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George Putic
March 30, 2015 7:27 PM
American and Mexican scientists have completed construction of the world's largest gamma ray observatory, situated high in central Mexico’s Sierra Negra Mountain. The observatory's huge array of water-based detectors will soon start discovering secrets about black holes and supernovas. VOA’s George Putic reports.
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Video Gamma Ray Observatory to Open Soon in Mexico

American and Mexican scientists have completed construction of the world's largest gamma ray observatory, situated high in central Mexico’s Sierra Negra Mountain. The observatory's huge array of water-based detectors will soon start discovering secrets about black holes and supernovas. VOA’s George Putic reports.
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Video Film Tells Story of Musicians in Mali Threatened by Jihadists

At this year's annual South by Southwest film and music festival in Austin, Texas, some musicians from Mali were on hand to promote a film about how their lives were upturned by jihadists who destroyed ancient treasures in the city of Timbuktu and prohibited anyone from playing music under threat of death. As VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Austin, some are afraid to return to their hometowns even though the jihadists are no longer in control there.
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Video Civilian Casualties Push Men to Join Rebels in Ukraine

The continued fighting in eastern Ukraine and the shelling of civilian neighborhoods seem to be pushing more men to join the separatist fighters. Many of the new recruits are residents of Ukraine made bitter by new grievances, as well as old. VOA's Patrick Wells reports.
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Video Philippines Wants Tourists Spending Money at New Casinos

Tourism is a multi-billion dollar industry in the Philippines. Close to five million foreign visitors traveled there last year, perhaps lured by the country’s tropical beaches. But Jason Strother reports from Manila that the country hopes to entice more travelers to stay indoors and spend money inside new casinos.
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Video Germanwings Findings Raise Issue of Psychological Testing for Pilots

More is being discovered about the co-pilot in the crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 in the French Alps. Investigators say he was hiding a medical condition, raising questions about the mental qualifications of pilots. VOA's Carolyn Presutti reports.
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Video Islamic State Prisoners Talk of Curiosity, God, Regret

Islamic State fighter, a prisoner of Kurdish YPG forces, asked his family asking for forgiveness: "I destroyed myself and I destroyed them along with me." The Syrian youth was one of two detainees who spoke to VOA’s Kurdish Service about the path they chose; their names have been changed and identifying details obscured. VOA's Zana Omer reports.
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Video Cambodian Land Grabs Threaten Traditional Communities

Indigenous communities in Cambodia's Ratanakiri province say the government’s economic land concession policy is taking away their land and traditional way of life, making many fear that their identity will soon be lost. Local authorities, though, have denied this is the case. VOA's Say Mony went to investigate and filed this report, narrated by Colin Lovett.
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Video New Wheelchair Is Easier to Use, Increases Mobility

Traditional push-rim wheelchairs create a lot of stress for arm, shoulder and neck muscles and joints. A redesigned chair, based on readily available bicycle technology, radically increases mobility while reducing the physical effort. VOA’s George Putic reports.
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Video Liberia's Almost Last Ebola Patient Grateful but Still Grieving

Beatrice Yardolo was to make history as Liberia’s last Ebola patient. Liberians recently started counting down 42 days, the period that has to go by without a single new infection until the World Health Organization can declare a country Ebola-free. That countdown stopped on March 20 when there was another new case of Ebola, making Yardolo’s story a reminder that Ebola is far from over. Benno Muchler reports from Monrovia.
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Video Islamic State Eying al-Shabab for Would-be Caliphate

The so-called Islamic State’s presence in Africa could soon be growing again. Having gotten a pledge of allegiance from Nigeria’s Boko Haram terror group and claiming responsibility for attacks in Tunisia and Libya, Islamic State operatives could have their sights set on Somalia. VOA’s National Security Correspondent Jeff Seldin reports.
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Video Cambodia Inaugurates Memorial for Genocide Victims

On Thursday a memorial was unveiled in Phnom Penh to the thousands of men, women and children who were brought to Cambodia’s notorious S-21 prison between 1975 and 1979, where they were tortured and then executed by Pol Pot’s murderous regime. Although many have welcomed the memorial, one aspect of it has proven controversial. Robert Carmichael reports for VOA from Phnom Penh.
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Video In Shattered Ukraine Town, Residents Rebuild Lives

Residents of Debaltseve in eastern Ukraine are starting to rebuild their lives after heavy fighting last month destroyed hundreds of buildings and forced many people to flee. Russian-backed separatists took control of the strategic town in February, days after a cease-fire agreement with Ukraine's Kyiv government was signed. As Adam Bailes reports, people are returning to their homes, now part of what the separatists call the Donetsk People's Republic (DNR).

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FILE - U.S. House Speaker John Boehner speaks at a news conference in Washington March 19, 2015.

Boehner's Trip to Middle East Focuses on Iran, Islamist Threat

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Asia

FILE - Man fills up with diesel at a fuel station in Kolkata.

India Skips Iran Oil Imports in March Under US Pressure

Iran and six world powers have ramp up the pace of negotiations this week ahead of the Tuesday deadline for reaching an initial accord on a final nuclear agreement More

Africa

FILE - Somali traders prepare sword fish at the Hamarweyne market in southern Mogadishu, Aug. 16, 2010.

Rise in Illegal Fishing Threatens to Revive Somalia Piracy

Somali officials say private security details, presence of international warships have neutered pirates leaving trawler captains increasingly confident they can operate with impunity More

Middle East

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, right, greets Jordan's King Abdullah II on his arrival to attend an Arab summit, in Sharm el-Sheikh, South Sinai, Egypt, March 28, 2015.

Analyst: Joint-Arab Military Force Poses Perilous Challenge

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Americas

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US State Dept Official: Cuba Aims to Ramp Up Internet Access

Cuba, a few decades late to the Internet era, is committed to getting the web into 50 percent of its households by 2020, a senior official said on Monday More

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Video Gamma Ray Observatory to Open Soon in Mexico

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Arts & Entertainment

(L-R) Usher, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Madonna, Deadmau5, Kanye West, JAY Z, and J. Cole onstage at the Tidal launch event #TIDALforALL at Skylight at Moynihan Station on March 30, 2015 in New York City.

Rihanna, Chris Martin Back Jay-Z's New Streaming Music Service

Co-owners Kanye West, Daft Punk, Alicia Keys, Madonna were in New York Monday to promote global service billed as first of its kind owned by artists More

Europe

French rescue workers inspect the remains of the Airbus A320 at the site of the crash near Seyne-les-Alpes, French Alps, March 29, 2015.

Psychological Profiling, Doors Focus of French Germanwings Probe

French air accident authority BEA says its probe would study 'systemic weaknesses' that might have led to disaster, such as psychological profiling and cockpit door locks More

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Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras gestures during a parliamentary session in Athens, March 30, 2015, after Tsipras called the special session of parliament to brief lawmakers on the course of recent troubled negotiations with bailout lenders to overhaul cost-cutting reforms.

Greek PM Wants 'Honest Compromise' With Lenders

Alex Tsipras warns Greece will not agree to an 'unconditional' one, after its biggest creditor demanded it do more to show commitment to reform More

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