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    Elephants Perform for Last Time in Ringling Brothers Circus

    Asian elephants perform for the final time in the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, May 1, 2016, in Providence, Rhode Island.

    May 01, 2016 8:53 PM
    Performance ends tradition that has entertained US audiences for two centuries but that in recent years has been challenged by animal rights activists

    Video Little Havana - a Slice of Cuban Culture in Florida

    Hispanic culture permeates everything in Miami’s Little Havana area: elderly men playing dominoes as they discuss politics, cigar rollers deep at work, or Cuban exiles talking with presidential candidates at a Cuban coffee window. With the recent rapprochement between Cuba and United States, one can only expect stronger ties between South Florida and Cuba.

    First US Cruise Ship in More Than 50 Years Sails to Cuba

    The Carnival Cruise Lines' Adonia with 700 passengers on board left port of Miami, Florida, for planned docking in Havana Monday

    CIA Chief: 'No Evidence' of Saudi Backing of 9/11 Attacks

    Speaking on eve of fifth anniversary of death of Osama bin Laden, John Brennan says classified pages of congressional report suggest no direct link between Riyadh, al-Qaida

    Video US Sees 1st Zika Death Amid Funding Stalemate

    Elderly Puerto Rican man is first victim; White House has requested nearly $2 billion to fight virus; Republican-led Congress has yet to act

    Video US Sees 1st Zika Death Amid Funding Stalemate

    The first known death from the Zika virus on U.S. territory was reported Friday as lawmakers left Washington for a weeklong recess. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports, neither house of Congress has approved funding to combat Zika, despite increasingly dire warnings from U.S. health officials.

    Malia Obama to Attend Harvard

    Elder of President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle’s two daughters to take year off after high school before enrolling in prestigious university in 2017

    Trump Surging in Indiana, Ahead of Tuesday Republican Vote

    Latest poll shows Trump with 49 percent support among Republicans in Indiana, compared to 34 percent for Texas Senator Ted Cruz, and 13 percent for John Kasich, who governs neighboring state of Ohio

    Kerry in Geneva in Bid to Bolster Syria Cease-fire

    Goal is to reaffirm US-Russian mediated cease-fire as violence escalates in Syria, especially in its largest city, Aleppo

    Video President Obama Addresses the White House Correspondents' Dinner

    U.S. President Barack Obama was the main attraction as journalists, politicians and celebrities attended the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner Saturday night in Washington.

    Video Baghdad Teetering on Edge as Iraq Plunges Into Political Chaos

    Iraqi capital in state of emergency as protesters occupy parts of once secure International Zone; some lawmakers have fled city; military on high alert

    Photogallery Workers Rally for Rights, Higher Wages

    Workers across globe mark International Labor Day with demands for more job security as many countries battle economic uncertainty, high unemployment

    California Republicans Mull Choices in Presidential Race

    Ted Cruz tells state's Republican Convention delegates campaign will be 'battle on the ground, district by district by district,' ahead of June 7 primary

    Grandmother, 4 Grandchildren Among 6 Killed in Texas Flooding

    Grandmother and four of her grandchildren are killed and another person also dies in floods in Texas caused by storms that unleashed tornadoes, damaging hail and torrential rains

    Video Supporters of Iraqi Cleric Camp Near Baghdad Parliament

    Hundreds of followers of Iraq's mercurial Shi'ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr set up camp overnight near Baghdad's parliament, hours after breaking into government-controlled Green Zone

    Multimedia Obama Pokes Fun at Friends and Enemies at Washington Dinner

    In his last year in office, President Barack Obama pokes fun one last time at friends and enemies in media and on Capitol Hill

    Daniel Berrigan, Jesuit Priest, Anti-war Activist, Dies at 94

    Jesuit priest, poet and peace activist who was imprisoned for burning draft files to protest Vietnam War, died Saturday at age 94

    Video California Republicans Weigh Presidential Choices Amid Protests

    Republican presidential candidates have been wooing local party leaders in California, a state that could be decisive in selecting the party's nominee for U.S. president. VOA's Mike O’Sullivan reports delegates to the California party convention have been evaluating choices, while front-runner Donald Trump drew hundreds of raucous protesters Friday.

