Pilgrims, Palestinians Celebrate Christmas Eve in Bethlehem

Pilgrims come from around world to participate in festivities and worship at ancient Grotto of the Nativity, where tradition says Jesus Christ was born More

Four to Watch in 2015 US Politics

Will 2015 bring more political gridlock in the US? Who will emerge as frontrunners for the 2016 election? Here's a look at some key political players for 2015. More


Featured Story

President Barack Obama and Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak walk off 18th hole while playing a round of golf at the Clipper Golf course on Marine Corps Base Hawaii during Obama's Christmas holiday vacation in Kaneohe, Hawaii, December 24, 2014.

US, Malaysian Leaders Enjoy Round of Golf

The White House said Obama and Najib 'took the opportunity to discuss the growing and warming relationship' between the US and Malaysia More

 

HIGHLIGHTS


Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Syrian Refugees in Lebanon Fight to Survive Water Crisisi
X
Heather Murdock
December 24, 2014 10:03 PM
In a region choking from dwindling water supplies, Lebanon has long been regarded as one of the few places where there is enough. But in recent years, half the people in the country have faced severe shortages. And the more than 1 million Syrian refugees in Lebanon are hit the worst by the water crisis, making the country's most vulnerable people increasingly impoverished and sick. Heather Murdock reports for VOA in the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon.
Video

Video Syrian Refugees in Lebanon Fight to Survive Water Crisis

In a region choking from dwindling water supplies, Lebanon has long been regarded as one of the few places where there is enough. But in recent years, half the people in the country have faced severe shortages. And the more than 1 million Syrian refugees in Lebanon are hit the worst by the water crisis, making the country's most vulnerable people increasingly impoverished and sick. Heather Murdock reports for VOA in the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon.
Video

Video 2014 Medical Breakthroughs Promise Better Treatments

Medical researchers reported interesting new advances and even breakthroughs in 2014 -- in the use of modern technology to help patients suffering from different diseases and injuries. VOA’s George Putic looks back at some of the most important developments.
Video

Video Only Hospital in Sudan's S. Kordofan Struggles to Treat Victims of Violence, Illness

The rebel-held areas of Sudan's Nuba Mountains have been under blockade since the start of a civil war In 2011 -- with the Sudanese government denying all access for food, supplies and humanitarian aid. Adam Bailes reports from the only hospital in the region and says deaths as a result of preventable illnesses are on the increase.
Video

Video Russia's Financial Crisis Hits Ordinary Citizens

The collapse of the Russian currency has led to increased mortgage payments for some ordinary Russians who are paying off loans based on foreign currency. Analysts predict that Russia will enter recession sometime next year as a result of declining energy prices and western sanctions against Moscow for its interference in eastern Ukraine. Zlatica Hoke reports.
Video

Video France Rocked by Attacks as Fear of ISIS-Inspired Terror Grows

Eleven people were injured, two seriously, when a man drove his car into crowds of pedestrians Sunday night in the French city of Dijon, shouting ‘God is Great’ in Arabic. It’s the latest in a series of apparent ‘lone-wolf’ terror attacks in the West. Henry Ridgwell looks at the growing threat of attacks, which security experts say are likely inspired by the so-called "Islamic State" terror group.
Video

Video 2014 Brings Hopeful Signs to Address Global Warming

In 2014, the United Nations released a series of climate reports that affirm with ever greater certainty the planet is warming. As VOA’s Rosanne Skirble reports, while the predictions are grim, 2014 also brought some hopeful signs that the global community is beginning to take action on climate change.
Video

Video Massive Study Provides Best Look at Greenland Ice Loss Yet

The Greenland ice sheet is melting faster than predicted, according to a new study released in the Proceedings of the National Academic of Sciences that combines NASA satellite data and aerial missions. As VOA’s Rosanne Skirble reports, the finding means coastal communities worldwide could be at greater risk, sooner, from the impact of rising seas.
Video

