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S. Carolina Lawmakers to Debate Removal of Confederate Flag

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley addresses a full church during a prayer vigil held at Morris Brown AME Church for the victims of the shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, June 18, 2015.

July 05, 2015 11:27 AM
Debate follows appeal by Governor Nikki Haley to remove it after young white gunman killed nine African-Americans inside Charleston church last month More

Video Kerry: Iran Nuclear Talks 'Could Go Either Way'

US secretary of state says while he agrees with Iranian FM Zarif that the sides have never been closer to reaching a deal, there are still several outstanding issues to be resolved before the latest July 7 deadline

Clinton Accuses China of Information Theft

In presidential campaign stop in New Hampshire, Democrat says US must keep close watch on Beijing

Aspen Leaders Ponder US-China Relations

At ideas festival in Colorado, experts gauge friction over climate, cybersecurity and maritime disputes

McCain in Kabul, Asks US Bases Remain

John McCain suggests US President Barack Obama re-evaluate conditions in Afghanistan, keep open some of military bases beyond 2016

Video 'Freedom Frigate' Replica Tours US Ports

Remake of 18th-century French warship Hermione to join in Independence Day celebration in New York

Video US Celebrates Fourth of July

Anniversary of nation's declaration of independence from Britain is marked with parades, fireworks; storms dampen Washington events

Video Solar Plane Lands After Record-Breaking Pacific Crossing

Andre Borschberg, pilot of Solar Impulse, an airplane powered only by the sun, safely touches down in Hawaii after completing record-setting flight halfway across the Pacific from Japan, covering more than 8,000 kilometers and spending nearly 120 hours in the air. Zlatica Hoke has more.

Video Iran Nuclear Talks Enter Critical Point

Kerry, Zarif meeting against Sunday, a day after officials in Vienna confirmed a tentative agreement has been reached on sanctions relief issue

Video Images in Washington Exhibit Reflect a Transforming America

'American Moments' features more than 130 photos taken during the 1930s through the '60s by some of the most prominent photographers in the country

Video Images in Museum Exhibit Reflect a Transforming America

A new exhibit at a Washington museum features a collection of photographs offering a rare look at life in the U.S. during the mid-20th century. The photos help tell the story of a transforming America. VOA’s Julie Taboh reports.

US Law Enforcement, Cities on Alert for July 4 Holiday

Homeland Security, FBI issue alerts for public to be vigilant during holiday weekend for possible threats following recent terror attacks, calls for violence by Islamic State

UN Calls for Prosecuting Gaza War Crimes

Resolution passes that says Israelis, Palestinians must prosecute alleged crimes; US casts sole dissenting vote

Obama Wins Big, Loses Small in Supreme Court Rulings

President is on winning side in nearly all close, politically significant Supreme Court cases decided in term that ended this week, including blockbuster rulings on health care, gay marriage

Hispanic Leaders Warn GOP About Trump

Leaders say businessman's comments about Mexicans hurt Republican party with Hispanic voters and could cost them White House

Obama to Meet Vietnam's Trong

Nguyen Phu Trong, is first Vietnamese Communist leader to visit US, will be arriving shortly after 40th anniversary of end of Vietnam War

Video Grocery Store Tours Emphasize Healthy Choices

Lessons emphasize how to stretch dollars and select foods lower in salt, sugar and fat

Video 'Freedom Frigate' Replica Tours US Ports

A replica of the French warship that brought hope to American colonists battling the British in 1780 is in New York as part of Independence Day celebrations. On Saturday, the Hermione replica joined hundreds of vessels passing the Statue of Liberty for an Independence Day parade. VOA's Deborah Block reports on the ship and its relevance.

Video Grocery Store Tours Emphasize Healthy Choices

People used to buying cheap and unhealthy foods are relearning how to grocery shop by participating in store tours that encourage them to take a healthier approach to buying food, as VOA's Faisa Elmasry reports.

