• Deadline Looms for Iran Nuclear Talks

    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 Ashton on the Iran’s nuclear program. Negotiators for the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany face a November deadline to reach a nuclear agreement with Iran. VOA State Department correspondent Pam Dockins reports.

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  • Researchers Use Computerized Harness to Communicate With Dogs

    Dog-loving scientists at North Carolina State University have figured out a way to communicate better with man’s best friend — via tactile means, not verbally.

    David Roberts, a mathematician and computer scientist at the Raleigh university, said he and his colleagues have developed a comfortable harness with a small computer mounted on it that allows dog owners to detect, from a distance, what Fido is doing and feeling.

    “This involves outfitting the harness with a bunch of sensors…

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  • Gorgeous Fall Leaves Unfold Along Virginia’s Blue Ridge Parkway

    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. VOA’s Deborah Block takes us for a drive along the Virginia section of the parkway to show us the stunning displays.

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  • Iraqi Kurds Join Syrian Kurds in Fight for Kobani

    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 pershmer…

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  • Zambia Workers Group ‘Concerned’ Over Power Struggle

    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 is an affront to the people of Zambia, and undermines the cultural sensibilities and respect that should be accorded the late president.

    “It’s very disappointing that leaders at that level can ignore and put aside our values customary…

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  • Wilderness Awaits in the Okefenokee Swamp

    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 20th century to drain the 180-thousand hectare wilderness and reclaim it as farmland. Developers dug a 19-kilometer long canal, right into the center of the swamp, called the Suwanee Canal. But the project failed: it had engineering problems,…

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  • Wilderness Awaits in the Okefenokee Swamp

    Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Wilderness Act designating some federally owned lands as wilderness areas. These large tracts of land had few roads or buildings, offered opportunities for outdoor recreation, and were important beca…

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  • Kerry, Iranian FM to Hold Nuclear Talks in November

    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…

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  • NYC Kids Draw Worldwide Praise for Chorus

    Fourteen-hundred fresh-faced, eager, talented, New York youngsters blending their voices — the Young People’s Chorus of New York City — are making an impact on the world. VOA’s Bernard Shusman reports from New York.

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  • The Correspondents

    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 and viewer real context and understanding of what’s driving the story.

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