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Cash Brings Relief, But Not Recovery, to Oil-Polluted Nigerian Communityi
March 04, 2015 5:24 AM
A pair of oil spills in 2008 and 2009 polluted the waters around the town of Bodo, in Nigeria’s southern Rivers State. A settlement between the Shell oil company and the affected community that was negotiated in January put cash in the pockets of townspeople, but it did not undo the environmental damage to the area around Bodo. Chris Stein reports.

Video Cash Brings Relief, But Not Recovery, to Oil-Polluted Nigerian Community

A pair of oil spills in 2008 and 2009 polluted the waters around the town of Bodo, in Nigeria’s southern Rivers State. A settlement between the Shell oil company and the affected community that was negotiated in January put cash in the pockets of townspeople, but it did not undo the environmental damage to the area around Bodo. Chris Stein reports.

Video Myanmar's Traditional Fashion Choices Endure

The sartorial choices of Myanmar’s men and women quickly catch the eye of any visitor to the tropical Southeast Asian country. But at a time when Myanmar’s political and economic opening is bringing affordable western fashions to the masses, will the country’s unique fashion trends endure? VOA Correspondent Steve Herman in Yangon explores that question.

Video Destruction of Iraq Artifacts Shocks Archaeologists

The city of Mosul was once one of the most culturally rich and religiously diverse cities in Iraq. That tradition is under attack by members of the Islamic State who have made Mosul their capital city. The Mosul Museum is the latest target of the group’s campaign of terror and destruction, and is of grave concern to archaeologists around the world. VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports.

Video Emotions High in Boston Ahead of Bombing Trial

A court in Boston will hear opening statements in the trial of the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect on Wednesday, a day after a federal jury was selected for the case. If found guilty in the deaths of three people during the 2013 bombing, suspect Dzokhar Tsarnaev could be sentenced to death. Zlatica Hoke reports.

Video In Russia, Many Doubt Opposition Leader's Killer Will Be Found

The funeral has been held in Moscow for Boris Nemtsov, the opposition leader who was assassinated late Friday just meters from the Kremlin. Nemtsov joins a growing list of outspoken critics of Russia under the leadership of President Vladimir Putin who are believed to have been murdered for their work. VOA’s Daniel Schearf reports from Moscow.

Video Cyber War Rages Between Iran, US

A newly published report indicates Iran and the United States have increased their cyber attacks on each other, even as their top diplomats are working toward an agreement to guarantee Iran does not develop a nuclear weapon and to free Iran from international sanctions. The development is part of a growing global trend. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London.

Video Gift Economies Strengthen Communities

Recycling has become routine in communities around the world. Cans, bottles, old newspapers are collected and repackaged. Unwanted clothes and toys are passed along to families in need. Now, grassroots organizations have set up local networks, to reuse all sorts of items. In these 'gift economies,' neighbors advertise things they don't want, and ask for what they'd like to have, and donors and recipients are brought together. Faiza Elmasry tells us about one of these - the Buy Nothing Project -

Video Positive Messaging Transforms Ethiopia's Image

Ethiopia was once known for famine and droughts. Now, headlines more often point to its fast-growing economy and its emergence as a regional peacemaker. How has Addis Ababa changed the narrative? VOA's Marthe van der Wolf reports.

Video Answers Elude Families of MH370 Passengers

For the families on board Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, an airline official’s statement nearly one year ago that the plane had lost contact with air traffic control at 2:40 AM is the only thing that remains confirmed. William Ide reports.

Video Land Disputes Arise Amid Uganda Oil Boom

Ugandan police say there has been a sharp increase in land disputes, with 10 new cases being reported each day. The claims come amid an oil boom as investors appear to be cashing in by selling parcels of land to multiple buyers. Meanwhile, the people who have been living on the land for decades are chased away, sometimes with a heavy hand. VOA's Serginho Roosblad reports.

Video Simulated Astronauts Get Taste of Mars, in Hawaii

For generations, people have dreamed of traveling to Mars to explore Earth's closest planetary neighbor. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan reports that while space agencies like NASA are planning manned missions to the planet, some volunteers in Hawaii are learning how humans will cope with months in isolation on a Mars base.

Video Netanyahu Makes His Case to Congress

After weeks of controversy about the invitation and the timing, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress Tuesday. He was welcomed with raucous applause in the packed House gallery. But some Democrats were upset by his remarks urging Congress to reject a potential deal with Iran to curb its nuclear program, just as international talks with Tehran have reached a critical phase. VOA Congressional Correspondent Cindy Saine reports from Capitol Hill.


A police dog sniffs near news cameras outside the U.S. Courthouse during the first day of the Dzhokhar Tsarnaev trial, in Boston, Massachusetts, March 4, 2015.

Video Defense Admits Suspect's Guilt in Boston Marathon Bombing

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Britain's Prince William feeds a baby elephant in the wild elephant valley in Xishuangbanna, or Sibsongbanna Dai autonomous prefecture, southwest China's Yunnan province, March 4, 2015.

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FILE - Militants with Kalashnikov assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenade launchers patrol creeks of the Niger Delta, southern Nigeria, Feb. 24, 2006.

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Shi'ite fighters are on the move in the town of Hamrin in Salahuddin province, March 3, 2015. Wearing military fatigues and a white turban, Shi'ite cleric Sheikh Ahmed al-Rubaei gave an eve-of-battle address to Iran-backed fighters preparing to attack IS.

Militants Stubbornly Resist Tikrit Offensive

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Journalists stand outside the house where Omar Trevino, leader of the Zetas drug cartel, was detained by federal forces in San Pedro Garza, near Monterrey, March 4, 2015.

Mexico Captures Zetas Drug Kingpin in Another Blow to Cartels

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FILE - Guitarist Khurram Waqar, right; vocalist Umair Jaswal, left; bass guitarist Rahail Siddiqui; and drummer Asfendyar Ahmad of the rock band Qayaas, shown rehearsing last April in Islamabad,say the security situation has hampered Pakistan's music scene.

Pakistani Musicians Seek Government Promotion, Protection

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