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VOA's Sonny Young joins On Assignment's Imran Siddiqui to discuss the recent domestic violence scandal involving professional U.S. football player Ray Rice. The incident has ignited a public outcry over the prevalence of abuse charges against athletes.
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VOA's Sonny Young joins On Assignment's Imran Siddiqui to discuss the recent domestic violence scandal involving professional U.S. football player Ray Rice. The incident has ignited a public outcry over the prevalence of abuse charges against athletes.
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Video Mogadishu's Flood of Foreign Workers Leaves Somalis Out of Work

Unemployment and conflict has forced many young Somalians out of the country in search of a better life. But a newfound stability in the once-lawless nation has created hope — and jobs — which, some say, are too often being filled by foreigners. Abdulaziz Billow reports from Mogadishu.
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Video Belgian Researchers Discover Way to Block Cancer Metastasis

Cancer remains one of the deadliest diseases, despite many new methods to combat it. Modern medicine has treatments to prevent the growth of primary tumor cells. But most cancer deaths are caused by metastasis, the stage when primary tumor cells change and move to other parts of the body. A team of Belgian scientists says it has found a way to prevent that process. Zlatica Hoke has more.
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Video CERN Accelerator Back in Business

The long upgrade of the Large Hadron Collider is over. The scientific instrument responsible for the discovery of the Higgs boson -- the so-called "God particle" -- is being brought up to speed in time for this month's 60th anniversary of the European Organization for Nuclear Research, known by its French acronym CERN. Physicists hope the accelerator will help them uncover more secrets about the origins of the universe. VOA’s George Putic reports.
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Video Russian Economy Reeling After New Western Sanctions

A new wave of Western sanctions is hitting Russia’s economy hard. State-owned energy firms continue to bleed profits and Russia’s national currency plunged to a new low this week after the U.S. and the European Union announced new sanctions to punish Russia's aggressive stance in eastern Ukraine. But as Mil Arcega reports, the sanctions could also prove costly for European and American companies.
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Video A Dinosaur Fit for Land and Water

Residents and tourists in Washington D.C. can now examine a life-size replica of an unusual dinosaur that lived almost a hundred million years ago in northern Africa. Scientists say studying the behemoth named Spinosaurus helps them better understand how some prehistoric animals adapted to life on land and in water. The Spinosaurus replica is on display at the National Geographic museum. VOA’s George Putic has more.
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Video Future of Ukrainian Former President's Estate Uncertain

More than six months after Ukraine's former President Viktor Yanukovych fled revolution to Russia, authorities have yet to gain control of his palatial estate. Protesters occupy the grounds and opened it to tourists but they are also refusing to turn it over to the state. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Mezhigirya, just north of Kyiv.
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Video US Attempts Crackdown on Trafficking Along Southern Border

Nogales, Arizona, is notoriously known as a 'tunnel city,' utilized by drug traffickers to smuggle narcotics into the United States. The U.S. Border patrol and local authorities have responded with new technologies and a heavier presence in the area to help uncover and destroy the tunnels before they are completed. VOA's Ramon Taylor has more from Tucson.
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Video NASA Picks Boeing, SpaceX to Carry Astronauts Into Space

The U.S. space agency, NASA, has chosen Boeing and SpaceX companies to build the next generation of spacecraft that will carry U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station by the year 2017. The deal with private industry enables NASA to end its dependence on Russia to send space crews into low Earth orbit and back. Zlatica Hoke has more.

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An explosive technician in a bomb suit approaches a vehicle near the entrance to White House in Washington, Sept. 20, 2014.

White House Intruder Carried a Knife, Affadavit Says

On Saturday, second man was arrested for trespassing at the White House, although officials downplay his attempt to get onto the grounds More

Asia

Delegates of the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting talk as they arrive for an official photograph in the northern Australian city of Cairns, Sept. 20, 2014.

Australia Finance Meeting Seeks Global Growth Boost

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Africa

Survivors and relatives of victims carry Kenyan national flags as they attend the first anniversary memorial service of the Westgate shopping mall terrorist attack in Kenya's capital Nairobi, Sept. 21, 2014.

Photogallery One Year After Mall Attack, Kenya Security Forces Face Same Challenges

Kenya's president says the country's troops must stay in Somalia to fight al-Shabab, the militant group responsible for deadly assault More

Middle East

An employee (C) at Turkey's consulate in Mosul is welcomed by her relatives at Esenboga airport in Ankara, Turkey, Sept. 20, 2014.

Turkey: No Ransom Paid for Release of Hostages Held by IS Militants

President Erdogan hails release of hostages as diplomatic success but declines to be drawn on whether their release freed Ankara's hand to take more active stance against insurgents More

Americas

Former El Salvador President Francisco Flores (C) walks out of his house while being guarded by Deputy Director of Police Howard Cotto (R) and the elite unit Reaction Police Group (GRP) in San Benito neigborhood, San Salvador, Sept. 19, 2014.

Former El Salvador President to Await Graft Trial in Jail, Not at Home

Francisco Flores, who had been on the run until early Sept. before turning himself in, accused of misappropriating $15M in 2001 earthquake relief donations More

Science & Technology

A screenshot from the Netropolitan website, providing information about the service and how prospective members might join.

World’s Rich Get Their Own Facebook

Netropolitan, described by some as an on-line country club, is a space where folks who can afford a $6,000 initiation fee and a $3,000 annual membership can mingle, privately More

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FILE - Actress Angelina Jolie arrives for a special Maleficent Costume Display at Kensington Palace in London, May 8, 2014.

Angelina Jolie to Direct Richard Leakey Biopic 'Africa'

Actress, filmmaker to direct feature film about paleoanthropologist and conservationist, and his campaign against ivory poachers More

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Pope Francis Visits Albania

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Health

A group of elderly men take a rest on their wheelchairs at a park in Beijing, (File photo).

Renewed International Efforts Could Prevent Premature Adult Deaths

Sustained initiative could be slashed by 40 percent within next 20 years, according to new study that concludes most of the deaths of those aged 50 to 69 are preventable More

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