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Zana Omer
May 22, 2015 9:23 PM
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.
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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.
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Video White House: No Plans to Send US Ground Troops to Iraq

Despite the Islamic State militant group’s taking this week of Iraqi city Ramadi and Syria’s Palmyra - the White House has made clear President Barack Obama has no plans to send U.S. troops into the region to “re-invade Iraq or invade Syria.” VOA correspondent Aru Pande has more from the White House.
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Video Some AGOA Renewal Supporters Call For Amendments

The African Growth and Opportunity Act - a trade provision that allows thousands of products from African countries to enter the U.S. tax-free - is due to expire in September. While the U.S. Senate has recently passed legislation to extend the Act for another 10 years, it still has to go through the House of Representatives. Meanwhile, many say the program has only benefited a few sub-Saharan African countries and needs some revisions. Mariama Diallo reports.
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Video Race Headlines Drive Curriculum in St. Louis Classroom

Violence and unrest across the country in response to deaths in police custody — as well as police-involved shooting deaths — is more than just a trending news item for students at Ladue Middle School near St. Louis Missouri. It’s the central focus of one class designed to engage students in open discussion about police brutality and racial tensions. VOA’s Kane Farabaugh has more.
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Video Presidential Election Campaigning Underway in Iowa

Although the November 2016 presidential election is over a year and half away, campaigning to choose party nominees is already underway in Iowa - a key state because it holds a party caucus early in the election season. VOA’s Kane Farabaugh caught up with some of the presidential hopefuls on the campaign trail, and talked with voters who are sizing up the candidates.
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Video Pro-Kurdish Party Reaches Out to Turkish Voters

In the midst of a general election season, Turkey, for the first time in its history, is seeing a pro-Kurdish party seeking to break through the 10 percent electoral threshold. Dorian Jones has more from Izmir, the country's third most-populous city.
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Video Liberia Ponders Site for a National Ebola Monument

With Liberia being Ebola-free since the beginning of May, the government is discussing plans for erecting a national monument to remember the horrific time during which more than 4,000 Liberians died. One possible site is a cemetery outside Monrovia. It was built to get the crisis under control and symbolically stands for the magnitude of the human tragedy of the epidemic. Benno Muchler reports from Liberia.
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Video Afghan Economy Sinks As Foreign Troops Depart

As international troops prepare to leave Afghanistan, and many foreign aid groups follow, Afghans are grappling with how the exodus will affect the country's fragile economy. Ayesha Tanzeem reports from the Afghan capital, Kabul.
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Video US Lawmakers Debate Strategy After IS Gains

Islamic State militants have made significant gains in recent days, following temporary setbacks inflicted by coalition air strikes on their positions. The radical Islamist group seized the historic Syrian city of Palmyra Thursday just days after capturing Ramadi in Iraq. Republican lawmakers in the U.S. Congress are calling for greater U.S. military engagement against Islamic State, but the Obama administration rejects that strategy. Zlatica Hoke has more.
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Video One Woman’s Vision to Eradicate Poverty a Family at a Time

When Albina du Boisrouvray was confronted with one of life’s most difficult losses – the death of her only child – she turned her grief into something positive: she created a legacy for her son by helping people around the world out of poverty in his name. VOA’s Margaret Besheer has her story.
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Video Cambodian Underwater Mine Team Finds Success

In Cambodia, an elite dive team – trained with U.S. support – has successfully completed its first mission to clear unexploded ordnance from waterways. On Thursday, divers recovered and defused a U.S.-made aircraft bomb dropped more than four decades ago during the country’s civil war. Robert Carmichael reports for VOA from Kandal province.
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Video California’s Water System Not Created To Handle Current Drought

The drought in California is moving into its fourth year. While the state's governor is mandating a reduction in urban water use, most of the water used in California is for agriculture. But both city dwellers and farmers are feeling the impact of the drought. Some experts say the state’s water system was not created to handle long periods of drought. Elizabeth Lee reports from Ventura County, an agricultural region just northwest of Los Angeles.
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Video Mind-Controlled Prosthetics Are Getting Closer

Scientists and engineers are making substantial advances towards the ultimate goal in prosthetics – creation of limbs that can be controlled by the wearer’s mind. Thanks to sophisticated sensors capable of picking up the brain’s signals, an amputee in Iceland is literally bringing us one step closer to that goal. VOA’s George Putic reports.
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Video Turkey's Main Opposition Party Hopes for Election Breakthrough

Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party has sought an image change ahead of the June 7 general election. The move comes after suffering successive defeats at the hands of the Islamist-rooted AK Party, which has portrayed it as hostile to religion. Dorian Jones reports from the western city of Izmir.
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Video Class Tackles Questions of Race, Discrimination

Unrest in some U.S. cities is more than just a trending news item at Ladue Middle School in St. Louis, Missouri. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, it’s a focus of a multicultural studies class engaging students in wide-ranging discussions about racial tensions and police aggression.
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Video Europe Follows US Lead in Tackling ‘Conflict Minerals’

Metals mined from conflict zones in places like the Democratic Republic of Congo are often sold by warlords to buy weapons. This week European lawmakers voted to force manufacturers to prove that their supply chains are not inadvertently fueling conflicts and human rights abuses. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
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Video Malnutrition Remains Serious Problem for South Sudanese Refugees

As the civil war in South Sudan rages on, more than 100,000 refugees have fled to camps in neighboring Uganda. The United Nations Children's Fund says $36 million is needed to meet these refugees' basic needs. Recently the European Commission donated $1 million, which to UNICEF is significant, but far from enough. Serginho Roosblad has more from a camp in northern Uganda.
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Video Britain Seeks ‘Better Deal’ from EU

An anti-European Union party won nearly 13% of the vote in this month’s British election, putting pressure on newly re-elected Prime Minister David Cameron to deliver on his promise to negotiate a ‘better deal’ with the EU. He has promised an ‘In or Out’ referendum by the end of 2017. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London.
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Video Rohingya Migrant Boat Accepted in Indonesian Waters

More than 400 Rohingya migrants who were pushed back to sea in southern Thailand last week have ended up in Indonesia. Local fishermen rescued the migrants, many of whom were weak and starving, Wednesday and took them to the eastern province of Aceh. As Steve Sandford reports from Lipe Island, Thailand, thousands more may be stranded at sea, at risk of death.
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Video South Korea Marks Gwangju Uprising Anniversary

South Korea this week marked the 35th anniversary of a protest that turned deadly. The Gwangju Uprising is credited with starting the country’s democratic revolution after it was violently quelled by South Korea’s former military rulers. But as Jason Strother reports, some observers worry that democracy has recently been eroded.
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Video Poverty, Ignorance Force Underage Girls Into Marriage

The recent marriage of a 17-year old Chechen girl to a local police chief who was 30 years older and already had a wife caused an outcry in Russia and beyond. The bride was reportedly forced to marry and her parents were intimidated into giving their consent. The union spotlighted yet again the plight of many underage girls in developing countries. Zlatica Hoke reports poverty, ignorance and fear are behind the practice, especially in Asia and Africa.

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First Lady Michelle Obama is joined by school children as they plant items in the White House Kitchen Garden.

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Africa

Nigerian former Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, right, along with his deputy, Yemi Osibnajo, sings the national anthem after speaking to journalists in Abuja, Nigeria, April 1, 2015.

Audio Nigerian President-elect Buhari Wants Cooperation From Government

Buhari, who is to be officially installed May 29, says his government wants to know state of affairs before deciding its actions after taking over from President Goodluck Jonathan More

Middle East

People examine the debris after a suicide bomb attack at the Imam Ali mosque in the village of al-Qadeeh in the eastern province of Gatif, Saudi Arabia, May 22, 2015.

Saudi Clerics Urge Calm After Mosque Attack

Thousands of protesters take to streets of al-Qadeeh town late Friday, hours after suicide bomber killed 21 worshippers in packed Shi'ite mosque More

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Scores Killed in Western Mexico Gunfight

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Arts & Entertainment

FILE - Eli Maiman, from left, Nicholas Petricca, Kevin Ray and Sean Waugaman of the band Walk the Moon pose for photographers.

Audio Top 5 Songs for Week Ending May 23

This week's lineup can be summed up like this: 'It's The Same Old Song' - but they're great songs - featuring Walk The Moon, The Weeknd, Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth More

Europe

Pilgrims gather before the start of the beatification ceremony for Roman Catholic Archbishop Oscar Romero in San Salvador, El Salvador, Saturday, May 23, 2015.

El Salvador Hosts Beatification Ceremony of Slain Archbishop Romero

As many as 260,000 faithful are anticipated to fill San Salvador's Savior of the World Plaza for ceremony in first step toward possible canonization 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

Economy & Business

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 19, 2015.

Senate Approves Obama's 'Fast-track' Trade Bill

Lawmakers vote 62-37 in favor of Trade Promotion Authority bill; president’s trade agenda faced opposition from some members of his Democratic Party, who tried to block its passage More

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