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Sharp Rise in Whale Deaths Being Investigatedi
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Rosanne Skirble
September 01, 2015 7:56 PM
Why have 30 dead whales washed ashore on the Gulf of Alaska since May? Scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have mobilized a research team to find out, and one possible cause being investigated is toxic algae. VOA's Rosanne Skirble reports.
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Video Sharp Rise in Whale Deaths Being Investigated

Why have 30 dead whales washed ashore on the Gulf of Alaska since May? Scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have mobilized a research team to find out, and one possible cause being investigated is toxic algae. VOA's Rosanne Skirble reports.
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Video 'Part-Time Scientists' Compete to Put a Rover on Moon

Sixteen teams from around the world have set their sights on the moon... and the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE. The challenge - issued in 2007 - is to land a privately-funded rover on the lunar surface, travel 500 meters, and transmit back high definition video and images - all at a fraction of what a typical NASA mission costs. Faith Lapidus catches up with the German team who call themselves the "Part Time Scientists."
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The recent news of two women passing grueling U.S. Army ranger training for the first time definitely put the 'power' into women's empowerment. It's obvious on a local level, too, as a county police force near Washington, DC, is putting out the word they also want more women in uniform. VOA's June Soh has more in this report narrated by Amy Katz.
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Video Survivor Video Testimonies Recount Horrors of Guatemalan Genocide

Next year marks the 20th anniversary of the end of the civil war in Guatemala. During the conflict that spanned more than 3 decades, tens of thousands of indigenous Mayans were killed in what is known as the "Guatemalan Genocide." Researchers are now collecting video testimonies of the survivors to preserve their memories of what happened. Elizabeth Lee reports from Los Angeles.
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Video Rebuilding New Orleans' Music Scene

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Video Will VP Biden Enter US Presidential Fray?

A big question mark remains on the list of U.S. presidential hopefuls – will Vice President Joe Biden enter the race on the Democratic side, joining former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders? VOA’s Michael Bowman reports, the answer could come any day now and put an end to weeks of speculation and intrigue in Washington and beyond.
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Video Scientist Calls Use of Fetal Tissue in Medical Research Essential

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Video Presidential Hopefuls Keep Busy Weekend Schedule

U.S. presidential candidates have scheduled meetings this weekend with groups supporting their respective parties. Democratic hopefuls are in Minnesota to address the Democratic National Committee's annual summer meeting. Republican candidates are taking their campaign messages to supportive groups across the United States. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports from Washington.
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FILE - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a press conference.

Kerry to Give Speech on Iran Deal as Support Rises

Democrats in Congress are on the verge of guaranteeing lawmakers will not be able to pass a measure opposing the deal More

Asia

Soldiers of China's People's Liberation Army march with their weapons during a training session for a military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, at a military base in Beijing, Sept. 1, 2015.

Beijing Readies for Massive WWII Military Parade

Western leaders largely refuse to send high-level delegations to what they see as a show of China's rising military strength, celebration of ruling Communist Party More

Africa

Illegal Migrants Stuck in Malawi Prisons After Serving Sentences

More than 300 illegal migrants, mostly Ethiopians, remain detained while waiting to be sent them back home, officials say; rights activists express concerns More

Middle East

In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrians gather at the site of a car bombing in the port city of Latakia, Syria, Sept. 2, 2015.

Car Bomb in Assad Stronghold Kills at Least 10

Latakia has so far been largely spared the violence that has ravaged Syria during more than four years of civil war, killing around a quarter of a million people More

Europe

Syrian and Afghan refugees shout slogans and hold placards as they face riot police officers during a protest rally to demand to travel to Germany on Sept. 2, 2015 outside the Keleti (East) railway station in Budapest.

Thousands Stranded at Budapest Train Station

Authorities abruptly stop allowing migrants to travel to Germany, Austria without European Union visa More

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FILE - A man sits on an ergometer during an electrocardiogram in a doctor's surgical office.

Report: Most Hearts in US Adults Older Than Real Age

About three out of four Americans have hearts that are actually older than rest of their bodies because of poor health and bad diets More

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