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Next to Iran, Climate at Forefront of Obama Agenda

President Barack Obama speaks at the National Clean Energy Summit at the Mandalay Bay Resort Convention Center, Aug. 24, 2015, in Las Vegas.

August 26, 2015 2:21 PM
US leader keeps his focus on fight against climate change, an issue he has long called greatest threat to national security More

Smaller Newborn Panda Twin Dies at Washington's National Zoo

Death of the cub, whose up-and-down weight since birth on Saturday had raised concerns among zookeepers, occurred shortly after 2 pm on Wednesday

US Republicans Escalate Rhetoric Against Chinese President Xi

Outcry comes amid global stock market plunge following China's currency devaluation, massive cyberattacks against America, aggressive South China Sea militarization

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.

Murdered Virginia Journalists 'Much More Than What You Saw on TV'

Two journalists with Roanoke, Virginia-based CBS affiliate WDBJ7, were conducting a live on-air interview, when shots rang out

US Civil Rights Activist Amelia Boynton Robinson Dies at 104

Boynton Robinson helping lead 1965 Selma march, championed voting rights for blacks, was first black woman to run for Congress in Alabama

Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Marks 25 Years of Service

People with HIV today can live a near normal life-span

Column: Why Ashley Madison Hack Should Worry Everyone

Continuing rise in hacking of website attacks puts everyone's online privacy at risk

Q&A: 14th Amendment of US Constitution

Written in 1866, 14th Amendment was designed to grant citizenship to, and protect civil liberties of, recently freed slaves

Multimedia Suspected Killer of US Journalists Traveled Troubled Path

Vester Flanagan was fired from at least two TV stations for conflicts with co-workers, leaving memories of an 'off-kilter' loner

Philippines Seeks US Help to Protect Troops in Disputed Sea

Admiral Harry Harris, Philippine counterpart meet in effort to expand defense ties as tensions worsen around China's disputed territorial claims

'Dust Lady' in Iconic 9/11 Photo Dies of Cancer

Marcy Borders became known as 'dust lady' after photo showed her covered in thick layer of ash after first World Trade Center tower collapsed

No Easy Way to Repeal, Amend 'Birthright Citizenship'

Legal experts say there are few options for Republican candidate Trump's proposal to end automatic citizenship for those born in US

Trump Starts New Media Feud with Univision Anchor Ramos

Republican presidential hopeful engaged in prolonged confrontation during Iowa appearance after reporter asked him about his immigration proposal

Iran Again Calls on US to Release 19 Detained Iranians

Speculation rising that Tehran could seek to swap detained Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian or other Americans for the Iranians

Tokyo: Obama Expressed 'Regret' For Spying Scandal in Japan

WikiLeaks last month published documents it says show the US spied on 35 companies, government ministries, and individuals in Japan

US Army Awards Medal to Guardsman Who Helped Stop Train Attack

Skarlatos will be awarded the Soldiers Medal - an award the army calls the 'highest award for acts of heroism not involving actual conflict with an enemy'

Video Joe Biden Expected to Announce Run for President

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is widely expected to announce his intention to run for the Democratic presidential nomination. His Republican opponents as well as fellow Democrats welcome the seasoned politician into the race, but for now few see him as a serious competitor. On the Republican side, billionaire Donald Trump continues to dictate the political agenda with former Florida governor Jeb Bush making an effort to catch up. Zlatica Hoke has more.

White House Wall Climber Killed in Pennsylvania Courthouse

A deputy shoots Curtis Smith after another deputy is attacked with a knife in the Chester County Justice Center in West Chester

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August 27, 2015 2:08 AM
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 Colombians Flee Venezuela as Border Crisis Escalates

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?

Some investors say China's wild stock market gyrations have been made worse by worries about the reliability of that nation's economic data. And some critics say the reports can mislead investors by painting an unrealistically-strong picture of the economy. A key China scholar says Beijing is not fudging ((manipulating)) the numbers, but that the economy is evolving quickly from smoke-stack industries to services, and the ways of tracking new economic activity are falling behind the change. V
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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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Video Philippine Maritime Police: Chinese Fishermen a Threat to Country’s Security

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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Video Technique May Eliminate Drill-and-Fill Dental Care

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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Video China's Spratly Island Building Said to Light Up the Night 'Like A City'

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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