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April 17, 2015 11:10 AM
VOA Senate Correspondent Michael Bowman talks with On Assignment's Alex Villarreal about U.S. officials' varied reactions to the nuclear deal reached with Iran.
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Video Iran Deal: View from Washington (On Assignment)

VOA Senate Correspondent Michael Bowman talks with On Assignment's Alex Villarreal about U.S. officials' varied reactions to the nuclear deal reached with Iran.
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Video Highly Preventable CO2 Poisoning Still Claiming Lives

Many areas around the world suffer from frequent power outages, so consumers often rely on backup power sources such as gasoline or diesel-powered generators. While efficient as a quick remedy for power outages, they can be deadly if used without proper ventilation. VOA’s George Putic reports.
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Video Teen Business Owner Creates Recipe for Success

Like many people, Bree Britt dreamed of starting her own business. But unlike many people, the 16-year-old didn’t wait till she grew up to become an entrepreneur. She’s already launched her own business. Bree may not have the experience, but as Faiza Elmasry tells us, she has more than enough enthusiasm and support. Faith Lapidus narrates.
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Video Italy, Greece Straining Under Influx of Migrants

Conflict and poverty in Africa and the Middle East and other parts of the world are creating waves of refuges, ready to risk their lives to escape misery. Europe has been flooded with migrants and this year the number is expected to top last year's 170,000. More than 10,000 people arrived on European shores in the past week. Italy and Greece are primary destinations for migrants who hope to move on from there. Zlatica Hoke reports.
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Video Ramadi Fighting Heats Up as Iraqi PM Visits US

Fierce fighting has engulfed Ramadi, the capital of Iraq's Anbar province, with Iraqi officials fearing the city could fall to Islamic State militants at any moment. VOA Pentagon correspondent Carla Babb reports.
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Video Yemen VP Renews Calls for Peace Talks as Humanitarian Crisis Deepens

Yemeni Vice President Khaled Bahah has renewed calls for peace talks, saying he does not want foreign troops in Yemen. And, as Yemenis at home struggle to survive the airstrikes and battles, relatives trapped abroad say they will gladly suffer the consequences if they could find a way to get home. VOA’s Heather Murdock has more from Cairo
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Video Eye Contact Secures Dog's Place in Human Heart

Dogs serve in the military, work with police and assist the disabled, and have been by our side for thousands of years serving as companions and loyal friends. We love them. They love us in return. VOA’s Rosanne Skirble reports on a new study that looks at the bio-chemical bond that cements that human-canine connection.
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Video Overwhelmed by Migrants, Italy Mulls Military Action to Stabilize Libya

Thousands more migrants have arrived on the southern shores of Italy from North Africa in the past two days. Authorities say they expect the total number of arrivals this year to far exceed previous levels, and the government has said military action in Libya might be necessary to stem the flow. VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports.
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Video Economy Leads Agenda on Chinese Leader's Pakistan Trip

Chinese President Xi Jinping is due to arrive in Pakistan on Monday for a two-day trip that Pakistan says will be a game-changer in the economic development of the region. VOA’s Ayesha Tanzeem reports.
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Video Are Energy Needs Putting Thailand's Natural Beauty at Risk?

Thailand's appetite for more electricity has led to the construction of new dams along the Mekong River to the north and new coal plants near the country's famous beaches in the south. A proposed coal plant in a so-called "green zone" has touched off a debate. VOA's Steve Sandford reports.
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Video A World without Polio: How Close Are We? (On Assignment)

VOA health reporter Carol Pearson joins On Assignment's Imran Siddiqui to discuss the fight against polio. The debilitating disease primarily affects children under the age of five.
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Video Congressman Calls for Funding Body Cameras for US Law Enforcement

The recent shooting of an unarmed black man by a white police officer in South Carolina has prompted new calls for the use of body cameras by US law enforcement. US Congressman Emanuel Cleaver is sponsoring legislation in Congress to make this a reality. In a recent interview with HashtagVOA, Cleaver said his bill has wide support in both chambers of Congress. VOA’s Doug Bernard has more.
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Video At Brooklyn 'Free School,' Students Control Their Education

The democratic or “free school” movement, in which children have an equal say in school governance, and choose how to spend their days - whether in study or play - began more than 100 years ago. Today, there are several hundred such private schools scattered around the world, in countries as different as South Korea, Japan, India, Germany, Brazil and Colombia. By far, most are in the U.S. VOA's Carolyn Weaver visited the 11-year-old private Brooklyn Free School in New York.
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Video Ukrainian Volunteers Search for Bodies of Missing Soldiers

As the cease-fire becomes more fragile in eastern Ukraine, a team of volunteer body collectors travels to the small village of Savur Mohyla in the what pro-Russian separatists call the Donetsk Peoples Republic - to retrieve bodies of fallen Ukrainian servicemen from rebel-held territories. Adam Bailes traveled with the team and has this report.
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Video Xenophobic Violence Sweeps South Africa

South Africa, long a haven for African immigrants, has been experiencing the worst xenophobic violence in years, with at least five people killed and hundreds displaced in recent weeks. From Johannesburg, VOA’s Anita Powell brings us this report.
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Video Clinton Campaign a Mix of Strengths and Challenges

