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'Jihadi John’ Unmasking Raises Questions for British Security Servicesi
Henry Ridgwell
February 27, 2015 6:40 PM
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.

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.

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.

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.

Video Brookhaven at Cutting Edge of US Energy Research

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.

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.

Video Kurds Celebrate Ouster of Islamic State From Tal Hamis

Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) and Women's Protection Units (YPJ) fighters reclaimed Friday the village of Tal Hamis in northern Syria from Islamic State fighters. Tal Hamis had been an IS stronghold for much of Syria's civil war, and YPG forces lost some 75 fighters in a failed effort to retake it last year. News of the victory had Kurdish fighters and others in the nearby city of Qamishli celebrating the retaking of the village. Zana Omer reports for VOA. Elizabeth Arrott narrates.

Video Intense Exercise Program Not Just for Athletes

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Video Solar Plane Prepares for Global Circumnavigation

Pilots of the sun-powered plane Solar Impulse 2 completed two successful test flights Thursday in the United Arab Emirates, in preparation for the first attempt to fly around the world. Officials say the plane performed flawlessly and that, weather permitting, it may start its journey as soon as March 3. VOA’s George Putic has more.

Video Falling Oil Prices, Internet-Savvy Youth Pose Challenge for Gulf Monarchies

As the Arab Spring swept across the Middle East and North Africa in 2011, Gulf States largely avoided the turmoil seen elsewhere. But there are warnings that the Gulf monarchies are dangerously out of touch with younger generations - and the falling price of oil is destroying the traditional economic bargain between the state and its people. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.

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There seems to be no limit to the atrocities committed by radical Islamists in their intent to create a world designed according to their own interpretation of Islam. As Islamic State militants continue on their destructive path, experts say they are ready to destroy anyone or anything that does not fit into their vision. Zlatica Hoke reports.

Video War of Words Escalates Between White House, Israel

The war of words is escalating over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to accept an invitation to speak to the U.S. Congress next week. National security advisor Susan Rice’s remarks rebuking that decision have raised further questions about the state of relations between the United States and its closest ally in the Middle East. VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.

Video Liberian President Expresses Gratitude for US Ebola Support

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Video Kenya’s Ol Pejeta Conservancy Driving Animals Away from Humans

In Laikipia, Kenyan rangers are driving game farther into a 36,000 hectare conservancy to protect the animals from conflict with encroaching humans. Lenny Ruvaga went along as wildlife officials used trucks and helicopters in the Ol Pejeta conservancy to protect game from being killed by locals either for food or protection. He brings us this report.


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