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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
Views: 159145 VOA News
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: 41546 VOA News
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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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: 33079 VOA News
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.
Views: 737627 VOA News
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.
Views: 365447 VOA News
'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: 380177 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: 78003 VOA News
Medieval Warriors in a Campground in Pennsylvania
 
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For two weeks every summer, a campground in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania is transformed into a medieval village where people dress and act as if they were living back in the middle ages. There are tournaments, musical performances and, perhaps most importantly, battles in nearby fields just for the honor and glory of it all. Our correspondent, Zorislav Baydyuk, reports on the Pennsic War -- a blend of the words Pennsylvania and Punic. Here is his report, as narrated by Julia Taboh.
Views: 110707 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: 64618 VOA News
Somali-American Tops Dubai Competition
 
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A Minnesota teenager is the first American to win the prestigious Dubai International Quran Recitation Contest. For VOA, Maxamuud Mascadde has the story from Minneapolis. Originally published at - https://www.voanews.com/a/somali-american-tops-dubai-competition/4429792.html
Views: 24544 VOA News
Trump Pennsylvania Supporters Savor Historic Win
 
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For almost 30 years, Pennsylvania's electoral college votes have gone to Democratic presidential candidates. But on election night, this battleground state went for Donald Trump. VOA's Katherine Gypson talked to Trump supporters from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, who were still surprised the day after his historic win. Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/a/trump-pennsylvania-supporters-savor-historic-win/3590419.html
Views: 29525 VOA News
Navajo Weavers Carry on Centuries-Old Tradition
 
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The Navajo Indians of the southwestern United States have been weaving blankets for hundreds of years. Originally, their primary goal was to make something that would keep them warm. In time, however, people began to appreciate the blankets for their beauty. Suli Yi of VOA's Mandarin Service traveled to Navajo country to learn about the Navajo weavers and their art. It is narrated by Ruth Reader.
Views: 20774 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.
Views: 53993 VOA News
T-Shirt Designer - a Young Entrepreneur to Watch
 
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Micha Weinblatt is considered one of the 10 'Generation Next' entrepreneurs to watch. The 28-year-old T-shirt designer launched his Crooked Monkey company in 2005. The designer's creations - shirts that are playful and irreverent - appeal to a younger generation.
Views: 219635 VOA News
American Comedy Show Finds Lots of Laughs in Iran
 
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According to a recent poll by Time Magazine - most Americans watch "funny" news versus "real" news because they find it to be more honest and revealing. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, a satirical news program, broadcasts on the Comedy Central network in the United States. Two weeks before the Iranian elections in June, The Daily Show sent a reporter and producer to Iran to get the funny truth about the country. Sahar Sarshar of VOA's Persian News Network reports.
Views: 97590 VOA News
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: 12841 VOA News
Clinton Victory Party Turns to Sorry  and Worry
 
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In a stunning upset, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton lost her bid to become the first woman president of the United States, losing to billionaire businessman Donald Trump. Ahead in most polls before Tuesday's vote, the mood at the Hillary Clinton watch party in New York changed drastically as the election returns came in. VOA’s Carolyn Presutti was there at the Javits Center in New York City. Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/a/clinton-victory-party-turns-to-sorry/3589002.html
Views: 559189 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: 254033 VOA News
Illinois' Solution to Asian Carp Invasion: Eat Them
 
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The Asian carp, a species of fish brought from China to the U.S. several decades ago, is a growing concern in the midwest state of Illinois. The number of Asian carp in the state's waterways has soared in recent years, choking out many native fish species. But state officials hope to solve the problem, and also strike a blow against local hunger, by changing public attitudes about the much-maligned fish.
Views: 22298 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.
Views: 347419 VOA News
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: 25081 VOA News
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.
Views: 18861 VOA News
Flat Sizes in Hong Kong Getting Smaller and Smaller
 
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Micro-apartments are a new trend in design in Western cities where downsizing is becoming a status symbol. But in Asia, small flats are not a trend but a life style. And, as Faiza Elmasry tells us, in Hong Kong, the city that’s often ranked as the world's costliest housing market, apartments are getting smaller and smaller. VOA's Faith Lapidus narrates. Originally published at - https://www.voanews.com/a/3957848.html
Views: 274967 VOA News
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.
Views: 21956 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: 32483 VOA News
The First 3D-Printed Building Goes Up in Denmark
 
