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Aviation Experts Believe Reunion Island Debris Could Be From Missing Malaysian Planei
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July 31, 2015 4:16 AM
International investigators have been dispatched to a tiny Indian Ocean island to determine if the plane wreckage that has drifted ashore is from the missing Malaysian Boeing 777 that disappeared last March during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. If so, the debris found on Reunion Island could help solve the aircraft's mysterious disappearance with 239 people on board. Zlatica Hoke reports.
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Video Aviation Experts Believe Reunion Island Debris Could Be From Missing Malaysian Plane

International investigators have been dispatched to a tiny Indian Ocean island to determine if the plane wreckage that has drifted ashore is from the missing Malaysian Boeing 777 that disappeared last March during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. If so, the debris found on Reunion Island could help solve the aircraft's mysterious disappearance with 239 people on board. Zlatica Hoke reports.
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Video Voting Rights Act Gave Minority Candidates Opportunity to Serve

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was also a milestone for the American Civil Rights Movement -- creating thousands of black and minority politicians. Correspondent Chris Simkins introduces us to some some elected officials who -- without the Voting Rights Act -- would never have had the opportunity to serve their communities.
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Video Kerry Five-Nation Tour to Cover Security, Iran Nuclear Deal

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry launches a five-nation tour Friday in a bid to strengthen economic and security ties and ease concerns about the Iran nuclear deal. In Southeast Asia, he will visit Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam, but he will begin his trip in the Middle East. VOA State Department correspondent Pam Dockins reports.
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Video Special Olympics Athletes Meet International Friends

Special Olympics World Games are under way this week in Los Angeles, and the competition for people with intellectual disabilities has drawn thousands of athletes from around the world. As Mike O'Sullivan reports, some will take home medals, and all are experiencing the thrill of competition.
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Video Shooter’s Grill: Serving Food with a Touch of the Second Amendment

Shooter's Grill, a restaurant in Rifle, Colorado, attracts visitors from all over the world as well as local patrons. The reason? Waitresses openly carry loaded firearms as they serve food, and customers are welcome to carry them, too. VOA's Enming Liu and Lin Yang paid a visit to Shooter's Grill, and heard different opinions about this unique establishment.
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Video Astronauts Train Underwater for Deep Space Missions

Manned deep space missions are still a long way off, but space agencies are already testing procedures, equipment and human stamina for operations in extreme environment conditions. Small groups of astronauts take turns in spending days in an underwater lab, off Florida’s southern coast, simulating future missions to some remote world. VOA’s George Putic reports.
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Video Russia Vetoes UN Resolution on Malaysian Plane Crash

Russia has vetoed a United Nations resolution seeking creation of an international criminal court to prosecute those responsible for shooting down the Malaysia Airlines plane over eastern Ukraine. The incident took place July 17 last year in the territory controlled by pro-Russian insurgents. All 298 people on board were killed. Zlatica Hoke reports.
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Video Hometown of Boy Scouts of America Founder Reacts to Gay Leader Decision

Ottawa, Illinois, is the hometown of W.D. Boyce, who founded the Boy Scouts of America in 1910. In Ottawa, where Scouting remains an important part of the legacy of the community, the end of the organization's ban on openly gay adult leaders was seen as inevitable. VOA's Kane Farabaugh reports.
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Video 'Metal Muscles' Flex a New Bionic Hand

Artificial limbs, including the most complex of them – the human hand – are getting more life-like and useful due to constant advances in tiny hydraulic, pneumatic and electric motors called actuators. But now, as VOA’s George Putic reports, scientists in Germany say the future of the prosthetic hand may lie not in motors but in wires that can ‘remember’ their shape.
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Video Booming London Property a ‘Haven for Dirty Money’

Billions of dollars of so-called ‘dirty money’ from the proceeds of crime - especially from Russia - are being laundered through the London property market, according to anti-corruption activists. As Henry Ridgwell reports from the British capital, the government has pledged to crack down on the practice.
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Video Genome Initiative Urgently Moves to Freeze DNA Before Species Go Extinct

Earth is in the midst of its sixth mass extinction. The last such event was caused by an asteroid 66 million years ago. It killed off the dinosaurs and practically everything else. So scientists are in a race against time to classify the estimated 11 million species alive today. So far only 2 million are described by science, and researchers are worried many will disappear before they even have a name. VOA’s Rosanne Skirble reports.
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Video Special Olympics Prompts Call for More Inclusive Treatment of Disabled

Athletes from around the world are competing this week in Los Angeles at the Special Olympics World Games. Heads of global organizations attending the event are calling for changes to ensure those who are intellectually disabled are not excluded by society. VOA's Elizabeth Lee reports.
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Video Russia Accused of Abusing Interpol to Pursue Opponents

