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AIDS Conference Welcomes Exciting Developments in HIV Treatment, Preventioni
July 24, 2014 4:09 PM
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.

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.

Video Researchers Target Low-Cost Avatar Technology

Scientists at the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies say 3-dimensional representations could revolutionize social media. Elizabeth Lee has more from Los Angeles.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Video One Man Creates Army of Tiny Soldiers to Replicate Battle of Waterloo

Next year marks the bicentennial of the Battle of Waterloo, when French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte was defeated by an international force led by England and Prussia. Just in time for the observance, a retired U.S. military officer is recreating the battlefield - in miniature, with a quarter-million tiny hand-painted soldiers. VOA’s June Soh got a preview. Carol Pearson narrates.

Video In NW Pakistan, Army Offensive Causes Massive Number of Displaced

Pakistan’s army offensive in North Waziristan has resulted in the large-scale displacement of the local population. VOA's Ayaz Gul reports from northwest Pakistan where authorities say around 80 percent of the estimated 1 million internally displaced persons [IDPs] have settled in Bannu district, while much of the remaining 20 percent are scattered in nearby cities.


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Myanmar Legislature Considers Proportional Representation

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This image posted on a militant news Twitter account on June 12, 2014 shows militants from the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), raising their flag at an army base in Ninevah Province, Iraq.

UN: Iraq Likely to Face Severe Food Shortage Because of Conflict

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Jonathan Blackman, left, a lawyer representing Argentina, leaves federal court in New York, July 22, 2014.

US Judge Orders Argentina, Creditors to Reach Deal

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FILE - Dirt and ash continues to drift out from inside the crater of Mount St. Helens after a small eruption earlier in the day, Oct. 5, 2004.

US Scientists to Map Interior of Mount St. Helens Volcano

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A man takes a photo of a Batman comic book during Batman Day at a comics store in New York July 23, 2014.

'Batman Day' Marks Caped Crusader's 75th Anniversary

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Sub-Saharan migrants watch as others arrive at a Temporary Center for Immigrants (CETI) after scaling a metallic fence that divides Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla, May 28,  2014.

UN Urges Europe to Step Up Efforts to Help Migrants

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Yewande Adeshina, special adviser on public health to the Lagos state government, speaks with Reuters in her office after a news conference on suspected outbreak of Ebola virus in Lagos, July 24, 2014.

Liberian Man in Nigeria Being Tested for Ebola

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FILE - International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde delivers remarks on the world's economy at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C, Jan. 15, 2014.

IMF Reports Cuts Growth Forecast

International Monetary Fund reports slower growth than initially predicted, citing 'downside risks' as continuing worry for world economy More

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