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Overwhelmed by Migrants, Italy Mulls Military Action to Stabilize Libyai
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Henry Ridgwell
April 17, 2015 10:28 PM
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 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 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 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 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 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.

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Loretta Lynch testifies during her Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing to become U.S. attorney general, in Washington, Jan. 28, 2015.

Video US Attorney General Confirmation Battle Intensifies

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Asia

FILE - Chinese President Xi Jinping  in Beijing, China, March 31, 2015.

Massive Economic Plan at Center of China-Pakistan Visit

Chinese President Xi Jinping is set to launch $46 billion in infrastructure projects when he begins a two day visit to Pakistan on Monday More

Africa

Sudanese boys walk past an election campaign banner in support of President Omar al-Bashir, in Khartoum, April 11, 2015.

Sudan's Youth Activists Battle Restraints, Apathy

Most main opposition parties boycotted presidential, parliamentary elections, saying government had continued to detain, harass them despite promises to allow more political freedoms More

Middle East

FILE - Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

Multimedia Khamenei: US Created 'Myth' of Iranian Nuclear Weapons

Supreme leader also urges 'defensive preparedness' for armed forces after top US general warned last week about military action against Tehran's nuclear sites 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

Ringo Starr speaks at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Cleveland, Ohio, April 19, 2015.

Ringo Starr, Green Day Rock Their Way into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Mop-topped drummer who kept the beat for 'Beatles was inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as solo artist during ceremony jammed with scintillating performances, touching moments More

Economy & Business

FILE - President of France Francois Hollande, U.S. President Barack Obama, Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron and Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel attend the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) meeting at the G-20 leaders summit.

US-Europe Trade Talks Resume Monday

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