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Kerry in Cairo for Gaza Talks

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, right, and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon make statements to reporters in Cairo, Egypt, July 21, 2014.

July 21, 2014 8:40 AM
Latest diplomatic push comes as Israeli warplanes struck more than 50 targets, including a high-rise tower in Gaza City More

Obama Signs Order Protecting LGBT Workers

Aside from employees working directly for government, president’s orders will impact 24,000 companies that employ 28 million workers, or about 1/5 of US workforce

Former Oregon Governor Vic Atiyeh Dies

Vic Atiyeh, the son of a Syrian immigrant, was America's first Arab-American governor as well as the state's last Republican leader

Cooler Weather May Slow Washington Wildfire

Carlton Complex fire has raged unchecked for nearly a week, destroying more than 80 homes, charring swath of wilderness east of Cascade Mountains

McDonald's, KFC in China Face New Food Safety Scare

McDonald’s, Yum! brands say they have stopped using products supplied by a local meat processor after reports of food safety concerns

China Ship Sent to Spy on RIMPAC Naval Exercises

US Navy plays down intelligence risk associated with proximity of Chinese vessel; similar ship monitored multi-national naval exercise two years ago

UN Security Council Calls for Immediate Gaza Cease-fire

Israeli tanks shell militant targets in Gaza Strip Monday; Palestinian woman dies in airstrike after the bloodiest day of a nearly two-week military offensive

Video Chicago’s Argonne Lab Developing Battery of the Future

Lab brings together top scientists and engineers to provide them with tools, funding, and space to create next breakthrough in energy storage

Video Chicago’s Argonne Lab Developing Battery of the Future

In 2012, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science awarded a $120 million grant to a new technology center focused on battery development - headquartered at Argonne National Laboratory in suburban Chicago, Illinois. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, there scientists are making the next technological breakthroughs in energy storage.

Video Kerry Blasts Hamas, Pro-Russia Rebels in Ukraine

US top diplomat calls on Palestinian group to be ‘part of solution’ in current crisis; points finger at pro-Russia rebels, their Moscow supporters over downing of MH17

Video Kerry Blasts Hamas, Pro-Russia Rebels in Ukraine

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is urging a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, and pinning blame for the escalating conflict on the Palestinian Islamist group. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports from Washington, Kerry also blamed Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine for Thursday’s downing of a Malaysia Airlines jet.

Actor James Garner of 'The Rockford Files' Dead at 86

Garner, who received the highest honor of the Screen Actors Guild in 2004, found dead from natural causes at his Los Angeles home, according to police

Wildfires Raging in American Northwest

Emergency officials say massive wildfire in Washington state is growing unchecked, spreading in new directions, pushed by powerful, erratic winds

US Jury Orders Tobacco Firm to Pay Billions to Widow

Cynthia Robinson had sued R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company on behalf of her late husband, a longtime chain smoker, who died of lung cancer at age 36

Video Nature of Space Exploration Enters New Age

Forty-five years ago this month, the first humans walked on the moon, and world politics have changed since then, along with the nature of space exploration itself

Video Nature of Space Exploration Enters New Age

Forty-five years ago this month, the first humans walked on the moon. It was during an era of the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union. World politics have changed since then and -- as Elizabeth Lee reports -- so has the nature of space exploration.

Lionel Ferbos, Oldest New Orleans Jazz Artist, Dies at 103

Trumpeter who began his career in the 1920s is believed to be United States' oldest working jazz musician

Video Obama: 'Much More' Can Be Done for Middle Class

President says nothing is more important to him than making sure US remains the place where everyone who works hard can live a successful life

Video US Confident Missile Came From Separatist-Held Territory

Officials refuse to say definitively who pulled the trigger, but believe weapon system behind the tragedy is a Buk, a Russian-made mobile surface-to-air missile system

Video US Confident Missile Came From Separatist-Held Territory

The United States says it is confident the missile that took down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was launched from territory held by Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine. The task of determining exactly who pulled the trigger, however, now falls to investigators, who will face some challenges. VOA's Jeff Seldin reports from the Pentagon.

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US Carriers Suspend Travel to Israeli
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Carolyn Presutti
July 23, 2014 1:21 AM
The United States is prohibiting American carriers from flying to Israel's airport in Tel Aviv for 24 hours, because of rising violence between Israel and Hamas militants. The action was announced on Tuesday, after a rocket fired by Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip landed near the airport. As VOA's Carolyn Presutti tells us, international officials soon may have to determine which combat zones are too dangerous for commercial flights.
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Video US Carriers Suspend Travel to Israel

The United States is prohibiting American carriers from flying to Israel's airport in Tel Aviv for 24 hours, because of rising violence between Israel and Hamas militants. The action was announced on Tuesday, after a rocket fired by Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip landed near the airport. As VOA's Carolyn Presutti tells us, international officials soon may have to determine which combat zones are too dangerous for commercial flights.
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Video NASA Focuses on Earth-Like Planets

For decades, looking for life elsewhere in the universe meant listening for signals that could be from distant civilizations. But recent breakthroughs in space technology refocused some of that effort toward finding planets that may harbor life, even in its primitive form. VOA’s George Putic reports on a recent panel discussion at NASA’s headquarters, in Washington.
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Video IAEA: Iran Turns its Enriched Uranium Into Less Harmful Form

Iran has converted its stockpiles of enriched uranium into a less dangerous form that is more difficult to use for nuclear weapons, according to the United Nations’ Atomic Energy Agency. The move complies with an interim deal reached with Western powers on Iran's nuclear program last year, in exchange for easing of sanctions. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.
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Video Relic of Saint Draws Catholics Worried About Immigration Issue

A Roman Catholic saint who is a figure of devotion for those crossing the border into the United States is attracting believers concerned about the plight of undocumented immigrants. Mike O'Sullivan reports from Los Angeles, where a relic of Saint Toribio has drawn thousands to local churches.
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Video US Awards Medal of Honor for Heroics in Bloodiest of Afghan Battles

U.S. combat troops are withdrawing from Afghanistan, on pace to leave the country by the end of this year. But on Monday, U.S. President Barack Obama took time to honor a soldier whose actions while under fire in Afghanistan earned him the Medal of Honor. VOA's Jeff Seldin has more from the Pentagon.
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Video Ukraine Rebels Surrender MH17 Black Boxes

After days of negotiations, a senior separatist leader handed over two black boxes from an airliner downed over eastern Ukraine to Malaysian experts early Tuesday. While on Monday, the U.N. Security Council unanimously demanded that armed groups controlling the crash site allow safe and unrestricted access to the wreckage.
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Video In Cambodia, HIV Diagnosis Brings Deadly Shame

Although HIV/AIDS is now a treatable condition, a positive diagnosis is still a life altering experience. In Cambodia, people living with HIV are often disowned by friends, family and the community. This humiliation can be unbearable. We bring you one Cambodian woman’s struggle to overcome a life tragedy and her own HIV positive diagnosis.
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Video Nature of Space Exploration Enters New Age

Forty-five years ago this month, the first humans walked on the moon. It was during an era of the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union. World politics have changed since then and -- as Elizabeth Lee reports -- so has the nature of space exploration.

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