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Amid Ukraine Crisis, US Begins Military Drills in Poland

FILE - U.S. Army soldiers train during an exercise at the Adazi Training Area, Latvia, Oct. 20, 2010.

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April 23, 2014 8:09 AM
Washington is sending a total of about 600 paratroopers to Poland and three Baltic states in response to ongoing tensions in Ukraine More

'Little Evidence' of N. Korea Nuclear Test During Obama Visit

South Korea said this week it detected increased activity at the North's Punggye-ri nuclear test site, suggesting an underground test could be imminent

US Army Paratroopers Deploy to Poland, Baltics

Initially, some 600 troops will take part in what is being called a 'persistent rotational presence' that will last about one month

Video Enroute to Asia, Obama Visits Landslide Victims in Western State

President Barack Obama is on a four-nation tour of Asia, visiting Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines. On his way to Asia, the president stopped in the northwestern state of Washington to visit an area struck by deadly landslides last month. The landslides, caused by days of torrential rain, destroyed dozens of homes and killed at least 41 people. Zlatica Hoke reports.

Video Enroute to Asia, Obama Visits Landslide Victims in Western State

So far, 41 victims have been found in the disaster area, but at least two other people remain missing

Obama Arrives in Japan

President's eight-day tour begins in Tokyo Wednesday where he will meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

US to Deliver Apache Helicopters to Egypt, Relaxing Hold on Aid

John Kerry certified to Congress that Egypt met key criteria allowing Washington to free up some aid which had been suspended last year

Video Sub-Saharan Africa Takes Hard Look at Problems in Education

The World Bank says sub-Saharan Africa has experienced one of its best decades of growth since the 1960s. But some Africans say economic progress has not translated into faster job creation, especially for youth. Mariama Diallo looks into education, one area that development experts say needs to be re-evaluated and the ways to improve it.

FBI Seeks Victims of International Child Molester

William James Vahey killed himself last month, two days after a federal judge said authorities could search one of his computer thumb drives

US Defends Support of Attacks on Yemeni Militants

American drone strikes reportedly helped kill 55 al-Qaida militants in Yemen during last several days

US Urges North Korea to Refrain From New Nuclear Test

South Korean government quoted as saying that heightened activity at North Korea's underground nuclear test site indicates possible preparations for another atomic test

Video Biden: Russia Must ‘Stop Talking And Start Acting’ on Ukraine

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is calling on Russia to live up to its recent agreement to help defuse the crisis in eastern Ukraine. Vice President Biden spoke in Kyiv Tuesday as pro-Russian protestors in eastern Ukraine refuse to leave the state buildings they stormed two weeks ago. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.

US to Send Paratroopers to Poland, Baltics

Pentagon says 150 paratroopers based in Italy will arrive Wednesday in Poland, another 450 paratroopers will be deployed to Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania

Video Pet Kangaroo Helps Spread Environmental Message

Children’s author Julia Heckathorn travels the world to learn about different ecosystems and endangered animals. She pours her knowledge into children’s books, hoping the next generation will right the environmental wrongs of our times. As in many children's books, the main character in Heckathorn's stories is an animal. Unlike those other characters, though, this one is real - a kangaroo, that lives in the author’s backyard. VOA’s Penelope Poulou has more.

Supreme Court Upholds Michigan Ban on Affirmative Action

Ban concerns use of race as a factor in considering applicants for state colleges and universities

Video Boston Marathon Bittersweet for Many Runners

Monday's running of the Boston Marathon was bittersweet for many of the 36,000 participants as they finished the run that was interrupted by a double bombing last year. Many gathered along the route paid respect to the four people killed as a result of two bombings near the finish line. VOA's Carolyn Presutti returned to Boston this year to follow two runners, forever changed because of the crimes.

Video US Vice President Pledges Support for Ukraine

Joe Biden calls on Russia to live up to its recent agreement to resolve crisis in Ukraine

Video International Students Learn Film Production in World's Movie Capital

Hollywood - which is part of Los Angeles - is the movie capital of the world, and many aspiring filmmakers go there in hopes of breaking into the movie business. Mike O'Sullivan reports that regional universities are also a magnet for students who hope to become producers or directors.

Obama to Visit Site of US Mudslide

President will survey damage, meet with families of victims of deadly mudslide which killed at least 41 in northwestern state of Washington in late March

US Supreme Court to Review Jerusalem Birthplace Law

Court agrees to weigh constitutionality of law designed to allow American citizens born in Jerusalem - the historic holy city claimed by Israelis and Palestinians - to have Israel listed as their birthplace on passports

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On April 27, two popes - John the XXIII and John Paul II - will be made saints in a ceremony at St. Peter’s Square. VOA religion correspondent Jerome Socolovsky says the dual canonization is part of the current pope’s program to reconcile liberals and conservatives in the Roman Catholic Church.
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Video Pope Francis Hopes Dual Canonizations Will Reconcile Church

On April 27, two popes - John the XXIII and John Paul II - will be made saints in a ceremony at St. Peter’s Square. VOA religion correspondent Jerome Socolovsky says the dual canonization is part of the current pope’s program to reconcile liberals and conservatives in the Roman Catholic Church.
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Video Boston Marathon Bittersweet for Many Runners

Monday's running of the Boston Marathon was bittersweet for many of the 36,000 participants as they finished the run that was interrupted by a double bombing last year. Many gathered along the route paid respect to the four people killed as a result of two bombings near the finish line. VOA's Carolyn Presutti returned to Boston this year to follow two runners, forever changed because of the crimes.
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Video Pacific Rim Trade Deal Proves Elusive

With the U.S.-led war in Iraq ended and American military involvement in Afghanistan winding down, President Barack Obama has sought to pivot the country's foreign policy focus towards Asia. One aspect of that pivot is the negotiation of a free-trade agreement among 12 Pacific Rim nations. But as Obama leaves this week on a trip to four Asian countries he has found it very difficult to complete the trade pact. VOA's Ken Bredemeier has more from Washington.
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A robotic mission to the moon was deliberately crashed onto the lunar surface late last week, but not before scientists had collected data gathered by the spacecraft which was designed to self-destruct. VOA's Rosanne Skirble reports on the preliminary findings of the craft, called LADEE - an acronym for Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer.
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The Nigerian militant group known as Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for a bombing in the capital on April 14th that killed 75 people. In the video message, Abubakar Shekau, the man who says he ordered the bombing, says nothing about the mass abduction of more than 100 teenage girls, most of whom are still missing. Heather Murdock has more for VOA from Abuja.
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Video Ukraine Developments Hang Over Obama Trip to Asia

President Barack Obama's trip to Asia this week comes as concerns over Beijing's territorial ambitions are growing in the region. Those concerns have been compounded by Russia's recent actions in Ukraine and the possibility that Chinese strategists might be looking to Crimea as a model for its territorial disputes with its neighbors. VOA's Bill Ide has more from Beijing.
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