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Nepalese soldiers clear the debris at the Kaalmochan temple in Kathmandu, Nepal, Saturday, May 2, 2015.

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Middle East Atheist Channel Defies Tabooi
Heather Murdock
May 01, 2015 12:05 AM
In Egypt, a deeply religious country in a deeply religious region, atheism is not only taboo, it is dangerous. It is sometimes even criminal to publicly declare nonbelief. Despite the danger, one group of activists is pushing back with a new online channel that defends the right not to believe. VOA’s Heather Murdock reports.

Video Middle East Atheist Channel Defies Taboo

In Egypt, a deeply religious country in a deeply religious region, atheism is not only taboo, it is dangerous. It is sometimes even criminal to publicly declare nonbelief. Despite the danger, one group of activists is pushing back with a new online channel that defends the right not to believe. VOA’s Heather Murdock reports.

Video Rural Nepal Suffers Brunt of Quake’s Devastation

Nepal is still coming to grips with the full extent of the devastation and misery caused by last Saturday’s magnitude 7.8 earthquake. Some of the hardest-hit communities have been cut off by landslides making it difficult to assess the precise toll. A VOA News crew has been among the first to reach a few of the smaller, remote communities. Correspondent Steve Herman reports from the Sindhupolchak district, east of Kathmandu, which suffered greatly in Nepal’s worst quake in more than 80 years.

Video Black Families Use Baltimore Case to Revisit 'Police Talk'

Following Freddie Gray’s death in police custody this month, VOA interviewed black families throughout the eastern U.S. city of Baltimore about how they discuss the case. Over and over, parents pointed to a crucial talk they say every black mother or father has with their children. Victoria Macchi has more on how this conversation is passed down through generations.

Video Lessons for Germany, Europe Remain on Anniversary of WWII's End

The 70th anniversary of the end of World War II will be marked May 8-9 in all European countries except Germany, which lost the war. How is the war viewed there, and what impact is it still having? From Berlin, VOA’s Al Pessin reports.

Video 'Woman in Gold' Uses Artwork as Symbol of Cultural Identity

Simon Curtis’ legal drama, "Woman in Gold," is based on the true story of an American Jewish refugee from Austria who fights to reclaim a famous Gustav Klimt painting stolen from her family by the Nazis during World War II. It's a haunting film that speaks to the hearts of millions who have sought to reclaim their past, stripped from them 70 years ago. VOA's Penelope Poulou reports.

Video Nepal Quake Survivors Tell Their Stories

Against all hope, rescuers have found a few more survivors of the devastating earthquake that hit Nepal last Saturday. Mountain climbers and hikers trapped in remote places also have been airlifted to safety, and aid is finally reaching people in the areas closest to the quake's epicenter. Survivors and rescuers are now recounting their experience. Zlatica Hoke has this story.

Video Study: One in Six Species Threatened with Extinction

Climate change is transforming the planet. Unless steps are taken to reduce global warming, scientists predict rising seas, stronger and more frequent storms, drought, fire and floods. As VOA’s Rosanne Skirble reports, a new study on species extinction underscores the need to take action to avoid the most catastrophic effects of rising temperatures.

Video New Studio Yields Most Detailed Motion Capture in 3D

Sports coaches often use video cameras to analyze athletes’ movements in order to improve their performance. A new multi-camera studio developed at Carnegie Mellon University promises to bring video analysis to an unprecedented level. VOA’s George Putic reports

Video Taviani Brothers' 'Wondrous Boccaccio' Offers Tales of Love, Humor

The Italian duo of Paolo and Vittorio Taviani have been making movies for half a century: "The Night of the Shooting Stars," "Padre Padrone," "Good Morning, Babylon." Now in their 80s, the brothers have turned to one of the treasures of Italian culture for their latest film. VOA’s Carolyn Weaver reports.

Video Women Face Unique Challenges in US Politics

While the number of women who are in the U.S. Congress has reached a record high, they make make up just 20% of the House and Senate combined - much less than the U.S. population at large where just over half the number of Americans are women. The percentage of women in the U.S. holding public office lags behind other countries, including some not considered "high income" nations.

