Kurdish President: More Needed to Defeat Islamic State

In interview with VOA's Persian Service, Massoud Barzani says peshmerga forces have not received weapons, logistical support needed to successfully fight IS in northern Iraq More

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Militants from the so-called Islamic State stand behind what are said to be Ethiopian Christians in Libya, in this still image from an undated video posted to a social media website on April 19, 2015.

Ethiopia Declares 3 Days of Mourning for Citizens Killed by IS

Move follows government confirmation that its nationals were killed by Islamic State militants in Libya; White House condemns mass murder in strongest terms More

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April 20, 2015 9:40 PM
U.S. troops have begun a training program for Ukrainian forces at a base in western Ukraine, far from the fighting in the east, but linked to it very closely. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London.

Video US Forces Launch Ukraine Military Training

U.S. troops have begun a training program for Ukrainian forces at a base in western Ukraine, far from the fighting in the east, but linked to it very closely. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London.

Video Hope, Prayer Enter Fight Against S. Africa Xenophobia

South Africa has been swept by disturbing attacks on foreign nationals. Some blame the attacks on a legacy of colonialism, while others say the economy is to blame. Whatever the cause, ordinary South Africans - and South African residents from around the world - say they're praying for the siege of violence to end. Anita Powell reports from Johannesburg.

Video New Brain Mapping Techniques Could Ease Chronic Pain

From Boulder, Colorado, Shelley Schlender reports that new methods for mapping pain in the brain are providing validation for chronic pain and might someday guide better treatment.

Video Italy Rescues Migrants After Separate Deadly Capsize Incident

Italy continued its massive search and rescue operation in the Mediterranean Monday for the capsized boat off the coast of Libya that was carrying hundreds of migrants, while at the same time rescuing Syrian migrants from another vessel off the coast of Sicily. Thirteen children were among the 98 Syrian migrants whose boat originated from Turkey on the perilous journey to Europe.

Video New Test Set to Be Game Changer in Eradicating Malaria

The World Health Organization estimates 3.4 billion people are at risk of malaria, with children under the age of five and pregnant women being the most vulnerable. As World Malaria Day approaches (April 25), mortality rates are falling, and a new test -- well into the last stage of trials -- is having positive results in Kenya. Lenny Ruvaga reports for VOA from Nairobi.

Video Fast Track Trade Bill Opens Economic, Political Divisions

U.S. lawmakers agreed on draft legislation this week to give the White House “fast track” authority to negotiate a free trade deal with Pacific nations. If approved, the bill gives lawmakers the authority to set trade objectives, but limits their ability to make changes once agreement is reached. Trade officials say the bill would help President Barack Obama realize his so called “Asia pivot,” but as Mil Arcega reports, it also sets the stage for economic and political divisions at home.

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.

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.

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.

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.


The board of the Clinton Foundation says it will continue accepting donations from foreign governments but only six nations, a move aimed at insulating presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton from controversies over the charity's reliance on million

Clinton Pushes Back Against Criticisms of Family Foundation

Hillary Clinton dismisses questions about Clinton Foundation as little more than political attacks from Republicans in 2016 presidential contest More


AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd, right, who pleaded guilty to a charge of threatening to kill a man who used to work for him, arrives at a court in Tauranga, New Zealand, April 21, 2015.

AC/DC Drummer Pleads Guilty to Threatening to Kill Ex-Employee

Phil Rudd faces up to seven years in prison for charge, which his lawyer says relates to 'angry phone call' made last year More

Middle East

FILE - Kurdish President Massoud Barzani talks to VOA's Persian service in an exclusive interview.

Kurdish President: More Needed to Defeat Islamic State

In interview with VOA's Persian Service, Massoud Barzani says peshmerga forces have not received weapons, logistical support needed to successfully fight IS in northern Iraq More


New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, center, talks with the press after a meeting with Cuban Cardinal Jaime Lucas Ortega y Alamino, left, in old Havana, Cuba, April 20, 2015.

In Cuba, New York Governor Cuomo Seeks to Open Doors to Trade

Cuomo met senior officials in Havana Monday as head of high-powered business delegation looking to take advantage of the easing of restrictions with Communist-led island 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

Movie-themed municipal art is seen on a traffic circle in the Moroccan city of Ouarzazate where dozens of foreign movies are filmed every year, Jan. 29, 2015.

Bible Stories, Thrillers Make Morocco a Top Filming Choice

It's been a banner year for country's status as a gigantic film-set, with $120M spent by foreign film productions in last year, more than past 5 years put together More


FILE - A Turkish soldier in historical uniform stands at a ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Canakkale, as part of the Gallipoli campaign in Gallipoli, Turkey, March 18, 2015.

Revelation of Armenian Fighter in Gallipoli Battle Stirs Controversy

Publication of memoirs of Captain Sarkis Torossian, an Armenian Christian, contradicts Turkey’s official version that only Turks fought at Battle of Gallipoli, as well as Islamist interpretation of events More

Economy & Business

Japan, US Voice Optimism Over TPP Trade Talks

Two countries have been locked in negotiations over Trans-Pacific Partnership, a US proposal that would connect a dozen economies by cutting trade barriers, among many things More

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