Back in 2008, Hillary Clinton’s presidential dreams came crashing to earth amid the bucolic rolling farmland of Iowa. Clinton finished a disappointing third in the Iowa Democratic Caucuses behind eventual President Barack Obama and John Edwards and never really recovered. Jim Malone reports.
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Video Protester Lands Gyrocopter on Capitol Lawn

A 61-year-old mailman from Florida landed a small aircraft on the Capitol lawn in Washington to bring attention to campaign finance reform and what he says is government corruption. Wednesday's incident was one in a string of security breaches on U.S. government property. Zlatica Hoke reports the gyrocopter landing violated a no-fly zone.
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Video Apollo 13, NASA's 'Successful Failure,' Remembered

The Apollo 13 mission in 1970 was supposed to be NASA's third manned trip to the moon, but it became much more. On the flight's 45th anniversary, astronauts and flight directors gathered at Chicago's Adler Planetarium to talk about how the aborted mission changed manned spaceflight and continues to influence space exploration today. VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports.
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Video Badly Burned Ukrainian Boy Bravely Fights Back

A 9-year-old Ukrainian boy has returned to his native country after intensive treatment in the United States for life-threatening burns. Volodia Bubela, burned in a house fire almost a year ago, battled back at a Boston hospital, impressing doctors with his bravery. Faith Lapidus narrates this report from VOA's Tetiana Kharchenko.
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Video Sidemen to Famous Blues Artists Record Their Own CD

Legendary blues singer BB King was briefly hospitalized last week and the 87-year-old “King of the Blues” may not be touring much anymore. But some of the musicians who have played with him and other blues legends have now released their own CD in an attempt to pass the torch to younger fans... and put their own talents out front as well. VOA’s Greg Flakus has followed this project over the past year and filed this report from Houston.
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Video Iran-Saudi Rivalry Is Stoking Conflict in Yemen

Iran has proposed a peace plan to end the conflict in Yemen, but the idea has received little support from regional rivals like Saudi Arabia. They accuse Tehran of backing the Houthi rebels, who have forced Yemen’s president to flee to Riyadh, and have taken over swaths of Yemen. As Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA, analysts say the conflict is being fueled by the Sunni-Shia rivalry between the two regional powers.
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Video Endangered Hawaiian Birds Get Second Chance

Of the world's nearly 9,900 bird species, 13 percent are threatened with extinction, according to BirdLife International. Among them are two Hawaiian honeycreepers - tiny birds that live in the forest canopy, and, as the name implies, survive on nectar from tropical flowers. Scientists at the San Diego Zoo report they have managed to hatch half a dozen of their chicks in captivity, raising hopes that the birds will flutter back from the brink of extinction. VOA’s George Putic reports.

USA

FILE - Demonstrators carry giant inflatable earth balloon outside the Ronald Reagan Building Washington.

Earth Day Concert, Rally in Washington

President Obama also took up the issue Saturday in his weekly address, saying there 'no greater threat to our planet than climate change' More

Asia

General Sher Mohammad Karimi, Afghan Army Chief of General Staff who was chief guest at passing out parade at Pakistan Military Academy, Kakul reviewing the parade, April 18, 2015.

Afghan Military Chief, in Pakistan, Urges Increased Cooperation

Bloodshed in Afghanistan occurred on a day when its army chief, General Sher Mohammad Karimi, addressed a graduation parade of army cadets in neighboring Pakistan More

Africa

A South African holds a sign as she stands on the side od a road in Sandton, as xenophobic violence continued, on April 18, 2015.

Anti-immigrant Violence in South Africa Spreads

Heavy police presence reported in Alexandra township after rioters looted some shops, burned tires and built street barricades overnight More

Middle East

Smoke billows during an air strike on the Republican Palace in Yemen's southwestern city of Taiz April 17, 2015.

Intense Yemen Bombing, al-Qaida Advance

Sunni Arab-led coalition carried out bombings in several cities, including Sana'a, Taiz, and southern port city of Aden More

Americas

Miners work inside a mine for the blue-green gemstone known as larimar in Las Filipinas, Barahona province, Dominican Republic, March 18, 2015.

Better Lives Sought for Larimar Miners in Dominican Republic

Blue-green stone's existence on Caribbean island seen as both a boon and a curse for those looking for jobs in impoverished southwestern mountains More

Science & Technology

Yanomami villagers had no known previous contact with Western civilization, but they harbored bacteria with genes that defeat the most modern antibiotics. (Credit: Oscar Noya)

Antibiotic Resistance Found in Isolated Amazonian Tribe

Yanomami villagers in Venezuela offer rare chance to see what microbes likely shared our bodies before civilizations evolved More

Arts & Entertainment

FILE - Amadinda at Liszt Academy (photo: Balázs Mohai)

Surprise Hungarian Combo Creates World of Shifting Rhythm

First joint concert of folk group Muzsikas, globe-trotting rhythm specialists Amadinda turned out to be a spicy musical treat at Budapest's Palace of Culture More

Europe

Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in a live broadcast nationwide call-in in Moscow, April 16, 2015.

Putin 'Ready to Work with US'

Russian president appears to soften anti-American rhetoric after being highly critical during call-in event earlier this week More

Economy & Business

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew speaks during a news conference during the International Monetary Fund and World Bank meetings in Washington, April 17, 2015.

US Urges Greece to Work Out Details

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew says Greece must go through 'every line' in its budget to draft a reform plan to satisfy its international creditors More

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