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The Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi, will discuss arms and energy during his visit to Moscow, his first in more than 20 years. As Libya could buy more than $US 2 billion worth of Russian weapons, Gaddafi's trip is seen as an opportunity to woo him away from Western companies who've been lobbying hard for lucrative contracts since the UN lifted sanctions in 2003.

Obama Competitive In Republican Stronghold North Carolina

With just days before the US presidential election, opinion polls indicate growing support for Democratic nominee Senator Barack Obama. Even traditionally conservative North Carolina is now considered a "toss up," where both Obama and Republican nominee Senator John Mcain are virtually tied in the polls. This is a surprising development in a traditionally conservative state where in 2004 President George W. Bush won by 12 percentage points.
VOA's Brian Padden reports from North Carolina that the state is now in play because of the economy, an energized Democratic organization, and Republican neglect.

Japan's economic hardships

Japan's prime minister has unveiled a $300bn spending package to give a boost Asia's largest economy. Exports are down, and many large corporations are reporting poor earnings and profits. And as Al Jazeera's Aya Asakura reports, local businesses are being hit as well.

McCain fights for Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania, with its 21 electoral votes, has gone Democratic in recent presidential elections but the campaign of Republican John McCain believes it can still eke out a victory. Even though Democrat Barack Obama leads the polls in Pennsylvania, McCain is pouring in resources and making frequent visits hoping to attract support. VOA's Bill Rodgers was in Pennsylvania and reports on the ground game by the two campaigns to win the state.

The Bush Years Part 8

Leading up to the American presidential election, CBC producer Terence McKenna takes a retrospective look at U.S. President George W. Bush, arguably one of the most controversial public figures of recent memory. (Part 8 of 8)

Pakistan quake catastrophe

Rescue efforts are under way in southwestern Pakistan after a powerful earthquake hit the region. More than 150 people are confirmed dead. The 6.4 magnitude earthquake has flattened hundreds of mud and timber houses. The epicentre of the quake was 60km from Quetta near the valley of Zairat. Al Jazeera's Kamal Hyder reports.

Will the US voting system hold up?

If the last two US presidential races are anything to go by, this year's race could be just as controversial, with voter irregularities and the customary legal wrangling.

Experts say that the huge voter turnout expected on election day could overwhelm the new electronic voting system prompting a repeat of the debacles seen in 2000 and 2004.

So is history about to be repeated or will the US voting system hold up?

And will the outcome of the election be what polls suggest? At the moment it seems as though Barack Obama will be the clear winner. But what if many voters hide their true preferences or change their minds at the very last minute?

Republican influence wanes in key US swing state

Voting in the US' crucial battleground states could swing the country's presidential election.

With just one week to go now, Barack Obama appears to be winning the fight for them, leading John McCain in 5 of 8 key states.

Democratic candidate Obama is ahead in Virginia, North Carolina, Missouri, Nevada and Ohio.

Ohio has been a happy hunting ground for Republicans in recent years, but as Teresa Bo reports from Zanesville, opinion on the candidates is now more evenly divided.

Has the US surge worked in Iraq?

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Has the US military troop surge worked in Iraq? Has the Al-Mahdi army finally been defeated, and is this the end of the armed Shia resistance to the occupation?

Filmmakers Rick Rowley and David Enders returned to Muqtada Al-Sadr's stronghold in Baghdad's Sadr City to look for answers for People & Power.

Debating the Debates

John McCain and Barack Obama met in three debates ahead of the U.S. presidential election. The match-ups were filled with verbal blows, character attacks and angry denials. Did the negative rhetoric change the media's view of the two men battling to be the next president of the United States?

How Sarah Palin won my vote

The US republican presidential candidate John McCain caused controversy when he chose Sarah Palin, the governor of Alaska, to be his running mate.
While some view her as inexperienced, others support her for being a career driven woman and a mother.
Here's why Virginia mother and business woman, Beth Tweddle, says Palin won her vote.

