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VOA's Kane Farabaugh talks with On Assignment's Rebecca Ward about the Somali Americans who have taken up arms as fighters for the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.

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VOA's Kane Farabaugh talks with On Assignment's Rebecca Ward about the Somali Americans who have taken up arms as fighters for the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.

Video Washington DC Mural Artists Help Beautify City

Like many cities, Washington has a graffiti problem. Buildings and homes, especially in low-income neighborhoods, are often targets of illegal artwork. But as we hear from VOA’s Julie Taboh, officials in the nation's capital have come up with an innovative program that uses the talents of local artists to beautify the city.

Video US Muslim Leaders Condemn Islamic State

Leaders of America's Muslim community are condemning the violent extremism of the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria. The U.S. Muslim leaders say militants are exploiting their faith in a failed effort to justify violent extremism. VOA correspondent Meredith Buel reports.

Video UK on Knife-Edge as Scotland Set to Vote on Independence

People in Scotland will vote next week in a referendum to decide whether to stay in the United Kingdom along with England, Wales and Northern Ireland, or to break away and become an independent nation. Some recent polls indicate the lead held by the ‘No’ campaign has melted away - and support for the two sides is now neck-and-neck. Henry Ridgwell has this report from the Scottish capital, Edinburgh.

Video Physical Therapy in Water Helps Patients Make Small Steps

For people with impaired mobility, the world is one, long obstacle course. Even the simplest tasks can be a challenge, but as Mike Osborne reports, a research program in Tennessee shows that even relatively minor improvements in mobility can make a huge difference in the lives of people with disabilities.

Video Bedouin Woman Runs Successful Business in Palestinian City

A Bedouin woman is breaking social taboos by running a successful vacation resort in the Palestinian town of Jericho. Bedouins are a sub-group of Arabs known for their semi-nomadic lifestyle. Zlatica Hoke says the resort in the West Bank's Jordan Valley is a model of success for women in the region.

Video Myanmar Protest Leader Still Skeptical

Myanmar's political opening has been hailed for loosening the ruling military's tight grip on power and allowing for more democratic rule. But some critics, like one of the monks who led the 2007 uprising known as the Saffron Revolution, says little has changed overall. Steve Sandford has more.

Video Group Works to Stem Child Prostitution in Nairobi Slums

In the Nairobi slum of Korogocho, underage girls as young as 15 are turning to prostitution to eke out a living. But an organization that rescues child prostitutes says it is achieving positive results. Lenny Ruvaga has this report from Nairobi for VOA.


FILE - A protester waves Russia's presidential flag during a demonstration outside Ukraine's consulate in New York May 8, 2014.

Russian Americans Offer Mixed Views of Ukraine Conflict

Émigré community divided on Putin’s policies, Moscow’s annexation of Crimea and role in separatist rebellion in eastern Ukraine More


U.S. citizen Matthew Todd Miller (2nd R) sits in a witness box during his trial at the North Korean Supreme Court in Pyongyang, September 14, 2014.

US Asks North Korea Pardon, Grant Amnesty for 3 Detained Americans

In February, the North rescinded an invitation for American human rights envoy Robert King to visit for talks on Kenneth Bae's possible release More


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UN Condemns Deadly Attack on Peacekeepers in Mali

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Middle East

French President Francois Hollande (R) greets Iraq's President Fouad Massoum as he arrives at the Elysee Palace in Paris, September 15, 2014.

US Continues Building Coalition as Diplomats Gather to Discuss Islamic State

French President Francois Hollande said Monday there is 'no time to lose' as he and Iraqi President Fouad Massoum opened a conference in Paris More


Waves hit the coast of Los Cabos, Mexico,  Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014.

Strong Hurricane Hits Mexico's Baja California Peninsula

Thousands of tourists and residents are using shelters to escape the storm, including some set up in the region's luxury hotels More

Science & Technology

FILE - In this undated file publicity image provided by Discovery Channel, a great white shark swims near Guadalupe Island off the coast of Mexico.

Conservationists Hail Global Agreement to Protect Sharks

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Detail from mural by Aniekan Udofia, Washington, D.C., July, 2014. (J. Taboh/VOA)

Video Mural Artists Help Beautify Washington, DC

One group develops innovative way to overcome a graffiti problem in nation's capital, enlisting talents of local artists to help beautify, rather than deface the city More


Opposition leader Asa Romson and leader of Sweden's Social Democrats Stefan Lofven shake hands at Sveriges Television (SVT), Sweden's national public TV station, in Stockholm, September 14, 2014.

Swedish Social Democrats Face Tough Coalition Talks after Election

Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt and his center-right coalition government, in power for eight years, will hand in their resignation Monday More

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