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Obama Sows Seeds of Nutrition in Ethiopia

U.S. President Barack Obama laughs after commenting on his press corps, who were wearing hair nets on a tour of the Faffa Food factory in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, July 28, 2015.

July 28, 2015 9:14 AM
Locals beam when US president visits food factory, attest to how development program has changed their lives More

Kerry: Iran Nuclear Pact 'Good Deal for the World'

Congress has about seven weeks to look over agreement that limits Iran's nuclear program in exchange for relief from sanctions

NFL to Welcome First Female Coach

Jen Welter is a former college rugby player who played 14 years as a linebacker for the Dallas Diamonds in the Women's Football Alliance

Video 'New York' Magazine Features 35 Cosby Accusers

Over the last year, numerous women have come forward to tell their stories of being drugged and raped by Bill Cosby

Video 'New York' Magazine Features 35 Cosby Accusers

The latest issue of 'New York' magazine features 35 women who say they were drugged and raped by film and television celebrity Bill Cosby. The women are aged from 44 to 80 and come from different walks of life and races. The magazine interviewed each of them separately, but Zlatica Hoke reports their stories are similar.

Video Obama: Africa’s Progress Dependent on Development, Democracy

After delivering remarks, Obama is now on his way back to Washington after making first visit by a US president to African Union's headquarters in Ethiopia

Boy Scouts of America Lifts Ban on Gay Leaders

Policy banning openly gay adult leaders and employees has deeply divided the membership of 105-year-old Texas-based organization

Video US Calls Fight Against Human Trafficking a Must Win

The United States is promising not to give up its fight against what Secretary of State John Kerry calls the “scourge” of modern slavery. Officials released the country’s annual human trafficking report Monday – a report that’s being met with some criticism. VOA’s National Security correspondent Jeff Seldin has more from the State Department.

Kerry Heads for Egypt, the Gulf to Discuss Iran Deal, ISIS

After meetings in Mideast, secretary of state will then head to Southeast Asia, where countries share US concerns about China's pursuit of territorial claims

Obama Knocks Huckabee, Trump for Slide in Republican Rhetoric

President criticizes presidential candidates for their blunt rhetoric about the Iran nuclear agreement and other issues, saying it was damaging to political debate

NSA to Soon Stop Examining Phone Records

Obama administration has decided that National Security Agency will soon stop examining, and will ultimately destroy, millions of Americans' calling records

Top US Companies Pledge Action to Slow Climate Change

Executives from 13 companies promise to change the private sector's role in American efforts to reduce global carbon pollution

Effort to Fund US Highways Hits Congressional Potholes

Federal spending authority expires Friday - and projects to fix, maintain some of America’s busiest thoroughfares will come to a halt unless Congress takes action

US Drops Boston's Embattled Bid to Host 2024 Olympics

In face of intense public opposition US Olympic Committee drops bid for Boston, says it hopes to find another city to compete to host the Summer Games

US Starts Construction on First Offshore Wind Turbines

Wind farm expected to power electricity for 17,000 homes on Rhode Island's mainland when finished late next year

Video In Ethiopia, Obama Tries to Balance Security, Human Rights

While hailing Ethiopia’s role in fighting terrorism in East Africa, U.S. President Barack Obama also urged the country’s leaders to protect human rights and ensure good governance. VOA White House Correspondent Aru Pande has more from Addis Ababa on the president’s talks with the Ethiopian prime minister in Addis Ababa.

Wildfire Warehouse Keeps Fire Crews Fed, Supplied

Great Basin Cache in Boise, Idaho, is one of largest of 16 vital, regional wildfire storehouses operated by US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, partner states

Streep, Winslet Express 'Dismay' Over Amnesty Sex Trade Proposal

Amnesty to review proposal to decriminalize sex trade

Video Washington DC Underground Streetcar Station to Become Arts Venue

Abandoned more than 50 years ago, the underground streetcar station in Washington D.C.’s historic DuPont Circle district is about to be reborn. The plan calls for turning the spacious underground platforms - once meant to be a transportation hub, - into a unique space for art exhibitions, presentations, concerts and even a film set. Roman Mamonov has more from beneath the streets of the U.S. capital. Joy Wagner narrates his report.

Obama: Yet to Hear Good Argument Against Iran Deal

Iran deal has been approved by UN Security Council, but despite lobbying, testimony by top administration officials, it has won few new congressional supporters

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Henry Ridgwell
July 28, 2015 9:53 PM
A British pro-democracy group has accused Russia of abusing the global law enforcement agency Interpol by requesting the arrest and extradition of political opponents. A new report by the group notes such requests can mean the accused are unable to travel and are often unable to open bank accounts. VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports.
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Video Russia Accused of Abusing Interpol to Pursue Opponents

A British pro-democracy group has accused Russia of abusing the global law enforcement agency Interpol by requesting the arrest and extradition of political opponents. A new report by the group notes such requests can mean the accused are unable to travel and are often unable to open bank accounts. VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports.
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Video Genome Initiative Urgently Moves to Freeze DNA Before Species Go Extinct