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    Turkish Kurd Islamist Rally Stokes Tensionsi
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    April 29, 2016 12:28 AM
    In a sign of the rising power of Islamists in Turkey, more than 100,000 people recently gathered in Diyarbakir, the main city in Turkey’s predominantly Kurdish southeast, to mark the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad. The gathering highlighted tensions with the pro-secular Kurdish nationalist movement. Dorian Jones reports from Diyarbakir.
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    Video Turkish Kurd Islamist Rally Stokes Tensions

    In a sign of the rising power of Islamists in Turkey, more than 100,000 people recently gathered in Diyarbakir, the main city in Turkey’s predominantly Kurdish southeast, to mark the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad. The gathering highlighted tensions with the pro-secular Kurdish nationalist movement. Dorian Jones reports from Diyarbakir.
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    Video Pakistani School Helps Slum Kids

    Master Mohammad Ayub runs a makeshift school in a public park in Islamabad. Thousands of poor children have benefited from his services over the years, but, as VOA's Ayesha Tanzeem reports, roughly 25 million school-age youths don't get an education in Pakistan.
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    Video Florida’s Weeki Wachee ‘Mermaids’ Make a Splash

    Since 1947, ‘mermaids’ have fascinated tourists at central Florida’s Weeki Wachee Springs State Park with their fluid movements and synchronized ballet. Performing underwater has its challenges, including cold temperatures and a steady current, as VOA’s Lin Yang and Joseph Mok report.
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    Video Somali, African Union Forces Face Resurgent Al-Shabab

    The Islamic State terror group claimed its first attack in Somalia earlier this week, though the claim has not been verified by forces on the ground. Meanwhile, al-Shabab militants have stepped up their attacks as Somalia prepares for elections later this year. Henry Ridgwell reports there are growing frustrations among Somalia’s Western backers over the country’s slow progress in forming its own armed forces to establish security after 25 years of chaos.
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    Video Bangladesh Targeted Killings Spark Wave of Fear

    People in Bangladesh’s capital are expressing deep concern over the brutal attacks that have killed secular blogger, and most recently a gay rights activist and an employee of the U.S. embassy. Xulhaz Mannan, an embassy protocol officer and the editor of the country’s only gay and transgender magazine Roopban; and his friend Mehboob Rabbi Tanoy, a gay rights activist, were hacked to death by five attackers in Mannan’s Dhaka home earlier this month.
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    Video Documentary Tells Tale of Chernobyl Returnees

    Ukraine this week is marking the 30th anniversary of the world's worst nuclear accident, at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. Soviet officials at first said little about the accident, but later evacuated a 2,600-square-kilometer "exclusion zone." Some people, though, came back. American directors Holly Morris and Anne Bogart created a documentary about this faithful and brave community. VOA's Tetiana Kharchenko reports from New York on "The Babushkas of Chernobyl." Carol Pearson narrates.
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    Video Nigerians Feel Bite of Buhari Economic Policy

    Despite the global drop in the price of oil, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has refused to allow the country's currency to devalue, leading to a shortage of foreign exchange. Chris Stein reports from Lagos businessmen and consumers are feeling the impact as the country deals with a severe fuel shortage.
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    Video  Return to the Wild

    There’s a growing trend in the United States to let old or underused golf courses revert back to nature. But as Erika Celeste reports from one parcel in Grafton, Ohio, converting 39 hectares of land back to green space is a lot more complicated than just not mowing the fairway.
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    Video West Urges Unity in Libya as Migrant Numbers Soar

    The Italian government says a NATO-led mission aimed at stemming the flow of migrants from Libya to Europe could be up and running by July. There are concerns that the number of migrants could soar as the route through Greece and the Balkans remains blocked. Western powers say the political chaos in Libya is being exploited by people smugglers — and they are pressuring rival groups to come together under the new unity government. VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports.
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    Video Russia’s TV Rain Swims Against Tide in Sea of Kremlin Propaganda

    Russia’s media freedoms have been gradually eroded under President Vladimir Putin as his government has increased state ownership, influence, and restrictions on critical reporting. Television, where most Russians get their news, has been the main target and is now almost completely state controlled. But in the Russian capital, TV Rain stands out as an island in a sea of Kremlin propaganda.

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