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Young Journalists Report on Worldwide Landmine Problemi
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Julie Taboh
May 05, 2015 8:22 PM
The International Campaign to Ban Landmines says there are nine new landmine victims around the world every day. To help understand those numbers, a team of young reporters from a prestigious journalism school in Washington recently traveled all over the globe to investigate the problem. VOA’s Julie Taboh talked with a couple of them about their experiences in some of the most affected areas and has this report.
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Video Young Journalists Report on Worldwide Landmine Problem

The International Campaign to Ban Landmines says there are nine new landmine victims around the world every day. To help understand those numbers, a team of young reporters from a prestigious journalism school in Washington recently traveled all over the globe to investigate the problem. VOA’s Julie Taboh talked with a couple of them about their experiences in some of the most affected areas and has this report.
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Video Russia's 'Victory Day' Glory Over Nazis Overshadowed by Ukraine

ussia is preparing to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, known since the Soviet era as “The Great Patriotic War,” with a massive parade on May 9th of military hardware and millions of medals handed out to veterans or their relatives. But critics say the Soviet-style display of power and nationalism overshadows tragic scars during and after the war that still influence politics and foreign policy, especially in the current Ukraine crisis.
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Video WWII Anniversary Brings Old Friends and New Worries

The 70th anniversary of the end of World War II has special significance, with Russia becoming more assertive in Ukraine and sending its military planes to the edges of western countries’ airspace. Changes in the geostrategic balance and the transatlantic relationship are felt across the continent, not least in German towns that have hosted U.S. military bases since the defeat of Nazi Germany. VOA’s Al Pessin visited Schweinfurt, Germany, where a large base closed last year.
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Video Abraham Lincoln Funeral Re-created for 150th Civil War Anniversary

Over the last four years, commemorative events to mark the 150th anniversary of the U.S. Civil War have brought thousands of visitors to battlefields and historic landmarks across the country. As VOA's Kane Farabaugh reports from the Midwest state of Illinois, the final event in the Civil War's sesquicentennial honors the final journey home of the slain American President, Abraham Lincoln.
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Video Volunteers Pull Together to Aid Baltimore Riot Victims

Calm has returned to Baltimore, Maryland, after authorities lifted an overnight curfew imposed almost a week ago to stem the rioting that followed the funeral of Freddie Gray - the 25-year-old black man who died of spinal injuries suffered while in police custody. Six police officers, three of them African-American, have been charged in connection with his death. Baltimore is now trying to get back to normal, in part with the help of volunteers who responded to calls to help those in the city'
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Video Campaign Raises Money to 'Uncuff' Journalists

Beginning Sunday – World Press Freedom Day – the Committee to Protect Journalists, a private U.S. group, is launching a campaign to bring attention to their plight and encourage efforts to free them. Deborah Block reports.
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Video 'Resounding Earth' - Forging Music From Metal

Sometimes you can feel the clear sound of a bell from your head to your feet. Take that idea and think big and you may have an idea of what Augusta Read Thomas is trying to do with "Resounding Earth." June Soh has more.
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Video From Aleppo To Berlin: Band of Brothers Escapes Civil War

Hundreds of thousands of Syrians have fled the civil war in their country and journeyed to Europe by boat across the Mediterranean. It is a terrifying ordeal with dangers at every turn. A group of Syrian brothers and their friends describe their ordeal as they try to reach Germany. VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports. ...
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Video Middle East Atheist Channel Defies Taboo

In Egypt, a deeply religious country in a deeply religious region, atheism is not only taboo, it is dangerous. It is sometimes even criminal to publicly declare nonbelief. Despite the danger, one group of activists is pushing back with a new online channel that defends the right not to believe. VOA’s Heather Murdock reports.
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Video Obama Praises Work of 3 Immigrant Journalists

President Barack Obama met with three immigrant journalists at the White House Friday to praise them for their work ahead of World Press Freedom Day, May 3. In attendance: Dieu Cay (his pen name) a blogger from Vietnam recently released from prison; Lily Mengesha from Ethiopia who was harassed and detained for exposing the marrying off of young girls as child brides, and Fatima Tlisova, an ethnic Circassian from the North Caucasus region of Russia, who works for VOA's Russian Service.

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Men hold a sign and a U.S. flag across the street from the Curtis Culwell Center, where two men opened fire at an event soliciting cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, in Garland, Texas, May 5, 2015.

Officials Look for Links Between IS, Texas Attack Gunmen

Investigators are looking at Twitter accounts linked to one of men as well as electronic devices used by both Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi More

Asia

FILE - Thida Thavornseth, a senior member of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) or Red Shirts, talks to reporters as she leaves the Bangkok South Criminal Court in Bangkok, Thailand, April 30, 2015.

Thailand Political Parties Criticize Proposed Constitution

Country’s two major political parties say it weakens their influence and will do little to end political polarization that has divided country over past 15 years More

Americas

FILE - Bottles of Santa Teresa "Gran Reserva" rum move along the assembly line at the factory in La Victoria, Aragua State, Venezuela, March 26, 2015.

Venezuela's Rocky Economy Creates a Rum Revival

Whiskey, at $31 a bottle, has fallen out of reach for many Venezuelans as country's inflation runs above 60 percent, so they're turning to locally produced rum, at $8 a bottle More

Science & Technology

FILE - A man watches ocean waves crash at Seacliff State Beach in Aptos, California.

US Energy Agency Announces Wave Energy Prize Competition

Waves and tides along coasts generate huge amounts of energy; contest seeks to find cost-effective ways of harnessing it More

Health

FILE - Sudan targets eight million children in vaccination campaign against measles.

In Sudan, Aid Groups Struggle With Massive Measles Outbreak

UN leading effort to vaccinate 8 million children under age 5 against the sometimes fatal disease, which so far has claimed 27 child lives More

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The logo of India's largest online marketplace Flipkart is seen on a building in Bengaluru, India, April 22, 2015.

Tech Startups Boom in India, Attract Big Investments

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