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People who have had their homes damaged and are living in tents during the April 25 earthquake line up for drinking water and packaged noodles in Kathmandu, Nepal, May 3, 2015.

Hopes Fade of Finding Survivors of Nepal Earthquake

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Middle East Atheist Channel Defies Tabooi
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.'
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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.
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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.
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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.

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Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi gives a speech during a World Press Freedom Day ceremony in Yangon, May 3, 2015.

World Marks Press Freedom Day

UN created day in 1993 to support, celebrate fundamental principles of press freedom More

Asia

Boys watch the round-by-round live satellite broadcast from Las Vegas of the welterweight boxing title fight between the Philippines' Manny Pacquiao and American Floyd Mayweather Jr., at suburban Marikina city, east of Manila, Philippines, May 3, 2015.

Philippines Disappointed After Pacquiao's Defeat

Gymnasiums, other public venues where 12-round fight was shown for free Sunday lunchtime local time quickly vacate after national icon's defeat is announced More

Africa

A doctor attends to a Malnourished child as women and children rescued by Nigerian soldiers wait to receive treatment at a refugee camp in Yola, Nigeria, after being rescued from captivity by Boko Haram fighters, May 3, 2015.

Nigeria: Traumatized Captives Taken to Refugee Camp

Nearly 300 women, children - some with bandaged heads and arms and many showing signs of malnourishment - arrive at Yola after days on road, traveling in pickup trucks More

Middle East

Civilians inspect the site of a bomb attack near restaurants and coffee shops filled with customers in central Baghdad's busy commercial Karradah neighborhood, Iraq, May 3, 2015.

IS Car Bomb in Baghdad Kills 19

Attack on district known for its restaurants, cafes, ice cream parlors is similar to others described as revenge for fighting in nearby Anbar province More

Americas

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

Arts & Entertainment

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

Europe

The newborn baby princess, born to parents Kate Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, is carried in a car seat by her father from The Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital, in London, May 2, 2015.

Wait Begins for Naming of Baby Princess

Possible names for newborn princess include Alice, Charlotte, Olivia, Victoria, Elizabeth and Diana; oddsmakers say Alice and Charlotte are favorites More

Health

Global Immunizations Much Lower This Year, WHO Reports

Video Global Immunizations Much Lower This Year, WHO Reports

As a result, 1.5 million children, in countries rich and poor, could die from preventable diseases such as measles or polio More

Economy & Business

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

Obama Turns Up Heat on Trade Legislation

US president’s controversial new trade initiatives seem to enjoy Republican support but are opposed by his usual allies in labor and environmental protection More

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