A British pro-democracy group has accused Russia of abusing the global law enforcement agency Interpol by requesting the arrest and extradition of political opponents. A new report by the group notes such requests can mean the accused are unable to travel and are often unable to open bank accounts. VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports.
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Video Scientists: One-Dose Malaria Cure is Possible

Scientists have long been trying to develop an effective protection and cure for malaria - one of the deadliest diseases that affects people in tropical areas, especially children. As the World Health Organization announces plans to begin clinical trials of a promising new vaccine, scientists in South Africa report that they too are at an important threshold. George Putic reports, they are testing a compound that could be a single-dose cure for malaria.
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Video Young Maryland Filmmakers Fight Racial Stereotypes

Over the last few months, a group of upper classmen at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School - known as BCC - in the U.S. state of Maryland, produced a film exploring the power of video and storytelling in tackling a serious problem: racial stereotypes. And it’s not only to expose the problem and the negative feelings it provokes, but to suggest solutions.
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Video 'New York' Magazine Features 35 Cosby Accusers

The latest issue of 'New York' magazine features 35 women who say they were drugged and raped by film and television celebrity Bill Cosby. The women are aged from 44 to 80 and come from different walks of life and races. The magazine interviewed each of them separately, but Zlatica Hoke reports their stories are similar.
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Video Washington DC Underground Streetcar Station to Become Arts Venue

Abandoned more than 50 years ago, the underground streetcar station in Washington D.C.’s historic DuPont Circle district is about to be reborn. The plan calls for turning the spacious underground platforms - once meant to be a transportation hub, - into a unique space for art exhibitions, presentations, concerts and even a film set. Roman Mamonov has more from beneath the streets of the U.S. capital. Joy Wagner narrates his report.

USA

FILE - From left, Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and Secretary of Treasury Jack Lew testify at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing to review the Iran nuclear agreement, in Washington, July 23, 2015.

Iran Deal Backers Urged to Lobby Congress

President warns activists who want peace to not make same mistake they did in run-up to Iraq war, when proponents of war drowned out weaker voices More

Asia

Sunset over the Mekong River from Don Khone where many locals fear they might be displaced if the dam at nearby Don Sahong goes ahead. (Luke Hunt for VOA News)

Environmentalists Issue Warning on Mekong Biodiversity

Scientists say decades of economic development, hydropower-dam construction, lax law enforcement and trafficking have taken their toll More

Africa

Cecil, a well-known, protected lion who lived in Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park, is seen in this frame grab taken from a November 2012 video made available by Paula French.

Lion Cecil's Killing Sparks 'Canned Hunting' Debate in S. Africa

Conservationists believe incident, which triggered worldwide outrage, will reshape debate about practice in which hunters are allowed to target animals bred for hunting More

Middle East

An unmanned aerial vehicle maneuvers on the runway after it landed at the Incirlik Air Base, on the outskirts of the city of Adana, southern Turkey, July 30, 2015.

Monitor: US-trained Rebels in Syria Attacked

Al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front attacks headquarters of US-formed rebel group in war-torn country's north More

Americas

A Venezuelan National Guard walks in front of a truck as it leaves the facility used by Empresas Polar as a distribution center, while company employees shout inside, during the occupation of its installations by government representatives in Caracas, July 30, 2015.

Venezuela Troops Occupy Polar Food Distribution Warehouses

Move follows months of accusations by President Nicolas Maduro that Polar, country's largest private employer, working to sabotage the economy More

Science & Technology

Video Astronauts Train Underwater for Deep Space Missions

Missions still a long way off, but space agencies already testing procedures, equipment and human stamina for operations in extreme environment conditions More

Arts & Entertainment

Luke Bryan poses in the press room with the awards for entertainer of the year and vocal event of the year at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas.

With 5th Album, Luke Bryan Could Reach Even Greater Heights

Easily the reigning prince of Country music, Bryan, who has been on the music scene for a decade, has yet to earn a Grammy Award - or even a nomination More

Europe

Ukrainian military pilot Nadezhda Savchenko looks out from a defendants' cage during a court hearing in Moscow, Russia, May 6, 2015.

Russian Trial of Ukraine's Pilot Reflects Tangled Conflict

Prosecutors accuse the Ukrainian woman of causing the deaths of two Russian journalists in east Ukraine and allege she acted as a spotter to help Ukrainian ground forces target the journalists More

Health

FILE - Batch of an experimental Ebola vaccine developed at the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg, Canada, arrives at Geneva University Hospital, Oct. 22, 2014.

Video Researcher Explains Ebola Trial's Success

John-Arne Røttingen says international collaboration and community involvement were key to success More

Economy & Business

FILE - A construction worker pulls his safety rope while working on the roof of an apartment complex being built in Spring, Texas, March 27, 2015.

US Economy Grew 2.3 Percent From April to June

Commerce Department announces solid rebound in April-June quarter after harsh winter, and also revises earlier estimate showing growth of 0.6 percent in first quarter More

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