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Militant Islamist fighters parade on military vehicles along the streets of northern Raqqa province, Syria, June 30, 2014.

Video British Fighters on Frontline of Islamic State Information War

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Video Who are Iraq's Yazidis? (VOA On Assignment Aug. 22, 2014)

VOA's Ayesha Tanzeem joins On Assignment's Alex Villarreal to discuss the plight of Iraq's Yazidi minority.
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Video Drug-Resistant Malaria Spreads in Southeast Asia

On Thailand’s border with Myanmar, also known as Burma, a malaria research and treatment clinic is stepping up efforts to eliminate a drug-resistant form of the parasite - before it spreads abroad. Steve Sandford reports from Mae Sot, Thailand.
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Video Gaza Conflict, Hamas Popularity Challenge Abbas

The Palestinian unity government of Mahmoud Abbas has failed to convince Hamas to agree to Egyptian-negotiated terms with Israel on a Gaza cease-fire. VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns reports on what the Gaza conflict means for President Abbas, with whom U.S. officials have worked for years on a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
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Video New Technology Gives Surgeons Unprecedented Views of Patients’ Bodies

When could a video game possibly save your life? A new imaging technology, now being used at Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas, has direct links to video games. It can provide detailed views of patients’ bodies -- helping surgeons plan and execute complicated operations with much more confidence. VOA’s George Putic has more.
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Video UN Launches 'Biggest Aid Operation in 30 Years' in Iraq

The United Nations has launched what it describes as one of the biggest aid operations in 30 years in northern Iraq, as hundreds of thousands of refugees flee the extremist Sunni militant group calling itself the Islamic State. As Kurdish and Iraqi forces battle the Sunni insurgents, the fighting has forced more people to flee their homes. Kurdish authorities say the international community must act now to avert a humanitarian catastrophe. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.
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Video Nigeria's 'Nollywood' Movie Industry Rolls in High Gear

Twenty years after its birth in a video shop in Lagos, Nigeria's "Nollywood" is one of the most prolific film industries on earth. Despite low budgets and whirlwind production schedules, Nigerian films are wildly popular in Africa and industry professionals say they hope, in the future, their films will be as great in quality as they are in quantity. Heather Murdock has more for VOA from Lagos.
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Video Holder Vows Fair, Thorough Probe in Ferguson Shooting Case

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is promising a fair and thorough federal investigation into the shooting death of black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Holder spoke about his visit to Ferguson in unusually personal terms to reporters upon his return to Washington, and VOA National correspondent Jim Malone has more.
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Video Cambodian American Hip Hop Artist Sings of Personal Struggles

A growing underground movement of Cambodian American hip hop artists is rapping about the struggles of living in urban America. Most, if not all of them, are refugees or children of refugees who came to the United States from Cambodia to escape the Khmer Rouge genocide of the 1970s. Through their music, the artists hope to give voice to immigrants who have been struggling quietly for years. Elizabeth Lee reports from Long Beach, California.
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Video African Media Tries to Educate Public About Ebola

While the Ebola epidemic continues to claim lives in West Africa, information technology specialists, together with radio and TV reporters, are battling misinformation and prejudice about the disease - using social media to educate the public about the deadly virus. VOA’s George Putic has more.

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Demonstrator holding up a sign outside the Supreme Court in Washington, June 30, 2014. The Obama administration announced new measures Aug.22 to allow religious non-profits and some companies to opt out of paying for birth control for female employees whi

Obama Administration Unveils Contraception Compromise

Measures would allow religious non-profits and some companies to opt out of paying for contraception, while still giving their employees an option for coverage More

Asia

Supporters of Tahir ul-Qadri, Sufi cleric and leader of political party Pakistan Awami Tehreek, offer prayers in front of the Parliament House during the Revolution March in Islamabad, Aug. 22, 2014.

Pakistan's Political Turmoil Again Shines Spotlight on Military

Thousands of protesters calling for PM Sharif to step down continue protests in front of parliament, as critics fear political impasse could spur another military coup More

Africa

Residents of the Liberian capital, Monrovia stand behind a green string marking a holding area, as they wait for a second consignment of food from the Liberian government to be handed out, in the district of West Point, August 22, 2014

Photogallery Ebola Quarantines Spark Anxiety in Liberian Capital

Food prices rise sharply as residents attempting purchases clash with security forces, leaving one person dead More

Americas

Members of the Gendarmerie Division take part in a parade during its presentation at the headquarters of the Federal Police in Mexico City, Aug. 22, 2014.

Mexico Launches Special Police Force to Guard Economic Activity

New 5,000-member force will be part of federal police, and it will focus on protecting agriculture, mining, and oil and gas production against criminal groups More

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American singer, songwriter and record producer known for the pop single "All About That Bass" Meghan Trainor poses for a portrait, on Aug. 7, 2014 in New York.

Audio Top 5 Countdown for Week Ending Aug. 23

Newcomer Meghan Trainor hopes to bust a move past Iggy Azalea and Sam Smith to top MAGIC! who seem determined to hang on to No. 1 More

Europe

A local resident holds a Russian national flag as lorries, part of a Russian humanitarian convoy cross the Ukrainian border at the Izvarino custom control checkpoint, on Aug. 22, 2014.

Multimedia Russian Truck Convoy Begins Leaving Eastern Ukraine

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby expresses deep concern over Russian move into Ukraine and strongly condemns it More

Economy & Business

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen arrives for a dinner during the Jackson Hole Economic Policy Symposium at the Jackson Lake Lodge in Grand Teton National Park near Jackson, Wyoming, Aug. 21, 2014.

Yellen: US Job Market Still Hampered

Federal Reserve chair calls for pragmatic approach that allows officials room to evaluate data as it arrives without committing to preset policy path More

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Carnage and mayhem are part of daily life in northern Nigeria, the result of a terror campaign by the Islamist group Boko Haram. Fears are growing that Nigeria’s government may not know how to counter it, and may be making things worse. More

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