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On Assignment's Philip Alexiou took a reporting trip to the western U.S. state of Wyoming recently. He joins Imran Siddiqui to discuss what he learned about the Wilderness Act, signed into law 50 years ago.

Video 50 Years of Wilderness Preservation (On Assignment)

On Assignment's Philip Alexiou took a reporting trip to the western U.S. state of Wyoming recently. He joins Imran Siddiqui to discuss what he learned about the Wilderness Act, signed into law 50 years ago.

Video Exiled Myanmar Singer Still Not Able to Return Home

In Myanmar, thousands of refugees have returned home in recent years, drawn by democratic changes, a growing economy and loosened restrictions on political freedoms. But not everyone is welcome. Steve Sandford reports on one former activist who remains in exile, despite his desire to return.

Video US Decision on Cuba Underscores Divisions Among Miami Cubans

For decades, older, more conservative Cubans have been gathering at Café Versailles on the corner of Calle Ocho to eat Cuban food and talk politics. After hearing of President Barack Obama’s decision, a number of them gathered in front of the café with posters to protest. VOA's Sharon Behn reports on the situation.

Video Sudan School Becomes Target of Aerial Attacks

The school dropout rate is at an all-time high in Sudan's South Kordofan state because many schools have been destroyed during the three-year civil war between the government and SPLA-N rebel forces. Adam Bailes visited Sudan's Nuba Mountains' region and reports many children are simply too scared to go to school

Video Putin Says Russian Economy Will Emerge Stronger

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said his country's sinking economy will not only recover but also become stronger, despite falling oil prices and Western sanctions over Ukraine. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports.

Video Detained Turkish Journalists Follow Teachings of US-Based Preacher

The Turkish government’s jailing of critical journalists has sparked international condemnation and is being seen as an effort to undermine the followers of an ailing Turkish preacher based in the United States. VOA religion reporter Jerome Socolovsky has more.

Video Survivors, Relatives Tell of Horror After Pakistan School Attack

Pakistan is mourning the death of more than 148 people, mostly young children, in an attack on a military-run school in Peshawar. Victims and relatives are pained and outraged at the massacre that authorities say was carried out by Taliban extremists. VOA's Ayaz Gul reports from that northwestern Pakistani city.

Video How US is Confronting its Sexual Assault Crisis

Recent news reports about gang rapes in India and sexual violence at U.S. universities have thrust the issue of sexual assault into the spotlight. Julie Taboh reports on what is being done to prevent and resist such attacks.

Video Aceh Rebuilt Decade After Tsunami, But Scars Remain

On December 26, 2004 there was an earthquake in the Indian Ocean so powerful it caused the Earth’s axis to wobble a few centimeters. Onshore on the island of Sumatra, the resulting tsunami was devastating. A decade later, VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from Banda Aceh, Indonesia, where although there is little remaining evidence of the physical devastation, the psychological scars among survivors remain.



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Police block the road outside a house where eight children have been found dead the Cairns suburb of Manoora, Australia, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014.

Woman Arrested in Stabbing Deaths of 8 Children

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Claims of Electoral Fraud in Advance of Burundi Vote

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Middle East

Israeli security forces stand next to the remains of a rocket that was fired from the Gaza Strip toward Israel on Friday, on the Israeli side of the border, Dec. 19, 2014.

Israel Launches Airstrikes in Gaza

Israeli military says it was retaliating for rocket launched from Gaza into southern Israel, which caused no injuries More


A man rides his bicycle near a graffiti that reads, "Long live Raul," in Havana, Cuba, Dec. 19, 2014.

Raul Castro Steps Out of Brother's Shadow With US Deal

Cuban president scores diplomatic triumph, surge in support with this week's deal that ends decades of hostility with United States More

Science & Technology

NASA shows the Kepler space telescope.

Kepler Telescope Discovers Another Exoplanet

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Arts & Entertainment

FILE - George Clooney is interviewed on the Italian State RAI TV program "Che Tempo che Fa," in Milan, Italy, Feb. 9, 2014.

George Clooney Criticizes Hollywood in Sony Cyberattack

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Russia Dismisses New US Sanctions

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FILE - Stephen Harkavy participates in therapy to help him recover from a stroke at the Burke Rehabilitation Center in White Plains, N.Y., November 2014.

Study: Blood Clot Extraction Improves Outcomes for Stroke Patients

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Economy & Business

President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference at the White House in Washington, Dec. 19, 2014.

Obama Hails Strength of US Economy

In his annual year-end press conference, Obama defended his policies but vowed to do everything to spur continued economic growth More

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