November 26, 2014 14:19 UTC

Audio Group Claims Gender Equality Will End Hunger, Poverty

A Christian aid group calls for governments and employees to end discrimination against women and girls. Bread for the World says increasing educational levels, giving women more economic power and helping with child care will help them earn more. This will, in turn, help men and their families. More


In the News

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


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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.
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Video The Most “Wonder”ful Time of the Year

The Great Barrier Reef, Victoria Falls and the Grand Canyon. These are some of the world’s natural wonders. Jonathan Evans talks with callers about the great natural wonders on Planet Earth.

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

Obama Immigration

Video Republicans Promise to Fight Obama on Immigration

Republican Party lawmakers are promising to fight President Barack Obama’s executive order on immigration. The order protects millions of people who have been living in the United States illegally. The president’s announcement immediately angered Republicans in the U.S. Congress. 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

Gettysburg

Audio Battle of Gettysburg Ends the South’s Hopes

In the summer of 1863, Confederate General Robert E. Lee led his troops into northern territory. He faced the army of Union General George Meade in central Pennsylvania. The Battle of Gettsyburg was one of the most important fights in the war. Historians believe the battle ended the South's hopes. 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

 An Iraqi man reacts at the site of a car bomb explosion in the Shaab neighborhood of Baghdad, Iraq.

An Iraqi man reacts at the site of a car bomb explosion in the Shaab neighborhood of Baghdad, Iraq.

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