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September 02, 2014 3:04 AM
The three U.S. detainees held in North Korea were permitted to speak with foreign media Monday. The government of Kim Jong Un restricted the topics of the questions, and the interviews in Pyongyang were limited to five minutes. Each of the men asked Washington to send a representative to Pyongyang to secure his release. VOA’s Carolyn Presutti has our story.
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Video US Detainees Want Negotiators for Freedom in North Korea

The three U.S. detainees held in North Korea were permitted to speak with foreign media Monday. The government of Kim Jong Un restricted the topics of the questions, and the interviews in Pyongyang were limited to five minutes. Each of the men asked Washington to send a representative to Pyongyang to secure his release. VOA’s Carolyn Presutti has our story.
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The Internet and rapidly evolving technology is quickly changing how people receive news and how journalists deliver it. There are now more ways to tell a story than ever before. One school in Los Angeles is teaching the next generation of journalists with the help of a state-of-the-art newsroom. Elizabeth Lee has this report.
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Video Activists Urge President to Act Alone on Immigration

New York immigration activists are calling on President Barack Obama to unilaterally end deportations and allow undocumented immigrants to work legally by the end of the summer. Daniela Schrier has more from New York.
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Video Survivors Commemorate 70th Anniversary of Nazi Liquidation of Jewish Ghetto

When the German Nazi army occupied the Polish city of Lodz in 1939, it marked the beginning of a long nightmare for the Jewish community that once made up one third of the population. Roughly 200,000 people were forced into the Lodz Ghetto. Less than 7,000 survived. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, some survivors gathered at the Union League Club in Chicago on the 70th anniversary of the liquidation of the Lodz Ghetto to remember those who suffered at the hands of the Nazi regime.
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Video NATO to Russia: Stop 'Illegal' Ukraine Operations

NATO condemns what it calls Russian efforts to destabilize Ukraine, charges Moscow dismisses as 'conjecture.' VOA's Jeff Custer reports.
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Video Chaotic Afghan Vote Recount Threatens Nation’s Future

Afghanistan’s troubled presidential election continues to be rocked by turmoil as an audit of the ballots drags on. The U.N. says the recount will not be completed before September 10. Observers say repeated disputes and delays are threatening the orderly transfer of power and could have dangerous consequences. VOA correspondent Meredith Buel reports.
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Video Coalition to Fight Islamic State Could Reward Assad

The United States along with European and Mideast allies are considering a broader assault against Islamic State fighters who have spread from Syria into Iraq and risk further destabilizing an already troubled region. But as VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns reports, confronting those militants could end up helping the embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
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FILE - In this June 20, 2014 file photo, immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally stand in line for tickets at the bus station after they were released from a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility in McAllen, Texas.

Mixed Signals on Second Migrant Wave at US Border

The number of Central Americans apprehended at the border peaked in June, but reports from migrants indicate more might be on the way More

Asia

Police officers inside the Foreign Correspondents Club to deliver letters to human rights panelists.

Human Rights Groups Allege Supression of Freedoms in Thailand

Thailand’s military, police have suppressed release of independent report assessing human rights in kingdom during first 100 days of latest coup More

Africa

FILE - Women walk by homes destroyed by Boko Haram militants in Bama, Borno State, Nigeria.

Scores Killed as Boko Haram Insurgents Overrun Nigerian Town

Islamists launched an attack on town of Bama, on Monday; they were initially repelled but came back in greater numbers overnight, sources said More

Middle East

FILE - A security guard keeps watch over oil pipelines in Aramco refinery in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Pipeline Set Alight After Shots Fired at Security Patrol

Pipeline has been repaired but sources said incident marks first confirmed attack on physical energy infrastructure in world's largest oil exporter since 2006 More

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Havana, Cuba

Cuba Enacts New Rules to Restrict Imports

New rules increase duties on items such as televisions, limit the number of personal items air travelers can bring to Cuba and increase duties on mailed packages More

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Internet, Technology Offer New Tools for Journalists

University of Southern California Annenberg School of Journalism in Los Angeles is teaching next generation of journalists with help of state-of-the-art newsroom More

Europe

Italy's Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini addresses the media after she met with the European Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee on the Italian EU Presidency priorities at the European Parliament building in Brussels, Sept. 2, 2014.

Photogallery EU to Announce New Sanctions Against Russia by Friday

Incoming EU foreign affairs chief calls for 'strongest possible response' to Russia's invasion of Ukraine More

Health

Researchers use a non-invasive procedure called Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation to jumpstart a region of the brain that’s involved in forming memories.

Electric Current May Boost Memory in People with Cognitive Disorders

A mild electrical current through the skull can strengthen communication among brain cells involved in memory More

Economy & Business

FILE - Women choose Dutch tomatoes at a supermarket in downtown Moscow. The Russian government has banned all imports of meat, fish, milk and milk products and fruit and vegetables from the United States, the European Union, Australia, Canada and Norway,

German Minister Urges Europeans to Eat More Fruit

Agriculture official says one way to offset the food surplus caused by Russian sanctions is to eat fruit 'every morning, five times a day, full stop' More

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Carnage and mayhem are part of daily life in northern Nigeria, the result of a terror campaign by the Islamist group Boko Haram. Fears are growing that Nigeria’s government may not know how to counter it, and may be making things worse. More

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