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From New Jersey to Long Island, from Northern suburbs to the Atlantic Ocean, with all of New York City in-between.  That view became available to the public Friday as the One World Trade Center Observatory opened in New York -- atop the replacement for the buildings destroyed in the September 11, 2001, attacks.  VOA’s Bernard Shusman reports.
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Video New York's One World Trade Center Observatory Opens to Public

From New Jersey to Long Island, from Northern suburbs to the Atlantic Ocean, with all of New York City in-between.  That view became available to the public Friday as the One World Trade Center Observatory opened in New York -- atop the replacement for the buildings destroyed in the September 11, 2001, attacks.  VOA’s Bernard Shusman reports.
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Video Texas Town Residents Told to 'Just Leave' Ahead of Flood Threat

Water from heavy rain in eastern and central Texas is now swelling rivers that flow into the Gulf of Mexico, threatening towns along their banks. VOA’s Greg Flakus visited the town of Wharton, southwest of Houston, where the Colorado River is close to cresting.
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Video Robot Security Machines Aim to Cut Crime by 50%

Shopping centers, stadiums and university campuses soon may have a new tool to help fight crime. A company called Knightscope claims its roving robots can predict and prevent crime. It says the goal is to cut crime by half in the areas where the robots patrol. Elizabeth Lee has more for VOA from Los Angeles.
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Video Purple Door Coffeeshop: Changing Lives One Cup at a Time

For a quarter of his life, Kevin Persons lived on the street. Today, he is working behind the counter of an espresso bar, serving coffee and working to transition off the streets and into a home. Paul Vargas reports for VOA.
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Video Iraq Launches Offensive Against Islamic State

Iraq has launched an offensive to retake territory lost to Islamic State insurgents. Local Kurdish and Shi'ite militias have joined government forces to fight the invading radical group and they are supported by coalition air strikes. Zlatica Hoke reports.
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Video US Agencies Ferret Out Alleged Corruption at FIFA

This week's corruption indictment against nine FIFA officials and five corporate executives came as little shock to many observers. It was the U.S. Justice Department, FBI and IRS that uncovered the alleged racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracies. VOA's Parke Brewer reports.
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Video Iraqi President Talks to VOA About Fight Against Islamic State

VOA reporter Ali Javanmardi sat down this week to speak with Iraqi President Fuad Masum in Baghdad. A veteran Iraqi Kurdish politician, President Masum was elected by Iraqi lawmakers in 2014, in a nation where a majority Shi’ite government is fighting the majority Sunni extremist group, Islamic State.
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Video Modular Robot Getting Closer to Reality

A robot being developed at Carnegie Mellon University has evolved into a multi-legged modular mechanical snake, able to move over rugged surfaces and explore the surroundings. Scientists say such machines could someday help in search and rescue operations. VOA’s George Putic reports.
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Video Seoul Sponsors Korean Unification Fair

With inter-Korean relations deteriorating over the North’s nuclear program, past military provocations and human rights abuses, many Koreans still hold out hope for eventual peaceful re-unification. VOA’s Brian Padden visited a “unification fair” held this week in Seoul, where border communities promoted the benefits of increased cooperation.
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Video Researchers Study Ways to Help People Quit Smoking

World No Tobacco Day on May 31st is a day for smokers to think about their habit -- and to give it up, even for 24 hours. VOA's Carol Pearson looks at some of the strategies that help people quit.
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Video Britain Makes Controversial Move to Crack Down on Extremism

Britain is moving to tighten controls on extremist rhetoric, even when it does not incite violence or hatred -- a move that some are concerned might unduly restrict basic freedoms. It is an issue many countries are grappling with as extremist groups gain power in the Middle East, fueled in part by donations and fighters from the West. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London.
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Video Forced to Return Home, Afghan Refugees Face Increased Hardship

Undocumented refugees returning to Afghanistan from Pakistan have no jobs, no support system, and no home return to, and international aid agencies say they and the government are overwhelmed and under-resourced. Ayesha Tanzeem has more from Kabul.
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Video Shanghai Hosts Big Consumer Electronics Show

Electronic gadgets are a huge success in China, judging by the first Asian Consumer Electronics Show, held this week in Shanghai. Over the course of two days, more than 20,000 visitors watched, tested and played with useful and some less-useful electronic devices exhibited by about 200 manufacturers. VOA’s George Putic has more.
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Video US Voters Seek Answers From Presidential Candidates on IS Gains

The growth of the Islamic State militant group in Iraq and Syria comes as the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign kicks off in the Midwest state of Iowa.   As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, voters want to know how the candidates would handle recent militant gains in the Middle East.
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Video 3D Printer Makes Replica of Iconic Sports Car

