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FILE - Migrants wait to disembark from the Italian Navy Ship "Grecale" at Pozzallo harbour, Sicily, May 13, 2014.

Reports of Mass Murder on Mediterranean Smuggler’s Boat

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Johnny Winter: America's 'Down and Dirty' Bluesman (VOA On Assignment July 25, 2014)i
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July 25, 2014 11:49 AM
VOA's Katherine Cole joins On Assignment's Philip Alexiou to discuss the legacy of late American blues guitarist Johnny Winter.
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Video Johnny Winter: America's 'Down and Dirty' Bluesman (VOA On Assignment July 25, 2014)

VOA's Katherine Cole joins On Assignment's Philip Alexiou to discuss the legacy of late American blues guitarist Johnny Winter.
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Video Not Even Monks Spared From Thailand’s Junta-Backed Morality Push

With Thailand’s military government firmly in control after May’s bloodless coup, authorities are carrying out plans they say are aimed at restoring discipline, morality and patriotism to all Thais. The measures include a crackdown on illegal gambling, education reforms to promote students’ moral development, and a new 24-hour phone hotline for citizens to report misbehaving monks. Steve Sandford reports from Bangkok.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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FILE - A Border Patrol agent stands on a ranch fence line with children taken into custody in South Texas brush country north of Laredo, Texas.

Obama Asks Central American Presidents for Help on Border Crisis

In White House meeting, president tells leaders of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras that migrant children without valid claims to stay in US would be sent home More

Africa

Mogadishu, Somalia

Al-Shabab Commanders Killed Near Mogadishu

African Union security forces say militants killed during joint operation with Somali troops north of Mogadishu More

Middle East

People inspect a site hit by what activists said was an airstrike by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, in Qadi Askar district in Aleppo, Syria, July 21, 2014.

Head of UN Syria Panel Calls for Arms Embargo

Brazilian diplomat Paulo Sergio Pinheiro tels UN radio the arms race must stop and member states have to stop sending weapons to all sides More

Americas

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

US Judge Orders Argentina, Creditors to Reach Deal

Lawyers for investors who declined to restructure bonds after country defaulted on about $100B in 2002 warned that time running out to reach a deal, avert fresh default More

Health

FILE - Liu Haocheng, five years old, receives Hepatitis A vaccine at the People's Hospital of Sixian county, China's Anhui province.

World Hepatitis Day Highlights Global Scourge, Hopes for Treatment

Advocates are optimistic that drugs - which can cure viral disease - will become available to those who need them the most More

Economy & Business

Restaurateur Vusi Kunene makes sushi in this image taken from the Blackanese restaurant's Twitter feed.

Johannesburg Restaurateur Creates Sushi for African Palate

Vusi Kunene attempts to "Africanize" sushi by adding traditional South African ingredients, such as springbok and kudu antelope, to his recipes More

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Acclaimed jazz saxophonist Tia Fuller has made a name for herself appearing with such high-profile artists as Beyonce, Esperanza Spalding, and Terri Lyne Carrington. Tia and her quartet performed music from her CD “Angelic Warrior” on our latest edition of "The Hamilton Live."

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