Study Shows Millions of US Children Without Health Insurance

In many parts of the world, parents have two choices -- either pay the full cost of medical care for their children or hope that free treatment will be available under government programs. In the United States, much of the cost of a child's medical care is usually absorbed by the family's health insurance plan. But for parents, the cost of health insurance has steadily outstripped the cost of inflation in recent years. VOA's Melinda Smith has more on the dilemma many working parents face when their child gets sick.

Made in Iran

When you think of car makers - Ford, Toyota, Nissan or BMW will probably spring to mind. But the name Khodro is not so well known, even though its the biggest car maker in the Middle East. And because they are made in Iran, international sanctions are putting the brakes on exports as Al Jazeera's Alireza Ronaghi reports.

Local demand fuels Cambodian child prostitution

The problem of child prostitution in Cambodia is often depicted as an industry which serves predatory foreign tourists.

But the vast majority of customers who pay for underage sex are local, Cambodian men.

It has been suggested that one in 40 Cambodian girls is sold into sex slavery.

David Hawkins reports from the capital, Phnom Penh.

Poverty: No way out

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One in eight Americans - that is 37 million people - live below the poverty line. We the People travels to Oakland, California, where a lack of opportunities, little investment in education and the legacy of the drug epidemic of the 1980s have created a cycle of poverty

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Red Blue Road Trip

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Michigan perhaps more than any other state has felt the impact of the troubled economy. It's largest city, Detroit, is among the most liberal in America consistently voting overwhelmingly for Democrats.

The population, which is mostly black, continues to decline as the auto industry shrinks and the city's economic situation deteriorates.

The former mayor faces jail time after resigning earlier this year and the governor recently ordered an investigation of the public

Young voters could decide the US election

The stakes are high for the US presidential election, and the outcome of November's vote could very well shape America's future for decades to come — something that has not been lost on the nation's youth, which have come out in unprecedented numbers to have their voices heard.

At least 40 million young people are eligible to vote in next month's presidential election.

Al Jazeera's Rob Reynolds reports on how America's youth could be the deciding factor in who ends up in the White House.

Ex-Felon disenfranchisement in US election

The states of Kentucky and Virginia currently do not allow felons to cast ballots. That accounts for nearly seven per cent of voting-age citizens.

And with Virginia considered a battleground state in this election, the issue has become a hot topic.

Al Jazeera's Avi Lewis travelled to Richmond, Virginia to speak with people on both sides of the divide.

African-Americans discuss racism in the US

Earlier this week, Al Jazeera aired a story that captured the seemingly intolerant attitudes of some people who attended a rally for Sarah Palin, the Republican vice-presidential candidate.

The story received more than one million hits on YouTube's website. But did their views represent a wider opinion?

Casey Kauffman, who filmed the original story in Ohio, showed it to some African-American families to gauge their reaction.

African-American man hopes for Bradley Effect

A conservative African-American man at a Norm Coleman rally in Mora, MN hopes the Bradley Effect comes into play to prevent an Obama presidency. The Bradley Effect is the alleged tendency among some voters to tell pollsters they'll vote for a black candidate, but actually vote for their white opponent.

Obama's Debate Glow

With only a few weeks until Election Day, Barack Obama is basking in the glow of his post-debate success and his lead in most polls, but the candidate remains cautious. Dean Reynolds reports.

Obama, McCain Battle for Votes in Missouri

In the last 100 years, the midwestern state of Missouri has correctly picked the winner of the US presidential race every time except for once. This is why Missouri is considered a pivotal state and is home to a diverse voting population that mirrors the electorate for the United States at large. As VOA's Kane Farabaugh reports from St. Louis, both Presidential candidates view Missouri as a key prize to help win the election.

Redefining the American Dream

Some young voters say the traditional version of the American dream is fading, but many of them still cite opportunity as the cornerstone of the concept. In this story, five young voters share their individual American dreams, how they think the idea is being reshaped and why theyre looking to the next president to restore and preserve the American dream for generations to come.

New Yorkers Brace For Recession

Even though the Dow Jones Industrial Average is on the way back up this week, thousands of New Yorkers have lost their jobs in the last several months in the financial crisis. As one large financial firm after another has failed or been swallowed by others, the city's tax base and service industries that depend on the high pay of the financial industry, which account for an estimated one-third of all wages earned in the city. Now New York is bracing for the continuing impact of the financial meltdown. VOA's Carolyn Weaver talked to a variety of New Yorkers about the mood of the city and what they expect next.

