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New Wind Turbine Design Good for Rural, Urban Environment
 
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Wind power is one of the fastest growing forms of alternative energy in the world. More and more, wind power mills are seen in the countryside, in large wind farms and for the most part, away from city life. But a new form of wind power is now designed to work in an urban environment. VOA producer Zulima Palacio has the story. Mill Arcega narrates.
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A 50% More Efficient Internal Combustion Engine
 
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Internal combustion engines in cars may be on their way out, but experts agree it will take a few decades before electric-powered vehicles become dominant. Meanwhile, the existing gas and diesel engines can be made more efficient and less polluting. With a $9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, a U.S.-based company is using an old technological concept to build a power train that is 50 percent more fuel-efficient and just as powerful as conventional engines, as VOA’s George Putic Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/media/video/3250126.html
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Comanche Chief Quanah Parker’s Century-Old House Falling Apart
 
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One of the most fascinating people in U.S. history was Quanah Parker, the last chief of the American Indian tribe, the Comanche. He was the son of a Comanche warrior and a white woman who had been captured by the Indians. Parker was a fierce warrior until 1875 when he led his people to Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and took on a new, peaceful life. As VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Cache, Oklahoma, Quanah’s image remains strong among his people, but part of his heritage is in danger of disappearing. Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/media/video/comanche-chief-quanah-parker-century-old-house-is-falling-apart/2498130.html
Views: 47542 VOA News
Young Bluegrass Musician Headed for Nashville
 
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Just as classical musicians aspire to perform one day at New York's Carnegie Hall, country and bluegrass musicians dream of playing at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. Thirteen-year-old Gaven Largent will be doing just that next month. VOA's Susan Logue caught up with him at his home in Winchester, Virginia, and prepared this profile.
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Navajo Code Talkers Honored in New York
 
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The elite Marine unit of Navajo soldiers whose cryptic code remained unbroken during World War Two was honored at the annual Veterans' Day parade in New York City. The Code Talkers are using their trip as a bid to raise funds for a museum to honor their contribution to defeating the Japanese. Few of the original 400 Navajo Code Talkers are still alive. They say unless a museum is built quickly, their experiences will die with them. Nathan King reports:
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Stradivarius Secret Found By Texas Chemist
 
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Music lovers around the world sing the praises of certain violins and cellos that were made more than 300 years ago in the small city of Cremona in northern Italy. The instruments made by Antonio Stradivarius, in particular, are highly regarded and the few hundred that survive today command prices in the millions of dollars. For many years craftsmen and scientists have studied these violins to find their secret. Now, a chemist in Texas claims he has already found it -- not in the structure of the instruments, but in chemicals used to preserve the wood.
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Philippines Call Center Workers Cope With Advantages, Disadvantages of Industry
 
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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. Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/media/video/philippines-call-center-workers-cope-with-advantages-disadvantages/2661584.html
Views: 35712 VOA News
Left Behind in Vietnam. VOA Connect
 
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Left Behind in Vietnam tells the story of a Vietnam War love affair, a baby, and 48 years later, a reunion. VOA's new weekly program VOAConnect brings together stories of people across the United States and around the world, from a virtual reality brain surgeon ushering in a new age of medicine to a Vietnam War vet connecting to the daughter he never knew. It's a place to meet street artists and high tech innovators, and everyone in between. SUBSCRIBE for the latest news and updates from VOICE OF AMERICA ► https://www.youtube.com/c/voanews?sub... Follow VOA News across the web: FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/voiceofamerica/ TWITTER: https://twitter.com/voanews INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/voanews Voice of America (VOA) is the largest U.S. international broadcaster, providing news and information in more than 40 languages to an estimated weekly audience of 236.8 million people. VOA produces content for digital, television, and radio platforms. It is easily accessed via your mobile phone and on social media. It is also distributed by satellite, cable, FM and MW, and is carried on a network of approximately 3,000 affiliate stations.
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'Art and Soul' of World's Most Expensive Violin
 
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When many of us think of precious objects, it is often the largest gems or the most famous paintings that come to mind. But certain rare violins inspire the same awe - and command the same astronomical prices - as these other treasures. VOA's Adam Phillips tells us about one particular violin's pride of place in the rarified world of high-end stringed instruments.
Views: 393367 VOA News
Putin and Xi make pancakes
 
