Syria's Assad: Middle East Would Collapse if Russian Airstrikes Fail

Assad's comments come as Russia intensified its airstrikes against the insurgents; Moscow says it carried out 20 missions against IS targets in the last 24 hours in Idlib province More

Syrian Activists: Russian Airstrikes Focused on Rebels

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 Jordan Bennett, of Rock Hill, S.C., paddles down a flooded a street in Columbia, S.C., Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015.

S. Carolina Governor: Worst Storm in 1,000 Years

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October 02, 2015 6:00 PM
Access to clean water is a problem for hundreds of millions of people around the world. Now, a scientist and chemical engineer in Tanzania (in East Africa) is working to change that by creating an innovative water filter that makes dirty water safe. VOA’s Deborah Block has the story.

Video Nano-tech Filter Cleans Dirty Water

Access to clean water is a problem for hundreds of millions of people around the world. Now, a scientist and chemical engineer in Tanzania (in East Africa) is working to change that by creating an innovative water filter that makes dirty water safe. VOA’s Deborah Block has the story.

Video Migrant Influx Costs Europe, But Economy Could Benefit

The influx of hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants is testing Europe’s ability to respond – especially in the poorer Balkan states. But some analysts argue that Europe will benefit by welcoming the huge numbers of young people – many of them well educated and willing to work. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.

Video Demand Rising for Organic Produce in Cambodia

In Cambodia, where rice has long been the main cash crop, farmers are being encouraged to turn to vegetables to satisfy the growing demand for locally produced organic farm products. Daniel de Carteret has more from Phnom Penh.

Video Local Officials in US Use Chinese Social Media to Reach Immigrants

Asians are projected to be the largest immigrant group in the U.S. by 2055, according to a new report by the Pew Research Center. A growing number of police departments and city officials are trying to reach them through Chinese social media. VOA's Elizabeth Lee reports.

Video US Job Growth Loses Steam in September

U.S. adding only 142,000 jobs in September, well below the 200,000-plus that many analysts were expecting. Job growth was also revised lower in July and August, surprising many economists who say the weak numbers don’t seem to match the underlying strength in the U.S. economy. VOA's Mil Arcega reports.

Video Los Angeles Explores Solutions to Homeless Crisis

Twenty-five-thousand residents of Los Angeles are homeless, and local officials have declared a homelessness "state of emergency." They also have pledged $100 million for solutions. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan reports that those who help the homeless say remedies must include more affordable housing, job training, counseling and long-term help.

Video First Self-Driving Truck Debuts on European Highways

The first automated semi-trailer truck started its maiden voyage Friday, Oct. 2, on a European highway. The Daimler truck called 'Actros' is the first potentially mass-produced truck whose driver will be required only to monitor the situation, similar to the role of an airline captain while the plane is in autopilot mode. VOA’s George Putic reports.

Video Botanists Grow Furniture, with Pruning Shears

For something a bit out of the ordinary to furnish your home, why not consider wooden chairs, crafted by nature, with a little help from some British botanists with an eye for design. VOA’s Jessica Berman reports.

Video Yazidi-Americans Seek Help for their People

As the world confronts the Syrian refugee crisis, Yazidi activists in the United States are calling attention to the plight of their displaced people in northern Iraq. Last year, Islamic State massacred more than 5,000 members of this religious minority, enslaved more than 5,000 Yazidi women and children and displaced hundreds of thousands more. VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Lincoln, Nebraska on efforts by Yazidi Americans to help their beleaguered brethren.

Video New Fabric Helps Fight Dust-Related Allergies

Many people around the world suffer from dust-related allergies, caused mainly by tiny mites that live in bed linen. Polish scientists report they have successfully tested a fabric that is impenetrable to the microscopic creatures. VOA’s George Putic has more.

Video Hungary Government Criticized for Hyping Fear of Refugees, Muslims

Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban raised eyebrows when he said refugees and migrants flooding through the country are a potential threat to Europe's Christian values. Most of them are Muslim and fleeing war and poverty in Asia and the Middle East. The comments ruffled Hungary's Muslim minority, as VOA’s Daniel Schearf reports from Budapest.

Video UN Works to Remain Relevant at 70

The United Nations' founders set out 70 years ago to prevent another world war. In that, they succeeded to date, but there has been no shortage of crises and conflicts to test the organization. As it moves into its next decade, VOA’s Margaret Besheer looks at how the world body has grown and what it needs to do to stay relevant going forward.


Texas Rangers' Hanser Alberto runs onto the field after the final out of the baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015.

Texas Wins Division Title on Baseball's Final Day

The Texas Rangers clinch the West Division and ends the playoff hopes of the Los Angeles Angels by beating the Angels 9-2 More


A Bangladeshi policeman sits next to a cycle rickshaw, on which Japanese citizen Kunio Hoshi was reported to be traveling while he was killed at Mahiganj village in Rangpur district, 300 kilometers (185 miles) north of Dhaka, Bangladesh, Oct. 4, 2015.

Bangladesh Denies IS Involved in Killing Foreigner

Bangladeshi Home Minister calls claims 'absolutely rubbish' and 'fishy,' but says the country is investigating More


Wind and rain from Hurricane Joaquin affect Nassau, Bahamas, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. Hurricane Joaquin dumped torrential rains across the eastern and central Bahamas on Friday as a Category 4 storm.

Debris Found in Search for Missing Ship

Objects located Sunday have not yet been confirmed to be from the 240 meter container ship, El Faro, which disappeared in the eye of Hurricane Joaquin, according to US Coast Guard More

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Innovative Nano-Tech Water Filter Prevents Disease

Video Innovative Nano-Tech Water Filter Prevents Disease

It can absorb contaminants like copper, bacteria, viruses and pesticides, says Askwar Hilonga, who has been successfully trying out his product in Arusha More

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Matt Damon in a scene from "The Martian" (Courtesy: 20th Century Fox)

Video Movie Review: You Can't Keep a Good Martian Down

VOA's Penelope Poulou reviews Ridley Scott's 'The Martian' starring Matt Damon as an astronaut who is stranded on Mars More


Pope Francis arrives to celebrate the opening Mass of the Synod of bishops, in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Oct. 4, 2015.

Pope Opens Divisive Meeting of World's Bishops

Pontiff asserts marriage is indissoluble bond between man and woman, but adds church doesn't judge, must 'seek out and care for hurting couples with the balm of acceptance and mercy' More


FILE - Schoolchildren line up for trachoma medicine in Buniantole, eastern Uganda, Sept. 12, 2012. (Hilary Heuler/VOA)

Uganda Tackles High Levels of Antibiotic Resistance

Pharmacists, health specialists are stepping up campaign to combat problem, caused in part by the hoarding and self-prescribing of drugs More

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Japanese trade minister Akira Amari speaks to reporters during a break in the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks in Atlanta, Oct. 3, 2015.

TPP Talks on Trade Grind On

Officials have yet to work out final details of complex deal that could cover about 40 percent of the global economy More

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