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Deborah Block
September 21, 2014 2:12 PM
A U.S. power company that has been importing natural gas now wants to export it. If approved, its plant in Lusby, Maryland, would likely be the first terminal on the United States East Coast to export liquefied natural gas from American pipelines. While some residents welcome the move because it will create jobs, others oppose it, saying the expansion could be a safety and environmental hazard. VOA’s Deborah Block examines the controversy.
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Video Natural Gas Export Plan Divides Maryland Town

A U.S. power company that has been importing natural gas now wants to export it. If approved, its plant in Lusby, Maryland, would likely be the first terminal on the United States East Coast to export liquefied natural gas from American pipelines. While some residents welcome the move because it will create jobs, others oppose it, saying the expansion could be a safety and environmental hazard. VOA’s Deborah Block examines the controversy.
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Video Difficult Tactical Battle Ahead Against IS Militants in Syria

The U.S. president has ordered the military to intensify its fight against the Islamic State, including in Syria. But how does the military conduct air strikes in a country that is not a U.S. ally? VOA correspondent Carla Babb reports from the Pentagon.
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Unemployment and conflict has forced many young Somalians out of the country in search of a better life. But a newfound stability in the once-lawless nation has created hope — and jobs — which, some say, are too often being filled by foreigners. Abdulaziz Billow reports from Mogadishu.
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Cancer remains one of the deadliest diseases, despite many new methods to combat it. Modern medicine has treatments to prevent the growth of primary tumor cells. But most cancer deaths are caused by metastasis, the stage when primary tumor cells change and move to other parts of the body. A team of Belgian scientists says it has found a way to prevent that process. Zlatica Hoke has more.
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The long upgrade of the Large Hadron Collider is over. The scientific instrument responsible for the discovery of the Higgs boson -- the so-called "God particle" -- is being brought up to speed in time for this month's 60th anniversary of the European Organization for Nuclear Research, known by its French acronym CERN. Physicists hope the accelerator will help them uncover more secrets about the origins of the universe. VOA’s George Putic reports.
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Video Russian Economy Reeling After New Western Sanctions

A new wave of Western sanctions is hitting Russia’s economy hard. State-owned energy firms continue to bleed profits and Russia’s national currency plunged to a new low this week after the U.S. and the European Union announced new sanctions to punish Russia's aggressive stance in eastern Ukraine. But as Mil Arcega reports, the sanctions could also prove costly for European and American companies.
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Residents and tourists in Washington D.C. can now examine a life-size replica of an unusual dinosaur that lived almost a hundred million years ago in northern Africa. Scientists say studying the behemoth named Spinosaurus helps them better understand how some prehistoric animals adapted to life on land and in water. The Spinosaurus replica is on display at the National Geographic museum. VOA’s George Putic has more.
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More than six months after Ukraine's former President Viktor Yanukovych fled revolution to Russia, authorities have yet to gain control of his palatial estate. Protesters occupy the grounds and opened it to tourists but they are also refusing to turn it over to the state. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Mezhigirya, just north of Kyiv.

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FILE - President Barack Obama addresses the 68th United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York, Sept. 24, 2013.

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Tibetan Student Self-immolates in Protest Against China

Lhamo Tashi set himself on fire last Wednesday while shouting slogans against Chinese rule in Tibet in front of police station More

Africa

An empty local market area is seen, as Sierra Leone government enforces a three day lock-down on movement of all people in a attempt to fight the Ebola virus, in Freetown, Sierra Leone, Sept. 19, 2014.

Audio Sierra Leone Ends Ebola Lockdown

Health ministry says it has reached 75 percent of its target of visiting 1.5 million homes to locate infected, educate population about virus More

Middle East

FILE - Secretary of State John Kerry (R) meets with Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (L) during talks on Tehran's nuclear program in Vienna, July 13, 2014.

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Former El Salvador President Francisco Flores (C) walks out of his house while being guarded by Deputy Director of Police Howard Cotto (R) and the elite unit Reaction Police Group (GRP) in San Benito neigborhood, San Salvador, Sept. 19, 2014.

Former El Salvador President to Await Graft Trial in Jail, Not at Home

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A mahout and his elephant heading towards the River Tawi on a hot day in Jammu, India, as large regions across north India have been experiencing a heat wave for days, May 3, 2014.

NOAA: Earth Was Its Warmest Ever from June to August

US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says world-wide average temperature is .71 degrees Celsius higher than previous record set in 1998 More

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FILE - Actress Angelina Jolie arrives for a special Maleficent Costume Display at Kensington Palace in London, May 8, 2014.

Angelina Jolie to Direct Richard Leakey Biopic 'Africa'

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A man with a Ukrainian flag walks past riot police standing guard during an anti-war rally in Moscow, Sept. 21, 2014.

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Many activists oppose not only what they see as Kremlin's meddling in Ukraine, but want political change in Russia More

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Renewed International Efforts Could Prevent Premature Adult Deaths

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