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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping did a spot of cooking Tuesday, on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok. The two leaders made Russian pancakes, stuffed with black and red caviar, washed down with some Russian vodka. The two toured a cultural expo following a day of meetings in the Far Eastern city.
Views: 1125386 VOA News
Virginia Commune Still Draws Members After 40 Years
 
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In the 1960s, they were called communes. Today, they're known as intentional communities. Some are spiritually-based. Others focus on environmental concerns. But all believe in sharing. Twin Oaks, located two hours south of Washington DC, is one of the oldest intentional communities in the United States. VOA's Susan Logue paid a visit.
Views: 69614 VOA News
Moroccan Villagers Make Their Desert Bloom
 
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The edge of the Sahara desert seems an unlikely spot for an organic farm, but that didn't stop a group of poor villagers in the village of Hart Chaou, 300 kilometers southeast of Marrakesh, from planting one. Reporting for VOA, Solana Pyne describes a Moroccan community farm that could be a model for other drought-prone regions.
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Empowering Employees with Disabilities
 
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Lifelong intellectual disabilities often can hinder a person's ability to acquire skills or get a job. The people who run the Wildflour catering company near Washington, DC know that, so they have made a special effort to hire people with disabilities. VOA's June Soh visited Wildflour and learned that the company gives its employees marketable skills, and sends them home with more than just a paycheck. Amy Katz narrates.
Views: 17000 VOA News
Looking Back: Beatles Take US by Storm
 
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This week marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' first appearances in the United States, and the beginning of the U.S. version of "Beatlemania." When the Beatles touched down in New York on February 7, 1964 few knew that American music and culture would change forever. The Beatles arrived in a country still mourning the loss of President John F. Kennedy, assassinated just months before. Americans were ready for something that would lighten the somber mood. The Beatles delivered some levity and joy. The Beatles had come to America to perform on the Ed Sullivan TV show, and more than 70 million people tuned in. It was then the largest TV audience ever for an entertainment show. Laurel Bowman takes a look back.
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US Military's Language School Draws Positive Attention
 
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The U.S. Defense Language Institute (DLI) is the largest language school in the world. It was established a decade ago to provide linguistic and cultural instruction to the Defense Department and other Federal Agencies. Today, the Institute's Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC) has 26 Language Training Detachments, supporting different types of missions worldwide. Reza Allahyari, of VOA's Persian News Network has this report from Monterey, California.
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For African-American Muslims, Ramadan Has Special Meaning
 
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As the month of Ramadan begins, many millions of Muslims around the world are joining in a collective fast intended to help purify their souls. But for the more than half a million African-American Muslims, many of whom descend from former slaves, Ramadan has a special meaning -- a link between the African-American experience and the Islamic tradition of spiritual freedom. VOA's Mana Rabiee has more.
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Russian Monarchy Still a Touchy Issue, 100 Years After Revolution
 
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Russia this year is marking 100 years since the Russian Revolution, which ended centuries of monarchy and led to the rise of a new empire -- the Soviet Union.  Russia's "February Revolution," which was in March in the Gregorian calendar, saw Tsar Nicholas the Second abdicate in the face of a popular uprising.  But, as VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Saint Petersburg, there are still Russians today who defend the monarchy as sacred, and a few who even hope for its return. Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/a/russian-monarchy-still-a-touchy-issue-100-years-after-revolution/3751056.html
Views: 14902 VOA News
Germany's Health Care: Quality Care for All
 
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With Congress back in session, debate over reforming the American health care system is once again in full swing. Supporters of universal health care want the U.S. system to be more like those in Europe, with the government taking an active role to guarantee coverage for everyone. Those who oppose drastic changes in the U.S. system say greater government involvement and universal coverage guarantees will push the U.S. toward socialism. Germans have the oldest universal health care system in Europe - its origins go back more than a century - and they are generally pleased with the care they receive. Is there a lesson there for America? VOA's Sonja Pace reports from the German capital, Berlin.
Views: 79021 VOA News
Afrikaner Farmers Migrating to Georgia
 
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A South African court earlier this week convicted Julius Malema, president of the African National Congress Youth League, of hate speech for singing "shoot the Boer, kill the Boer" at a rally last year. But some Boers, or white South African farmers, say they have had enough of violence and racial tension in South Africa and are planning to move out. VOA's James Brooke visited one Afrikaner who started farming this year in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia.
Views: 267498 VOA News
Foreign Students Adapt to Rigors of US Naval Academy
 
