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China Political Meeting Seeks to Improve Rule of Lawi
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William Ide
October 20, 2014 10:23 AM
China’s communist leaders will host a top level political meeting this week, called the Fourth Plenum, and for the first time in the party’s history, rule of law will be a key item on the agenda. Analysts and Chinese media reports say the meetings could see the approval of long-awaited measures aimed at giving courts more independence and include steps to enhance an already aggressive and high-reaching anti-corruption drive. VOA’s Bill Ide has more from Beijing.
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Video China Political Meeting Seeks to Improve Rule of Law

China’s communist leaders will host a top level political meeting this week, called the Fourth Plenum, and for the first time in the party’s history, rule of law will be a key item on the agenda. Analysts and Chinese media reports say the meetings could see the approval of long-awaited measures aimed at giving courts more independence and include steps to enhance an already aggressive and high-reaching anti-corruption drive. VOA’s Bill Ide has more from Beijing.
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Video South Korea Confronts Violence Within Military Ranks

Every able-bodied South Korean male between 18 and 35 must serve for 21 to 36 months in the country’s armed forces, depending upon the specific branch. For many, service is a rite of passage to manhood. But there are growing concerns that bullying and violence come along with the tradition. Reporter Jason Strother has more from Seoul.
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Video US Political Parties Eye Asian American Vote

Asians are the fastest-growing minority group in the United States, and political scientists say they are starting to have an impact on U.S. politics, VOA's Elizabeth Lee reports.
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Video North Korean Defector's Anti-Pyongyang Efforts Won't be Deflated by Balloon Flop

Leader of activist group known for launching anti-Pyongyang propaganda balloons into North Korea vows to continue efforts despite threats from the Kim Jong Un's regime — and urges of restraint by Seoul. VOA’s Brian Padden has more.
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Video Pilot Project to Boost Nutrition for Cambodian Garment Workers

A study by the International Labor Organization, the U.N.’s labor body, shows most Cambodian garment workers do not eat enough nutritious food and that, as a result, many are anemic and even underweight. Now, a pilot project will feed workers at five factories a free daily meal for the next year and measure their health and productivity. Robert Carmichael reports for VOA from Phnom Penh.
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Video Hong Kong Protests Expose Generation Gap

Most of the tens of thousands of protesters in Hong Kong are students seeking democracy. Idealistic youths say while the older generation worries about the present, they are fighting for the territory's future. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Hong Kong.
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Video Interview with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Oct. 10, 2014

VOA's Afghan Service Chief, Masood Farivar, interviews U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Oct. 10, 2014. They discuss the future of the unity government in Afghanistan as well as this year's Nobel Peace Prize winners: children's rights advocates Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India. (Full interview)
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Video Pakistan’s Malala, India’s Satyarthi Win Nobel Peace Prize

Pakistan’s teenage advocate for education and women’s rights, Malala Yousafzai, and Indian children’s rights activist Kailash Satyarthi have won the Nobel Peace Prize. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London.
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Video Pakistan Battling Not Only Polio, but Misinformation About Vaccine

Pakistan is losing ground in the battle against polio, with the country suffering its worst outbreaks in more than a decade. Efforts to reverse that trend are hampered by suspicions that health workers are spies, following the CIA's use of a vaccination team to track Osama bin Laden. But as VOA Deewa's Mudassir Shah and Arshad Mohmand report from Shabqadar, in Khyber Pukhtunkhwa province, suspicions about the vaccine itself are also proving an obstacle.
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Video Hong Kong Democratic Party Founder Criticizes Beijing

As the pro-democracy occupation in Hong Kong stretches into a second week, authorities have agreed to discuss the protesters' basic demands on the constitution, the Basic Law. Democratic Party founder Martin Lee said the government is violating the law under pressure from Beijing. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Hong Kong.
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Video Smaller Groups of Hong Kong Protesters Vow to Carry On

Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong defied a government deadline to clear the streets and end demonstrations that have shut down key sections of the city for more than a week. VOA's Brian Padden spent the night with the mostly student protesters as they waited for a police crackdown that never came.
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Video Hong Kong New Protest Deadline

To prevent further violent incidents between protesters occupying sections of the city and angry residents, Hong Kong's chief executive Saturday ordered pro democracy demonstrators to clear the streets starting Monday. VOA's Brian Padden was in some of the volatile areas where confrontations broke out. He files this report.
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Video US Watches Hong Kong Protests, Weighs Approach

White House officials say they are monitoring student-led protests in Hong Kong closely after China this week warned of unimaginable consequences that could include using force to put down the demonstrations. VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports from the White House.
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Video Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Supporters Battle With Anti-Occupy Workers

Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong Friday clashed with an angry group of people who identified themselves as local residents. They told VOA's Brian Padden -- who was in the middle of the scuffle -- that they want the nearly week-long demonstrations that have shut down parts of the city to end so they can go back to work.
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Video As International Troops Dwindle, Fight in Afghanistan Continues

"Transition" is the key word for NATO-led international forces in Afghanistan as the International Security Assistance Force, ISAF, continues to draw down troops on the ground. As the number of international troops dwindles, the top commander of these forces in Afghanistan says the fight is still a difficult one. VOA Pentagon correspondent Carla Babb reports.

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