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If Jordan decides to negotiate with Islamic State militants on a prisoner exchange, it could give the terrorist group leverage. However, an analyst tells VOA that such negotiations are not unprecedented. VOA State Department Correspondent Pam Dockins has the story.

Video Prisoner Swap Would Give IS Leverage

If Jordan decides to negotiate with Islamic State militants on a prisoner exchange, it could give the terrorist group leverage. However, an analyst tells VOA that such negotiations are not unprecedented. VOA State Department Correspondent Pam Dockins has the story.

Video Activists Accuse China of Targeting Religious Freedom

The U.S.-based Chinese religious rights group ChinaAid says 2014 was the worst year for religious freedom in China since the end of the Cultural Revolution. As Ye Fan reports, activists say Beijing has been tightening religious controls ever since Chinese leader Xi Jinping came to office. Hu Wei narrates.

Video Freedom on Decline Worldwide, Report Says

The state of global freedom declined for the ninth consecutive year in 2014, according to global watchdog Freedom House's annual report released Wednesday. VOA's William Gallo has more.

Video Weekly Protests in Korea Keep Japanese WWII Atrocities Alive

Every week in Seoul protesters gather in front of the Japanese Embassy to demand an apology and reparations from Tokyo for the thousands of South Korean women who were forced into prostitution during World War II. Although this year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of the war, these protestors have helped keep the issue of comfort women alive and made it difficult for Japan to move beyond its past wartime atrocities. VOA's Brian Padden reports from Seoul.

Video Obama Urges Closer Economic Ties During Historic India Visit

U.S. President Barack Obama says the United States and India must do better to capitalize on untapped potential in their economic relationship - by removing some of the roadblocks to greater trade and investment. As VOA correspondent Aru Pande reports from New Delhi, Obama spoke after participating in India’s Republic Day celebration.

Video Obama, Modi Resolve Nuclear Deal Issues

In a visit promising symbolism and substance, U.S. President Barack Obama arrived Sunday in New Delhi with a pledge to take the U.S.-India relationship to a new level. He and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi vowed to deepen ties on a range of issues, including climate change and civilian nuclear cooperation. VOA correspondent Aru Pande has more from the Indian capital.

Video Obama Arrives in India, Will Attend Republic Day Festivities

Barack Obama is set to make history as the first American president to attend India’s Republic Day ceremony on Monday. White House officials say the visit, Obama's second to India, marks a seminal and transformational moment in relations between the two countries. VOA correspondent Aru Pande reports.

Video US, Japan Offer Lessons as Eurozone Launches Huge Stimulus

The Euro currency has fallen sharply after the European Central Bank announced a bigger-than-expected $67 billion-a-month quantitative easing program Thursday - commonly seen as a form of printing new money. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London on whether the move might rescue the eurozone economy -- and what lessons have been learned from similar programs around the world.

Video New Engines, Materials Highlighted at Washington Auto Show

Visitors at this year’s Washington Auto Show would be hard-pressed to say which types of engines will prevail in the next few decades. Manufacturers are working with all kinds of power systems, as well as combinations of them, and new materials. VOA’s George Putic reports.

Video Thailand’s Ousted PM Impeached by Military's Hand-picked Parliament

Just hours after Thailand’s attorney general’s office announced the country’s former prime minister would be indicted for negligence of duty, the junta’s hand-picked national assembly impeached her in a secret ballot. VOA Correspondent Steve Herman in Bangkok reports this all comes eight months after Yingluck Shinawatra was forced out as the country’s political leader.

Video S. Korean Businesses Want to End Trade Restrictions With North

Business leaders in South Korea are calling for President Park Geun-hye to ease trade restrictions with North Korea that were put in place in 2010 after the sinking of a South Korean warship.Pro-business groups argue that expanding trade and investment is not only good for business, it is also good for long-term regional peace and security. VOA’s Brian Padden reports.

Video World Leaders Weigh in on Paris Attacks Amid Europe Counterterror Raids

While police in several European countries conducted raids on suspected terrorist cells, groups of Muslims in a number of countries held rallies protesting against what they see as insults and assaults against Islam. Zlatica Hoke has more.

Video New, Old Car Technologies Still Competing

At the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the world’s automakers presented a host of new models. The trend toward electric power continues, but lower oil prices still keep cars with internal combustion engines in the spotlight. VOA’s George Putic reports.

Video US, China Face Distinct Challenges on Climate Change

The world’s two biggest polluters, the United States and China, recently announced a landmark deal aimed at breathing new life into global efforts to address climate change. VOA's Bill Ide has more.

Video Pope’s Philippines Visit Highlights Catholic Dialogue With Muslims

Pope Francis is on his first visit to the Philippines, and outreach with the country's Muslims is high on his agenda. At a time when the terrorist attacks in Paris have highlighted divisions between some Islamic and secular values, the Pope is trying to promote peace through dialogue. Jason Strother has the story from Manila.

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