls Implications of President Kabila's Speech

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Middle East

Palestinian protesters run for cover during clashes with Israeli troops near the Jewish settlement of Beit El, near the West Bank city of Ramallah, Oct.  9, 2015.

Israeli Troops Kill 4 Palestinians in Gaza Border Violence

Israel's military said about 200 Palestinians in Gaza advanced on border during demonstration, thew rocks and rolled burning tires toward soldiers stationed on other side More


FILE - A boy reacts after receiving a vaccine from a nurse at Children's Hospital No. 1 in Kyiv, Ukraine.

UN: Nearly 2M Ukraine Children at Risk of Polio

Six weeks after outbreak and despite requests by aid agencies, Ukrainian authorities still have not allowed for immunization campaign to begin More


FILE - People walk past a billboard warning residents to stop the stigmatization of Ebola survivors, in Kenema, eastern Sierra Leone, Aug. 12, 2015.

Johnson & Johnson Starts Ebola Vaccine Trial in Sierra Leone

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Economy & Business

North Korea's state-directed economy is stagnant, but thriving grey-market entrepreneurship is driving increased spending on consumer goods and services like restaurants and taxis, like these parked outside a train station in Pyongyang, Oct. 7, 2015.

Report: Markets Expand in N. Korea Despite Crackdown

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