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South Sudan Floods
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Thousands of South Sudanese refugees are mired in flooded camps in Ethiopia. Marthe van der wolf reports from a camp in Gambella. (Full Story)

Somalia University Reopens
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Abandoned more than two decades ago, Somalia National University, located in the nation's capital, recently reopened to students from across the war ravaged country. Ini Thompson has the story. (Full Story)

Mozambique Energy
Thursday, October 30, 2014
With its rich reserves of untapped natural gas, Mozambique is poised to become a major energy supplier, a fact that became a central talking point in a recent national election. But not everyone is basking in the nation’s accumulating riches. VOA’s Anita Powell explains from Maputo. (Full Story)

Control of Senate in US Midterm Elections Could Hinge on Iowa Turnout
Thursday, October 30, 2014
The balance of power between Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. Senate hinges on the outcome of the November 4 midterm elections. Each party is campaigning for votes in close races, including the midwestern state of Iowa. The winner in Iowa could be decided by the party most successful in convincing their supporters to get out to vote. Even though the November 4 midterm elections are still days away, the polls are open in Iowa. Early voting here began in late September, and so far,... (Full Story)

Solar's Future Looks Brighter
Thursday, October 30, 2014
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 the silicon boride-coated nanoshell material that can be used in concentrating solar power (CSP) plants, according to a news release. Researchers said the new material could increase the efficiency of CSPs by about 30 percent. CSP plants... (Full Story)

Death of Zambian President Comes as Country Considers New Constitution
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Zambian president Michael Sata died Wednesday in London, where he had been undergoing treatment for an undisclosed illness.  His death comes as the Zambian government prepares to release its final draft of a new constitution - and as Zambians reflect on 50 years of freedom from colonial rule.  The southern African nation has been fairly stable for most of its life, with an economy recently classified by the World Bank as a lower-middle-income nation.   Plans to overhaul the... (Full Story)

Syrian Films Bring Horror, Hope
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Syrian filmmakers are touring European film festivals this week, screening "Our Terrible Country," a film that explores an intergenerational friendship amid kidnappings, war and exile.    In this documentary, a young man named Ziad laughs with his white-haired companion, Yassin. They are in Turkey, having fled Syria after Ziad was captured and tortured by Islamic State militants. Yassin is in exile, fearing both the government and the Islamic State. The film is not... (Full Story)

UN Launches Global Campaign to End Female Genital Mutilation
Thursday, October 30, 2014
The U.N. secretary-general has launched a global media campaign aimed at putting an end to female genital mutilation.    In 2012, the U.N. General Assembly adopted a resolution declaring zero tolerance for female genital mutilation [FGM], hoping to raise awareness against the practice. A U.N. report estimates 125 million girls and women have been cut in 29 countries in Africa and the Middle East. It says If current trends continue, 86 million young girls are likely to undergo... (Full Story)

UN Syria Envoy Proposes 'Freeze Zones' for Conflict
Thursday, October 30, 2014
The U.N. envoy on the Syrian crisis said Thursday that he is proposing “freeze zones” where fighting would stop in a bid to ease the suffering of millions of Syrians caught among their government, opposition groups and Islamic State fighters. Staffan de Mistura has spent the last 40 days traveling in the Middle East and beyond to meet key stakeholders in the Syrian conflict, which is slipping into its fourth year with no political solution in sight.  Fighting has left more than... (Full Story)

Control of Senate in US Midterm Elections Could Hinge on Iowa Turnout
Thursday, October 30, 2014
The balance of power between Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. Senate hinges on the outcome of the November 4 midterm elections. Each party is campaigning for votes in close races, including the midwestern state of Iowa. As VOA's Kane Farabaugh reports, the winner in Iowa could be decided by the party most successful in convincing their supporters to get out to vote. (Full Story)

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