Experts: African Constitutions Increasingly Used to Prolong Power

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Video Fading Scars, Renewed Hope

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Reporter Benno Muchler talks with On Assignment's Alex Villarreal about his rare look at the dangerous task of burying Ebola victims in Liberia.

Video Inside an Ebola Burial in Liberia (On Assignment 10.31.14)

Reporter Benno Muchler talks with On Assignment's Alex Villarreal about his rare look at the dangerous task of burying Ebola victims in Liberia.

Video Deadline Looms for Iran Nuclear Talks

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is traveling to Europe, Asia and the Middle East for a series of meetings on numerous issues. In the Mideast, Kerry will visit Oman for a trilateral meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and EU rep Catherine Ashton on the Iran’s nuclear program. Negotiators for the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany face a November deadline to reach a nuclear agreement with Iran. VOA State Department correspondent Pam Dockins reports.

Video Gorgeous Fall Leaves Unfold Along Virginia’s Blue Ridge Parkway

In autumn, the Blue Ridge Parkway is considered one of the top places in the United States to see the colorful fall leaves. The scenic highway, which stretches through Virginia and North Carolina, also offers fantastic mountain views of woods and farmland. VOA’s Deborah Block takes us for a drive along the Virginia section of the parkway to show us the stunning displays.

Video 'Point and Shoot' Shows American Filmmaker in Libyan Revolution

It sounds like fiction: A young American takes to the road in a motorcycle journey around the Arab world -- and ends up fighting alongside Libyan rebels to depose Moammar Gadhafi. It’s actually a true story, and the subject of an unusual documentary. VOA’s Carolyn Weaver has more

Video Gun Survivor: Fading Scars, Renewed Hope

When the innocent victim of a drive-by shooting survived a bullet to the gut, he turned to blogging - a method of coping that has helped him, and his followers, turn a page and focus on his path to recovery. VOA's Ramon Taylor has the story in New York.

Video Grim Fate Awaits Women, Girls Captured by Islamic State

The Islamic State militant group, also known as ISIS or ISIL, has captured hundreds of women and girls over the last few months. The very few who have been able to escape tell stories of rape, forced marriage, and sexual slavery. VOA’s Ayesha Tanzeem reports.

Video Myanmar Foreign Investment Zone Sparks Land Grab Outrage

As Myanmar’s real estate market booms, there are increasing complaints of land confiscation from people who say they are being illegally evicted from their property and cut out of huge profits. Steve Sandford reports from Yangon, where an industrial development zone just outside of the city has become a flashpoint.

Video Comanche People Give New Life to Ancestors' Language

Although their life based on hunting buffalo in the vast American plains came to an end in 1875, the Comanche Indians adapted to modern life and today are relatively prosperous and proud of their heritage. They mingle with people of other tribes and races every day, while trying to maintain cultural traditions and a language that underscore their identity. VOA’s Greg Flakus has more from Lawton, Oklahoma.

Video US Private Space Industry Suffers Setback

Wednesday's successful launch of a Russian space vehicle taking supplies to the International Space Station was in sharp contrast to the explosion of a private U.S. cargo space craft shortly after it's Tuesday launch on a similar mission. But U.S. space agency NASA, which contracted the private firm to supply the space station, says the program will move forward, with more launches to come. VOA’s George Putic has more.

Video Thousands of S. Sudan Refugees in Misery in Flooded Ethiopian Camps

Thousands of South Sudanese refugees remain stuck in flooded camps in Ethiopia. Marthe van der Wolf reports for VOA from a camp in Gambella on the situation.

Video Malnutrition Cripples Child Development in South Africa

Every day, one in four South Africans face hunger. The number of children with severe stunting due to malnutrition has increased in the past few years. Yet the international group Oxfam says the problem is absent from public debate in a country that is self-sufficient in food production. As Emilie Iob reports from Johannesburg, a lack of education and limited access to affordable, balanced foods are some of the main causes of hunger.

Video Two Bahrain Activists in Court This Week

Two prominent Bahraini human rights activists face prison sentences at trials this week for activities that Amnesty International and other groups call the peaceful expression of their rights. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London.

Video Britain Hosts Emir Of Qatar Amid Accusations Of Terror Funding

The Emir of Qatar will visit Britain this week amid accusations that his country has financed extremist Islamist groups in Syria. A number of British lawmakers recently questioned London’s close relationship with Doha. Qatari officials deny any links with extremist groups and say they are working with the West to support moderate opposition groups in Syria. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.

