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Top UN Ebola Coordinator on His Way to Africa

Tue, 2014-08-19 21:21
The senior United Nations coordinator on the Ebola virus says he will travel to Africa later this week. Dr. David Nabarro in New York Tuesday said he met with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and is headed to Washington for meetings Wednesday with officials from the Centers for Disease Control and the World Bank. He departs Wednesday evening for Senegal. Nabarro will have meetings in Dakar on Thursday; then go to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. He says he also may go to...

Attacks on Aid Workers Hit Record High

Tue, 2014-08-19 21:17
Violence against aid workers hit a record high last year, according to research released Tuesday. London-based consultancy group Humanitarian Outcomes says worldwide 155 aid workers were killed, 171 seriously wounded and 134 were kidnapped in 2013. The group's Aid Worker Security Report says the numbers represent a 66 percent increase in victims from 2012. Three-quarters of the attacks took place in just five countries - Afghanistan, Pakistan, South Sudan, Sudan and Syria. ...

Texas Governor Vows to Prevail Over Abuse of Power Charges

Tue, 2014-08-19 21:12
One-time U.S. Republican presidential candidate and current Texas Governor Rick Perry was fingerprinted and photographed at a courthouse in the state capital, Austin, Tuesday, vowing to prevail over charges of abuse of power. A grand jury indicted Perry last week on allegations that he threatened to cut funding to an investigative office to coerce a Democratic district attorney to resign. A cheerful Perry insisted Tuesday he did nothing illegal. He said a governor has the...

Pentagon Program Under Scrutiny Amid Ferguson Crisis

Tue, 2014-08-19 20:45
It's an unusual scene in the United States. Protesters in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri, angered by the shooting of an unarmed teen, are confronted by police with armored vehicles and holding assault rifles. Now, a Department of Defense program that gives military equipment to local law enforcement agencies has come under scrutiny. It's called the Pentagon's Excess Property Program. Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby says the Congressionally mandated...

In Ukraine, Fear and Distrust Remain Where Fighting has Stopped

Tue, 2014-08-19 19:56
As the Ukrainian military reclaims control of eastern cities from pro-Russian separatists, residents are getting a chance to rebuild their lives.  In the town of Kramatorsk in Donetsk province, a sense of fear is still in the air, and distrust of the government in Kyiv still runs deep. In a leafy neighborhood of Kramatorsk, residents are cleaning up the debris of war. Tolia, a pensioner, is fixing up his home, damaged as Ukrainian forces battled armed rebels who took over the town...

Five Patients Given Experimental Ebola Drug Said To Be Improving

Tue, 2014-08-19 19:51
Without specific drugs or a vaccine for Ebola, the only thing doctors can do for those suffering from this disease is treat their symptoms and hope their bodies can fight the virus.  Ebola is killing at least half of those who get it.  So far, it has claimed the lives of more than 1,200 people. The World Health Organization has approved the use of experimental treatments for Ebola patients in West Africa.  Zmapp, one of those drugs, have been given to six people: three...

In Ukraine, Fear and Distrust Remain Where Fighting has Stopped

Tue, 2014-08-19 19:45
As the Ukrainian military reclaims control of eastern cities from pro-Russian separatists, residents are getting a chance to rebuild their lives. VOA's Gabe Joselow reports from the town of Kramatorsk in Donetsk province, where a sense of fear is still in the air, and distrust of the government in Kyiv still runs deep.

Five Patients Given Experimental Ebola Drug Said to Be Improving

Tue, 2014-08-19 19:43
The World Health Organization has approved the use of experimental treatments for Ebola patients in West Africa. The Ebola outbreak there is unprecedented, the disease deadly. The number of people who have died from Ebola has surpassed 1,200. VOA's Carol Pearson reports on the ethical considerations of allowing experimental drugs to be used.

New York Buskers Getting Arrested Despite MTA Law

Tue, 2014-08-19 19:33
The arrests of public performers, or buskers, in New York City have increased drastically from just a year ago. This is a result of new city police commissioner William Bratton’s “broken windows” policing strategy that assumes targeting low-level crimes will deter more serious crimes. VOA Persian reporter Tala Hadavi met with a couple of buskers to find out more.

US Attempting to Verify Beheading of Journalist

Tue, 2014-08-19 18:46
The Obama administration says it is trying confirm the authenticity of a video that purports to show the killing of an American photojournalist by Islamic State militants. The militant group Islamic State on Tuesday released a video it claims shows the beheading of James Wright Foley as a message to the United States to stop intervening in Iraq. White House National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said "if genuine, we are appalled by the brutal murder of an innocent...

