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May 21, 2015 8:00 PM
Unrest in some U.S. cities is more than just a trending news item at Ladue Middle School in St. Louis, Missouri. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, it’s a focus of a multicultural studies class engaging students in wide-ranging discussions about racial tensions and police aggression.
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Video Class Tackles Questions of Race, Discrimination

Unrest in some U.S. cities is more than just a trending news item at Ladue Middle School in St. Louis, Missouri. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, it’s a focus of a multicultural studies class engaging students in wide-ranging discussions about racial tensions and police aggression.
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Video Turkey's Main Opposition Party Hopes for Election Breakthrough

Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party has sought an image change ahead of the June 7 general election. The move comes after suffering successive defeats at the hands of the Islamist-rooted AK Party, which has portrayed it as hostile to religion. Dorian Jones reports from the western city of Izmir.
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Video Europe Follows US Lead in Tackling ‘Conflict Minerals’

Metals mined from conflict zones in places like the Democratic Republic of Congo are often sold by warlords to buy weapons. This week European lawmakers voted to force manufacturers to prove that their supply chains are not inadvertently fueling conflicts and human rights abuses. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
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Video Mind-Controlled Prosthetics Are Getting Closer

Scientists and engineers are making substantial advances towards the ultimate goal in prosthetics – creation of limbs that can be controlled by the wearer’s mind. Thanks to sophisticated sensors capable of picking up the brain’s signals, an amputee in Iceland is literally bringing us one step closer to that goal. VOA’s George Putic reports.
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Video Malnutrition Remains Serious Problem for South Sudanese Refugees

As the civil war in South Sudan rages on, more than 100,000 refugees have fled to camps in neighboring Uganda. The United Nations Children's Fund says $36 million is needed to meet these refugees' basic needs. Recently the European Commission donated $1 million, which to UNICEF is significant, but far from enough. Serginho Roosblad has more from a camp in northern Uganda.
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Video Britain Seeks ‘Better Deal’ from EU

An anti-European Union party won nearly 13% of the vote in this month’s British election, putting pressure on newly re-elected Prime Minister David Cameron to deliver on his promise to negotiate a ‘better deal’ with the EU. He has promised an ‘In or Out’ referendum by the end of 2017. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London.
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Video Rohingya Migrant Boat Accepted in Indonesian Waters

More than 400 Rohingya migrants who were pushed back to sea in southern Thailand last week have ended up in Indonesia. Local fishermen rescued the migrants, many of whom were weak and starving, Wednesday and took them to the eastern province of Aceh. As Steve Sandford reports from Lipe Island, Thailand, thousands more may be stranded at sea, at risk of death.
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Video South Korea Marks Gwangju Uprising Anniversary

South Korea this week marked the 35th anniversary of a protest that turned deadly. The Gwangju Uprising is credited with starting the country’s democratic revolution after it was violently quelled by South Korea’s former military rulers. But as Jason Strother reports, some observers worry that democracy has recently been eroded.
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Video Poverty, Ignorance Force Underage Girls Into Marriage

The recent marriage of a 17-year old Chechen girl to a local police chief who was 30 years older and already had a wife caused an outcry in Russia and beyond. The bride was reportedly forced to marry and her parents were intimidated into giving their consent. The union spotlighted yet again the plight of many underage girls in developing countries. Zlatica Hoke reports poverty, ignorance and fear are behind the practice, especially in Asia and Africa.
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Video Blind Boy Defines His Life with Music

Cole Moran was born blind. He also has cognitive delays and other birth defects. He has to learn everything by ear. Nevertheless, the 12-year-old has had an insatiable love for music since he was born. VOA’s June Soh introduces us to the young phenomenal harmonica player.

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FILE - President Barack Obama listens during a news conference after meeting with Gulf Cooperation Council leaders and delegations at Camp David in Maryland, May 14, 2015.

Obama Speaks About Anti-Semitism at Washington Synagogue

President's speech coincides with 'Solidarity Sabbath,' in which government officials in US, Europe are going to synagogues to show their support for Jewish communities More

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Delegate stands for a minute of silence in memory of the deceased health workers at the World Health Organization (WHO) assembly, May 18, 2015, Geneva.

WHO to Create New Program for Health Emergencies

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FILE - A homeless woman sleeps on a street on Christmas Eve in Sao Paulo, Brazil,  Dec. 24, 2014.

Rising Inequality Holding Back Economic Growth, Report Warns

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