Video Syrian Refugees Brace for Harsh Lebanon Winter

As Syrian refugees in Lebanon brace for what is expected to be a harsh winter, analysts say the country's borders are at risk from Islamic State and al-Nusra fighters camped in the mountains. But refugees in nearby valleys say the coming cold — not a militant incursion — is the real enemy. Heather Murdock has more for VOA from Zahle, Lebanon.

Video Voter Enthusiasm, Turn-Out Key in US Elections

In U.S. elections next Tuesday, voters will decide which party controls each house of Congress for President Barack Obama’s final two years in office. Until then, both major political parties are fiercely competing to energize supporters and boost turnout at the polls. VOA's Michael Bowman visits Fairfax County, Virginia, near the nation's capital, for an on-the-ground look at efforts to mobilize voters.

Video Republicans Make Obama Central Issue in Midterm Elections

President Barack Obama has a lot at stake in congressional midterm elections next Tuesday, November 4. Republicans are trying to make the president and his record a central issue in the campaign to gain control of the Senate. If they succeed, Obama could face a new set of political challenges in his final two years in office. VOA National correspondent Jim Malone has a preview from Washington.

Video Solar Power Plant in Africa to Supply Europe

By 2018, a large solar power plant in the Tunisian part of the Sahara desert may start sending power to energy-hungry Western Europe. The company running the plant says once it is fully operational it will generate almost twice as much electricity as an average nuclear plant and supply two million homes in Europe. VOA’s George Putic reports.

Video Ebola Misery in Liberia's Capital Monrovia

There have now been more than 4,800 reported deaths from Ebola, with Liberia the worst affected country. Around 50 new cases are being reported every day in the capital Monrovia. BBC's Gabriel Gatehouse reports from Monrovia on the risks front-line workers are facing.


People walk arm-in-arm past a memorial outside the school for victims following a deadly shooting nearly a week earlier, in Marysville, Washington, Oct. 30, 2014.

Girl Dies After School Shooting in Washington State

Fourteen-year-old Shaylee Chuckulnaskit was shot last week at her high school near Seattle; two other students died in rampage, along with gunman who took his own life More


Policemen stand in front of messages left by pro-democracy protesters outside a HSBC branch off a blocked road at Mongkok shopping district in Hong Kong, Oct. 17, 2014.

Thousands Denounce Likening of Hong Kong People to Freed Slaves

HSBC board member Laura Cha, a member of Hong Kong's policy-making Executive Council, was quoted as making the comments at an event in Paris More


FILE - Newspapers with various front page headlines on the Chibok girls and their possible release are displayed at a news stand in Abuja, Nigeria, Oct. 18, 2014.

Boko Haram Denies Peace Deal With Nigerian Government

In video the Islamist group’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, denied he even knows Danladi Ahmadua, the man said to be the Boko Haram envoy at the supposed talks More

Middle East

People shout slogans during a tribal gathering organized by the Shi'ite Houthi movement in Sanaa, Yemen, Oct. 31, 2014.

Yemeni Rebels Give President Ultimatum on New Government

Houthis issue ultimatum, warning President Abed Rabbu Mansour Hadi 'all revolutionary options are open' if a new government is not in place in 10 days More


FILE - A jet fighter from the Su-30 SM "Sokoly Rossii" [Falcons of Russia] aerobatic team performs during a show in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, Oct. 25, 2014.

Pentagon: Russian Military Flights in Europe Unhelpful to Security

Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby says flights also could pose a risk to civilian aviation because of their number, size and scope More


FILE - A Philippine health worker assists a colleague with protective suits and equipment during the "One Nation, One Direction for EBOLA Prevention" training at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine hospital in Alabang, Muntinlupa, south of Manila.

Global Infection Outbreaks Rise over Past 30 Years

Communicable illnesses range from exotic, including Ebola, to more common strains of influenza, hepatitis, tuberculosis More

Economy & Business

FILE - Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda.

Japan Stocks Surge on Economic Stimulus Measures

Analysts say rally was sparked by Tokyo's unexpected move to increase money supply to help fight deflation More

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At Washington’s Blues Alley jazz singer Jane Monheit and her quartet perform songs made famous by Judy Garland. Monheit sits down with "Beyond Category" host Eric Felten to talk about her music, the singers who influence her, and her life traveling with family on tour.

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