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Deborah Block
January 31, 2015 12:12 AM
Two hundred years after the U.S. Congress purchased a huge collection of books belonging to former President Thomas Jefferson, it remains one of America’s greatest literal treasures and has become the centerpiece of Washington’s Library of Congress. VOA’s Deborah Block reports.
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Video Jefferson's Library Continues to Impress, 200 Years Later

Two hundred years after the U.S. Congress purchased a huge collection of books belonging to former President Thomas Jefferson, it remains one of America’s greatest literal treasures and has become the centerpiece of Washington’s Library of Congress. VOA’s Deborah Block reports.
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Secretary of State John Kerry travels to Ukraine and Germany next week for talks on issues including the heightened tensions over what the U.S. and its Western allies say is Russian aggression in Ukraine. Kerry is expected to raise the issue when he meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on the sidelines of a security conference in Germany. VOA State Department Correspondent Pam Dockins has the story.
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VOA's Jeffrey Young explores the world of Russian President Vladimir Putin and explains why a Europe-based investigative journalists' group named the Russian leader the group’s most corrupt "Person of the Year.”
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As Russia's President Vladimir Putin faces international pressure over Ukraine and a failing economy, unofficial domestic groups are rallying to his support. One such youth organization, CET, or Network, uses creative multimedia to appeal to Russia's urban youth with patriotic propaganda. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports.
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Fast, cheap and easy-to-use tests are urgently needed to help control Ebola, according to the World Health Organization. And the tests need to work in places with extremely limited health care facilities. VOA’s Steve Baragona visited one researcher working on the problem at the U.S. Army’s infectious disease research lab, an hour from Washington.
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Kurdish fighters, backed by U.S. airstrikes, pushed back Islamic State fighters from the Syrian border town Kobani this week. This exclusive video, taken on January 27, 2015, shows the destruction of the city, celebrations of the fighters, plus continued firing on IS targets on the outskirts of the town.
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Thousands of Pakistani mourners attend funeral procession of victims of a bombing Friday in Shikarpur, some 500 kilometers (310 miles) north of Pakistan's port city of Karachi, Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015.

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Africa

United Nations Secretary General Ban- Ki- Moon speaks during a news conference during the heads of state meeting of the annual African Union (AU) summit, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015.

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Middle East

FILE - In this Tuesday, May 12, 2013 file photo, Egyptian Army soldiers patrol in an armored vehicle backed by a helicopter gunship during a sweep through villages in Sheikh Zuweyid, north Sinai, Egypt. An Egyptian militant group affiliated with the Islam

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People watch a march in celebration of the 162nd birth anniversary of Cuba's independence hero Jose Marti beside an image of Cuban revolutionary hero Ernesto 'Che' Guevara on a wall in downtown Havana in Havana, January 27, 2015. Thousands of members from the Cuban Communist Youth Union (UJC) and student organizations participated in the march.

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Les Paul's Original 1954 Black Custom 'Black Beauty" (Photo: Courtesy Guernsey's Auction House)

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