US Lawmakers Brace for End-of-Year Battles

Among challenges facing Congress – keeping federal government open, resolving battle with White House over admittance of Syrian refugees 

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US Lawmakers Brace for End-of-Year Battlesi
Michael Bowman
November 29, 2015 8:36 PM
U.S. lawmakers are returning to Washington for Congress’ final working weeks of the year. And, as VOA's Michael Bowman reports, a full slate of legislative business awaits them, from keeping the federal government open to resolving a battle with the White House over the admittance of Syrian refugees.

Video US Lawmakers Brace for End-of-Year Battles

U.S. lawmakers are returning to Washington for Congress’ final working weeks of the year. And, as VOA's Michael Bowman reports, a full slate of legislative business awaits them, from keeping the federal government open to resolving a battle with the White House over the admittance of Syrian refugees.

Video In New York, Warm Reception for Syrian Refugees

A divisive debate over the fate of Syrian refugees ripples across the United States. But in New York City, home to immigrants from all walks of life, community organizations are taking measures into their own hands to ensure that incoming refugees feel welcomed. Ramon Taylor reports.

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Video Syrian Refugees in US Express Concern for Those Left Behind

Syrian immigrants in the United States are concerned about the negative tide of public opinion and the politicians who want to block a U.S. plan to accept 10,000 Syrian refugees. Zlatica Hoke reports many Americans are fighting to dispel suspicions linking refugees to terrorists.

Video Indiana City Welcomes Myanmar Refugees, Struggles With Syrians

One midwestern U.S. city accustomed to taking in thousands of refugees from all over the world may be changing its policies. Following the Paris terror attacks, the governor of Indiana closed the door to Syrian refugees. As VOA's Carolyn Presutti reports from Fort Wayne, it's now a city divided between hospitality and safety.

Video Modern-Day Photographer Takes Old-Time 'Spirit' Photos

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Video North Korean Refugees Struggle to Adjust to US

The Refugee Processing Center, which is operated by the U.S. State Department, says there are some 190 North Korean refugees living in the United States. But there may be more who do not claim refugee status. As Elizabeth Lee reports from Los Angeles, many North Koreans have settled in California, where they are trying to adjust to their new lives.

Video US Retailers Gear Up for Holiday Shopping Season

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Video Obama: 'No Specific and Credible' Threat to US

In the wake of attacks claimed by the Islamic State militant group in Paris, Beirut, and Tunis, U.S. President Barack Obama is reassuring Americans on the threat of terrorism over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. “Right now, we know of any specific and credible intelligence indicating a plot on the homeland,” he says.

Video US Holiday Travelers Face Increased Security

As Americans take to the highways, skies and rails for their Thanksgiving holiday travel, most say that safety is something that concerns them. VOA’s Adrianna Zhang reports.

Video Protests in Chicago After Fatal Police Shooting Video Released

Tensions ran high overnight in the Midwest city of Chicago as protesters reacted to release of a police video.  The video shows a veteran white police officer shooting a black teenager.  VOA's Carolyn Presutti reports from Chicago

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Video Obama, Hollande Vow to Intensify Fight Against Islamic State

Less than two weeks after terrorists opened fire in a deadly attack in Paris, U.S. President Barack Obama and his French counterpart Francois Hollande pledged unity in the fight against the Islamic State militant group, which claimed responsibility for the attack that killed at least 130 people. But as VOA correspondent Aru Pande reports, Tuesday’s talks at the White House also covered the downing of a Russian jet over Turkey.

Video Kurds Seek Reconstruction Help After Liberating Sinjar

Kurdish forces backed by US air strikes liberated the city of Sinjar in Iraq from the Islamic State terrorist group earlier this month, and now are looking for help with reconstruction in the region. And the Yazidi population — a religious minority in Iraq's Kurdish region — is upset that nearly 3,000 Yazidi women and children kidnapped by the IS militants are still in captivity. VOA’s Kawa Omar reports, and Bronwyn Benito narrates his report.

Video Obama: US, France 'United' in Fight Against Terrorism

President welcomed his French counterpart to the White House for talks on how best to fight Islamic State militants in the wake of the deadly jihadist attacks on Paris.

Video People’s Tree on Capitol Hill Lights Up the Holiday Season

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Video Ahead of Pope Visit to Africa, Ex-Pat Priest Pines for Home

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Video US, Cambodian Navies Pair Up in Gulf of Thailand

The U.S. Navy has deployed one of its newest and most advanced ships to Cambodia to conduct joint training drills in the Gulf of Thailand. Riding hull-to-hull with Cambodian ships, the seamen of the USS Fort Worth are executing joint-training drills that will help build relations in Southeast Asia. David Boyle reports for VOA from Preah Sihanouk province.

Video Americans Sharpen Focus on Terrorism

Washington will be quieter than usual this week due to the Thanksgiving holiday, even as Americans across the nation register heightened concerns over possible terrorist threats. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports new polling data from ABC News and the Washington Post newspaper show an electorate increasingly focused on security issues after the deadly Islamic State attacks in Paris.

Video Kerry to Middle East for Talks on Syria, Israeli Unrest

Secretary of State John Kerry travels to the Middle East on Sunday for talks on the efforts to bring political stability to Syria. He is also expected to discuss the escalating violence between Israelis and Palestinians in what will be his first visit to Israel in more than a year. VOA State Department correspondent Pam Dockins has the story.

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