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    First Lady to Visit Africa to Promote Girls' Education

    FILE - First lady Michelle Obama reacts to cheers from the class of 2016 during commencement for City College of New York, June 3, 2016.

    June 25, 2016 11:00 AM
    Michele Obama will be joined by daughters and actresses Meryl Streep and Freida Pinto

    Pentagon Plans to Lift Ban on Transgender Troops

    Defense chief Ash Carter last year had called for review of ‘outdated’ regulations; move would affect policies from recruiting to housing

    US Legislator: China's Organ Harvest 'Nazi-like'

    US congressional joint subcommittee convenes hearing on China's illicit organ transfers, just two weeks after House passes resolution urging Beijing to stop harvesting organs from prisoners of conscience

    Five Portraits of Muslims in America

    The United States is home to a diverse group of Muslims – from all ages, all ethnicities, all incomes

    Flint Water Caused 'Significantly Higher' Levels of Lead in Young Children

    US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention studied children younger than 6 — the age group most vulnerable to effects of lead poisoning

    Obama Designates NYC's Stonewall Inn a Monument to Gay Rights

    Monument, in city's Greenwich Village area, includes landmark tavern where gay rights movement gained political momentum nearly 50 years ago

    Gun Control Measure Gets Bipartisan House Push

    Terrorism Firearms Prevention Act, identical to earlier Senate bill, appears to address Republicans' concerns about proposals championed during Democratic sit-in

    After Brexit Vote, US May Need to Seek EU ‘Rebalance’

    Historic Brexit will leave US without one of its most closely aligned allies in EU and could prompt it to seek rebalance with other countries in 28-member bloc

    Worst Floods in 100 Years Kill 23 in West Virginia

    Governor declares states of emergency in most counties after 25 centimeters of rain falls on some areas

    US Hits Afghan Taliban With First Strikes Under New Authorities

    Attack reported in southern part of nation; change in policy this month allows more US airstrikes as long as they can help Afghan offensive succeed

    Video US Markets Plunge After Brexit; Is This a Buying Opportunity?

    S&P 500, Dow Jones industrial average erased their gains for the year as all three major averages closed near session lows

    Video In Profile: Deputy Labor Secretary Christopher Lu

    Obama administration's highest-ranking Asian American speaks with Adrianna Zhang of VOA's Mandarin Service about his ethnic heritage and what's on the horizon as the president winds down his historic tenure.

    Obama Encourages Entrepreneurs to Seek Global Interconnection

    President tells entrepreneurs at global summit at Stanford University to find mentors, push ahead with new ideas on day after Britain voters decide to exit EU

    Obama Seeks to Calm US, Global Fears After Brexit Shock

    US president visited Britain in April and urged Britain to remain in the EU

    Video Joy Hakim Finds the Story in US History

    All too often, school means textbooks, those thick, often boring tomes students must slog through every school year. Their bulk and format can disguise the fact that there's often a lot of great stuff between the covers. To make sure students are getting the great stuff, a former reporter is putting some zing into history and science. From Denver, Shelley Schlender reports.

    Video Some US Gun Owners Support Gun Control

    Defying the stereotype, Dave Makings says he'd give up his assault rifle for a comprehensive program to reduce gun violence

    Video Orlando Shooting Changes Debate on Gun Control

    It’s been nearly two weeks since the largest mass shooting ever in the United States. Despite public calls for tighter gun control laws, Congress is at an impasse. Democratic lawmakers resorted to a 1960s civil rights tactic to portray their frustration. VOA’s Carolyn Presutti explains how the Orlando, Florida shooting is changing the debate.

