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    Trump to Speak at Annual Motorcycle Rally in DC

    FILE - Participants in the annual Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally ride past Arlington Memorial Bridge during the parade ahead of Memorial Day in Washington, May 24, 2015.

    May 27, 2016 7:38 PM
    Presumptive GOP nominee says he'll address Rolling Thunder participants 'in honor of the great bikers who have been totally supportive of my campaign'

    US Financial Markets Move Higher for Week

    Consumer discretionary, technology sectors lead the way; week closes on an up note on very thin volume

    Video Are US Central Bank Officials Signaling Imminent Rate Hike? 

    Odds are surging that interest rates will increase ... sooner rather than later

    US Forces in Syria Ordered to Remove Kurdish YPG Patches

    Special forces have historically worn patches of forces they've partnered with, but 'political sensitivities' related to YPG led to removal order

    Video Are US Central Bank Officials Signaling Imminent Rate Hike?

    The Fed’s benchmark rate, or the rate it charges banks on short-term loans, have been near record lows since the end of the financial crisis. With the U.S. economy showing signs of improvement, though, the odds of a rate hike — the first since December last year — are rising. VOA's Mil Arcega reports.

    American Citizens Give US Global Role Mixed Reviews

    America's global reputation takes hit, despite high marks for economy, military, Pew Research Center finds

    Video How do you spell Gesselschaft?

    For second year straight, Indian-Americans shine at US national spelling bee

    Aunt of N. Korea’s Kim Jong Un Has Lived Secretly in US for 18 Years

    Washington Post report on relatives of Kim Jong Un say couple has achieved American Dream

    Study: Majority of Americans Get News Via Social Media

    Pew Research Center found 62 percent of respondents used social media to get their news

    US GDP Rises Slightly More Than Predicted

    US Commerce Department reports GDP grew at an annual rate of 0.8% between January and March, which is higher than earlier estimates

    US Resident Charged with Ties to IS

    Mahmoud Amin Mohamed Elhassan indicted for providing material support to IS and for making false statements to the FBI

    Guess Which Beach is 'Best in the US'?

    Hawaii’s Hanauma Bay tops an annual "top 10" list compiled by a coastal scientist, also known as Doctor Beach

    Video President Obama Makes History, Confronts the Past at Hiroshima

    U.S. President Barack Obama made history Friday by walking through Hiroshima’s Memorial Peace Park with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Hiroshima is the city where an American warplane dropped the world's first atomic bomb on August 6, 1945, during World War Two, killing tens of thousands and subjecting a generation to radiation sickness. VOA’s Cindy Saine was on the scene to witness the solemn ceremony.

    Fueled by Drugs, Sex Trafficking Reaches 'Crisis' on Native American Reservation

    No numbers record specific rates of local sex trafficking, which can often be buried in crimes of sexual assault, abuse, prostitution, abandonment or kidnapping. But it is a crime, poorly documented and fueled by drug abuse, plaguing Indian reservations across the United States

    Stealth Subs 'Absolutely Essential' for US Military

    Ohio-class nuclear subs are key to Navy's ability to respond to aggression, but that ability will be threatened if program is not funded in time to replace aging fleet

    Video An Excerpt of Obama's Remarks at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

    Obama laid a wreath and made an address in Hiroshima, the site of the world's first use of the atomic bomb in August 1945.

    Video Obama Lays a Wreath in Hiroshima

    Barack Obama has become the first U.S. president Friday to visit Hiroshima, the city where an American warplane dropped the world's first atomic bomb on August 6, 1945 during World War II. Obama and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe laid wreaths at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. The two then delivered remarks.

