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Future of Ukrainian Former President's Estate Uncertaini
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September 17, 2014 10:59 AM
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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Video Future of Ukrainian Former President's Estate Uncertain

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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Video NASA Picks Boeing, SpaceX to Carry Astronauts Into Space

The U.S. space agency, NASA, has chosen Boeing and SpaceX companies to build the next generation of spacecraft that will carry U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station by the year 2017. The deal with private industry enables NASA to end its dependence on Russia to send space crews into low Earth orbit and back. Zlatica Hoke has more.
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Video World Powers to Discuss Iran's Nuclear Program

Iran and and the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany are set to resume talks on Iran's nuclear program Thursday in New York -- in a bid to reach an agreement before a November deadline. The two sides agreed to extend an original July deadline after negotiators failed to come to terms on a number of key issues. As VOA State Department Correspondent Pam Dockins reports, analysts have mixed views on whether negotiators will make progress in New York.
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Video US Touts Coalition to Fight Islamic State Group

The Obama administration is expressing confidence in the formation of an international coalition to combat Islamic State radicals who control swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports from Washington, where congressional action in support of the effort is a matter of growing debate.
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Video Kenya Coastal Town Struggles With Deadly June Attacks

Relative calm has returned to the Kenyan coastal town of Mpeketoni, southwest of Lamu, after weeks of deadly attacks claimed by the militant group al-Shabab that killed more than 100 people, authorities said. Three months later, some residents are still bitter about the attacks and question who was really responsible. VOA's Mohammed Yusuf reports.
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Video Scotland Independence Bid Stokes Global Interest

The people of Scotland are preparing to vote on whether to become independent and break away from the rest of Britain, in a referendum being watched carefully in many other countries. Some see it as a risky experiment; while others hope a successful vote for independence might energize their own separatist demands. Foreign immigrants to Scotland have a front row seat for the vote. VOA’s Henry Ridgwell spoke to some of them in Edinburgh.
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Video Washington DC Mural Artists Help Beautify City

Like many cities, Washington has a graffiti problem. Buildings and homes, especially in low-income neighborhoods, are often targets of illegal artwork. But as we hear from VOA’s Julie Taboh, officials in the nation's capital have come up with an innovative program that uses the talents of local artists to beautify the city.
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Video US Muslim Leaders Condemn Islamic State

Leaders of America's Muslim community are condemning the violent extremism of the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria. The U.S. Muslim leaders say militants are exploiting their faith in a failed effort to justify violent extremism. VOA correspondent Meredith Buel reports.
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Video Somali Americans and the Islamic State (VOA On Assignment Sept. 12, 2014)

VOA's Kane Farabaugh talks with On Assignment's Rebecca Ward about the Somali Americans who have taken up arms as fighters for the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.

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US Government Investigating Young People Joining Mideast Jihadists

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FILE - Afghan President Hamid Karzai (C) speaks during celebrations to commemorate Afghanistan's 95th anniversary of independence as he is flanked by presidential candidates Abdullah Abdullah (R) and Ashraf Ghani in Kabul, Afghanistan, August 2014.

Afghan Election Talks Stall Over Release of Vote Results

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Africa

FILE - Tom Thabane, prime minister of Lesotho, addresses the 68th United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York, Sept. 26, 2013.

Lesotho PM Refuses to Re-open Parliament

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A Syrian woman cooks in front of her tent after she and her family fled from Raqqa in Syria, in Wazzani village in south Lebanon Aug. 30, 2014.

UN to Slash Food Rations to Syrians by 40 Percent

Decision, which will affect some four million people, is due to lack of funds, world body’s humanitarian officials say More

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Colombian soldiers stand guard on a street in Caloto, Columbia, Feb. 6, 2014.

Attack on Colombian Police Kills 7

Defense ministry vows to 'maintain and intensify' operations against armed groups, drug traffickers following the attack More

Science & Technology

FILE - Prehistoric Neanderthal man (L) visits for the first time another reconstruction of a homo neanderthalensis called "Wilma" (R), at the Neanderthal museum in Mettmann, Germany.

Research Finds Genetic History of Modern Europeans Tangled

Ancient people from Siberia related to first humans to enter Americas during Ice Age also mingled with prehistoric populations in Europe, scientists say More

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Cast member George Clooney arrives for the premiere of his movie "The Monuments Men" in New York, Feb. 4, 2014.

George Clooney to Receive Golden Globes' Cecil B. DeMille Award

Hollywood Foreign Press Association's president says award is for Oscar-winning actor/director/producer's 'outstanding contributions both in front of and behind the camera' More

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