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Iraq's southern wetlands are in crisis. These areas are the spawning ground for Gulf fisheries, a resting place for migrating wildfowl, and source of livelihood for fishermen and herders. Faith Lapidus has more.
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Video War, Drought Threaten Iraq's Marshlands

Iraq's southern wetlands are in crisis. These areas are the spawning ground for Gulf fisheries, a resting place for migrating wildfowl, and source of livelihood for fishermen and herders. Faith Lapidus has more.
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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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Nearly a decade has passed since the city of New Orleans and many of its suburbs were devastated by flooding resulting from the failure of levees to hold back Hurricane Katrina’s storm surge. Most of the infrastructure and housing has been restored, and trade, commerce and tourism are flourishing. But, as VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from New Orleans, Katrina changed the city’s population mix.
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Video US Student Becomes Yazidi Advocate

The depredations of the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq against monuments, archaeological treasures and thousands of innocent people have drawn outrage from around the world. No group has suffered more than the religious minority known as Yazidis, and an American student who spent time with them in Iraq has become a champion of their cause. VOA's Greg Flakus reports.
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As Russia's economy heads into recession, its defense industry is one of the few that seems to be prospering. And that was made clear at Russia's International Aviation and Space Show (MAKS) this week with the display of its military hardware. As Daniel Schearf reports from Moscow, the recession coupled with Western sanctions has also meant courting customers and allies from the Middle East.
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The deal struck between Iran and six world powers over its nuclear program should see sanctions against the country beginning to ease by next year – and Iranians are hoping that the lifting of travel restrictions could see an influx of international tourists. As Henry Ridgwell reports from London, travel agencies already are seeing an increase in demand.

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US Supreme Court Rules Against Kentucky Official on Marriage Licenses

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FILE - Alan Morison, right, Australian editor of the website Phuketwan and his colleague Chutima Sidasathien speak to the media.

Thai Court Clears Journalists of Defamation

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Santos: Colombia Peace Talks Have Advanced Significantly

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Study: 90% of Seabirds Have Eaten Plastic

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Disney Will Awaken New 'Star Wars' Toys in Global Livestream Event

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Europe

Zaur Dzarasov stands in what was left of the gymnasium of the primary school in Beslan, Russia, May 16, 2005. The school was seized with more than a thousand hostages inside by militants in September 2004.

Tuesday Marks 11th Anniversary of School Attack in Russia

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Health

Former president Jimmy Carter, sits to pose for photos after teaching Sunday School class at Maranatha Baptist Church in his hometown Aug. 23, 2015, in Plains, Georgia.

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An Afghan National Army helicopter flies in as a U.S. military vehicle passes, at Kandahar Air Base, Afghanistan, Aug. 18, 2015.

Afghan Airfields Built for War Seen as Economic Hubs

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