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    US Supreme Court Rejects Abortion, Contraceptive Appeals

    Abortion rights activists rejoice in front of the Supreme Court in Washington as the justices struck down the strict Texas anti-abortion restriction law known as HB2, June 27, 2016.

    June 28, 2016 11:26 AM
    Justices refuse to hear appeals about laws in Mississippi and Wisconsin one day after it struck down similar provision in Texas

    Being Young and Muslim in America

    On June 28, the Voice of America hosted a panel discussion at the Newsuem in Washington to explore the social challenges facing Muslim Millennials in the United States.

    VW Agrees to Nearly $15B in US Settlement Over Emissions Scandal

    US owners of cars with 2-liter diesel engines have the choice to either sell their car back to VW or get a repair

    US GDP Growth & Consumer Confidence Rise

    Consumers expressed more faith that business conditions and the labor market would improve

    Poll: On Terrorism, Americans Favor Clinton Over Trump

    Fifty percent would trust Democratic presidential candidate on handling threat, while 39 percent would give preference to her Republican rival

    Video Americans Clash on Abortion Issues

    Supporters of abortion rights hailed the Supreme Court decision Monday to strike down tough regulations that make the procedure hard to get in Texas, the second most populous U.S. state. Abortion is legal in the United States, but some states impose regulations aimed at discouraging the practice. Zlatica Hoke reports.

    US Media Scrutinize Wave of Chinese Migrants Illegally Crossing From Mexico

    Reports show US officials caught 663 Chinese nationals illegally crossing from Mexico into San Diego, California, from last October through May

    US Justice Department Launches Training to Battle Unconscious Bias

    Focus on race, gender, sexual orientation issues to make justice system more fair

    Brexit Vote Likely to Crush Chances of T-TIP Transatlantic Trade Deal

    Analysts told VOA that the Brexit vote is a dramatic blow to T-TIP, which already was unpopular with many voters in a number of European countries

    Russia Rejects Much Engagement Sought by US, Ambassador Tefft Says

    Official talks to VOA about US efforts to reach out on topics including Ukraine, Syria and NATO

    In Campaign Trail Debut with Clinton, Warren says Trump Driven by Greed

    Warren, a leader of Democratic Party's progressive wing and potential VP pick, says wealthy Republican real estate developer focused on boosting his bottom line

    Firefighters Gain Ground Over Devastating California Blaze

    As of Monday morning, Erskine Fire had blackened more than 45,000 acres of drought-parched brush and grass on fringes of Lake Isabella, about 110 miles (180 km) north of Los Angeles

    US, Somalia Launch New Chapter in Relations

    US sends first ambassador to Somalia in 25 years; diplomatic presence and forces pulled out in 1993, after 18 US soldiers were killed when militiamen shot down military helicopter

    Texas Reacts Swiftly to Supreme Court Abortion Ruling

    ‘The decision erodes states' lawmaking authority to safeguard the health and safety of women,’ Texas governor said; others hail ruling as evidence that ‘politicians cannot use deceptive means to shut down abortion clinics’

    US Supreme Court Overturns Former Governor's Corruption Conviction

    Unanimous ruling could make it harder to prosecute public officials without a specific agreement with a briber

    Michelle Obama Pushes for Girls' Education in Liberia

    First lady gets a red-carpet welcome in Liberia's capital; 6-day trip includes stops in Morocco and Spain

    Investigation Continues Into White Nationalist Rally in Sacramento, California

    At least 10 hurt as white nationalists and counter-protestors clash on state capitol grounds

    Kerry Reassures NATO Member Nations Over Brexit Vote

    Development will not adversely impact alliance’s military or political prowess, says US top diplomat after meeting with NATO chief

    Video Presidential Power on Banning US Entry

    Does an American president have the power to block an individual or group of people from entering the United States? The short answer is yes.

    Brexit Worries Investors; Sparks Rating Downgrade

    Many stocks fall on Brexit concerns; some Asian stocks recover a bit

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    Slow Rebuilding Amid Boko Haram Destruction in Nigeria’s Northeasti
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    June 29, 2016 6:15 PM
    Military operations have chased Boko Haram out of towns and cities in Nigeria’s northeast since early last year. But it is only recently that people have begun returning to their homes in Adamawa state, near the border with Cameroon, to try to rebuild their lives. For VOA, Chris Stein traveled to the area and has this report.
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    Video Slow Rebuilding Amid Boko Haram Destruction in Nigeria’s Northeast