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In the span of only a few years, printing of tri-dimensional objects has gone from toys to buildings, and 3D printers can now print with any material – from plastic and metal to concrete, so printing houses is gaining popularity. The first in Europe is a small office building, 3D-printed in Denmark. VOA’s George Putic has more. Originally published at - https://www.voanews.com/a/4340000.html
Views: 12834 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: 13097 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: 188326 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: 339821 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: 8199 VOA News
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.
Views: 92087 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: 85181 VOA News
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.
Views: 146948 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.
Views: 69544 VOA News
Dominican Sisters Attract Young Women to Life of Service
 
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Over the last few decades, the Roman Catholic Church in America has struggled to fill the ranks of its clergy. The average age of the church's serving priests and nuns is 70 and rising. But some Catholic orders in the United States are successfully attracting new members or postulants. Reporter Mike Osborne visited an order of Dominican sisters in the southern state of Tennessee where nearly a third of the sisters are under 30 years of age.
Views: 16189 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: 135035 VOA News
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.
Views: 150229 VOA News
John Brown Assessed 150 Years After Harpers Ferry Raid
 
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In the early 19th century, the United States was divided on the issue of slavery. In the south, slaves worked on large plantations and were critical to the production of cotton, tobacco and other cash crops. Some Americans advocated the abolishment of slavery. One man decided to take action by taking over Harpers Ferry, a small Virginia town with a major armory. John Brown's raid began on October 16th, 150 years ago. Brown was executed for his actions in December 1859. But even though long ago, his bid to end slavery is still being debated. VOA's Susan Logue reports.
Views: 29280 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.
Views: 19298 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
Views: 175565 VOA News
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: 7257 VOA News
50 Years Later, Eyewitnesses Remember Kennedy Assassination
 
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The events that took place in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963, and in the days that followed are some of the most analyzed and controversial moments in American history. And as VOA's Kane Farabaugh reports -- for those in Dallas who witnessed the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, those moments are permanently seared in their minds, and changed their lives forever.
Views: 58379 VOA News
New Flip Flop Qubits Could Bring Quantum Computers to Consumers
 
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Mention quantum computing and people generally think, "what the heck is quantum computing?" Quantum computing uses the "weirdness" of the quantum world to create a new way for computers to do their thinking. It leaves the fastest computers in the dust. Australian researchers may have taken a huge step toward making quantum computers cheap and accessible. VOA's Kevin Enochs reports. Originally published at - https://www.voanews.com/a/new-flip-flop-qubits-could-bring-quantum-computers-to-consumers/4031171.html
Views: 4479 VOA News
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.
Views: 787808 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
Views: 129416 VOA News
American Muslims Travel for Hajj by the Thousands
 
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One of a Muslim's duties, according to the five pillars of Islam, is to make a pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca at least once during his or her lifetime. An estimated three million Muslims have traveled to Mecca to perform the Hajj. This year, 12,000 American Muslims are performing this particular pillar of Islam. Mohamed Elshinnawi has more.
Views: 90924 VOA News
Goats for Rent
 
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With their four-chambered stomachs and insatiable desire to nibble on anything even resembling a plant, goats are gaining credibility as land clearers. As a result, the U.S. environmental movement has come up with a novel way to destroy large extensions of invasive weeds and grasses: Rent a Goat. So far, the results look like a win-win situation for all. Producer Zulima Palacio has the story. Mil Arcega narrates.
Views: 31156 VOA News
China Works to Improve Image in Africa
 
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China's activities in Africa have long been a target of criticism. But as VOA's Bill Ide reports from Beijing, its support of controversial leaders on the continent and massive hunger for resources have led some to question its intentions. Changing that perception has been a key point during Chinese President Xi Jinping's trip to Africa this week.
Views: 79549 VOA News
Despite Controversy, Business Owner Continues Sale of Confederate Flags
 
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At Cooter’s, a store in rural Sperryville, Virginia, about 120 kilometers west of Washington, D.C., Confederate flags are flying off the shelves. The red, white and blue battle flag, with 13 white stars representing the Confederate states, was carried by southern forces during the U.S. Civil War in the 1860s. The South had seceded from the Union over several key issues of disagreement, including slavery. VOA’s Deborah Block has the story. Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/media/video/despite-controversy-business-owner-continues-sale-of-confederate-flag/2887288.html
Views: 10859 VOA News

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