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Scientists have created a new solar power material they call the “black hole of light” because it can absorb and convert to heat 90 percent of the sunlight it captures. A team of researchers at the University of California at San Diego developed...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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China is hosting an international conference on Afghanistan's security and re-construction, highlighting China's growing role in Afghanistan as U.S. and NATO forces depart. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani attended the opening...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Friday, October 31, 2014
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A small but growing number of women in the United States are choosing to give birth using the services of a certified nurse-midwife rather than an obstetrician. The number of midwife-attended births - at home, in birthing centers and in hospitals - reached...
From: Voice of America | By: Julie Taboh | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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As Myanmar’s real estate market booms, there are increasing complaints of land confiscation from people who say they are being illegally evicted from their property and cut out of huge profits. Steve Sandford reports from Yangon, where an industrial...
From: Voice of America | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Pakistan has renewed its pledge to extend support for peace and reconciliation efforts in Afghanistan and open a “new chapter” in its relations with the strife-torn neighboring country.  The statement came as U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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The White House opened its lawn to thousands of young trick-or-treaters Friday as President Barack Obama celebrated Halloween with local schoolchildren. The president and first lady Michelle Obama handed out butter cookies, licorice and chocolate candies...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Saturday, November 1, 2014
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The Pentagon says increased Russian flights over parts of Europe are unhelpful to the security situation there and risks an escalation of tensions. NATO has been tracking Russian fighter jets, long-range bombers and tankers across the Baltics, North...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Saturday, November 1, 2014
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Russia and Ukraine have signed an agreement to end their dispute over gas supplies. Analysts say the deal - brokered by the European Union - will relieve Kyiv’s fears that it might not have enough gas in storage to get through the coming winter. Henry...
From: Voice of America | By: Henry Ridgwell | Saturday, November 1, 2014
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is traveling to Europe, Asia and the Middle East for a series of meetings on numerous issues. In the Mideast, Kerry will visit Oman for a trilateral meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and EU rep Catherine...
From: Voice of America | By: Pamela Dockins | Friday, October 31, 2014
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In autumn, the Blue Ridge Parkway is considered one of the top places in the United States to see the colorful fall leaves. The scenic highway, which stretches through Virginia and North Carolina, also offers fantastic mountain views of woods and farmland....
From: Voice of America | By: Deborah Block | Friday, October 31, 2014
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The leader of Zambia’s Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) has expressed concern about the ongoing power struggle within the ruling Patriotic Party (PF) even before the burial of deceased President Michael Sata. Leonard Hikaumba said the power struggle...
From: Voice of America | By: Peter Clottey | Friday, October 31, 2014
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A convoy of 150 Iraqi Kurdish fighters have crossed from Turkey into Syria to bolster Syrian Kurds defending the city of Kobani from Islamic State militants. Kurdish civilians lined the road leading to the border crossing Friday, cheering the pershmerga...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Friday, October 31, 2014
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The Correspondents is VOA’s weekly discussion of the world’s top stories, as seen through the eyes of our dedicated reporters in the US and around the globe. Hosted by Mil Arcega, our panel of journalists goes beyond the headlines to give listeners...
From: Voice of America | Friday, October 31, 2014
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When you look at it on a map, the Okeefenokee Swamp seems too close to the Atlantic Ocean’s white sandy beaches and Florida’s golf courses and theme parks to be a wilderness area. That proximity led to an ill-conceived plan at the beginning of the...
From: Voice of America | Friday, October 31, 2014
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One of the largest Ebola treatment centers opened Friday in Liberia, as the death toll from the disease continues to rise in West Africa. Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf thanked the international community for its part in opening the 200-bed...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Friday, October 31, 2014
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will hold talks next month with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as the deadline for an agreement on Iran's nuclear program approaches. The State Department says Kerry will meet with the Iranian diplomat...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Friday, October 31, 2014
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According to a U.N. report, an estimated 15,000 fighters from around the world have left their homes to join extremist groups operating in Iraq and Syria. It adds that actual numbers could be even higher. The report, which was submitted to the U.N. Security...
