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'The Interview' Screened in Movie Theatersi
December 26, 2014 5:02 AM
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.

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.

Video Making Small Homes for the Homeless (On Assignment)

An artist in California, using discarded and working in his spare time, has been making tiny homes for homeless people.  As VOA’s Mike O’Sullivan tells Imran Siddiqui, the artist has made over 20 such structures for people who might otherwise be on the streets of Oakland.

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

Video Trumpet Prodigy (On Assignment)

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.

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.

Video Syrian Refugees in Lebanon Fight to Survive Water Crisis

In a region choking from dwindling water supplies, Lebanon has long been regarded as one of the few places where there is enough. But in recent years, half the people in the country have faced severe shortages. And the more than 1 million Syrian refugees in Lebanon are hit the worst by the water crisis, making the country's most vulnerable people increasingly impoverished and sick. Heather Murdock reports for VOA in the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon.

Video 2014 Medical Breakthroughs Promise Better Treatments

Medical researchers reported interesting new advances and even breakthroughs in 2014 -- in the use of modern technology to help patients suffering from different diseases and injuries. VOA’s George Putic looks back at some of the most important developments.

Video Only Hospital in Sudan's S. Kordofan Struggles to Treat Victims of Violence, Illness

The rebel-held areas of Sudan's Nuba Mountains have been under blockade since the start of a civil war In 2011 -- with the Sudanese government denying all access for food, supplies and humanitarian aid. Adam Bailes reports from the only hospital in the region and says deaths as a result of preventable illnesses are on the increase.

Video Russia's Financial Crisis Hits Ordinary Citizens

The collapse of the Russian currency has led to increased mortgage payments for some ordinary Russians who are paying off loans based on foreign currency. Analysts predict that Russia will enter recession sometime next year as a result of declining energy prices and western sanctions against Moscow for its interference in eastern Ukraine. Zlatica Hoke reports.

Video France Rocked by Attacks as Fear of ISIS-Inspired Terror Grows

Eleven people were injured, two seriously, when a man drove his car into crowds of pedestrians Sunday night in the French city of Dijon, shouting ‘God is Great’ in Arabic. It’s the latest in a series of apparent ‘lone-wolf’ terror attacks in the West. Henry Ridgwell looks at the growing threat of attacks, which security experts say are likely inspired by the so-called "Islamic State" terror group.

Video 2014 Brings Hopeful Signs to Address Global Warming

In 2014, the United Nations released a series of climate reports that affirm with ever greater certainty the planet is warming. As VOA’s Rosanne Skirble reports, while the predictions are grim, 2014 also brought some hopeful signs that the global community is beginning to take action on climate change.

Video Massive Study Provides Best Look at Greenland Ice Loss Yet

The Greenland ice sheet is melting faster than predicted, according to a new study released in the Proceedings of the National Academic of Sciences that combines NASA satellite data and aerial missions. As VOA’s Rosanne Skirble reports, the finding means coastal communities worldwide could be at greater risk, sooner, from the impact of rising seas.

Video US Marines, Toys for Tots Bring Christmas Joy

Christmas is a time for giving in the United States, especially to young children who look forward to getting presents. But some families don't have money to buy gifts. For nearly 70 years, a U.S. Marines-sponsored program has donated toys and distributed them to underprivileged children during the holiday season. VOA's Deborah Block tells us about the annual Toys for Tots program.

Video Calm Amid Fear in Daily Life in S. Sudan’s Town of Bentiu

Six months ago, Bentiu was a ghost town. The capital of northern Unity State, near South Sudan’s important oil fields, had changed hands several times in fighting between government forces and rebels. Calm returned in November and since then, residents of Bentiu have been trying to regain some sense of normalcy. Bentiu’s market has reopened there are plans to start school again. But fears of new attacks hang heavy, as Benno Muchler reports from Bentiu.


A volunteer of Muslim Care Malaysia Society packs boxes of mineral water to be sent to flood-hit east coast states, in Shah Alam, outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014.

Malaysia PM Arrives Home to Lead Flood Response

Najib Razak announces nearly $145 million for flood-victim relief nationwide, which will be administered by the National Security Council More


Zambian police sits at the Civic Center in Lusaka, Zambia, as election volunteers carry ballot boxes, September 22, 2011.

Audio Zambian Delegation to Monitor Printing of Ballot Papers

Stakeholders including political parties, civil society and face-based groups will observer printing of ballot papers for January presidential by-election More

Middle East

FILE - Thick smoke from an airstrike by the US-led coalition rises in Kobani, Syria, as seen from a hilltop on the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border, Oct. 21, 2014.

Task Force: U.S., Allies Conduct 12 Airstrikes Against IS Group

Strikes launched near the Syrian town of Kobani on the Turkish border ; and in Iraq, targets included buildings, vehicles and a refinery More


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


FILE - Mehmet Ali Agca, the man who tried to kill Pope John Paul II, holds copies of his memoir explaining his rationale for the attempted assassination, Istanbul, Nov. 27, 2010.

Pope John Paul II's Would-be Assassin Puts Roses on Tomb

Attempted papal assassin called Italian daily la Repubblica on Saturday to announce he had arrived in the Vatican More


FILE - A woman suffers from depression.

Clinical Depression Is Pervasive Worldwide

World Health Organization estimates 350 million global cases, and researchers now are looking at several unconventional approaches to treat the disorder More

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"Soul Lounge" host Shawna Renee catches up with soul singer and songwriter Russell Taylor to hear what he’s been up to since winning the VH1 "You Oughta Know" title in 2013. She also convinces him to share a few songs from his album "War of Hearts."


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