US Financial Concerns Plague More than One Wall Street

The effects of the US financial meltdown are spreading throughout the economy, freezing credit markets and hurting banks. Despite the 700 billion dollar rescue plan for Wall Street, ordinary Americans are now beginning to feel the effects of the financial crisis and are worrying about making ends meet. VOA's Alex Villarreal gives us a Main Street perspective of the problem from a different kind of Wall Street.

Raw Video:Tiger skins for sale in China

Environmental crime is a growing source of income for international gangs attracted by huge profits on illegal items such as tiger skins, according to the Environmental Investigation Agency. The UK-based charity captured undercover video of tiger skins being sold in Linxia, China

Pet food peril

Meat byproducts and other pet food additives suffer from a lack of oversight and has led to contamination, reports Dr. Debbye Turner Bell. She offers tips that can help you choose a better product.

Bangladesh parties threaten to boycott elections

The two main political parties in Bangladesh say they will boycott December's general elections if corruption charges against their leaders are not dropped.

Supporters of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) also protested the Electoral Commission's decision to ban religious-based parties from running in the elections.

Al Jazeera's Nicholas Haque reports.

McCain Campaign Responds To TrooperGate Report

Palin Abused Power in Troopergate
An Alaskan state investigation into Sarah Palin's involvement in the firing of State Trooper Mike Wooten has concluded that Palin violated the state Ethics Act by allowing her husband Todd Palin to use the resources of the Governors office to press for the firing of Wooten. After initially withholding specific emails from investigator Stephen Branchflower the investigation continued. Desptie bogus claims that the investigation was done for political reasons and intense pressure from Palin and her supporters, the Republican dominated Alaskan Legislative Council held their ground and voted unanimously to release the report. This damning report of Sarah Palins unethical behavior during her short time as governor of Alaska will no doubt have enormous political ramifications for the upcoming election.

Exposing flaws in the voting system

With much controversy surrounding the results of previous elections, the U.S. bloggers have been quite rigorous in attempts to expose flaws in the voting system. RT spoke to one of them to find out what's motivating them.


FBI probes voter registrations

The fight against polio

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After decades of decline cases of the deadly disease Polio are on the rise. Anyone can be affected but it has recently been discovered that more than 90 per cent of cases found are among Muslims.

Fear on Mainstreet

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We take a look at the economic fears on Main Street. Riz Khan speaks with Robert Engle, the 2003 winner of the Nobel Prize for Economics, and Avis Jones-DeWeever, the director of the Research, Public Policy, and Information Center for African-American Women.

Indonesia reeling from US financial crisis

Indonesian stocks have been hit the hardest in Asia with trading halted since Wednesday, following the sell-off on Wall Street.

Declining demand from the US, its second-biggest export market, is threatening to leave hundreds of thousands of Indonesians without jobs.

Al Jazeera's Step Vaessen shows just how susceptible Indonesia's economy is to a financial crisis on the other side of the planet.

Contempt from McCain as Obama pulls ahead

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Minutes after the termination of the second of three Presidential debates between Barack Obama and John McCain, Real News Senior Editor Paul Jay sat down with Bill Fletcher Jr. Executive Editor of The Black Commentator. In part one of their conversation Bill shares his dissatisfaction with Obama's unwillingness to advocate for any radical policy changes on the major issues and his analysis of the contempt which McCain has shown for Obama over the campaign.

Putin & Co to teach you judo

Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has marked his 56th birthday with the launch of a new instructional judo DVD showing him throw his opponents to the mat. The video is set to be a major hit as the PM, a black belt, shows off his skills away from the political arena.

Ohio voters head to the polls

While voter registration for the US presidential election ended on Monday, Republicans and Democrats across the country are still trying to sign up as many new voters as possible.

Al Jazeera's Clayton Swisher reports from Ohio, a key battleground state, where nearly 700,000 new voters have been signed up since December 2007.