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July 26, 2014 11:04 AM
They're only high school students, but they are making accessories for shoes, fabricating backpacks and doing product photography - all through their own businesses. It's the result of a partnership between a non-profit organization that teaches entrepreneurship and their schools. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan and Deyane Moses met the budding entrepreneurs near Los Angeles.
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They're only high school students, but they are making accessories for shoes, fabricating backpacks and doing product photography - all through their own businesses. It's the result of a partnership between a non-profit organization that teaches entrepreneurship and their schools. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan and Deyane Moses met the budding entrepreneurs near Los Angeles.
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Video Not Even Monks Spared From Thailand’s Junta-Backed Morality Push

With Thailand’s military government firmly in control after May’s bloodless coup, authorities are carrying out plans they say are aimed at restoring discipline, morality and patriotism to all Thais. The measures include a crackdown on illegal gambling, education reforms to promote students’ moral development, and a new 24-hour phone hotline for citizens to report misbehaving monks. Steve Sandford reports from Bangkok.
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Video AIDS Conference Welcomes Exciting Developments in HIV Treatment, Prevention

Significant strides have been made in recent years toward the treatment and prevention of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. This year, at the International AIDS Conference, the AIDS community welcomed progress on a new pill that may prevent transmission of the deadly virus. VOA’s Anita Powell reports from Melbourne, Australia.
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Video NASA Focuses on Earth-Like Planets

For decades, looking for life elsewhere in the universe meant listening for signals that could be from distant civilizations. But recent breakthroughs in space technology refocused some of that effort toward finding planets that may harbor life, even in its primitive form. VOA’s George Putic reports on a recent panel discussion at NASA’s headquarters, in Washington.
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Video IAEA: Iran Turns its Enriched Uranium Into Less Harmful Form

Iran has converted its stockpiles of enriched uranium into a less dangerous form that is more difficult to use for nuclear weapons, according to the United Nations’ Atomic Energy Agency. The move complies with an interim deal reached with Western powers on Iran's nuclear program last year, in exchange for easing of sanctions. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.
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Video US Awards Medal of Honor for Heroics in Bloodiest of Afghan Battles

U.S. combat troops are withdrawing from Afghanistan, on pace to leave the country by the end of this year. But on Monday, U.S. President Barack Obama took time to honor a soldier whose actions while under fire in Afghanistan earned him the Medal of Honor. VOA's Jeff Seldin has more from the Pentagon.
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Video Relic of Saint Draws Catholics Worried About Immigration Issue

A Roman Catholic saint who is a figure of devotion for those crossing the border into the United States is attracting believers concerned about the plight of undocumented immigrants. Mike O'Sullivan reports from Los Angeles, where a relic of Saint Toribio has drawn thousands to local churches.

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Reporters and editors gather in The Washington Post newsroom in Washington, April 14, 2014, as contributing writer Barton Gellman describes the effort that went into a series of stories on the government’s massive surveillance program based on information leaked by National Security Agency employee Edward Snowden.

Report: US Surveillance Programs Threaten Press Freedom

Programs are making it more difficult for government officials to speak to journalists anonymously, two rights groups say More

Asia

Residents look at a  house of a family belonging to the Ahmadi sect, which was torched by angry mob in Gujranwala, Pakistan, July 28, 2014.

Attack on Pakistani Minority Condemned

Police in eastern city of Gujranwala say violence against Ahmadi Muslim minority erupted Sunday after claims a member of community posted blasphemous material on Facebook More

Africa

Gay and human rights activists wait outside the courts before filing a constitutional petition against a new anti-homosexuality law, in Uganda's capital Kampala, March 11, 2014.

Sweden Resumes Aid to Uganda After Suspending It Over Anti-gay Law

Uganda relies on aid to fund about 20 percent of its annual state budget, but it has resisted Western pressure to rescind law enacted in February More

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Americas

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro (R) embraces retired General Hugo Carvajal as they attend the Socialist party congress in Caracas, Venezuela, July 27, 2014.

US Disappointed in Netherlands' Release of Drug Trafficking Suspect

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Europe

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France to Lead Air Algerie Black Box Analysis

Algerian, French, European flags fly at half-mast in mourning for 118 Air Algerie crash victims, among them 54 French nationals More

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Elimination of Chronic Hepatitis Feasible

In marking World Hepatitis Day, WHO says intensifying testing, prevention and treatment efforts is key to tackling one of the world’s most serious diseases More

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