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Ayesha Tanzeem
March 02, 2015 11:11 PM
Afghan officials have expressed concern over reports of a crackdown on Afghan refugees in Pakistan following the Peshawar school attack in December. Reports of mass arrests and police harassment coupled with fear of an uncertain future are making life difficult for a population that fled its homeland to escape war. VOA’s Ayesha Tanzeem reports from Islamabad.
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Video Afghan Refugees Complain of Harassment in Pakistan

Afghan officials have expressed concern over reports of a crackdown on Afghan refugees in Pakistan following the Peshawar school attack in December. Reports of mass arrests and police harassment coupled with fear of an uncertain future are making life difficult for a population that fled its homeland to escape war. VOA’s Ayesha Tanzeem reports from Islamabad.
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Diagnosing infections such as HIV requires expensive clinical tests, making the procedure too costly for many poor patients or those living in remote areas. But a new technology called lab-on-a-chip may make the tests more accessible to many. VOA’s George Putic reports.
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Video Horseback Riders Kick Off Rodeo Season in Houston

The annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the largest event of its kind in the world, kicked off on Saturday with a downtown parade featuring trail riders from all over Texas and even as far as the Mexican border region. The trail rides are themselves part of a tradition that dates back to 1952. As VOA’s Greg Flakus reports, that tradition remains strong, even though Houston's urban area has grown much larger.
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Video Supporters of Slain Putin Critic Hold Memorial March in Moscow

In Moscow, tens of thousands of supporters held a memorial march Sunday for Boris Nemtsov, the Russian opposition leader who was assassinated late Friday while walking on a bridge in view of the Kremlin. Many blamed President Vladimir Putin for the killing, saying his policies have created an atmosphere of intolerance and hate in Russia. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Moscow
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Video Ukrainian Volunteers Prepare to Defend Mariupol

Despite the ongoing ceasefire in Ukraine, soldiers in the city of Mariupol fear that pro-Russian separatists may be getting ready to attack. The separatists must take or encircle the city if they wish to gain land access to Crimea, which was annexed by Russia early last year. But Ukrainian forces, many of them volunteers, say they are determined to defend it. Patrick Wells reports from Mariupol.
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Video US, Cuba Report Progress in Latest Talks to Restore Ties

The United States and Cuba say they have made progress in the second round of talks on restoring diplomatic relations more than 50 years after breaking off ties. Delegations from both sides met in Washington on Friday to work on opening embassies in Havana and Washington and iron out key obstacles to historic change. VOA’s Mary Alice Salinas reports from the State Department.
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Video 'Jihadi John’ Unmasking Raises Questions for British Security Services

The identity of the masked man who has appeared in several Islamic State videos showing the beheading of foreign hostages has been widely reported as Kuwaiti-born Briton Mohammed Emwazi. He was previously known to British security services -- and questions are now being asked of why they did not prevent him from traveling to Syria. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
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Video Moscow Restaurants Suffer in Bad Economy, Look for Opportunity

As low oil prices and Western sanctions force Russia's economy into recession, thousands of Moscow restaurants are expected to close their doors. Restaurant owners face rents tied to foreign currency, while rising food prices mean Russians are spending less when they dine out. One entrepreneur in Moscow has started a dinner kit delivery service for those who want to cook at home to save money but not skimp on quality. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports.
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Video NYC's Restaurant Week: An Economic Boom in Fine Dining

New Yorkers take pride in setting world trends — in fashion, the arts and fine dining. The city’s famous biannual Restaurant Week plays a significant role in a booming tourism industry that sustains 359,000 jobs and generates $61 billion in yearly revenue. VOA's Ramon Taylor reports.
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Issues like the Keystone XL pipeline, fracking and instability in the Middle East are driving debate in the U.S. about making America energy independent. Recently, the American Energy Innovation Council urged Congress and the White House to make expanded energy research a priority. One beneficiary of increased energy spending would be the Brookhaven National Lab, where clean, renewable, efficient energy is the goal. VOA's Bernard Shusman reports.
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Video Southern US Cities Preserve Civil Rights Heritage to Boost Tourism

There has been a surge of interest in the American civil rights movement of the 1950s and '60s, thanks in part to the Hollywood motion picture "Selma." Five decades later, communities in the South are embracing the dark chapters of their past with hopes of luring tourism dollars. VOA's Chris Simkins reports.
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Video Presidential Hopefuls Battle for Conservative Hearts and Minds

One after another, presumptive Republican presidential contenders auditioned for conservative support this week at the Conservative Political Action Conference held outside Washington. The rhetoric was tough as a large field of potential candidates tried to woo conservative support with red-meat attacks on President Barack Obama and Democrats in Congress. VOA Political Columnist Jim Malone takes a look.

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FILE - U.S. House Speaker John Boehner talks to reporters on Capitol Hill, Jan. 13, 2015.

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Michelle Obama to Head to Asia to Promote Girls' Education

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Constitutional Adviser Shot to Death in Mozambique

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Amid Nuclear Dispute, Israel, Iran Face Off Over Oil Ties

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro waves flag to mark "Caracazo" revolutionary uprising rally, Caracas, Feb. 28, 2015.

Venezuela to Require Visas for US Travelers

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Studies: Climate Change a Factor in Disasters in Syria, California

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FILE - A Pakistani health worker gives a polio vaccine to a child in Islamabad, Dec. 8, 2014.

Pakistan Arrests Parents for Refusing Polio Drops

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US Agriculture Delegation Visits Cuba, Protests Embargo

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