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    Obama: US, Not China, Should Set Pacific Trade Rules

    FILE - Former U.S. secretaries of state meet with President Barack Obama to discuss the Trans-Pacific Partnership at the White House in Washington, Nov. 13, 2015.

    May 03, 2016 5:00 PM
    In Washington Post opinion piece, US leader says prospective Chinese-led accord won't prevent unfair competition, guard artists' rights, enforce labor standards

    As US Rotates Generals in Europe, Job Is Prevent New 'Cold War'

    America's top commander in Europe, retiring Air Force General Philip Breedlove, turned over command to Army General Curtis Scaparrotti

    Video Freedom of Information Under Threat

    Twenty-five years after the world declared that freedom of information is a fundamental human right, journalists are under increasing threat of official censorship, harassment, imprisonment, and even assassination.

    US Marines Investigating Iwo Jima Photo

    Probe comes more than a year after two amateur historians raised doubts that one of the six marines in an iconic photo taken at Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II has been misidentified

    Video Malinowski on Free the Press Campaign

    US Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, Tom Malinowski discusses press freedom and the State Departments Free the Press campaign.

    US Sentences Proponent of 'Hacker-for-Hire' Cybercrime

    The court said Nikita Kuzmin's punishment is the 37 months he has already spent in prison and a $6.9 million fine

    Solar-powered Plane Reaches Phoenix in Bid to Circle Globe

    The ultimate goal is flying the plane all the way back to Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates, where the trip began in March 2015

    Video Media Monitors Report Decline in Global Press Freedom

    A new report from Freedom House scoring 199 countries and territories shows global press freedom has fallen to its lowest point in more than a decade

    Video US: Journalists Around the World Never in More Peril

    State Department draws attention to detentions, alleged human rights abuses against journalists that it has previously identified as being 'censored, attacked, threatened, imprisoned, or otherwise oppressed because of their reporting'

    Former American Detainee Says North Korea Tried to Use Him as Negotiating Tool

    Kenneth Bae, 47, a South Korean-born naturalized US citizen, was arrested in Rason, a city in North Korea's northeast, in November 2012

    Key Findings of Freedom of the Press Report

    Annual Freedom of the Press report on media independence around world assesses degree of print, broadcast and digital media freedom in 199 countries and territories

    What is World Press Freedom Day?

    Global observance stresses freedom of information as fundamental human right, reminds that in dozens of countries, journalists are harassed and attacked, publications are censored and closed

    Detroit Shutting Off Water to Homes With Unpaid Bills

    Some 23,000 people owed an average of about $663; Hundreds of them lined up Saturday to sign up for a payment plan to keep their water on

    Obama: Decision to Kill Bin Laden Was Heavily Debated

    US president spoke to CNN television Monday, on fifth anniversary of special forces operation that killed the world's most wanted criminal

    New Chicago High-Rise Will Be City’s Biggest Chinese Property Deal

    Builders to break ground this summer on $900M, 95-story skyscraper expected to have 406 residential units, 200 luxury hotel rooms, approximately 9,000 square feet of retail space

    Video Painting Captures President Lincoln Assassination Aftermath

    German artist Carl Bersch's painting is the only known painting by an eyewitness that captures the horror of that fateful night

    Massive Teacher Protest Shutters Detroit Schools

    Nearly 45,000 students get unscheduled day off Monday as more than 1,500 teachers call in sick over district’s enormous debt

    Should Selfies Be Allowed in US Voting Booths?

    While secret ballot seen as integral to US democratic system, social media documentation increasingly successful in keeping millennials involved and excited about political process

    US Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Seattle Minimum Wage Law

    Owners of franchises had pushed to be classified as small businesses, and given more time to adjust to law; workers’ rights advocates disagreed, citing benefits doled out by parent corporations

    US: Religious Freedom Curtailed Sharply Across Globe

    ‘Incarceration of prisoners of conscience … remains astonishingly widespread,’ according to Commission on International Religious Freedom, which lists dozens of countries contributing to ‘suffering worldwide’

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    May 03, 2016 5:16 PM
    As the Philippines awaits an international arbitration ruling on a challenge to China's claims to nearly all of the South China Sea, it is already becoming clear that regardless of which way the decision goes, the dispute is intensifying. VOA’s Bill Ide has more from Beijing.
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    Video Tensions Rising Ahead of South China Sea Ruling

    As the Philippines awaits an international arbitration ruling on a challenge to China's claims to nearly all of the South China Sea, it is already becoming clear that regardless of which way the decision goes, the dispute is intensifying. VOA’s Bill Ide has more from Beijing.
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    Video Painting Captures President Lincoln Assassination Aftermath

    A newly restored painting captures the moments following President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination in 1865. It was recently unveiled at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, where America’s 16th president was shot. It is the only known painting by an eyewitness that captures the horror of that fateful night. VOA’s Julie Taboh tells us more about the painting and what it took to restore it to its original condition.
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    Video Elephant Summit Results in $5M in Pledges, Presidential Support

    Attended and supported by three African presidents, a three-day anti-poaching summit has concluded in Kenya, resulting in $5 million in pledges and a united message to the world that elephants are worth more alive than dead. The summit culminated at the Nairobi National Park with the largest ivory burn in history. VOA’s Jill Craig attended the summit and has this report about the outcomes.
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    Video Displaced By War, Syrian Artist Finds Inspiration Abroad

    Saudi-born Syrian painter Mohammad Zaza is among the millions who fled their home for an uncertain future after Syria's civil war broke out. Since fleeing Syria, Zaza has lived in Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan and now Turkey where his latest exhibition, “Earth is Blue like an Orange,” opened in Istanbul. He spoke with VOA about how being displaced by the Syrian civil war has affected the country's artists.
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    Video Ethiopia’s Drought Takes Toll on Children

    Ethiopia is dealing with its worst drought in decades, thanks to El Nino weather patterns. An estimated 10 million people urgently need food aid. Six million of them are children, whose development may be compromised without sufficient help, Marthe van der Wolf reports for VOA from the Metahara district.
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    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.
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    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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    Video Kurdish Football Team Helps War-Torn City Cope

    With the conflict still raging across much of Turkey’s predominantly Kurdish southeast, between the rebel PKK and the Turkish state, many Kurds are trying to escape the turmoil by focusing on the success of their football team Amedspor in Diyarbakir. The club is increasingly becoming a symbol for Kurds, not only in Diyarbakir but beyond. Dorian Jones reports from southeast Turkey.
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    Video ‘The Lights of Africa’ - Through the Eyes of 54 Artists

    An exhibition bringing together the work of 54 African artists, one from each country, is touring the continent after debuting at COP21 in Paris. Called "Lumières d'Afrique," the show centers on access to electricity and, more figuratively, ideas that enlighten. Emilie Iob reports from Abidjan, the exhibition's first stop.
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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 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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