    Military operations have chased Boko Haram out of towns and cities in Nigeria’s northeast since early last year. But it is only recently that people have begun returning to their homes in Adamawa state, near the border with Cameroon, to try to rebuild their lives. For VOA, Chris Stein traveled to the area and has this report.
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    Video Clinton Leads Trump, But Many Voters Don't Like Either

    In the U.S. presidential race, most recent polls show Democrat Hillary Clinton with a steady lead over Republican Donald Trump as both presumptive party nominees prepare for their party conventions next month. Trump’s disapproval ratings have risen in some recent surveys, but Clinton also suffers from high negative ratings, suggesting both candidates have a lot of work to do to improve their images before the November election. VOA National correspondent Jim Malone has more from Washington.
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    Video New US Ambassador to Somalia Faces Heavy Challenges

    The new U.S. envoy to Somalia, who was sworn into office Monday, will be the first American ambassador to that nation in 25 years. He will take up his post as Somalia faces a number of crucial issues, including insecurity, an upcoming election, and the potential closure of the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya. VOA’s Jill Craig asked Somalis living in Kenya’s capital city Nairobi how they feel about the U.S. finally installing a new ambassador.
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    Video At National Zoo, Captivating Animal Sculptures Illustrate Tragedy of Ocean Pollution

    The National Zoo in Washington, D.C., is home to about 1,800 animals, representing 300 species. But throughout the summer, visitors can also see other kinds of creatures there. They are larger-than-life animal sculptures that speak volumes about a global issue — the massive plastic pollution in our oceans. VOA's June Soh takes us to the zoo's special exhibit, called Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea.
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    Video Baghdad Bikers Defy War with a Roar

    Baghdad is a city of contradictions. War is a constant. Explosions and kidnappings are part of daily life. But the Iraqi capital remains a thriving city, even if a little beat up. VOA's Sharon Behn reports on how some in Baghdad are defying the stereotype of a nation at war by pursuing a lifestyle known for its iconic symbols of rebellion: motorbikes, leather jackets and roaring engines.
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    Video Melting Pot of Immigrants Working to Restore US Capitol Dome

    The American Iron Works company is one of the firms working to renovate the iconic U.S. Capitol Dome. The company employs immigrants of many different cultural and national backgrounds. VOA’s Arman Tarjimanyan has more.
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    Video Testing Bamboo as Building Material

    For thousands of years various species of bamboo - one of the world's most versatile plants - have been used for diverse purposes ranging from food and medicine to textiles and construction. But its use on a large scale is hampered because it's not manufactured to specific standards but grown in the ground. A University of Pittsburgh professor is on track to changing that. VOA’s George Putic reports.
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    Video Orphanage in Iraqi City Houses Kids Who Lost their Parents to Attacks by IS

    An orphanage in Iraqi Kurdistan has become home to scores of Yazidi children who lost their parents after Islamic State militants took over Sinjar in Iraq’s Nineveh Province in 2014. Iraqi Kurdish forces backed by the U.S. airstrikes have since recaptured Sinjar but the need for the care provided by the orphanage continues. VOA’s Kawa Omar filed this report narrated by Rob Raffaele.
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    Video Re-Opening Old Wounds in a Bullet-Riddled Cultural Landmark

    A cultural landmark before Lebanon’s civil war transformed it into a nest of snipers, Beirut’s ‘Yellow House’ is once again set to play a crucial role in the city.  Built in a neo-Ottoman style in the 1920s, in September it is set to be re-opened as a ‘memory museum’ - its bullet-riddled walls and bunkered positions overlooking the city’s notorious ‘Green Line’ maintained for posterity. John Owens reports from Beirut.
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    Video Brexit Resounds in US Presidential Contest

    Britain’s decision to leave the European Union is resounding in America’s presidential race. As VOA’s Michael Bowman reports, Republican presumptive nominee Donald Trump sees Britain’s move as an affirmation of his campaign’s core messages, while Democrat Hillary Clinton sees the episode as further evidence that Trump is unfit to be president.
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    Video NASA Juno Spacecraft, Nearing Jupiter, to Shed Light on Gas Giant

    After a five-year journey, the spacecraft Juno is nearing its destination, the giant planet Jupiter, where it will enter orbit and start sending data back July 4th. As Mike O'Sullivan reports from Pasadena, California, the craft will pierce the veil of Jupiter's dense cloud cover to reveal its mysteries.
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    Video Orlando Shooting Changes Debate on Gun Control

    It’s been nearly two weeks since the largest mass shooting ever in the United States. Despite public calls for tighter gun control laws, Congress is at an impasse. Democratic lawmakers resorted to a 1960s civil rights tactic to portray their frustration. VOA’s Carolyn Presutti explains how the Orlando, Florida shooting is changing the debate.

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