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Throughout its long history, the U.S. Naval Academy has produced prominent leaders, like former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and Senator John McCain. The academy prepares young men and women to become officers in the U.S. Navy or Marine Corps. But not all of its undergraduate students - known as midshipmen - are American. Dozens are foreign exchange students who return home to serve their countries after graduating. Ramon Taylor has the story for VOA.
Views: 14031 VOA News
Going to Camp to Become a Sports Mascot
 
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Mascots help to get crowds excited at every level of sports competitions - from high schools to professional teams. Companies and organizations also use the costumed characters to present a friendly corporate image. June Soh shows what it takes to bring those furry, comic costumes to life and what it is like being inside them, especially in the sizzling summer heat.
Views: 89536 VOA News
Graphene Manufacturing Picks Up in USB
 
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A version of the mineral graphite, called graphene, is often called 'The Material of the 21st Century' because of its special properties. Some U.S. companies are already using graphene for advanced technology products. VOA’s George Putic visited one such company, close to Washington D.C. Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/media/video/2676176.html
Views: 33420 VOA News
One Man Creates Army of Tiny Soldiers to Replicate Battle of Waterloo
 
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Next year marks the bicentennial of the Battle of Waterloo, when French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte was defeated by an international force led by England and Prussia. Just in time for the observance, a retired U.S. military officer is recreating the battlefield - in miniature, with a quarter-million tiny hand-painted soldiers. VOA's June Soh got a preview. Carol Pearson narrates.
Views: 355617 VOA News
Be a Cowboy on an American Longhorn Ranch
 
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Have you ever imagined being a cowboy - riding horses and herding cattle on a ranch? What does it take to be a cowboy, and what do you have to give up? VOA's Enming Liu and Lin Yang recently went to a longhorn cattle ranch near Dodge City, Kansas, and bring you the real lifestyle of a ranch family. Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/media/video/2982664.html
Views: 15401 VOA News
American Girls Join Boys Football Team
 
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Tennis, badminton and table tennis are some of the few sports in which men and women compete together on the same team. Rarely does it happen in rugged American-style football. But VOA's Tala Hadavi found a suburban Washington school where three girls have joined what is typically a male-dominated sport.
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U.S. Library of Congress' Digital Collection One of World's Largest
 
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The U.S. Library of Congress is well known for being the world's largest library. That is, in the traditional, paper format. Now, the library is on the way to hosting the largest digital collection in the world with more than 700 terabytes of data. VOA's Zulima Palacio explored the "cyber" world of the Library of Congress and prepared this story. Carolyn Presutti narrates.
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Kenya's FlipFlop Recycling Company turns Ocean's Trash to Treasure
 
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While doing marine conservation projects at the Kenyan coast several years ago, one woman observed children making toys out of flip-flops that were washing up on shore. So she started a business to make colorful, fashionable products from flip-flops - while creating jobs and cleaning up the waterways. Jill Craig has more from Nairobi.
Views: 27059 VOA News
Farming With Salty Water Is Possible
 
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One of the many adverse effects of global climate change is the rise of sea levels, which scientists say can increase the salinity level of fresh water reserves. As saline water cannot be used for irrigation, farm fields close to the seashore are lost to agriculture. But a farm in Netherlands has managed to grow healthy and tasty vegetables in soil irrigated with salt water. VOA’s George Putic reports. Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/media/video/farming-with-salty-water-is-possible/2509863.html
Views: 204137 VOA News
US Schools Try New Bilingual Education Method
 
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Americans are not known for their ability to speak foreign languages, and efforts to teach them to children have often been ineffective and sometimes even controversial. Now, educators believe they've found a better way to do it. VOA's Jerome Socolovsky went to a bilingual school in a suburb of Washington, DC.
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Museum of Chinese in America Shows a Little-Known History
 
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Chinese have been in America since before the United States was founded, though few in numbers until the 1840s. Like other ethnic groups, they faced prejudice and exclusion, until the civil rights movements of the 1960s began to tear down racial barriers in education and jobs. In 1980, a museum dedicated to their story started as the Chinatown History Project. The Museum of Chinese in America opened this year at a new site in New York's Chinatown. VOA New York correspondent Carolyn Weaver has more.
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Artist Sells 1,600 Carved Eggshells a Year
 
