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Obama to Address Threat of Warming Arctic at Climate Conference

FILE - U.S. President Barack Obama walks to Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, Aug. 27, 2015.

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Obama said Saturday that he looked forward to meeting with Alaskans to talk about how the country can be the 'global leader on climate change' More

White House: Mt. McKinley to be Renamed Denali

The announcement came as Obama prepared to depart early Monday on a three-day visit to Alaska

Report: US Preparing Sanctions Over Alleged Chinese Cybertheft

A final decision to issue the sanctions, which could involve asset freezes and blocking the financial transactions of those engaged in cyberattacks, has not yet been made

Video Will VP Biden Enter US Presidential Fray?

A big question mark remains on the list of U.S. presidential hopefuls – will Vice President Joe Biden enter the race on the Democratic side, joining former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders? VOA’s Michael Bowman reports, the answer could come any day now and put an end to weeks of speculation and intrigue in Washington and beyond.

Video Will VP Biden Enter US Presidential Fray?

With an extensive political resume, plain-spoken and long-winded, Vice President Joe Biden is no stranger to the campaign trail

Serena Williams Aims for Rare Tennis Grand Slam

The 33-year-old American, with the 2015 Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon trophies already on her crowded mantle, will be gunning to complete the first season's sweep of the slams since German Steffi Graf in 1988

Baseball Fan Falls to Death at Atlanta Braves Game

Gregory Murrey, 60, of Alpharetta, Georgia, fell close to area where players' wives and families sit; police don't suspect foul play in accident

Oliver Sacks, Neurologist, 'Awakenings' Author, Dies at 82

As practicing neurologist, Oliver Sacks looked at some of his patients with writer's eye and found publishing gold in humanizing illnesses, one Nobel Prize-winning chemist said

Oregon Senator Says He'll Endorse Iran Nuclear Pact

Jeff Merkley becomes 31st senator to say he will vote next month in favor of agreement, moving President Barack Obama closer to mathematical certainty that deal will take effect

US Wants Pakistan to Help Reduce Violence in Afghanistan

Susan Rice tells Pakistan’s civil and military leadership Sunday that terrorist and militant attacks in Afghanistan have become 'a key point of regional friction,' according to a senior US official

Poll: Democratic Candidate Clinton's Support Waning in Iowa

Recent poll shows only 37 percent of Democrats likely to participate in February nominating caucuses favor former secretary of state, first time this year her support fell below 50 percent

Video Rebuilding New Orleans' Music Scene

Ten years after Hurricane Katrina inundated New Orleans, threatening to wash away its vibrant musical heritage along with its neighborhoods, the beat goes on. As Bronwyn Benito reports, a Musicians' Village is preserving the city's unique sound.

Church Bells Toll as US Gulf Coast Marks 10 Years Since Katrina

Former President Bill Clinton urges New Orleans residents to work to eradicate disparities of income, education and health

Video New Orleans Works to Rebuild Music Scene After Katrina

Collection of volunteer-built homes called Musicians' Village is giving artists a place to which they can return, put down roots

Video Rebuilding New Orleans' Music Scene

Ten years after Hurricane Katrina inundated New Orleans, threatening to wash away its vibrant musical heritage along with its neighborhoods, the beat goes on. A project called Musicians' Village is helping to preserve the city's unique sound. VOA's Bronwyn Benito reports.

Texas Prosecutors Charge Suspect in Deputy's 'Assassination'

Police say no motive has been established in the killing of Darren Goforth, but that suspect Shannon Miles has a previous record

Tropical Storm Erika Dissipates; 21 Dead

Storm flags over Cuba, could regain strength over Gulf of Mexico; death toll in Dominica, Haiti is 21

A busy weekend for presidential hopefuls

Democrats who have announced their candidacy for their party's nomination are in Minnesota for two-day meeting that began early Friday

Video Presidential Hopefuls Keep Busy Weekend Schedule

U.S. presidential candidates have scheduled meetings this weekend with groups supporting their respective parties. Democratic hopefuls are in Minnesota to address the Democratic National Committee's annual summer meeting. Republican candidates are taking their campaign messages to supportive groups across the United States. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports from Washington.