Video US Marines, Toys for Tots Bring Christmas Joy

Christmas is a time for giving in the United States, especially to young children who look forward to getting presents. But some families don't have money to buy gifts. For nearly 70 years, a U.S. Marines-sponsored program has donated toys and distributed them to underprivileged children during the holiday season. VOA's Deborah Block tells us about the annual Toys for Tots program.
Video

Video Calm Amid Fear in Daily Life in S. Sudan’s Town of Bentiu

Six months ago, Bentiu was a ghost town. The capital of northern Unity State, near South Sudan’s important oil fields, had changed hands several times in fighting between government forces and rebels. Calm returned in November and since then, residents of Bentiu have been trying to regain some sense of normalcy. Bentiu’s market has reopened there are plans to start school again. But fears of new attacks hang heavy, as Benno Muchler reports from Bentiu.
Video

Video Jane Monheit Christmas Special

Chanteuse Jane Monheit sings the holiday classic “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” and explains why it’s her favorite song of the season.

USA

President Barack Obama and Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak walk off 18th hole while playing a round of golf at the Clipper Golf course on Marine Corps Base Hawaii during Obama's Christmas holiday vacation in Kaneohe, Hawaii, December 24, 2014.

US, Malaysian Leaders Enjoy Round of Golf

The White House said Obama and Najib 'took the opportunity to discuss the growing and warming relationship' between the US and Malaysia More

Middle East

Estimates Rising of Foreign Fighters in Iraq, Syria

Video More Foreign Fighters in Iraq, Syria

US intelligence officials estimate that more than 18,000 foreign fighters now have flocked to region -- up from about 16,000 at start of November More

Americas

FILE - A woman with her children moves out of the way as a health ministry worker fumigates against mosquitoes that transmit dengue fever as well as Chikungunya fever, in Managua, Nicaragua, Oct. 27, 2014.

Chikungunya Virus Infects More Than 1 Million in Americas

Illness is marked by severe joint pain, inflammation, headaches, rashes and fever; if infection is severe enough, it can lead to death More

Arts & Entertainment

A poster for the movie "The Interview" is taken down by a worker after being pulled from a display case at a Carmike Cinemas movie theater, Dec. 17, 2014, in Atlanta, Georgia.

Video Dozens of US Theaters to Show 'The Interview'

Despite hacker threats, Sony says movie lampooning North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will open December 25 More

Europe

Pope Francis kneels as he leads the Christmas night Mass in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Dec. 24, 2014.

Pope Francis Holds Christmas Eve Mass

Thousands gather at St. Peter’s Basilica as pontiff calls on world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics to remember God's message of peace 'is stronger than darkness and corruption' More

Health

FILE - A woman suffers from depression.

Clinical Depression Is Pervasive Worldwide

World Health Organization estimates 350 million global cases, and researchers now are looking at several unconventional approaches to treat the disorder More

Economy & Business

A driver unloads wheat grains from a truck on a drying complex at the Solgonskoye farming company in the village of Solgon, southwest from Krasnoyarsk, Russia, Sept. 6, 2014.

Farm Lobby: Russia's Grain Exports Stop

Grain exports stop due to curbs brought in to protect domestic supply, putting big deals at risk, Russia's Grain Union says More

New in Music Alley

Soul Lounge

"Soul Lounge" host Shawna Renee catches up with soul singer and songwriter Russell Taylor to hear what he’s been up to since winning the VH1 "You Oughta Know" title in 2013. She also convinces him to share a few songs from his album "War of Hearts."

Blogs

What Our Readers Are Saying

North Korea Internet Partially Restored Following Outage

Latest Comment (25 total)

Steve: Perhaps not, why do assume hackers support the US? PRISM isn't exactly liked. More

Islamic State Holds Jordanian Pilot; US Denies IS Claim F-16 Jet Shot Down

Latest Comment (20 total)

Daryl: The secretary-general "calls on his captors to treat the pilot in accordance with ... More