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A handout photo released by the Curtis family shows Peter Theo Curtis (R), 45, with his mother Nancy Curtis at Boston Logan International Airport after flying from Tel Aviv to Newark, New Jersey, Aug. 26, 2014.

Photogallery US Journalist Kidnapped in Syria Returns Home

Peter Theo Curtis, 45, who arrived in Boston late Tuesday tells reporters he is overwhelmed and emotional over support he's received from Americans More

American Jihadist Douglas McCain (Photo: Facebook)

Details Emerging About Douglas McCain, an American Jihadist Killed in Syria

Douglas McCain was reportedly killed Sunday as he took part in an attack on a Syrian opposition checkpoint near Aleppo More

Members of Congress climb the steps at the Capitol in Washington, July 31, 2014.

Immigration Could Set Stage for Big US Budget Showdown

Congressional conservatives threaten to tie budget bill to immigration issue, making for possible confrontation in September - raising threat of government shutdown More

A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter runs as they sweep the Bakirta village after Islamic State insurgents withdrew from the town, near Makhmur, south of Irbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, Aug. 27, 2014.

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Activists raise their hands as they demand justice for the killing of Michael Brown while marching to the Thomas F. Eagleton United States Courthouse from City Hall in downtown St. Louis, Missouri, August 26, 2014.

Missouri Protests Resume Over Black Teen's Shooting Death

More than 100 protesters marched peacefully Tuesday, called for arrest of white police officer who shot dead Michael Brown on August 9 More



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August 27, 2014 10:14 PM
Three young entrepreneurs are hoping to revolutionize the high-end sock industry by introducing all-American creations of their own. And they’re doing most of it the old-fashioned way. VOA’s Julie Taboh recently caught up with them to learn what goes into making their one-of-a-kind socks.
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Video Made in America Socks Get Toehold in Online Fashion Market

Three young entrepreneurs are hoping to revolutionize the high-end sock industry by introducing all-American creations of their own. And they’re doing most of it the old-fashioned way. VOA’s Julie Taboh recently caught up with them to learn what goes into making their one-of-a-kind socks.
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Video America's Most Popular Artworks Displayed in Public Places

Public places in cities across America were turned into open-air art galleries in August. Pictures of the nation’s most popular artworks were displayed on billboards, bus shelters, subway platforms and more. The idea behind “Art Everywhere,” a collaborative campaign by five major museums is to allow more people to enjoy art and learn about the country’s culture and history. Faiza Elmasry has more.
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Video Obama Warns of Expanding Battle Against Islamic State

The United States is preparing to extend its reach in the effort to contain the group known as the Islamic State. Officials say Washington will do what it needs to do in order to protect American citizens. VOA's Jeff Seldin has more from the Pentagon.
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Video Search for Positive Change in Ferguson

A grand jury in Missouri continues to hear evidence in a case involving the fatal shooting of an African American teenager by a white police officer in the town of Ferguson on August 9th. The shooting of Michael Brown, of which eyewitnesses give differing accounts, touched off days of violent demonstrations, resulting in more than 100 arrests. From Ferguson, VOA's Chris Simkins reports life is slowly returning to normal as people look for ways to bring positive change to the community.
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Video Texas-Based Nigerian Filmmaker Explores Tardiness as Cultural Rift

Many Africans have left their homelands to find opportunities abroad, but they carry with them cultural traditions that can create problems. One example is tardiness, an issue tackled by Texas-based Nigerian filmmaker Kelechi Eke, who makes “Nollywood” style films that focus on the lives of African immigrants. VOA’s Greg Flakus has more from Houston.
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Video Northern California Quake: No Way to Know When Next One Will Hit

A magnitude 6.0 earthquake rocked northern California’s Napa Valley on Sunday. Roads twisted and water mains burst. It was the wine country’s most severe quake in 15 years, and while hospitals treated many people, no one was killed. Arash Arabasadi has more from Washington on what the future may hold for those residents living on a fault line.
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Video 'Next Generation Leaders' Head Home After US Experience

Nine young people from around the world have been spending the past year in the United States -- learning the ins and outs of local government. They’re the first participants in a “Next Generation Leaders” program, run by a Washington-based policy institute. VOA’s Ia Meurmishvili attended their recent graduation ceremony, and has this report.
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Video Slain Missouri Teen's Funeral Draws Thousands

Thousands of people from across the country gathered Monday in the midwestern city of St. Louis, Missouri to say goodbye to the unarmed African-American teenager who was fatally shot by a white police officer during a street confrontation in nearby Ferguson. Differing eyewitnesses accounts touched off days of violent protests, which resulted in more than 100 arrests. VOA's Chris Simkins reports from St. Louis.
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Video Peace Returns to Ferguson as Community Tries to Heal