Video Nepal Town Destroyed By Quake Counts Itself Lucky

Foreign search teams on Wednesday began reaching some of the communities outside Kathmandu that suffered worse damage than Nepal’s capital from last Saturday’s massive earthquake. VOA Correspondent Steve Herman is in Sankhu - a town of about 10,000 people - where there is relief the death toll is not higher despite widespread destruction.

Video Washington Post: Imprisonment of US-Iranian Journalist 'Preposterous'

The executive editor of The Washington Post says espionage and other charges against a correspondent of the paper imprisoned in Iran are 'preposterous and ludicrous.'

Video First Surgical Glue Approved for Use Inside Body

While medical adhesives are becoming more common, none had been approved for use inside the body until now. Earlier this year, the first ever biodegradable surgical glue won that approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. VOA’s Rosanne Skirble reports on the innovation and its journey from academia to market.

Video Somali Hotel Chain Owner Strives to Make a Difference

Many in the Somali diaspora are returning home to make a new life despite the continuing risks. Since 2011 when a military campaign against Al-Shabab militants began making progress, members of the diaspora community have come back to open hospitals, schools, hotels, restaurants and other businesses. Abdulaziz Billow in Mogadishu profiles the owner of a chain of hotels and restaurants who is helping to bring change to the once-deadly Somali capital.

Video Child Migrants Cross Mediterranean Alone, Face Unknown Future

Among the thousands of migrants making the deadly journey by boat to Europe, there are unaccompanied girls and boys. Some have been sent by relatives to earn money; others are orphaned or fleeing war. From a shelter for young migrants in the Sicilian town of Caltagirone, VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports.


A demonstrator is taken into custody after defying a citywide curfew in Baltimore, Maryland, May 2, 2015.

After Baltimore Rally, Curfew Violators Arrested

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FILE - A North Korean soldier uses binoculars inside a guard tower as a woman works on a grassland on the banks of Yalu River, near the North Korean town of Sinuiju, opposite the Chinese border city of Dandong, June 12, 2013.

N Korea: Arrested US Student Entered Country Illegally

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People board a bus leaving Bujumbura, Burundi, with many saying they were leaving for the countryside, citing insecurity following protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to run for a third term in the upcoming elections, May 2, 2015.

3 Killed in Burundi Grenade Attack

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Middle East

Iraq cities: Mosul, Tikrit, Kirkuk, Karbala, Fallujah, Baghdad

Biden, Iraq's PM Confer as Reports Detail Ethnic Yazidi Killings

Kurdish news outlets quote ethnic Yazidi sources as saying that IS terrorists had executed more than 300 prisoners west of Mosul More


Men stand next to the wreckage of a tractor-trailer set ablaze by members of a drug cartel in Guadalajara, Mexico, May 1, 2015.

Ministry: Gunmen Open Fire on Mexican Army Helicopter, 3 Killed

Violence also flared up on Friday in Jalisco's capital, Guadalajara, second-largest city in Mexico, with vehicles set ablaze in and around the metropolitan area More

Science & Technology

This computer-generated view depicts part of Mars at the boundary between darkness and daylight, with an area including Gale Crater beginning to catch morning light, in this handout image provided by NASA.

Study: Cosmic Rays May Damage Brains of Astronauts

Researchers say long-term exposure to rays that permeate space may cause dementia-like cognitive impairments in astronauts during any future Mars journey More

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FILE - Russian ballet dancer Maya Plisetskaya smiles at a presentation ceremony of state awards in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Oct.  31, 2011.

Russian Ballerina Maya Plisetskaya Dies at 89

Plisetskaya was a mainstay in Russia’s premier ballet for more than five decades, becoming the Bolshoi’s prima ballerina in 1960 More


Rescued migrants, some of the more than 3,400 rescued Saturday by Italy and France in the Mediterranean Sea near Libya, arrive in the harbor of Lampedusa, southern Italy, May 2, 2015.

Italy, France Rescue More Than 3,400 Migrants

The migrants – all men – had been on board three boats that ran into trouble off coast of Libya; two suspected people smugglers were also caught and would be handed over to Italian police More


Global Immunizations Much Lower This Year, WHO Reports

Video Global Immunizations Much Lower This Year, WHO Reports

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Economy & Business

FILE - Container ships are seen docked at the Port of Los Angeles, Feb. 23, 2015.

Obama Turns Up Heat on Trade Legislation

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