Soldiers of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) of China roll on their armoured vehicles to Tiananmen Square as others are shown on a big screen during the military parade marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, in Beijing, China, Sept. 3,

China Showcases Military Strength at WWII 'Victory' Parade

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Kurdish Fighters on IS Frontline Ready for Offensivei
Sharon Behn
September 02, 2015 7:05 PM
Finger on the trigger, the Kurdish Peshmerga soldier stared across the dust at a village taken over by Islamic State extremists. The Kurdistan’s Khazir frontline, just 45 minutes from the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul. And at this point, the militants were less than two kilometers away. VOA's Sharon Behn reports.

Video Kurdish Fighters on IS Frontline Ready for Offensive

Finger on the trigger, the Kurdish Peshmerga soldier stared across the dust at a village taken over by Islamic State extremists. The Kurdistan’s Khazir frontline, just 45 minutes from the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul. And at this point, the militants were less than two kilometers away. VOA's Sharon Behn reports.

Video Obama Hones Climate Change Message With Alaskan Arctic Visit

As the first sitting U.S. president to visit the Alaskan Arctic, Barack Obama continues to highlight the urgent need to act on climate change. White House correspondent Aru Pande has more on the president's Alaskan trip, where he is meeting with locals who say they are feeling the impact of global warming firsthand.

Video Calais School Offers Another Face of Europe’s Migrant Crisis

Europe is facing mounting criticism over how it’s handling its biggest migration crisis since World War II. But not all Europeans believe building walls or passing repressive policies are the answer. A school for migrants in the French port city of Calais, is opening doors and building bonds across nationalities. VOA's Lisa Bryant reports.

Video Scientists Predict Wet Winter in Drought-Stricken US West

Much of the western United States is experiencing extreme drought conditions, leading to wildfires and water shortages, but scientists are predicting some weather changes that will affect not only the American West but also parts of Asia, Australia and Africa. VOA's Elizabeth Lee reports.

Video Trial of Former Chadian Leader to Resume Monday

The trial of former Chadian president Hissene Habre, which opened July 20 but was postponed two days later to enable his court-appointed lawyers to prepare his defense, will resume September 7 in Senegal. Habre is accused of crimes against humanity, war crimes and torture between 1982 and 1990. But he insists the special tribunal set up for his trial is illegal. Mariama Diallo reports.

Video Yemen ‘on Brink of Disaster’ as Medical Shortages Soar

Aid agencies warn Yemen is on the brink of humanitarian disaster – with up to half a million children facing severe malnutrition, and hospitals running out of basic medicines. There are fears Yemen's civil war could escalate as the coalition led by Saudi Arabia tries to drive back Houthi rebels, who seized control of much of the country earlier this year. Henry Ridgwell reports.

Video 'Part-Time Scientists' Compete to Put a Rover on Moon

Sixteen teams from around the world have set their sights on the moon... and the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE. The challenge - issued in 2007 - is to land a privately-funded rover on the lunar surface, travel 500 meters, and transmit back high definition video and images - all at a fraction of what a typical NASA mission costs. Faith Lapidus catches up with the German team who call themselves the "Part Time Scientists."

Video Sharp Rise in Whale Deaths Being Investigated

Why have 30 dead whales washed ashore on the Gulf of Alaska since May? Scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have mobilized a research team to find out, and one possible cause being investigated is toxic algae. VOA's Rosanne Skirble reports.

Video Girls Learn What It Takes to Become a Police Officer

The recent news of two women passing grueling U.S. Army ranger training for the first time definitely put the 'power' into women's empowerment. It's obvious on a local level, too, as a county police force near Washington, DC, is putting out the word they also want more women in uniform. VOA's June Soh has more in this report narrated by Amy Katz.

Video US Men's Soccer Team Eyeing Matches Against Peru, Brazil

The U.S. men's soccer team has been practicing this week in Washington ahead of two important friendly matches against Peru and Brazil that will serve as warm-ups for a key regional playoff game against rival Mexico next month. VOA's Mike Richman went to one of the team practices ahead of a match against Peru.


FILE - An Afghan girl wears a protective mask as she walks out of a school in Herat province, Nov. 3, 2009.

Hundreds of Afghan Schoolgirls Suffer Gas Poisoning

Incident in Herat province is third this week; foul play suspected in country where ultra-conservative elements are known to oppose girls’ education More


Zimbabwean Government Minister Charged with Bribery

Trial of Martin Dinha, a provincial affairs minister, represents first corruption case against senior government official since 2004 More

Middle East

FILE - In this picture released by the official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a speech during a meeting in Tehran, Aug. 17, 2015.

Iran Supreme Leader Backs Parliament Vote on Nuclear Deal

Ali Khamenei says parliament should not be sidelined in process, adding he will not tell lawmakers whether to approve or reject agreement More


FILE - Guatemala's President Otto Perez Molina arrives at the Army general headquarters in Guatemala City, June 30, 2015.

Guatemala President Resigns Amid Corruption Probe

Spokesman says Perez Molina submitted his resignation after a judge issued an order to detain him in a customs fraud case, which already has led to the jailing of his vice president and the resignation of some Cabinet ministers More

Arts & Entertainment

Singer Rihanna attends the "RiRi by Rihanna" fragrance launch at Macy's on Aug. 31, 2015, in the borough of Brooklyn, N.Y.

Rihanna Excited to Celebrate 10 Years in Music Industry

Popular singer, who just launched her new fragrance RiRi at Macy's New York, says work on her new album ' is going really, really great' More


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Obesity Associated with Earlier Alzheimer’s Disease Onset

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