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Breaking News Rated a Top News Source During Record-Setting October

Site's visits rise to an all-time monthly high of more than 5 million

Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2007 – The Voice of America's (VOA) main Internet site,, is currently ranked third in the world as both a Number One Source and Home Page Source in Newsknife's ranking of the top 10 news sites for the year so far.

Newsknife, a project of the New Zealand software development organization Industry Standard Computing Ltd (ISC), rates news sites on relevance based on analysis of the main Google News site.

For the first ten months of 2007, Newsknife rated as the third-ranked Top Source for news on Google News. was also the third most-cited news source (Home Page Source) on the Google News home page during the same time period. Twenty-five percent of traffic to comes through Google Search and News.

In October, Newsknife ranked as third Top Source for the two top stories on the Google News home page. During this month, VOA's coverage of the crisis in Burma helped drive traffic to to an all-time high of more than 5 million visits. This is a 16 percent increase over our previous record of 4.7 million visits set in September.

The Voice of America, which first went on the air in 1942, is a multimedia international broadcasting service funded by the U.S. government through the Broadcasting Board of Governors. VOA broadcasts more than 1,000 hours of news, information, educational, and cultural programming every week to an estimated worldwide audience of more than 115 million people. Programs are produced in 45 languages.

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