Eaton of US Breaks Decathlon Record in Beijing

Second place in Beijing decathlon went to Damian Warner of Canada

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Hundreds of Colombians have fled Venezuela since last week, amid an escalating border crisis between the two countries. Last week, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ordered the closure of a key border crossing after smugglers injured three Venezuelan soldiers and a civilian. The president also ordered the deportation of Colombians who are in Venezuela illegally. Zlatica Hoke reports.
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Hundreds of Colombians have fled Venezuela since last week, amid an escalating border crisis between the two countries. Last week, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ordered the closure of a key border crossing after smugglers injured three Venezuelan soldiers and a civilian. The president also ordered the deportation of Colombians who are in Venezuela illegally. Zlatica Hoke reports.
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Video Is China's Economic Data Accurate?

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Video Next to Iran, Climate at Forefront of Obama Agenda

President Barack Obama this week announced new initiatives aimed at making it easier for Americans to access renewable energy sources such as solar and wind. Obama is not slowing down when it comes to pushing through climate change measures, an issue he says is the greatest threat to the country’s national security. VOA correspondent Aru Pande has more from the White House.
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Video Shipping Containers Provide Experimental Housing

Housing prices around the San Francisco Bay area are out of reach for many people, so some young entrepreneurs, artists and tech industry workers are creating their own houses using converted shipping containers. But as VOA's Mike O’Sullivan reports from Oakland, the effort requires ingenuity and dealing with restrictive local laws.
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Video Arctic Draws International Competition for Oil

A new geopolitical “Great Game” is underway in earth’s northernmost region, the Arctic, where Russia has claimed a large area for resource development and President Barack Obama recently approved Shell Oil Company’s test-drilling project in an area under U.S. control. Greg Flakus reports.
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China and the Philippines both claim maritime rights in the South China Sea.  That includes the right to fish in those waters. Jason Strother reports on how the Philippines is catching Chinese nationals it says are illegal poachers. He has the story from Palawan province.
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Many people dread visiting dentists because they're afraid of drills. Now, however, a technology developed by a British firm promises to eliminate the need for mechanical cleaning of dental cavities by speeding a natural process of tooth repair. VOA’s George Putic reports.
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Southeast Asian countries claim China has illegally seized territory in the Spratly islands. It is especially a concern for a Philippine mayor who says Beijing is occupying parts of his municipality. Jason Strother reports from the capital of Palawan province, Puerto Princesa.
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Ice caps don't just exist at the world's poles. There are also tropical ice caps, and the largest sits atop the Peruvian Andes - but it is melting, quickly, and may be gone within the next 20 years. George Putic reports scientists are now rushing to take samples to get at the valuable information about climate change locked in the ice.
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Video French Experiment in Integrating Roma Under Threat

Plans to destroy France’s oldest slum have sparked an outcry on the part of its Roma residents. As Lisa Bryant reports from the Paris suburb of La Courneuve, rights groups argue the community is a fledgling experiment on integrating Roma who are often outcasts in many parts of Europe.
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Video Kenyans Turn to Agriculture for Business

Each year Kenyan universities continue to churn out graduates for the job market despite the already existing high rate of unemployment among youth in the country. Some of these young men and women have realized that agriculture can be as rewarding as any other business or job, and they are resorting to agribusiness in large numbers as a way of tackling unemployment. Rael Ombuor reports for VOA.
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Video First Women Graduate Elite Army Ranger School

Two women are making history for the U.S. Army by proving they are among the toughest of the tough. VOA's Carla Babb reports from Fort Benning, Georgia as 94 men and those two women rise as graduates of the difficult Ranger school.

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