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Islamic State Prisoners Talk of Curiosity, God, Regreti
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Zana Omer
March 28, 2015 1:19 AM
The 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 Islamic State Prisoners Talk of Curiosity, God, Regret

The 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 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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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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One of the films that drew big crowds last week at the annual South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, tells the story of the last human being to stand on the moon, U.S. astronaut Eugene Cernan. It has been 42 years since Cernan returned from the moon and he laments that no one else has gone there since. VOA’s Greg Flakus reports.
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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 - A portion of a pressure-cooker bomb recovered from a blast site at the Boston Marathon bombing is displayed for the media in a conference room, March 11, 2015.

Defense in Boston Bombing Trial Prepares Its Case

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Asia

Uzbekistan's President Islam Karimov greets people during the festivities marking the Navruz holiday in Tashkent, March 21, 2015.

Veteran Uzbek Leader Re-Elected in Vote Branded Undemocratic

President Islam Karimov elected for fourth time, although constitution restricts presidency to two consecutive terms More

Africa

A man washes his hands at a checkpoint in Sierra Leone, as the country enters the third and final day of a three-day countrywide lockdown to combat the Ebola virus in Freetown, March. 29,  2015.

Sierra Leone’s 3-Day Ebola Lockdown is Over

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Middle East

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Iran Targets Ex-President’s Son in Selective Corruption Probe

Analysts say Mehdi Rashemi Rafsanjani is being targeted for supporting political opposition, the Green Movement More

Americas

FILE - A man walks in front of the headquarters of Cuba's state-run telecommunications provider ETECSA in Havana, Oct. 24, 2014.

US, Cuba Teams Discuss Telecommunications Issues

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Science & Technology

Young participants look at a performer wearing a luminous costume entertaining a crowd in Lisbon, Portugal, during the symbolic switching off of lights known as Earth Hour, March 28, 2015.

Lights Switched Off Around World for Earth Hour

More than 7,000 events are held around globe, according to World Wildlife Fund, which began annual campaign to raise awareness about climate change More

Arts & Entertainment

Paul McCartney, Rihanna and Kanye West (R) perform "FourFiveSeconds" at the 57th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California, February 8, 2015.

Audio Top 5 Songs for Week Ending March 28

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Europe

French Gendarme Bruno Hermignies stands by a bulldozer clearing a path to the crash site of the Germanwings Airbus A320 in the mountains, near Seyne-les-Alpes, French Alps, March 30, 2015.

Searchers Build Roadway to Remote Germanwings Crash Site

French investigators hope to speed up identification of 150 people killed in crash by digging roadtrack that will allow direct access to disaster zone More

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People walk past the Bank of Greece headquarters, in central Athens, March 27, 2015.

Der Spiegel: Troika Expects Greece to Miss Primary Surplus Target

Former government expected surplus of 3 percent of GDP in 2015, but source tells magazine, 'Probably nothing will remain from that' More

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