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FILE - President Barack Obama waves as he boards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland en route to Southeast Asia, November 17, 2012.

Video Obama to Reassure Asian Allies

China is not on the itinerary, but with its efforts to control parts of the East and South China Sea, Beijing is on the minds of Obama and the allies he is visiting More

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Sharon Behn
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The World Bank says that in Pakistan, roughly 70 percent work in the so-called informal sector, a part of the economy that is unregulated and untaxed. VOA's Sharon Behn reports from Islamabad on how the informal sector impact's the Pakistani economy.

Video Millions Labor in Pakistan's Informal Economy

The World Bank says that in Pakistan, roughly 70 percent work in the so-called informal sector, a part of the economy that is unregulated and untaxed. VOA's Sharon Behn reports from Islamabad on how the informal sector impact's the Pakistani economy.

Video Google Buys Drone Company

In its latest purchase of high-tech companies, Google has acquired a manufacturer of solar-powered drones that can stay in the air almost indefinitely, relaying broadband Internet connection to remote areas. It is seen as yet another step in the U.S. based Web giant’s bid to bring Internet to the whole world. VOA’s George Putic reports.

Video Ray Bonneville Sings the Blues and More on New CD

Singer/songwriter Ray Bonneville has released a new CD called “Easy Gone” with music that reflects his musical and personal journey from French-speaking Canada to his current home in Austin,Texas. The eclectic artist’s fan base extends from Texas to various parts of North America and Europe. VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Austin.

Video Passover Celebrates Liberation from Bondage

Jewish people around the world are celebrating Passover, a commemoration of their liberation from slavery in Egypt more than 3,300 years ago. According to scripture, God helped the Jews, led by Moses, escape bondage in Egypt and cross the Red Sea into the desert. Zlatica Hoke reports that the story of the Jewish Exodus resonates with other people trying to escape slave-like conditions.

Video Basket Maker’s Skills Have World Reach

A prestigious craft show in the U.S. capital offers one-of-a-kind creations by more than 120 artists working in a variety of media. As VOA’s Julie Taboh reports from Washington, one artist lucky enough to be selected says sharing her skills with women overseas is just as significant.

Video UN Report Urges Speedier Action to Avoid Climate Disaster

A new United Nations report says the world must switch from fossil fuels to cleaner energy sources to control the effects of climate change. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released the report (Sunday) following a meeting of scientists and government representatives in Berlin. The comprehensive review follows two recent IPCC reports that detail the certainty of climate change, its impacts and in this most recent report what to do about it. VOA’s Rosanne Skirble has the details.

Video In Eastern Ukraine, Pro-unity Activists Emerge from Shadows

Amid the pro-Russian uprisings in eastern Ukraine, there is a large body of activists who support Ukrainian unity and reject Russian intervention. Their activities have remained largely underground, but they are preparing to take on their pro-Moscow opponents, as Henry Ridgwell reports from the eastern city of Donetsk.

Video Students Honor African-American Singer Marian Anderson

The life of one of the most celebrated African-American singers of the 20th century is being remembered in Washington. This month marks the 75th anniversary of a groundbreaking concert by Marian Anderson. The performance transformed her into an important figure in the struggle against racial prejudice in the United States. VOA's Chris Simkins has more on the world-renowned singer and some of the people she inspired.


FILE - Muslim women protest against alleged heavy-handedness on the part of the New York Police Department.

New York Police End Muslim Surveillance Program

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FILE - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, attends an event to mark the second anniversary of the death of his father, former leader Kim Jong Il.

Audio Q&A with Michael Malice: The Unauthorized Biography of Kim Jong Il

Michael Malice used the first person to write the book in Kim Jong Il’s own words, offering a clear view of the very serious methods behind the madness in Pyongyang More


A man carries a bed past South Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) soldiers patrolling the town of Bentiu on Jan. 12, 2014.

South Sudan Opposition Says it Has Seized Bentiu - Again

A day after a United States warned that Washington will go after anyone who blocks peace, government and opposition forces fight over Bentiu, in the country's second biggest oil producing state, More

Middle East

FILE - A Syrian man injured by Syrian government shelling lies in a hospital bed in Aleppo, Syria.

UN Security Council Views Grim Images of Syrian Dead

Council members held an informal meeting Tuesday to see some of the 55,000 photos taken by a former member of the Syrian military police More


A resident whose home was destroyed by a major fire sits amid the destruction in Valparaiso, Chile, April 13, 2014.

As Fires Die Down, Chileans Return to Ravaged Valparaiso

Many of victims in the city, part gritty port and part colorful retreat, were poor people in houses perched high on the city's remote hills More

Science & Technology

FILE - The Google logo on a window at the company's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.

Video Google Buys Drone Company

With its latest acquisition of Titan Aerospace, Google hopes to use drones and satellites to bring Web access to remote parts of the world More


FILE - Former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi speaks to reporters.

Italy's Berlusconi Sentenced to Community Service for Tax Fraud

Berlusconi will spend four hours a week at a nursing home outside Milan, keeping the residents company and taking them to religious services More


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Mount Everest Climb Exposes Diabetes Mechanism - Study

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