In the United States, you can summon emergency help from police, firefighters or an ambulance by dialing 911. The first such call was made in 1968 in Haleyville, Alabama. In 1999 Congress directed officials to make 911 the universal emergency number for the United States. Since then, emergency operators have answered more than 240 million calls a year. Lesia Bakalets spent a day with 911 dispatchers to learn about the job’s rewards and stresses. Anna Rice narrates her story~VOA NEWS
The streets of Srinagar were largely deserted on Monday and most schools and shops were closed even though authorities say they were re-opening close to 200 elementary schools in Kashmir’s largest city. Residents are angered over the Indian government’s decision to downgrade the status of the Indian-administered side – Jammu and Kashmir – from a federal state and split into two union territories
A People in America profile of Ranee Ramaswamy who founded the Ragamala Dance Company in Minneapolis. She talks to us about Bharatanatyam, a popular South Indian dance and reflects on how this art form has kept her centered and balanced, both literally and figuratively.
Sudan’s Transitional Military Council and opposition parties formally signed a political agreement this weekend after months of protests. Though many protesters are wary of the compromises made in the deal, the signing was marked by celebrations across the capital
Afghanistan marked it’s 100th Independence Day, but the celebrations were muted by the latest wave of insurgent violence….Opposition party leaders have gathered in Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad, to discuss their response to a decision by the Indian government to suspend autonomy for Indian-controlled Kashmir
Weekend News from Lakki Marwat district of Pakistan and Serbian Capital Belgrade