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Cambodia’s Circus School: Vaulting Young Performers to a Better Life

Cambodia’s Circus School: Vaulting Young Performers to a Better Life

05/14/2015
Joining the circus is a staple for young dreamers around the world – and in Cambodia too, where the skills some youngsters learn can turn their lives around. VOA met one graduate of a school where a fortunate few underprivileged children are taught an unusually broad curriculum. More

Video Volunteers Pull Together to Aid Baltimore Riot Victims

Calm has returned to Baltimore, Maryland, after authorities lifted an overnight curfew imposed almost a week ago to stem the rioting that followed the funeral of Freddie Gray - the 25-year-old black man who died of spinal injuries suffered while in police custody. Six police officers, three of them African-American, have been charged in connection with his death. Baltimore is now trying to get back to normal, in part with the help of volunteers who responded to calls to help those in the city'

Video 'Resounding Earth' - Forging Music From Metal

Sometimes you can feel the clear sound of a bell from your head to your feet. Take that idea and think big and you may have an idea of what Augusta Read Thomas is trying to do with "Resounding Earth." June Soh has more.

Video Evelyn Rubio Releases Sexy and 'Saxy' New CD

Mexican-born and Houston-based blues singer Evelyn Rubio has released a new CD that shows off her talents as a singer, songwriter and dynamic saxophone player. She also has a music video that shows both her sexy and “saxy” sides.

Video Study: Insecticide Damaging Wild Bee Populations

A popular but controversial type of insecticide is damaging important wild bee populations, according to a new study. VOA’s Steve Baragona has more.

Video Teen Business Owner Creates Recipe for Success

Like many people, Bree Britt dreamed of starting her own business. But unlike many people, the 16-year-old didn’t wait till she grew up to become an entrepreneur. She’s already launched her own business.

Video Seoul Highlights Environmental Investments at Climate Change Conference

At a major climate change conference in South Korea’s capital city, Seoul showcases its efforts to greatly reduce air pollution, increase energy efficiency and improve urban environments.

Video San Francisco Artists Make Art From Trash

It is said that one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. That idea helped inspire a program in San Francisco, in which recycled materials are used to create works of art.

Video Report: State of Black America a 'Tale of Two Nations'

The National Urban League "State of Black America" report is described as a "tale of two nations." The annual report found that under an equality index African Americans had only 72% parity compared to whites in areas such as education, economics, health, social justice and civic engagement.

Video New Girls' Clothing Line Challenges Gender Stereotypes

Many little girls like dolls, flowers, butterflies and ponies. A lot of them also like cars, robots, dinosaurs, and spaceships. Two mothers decided to make clothes that reflect all the things that little girls are, and do, and love.

Video With New Perks, New York Aims to Keep Garment Industry in City

Many of the world's most revered designers create their fashions in New York City. But often those designs are manufactured overseas to save money. Now, New York is providing economic incentives to encourage more manufacturing in the city and entice emerging designers to take root there.

Video Archaeologists, Law Enforcement on Lookout for Looted Artifacts

The looting and destruction of historic sites and artifacts by Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria has sparked outrage around the world. Archaeologists are concerned that important and sensitive sites may have been permanently damaged by extremists.

Video Saharan Dust Feeds Amazon Rainforest

The world’s largest desert and the world’s largest rainforest are linked by a transoceanic stream of dust. VOA’s Steve Baragona has more on this tale of global interconnectedness.

Video Yearlong Space Mission Will Provide Unique Opportunity for Medical Study

U.S. astronaut Scott Kelly is scheduled to go to the International Space Station for the second time. Scientists hope the yearlong mission will provide important information about the physical and mental effects of living in space for a long period.

Video War in Ukraine Leaves Many Elderly in a Vulnerable Position

In eastern Ukraine, the elderly are left especially vulnerable by the conflict between government forces and Russian-backed separatists. The UN estimates that more than half of those displaced by the fighting are seniors, who often suffer from ill health, anxiety and a lack of basic services.

Video Horseback Riders Kick Off Rodeo Season in Houston

The annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the largest event of its kind in the world, kicked off on Saturday with a downtown parade featuring trail riders from all over Texas and even as far as the Mexican border region. The trail rides are themselves part of a tradition that dates back to 1952.

Video US Supreme Court Hears Hijab Discrimination Case

The U.S. Supreme Court has heard opening arguments in a workplace religious discrimination case that examines whether a clothing store can refuse to hire a young woman for wearing the headscarf she says is a symbol of her Muslim faith. Katherine Gypson reports from the Supreme Court.

Video Deep Under Antarctic Ice Sheet, Life!

With the end of summer in the Southern hemisphere, the Antarctic research season is over. Scientists from Northern Illinois University are back in their laboratory after a 3-month expedition on the Ross Ice Shelf, the world’s largest floating ice sheet.

Video Scientists Go to Extremes to Save Crops' Wild Relatives

With the global population growing and temperatures climbing, experts say feeding the world will be a major challenge in the coming decades. Scientists are searching the globe for ways to adapt our crops for an uncertain future. They are finding help in some unusual places.

Video Hawaii Scientists Study Threatened Shark Species

Many shark species are endangered or threatened, the result of fishing, climate change and ocean pollution. Mike O’Sullivan reports from Honolulu that scientists are getting a shark’s-eye view of their environment to better understand the threats that face this important predator.

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  • FIFA President Sepp Blatter delivers his speech during the opening ceremony of the 65th FIFA Congress in Zurich, Switzerland, May 28, 2015.

    Audio FIFA President: Charges Bring Shame to Sport

    FIFA President Sepp Blatter said corruption scandals within the world soccer organization have brought "shame and humiliation" on the sport. Also in the news, Iranian foreign minister expresses hope for nuclear deal; President Barack Obama hosts a Twitter chat on climate change. More

  • Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis arrives for a meeting of eurozone creditors earlier in May.

    Audio Greece Says No Payment to Lenders Without Deal

    Greece has said it cannot make its debt payment to the International Monetary Fund for June. The country’s Interior Minister Nikos Voutsis spoke on Greek television Sunday. He said the country needs to reach a deal with its creditors or it will not be able to make payments. More

  • Audio Extreme Heat in India Kills Over 1100

    Indian officials say most of the heat-related deaths were reported in the southeastern states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. The unusually hot weather is reaching temperatures above 46 degrees Celsius. People most at risk are those who work outside. Help may come with monsoon rains. More

  • A picture taken on March 14, 2014 shows Syrian citizens walking in the ancient oasis city of Palmyra, 215 kilometres northeast of Damascus.

    Audio Islamic State Executes 20 in Palmyra Roman Theater

    A Human Rights group says that the Islamic State militants have executed 20 people in the ancient Roman theater in Palmyra, a UNESCO World heritage site. Also in the news, Heat wave kills 1,100 in India; Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum announces his campaign for president. More

  • U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announces an indictment against nine FIFA officials and five corporate executives for racketeering, conspiracy and corruption at a news conference, in Brooklyn, New York, May 27, 2015.

    Audio US, Swiss Officials Take Action against FIFA in Corruption Cases

    United States officials have brought charges against current and former leaders of FIFA, the group that governs the sport of football around the world. A U.S. federal indictment accuses them of corruption and other wrongdoing. More

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    Architects, engineers and building supervisors will soon be able to quickly collect information that once took weeks to measure and process. Scientists have developed a device to gather information about building interiors – the design and exact measurements of a building. More

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