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In Syrian Crisis, Social Media Offer Small Comforts

In Syrian Crisis, Social Media Offer Small Comforts

06/23/2015
The Za'atari refugee camp in Jordan is where many Syrian refugees live. Inside the camp, families are using the social media mobile phone applications to send messages to friends and families. More

Video Oysters Make Comeback in New York's Great South Bay

The Blue Point oyster which originates in Long Island’s Great South Bay, about 60 kilometers (40 miles) from New York City, is making a comeback after almost disappearing from the world marketplace.

Video Making Homeless People Homeowners

Doris Buffett, the sister of billionaire investor Warren Buffett, has donated one million dollars through a non-profit organization to house homeless people with mental illness.

Video US Senate Ends Government Collection of Phone Records

President Barack Obama has signs a bill to reform and restart the collection of American's telephone records. The U.S. Senate on Tuesday approved legislation, already passed by the House of Representatives, ending the government's collection of telephone data intended to prevent terrorist attacks.

Video Purple Door Coffeeshop: Changing Lives One Cup at a Time

For a quarter of his life, Kevin Persons lived on the street. Today, he is working behind the counter of an espresso bar, serving coffee and working to transition off the streets and into a home.

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

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.

Video Report: Proper Forest Management a Key to Feeding Planet

The world population is expected to reach 9 billion by 2050. By that time, the demand for food will double. According to a new report, the world's forests, if managed properly, could provide some help in reducing hunger and improving nutrition.

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.

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  • Video Japanese-Americans Remember End of World War II

    VOA goes to a gathering of old men who served in the American military during the war. They fought against Japan while their families were being detained in internment camps in the US. “I…felt very strongly that we needed to show that we were patriotic Americans.” | As It Is More

  • Audio Chinese Children Seeking a Happy Ending

    Repeated cases of child abuse in China have shocked the country. They also have led to more protection of children’s rights. But child welfare activists say the government and private groups need to do more to stop neglect and violence against children. More

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    Audio Tunisia Detains 12 in Connection with Hotel Attacks

    Also in the news today, an Afghan court is canceling death sentences given to four men for a mob killing of a woman; At least 36 dead in Philippines boat accident, and dozens remain missing; and the United States and Japan will face each other again in the Women’s World Cup final this Sunday. More

  • President Barack Obama, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, July 1, 2015.

    Audio U.S. and Cuba to Reopen Embassies

    Sec. of State John Kerry will travel to Havana to raise the U.S. flag over the first American embassy there in 50 years. Also in the news, Islamic State group claims attacks in Egypt’s Sinai; Liberian president calls new Ebola case “disturbing”; U.S. advances to Women's World Cup final. More

  • Audio Clash Reported at Border of Vietnam, Cambodia

    Cambodian and Vietnamese social media have been reporting on a clash along the border between the two countries. The fighting happened Sunday. Hundreds of Cambodians and Vietnamese were involved. At least 10 people were reported injured. More

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    Video Demons, Male Dancers and Dinosaurs at Theaters Everywhere

    Arnold Schwarzenegger returns as the Terminator and Channing Tatum reprises his role as stripper Magic Mike. But there are also scary movies about demon children, comedies with a talking teddy bear and a marijuana-smoking secret agent; and a documentary about the late British singer Amy Winehouse. More

  • Audio Sweet Potatoes as Medicine

    Researchers have helped to reduce a major health problem with a simple food – the orange sweet potato. A program created to help farmers grow the crop has unexpected and healthy results. Some reports say this is the first time an agricultural program has had a major effect on health. More

  • Video Robots Ready to Work in Restaurants

    For many years, machines have been doing work that people once did, including some difficult jobs. Search and rescue operations employ high technology robots. But there is another area that may soon take jobs traditionally held by human beings: the restaurant industry. More

  • Audio More American Fathers Stay Home to Raise Kids

    More and more fathers in the United States are trading in the traditional role of breadwinner -- the person earning money -- for the role of stay-at-home dad. Meet two fathers who have been on this road for the past decade. You can also learn some great words such as "clique" and "masculinity." More

  • Audio Don't Be Caught With Your Pants Down

    Are you too big for your boots? Do you often fly by the seat of your pants? Learn what these clothing expressions mean and so many others. You may be excited to get started but keep your shirt on! Be patient. All you have to do is click on this episode of Words and Their Stories. More

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