Activists: Syrian Forces Target Islamic State Fighters in Palmyra

The IS militants reportedly executed 217 people, including children, nurses and Syrian forces, after taking Palmyra More

US Defense Chief: Iraqi Forces ‘Showed No Will to Fight’

President Obama acknowledged the loss of Ramadi was a 'tactical setback' and called for more training and commitments in Sunni areas More

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 Visitors look at the names in the wall of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, ahead of Memorial Day in Washington, May 24, 2015.

Video US Honors War Dead on Memorial Day

Communities across the country honor those who have lost their lives in military service with parades, patriotic concerts and ceremonies, while others pause for quiet reflection More


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Rolling Thunder Run Reveals Changed Attitudes Towards Vietnam Wari
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Katherine Gypson
May 25, 2015 1:32 AM
For many US war veterans, the Memorial Day holiday is an opportunity to look back at a divisive conflict in the nation’s history and to remember those who did not make it home.
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Video Rolling Thunder Run Reveals Changed Attitudes Towards Vietnam War

For many US war veterans, the Memorial Day holiday is an opportunity to look back at a divisive conflict in the nation’s history and to remember those who did not make it home.
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Video Female American Soldiers: Healing Through Filmmaking

According to the United States Defense Department, there are more than 200-thousand women serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.  Like their male counterparts, females have experiences that can be very traumatic.  VOA's Bernard Shusman tells us about a program that is helping some American women in the military heal through filmmaking.
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Video Iraqi Military, Paramilitary Forces Mounting Counteroffensive

Iraqi military and paramilitary forces are mounting a counteroffensive against the insurgents in Anbar province.
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Video FIFA Trains Somali Referees

As stability returns to the once lawless nation of Somalia, the world football governing body, FIFA, is helping to rebuild the country’s sport sector by training referees as well as its young footballers. Abdulaziz Billow has more from Mogadishu.
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Video Shi'ite Militias Battle Islamic State Militants in Beiji

The U.S. military said the international coalition it leads conducted 22 strikes in Iraq overnight, focusing on Ramadi, the IS stronghold of Mosul, and the area near the oil refinery of Beiji, as a convoy of Shi'ite Muslim militia and Iraqi army forces launched a counter-offensive against Islamic State militants near Ramadi.
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Video Battlefield Gains for IS Raise Fears of Assault on Baghdad

Reports from Syria say the so-called Islamic State group, also known as ISIS or ISIL, has seized the last government-held border crossing to Iraq. It’s the latest in a series of territorial gains for the group, and there are mounting fears that it could soon launch an assault on the Iraqi capital. Henry Ridgwell looks at how Islamic State continues to fight on several fronts against coalition and government forces.
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Video Obama Reassures US Jews That Iran Will Not Get Nuke

President Barack Obama insisted on Friday that Iran must not be allowed to get a nuclear weapon “under any circumstances.” He spoke during a visit to a Washington synagogue that is being seen as an effort to reassure American Jews about his commitment to Israel. VOA religion correspondent Jerome Socolovsky reports.
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Video Debate Ignites Over Government Benefits, Training for Displaced Workers

As debate intensifies over whether to give Congress and the president the ability to "fast-track" proposed free trade agreements with Pacific and European countries, many Democrats and labor unions continue to champion a little-known program that provides financial assistance to American workers laid off as a result of increased international competition. Conservatives say the Trade Adjustment Assistance program should be abolished. A former steel worker disagrees. Mil Arcega has more for VOA.
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Video With US Child Obesity Rates on the Rise, Program Promotes Health Eating

In its fifth year, FoodCorps puts more than 180 young Americans into 500 schools across the United States, where they focus on teaching students about nutrition, engaging them with hands-on activities, and improving their access to healthy foods whether in the cafeteria or the greater community. Aru Pande has more.
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Video Fighting Islamic State, Kurds Among Few Making Gains

In a two-week offensive, Syrian Kurdish fighters of the YPG (People's Protection Units) recaptured dozens of villages and towns from Islamic State militants. It's one of the few successful anti-IS operations, as the militant group continues to take ground elsewhere in Syria and in neighboring Iraq. VOA Kurdish Service reporter Zana Omer is on the frontlines in Tal Shamiran, where the YPG are getting help from America, both in the air, and on the ground. Robert Raffaele narrates.

USA

In this May 18, 2015 photo, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry addresses voters during a meet and greet event at Pizza Ranch in Sioux Center, Iowa.

Perry Seeks to Win Over Iowa With Frequent Visits

Former Texas governor Rick Perry says he has more policy knowledge now and more time for the early states More

Asia

Chinese dredging vessels are purportedly seen in the waters around Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea in this still image from video taken by a P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft provided by the United States Navy, May 2

China Lodges Complaint with US Over Spy Plane Flight

Washington calls surveillance flight, over areas where China is building artificial islands 'entirely appropriate' More

Africa

Security tightens outside a military barracks in Tunis after a soldier opened fire on his fellow troops, May 26, 2015. (M. Krit/VOA).

Tunisian Soldier Kills 7, Wounds 10 in Barracks Attack

Interior Ministry says incident not being viewed as terrorist attack, although it was not clear what motivated the soldier More

Middle East

A displaced Sunni man fleeing the violence in Ramadi carries a crying child on his shoulders, on the outskirts of Baghdad, May 24, 2015.

Video Iraqi PM: Ramadi Will Be Retaken in 'Days'

Statement follows comment by US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter on Sunday, who questioned the 'will' of Iraq to defeat Islamic State More

Americas

Federal police stand near the bodies of men who authorities say were suspected cartel gunmen at the Rancho del Sol, near Ecuanduero, in western Mexico, Friday, May 22, 2015.

Relatives Doubt 42 Men Died in Mexico Ranch Shootout

The lopsided death toll and photographs from the scene in which bodies appeared to have been moved have raised questions More

Science & Technology

Anne Stausboll (R), chief executive of CalPERS in conversation with Gina McCarthy at Ceres' 12th annual conference in San Francisco. (Photo: Courtesy Rob Scheid)

Environmental Group Helps Big Companies to Change Practices

After the spill and clean up cost Exxon Mobil more than $4.3 billion, Ceres decided to speak a language the corporate world would understand: environmentalism can translate to profits More

Europe

FILE - New president of the Institute of Religious Works, or IOR (Vatican bank),  Jean-Baptiste de Franssu, left, July 9, 2014.

Vatican Bank Profits Rise as Cleanup Continues

Main focus is on fundamentally improving overall client service standards and further professionalizing asset management services, says bank chairman More

Health

Delegate stands for a minute of silence in memory of the deceased health workers at the World Health Organization (WHO) assembly, May 18, 2015, Geneva.

WHO to Create New Program for Health Emergencies

WHO will set up a $100 million contingency fund to finance the emergency program, if the World Health Assembly approves it More

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