Video Solar Plane Lands in Hawaii

Solar Impulse 2 pilot Andre Borschberg has now beaten the previous longest solo piloting record

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Making Music, Fleeing Bombs: New Film on Sudan’s Internal Refugeesi
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Carolyn Weaver
July 06, 2015 6:47 PM
In 2012, Sudanese filmmaker Hajooj Kuka went to make a documentary among civil war refugees in Sudan’s Blue Nile and Nuba Mountains region. What he found surprised him: music was helping to save people from bombing raids by their own government. VOA’s Carolyn Weaver has more.
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Video Making Music, Fleeing Bombs: New Film on Sudan’s Internal Refugees

In 2012, Sudanese filmmaker Hajooj Kuka went to make a documentary among civil war refugees in Sudan’s Blue Nile and Nuba Mountains region. What he found surprised him: music was helping to save people from bombing raids by their own government. VOA’s Carolyn Weaver has more.
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Video Rice Farmers Frustrated As Drought Grips Thailand

A severe drought in Thailand is limiting the growing season of the country’s important rice crop. Farmers are blaming the government for not doing more to protect a key export. Steve Sandford reports from Chiang Mai, Thailand.
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Video 'From This Day Forward' Reveals Difficult Journey of Transgender Parent

In her documentary, "From This Day Forward", filmmaker Sharon Shattuck reveals the personal journey of her transgender father, as he told his family that he always felt he was a woman inside and decided to live as one. VOA’s Penelope Poulou has more.
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Video Floodwaters Threaten Iconic American Home

The Farnsworth House in the Midwest State of Illinois is one of the most iconic homes in America. Thousands of tourists visit the site every year. Its location near a river inspired the design of the house, but, as VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, that very location is now threatening the existence of this National Historic Landmark.
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Video Olympics Construction Scars Sacred Korean Mountain

Environmentalists in South Korea are protesting a Winter Olympics construction project to build a ski slope through a 500-year-old protected forest. Brian Padden reports that although there is strong national support for hosting the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, there are growing public concerns over the costs and possible ecological damage at the revered mountain.
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Video Xenophobia Victims in South Africa Flee Violence, Then Return

Many Malawians fled South Africa early this year after xenophobic attacks on African immigrants. But many quickly found life was no better at home and have returned to South Africa – often illegally and without jobs, and facing the tough task of having to start over. Lameck Masina and Anita Powell file from Johannesburg.
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Video Family of American Marine Calls for Release From Iranian Prison

As the crowd of journalists covering the Iran talks swells, so too do the opportunities for media coverage.  Hoping to catch the attention of high-level diplomats, the family of American-Iranian marine Amir Hekmati is in Vienna, pleading for his release from an Iranian prison after nearly 4 years.  VOA’s Heather Murdock reports from Vienna.
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Video UK Holds Terror Drill as MPs Mull Tunisia Response

After pledging a tough response to last Friday’s terror attack in Tunisia, which came just days before the 10th anniversary of the bomb attacks on London’s transport network, British security services are shifting their focus to overseas counter-terror operations. VOA's Henry Ridgwell has more.
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Video Obama on Cuba: This is What Change Looks Like

President Barack Obama says the United States will soon reopen its embassy in Cuba for the first time since 1961, ending a half-century of isolation. VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.
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Video Hate Groups Spread Influence Via Internet

Hate groups of various kinds are using the Internet for propaganda and recruitment, and a Jewish human rights organization that monitors these groups, the Simon Wiesenthal Center, says their influence is growing. The messages are different, but the calls to hatred or violence are similar. VOA's Mike O’Sullivan reports.
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Video Blind Somali Journalist Defies Odds in Mogadishu

Despite improving security in the last few years, Somalia remains one of the most dangerous countries to be a journalist – even more so for someone who cannot see. Abdulaziz Billow has the story of journalist Abdifatah Hassan Kalgacal, who has been reporting from the Somali capital for the last decade despite being blind.
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Video Rabbi Hits Road to Heal Jewish-Muslim Relations in France

France is on high alert after last week's terrorist attack near the city Lyon, just six months after deadly Paris shootings. The attack have added new tensions to relations between French Jews and Muslims. France’s Jewish and Muslim communities also share a common heritage, though, and as far as one French rabbi is concerned, they are destined to be friends. From the Paris suburb of La Courneuve, Lisa Bryant reports about Rabbi Michel Serfaty and his friendship bus.

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