More than 3,000 Iraqi Christians have sought refuge from the fighting in their country in churches in Jordan. And Caritas, an aid group affiliated with the Catholic Church says it expects more than 1,000 more to arrive in the coming days. Unlike the Muslim refugees who have taken shelter in UN-organized camps around the country, the Christians have sought safe haven among membersof their faith.
The arrests of public performers, or buskers, in New York City have increased drastically from just a year ago. This is a result of new city police commissioner William Bratton's "broken windows" policing strategy that assumes targeting low-level crimes will deter more serious crimes. VOA Persian reporter Tala Hadavi met with a couple of buskers to find out more.
Despite serious attempts to grow the tepid interest in the United States of soccer -- or football, as it is known internationally -- and its marquee event, the World Cup, the sport may have a long way to go before it becomes a so-called "religion" in the U.S. Still, record numbers of attendees have flocked to public viewings around the country. Tala Hadavi visited Bryant Park for VOA to get an idea of the soccer fever that has gripped New York City.