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Kenya's Entrepreneurs Seek Bump From Obama Visit

July 25, 2015 5:17 AM
Economic report says Kenya has highest informal sector employment in Africa -- in large part because more formal economy can't absorb all would-be workers More

Video Kogelo, Kenya, Residents Hope for Visit From Obama

Village, birthplace of president's father, first came under spotlight 10 years ago, when Barack Obama became a United States senator

Video Kogelo, Kenya, Residents Hope for Visit From Obama

U.S. President Barack Obama is visiting Kenya, the country of his father's birth, for the first time since becoming president. VOA's Mohammed Yusuf traveled to the Obama family's ancestral homeland, a small village in western Kenya, to see how its residents have benefited from their association with the U.S. president.

Video Kenya Leads in Informal Sector Employment

Kenya’s 2015 Economic Survey shows the informal sector employed 11.8 million people last year -- working in small and often unregulated businesses. VOA's Lenny Ruvaga profiles an artisanal businessman in the informal sector about his challenges and what he hopes comes out of the visit from U.S. President Barack Obama and the global entrepreneurship conference that Obama will attend in late July.

Video Obama Brings $1B Gift for Kenyan Entrepreneurs

President begins Kenya visit with speech at Global Entrepreneurship Summit highlighting continent's fast-pace growth benefiting those in poverty, middle class

Pentagon Asks Citizen Guards to Stand Down at Recruiting Sites

Request follows incident in Ohio, in which volunteer guard — offering help in wake of Tennessee shootings — accidentally discharged his rifle

Video Special Olympics Set to Open Saturday

More than 6,000 athletes from 165 countries have gathered in Los Angeles for the Special Olympics, a competition for people with intellectual disabilities. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan has a preview of the games, which open Saturday night.

Video Special Olympics Set to Open Saturday

More than 6,000 athletes from 165 countries have gathered in Los Angeles for the games, a competition for people with intellectual disabilities

Video Kenyans Welcome Obama's Visit to Ancestral Homeland

U.S. President Barack Obama received a warm welcome upon his arrival Friday in Kenya.  This is the first time Obama is visiting his late father's homeland since 2006 when he visited as a U.S. senator.  As VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports, Obama was greeted by Kenya's president at the airport, and enjoyed dinner with his Kenyan relatives soon after landing in Nairobi.

US to Train Regular Ukrainian Troops

United States is already training Ukrainian national guard units; 'small unit training' of regular troops in western Ukraine will begin this fall

NASA Spacecraft Shows Pluto Wrapped in Haze, Ice Flows

Latest batch of images from July 14 flyby includes back-lit view with sun, located more than 3B miles away, shining around and through planet's atmosphere

US Denies It's Set to Free Israeli Spy

Wall Street Journal report contends some US officials hoped Jonathan Pollard's release would give US-Israeli relations a lift

TPP Trade Deal May Wrap Up This Week

Critics in the US say the deal would do too little to protect human rights, the environment and US jobs

Q&A: Kenya's Deputy President Hails Obama Visit

William Ruto tells VOA's 'Africa 54' that he expects trip to increase US investment in Kenya

Kerry to Discuss Iran Nuclear Deal in Qatar

US secretary of state will also confer with Russia's FM on combating Islamic State militants in Syria

Corruption Investigation Hampers FIFA's Sponsor Search

Secretary-general says no major deals will be completed until FIFA's future is clearer — after Sepp Blatter is replaced as president next year

US Museum Resists Calls to End Cosby-Affiliated Exhibit

'Conversations' exhibit features 109 African artworks from the museum and 62 African-American art pieces from Bill and Camille Cosby’s collection

Regional Forces Step Up in Syria as US-led Campaign Falters

The US hopes that more localized efforts will yield better results in the fight against IS militants as Turkey and Syria's government join the fight

Kerry: Iran Nuclear Deal Is Only Alternative to Military Action

Secretary of State says if Congress disapproves of Iranian nuclear deal, it will undermine President Barack Obama's ability to act throughout the world

Trump Is Ultimate Wildcard in Campaign's First Debate

Billionaire's willingness to say what others only think makes Trump dangerous for other candidates in debate setting, says Republican strategist

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US Calls Fight Against Human Trafficking a Must Wini
July 28, 2015 12:21 AM
The United States is promising not to give up its fight against what Secretary of State John Kerry calls the “scourge” of modern slavery. Officials released the country’s annual human trafficking report Monday – a report that’s being met with some criticism. VOA’s National Security correspondent Jeff Seldin has more from the State Department.

Video US Calls Fight Against Human Trafficking a Must Win

The United States is promising not to give up its fight against what Secretary of State John Kerry calls the “scourge” of modern slavery. Officials released the country’s annual human trafficking report Monday – a report that’s being met with some criticism. VOA’s National Security correspondent Jeff Seldin has more from the State Department.

Video Iran Nuclear Pact Wins Few New US Congressional Backers

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Video Obama Encourages Kenya to Fix Cultures of Corruption, Discrimination

President Barack Obama bid farewell to Kenya Sunday with a major speech at as stadium outside the capital Nairobi where he called on Kenyans to change the cultures of corruption and discrimination that can hold society back. VOA East Africa Correspondent Gabe Joselow has the story.

Video Europe’s Twin Crises Collide in Greece as Migrant Numbers Soar

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Video California Towns Welcome Special Olympics Athletes

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