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Heather Murdock
July 04, 2015 12:09 AM
Diplomats at the Iran nuclear talks are hoping to redraw alliances, making former enemies future competitors, but it's not just officials who are defying old lines drawn in the sands of Middle East politics. The Facebook page "Israel Loves Iran" is part of a larger Internet movement to bridge rifts in the Middle East. VOA's Heather Murdock reports.
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Video Middle East Activists Go Online to Try to Bridge Rifts

Diplomats at the Iran nuclear talks are hoping to redraw alliances, making former enemies future competitors, but it's not just officials who are defying old lines drawn in the sands of Middle East politics. The Facebook page "Israel Loves Iran" is part of a larger Internet movement to bridge rifts in the Middle East. VOA's Heather Murdock reports.
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Video From Taliban to IS, Afghan Fighters Pledge New Allegiance

The Islamic State group appears to be attracting new followers in yet another country, with Afghan fighters raising the black flag in parts of Afghanistan's Nangarhar province. In this report narrated by Roger Wilkison, VOA's Ashna TV reporter Sarwan Rahim Gul has more from Nangarhar's Bati Kot district.
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Video Somalia Hires First Six Female Prosecutors

In a nation long marred by conflict, corruption and impunity, Somalia's government is hoping to rebuild the country's justice system and, for the first time, has brought on board six female prosecutors. VOA's Abdulaziz Billow reports.
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Video Images in Museum Exhibit Reflect a Transforming America

A new exhibit at a Washington museum features a collection of photographs offering a rare look at life in the U.S. during the mid-20th century. The photos help tell the story of a transforming America. VOA’s Julie Taboh reports.
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Video China Seals Economic, Trade Deals With Europe

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang is wrapping up a visit to Europe, where he’s signed a series of economic accords and trade deals. Several European countries have signed up to China’s new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank - seen by some as a rival to the World Bank based in the US. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.
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Video UNESCO Chief Warns of 'Cultural Cleansing' in War Zones

The head of the United Nations cultural organization says the loss of ancient artifacts destroyed by militants in Iraq and Syria has long-term implications for security and peace in the region. The official spoke in London, and VOA’s Al Pessin reports.
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Video 'Freedom Frigate' Replica Tours US Ports

A replica of the French warship that brought hope to American colonists battling the British in 1780 is in New York as part of Independence Day celebrations. On Saturday, the Hermione replica will join hundreds of vessels passing the Statue of Liberty for an Independence Day parade. VOA's Deborah Block reports on the ship and its relevance.
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Video Grocery Store Tours Emphasize Healthy Choices

People used to buying cheap and unhealthy foods are relearning how to grocery shop by participating in store tours that encourage them to take a healthier approach to buying food, as VOA's Faisa Elmasry reports.
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Video Analysts Wary of Asia Contagion From Greece Crisis

In Asia, financial analysts say Greece's economic woes have had little direct impact on regional stock markets, which are instead focused on signs of trouble on China's exchanges. But VOA’s Brian Padden reports from Seoul that there is growing concern that the repercussions from the Greek crisis could be wider and more severe than initially anticipated
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Video Greeks Angry, Confused Ahead of Sunday Referendum

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has urged angry and confused Greeks to stand united and vote against the conditions for a new bailout in a referendum Sunday. If they follow his advice, Greece may be pushed out of Europe's common currency zone, something many people fear. Zlatica Hoke reports
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Video Powered Exoskeletons Give Assistance in Walking, Lifting

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Video Xenophobia Victims in South Africa Flee Violence, Then Return

Many Malawians fled South Africa early this year after xenophobic attacks on African immigrants. But many quickly found life was no better at home and have returned to South Africa – often illegally and without jobs, and facing the tough task of having to start over. Lameck Masina and Anita Powell file from Johannesburg.

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Defense Minister Rejected as Taliban Battle Near Kabul

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Africa

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IS Video Shows Palmyra Executions

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Right to Die: Colombian Man Ends Life with Government Backup

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Arts & Entertainment

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Audio Top 5 Songs for Week Ending July 4

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Europe

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Europe Seeks Relief From Heat Wave

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Health

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Researchers Edge Closer to Cure for Dengue Fever

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