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Scientist Calls Use of Fetal Tissue in Medical Research Essentiali
Julie Taboh
August 28, 2015 10:16 PM
An anti-abortion group responsible for secret recordings of workers at a women's health care organization claims the workers shown are offering baby parts for sale, a charge the organization strongly denies. While the selling of fetal tissue is against the law in the United States, abortion and the use of donated fetal tissue for medical research are both legal. VOA’s Julie Taboh reports.

Video Scientist Calls Use of Fetal Tissue in Medical Research Essential

An anti-abortion group responsible for secret recordings of workers at a women's health care organization claims the workers shown are offering baby parts for sale, a charge the organization strongly denies. While the selling of fetal tissue is against the law in the United States, abortion and the use of donated fetal tissue for medical research are both legal. VOA’s Julie Taboh reports.

Video Turbulent Week in World Markets Ends Quietly

A roller-coaster week in financial markets ended quietly Friday with Asian markets extending gains into a second day on upbeat U.S. economic data. Still, shares in Chinese stocks ended the week nearly 8 percent lower as worries about China’s economy take hold. VOA's Mil Arcega reports.

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Industry insiders say country relies too heavily on imports as inflation cuts too many consumers out of the market. Daniel Schearf has more from Moscow.

Video Cubans Embrace New Internet Connectivity Options

The re-establishment of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States has opened the door to better access to the Internet on the island, where in the past it was almost impossible to connect with the outside world. With Amy Katz narrating, VOA's Celia Mendoza reports.

Video Hurricane Katrina Brought Enduring Changes to New Orleans

Nearly a decade has passed since the city of New Orleans and many of its suburbs were devastated by flooding resulting from the failure of levees to hold back Hurricane Katrina’s storm surge. Most of the infrastructure and housing has been restored, and trade, commerce and tourism are flourishing. But, as VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from New Orleans, Katrina changed the city’s population mix.

Video Ten Years After Katrina, Tourists Now Flood New Orleans

New Orleans has long been an international tourist attraction, but tourism was disrupted for many months after Hurricane Katrina struck 10 years ago. Tourism rebounded along with the city’s infrastructure and today, as VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from New Orleans, it is a major part of a thriving economy.

Video New Orleans Counts on New Levees to Prevent a Future Flood

New Orleans is marking the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent flooding of the low-elevation city. Studies have shown that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers failed to build levees strong enough to withstand the surge of storm water. But, as VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from New Orleans, the new levees are much stronger

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Video Immigrant Students Not Worried About Immigration Battle

There is a boisterous debate raging in the U.S. presidential campaign over immigration -- sparked by the leading Republican candidate -- Donald Trump who wants 11 million illegal immigrants deported. But a group of undocumented college students in New York City, who are temporarily protected from deportation, put the issue into a different perspective. VOA's Bernard Shusman reports from New York City.

Video Obama Hails New Orleans Recovery

President Barack Obama has called New Orleans an example of what Americans can achieve when they work together. In a speech Thursday on the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated the southern city, he praised efforts to rebuild New Orleans, but said more can be done to help its disadvantaged communities. Zlatica Hoke has more.

Video US Student Becomes Yazidi Advocate

The depredations of the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq against monuments, archaeological treasures and thousands of innocent people have drawn outrage from around the world. No group has suffered more than the religious minority known as Yazidis, and an American student who spent time with them in Iraq has become a champion of their cause. VOA's Greg Flakus reports.

Video Dogs Being Trained to Detect Prostate Cancer

Many urologists agree that the current, so-called PSA test for detecting prostate cancer is often unreliable, but it remains widely used because there are no other tests. Researchers in Britain say this method may soon be replaced with dogs trained to sniff out the type of cancer that, according to the American Cancer Society, affects one in every 7 men. VOA’s George Putic reports.

Video Russia Courts Mideast With Military Hardware

As Russia's economy heads into recession, its defense industry is one of the few that seems to be prospering. And that was made clear at Russia's International Aviation and Space Show (MAKS) this week with the display of its military hardware. As Daniel Schearf reports from Moscow, the recession coupled with Western sanctions has also meant courting customers and allies from the Middle East.

Video Somalia to Ban Female Genital Mutilation

Hope at last for girls in Somalia as the government signals its intentions to ban female genital mutilation, a brutal practice girls in Somalia have been forced to undergo for years. If the new law is enacted, those found practicing the act would face criminal charges. Abdulaziz Billow reports

Video Iran Sees $30 Billion From Future Tourism

The deal struck between Iran and six world powers over its nuclear program should see sanctions against the country beginning to ease by next year – and Iranians are hoping that the lifting of travel restrictions could see an influx of international tourists. As Henry Ridgwell reports from London, travel agencies already are seeing an increase in demand.

Video Next to Iran, Climate at Forefront of Obama Agenda

President Barack Obama this week announced new initiatives aimed at making it easier for Americans to access renewable energy sources such as solar and wind. Obama is not slowing down when it comes to pushing through climate change measures, an issue he says is the greatest threat to the country’s national security. VOA correspondent Aru Pande has more from the White House.

Video Is China's Economic Data Accurate?

Some investors say China's wild stock market gyrations have been made worse by worries about the reliability of that nation's economic data. And some critics say the reports can mislead investors by painting an unrealistically-strong picture of the economy. A key China scholar says Beijing is not fudging ((manipulating)) the numbers, but that the economy is evolving quickly from smoke-stack industries to services, and the ways of tracking new economic activity are falling behind the change. V

Video Teen Develops Handgun Unlocked by Fingerprint

The United States has the highest civilian firearm ownership rate in the world, and a recent study ranked it in the top tier of countries in public mass shooters per capita. In fact, in the first 204 days of this year, there were 204 mass shootings in the United States -- attacks in which four or more people were killed or injured.

Video Shipping Containers Provide Experimental Housing

Housing prices around the San Francisco Bay area are out of reach for many people, so some young entrepreneurs, artists and tech industry workers are creating their own houses using converted shipping containers. But as VOA's Mike O’Sullivan reports from Oakland, the effort requires ingenuity and dealing with restrictive local laws.

Video China's Spratly Island Building Said to Light Up the Night 'Like A City'

Southeast Asian countries claim China has illegally seized territory in the Spratly islands. It is especially a concern for a Philippine mayor who says Beijing is occupying parts of his municipality. Jason Strother reports from the capital of Palawan province, Puerto Princesa.

Video Philippine Maritime Police: Chinese Fishermen a Threat to Country’s Security

China and the Philippines both claim maritime rights in the South China Sea.  That includes the right to fish in those waters. Jason Strother reports on how the Philippines is catching Chinese nationals it says are illegal poachers. He has the story from Palawan province.

Video Portable Device Turns Organic Waste into Biogas

Remote communities in developing countries often have trouble securing regular supplies of energy for cooking and lighting. But energy is available everywhere organic waste is degrading. It's just a question of how to harness it. An isolated Palestinian village in the West Bank has been successfully testing a device that turns food waste and manure into biogas. VOA’s George Putic reports.

Video Ages-old Ice Reveals Secrets of Climate Change

Ice caps don't just exist at the world's poles. There are also tropical ice caps, and the largest sits atop the Peruvian Andes - but it is melting, quickly, and may be gone within the next 20 years. George Putic reports scientists are now rushing to take samples to get at the valuable information about climate change locked in the ice.


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Inter-Korean Deal Raises Hope for Separated Families

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Video Kurdish Fighters Seize Iraqi Territory From Islamic State

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Video Doctor: Use of Controversial Tissue Essential for Research

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