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Myanmar's Traditional Fashion Choices Endurei
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March 04, 2015 2:13 PM
The sartorial choices of Myanmar’s men and women quickly catch the eye of any visitor to the tropical Southeast Asian country. But at a time when Myanmar’s political and economic opening is bringing affordable western fashions to the masses, will the country’s unique fashion trends endure? VOA Correspondent Steve Herman in Yangon explores that question.
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Video Myanmar's Traditional Fashion Choices Endure

The sartorial choices of Myanmar’s men and women quickly catch the eye of any visitor to the tropical Southeast Asian country. But at a time when Myanmar’s political and economic opening is bringing affordable western fashions to the masses, will the country’s unique fashion trends endure? VOA Correspondent Steve Herman in Yangon explores that question.
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Video Indian Foreign Secretary Visits Pakistan After Months of Tension

India's foreign secretary is in Islamabad for a two-day visit, which India insists is part of his trip to all SAARC countries. But many observers believe the Indian official's stop in Islamabad may be enough to revive a broken dialogue between India and Pakistan. VOA’s Ayesha Tanzeem reports from Islamabad.
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Video Afghan Refugees Complain of Harassment in Pakistan

Afghan officials have expressed concern over reports of a crackdown on Afghan refugees in Pakistan following the Peshawar school attack in December. Reports of mass arrests and police harassment coupled with fear of an uncertain future are making life difficult for a population that fled its homeland to escape war. VOA’s Ayesha Tanzeem reports from Islamabad.
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Video Philippines Call Center Workers Cope With Advantages, Disadvantages of Industry

When Americans call for customer support there is a good chance the agent on the other end of the telephone line is Filipino. The Philippines has the world’s largest business process outsourcing, or BPO, industry. It employs some one-million workers who assist clients from very distant time zones. Jason Strother reports from Manila, where there are efforts to cope with the downsides of the fast-growing industry.
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Video Scientists Say Pacific Trash Patch Is Sea of Chemical Sludge

A huge garbage patch in the north Pacific Ocean traps debris from both hemispheres and is a major environmental threat to sea life. Researchers in Honolulu are tracking the trash. VOA's Mike O’Sullivan reports.
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Video Pakistan's Deadline For SIM Registration Has Cellphone Users Scrambling

Pakistani cell phone users have until midnight Thursday to register their SIM cards, or their service will be cut off. While some privacy experts worry about government intrusion, many Pakistanis are just worried about keeping their phone lines open. VOA Deewa reporter Arshad Muhmand has more from Peshawar.
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Video Lao Dam Project Runs Into Opposition

A Lao dam project on a section of the Mekong River is drawing opposition from local fishermen, international environmental groups and neighboring countries. VOA's Say Mony visited the region to investigate the concerns. Colin Lovett narrates.
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Video Myanmar Warns Factory Workers to End Strikes

Outside Myanmar's main city Yangon, thousands of workers walked off their jobs earlier this month demanding a doubling of their wages, pay raises after a year and input from labor unions on industrial regulations. Since Friday, the standoff has grown more tense as police moved in to disrupt the sit-ins, resulting in clashes that injured people from both sides. VOA correspondent Steve Herman visited industrial zones which have become a focus of Myanmar's fledgling workers rights movement.
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Video Pakistan Literary Festival Defies Violence

Pakistan’s cultural heartland Lahore got a respite from news of bomb attacks and security threats through a colorful three-day literary festival. VOA’s Ayesha Tanzeem reports on what putting on such an event entails in a dangerous security environment, and why many attendees thought of it as their way to fight back
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Video In Philippines, a Debate Over Links Between Guns and Violent Crime

The Philippines has around one and a half million licensed gun owners. It also has a high rate of violent crime compared to its neighbors in Southeast Asia. Jason Strother reports from Manila on the country’s debate over firearms and their link to crime.
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Video Philippines Looks to Geothermal Power to Address Energy Deficit

The Philippines is one of the world’s leading producers of geothermal energy. Located atop the Pacific Ocean’s so-called Ring of Fire, the country has used volcanic heat to produce electricity for decades. Now there is a new project underway to use this renewable resource to power an entire island. Jason Strother has more from Mindoro.
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Video 'Cobra Gold' Drills Go Forward Despite Political Tensions Between US, Thailand

There are continuing tensions between Thailand's military junta, which seized power from the country’s elected government last May, and the United States, which has called for the immediate end to martial law and a return to democratic rule. That has led to changes in an annual, multi-national military training exercise in the kingdom. VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from the Royal Thai Navy's U-Tapao airfield, where troops carried out a mock mass evacuation.
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Video Indonesia's Bold Fuel Subsidy Cut Pays Off Amid Slumping Global Oil Prices

At the beginning of this year Indonesian President Joko Widodo cut long-standing government funded fuel subsidies. In the past, protests and even riots have followed price increases but as VOA's Brian Padden reports from Jakarta, plummeting global oil prices have softened the impact.
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Video Pakistani Students Adjust to Heightened Security

Schools in Pakistan have heightened their security in the face of increased threats of a terrorist attack. VOA’s Ayesha Tanzeem takes a look at the measures to keep students safe, and how everyone is coping.

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