Cars with parts made by 3D printers are already on the road, but engineers are still learning about this new technology. While testing the possibility of printing an entire car, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy recently created an electric-powered replica of an iconic sports roadster. VOA’s George Putic has more.
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Video Kenyans Lament Losing Sons to al-Shabab

There is agony, fear and lost hope in the Kenyan town of Isiolo, a key target of a new al-Shabab recruitment drive. VOA's Mohammed Yusuf visits Isiolo to speak with families and at least one man who says he was a recruiter.
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Video Scientists Say Plankton More Important Than Previously Thought

Tiny ocean creatures called plankton are mostly thought of as food for whales and other large marine animals, but a four-year global study discovered, among other things, that plankton are a major source of oxygen on our planet. VOA’s George Putic reports.
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Video Film Festival Looks at Indigenous Peoples, Culture Conflict

A recent Los Angeles film festival highlighted the plight of people caught between two cultures. Mike O'Sullivan has more on the the Garifuna International Film Festival, a Los Angeles forum created by a woman from Central America who wants the world to know more about her culture.
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Video A Small Oasis on Kabul's Outskirts Provides Relief From Security Tensions

When people in Kabul want to get away from the city and relax, many choose Qargha Lake, a small resort on the outskirts of Kabul. Ayesha Tanzeem visited and talked with people about the precious oasis.
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Video Kenya’s Capital Sees Rise in Shisha Parlors

In Kenya, the smoking of shisha, a type of flavored tobacco, is the latest craze. Patrons are flocking to shisha parlors to smoke and socialize. But the practice can be addictive and harmful, though many dabblers may not realize the dangers, according to a new review. Lenny Ruvaga has more on the story for VOA from Nairobi, Kenya.

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Baluchistan, Pakistan

Suspected Insurgents Kill 20 on Pakistan Bus

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Africa

FILE - Journalist Rafael Marques is interviewed at his home in Luanda, Angola, May 12, 2015.

US Expresses Concern About Angolan Journalist's Conviction

It fears Rafael Marques' defamation conviction could have negative impact on press, speech freedoms in African country More

Middle East

Displaced Sunni people fleeing Ramadi cross a bridge outside Baghdad, May 24, 2015. Iraqi forces recaptured territory from advancing Islamic State militants near the recently fallen city of Ramadi on Sunday.

Thousands Fleeing Ramadi Are Stuck at Baghdad Checkpoint

UNHCR is appealing to Iraqi authorities to ease restrictions as bloody takeover by Islamic State militants ramps up More

Americas

Colombia's Andres Pastrana (L); Lilian Tintori (2nd L), wife of jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez; Bolivia's Jorge Quiroga (2nd R); and opposition leader Maria Corina Machado stand outside the military prison of Ramo Verde, on the outskirts of Caracas, May 29, 2015.

Venezuela Blocks Former LatAm Presidents From Seeing Detained Leaders

Andres Pastrana of Colombia, Jorge Quiroga of Bolivia, both political conservatives, not allowed to meet opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez and former Mayor Daniel Ceballos More

Science & Technology

Video Modular Robot Getting Closer to Reality

It can crawl through pipes, climb up trees - and individual segment processors can be assembled in various configurations, such as a six-legged insect called 'Snake Monster' More

Arts & Entertainment

Malian band Songhoy Blues members, Nathanael Dembele (L-R), Garba Toure, Aliou Toure and Oumar Toure, react at the end of their concert at Village Underground in London, May 28, 2015.

Malian Quartet Songhoy Blues Sing to Their Homeland in Exile

Three years ago, quartet's singer was fleeing Islamist militants who had banned music; Thursday, his group electrified crowd at London's Village Underground More

Europe

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a meeting of the Lomonosov Moscow State University Supervisory Board at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, May 28, 2015.

Video Russian Rights Activists Slam Putin's Crackdown on NGOs

Russian president recently enacted law giving prosecutors power to declare foreign, international organizations 'undesirable' in Russia - shut them down, punish any citizens involved More

Health

The World Health Organization says tobacco kills 6 million people yearly — a figure that is expected to rise to 8 million by 2030 unless urgent action is taken.

Study: Financial Incentives Effective as Stop-Smoking Tactic

Having people put their own money at risk if they don’t stop smoking works even better than giving them cash if they do quit More

Economy & Business

With partnerships, a coffee shop in Denver, Colorado, helps homeless people struggling to find a job and a place in the community. Paul Vargas has more for VOA.

Video Purple Door Coffeeshop: Changing Lives One Cup at a Time

With partnerships, a coffee shop in Denver, Colorado, helps homeless people struggling to find a job and a place in the community More

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