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Syrian Refugees in Lebanon Fight to Survive Water Crisisi
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Heather Murdock
December 24, 2014 10:03 PM
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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VOA Southeast Asia Bureau Chief Steve Herman, shown outside the Palace of the Sun, where the embalmed bodies of Kim Jong Il and Kim Il Sun are on display, in Pyongyang, North Korea.

Analysis: Controversial Comedy Contains Dead-serious Dialogue

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Asia

FILE - The trial of three people sentenced to death for their roles in an October attack on the edge of Beijing's Tiananmen Square is seen in this still image taken from video in Urumqi city, June 16, 2014.

China Reduces Number of Crimes Punishable by Death

Earlier this year China announced plans to remove nine crimes from the list of capital offenses, including counterfeiting, fraudulent fund-raising and forcing others into prostitution More

Africa

Tanzania's President Jakaya Kikwete is seen in a Feburary 24, 2013, file photo.

Audio Tanzania Lawmaker Urges Leader to Adhere to Parliament Resolution

Legislator says President Kikwete has yet to fire cabinet ministers and others found to have misappropriated over $120 million in public funds More

Middle East

Laborer stands on apartment building construction site in Jewish settlement known to Israelis as Har Homa and to Palestinians as Jabal Abu Ghneim, West Bank, Oct. 28, 2014.

Israel Approves 243 New Settler Homes in East Jerusalem

Israel's move runs counter to calls by the United States and other world powers for Tel Aviv to freeze construction of new settler homes More

Americas

FILE - A woman with her children moves out of the way as a health ministry worker fumigates against mosquitoes that transmit dengue fever as well as Chikungunya fever, in Managua, Nicaragua, Oct. 27, 2014.

Chikungunya Virus Infects More Than 1 Million in Americas

Illness is marked by severe joint pain, inflammation, headaches, rashes and fever; if infection is severe enough, it can lead to death More

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Space Technology Had Great Achievements, Some Setbacks in 2014

Space Technology Had Great Achievements, Some Setbacks in 2014

Biggest achievements of 2014 was in last half of the year, when Rosetta launched a probe, named Philae, that made the first soft landing on a comet More

Arts & Entertainment

Fans line up at the Silent Movie Theatre for a midnight screening of "The Interview" in Los Angeles, California, Dec. 24, 2014.

One Day After Online Debut, 'The Interview' Has Theatrical Release

Hundreds of independent theaters, small theater chains will follow through on Sony Pictures' original Christmas Day release schedule More

Europe

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks during a news conference in Moscow, Dec. 9, 2014.

Russia: Kyiv's Move to Join NATO Dangerous for Europe

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says the West was using Kyiv's bid to join Atlantic alliance as a way to fuel confrontation between Russia and Ukraine More

Health

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

Economy & Business

People walk along the Boulevard Ring in downtown Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014 with a currency exchange office sign on a wall.

Russia Says Currency Crisis Over, but Inflation Set to Soar

Ruble plunged to all-time lows last week on heavy falls in the price of oil, the backbone of the Russian economy, and Western sanctions over Ukraine crisis More

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