November 27, 2014 04:32 UTC

Video Thanksgiving, a Traditional American Holiday

Thanksgiving is celebrated every year on the fourth Thursday of November. The month of November comes in autumn, the main season for harvesting crops. Thanksgiving is an autumn harvest festival like those found in many cultures. It is viewed as the most traditional of all American holidays. More


In the News

New members of the Afghan National Army attend their graduation ceremony at the Afghan Military Academy in Kabul, Afghanistan, Nov. 23, 2014.

Audio US Says Military Operations in Afghanistan Remain the Same

Also in the news, India-Pakistan tensions remain at a major South Asia conference in Kathmandu, Nepal; Hong Kong police arrest student leaders and clear streets around Mong Kok; The Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC) of Colombia frees two soldiers to restart peace talks with the government. More


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Sierra Leone Uses Radio to Replace Classesi
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Video Sierra Leone Uses Radio to Replace Classes

The Ebola crisis has cause more than 1 million children to stop going to school.
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Video People Travel to South Africa for Cosmetic Surgery

Clients can spend anywhere from $5,000 to $7,000 on a cosmetic treatment.
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Video International Students Talk About Studying in the US

Adam Brock talked via Skype with international students at California State University at Los Angeles about studying in the United States.
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Video Farm Visitors Increase Farm Profits

Tourists in the U.S. harvest apples, ride on farm wagons and walk in the fields. In 2012, people spent $700 million on agri-tourism in the United States, a large increase from five years earlier.
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Video Scientists Put Living Human Tissue on a Computer Chip

The chips are being developed as part of a program called the Tissue Chip for Drug Screening Program.
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Video English in a Minute: Clear the Air

Sometimes you have to "clear the air." Learn what this American English phrase means by watching this video.
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Video News Words: Fraud

Our hosts explain the word "fraud" in the week's News Words program. Then, comment or ask a question about using this word in the comment section below.
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Video China Launches a New Development Bank

China is backing a new development bank aimed at providing capital for infrastructure such as roads, ports and railways. Some are concerned such a bank would conflict with the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank.
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Video Writing Groups Can Help Student Do Better on Papers

Sharing a paper with other readers for suggestions and advise can help.
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Video How a Magician Uses His Trade to Heal

A magician decides to use his tricks for a bigger purpose than just entertaining an audience. But can magic really heal?
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Video Cow Head Meat Remains Popular in South Africa

People in many countries will not eat it, but in South Africa some men say it tastes good and there is a market for the unusual food.
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Video Researchers Develop Method for Printing Tissue

Using the process called biofabrication, medical researchers are developing a method for using three dimensional printing of tissue that can be used in the body.
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Video English in a Minute: Calling Someone's Bluff

When do you the idiom "call someone's bluff" in a conversation? Watch this video and learn all about it.
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Video News Words: Solution

Our hosts explain the term solution and how it may be used in the news. Then, write a comment or ask us a question in the comment section below.
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Video Luxembourg Set to End Bank Secrecy

The small European nation will end its bank secrecy rules in 2017. Austria will do the same in the following year. It is estimated that countries would raise $200 billion if money hidden in tax havens were taxed.

World

People hide from gunfire near church during firefight between African peacekeepers, fighters from the Christian "anti-balaka" militia, Bangui, Feb. 18, 2014.

Audio Central African Republic Losing the Next Generation

Thousands of people have been killed in the fighting in the Central African Republic, and many have been forced from their homes. Among the victims are children whose parents died or have gone missing. For these boys and girls, joining an armed group is one of the only ways to find protection. More

Business and Economics

Video Farm Visitors Increase Farm Profits

In 2012, people spent $700 million on agri-tourism in the United States, a large increase from five years earlier. Fun on the farm is in full swing across the United States, as many farms host festivals and other activities to attract tourists. VOA visited Montpelier Farms in Maryland. More

Entertainment

"Point and Shoot": An American Filmmaker

Video American Filmmaker 'Point and Shoot' in Libya

The story sounds like a work of fiction: An American filmmaker takes to the road on a motorcycle. He and his video camera travel around the Arab world. He ended up fighting with Libyan rebels opposed to Gadhafi and made a movie. The movie won the top documentary prize at Tribeca. More

Health

PLASTIC DREAMS

Audio Surgery Safaris: Looking for the Perfect Body

Many people these days are going as far as South Africa to get their version of perfection. People from across Africa and the world come for so-called “surgery safaris.” There are no animals to see on these safaris. The visitors instead look for smaller stomachs, firmer bottoms or perhaps new eye. More

America

A protester stands with his hands on his head as a cloud of tear gas approaches after a grand jury returned no indictment in the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, Nov. 24, 2014.

Audio New Violence Hits Ferguson, Missouri

An American grand jury ruling has resulted in new violence in the city of Ferguson, Missouri. The jurors decided not to charge a white police officer who shot and killed an unarmed African American teenager last August. The decision was announced Monday -- more than three months after the shooting. More

Science and Technology

Mr. Van Rijsselberghe worked on the project with scientists from the Free University of Amsterdam.

Video Dutch Experiment Grows Vegetables in Sea Water

Due to rising sea level, farmers are increasingly unable to use fields close to the sea. A farmer in the Netherlands is growing small, but healthy and tasty crops in a mixture of fresh and salt water. Farmers in Pakistan may soon be growing Dutch potatoes in areas affected by rising sea waters. More

History

A line from Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address is displayed at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.

Audio Lincoln's Words at Gettysburg Still Have Meaning

On November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln said no one would remember his speech at a battlefield cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. But Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address remains one of the most important speeches in U.S. history. | The Making of a Nation More

Education

Access students in Banda Aceh, Indonesia

Video US Teachers Reach Out to Indonesians in 'Access'

Access provides two years of free English classes to needy young people around the world. One of the largest Access programs is in Indonesia --with about 1,000 students. To find out if there will be an Access class near you, contact the U.S. Embassy in your home country. More

VOA SPECIAL REPORT

Mohamed Mohamud, a Somali-American, told his father he was going to a mosque early for Friday prayers. Two days later, he sent a text message from Istanbul saying he was joining his “brothers” (Islamic State) in Syria.

Mohamed Mohamud, a Somali-American, told his father he was going to a mosque early for Friday prayers. Two days later, he sent a text message from Istanbul saying he was joining his “brothers” (Islamic State) in Syria.

The Day in Photos

 A macaw stands outside a window of an apartment, waiting to be fed by the apartment owner, in Caracas, Venezuela.

A macaw stands outside a window of an apartment, waiting to be fed by the apartment owner, in Caracas, Venezuela.

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