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Tumultuous Change Predicted for Mideast in 2015i
Meredith Buel
December 27, 2014 1:53 PM
Four years after the uprisings that shattered the decades old status quo in the Middle East, 2015 promises to be another year of tumultuous change, presenting new challenges for U.S. foreign policy leaders. VOA correspondent Meredith Buel looks ahead to expectations for the region in the New Year.

Video Tumultuous Change Predicted for Mideast in 2015

Four years after the uprisings that shattered the decades old status quo in the Middle East, 2015 promises to be another year of tumultuous change, presenting new challenges for U.S. foreign policy leaders. VOA correspondent Meredith Buel looks ahead to expectations for the region in the New Year.

Video 'The Interview' Screened in Movie Theaters

Movie theaters across the United States have begun screening "The Interview," the much-hyped Sony Pictures film. Amid threats of cyber warfare and violence, American theaters shied away from showing the comedy and Sony canceled the film's release. But following criticism, Sony backtracked from that decision, and on Christmas Day, some smaller theaters screened the film to sellout audiences. Arash Arabasadi visited one theater in Washington and files this report.

Video Space Technology Had Great Achievements, Some Setbacks in 2014

Space technology this year reached some important goals, culminating with the spectacular landing of a space probe on a comet, millions of kilometers from Earth. But there were some setbacks, too.

Video Russians Head Into Holiday Facing Economic Malaise

Russian preparations for the New Year holiday are clouded by economic recession and a tumbling currency, the ruble. Nonetheless, people in the Russian capital appear to be in a festive mood. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Moscow.

Video Trumpet Prodigy (On Assignment)

He’s only 14 now, but trumpet prodigy Geoff Gallante has already been playing with some of the biggest names in jazz.  VOA’s Julie Taboh tells all to Alex Villarreal.

Video Young African Leader Scales to New Heights (On Assignment)

In 2014, 500 young Africans came to the US under the Mandela Washington Fellowship for young African leaders, also known as YALI.  Only one percent of applicants get into the prestigious program, and one of them is J.J. Segbefia, an entrepreneur who runs an outdoor expedition business in Ghana.

Video Mombasa in Holiday Tourism Slump Due to Security Fears

Kenya's usually popular beachside tourist destination of Mombasa is seeing a much slower holiday season this year due to fears of insecurity as the country has suffered from a string of terror attacks linked to Somali militants. Mohammed Yusuf reports for VOA on how businessmen and tourists feel about the situation.

Video Prison Radio Station (On Assignment)

Every week, a public radio station in Texas broadcasts a program for a very specific audience: people in jail.  As VOA’s Greg Flakus tells Philip Alexiou, the show provides crucial information about prison for inmates

Video Estimates Rising of Foreign Fighters in Iraq, Syria

Foreign fighters are making more of a mark on the battles raging across Syria and Iraq than initially thought. VOA's Jeff Seldin has more.

Video For Somalis, 2014 Marked by Political Instability Within Government

While Somalia has long been torn apart by warfare and violence, this year one of the country's biggest challenges has come from within the government, as political infighting curtails the country's progress, threatens security gains and disappoints the international community. VOA's Gabe Joselow report.


Republic of Singapore Air Force personnel (RSAF) servicemen on board a C-130 aircraft participating in the search and locate (SAL) operation for missing AirAsia flight QZ8501 at sea, Dec. 29, 2014.

Indonesia Checking Reports of Debris in Search Area for Airliner

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FILE - A Burundian woman carries cassava home from the market in Kinama, a suburb in Burundi's capital, Bujumbura.

Hunger Gnaws at Burundi's Soul

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FILE - Al-Jazeera English producer Baher Mohamed, left, Canadian-Egyptian acting Cairo bureau chief Mohammed Fahmy, center, and correspondent Peter Greste, right, appear in court during their trial on terror charges, in Cairo, Egypt.

Al-Jazeera Journalists Await Appeal After 1 Year in Egyptian Jail

Australian Peter Greste and Egyptian-Canadian Mohamed Fahmy are in prison on seven-year sentences; An Egyptian colleague has a 10-year sentence More


FILE - Evans Paul, former Port-au-Prince mayor.

Veteran Politician Picked as Haiti's New Prime Minister

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Scientists Research Flexible, Spray-On Solar Cells

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The car ferry Norman Atlantic burns in waters off Greece in this handout video grab of the Italian Coast Guard, Dec. 28, 2014.

Hundreds Rescued From Greek Ferry, Many More Still on Board

update Heavy smoke continues to billow from the ferry, even after visible flames have been extinguished More


FILE - A woman suffers from depression.

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