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Former President Carter Pushes for 'Camp David' on Broadway

FILE - Former President Jimmy Carter.

June 30, 2015 1:44 PM
Jimmy Carter hopes play remind audiences about bravery that went into landmark 1979 Egypt-Israel peace treaty, one that has been difficult to replicate More

Video Nuclear Talks Deadline Passes With No Deal

After months of intense negotiations, Iran and world powers have missed their self-imposed June 30 deadline for a final deal that restricts Tehran's ability to produce nuclear weapons in exchange for sanctions relief. As VOA State Department correspondent Pam Dockins reports from Vienna, analysts have mixed views on the impact of extending the talks.

US-Brazil Climate-Change Plan: More Renewables, Less Deforestation

Officials say joint initiative will allow Brazil, United States to strengthen and accelerate cooperation on issues ranging from land use to clean energy

Vatican Confirms Details of Pope’s Planned US Visit

Francis to stop in Washington, New York, and Philadelphia, meet with President Obama, canonize 18th-century missionary during September trip

Video Christie Opens 2016 Campaign, Long Climb Ahead

Republican governor formally announced his plans at event in gymnasium of his old high school

After Nearly a Century, Voodoo Opera Rises Again

Opera centers on character named Lolo, a Louisiana plantation worker and Voodoo priestess

KKK Gets OK to Hold Pro-Confederate Flag Rally

White supremacist group will hold rally at South Carolina state Capitol less than two weeks after white man was charged in shooting deaths of nine African-Americans at church Bible study

Actor Redford Urges Adoption of Climate Change Measure

Environmentalist says mission of 193 UN member nations 'is as simple as it is daunting: save the world before it's too late'

'Gravity' Author Drops Lawsuit Against Warner Bros.

Author Tess Gerritsen has dropped her lawsuit against Warner Bros. over similarities between the 2013 film "Gravity" and her 1999 book, citing brutal emotional and financial costs

Christie to Enter 2016 White House Race

Christie was earlier seen as a leading contender but his fortunes have plummeted since the so-called 'Bridgegate' scandal

Recent Supreme Court Ruling Adds to Confederate Flag Debate

High court rules state of Texas is not obligated to offer requested Confederate flag license plate

Video Texas Defies Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Texas state officials have criticized the US Supreme Court decision giving same-sex couples the right to marry nationwide. The attorney general of Texas says last week's decision did not overrule constitutional "rights of religious liberty," and therefore officials performing wedding services can refuse to perform them for same-sex couples if it is against their religious beliefs. Zlatica Hoke reports on the controversy.

NBC Fires Trump, Drops Pageants Over Candidate's Insults to Mexicans

Trump, in announcing he was seeking Republican nomination for 2016 presidential election, described migrants from Mexico to US as drug-runners and rapists

US, Germany to Clash in Women's World Cup Semifinal

The US and Germany have met in three previous World Cups; Each time the winner went on to win the tournament

State Dept.: US Lifting Holds on Security Assistance to Bahrain

Holds on assistance to country's Defense Force and National Guard were put in place after Bahrain cracked down on demonstrations in 2011

Recent Spike in Shark Attacks Reported Off Carolinas Coast

Experts have a not-so-reassuring explanation for recent attacks: It's mainly because so many people are getting in the water

Obama, Rousseff Try to Put Spy Scandal Behind Them

Two leaders opened two days of talks in Washington on Monday

US Authorities Investigate Fires at Black Churches

No indication blazes are related, but FBI, US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigating fires at 6 different churches in 5 southern states

Obama Signs 2 Trade Bills Into Law

One grants president greater authority to regulate international deals; the other aids displaced workers

US Man Arrested in FBI Sting on Group Planning to Join IS

Alaa Saadeh, 23, was one of four people identified by US law enforcement as planning to travel to join Islamic State militants

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Mike O'Sullivan
June 30, 2015 8:20 PM
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 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 US Silica Sand Mining Surge Worries Illinois Residents, Businesses

Increased domestic U.S. oil and gas production, thanks to advances known as “fracking,” has created a boom for other industries supporting that extraction. Demand for silica sand, used in fracking, could triple over the next five years. In the Midwest state of Illinois, people living near the mines are worried about how increased silica sand mining will affect their businesses and their health. VOA’s Kane Farabaugh has more in this first of a series of 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 Texas Defies Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Texas state officials have criticized the US Supreme Court decision giving same-sex couples the right to marry nationwide. The attorney general of Texas says last week's decision did not overrule constitutional "rights of religious liberty," and therefore officials performing wedding services can refuse to perform them for same-sex couples if it is against their religious beliefs. Zlatica Hoke reports on the controversy.
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Video Syrians Flee IS Advance in Hasaka

The Syrian government said Monday it has taken back one of several districts in Hasaka overrun by Islamic State militants. But continued fighting elsewhere in the northern city has forced thousands of civilians from their homes. In this report narrated by Bill Rodgers, VOA Kurdish Service reporter Zana Omer describes the scene in Amouda, where some of the displaced are taking refuge.
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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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Video S. Korea Christians Protest Gay Rights Festival

The U.S. Supreme Court decision mandating marriage equality nationwide has energized gay rights supporters around the world. Gay rights remain a highly contentious issue in a key U.S. ally, South Korea, where police did a deft job Sunday of preventing potential clashes between Christian protesters and gay activists. Kurt Achin reports from Seoul.
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Video Saudi Leaks Expose ‘Checkbook Diplomacy’ In Battle With Iran

Saudi Arabia’s willingness to wield its oil money on the global diplomatic stage appears to have been laid bare, after the website WikiLeaks published tens of thousands of leaked cables from Riyadh’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports.
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Video Nubians in Kenya Face Land Challenges

East Africa's ethnic Nubians have a rich cultural history that dates back thousands of years, but in Kenya they are facing hardships, including the loss of lands they have lived on for generations. They say the government has reneged on its pledge to award them title deeds for the plots. VOA's Lenny Ruvaga reports.
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Video Military Experts Question New Russian Tank Capabilities

Russia has been showing off its new tank design – the Armata T-14. Designers claim it is 20 years ahead of current Western designs - and driving it feels like playing a computer game. But military analysts question those assertions, and warn the cost could be too heavy a burden for Russia’s struggling economy. Henry Ridgwell reports.
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Video In Kenya, Police Said to Shoot First, Ask Questions Later

An organization that documents torture and extrajudicial killings says Kenyan police were responsible for 1,252 shooting deaths in five cities, including Nairobi, between 2009 and 2014, representing 67 percent of all gun deaths in the areas reviewed. Gabe Joselow has more from Nairobi.
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Video In Syrian Crisis, Social Media Offer Small Comforts

Za’atari, a makeshift city in Jordan, may be the only Syrian refugee camp to tweet its activities, in an effort to keep donors motivated as the war in Syria intensifies and the humanitarian crisis deepens. Inside the camp, families say mobile phone applications help hold together families that are physically torn apart. VOA’s Heather Murdock reports.

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