From: Voice of America | By: Sharon Behn | Friday, October 31, 2014
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A suborbital passenger spaceship being developed by Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic crashed during a test flight on Friday at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California, officials said. Two pilots were aboard the spaceship, which was undergoing its...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Friday, October 31, 2014
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After a poor rainy season early this year, parts of southern Somalia now are being hit with severe floods. The rainy season that began in October has caused flooding along the Shebelle and Juba Rivers. The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization warns...
From: Voice of America | By: Joe DeCapua | Friday, October 31, 2014
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From: Voice of America | Friday, October 31, 2014
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The United Nations reports attacks on humanitarian workers are seriously hampering efforts to provide relief for hundreds of thousands of people who were forced to flee their homes in the Central African Republic.     Although the media and world...
From: Voice of America | By: Lisa Schlein | Friday, October 31, 2014
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The European Union will take another step towards normal relations with Zimbabwe as of Saturday by ending restrictions on aid, paving the way for 234 million euros ($293 million) of new funding, the bloc said on Friday. The 28-nation EU has been gradually...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Friday, October 31, 2014
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Russian President Vladimir Putin on the phone that Sunday's planned elections in eastern Ukraine were illegitimate and would not be recognized by European leaders, a Berlin government spokesman said on Friday. Merkel...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Friday, October 31, 2014
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Two notable studies on Ebola this week shed more light on why some people are devastated by the virus, while others manage to survive the deadly pathogen.   In one, researchers gathered data from 106 Ebola-stricken patients at the Kenema Government...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Friday, October 31, 2014
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General Honore Traore, the head of Burkina Faso's armed forces, took power on Friday after Compaore resigned amid mass demonstrations against an attempt to extend his 27-year rule in the West African country.
From: Voice of America | Friday, October 31, 2014
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Forty years ago, on Oct. 30, 1974, two American heavyweights slugged it out in Zaire - today's Democratic Republic of Congo - in a historic boxing match. “The Rumble in the Jungle,” as the fight was advertised in the U.S. and abroad, matched former...
From: Voice of America | By: Mike Richman | Friday, October 31, 2014
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Thousands have signed an online petition denouncing reported comments by an HSBC Holdings board member in which she likened Hong Kong protesters' demands for democracy to the emancipation of slaves. Laura Cha, who is also a member of Hong Kong's policy-making...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Friday, October 31, 2014
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New legislation being considered by the Turkish parliament allowing the seizure of property from those accused of conspiring against the government is causing concern among domestic and foreign investors. The homeland security reform bill will give police...
From: Voice of America | By: Dorian Jones | Friday, October 31, 2014
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It is exam time at Naivasha maximum security prison in central Kenya.   Inside a church building opposite the recreation yard, 18 inmates are taking Kenya's standardized secondary education test, the KCSE.   The prisoners sit at school desks holding...
From: Voice of America | By: Gabe Joselow | Friday, October 31, 2014
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In the last decade, at least a dozen African leaders - among them, the rulers of Algeria, Cameroon, Chad, Djibouti, Uganda and Zimbabwe - have amended their national constitutions to allow them to extend their time in office. The men who lead those six...
From: Voice of America | By: Anita Powell | Friday, October 31, 2014
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We’re breaking out the five most popular songs in the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart, for the week ending November 1, 2014. Once upon a time, when dinosaurs roamed the earth, male voices were heard in the Top 5. Alright, it was only two months...
From: Voice of America | By: Ray McDonald | Friday, October 31, 2014
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It was meant to be a rare gathering of the leaders of the western Balkan countries bidding to join the European Union, a moment of high symbolism two decades since the wars that tore apart Yugoslavia, but old enmities again got in the way. Leaders of...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Friday, October 31, 2014
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Somali pirates have freed seven Indian sailors detained for close to four years in exchange for an undisclosed ransom, Somali officials and a maritime monitoring group said on Friday. At one time the pirates made millions of dollars in ransoms from seizing...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Friday, October 31, 2014
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A car bomb exploded at a crowded bus stop in the northeast Nigerian city of Gombe on Friday, killing at least five people and wounding 15 others, witnesses said. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the blast. But Islamist group Boko Haram has...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Friday, October 31, 2014
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Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque was partially reopened Friday, as Israel security forces let in Muslim women and older men for prayers after shuttering the area completely a day earlier. Israeli police deployed heavily around the holy site known to Jews as...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Friday, October 31, 2014
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Chinese authorities Friday worked to clarify their response to the West African Ebola outbreak at a time when governments around the world are trying to determine the best way to prevent the virus from reaching their shores. In China, there has been...
