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Rwandans Still Hurting 20 Years After Genocide (VOA On Assignment Apr. 18, 2014)i
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April 18, 2014
VOA East Africa Correspondent Gabe Joselow was in Rwanda as the country marked two decades since its devastating 1994 genocide. Sharing his experience with On Assignment's Alex Villarreal, Gabe says there are still lingering wounds.
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Video Rwandans Still Hurting 20 Years After Genocide (VOA On Assignment Apr. 18, 2014)

VOA East Africa Correspondent Gabe Joselow was in Rwanda as the country marked two decades since its devastating 1994 genocide. Sharing his experience with On Assignment's Alex Villarreal, Gabe says there are still lingering wounds.
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Video Carter Decries Abuse of Girls in India

A 2013 State Department report on human trafficking says there are 26 million people around the world who are victims of modern day slavery, many of them young girls. The problem is a growing concern, particularly in India. VOA's Kane Farabaugh spoke recently with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter about the problem, which is addressed in his new book, "A Call to Action."
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Video Donetsk Governor: Ukraine Military Assault 'Delicate But Necessary'

Around a dozen state buildings in eastern Ukraine remain in the hands of pro-Russian protesters who are demanding a referendum on self-rule. The governor of the whole Donetsk region is among those forced out by the protesters. He spoke to VOA's Henry Ridgwell from his temporary new office in Donetsk city.
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Video Critics Say Venezuelan Protests Test Limits of Military's Support

During the two months of deadly anti-government protests that have rocked the oil-rich nation of Venezuela, President Nicolas Maduro has accused the opposition of trying to initiate a coup. Though a small number of military officers have been arrested for allegedly plotting against the government, VOA’s Brian Padden reports the leadership of the armed forces continues to support the president, at least for now.
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Video Drones May Soon Send Data From High Seas

Drones are usually associated with unmanned flying vehicles, but autonomous watercraft are also becoming useful tools for jobs ranging from scientific exploration to law enforcement to searching for a missing airliner in the Indian Ocean. VOA’s George Putic reports on sea-faring drones.
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Video Boston Gears for First Marathon After 2013 Bombings

The northeastern U.S. city of Boston is getting ready for its first marathon after the 2013 race in which terrorist bombs killed three people and wounded 265 others. This year, the annual Boston Marathon takes place April 21, with about 36,000 participants registered -- thousands more than last year. Zlatica Hoke reports that organizers, survivors and participants are determined not to allow painful memories of last year's bloodshed to undermine a tradition that started in 1897.
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Video More Millenials Unplug to Embrace Board Games

A big new trend in the U.S. toy industry has more consumers switching off their high-tech gadgets to play with classic toys, like board games. This is especially true among the so-called millenial generation - those born in the 1980's and 90's. Elizabeth Lee has more from an unusual café in Los Angeles, where the new trend is popular and business is booming.
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Video Millions Labor in Pakistan's Informal Economy

The World Bank says that in Pakistan, roughly 70 percent work in the so-called informal sector, a part of the economy that is unregulated and untaxed. VOA's Sharon Behn reports from Islamabad on how the informal sector impact's the Pakistani economy.
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Video Ray Bonneville Sings the Blues and More on New CD

Singer/songwriter Ray Bonneville has released a new CD called “Easy Gone” with music that reflects his musical and personal journey from French-speaking Canada to his current home in Austin,Texas. The eclectic artist’s fan base extends from Texas to various parts of North America and Europe. VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Austin.

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FILE - President Barack Obama delivers his weekly speech, April 5, 2014.

Obama Reflects on Easter

In weekly address, president said Saturday holy days remind us of our 'responsibilities to God and, as God's children, our responsibilities to one another' More

Asia

The family member of a missing passenger who was on South Korean ferry Sewol, which sank in the sea off Jindo, is helped as she cries while waiting for news from the rescue team, at a gym in Jindo, Apr. 18, 2014.

Multimedia S. Korean Police Arrest Captain of Doomed Ferry

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Africa

South Sudan's Foreign Minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin speaks during a press conference with Interior minister Aleu Ayienyi Aleu (L), in Juba, South Sudan, April 18, 2014. The Government of South Sudan strongly condemns the attack on innocent civilians in

Fifty-Eight Killed in Attack on UN South Sudan Base

Officials say victims include women, children - and many are ethnic Nuers - who sought refuge at the compound in Bor after fighting erupted in country late last year More

Middle East

FILES - Two of the French journalists kidnapped in Syria.

French Journalists Kidnapped in Syria Free

Reuters news agency reports four journalists, who went missing in June, were found by Turkish soldiers on Syrian border with their hands and eyes bound More

Americas

Haitian woman Romaine, one of the thousands made homeless by the 2010 earthquake, leans on a wall being built by the owners of the land where she lives in Shelter Camp 3, one of 385 informal 'tent cities' still existing since the disaster, in the Delmas suburb of Port-au-Prince, April 22, 2013.

Audit Finds US Housing Aid Program in Haiti Falls Short

Results show post-earthquake USAID program has delivered only a quarter of planned number of homes at nearly twice the budgeted cost More

Science & Technology

A rocket carrying the SpaceX Dragon ship lifts off from launch complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida, April 18, 2014.

SpaceX Rocket Lifts Off for Space Station Cargo Run

Dragon ship is loaded with about 2,300 kilograms of equipment, science experiments and supplies, and due to reach station on Sunday More

Arts & Entertainment

Selfies: Taking Photos of Yourself More Popular Than Ever

Video Selfies: Taking Photos of Yourself More Popular Than Ever

The saying that a picture is worth a thousand words may be especially true these days with huge amount of people snapping away More

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Saxophonist Craig Handy has an exciting new band called 2nd Line Smith, which combines the organ-jazz repertoire of Jimmy Smith with the “second line” rhythms of New Orleans parade music. Craig Handy joins "Beyond Category" host Eric Felten at Washington’s Bohemian Caverns jazz club to talk about the music and perform with the band.

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