Conflicting Accounts Cloud Investigation Into Fatal Police Shooting

Tue, 2014-08-19 18:19
A grand jury in the state of Missouri will hear evidence in the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teenager in the town of Ferguson.  The August 9th shooting which has sparked days of violent protests in Ferguson, a Saint Louis suburb. Prosecutors are examining evidence in the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown by Ferguson , Missouri police officer, Darren Wilson. Since the shooting, residents in the predominantly African American community have demanded answers about...

US Airstrikes May Push Islamic State Back into Fight Against Assad

Tue, 2014-08-19 18:19
Syria and the United States are both attacking Islamic State militants who have displaced thousands of civilians in Syria and northern Iraq. But as VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns reports, U.S. airstrikes in Iraq could push those forces back across the border and again into the fight against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

US Airstrikes May Push Islamic State Back into Fight Against Assad

Tue, 2014-08-19 18:10
Syria and the United States are both attacking Islamic State militants who have displaced thousands of civilians in Syria and northern Iraq.   But, U.S. airstrikes in Iraq could push those forces back across the border and again into the fight against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. While the fighters of the Islamic State have been sweeping through Iraq in recent weeks, Syrian troops have kept up their fight against both it and the opposition rebels - regaining ground near the...

Conflicting Accounts Cloud Investigation Into Fatal Police Shooting

Tue, 2014-08-19 17:35
A grand jury in the state of Missouri will hear evidence in the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teenager in the town of Ferguson. VOA’s Chris Simkins has more on the investigation into the August 9th shooting which has sparked days of violent protests in Ferguson, a Saint Louis suburb.

Leading The Fight Against Islamic State, Kurds Question Iraqi Future

Tue, 2014-08-19 16:54
Western countries including the United States have begun arming the Kurdish Peshmerga forces in northern Iraq to aid their battle against extremist Sunni militants from the Islamic State. But there are concerns that a heavily-armed Kurdistan Regional Government, or KRG, might seek to declare independence and cause the break-up of the Iraqi state. As Henry Ridgwell reports from London, the KRG says it will only seek greater autonomy from Baghdad.

Nigeria Health Minister Expresses Confidence in Ebola Containment Measures

Tue, 2014-08-19 16:43
Nigeria’s health minister says the administration has made strides in containing the Ebola disease by implementing a “multidimensional and Multi-sectorial” approach to combat the disease after some infected patients were successfully treated and discharged. There have been 12 confirmed Ebola cases in Nigeria with at least four deaths. Onyebuchi Chukwu said the government will not relent on its effort to eradicate the Ebola disease in spite of the successes of containing the virus which...

Dutch Review Energy Ties With Russia After MH17 Crash

Tue, 2014-08-19 15:54
The Netherlands is reviewing its extensive energy ties with Russia after the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine a month ago in an attack that killed nearly 200 Dutch nationals, officials and analysts said. Successive Dutch governments boosted political and economic ties with Russia, which has become a leading fuel exporter to the Netherlands as it pursued a strategy to become northwest Europe's main energy hub. Fuel imports from Russia to the...

UN Ramps Up Major Aid Operation for Iraq

Tue, 2014-08-19 15:44
The United Nations said Tuesday it is launching a major aid response in Iraq, sending in material via air, land and sea to help tens of thousands of refugees fleeing extremist violence in northern Iraq. According to the UN, Iraq's humanitarian challenges are "immense." The organization plans to deliver thousands of tents, plastic sheets, cooking sets and containers for water and fuel to the thousands who have taken refuge in Iraqi Kurdistan. Many of them are camping out...

Iraqi Minorities Seek UN Emergency Session

Tue, 2014-08-19 15:23
An international coalition of activists is calling on the U.N. Human Rights Council to convene an emergency session on the plight of minority groups in Iraq, including the Yazidis and Christians.  The coalition says urgent action is needed to save the people whose lives and cultural heritage are in grave danger.  The rights activists said the U.N. council could not physically protect the hundreds of thousands of Yazidis, Christians and other Iraqi minorities forced to flee from...

Clinton-Obama Relationship Could Impact 2016 Election

Tue, 2014-08-19 14:35
President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have a long and complicated relationship. That relationship took another turn recently when Clinton criticized the president’s foreign policy, saying in a magazine interview that merely avoiding foreign policy mistakes should not be an organizing principle of U.S. foreign policy. VOA National Correspondent Jim Malone reports there is renewed attention on the Clinton-Obama relationship as Hillary Clinton considers running...

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