Iraq Steps Up IS Battle Amid Tussle on Russian Participation

Military says it has entered Anbar province capital of Ramadi from west and is attempting to advance on center of the city More

Pakistan Court Upholds Death Sentence in Blasphemy Killing

Highest court upholds sentence of Mumtaz Qadri convicted of 2011 killing a provincial governor for criticizing country’s controversial blasphemy law More


In this photo made from the footage taken from Russian Defense Ministry official website, a Russian navy ship on the Caspian Sea launches a cruise missile toward Islamic State targets in Syria, the ministry said, Oct. 7, 2015.

Video Russian Navy Fires Missiles into Syria

Meanwhile, Defense Secretary Ash Carter tells reporters in Rome, US has not agreed to cooperate with Russia in fight against Islamic State More

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Activists Decry Lagos Slum Demolitioni
October 07, 2015 10:33 AM
Acting on a court order, authorities in Nigeria demolished a slum last month in the commercial capital, Lagos. But human rights activists say the order was illegal, and the community was razed to make way for a government housing project. Chris Stein has more from Lagos.

Video Activists Decry Lagos Slum Demolition

Acting on a court order, authorities in Nigeria demolished a slum last month in the commercial capital, Lagos. But human rights activists say the order was illegal, and the community was razed to make way for a government housing project. Chris Stein has more from Lagos.

Video Self-Driving Cars Getting Closer

We are at the dawn of the robotic car age and should start getting used to seeing self-driving cars, at least on highways. Car and truck manufacturers are now running a tight race to see who will be the first to hit the street, while some taxicab companies are already planning to upgrade their fleets. VOA’s George Putic has more.

Video Children of Refugee Families Play Soccer in Phoenix

Their families fled war-torn countries and refugee camps for a better life in the United States. But these kids need something to help them learn English and integrate into American society. With help from the community, refugee kids with little or no financial resources have a chance to play soccer on a special team. VOA's Arash Arabasadi reports from Phoenix.

Video US Scientists Probe How Heat Damages Human Hair

Many women and some men are very particular about their hair. One of the ways for keeping it in shape involves applying heat, but just how much of it and for how long has been mostly left to experience. A scientist from Purdue University, Indiana, is trying to find a scientific answer. VOA’s George Putic reports.

Video Making a Mint

While apples, corn, and cranberries top the list of fall produce in the US, it’s also the time to harvest gum, candy, and toothpaste—or at least the oil that makes them minty fresh. Erika Celeste reports from South Bend, Indiana on the mint harvest.

Video Ukranian Artist Portrays Putin in an Unusual Way

As Russian President Vladimir Putin was addressing the United Nations in New York last month, he was also being featured in an art exhibition in Washington. It’s not a flattering exhibit. It’s done by a Ukrainian artist in a unique medium. And its creator says it’s not only a work of art - it’s a political statement. VOA’s Tetiana Kharchenko has more.

Video Organizations in Illinois Anticipate Increase in Syrian Refugees

Responding to the growing refugee crisis in Europe stemming from the civil war in Syria, Secretary of State John Kerry announced the United States is increasing the number of refugees it accepts from 70,000 to 100,000 by 2017. About 1500 refugees from Syria have resettled in the U.S. since the war began. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, organizations in the Midwestern state of Illinois are preparing for an increase in those numbers as the war in Syria drags on.

Video Pacific Rim Countries Reach Landmark Trade Agreement

The United States and 11 other countries reached agreement Monday on a massive free trade deal that will lower trading barriers and set common standards among Pacific Rim countries that together account for nearly half of the world’s global output. News of the landmark trade agreement was announced Monday in Atlanta. Now it’s up to lawmakers in all of the countries to determine if the terms of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, is in their country’s best interests. Mil Arcega has more.

Video South Carolina Reels Under Worst-ever Flooding

South Carolina is reeling from the worst flooding in recorded history that forced residents from their homes and left thousands without drinking water and electricity. Parts of the state, including the capital, Columbia, received about 60 centimeters of rain in just a couple of days. Authorities warn that the end of rain does not mean the end of danger, as it will take days for the water to recede. Zlatica Hoke reports.

Video Myanmar's Buddhist Nationalists Rally Support Ahead of Poll

With just over a month until Myanmar’s landmark elections, there are rising concerns over the use of religion to stoke fears and marginalize minorities. Buddhist Nationalist group Ma Ba Tha - known for its anti-muslim stance - has become more vocal, leading to worries that it is intimidating the country's Muslim minority. Katie Arnold reports.


FILE - A 'death chamber' with lethal injection gurney is seen at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, California, Sept. 21, 2010.

US High Court Starts Hearing Death Penalty Cases

Move not seen as attempt to overturn capital punishment in US, but to raise legal questions on how states conduct executions More


Women ride a motorcycle past a house in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, that is used to temporarily house asylum seekers sent from a Nauru detention center, Aug. 31, 2015.

2 More Refugees Headed to Cambodia from Nauru

Refugees, ethnic Rohingya from Myanmar, weren't the ones expected as part of a resettlement deal made with Australia More


FILE - In this May 21, 2015 file photo, an air traffic controller works in a tower at Newark Liberty International Airport. African air traffic safety and security experts are calling for more investment to guarantee safe air travel on the continent.

Africa Calls for More Investment in Air Traffic Control

African air navigation safety experts say scores of small air companies operate in sub-Saharan Africa without respecting international norms. Losing track of planes is an issue More


FILE - In this July 25, 2012 file photo, a pregnant woman is examined as she waits to give birth at a public hospital in Rio de Janeiro.

Luxury Birthing Clinics Spur Cesarean 'Epidemic' in Brazil

Authorities want to turn the tide on what Health Ministry officials have called an 'epidemic' of cesareans births in the country, with Brazil now the world's No. 2 recipient of C-sections, 2nd only to China More

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Device Shows Promise of Stopping Motion Sickness

Video Device Shows Promise of Stopping Motion Sickness

Researchers say ttransmission of electrical current through the scalp stops motion sickness by suppressing certain brain signals More


FILE - Supporters of Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan wave Turkey's national flags as they wait for his speech during a rally against terrorism in Strasbourg, France, Oct. 4, 2015.

Turkey Survey Indicates Traditional Distrusts, Shift to the West

Comprehensive public opinion survey also found a large majority of those interviewed distrust all countries other than country’s neighbor, Azerbaijan More


Youths need better health care and improved access, according to new U.N. standards. Adolescent females, for instance, are disproportionally affected by HIV/AIDS. (Photo courtesy of PEPFAR)

UN Upgrades Adolescent Health Standards

Health officials say current care and prevention services for youths are substandard even in wealthy countries More

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FILE - A 2013 Volkswagen Passat with a diesel engine is evaluated at the California Air Resources Board emissions test lab in El Monte, Calif.

Volkswagen Elects New Chairman of its Board of Directors

CFO Hans Dieter Poetsch tapped for role as German automaker struggles with emission test-rigging scandal in US, facing fines of up to $18 billion More

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