Thousands of people nationwide are expected to attend funeral services Monday in the U.S. Midwestern city of St. Louis, Missouri, for Michael Brown, the unarmed African-American teenager who was fatally shot by a white police officer August 9 in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. The shooting touched off days of violent demonstrations there, resulting in more than 100 arrests. VOA's Chris Simkins reports from Ferguson where the community is trying to move on after weeks of racial tension.
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Video Lawmakers Urge Obama to Expand Military Action Against Islamic State

Several congressional leaders are calling for expanded U.S. airstrikes against Islamic State targets, saying the murder of American journalist James Foley marks a turning point in assessing the threat posed by the militant network. VOA congressional correspondent Cindy Saine reports from Washington about the increasing pressure on President Barack Obama to consider strikes in Syria, as well as Iraq.
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Video Interactive Program Teaches About Plants

A special program created by the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington gives young students a hands-on opportunity to learn about plants and the importance they play in our day-to-day lives. VOA reporter Julie Taboh recently followed a group of area school children as they discovered what it is like to be a botanist for a day.
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Video Calls for Justice Grow as Ferguson Violence Fades

Calls for justice are growing louder in the embattled St. Louis suburb of Ferguson as violent protests give way to peaceful demonstrations. The unrest began after a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black teenager August 9 after a confrontation on a neighborhood street. VOA’s Mary Alice Salinas has the latest from Ferguson.
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Video US Defense Officials Plan for Long-Term Strategy to Contain Islamic State

U.S. defense officials say American air strikes in Iraq have helped deter Islamic State militants for the time being, but that a broad international effort is needed to defeat the extremists permanently. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned Thursday that the group formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, is better organized, and financially and militarily stronger than any other known terrorist group. Zlatica Hoke has more.
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Video Analysts Warn United Iraqi Effort Needed Against Islamic State Militants

While terrorism experts around the globe knew of the Islamic State militants in Syria -- also known as "ISIL" or "ISIS" -- they were taken aback at its rapid success in Iraq in recent months. ISIL used savvy messaging and political deal brokering to gain partners and take over a large territory. As VOA’s Ayesha Tanzeem reports, regional security analysts say unified efforts are needed to counter the militants' message and stop their momentum.
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Video Native Bees May Help Save Crops

U.S. President Barack Obama has called for a federal strategy to promote the health of bees that have been declining. The honeybee has been waning due to parasites, disease and pesticides. Wild bees may be used to take over their role as crop pollinators. Scientists first need to learn a lot more about wild bees, says biologist Sam Droege, who is pioneering the first national inventory on native bees. VOA’s Deborah Block went to his research laboratory in Beltsville, Maryland, to bring you more.
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Video US Business Leaders Argue for Immigration Reform

U.S. President Barack Obama’s proposed comprehensive immigration reform remains stalled in a politically divided Congress, but business leaders around the country say immigration reform is needed to keep the economy growing. The situation was the focus of a recent business forum in Houston, where VOA’s Greg Flakus filed this report.
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Video National Guard, America's Part-time Military, Helps Out in Times of Crisis

The governor of Missouri is pulling out National Guard troops who are assisting state and local police in Ferguson, Missouri, as protests continue there, following last week's killing of an unarmed African-American by a white police officer. VOAs Carolyn Presutti explains the difference between the National Guard and the US military, through this visit to a National Guard base in Pennsylvania. First, we must warn you that the beginning pictures are graphic.
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Video Holder Vows Fair, Thorough Probe in Ferguson Shooting Case

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is promising a fair and thorough federal investigation into the shooting death of black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Holder spoke about his visit to Ferguson in unusually personal terms to reporters upon his return to Washington, and VOA National correspondent Jim Malone has more.
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Video Embattled Ferguson Unites in Call for Justice, Peace

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has met with leaders of the embattled community of Ferguson, a predominantly African American suburb of St. Louis, Missouri. Ferguson has endured violent protests since the August 9 shooting death of a black unarmed teenager by a white police officer. But as VOA’s Mary Alice Salinas reports, the community is determined to end the unrest and seek justice.
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Video Obama Condemns Journalist Killing, Vows Justice

President Barack Obama has condemned the killing of American journalist James Foley and warned the United States will see that justice is done. VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.

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Defense Secretary Hagel says 7 European nations have joined the U.S. in giving arms to Kurdish forces to combat Islamic State militants
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Defense Secretary Hagel says 7 European nations have joined the U.S. in giving arms to Kurdish forces to combat Islamic State militants
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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel calls threat posed by Islamic State militants "beyond anything we have seen."
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