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August 19, 2014 11:45 PM
As the Ukrainian military reclaims control of eastern cities from pro-Russian separatists, residents are getting a chance to rebuild their lives. VOA's Gabe Joselow reports from the town of Kramatorsk in Donetsk province, where a sense of fear is still in the air, and distrust of the government in Kyiv still runs deep.
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Video In Ukraine, Fear and Distrust Remain Where Fighting has Stopped

As the Ukrainian military reclaims control of eastern cities from pro-Russian separatists, residents are getting a chance to rebuild their lives. VOA's Gabe Joselow reports from the town of Kramatorsk in Donetsk province, where a sense of fear is still in the air, and distrust of the government in Kyiv still runs deep.
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Video Leading The Fight Against Islamic State, Kurds Question Iraqi Future

Western countries including the United States have begun arming the Kurdish Peshmerga forces in northern Iraq to aid their battle against extremist Sunni militants from the Islamic State. But there are concerns that a heavily-armed Kurdistan Regional Government, or KRG, might seek to declare independence and cause the break-up of the Iraqi state. As Henry Ridgwell reports from London, the KRG says it will only seek greater autonomy from Baghdad.
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Video Ukrainian Businesses Look for Alternatives to Russia

With tensions continuing to rise with Russia, Ukrainian businesses are looking for opportunities elsewhere. VOA's Gabe Joselow reports on the economic changes taking place in Ukraine from the eastern town of Kharkiv, near the Russian border.
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Video For Obama, Racial Violence is Personal Issue

The racial violence in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson is presenting U.S. President Barack Obama with an issue to which he has a deep personal connection. To many Americans, Obama's election as America's first black president marked a turning point in race relations in the United States, and Obama has made ending the violence a policy priority. On Monday he issued a new call for calm and understanding. Luis Ramirez reports from the White House.
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Video Iran Looks to Maintain Influence in Baghdad With New Shia PM

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Civilian peacekeepers join hands to separate demonstrators protesting against the shooting of Michael Brown away from the police in Ferguson, Missouri, Aug. 19, 2014.

Photogallery On the Scene: In Missouri, Ferguson Community Leaders Calm Tensions

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Asia

'New York Times' reporter Matthew Rosenberg, 40, speaks during an interview in Kabul, Aug.20, 2014.

Afghanistan Orders NYT Reporter to Leave

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Middle East

People gather as a Palestinian man reacts next to the rubble of his house, which witnesses said was destroyed in an Israeli air strike, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip Aug. 20, 2014.

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Ukrainian servicemen sit atop an armored personnel carrier as they are transported to a military base in the eastern Ukrainian town of Kramatorsk, August 19, 2014.

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