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Few people, we're sure, have ever seen carved eggshells. These have no relationship to eggs that are painted or decorated with gems or other jewels, like Faberge's famous eggs, which weren't even eggs. One artist in the Washington DC area is delicately sculpting on eggshells. Her eggshells are seen frequently in local art galleries. VOA Zulima Palacio spent time with Tina Kannapel and her cats - mostly NOT walking on eggshells.
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Woman Converts to Islam After Relatives Are Killed on 9/11
 
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When Islamic terrorists attacked the United States in 2001, some Americans were angry at Islam, because they see all Muslims as potential terrorists. Others now understand Islam better because it gets so much attention in the media. VOA's Carolyn Presutti tells the story of one woman experienced loss in 2001, but then turned to the same religion that some blamed.
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Bicycling to Work Gains Popularity in Los Angeles
 
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Los Angeles is known for its car culture. The city is spread out and public transportation is either slow or limited. As a result, people drive everywhere, causing congestion almost any time of day. A small but growing group of bicycle enthusiasts is trying to change L.A. car culture with what's called L.A. Bike Trains. Elizabeth Lee has the details from Los Angeles.
Views: 6442 VOA News
Want a Successful Startup? Adopt the Silicon Valley Culture
 
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California's Silicon Valley is known for innovation and the countless number of technology startups in the area. While many of these companies are working on very different products, entrepreneurs tend to share a culture of openness and a free exchange of ideas. VOA's Elizabeth Lee spoke to a Silicon Valley entrepreneur from Latin America who believes the region would benefit from the kind of mentality that exists in Silicon Valley. Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/media/video/successful-startup-silicon-valley-culture-trust/3418848.html
Views: 9070 VOA News
Tidal Energy Taking Hold In England
 
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A massive renewable energy project could change the seascape of the Welsh city of Swansea in coming years. The plan is to encase the city's lagoon in a horshoe shaped causeway that will serve as a giant tidal generator. The four year project is massive but if its approved would create a long-term reliable source of clean energy. VOA's Kevin Enochs report. Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/a/tidal-energy-taking-hold-in-england/3783125.html
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World's Largest Advanced Water Treatment Plant at Work in DC
 
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Water flows a long and winding path from the sink to the ecosystem, but not before making an all-important stop at a waste water treatment plant. It's more than just cleaning out dirt and debris we can see; it's about removing invisible contaminants that could poison nearby waters. Arash Arabasadi reports from Washington. Originally published at - https://www.voanews.com/a/worlds-largest-advanced-water-treatment-plant-at-work-in-dc/4058475.html
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Philadelphia's Battle Against Opioids Takes Aim at Hard-Hit Neighborhood
 
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President Trump's opioid commission is calling for more federal funding to battle addiction and deadly opioid drug-related overdoses in the United States. More than 175 Americans are dying every day and the Trump administration has declared the opioid crisis a “public health emergency”. VOA's Chris Simkins takes us to a hard hit Philadelphia neighborhood where the opioid epidemic is on open display. Originally published at - https://www.voanews.com/a/4148055.html
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Explainer: What is the Perfect Tech Swimming Suit?
 
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Controversy on "technology doping" has shadowed the Olympic swimming suits recently. For centuries, swimming naked was considered best, but changing mores and technical innovations have made swimsuits a battleground over speed. And at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, the race continues. Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/media/video/explainer-tech-swimming-olympic-games/3451397.html
Views: 59991 VOA News
Understanding High Frequency Trading
 
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High Frequency Trading has been around for a while but has been getting more attention since the unprecedented intraday U.S. stock market crash, known as the flash crash, on May 6th, 2010, when the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped nearly 1000 points in a half hour before recovering in minutes. What is high frequency trading? VOA's Philip Alexiou reports.
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Latinas Converting to Islam for Identity, Structure
 
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Latinos are one of the fastest growing groups in the Muslim religion. According to the Pew Research Center, about 6 percent of American Muslims are Latino. And a little more than half of new converts are female. VOA’s Carolyn Presutti travelled to Miami, Florida -- where two out of every three residents is Hispanic -- to learn more. Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/media/video/latinas-converting-to-islam-for-identity-structure/2488234.html
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Poland Offers Warm Welcome as Trump Backs NATO, Pledges to Defend Borders, Defeat Terror
 
