Missing AirAsia Airbus Was Delivered in 2008

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Video US, NATO Mark End of Afghanistan Mission

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Tumultuous Change Predicted for Mideast in 2015i
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Meredith Buel
December 27, 2014 1:53 PM
Four years after the uprisings that shattered the decades old status quo in the Middle East, 2015 promises to be another year of tumultuous change, presenting new challenges for U.S. foreign policy leaders. VOA correspondent Meredith Buel looks ahead to expectations for the region in the New Year.
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Video Tumultuous Change Predicted for Mideast in 2015

Four years after the uprisings that shattered the decades old status quo in the Middle East, 2015 promises to be another year of tumultuous change, presenting new challenges for U.S. foreign policy leaders. VOA correspondent Meredith Buel looks ahead to expectations for the region in the New Year.
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Video 'The Interview' Screened in Movie Theaters

Movie theaters across the United States have begun screening "The Interview," the much-hyped Sony Pictures film. Amid threats of cyber warfare and violence, American theaters shied away from showing the comedy and Sony canceled the film's release. But following criticism, Sony backtracked from that decision, and on Christmas Day, some smaller theaters screened the film to sellout audiences. Arash Arabasadi visited one theater in Washington and files this report.
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Space technology this year reached some important goals, culminating with the spectacular landing of a space probe on a comet, millions of kilometers from Earth. But there were some setbacks, too.
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Video Russians Head Into Holiday Facing Economic Malaise

Russian preparations for the New Year holiday are clouded by economic recession and a tumbling currency, the ruble. Nonetheless, people in the Russian capital appear to be in a festive mood. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Moscow.
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He’s only 14 now, but trumpet prodigy Geoff Gallante has already been playing with some of the biggest names in jazz.  VOA’s Julie Taboh tells all to Alex Villarreal.
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Video Young African Leader Scales to New Heights (On Assignment)

In 2014, 500 young Africans came to the US under the Mandela Washington Fellowship for young African leaders, also known as YALI.  Only one percent of applicants get into the prestigious program, and one of them is J.J. Segbefia, an entrepreneur who runs an outdoor expedition business in Ghana.
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Video Mombasa in Holiday Tourism Slump Due to Security Fears

Kenya's usually popular beachside tourist destination of Mombasa is seeing a much slower holiday season this year due to fears of insecurity as the country has suffered from a string of terror attacks linked to Somali militants. Mohammed Yusuf reports for VOA on how businessmen and tourists feel about the situation.
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Video Prison Radio Station (On Assignment)

Every week, a public radio station in Texas broadcasts a program for a very specific audience: people in jail.  As VOA’s Greg Flakus tells Philip Alexiou, the show provides crucial information about prison for inmates
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Video Estimates Rising of Foreign Fighters in Iraq, Syria

Foreign fighters are making more of a mark on the battles raging across Syria and Iraq than initially thought. VOA's Jeff Seldin has more.
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Video For Somalis, 2014 Marked by Political Instability Within Government

While Somalia has long been torn apart by warfare and violence, this year one of the country's biggest challenges has come from within the government, as political infighting curtails the country's progress, threatens security gains and disappoints the international community. VOA's Gabe Joselow report.

Asia

FILE - An AirAsia plane is seen on a runway at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, August 2014.

Missing AirAsia Airbus Was Delivered in 2008

AirAsia said aircraft that went missing on Sunday had undergone its last scheduled maintenance on November 16; jet reportedly had 23,000 flight hours recorded More

Africa

FILE - French Sangaris peacekeepers are seen speaking to a local resident outside Fatima Church in Bangui, Central African Republic.

After Year of Peacekeeping, CAR Remains Tense

Intervention by French forces halted mass killings in capital of Bangui, but inter-communal violence continues elsewhere in Central African Republic More

Middle East

Iranian General Killed by Islamic State in Iraq

Brigadier General Hamid Taqavi ‘martyred’ while serving in advisory role to Iraqi Army, Iran's Revolutionary Guard says in statement More

Americas

FILE - Evans Paul, former Port-au-Prince mayor.

Veteran Politician Picked as Haiti's New Prime Minister

If approved, Evans Paul would take over from Florence Duperval Guillaume, who was named interim prime minister on Sunday More

Science & Technology

FILE - A strip of Colloidal Quantum Dot film.

Scientists Research Flexible, Spray-On Solar Cells

Microscopic particles known as CQDs one day could be used to make electricity for everything from mobile devices to homes More

Europe

A rescued sailor is brought ashore in the harbor at Ravenna, Italy, Dec. 28, 2014.

4 Missing, Feared Dead After Ships Collide Off Italy Coast

Turkish ship with 11 crew members sinks after collision with another vessel in poor visibility; among its crew, two are dead, four missing, five rescued More

Health

FILE - A woman suffers from depression.

Clinical Depression Is Pervasive Worldwide

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