    Video Chinese Americans Heart Trump

    While most Asian Americans identify as Democrats, this group sees Trump as a father figure

    Flood Threat in Houston is One Faced Around the World

    As sea levels rise and storms grow more intense, crowded urban areas worldwide will be vulnerable to disasters

    Video Obama Makes History, Confronts Past in Hiroshima

    President comes to the city’s Memorial Peace Park with a message of reconciliation and moral awakening

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    Chinese-Americans Heart Trump, Bucking National Trendi
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    May 27, 2016 5:57 AM
    A new study conducted by three Asian-American organizations shows there are three times as many Democrats as there are Republicans among Asian-American voters, and they favor Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump. But one group, called Chinese-Americans For Trump, is going against the tide and strongly supports the business tycoon. VOA’s Elizabeth Lee caught up with them at a Trump rally and reports from Anaheim, California.
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    Video Chinese-Americans Heart Trump, Bucking National Trend

    A new study conducted by three Asian-American organizations shows there are three times as many Democrats as there are Republicans among Asian-American voters, and they favor Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump. But one group, called Chinese-Americans For Trump, is going against the tide and strongly supports the business tycoon. VOA’s Elizabeth Lee caught up with them at a Trump rally and reports from Anaheim, California.
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    Video Reactions to Trump's Success Polarized Abroad

    What seemed impossible less than a year ago is now almost a certainty. New York real estate mogul Donald Trump has won the number of delegates needed to secure the Republican presidential nomination. The prospect has sparked as much controversy abroad as it has in the United States. Zlatica Hoke has more.
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    Video Drawings by Children in Hiroshima Show Hope and Peace

    On Friday, President Barack Obama will visit Hiroshima, Japan, the first American president to do so while in office. In August 1945, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the city to force Japan's surrender in World War II. Although their city lay in ruins, some Hiroshima schoolchildren drew pictures of hope and peace. The former students and their drawings are now part of a documentary called “Pictures from a Hiroshima Schoolyard.” VOA's Deborah Block has the story.
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    Video Vietnamese Rapper Performs for Obama

    A prominent young Vietnamese artist told President Obama said she faced roadblocks as a woman rapper, and asked the president about government support for the arts. He asked her to rap, and he even offered to provide a base beat for her. Watch what happened.
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    Video Roots Run Deep for Tunisia's Dwindling Jewish Community

    This week, hundreds of Jewish pilgrims are defying terrorist threats to celebrate an ancient religious festival on the Tunisian island of Djerba. The festivities cast a spotlight on North Africa's once-vibrant Jewish population that has all but died out in recent decades. Despite rising threats of militant Islam and the country's battered economy, one of the Arab world's last Jewish communities is staying put and nurturing a new generation. VOA’s Lisa Bryant reports.
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    Video Meet Your New Co-Worker: The Robot

    Increasing numbers of robots are joining the workforce, as companies scale back and more processes become automated. The latest robots are flexible and collaborative, built to work alongside humans as opposed to replacing them. VOA’s Tina Trinh looks at the next generation of automated employees helping out their human colleagues.
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    Video Wheelchair Technology in Tune With Times

    Technologies for the disabled, including wheelchair technology, are advancing just as quickly as everything else in the digital age. Two new advances in wheelchairs offer improved control and a more comfortable fit. VOA's George Putic reports.
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    Video Baby Boxes Offer Safe Haven for Unwanted Children

    No one knows exactly how many babies are abandoned worldwide each year. The statistic is a difficult one to determine because it is illegal in most places. Therefore unwanted babies are often hidden and left to die. But as Erika Celeste reports from Woodburn, Indiana, a new program hopes to make surrendering infants safer for everyone.
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    Video California Celebration Showcases Local Wines, Balloons

    Communities in the U.S. often hold festivals to show what makes them special. In California, for example, farmers near Fresno celebrate their figs and those around Gilmore showcase their garlic. Mike O'Sullivan reports that the wine-producing region of Temecula offers local vintages in an annual festival where rides on hot-air balloons add to the excitement.
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    Video US Elementary School Offers Living Science Lessons

    Zero is not a good score on a test at school. But Discovery Elementary is proud of its “net zero” rating. Net zero describes a building in which the amount of energy provided by on-site renewable sources equals the amount of energy the building uses. As Faiza Elmasry tells us, the innovative features in the building turn the school into a teaching tool, where kids can't help but learn about science and sustainability. Faith Lapidus narrates.

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