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U.S. President Donald Trump warns that the values of the West are under attack and questions whether its people have the will to fight for them. During a speech in Poland to mark his second trip to Europe, Trump delivered some of his strongest remarks yet about Russia, warning Moscow that it must stop what he termed its ‘destabilizing’ actions in Ukraine and Syria. Henry Ridgwell reports from Warsaw. Originally published at - https://www.voanews.com/a/poland-offers-warm-welcome-as-trump-backs-nato-pledges-to-defeat-terrorism-/3931493.html
Views: 13533 VOA News
Migrant Caravan Shrinks After Trump's Warning
 
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Thousands of migrants, mostly from Honduras, have amassed at Guatemala's border with Mexico seeking passage through its territory on their way to the United States. But many have returned to Honduras after facing hardship on the way, or running into obstacles on the Mexican border. U.S. President Donald Trump has warned Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico of repercussions if they do not stop the caravan. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports some migrants are determined to reach the United States at any cost. Originally published at - https://www.voanews.com/a/4623415.html
Views: 139498 VOA News
China Turning Pakistan Port Into Regional Giant
 
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An unprecedented Chinese financial and construction effort is rapidly developing Pakistan’s strategically located Arabian Sea port of Gwadar into one of the world’s largest transit and transshipment cargo facilities. VOA’s Ayaz Gul reports both sides are hoping to turn the port city into the gateway of a multibillion dollar bilateral economic corridor being built to connect the two allied nations. Originally published at - https://www.voanews.com/a/4083585.html
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Cavalia: a Dazzling Display of Horse Power and Beauty
 
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A show that has charmed millions of people in other parts of the world is now playing in the United States. What makes Cavalia special is that the stars are horses, riders, and acrobats who combine to create a visual extravaganza. Breshna Omarkhel of VOA's Afghanistan Service produced the piece. It is narrated by Penelope Poulou.
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Researchers See Trend of People Moving Between Texas, California
 
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The recession and collapse of the housing industry in the United States is causing many Americans to move in search of jobs and a cheaper place to live. But a researcher at the University of California says there has been an unexpected decline in overall state to state migration since the recession. He calls it the "staying home phenomenon." Of those who did move, many are moving between California and Texas.
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12,000 UN Peacekeepers in Southern Lebanon
 
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The United Nations has been deploying peacekeepers to trouble spots around the world for more than 60 years.The U.N. Security Council authorizes deployment of peacekeepers to countries torn by conflict to help create conditions for lasting peace. Today, more than 90,000 men and women from more than 100 countries wear the "blue helmet" of the United Nations. VOA U.N. Correspondent Margaret Besheer recently visited the U.N. mission in southern Lebanon - known as UNIFIL -- to find out more about what peacekeepers do.
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Foreign Medical Students Talk About Challenges in US
 
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International students who want to get their medical education in the U-S face almost insurmountable challenges. Most public schools won’t accept them, and private universities have very few openings for highly competitive slots. That said, it’s not impossible. VOA’s Linda Ringe spoke to some international students at Johns Hopkins medical school to see how they overcame the odds. Amy Katz narrates her report. Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/a/3617092.html
Views: 8522 VOA News
The Damage Done: The Unwanted (Philadelphia, Pa.) | Episode 1
 
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Explore VOA's "The Damage Done" documentary series at https://projects.voanews.com/opioids/ Police move in to clear out encampments of addicts in Philadelphia’s Kensington neighborhood. Now, the question is: Where will they go next?
Views: 195498 VOA News
Language Link Helps Haitian Teens Adapt to US School
 
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Thousands of Haitians sought refuge in the United States after last year's devastating earthquake in Haiti. Many are young people, now enrolled in U.S. schools, surrounded by a new language and culture. VOA's Alex Villarreal tells us how one high school in Florida is helping the students adjust.
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From Dishwasher to Millionaire, Ethiopian Refugee Achieves American Dream
 
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Once a refugee, an Ethiopian immigrant to the United States is now a successful businessman running a multimillion dollar transportation company. VOA's Tigist Geme recently documented his journey to achieving the American Dream. Originally published at - https://www.voanews.com/a/dishwasher-to-millionaire-ethiopian-refugee-achieves-american-dream/4060119.html
Views: 27959 VOA News