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Grim Fate Awaits Women, Girls Captured by Islamic Statei
Ayesha Tanzeem
October 29, 2014 10:22 PM
The Islamic State militant group, also known as ISIS or ISIL, has captured hundreds of women and girls over the last few months. The very few who have been able to escape tell stories of rape, forced marriage, and sexual slavery. VOA’s Ayesha Tanzeem reports.

Video Grim Fate Awaits Women, Girls Captured by Islamic State

The Islamic State militant group, also known as ISIS or ISIL, has captured hundreds of women and girls over the last few months. The very few who have been able to escape tell stories of rape, forced marriage, and sexual slavery. VOA’s Ayesha Tanzeem reports.

Video Myanmar Foreign Investment Zone Sparks Land Grab Outrage

As Myanmar’s real estate market booms, there are increasing complaints of land confiscation from people who say they are being illegally evicted from their property and cut out of huge profits. Steve Sandford reports from Yangon, where an industrial development zone just outside of the city has become a flashpoint.

Video Comanche People Give New Life to Ancestors' Language

Although their life based on hunting buffalo in the vast American plains came to an end in 1875, the Comanche Indians adapted to modern life and today are relatively prosperous and proud of their heritage. They mingle with people of other tribes and races every day, while trying to maintain cultural traditions and a language that underscore their identity. VOA’s Greg Flakus has more from Lawton, Oklahoma.

Video US Private Space Industry Suffers Setback

Wednesday's successful launch of a Russian space vehicle taking supplies to the International Space Station was in sharp contrast to the explosion of a private U.S. cargo space craft shortly after it's Tuesday launch on a similar mission. But U.S. space agency NASA, which contracted the private firm to supply the space station, says the program will move forward, with more launches to come. VOA’s George Putic has more.

Video Thousands of S. Sudan Refugees in Misery in Flooded Ethiopian Camps

Thousands of South Sudanese refugees remain stuck in flooded camps in Ethiopia. Marthe van der Wolf reports for VOA from a camp in Gambella on the situation.

Video Malnutrition Cripples Child Development in South Africa

Every day, one in four South Africans face hunger. The number of children with severe stunting due to malnutrition has increased in the past few years. Yet the international group Oxfam says the problem is absent from public debate in a country that is self-sufficient in food production. As Emilie Iob reports from Johannesburg, a lack of education and limited access to affordable, balanced foods are some of the main causes of hunger.

Video Two Bahrain Activists in Court This Week

Two prominent Bahraini human rights activists face prison sentences at trials this week for activities that Amnesty International and other groups call the peaceful expression of their rights. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London.

Video Britain Hosts Emir Of Qatar Amid Accusations Of Terror Funding

The Emir of Qatar will visit Britain this week amid accusations that his country has financed extremist Islamist groups in Syria. A number of British lawmakers recently questioned London’s close relationship with Doha. Qatari officials deny any links with extremist groups and say they are working with the West to support moderate opposition groups in Syria. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.

Video Syrian Refugees Brace for Harsh Lebanon Winter

As Syrian refugees in Lebanon brace for what is expected to be a harsh winter, analysts say the country's borders are at risk from Islamic State and al-Nusra fighters camped in the mountains. But refugees in nearby valleys say the coming cold — not a militant incursion — is the real enemy. Heather Murdock has more for VOA from Zahle, Lebanon.

Video Voter Enthusiasm, Turn-Out Key in US Elections

In U.S. elections next Tuesday, voters will decide which party controls each house of Congress for President Barack Obama’s final two years in office. Until then, both major political parties are fiercely competing to energize supporters and boost turnout at the polls. VOA's Michael Bowman visits Fairfax County, Virginia, near the nation's capital, for an on-the-ground look at efforts to mobilize voters.

Video Republicans Make Obama Central Issue in Midterm Elections

President Barack Obama has a lot at stake in congressional midterm elections next Tuesday, November 4. Republicans are trying to make the president and his record a central issue in the campaign to gain control of the Senate. If they succeed, Obama could face a new set of political challenges in his final two years in office. VOA National correspondent Jim Malone has a preview from Washington.

Video Solar Power Plant in Africa to Supply Europe

By 2018, a large solar power plant in the Tunisian part of the Sahara desert may start sending power to energy-hungry Western Europe. The company running the plant says once it is fully operational it will generate almost twice as much electricity as an average nuclear plant and supply two million homes in Europe. VOA’s George Putic reports.

Video Texas Voter ID Law Discourages Some Voters

The US Supreme Court recently upheld the Texas voter identification law - which requires voters to show an approved form of picture ID in order to vote at a poll. Critics of the law say it puts an undue burden on poor people, minorities, the elderly and disabled. VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Houston.

Video Kerry Working 'Quietly' to Restart Mideast Peace Process

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says he is working “quietly” to restart an Israeli-Palestinian peace process. VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns reports, Kerry is facing many of the same challenges that contributed to the collapse of talks earlier this year, including new Israeli settlements.

Video Ebola Misery in Liberia's Capital Monrovia

There have now been more than 4,800 reported deaths from Ebola, with Liberia the worst affected country. Around 50 new cases are being reported every day in the capital Monrovia. BBC's Gabriel Gatehouse reports from Monrovia on the risks front-line workers are facing.

Video Modern Technology Helping Weather Predictions

Severe storms that cause heavy damage throughout the world are a reminder of how important it is to be able to predict the weather. A meteorological exhibition in Brussels earlier this month featured the latest technology to help improve out ability to forecast the weather and better prepare for its effects. VOA’s George Putic has more

Video US Health Official Criticizes Ebola Quarantine Protocols in NY, NJ

Divisions have emerged between top U.S. health officials and two state governors who imposed rigorous quarantine protocols for American medical professionals returning from Ebola-stricken African nations. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports that New York and neighboring New Jersey took steps on their own after New York registered its first Ebola case - that of a Doctors Without Borders physician who had worked in the West African nation of Guinea.

Video Rare Look Inside a US Immigrant Detention Center (On Assignment 10.24.14)

VOA's Jerome Socolovsky talks with On Assignment's Alex Villarreal about his recent coverage of one of the largest immigrant detention centers in the U.S. and a volunteer group focused on helping the detainees inside.


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Large swamp teems with exotic wildlife

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Policemen stand in front of messages left by pro-democracy protesters outside a HSBC branch off a blocked road at Mongkok shopping district in Hong Kong, Oct. 17, 2014.

Thousands Denounce Likening of Hong Kong People to Freed Slaves

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FILE - Michael Chilufya Sata, President of Zambia, speaks during the general debate of the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly at United Nations headquarters, Sept. 24, 2013.

Zambia Workers Group ‘Concerned’ over Power Struggle

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Raquel Alvarado is comforted as she talks about her three children, Erica Maria Alvarado Rivera, Alex Rivera, and Jose Angel Rivera, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, in Progreso, Texas who were found dead near Matamoros, Mexico after visiting El Control.

Mexico Police Investigate Police Link in Shooting Deaths of US Siblings

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EU Moves to End Curbs on Zimbabwe Aid

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Global Infection Outbreaks Rise over Past 30 Years

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Japan Stocks Surge on Economic Stimulus Measures

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