Earth is in the midst of its sixth mass extinction. The last such event was caused by an asteroid 66 million years ago. It killed off the dinosaurs and practically everything else. So scientists are in a race against time to classify the estimated 11 million species alive today. So far only 2 million are described by science, and researchers are worried many will disappear before they even have a name. VOA’s Rosanne Skirble reports.
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Video Scientists: One-Dose Malaria Cure is Possible

Scientists have long been trying to develop an effective protection and cure for malaria - one of the deadliest diseases that affects people in tropical areas, especially children. As the World Health Organization announces plans to begin clinical trials of a promising new vaccine, scientists in South Africa report that they too are at an important threshold. George Putic reports, they are testing a compound that could be a single-dose cure for malaria.
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Video Special Olympics Athletes Meet International Friends

The Special Olympics are underway in Los Angeles, California, with athletes from 165 countries participating in an event that gives people with intellectual disabilities the chance to take part in an international competition. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan reports that for athletes and their families, it's also an opportunity to make new friends in an international setting.
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Video 'New York' Magazine Features 35 Cosby Accusers

The latest issue of 'New York' magazine features 35 women who say they were drugged and raped by film and television celebrity Bill Cosby. The women are aged from 44 to 80 and come from different walks of life and races. The magazine interviewed each of them separately, but Zlatica Hoke reports their stories are similar.
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Video US Calls Fight Against Human Trafficking a Must Win

The United States is promising not to give up its fight against what Secretary of State John Kerry calls the “scourge” of modern slavery. Officials released the country’s annual human trafficking report Monday – a report that’s being met with some criticism. VOA’s National Security correspondent Jeff Seldin has more from the State Department.
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Video Iran Nuclear Pact Wins Few New US Congressional Backers

Later this week, President Barack Obama returns from a trip to Africa to confront a U.S. Congress roiled by the nuclear accord with Iran, an agreement that has received the blessing of the U.N. Security Council. Days of intensive lobbying and testimony by top administration officials have won few new congressional supporters of the pact. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports.
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Video Washington DC Underground Streetcar Station to Become Arts Venue

Abandoned more than 50 years ago, the underground streetcar station in Washington D.C.’s historic DuPont Circle district is about to be reborn. The plan calls for turning the spacious underground platforms - once meant to be a transportation hub, - into a unique space for art exhibitions, presentations, concerts and even a film set. Roman Mamonov has more from beneath the streets of the U.S. capital. Joy Wagner narrates his report.
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Video Europe’s Twin Crises Collide in Greece as Migrant Numbers Soar

Greece has replaced Italy as the main gateway for migrants into Europe, with more than 100,000 arrivals in the first six months of 2015. Many want to move further into Europe and escape Greece’s economic crisis, but they face widespread dangers on the journey overland through the Balkans. VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports.
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Video Stink Intensifies as Lebanon’s Trash Crisis Continues

After the closure of a major rubbish dump a week ago, the streets of Beirut are filling up with trash. Having failed to draw up a plan B, politicians are struggling to deal with the problem. John Owens has more for VOA from Beirut.
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Video Paris Rolls Out Blueprint to Fight Climate Change

A U.N. climate conference in December aims to produce an ambitious agreement to fight heat-trapping greenhouse gases. But many local governments are not waiting, and have drafted their own climate action plans. That’s the case with Paris — which is getting special attention, since it’s hosting the climate summit. Lisa Bryant takes a look for VOA at the transformation of the French capital into an eco-city.
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Video Racially Diverse Spider-Man Takes Center Stage

Whether it’s in a comic book or on the big screen, fans have always known the man behind the Spider-Man mask as Peter Parker. But that is changing, at least in the comic book world. Marvel Comics announced that a character called Miles Morales will replace Peter Parker as Spider-Man in a new comic book series. He is half Latino, half African American, and he is quite popular among comic book fans. Correspondent Elizabeth Lee reports from Los Angeles.
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Video Critics of Japan Defense Policy Focus on Okinawa

In Okinawa, many locals have long complained that Tokyo places an unfair burden on the tiny island by locating most of Japan's U.S. military bases there. As Japan's government moves toward strengthening and expanding the country's defense policies, opponents of those plans are joining local protesters in Okinawa, voicing concern about where the country is headed. VOA’s Brian Padden reports from Okinawa.
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Video IS Uses Chemical Weapons in Syrian Attack

Islamic State militants have added a new weapon in their arsenal of fear: chemical weapons. VOA Kurdish service reporter Zana Omer was on the scene within hours of a recent attack in Hasakah, Syria, and has details of the subsequent investigation, in this report narrated by Miguel Amaya.
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Video Historic Symbol Is Theme of Vibrant New Show

A new exhibit in Washington is paying tribute to the American flag with a wide and eclectic selection of artwork that uses the historic symbol as its central theme. VOA’s Julie Taboh was at the DC Chamber of Commerce for the show’s opening.

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