    Heroin Mill Found in New York Candy Shop

    Police say they’ve uncovered massive drug operation in Brooklyn during inspection

    Trump, in Scotland, Links Brexit Vote to His Campaign

    Presumptive Republican nominee describes British Prime Minister David Cameron as 'a good man' who was wrong on Brexit issue

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    Brexit Vote Plunges Global Markets Into Unchartered Territoryi
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    June 24, 2016 9:38 PM
    British voters plunged global markets into unknown territory after they voted Thursday to leave the European Union. The results of the Brexit vote, the term coined to describe the referendum, caught many off guard. Analysts say the resulting volatility could last for weeks, perhaps longer. Mil Arcega reports.
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    Video Brexit Vote Plunges Global Markets Into Unchartered Territory

    British voters plunged global markets into unknown territory after they voted Thursday to leave the European Union. The results of the Brexit vote, the term coined to describe the referendum, caught many off guard. Analysts say the resulting volatility could last for weeks, perhaps longer. Mil Arcega reports.
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    Video Orlando Shooting Changes Debate on Gun Control

    It’s been nearly two weeks since the largest mass shooting ever in the United States. Despite public calls for tighter gun control laws, Congress is at an impasse. Democratic lawmakers resorted to a 1960s civil rights tactic to portray their frustration. VOA’s Carolyn Presutti explains how the Orlando, Florida shooting is changing the debate.
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    Video Tunisian Fishing Town Searches for Jobs, Local Development Solutions

    As the European Union tries to come to grips with its migrant crisis, some newcomers are leaving voluntarily. But those returning to their home countries face an uncertain future.  Five years after Tunisia's revolution, the tiny North African country is struggling with unrest, soaring unemployment and plummeting growth. From the southern Tunisian fishing town of Zarzis, Lisa Bryant takes a look for VOA at a search for local solutions.
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    Video 'American Troops' in Russia Despite Tensions

    Historic battle re-enactment is a niche hobby with a fair number of adherents in Russia where past military victories are played-up by the Kremlin as a show of national strength. But, one group of World War II re-enactors in Moscow has the rare distinction of choosing to play western ally troops. VOA's Daniel Schearf explains.
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    Video Experts: Very Few Killed in US Gun Violence Are Victims of Mass Shootings

    The deadly shooting at a Florida nightclub has reignited the debate in the U.S. over gun control. Although Congress doesn't provide government health agencies funds to study gun violence, public health experts say private research has helped them learn some things about the issue. VOA's Carol Pearson reports.
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    Video Trump Unleashes Broadside Against Clinton to Try to Ease GOP Doubts

    Recent public opinion polls show Republican Donald Trump slipping behind Democrat Hillary Clinton in the presidential election matchup for November. Trump trails her both in fundraising and campaign organization, but he's intensifying his attacks on the former secretary of state. VOA National Correspondent Jim Malone reports.
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    Video Muslim American Mayor Calls for Tolerance

    Syrian-born Mohamed Khairullah describes himself as "an American mayor who happens to be Muslim." As the three-term mayor of Prospect Park, New Jersey, he believes his town of 6,000 is an example of how ethnicity and religious beliefs should not determine a community's leadership. Ramon Taylor has this report from Prospect Park.
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    Video Internal Rifts Over Syria Policy Could Be Headache for Next US President

    With the Obama administration showing little outward enthusiasm for adopting a more robust Syria policy, there is a strong likelihood that the internal discontent expressed by State Department employees will roll over to the next administration. VOA State Department correspondent Pam Dockins reports.
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    Video Senegal to Park Colorful ‘Cars Rapide’ Permanently

    Brightly painted cars rapide are a hallmark of Dakar, offering residents a cheap way to get around the capital city since 1976. But the privately owned minibuses are scheduled to be parked for good in late 2018, as Ricci Shryock reports for VOA.
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    Video Florida Gets $1 Million in Emergency Government Funding for Orlando

    The U.S. government has granted $1 million in emergency funding to the state of Florida to cover the costs linked to the June 12 massacre in Orlando. U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced the grant Tuesday in Orlando, where she met with survivors of the shooting attack that killed 49 people. Zlatica Hoke reports.
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    Video How to Print Impossible Shapes with Metal

    3-D printing with metals is rapidly becoming more advanced. As printers become more affordable, the industry is partnering with universities to refine processes for manufacturing previously impossible things. A new 3-D printing lab aims to bring the new technology closer to everyday use. VOA's George Putic reports.
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    Video Big Somali Community in Minnesota Observes Muslim Religious Feast

    Ramadan is widely observed in the north central US state of Minnesota, which a large Muslim community calls home. VOA Somali service reporter Mohmud Masadde files this report from Minneapolis, the state's biggest city.

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