From: Voice of America | By: William Ide | Friday, October 31, 2014
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A retired Burkina Faso general denied a military coup has taken place, telling VOA that unless the president steps down, the military will remain subordinate to the government. In an interview with VOA's French to Africa news service, retired General...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Friday, October 31, 2014
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Hong Kong student protest leaders are considering attending next month's conference of regional leaders in Beijing to make their case for democratic reforms in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. Alex Chow with the Federation of Students said during...
From: Voice of America | By: William Gallo | Friday, October 31, 2014
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Hungary's prime minister says plans for a tax on Internet use have been suspended and will be taken under consideration next year. Viktor Orban said Friday people have questioned the "rationality" of the issue. Tens of thousands of demonstrators took...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Friday, October 31, 2014
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Russia say gas supplies to Ukraine could resume as early as next week after Ukraine pays the first installment on its debt. Alexei Miller, the chief of Russia's state-controlled Gazprom said Friday a multi-billion-dollar deal worked out by Russia, Ukraine...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Friday, October 31, 2014
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China will dispatch an elite unit from the People's Liberation Army to help Ebola-hit Liberia, the Foreign Ministry said on Friday, responding to U.N. calls for a greater global effort to fight the deadly virus in West Africa. Washington has led the...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Friday, October 31, 2014
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One of Washington's most vocal opponents of the Castro brothers' regime in Cuba has blasted the U.S. decision to attend an Ebola conference in Havana this week. Representative Mario Diaz-Balart called the participation of a mid-level official from the...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Friday, October 31, 2014
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Thousands have signed an online petition denouncing reported comments by an HSBC Holdings board member in which she likened Hong Kong protesters' demands for democracy to the emancipation of slaves. Laura Cha, who is also a member of Hong Kong's policy-making...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Friday, October 31, 2014
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Burkina Faso's president has refused to step down, insisting he will stay in power and lead a transitional government that was announced following violent protests. At least three protesters were killed and dozens more injured Thursday after hundreds...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Friday, October 31, 2014
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The Bank of Japan surprised global financial markets on Friday by expanding its massive monetary easing as economic growth and inflation have not picked up as expected after a sales tax hike in April. The jolt from the BOJ, which had been expected to...
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Friday, October 31, 2014
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An American man who tried but failed to join the Islamic State militant group faces 15 years in prison after pleading guilty in the United States on Thursday for attempting to support a terrorist group. The case against 44-year-old Donald Ray Morgan...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Friday, October 31, 2014
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A U.S. nurse who cared for Ebola patients in West Africa has defied authorities in Maine by leaving her home before completing a three-week quarantine the state imposed on her. Meanwhile, the U.S. Defense Department says U.S. soldiers serving in the...
From: Voice of America | Friday, October 31, 2014
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With US elections just days away, public opinion polls show American voters are deeply dissatisfied with their government and anxious about threats from abroad. This is especially true for a key voting group both Republicans and Democrats are trying...
From: Voice of America | By: Cindy Saine | Friday, October 31, 2014
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President Barack Obama has called on Myanmar to hold an "inclusive and credible process" for conducting parliamentary elections in 2015. President Obama's comment was made during separate phone calls Thursday with Myanmar President Thein Sein and opposition...
From: Voice of America | By: William Gallo | Friday, October 31, 2014
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A young American takes to the road with his video camera, in a motorcycle journey around the Arab world, and ends up fighting alongside Libyan rebels. It may sound like fiction, but it’s a true story, and the subject of a new documentary, “Point...
From: Voice of America | By: Carolyn Weaver | Friday, October 31, 2014
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