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US Senator: Momentum Growing to Lift Sanctions on Cuba

U.S. Senator Tom Udall, arrives at a press conference in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, May 27, 2015.

May 28, 2015 5:43 AM
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US Defense Chief: China ‘Out of Step’ in S. China Seas Claims

Carter called on all countries in Asia to stop militarizing their disputes over islands and settle them peacefully

Pentagon Accidentally Sent Anthrax to US Labs, Overseas Base

Four laboratory workers in the US and 22 personnel at Osan Air Force Base outside of Seoul may have been exposed to anthrax

Multimedia FIFA Head: Charges Bring 'Shame, Humiliation' on Sport

Two European football associations call on Sepp Blatter to resign ahead of presidential elections Friday, after US, Swiss officials announce major corruption investigations of organization

Video Floodwaters Recede in Houston, but Rain Continues

Heavy rains on Monday and early Tuesday caused rivers to swell in eastern and central Texas, washing away homes and killing at least 13 people

Video Floodwaters Recede in Houston, but Rain Continues

Many parts of Texas are recovering from one of the worst natural disasters to hit the southwestern state. Heavy rains on Monday and early Tuesday caused rivers to swell in eastern and central Texas, washing away homes and killing at least 13 people. As VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Houston, floodwaters are receding slowly in the country's fourth-largest city, and there likely is to be more rain in the coming days.

Carter: US Will Remain Top Security Power in Asia-Pacific

In visit to Hawaii, defense secretary says Asian nations must stop militarizing their dispute over Spratly Islands

Pentagon: Live Anthrax Accidentally Sent to Labs in US, S Korea

Labs were supposed to get dead spores as part of program to develop test to identify biological threats

Hundreds Evacuated in Texas After Storms Leave at Least 15 Dead

Death toll expected to rise, with about a dozen people still missing and new round of thunderstorms pelting already flood-hit cities of Houston and Austin

Why US Justice Department Targeted FIFA

Indictment claims corruption was committed on American soil and hurt American interests; probe continues

Video More Arrests Expected in FIFA Corruption Case

Football fans around the world are still in shock over the corruption indictments of top FIFA officials, corporate officials and marketing companies by the United States government. And there is promise of more to come. VOA’s Bernard Shusman reports from New York.

Few Easy Words to Be Had as US Spelling Bee Begins

Youthful contestants in national competition come from eight countries and all 50 US states, the District of Columbia, US territories and Defense Department schools

Video US Voters Seek Answers From Presidential Candidates on IS Gains

Growth of Islamic State militant group in Iraq and Syria comes as 2016 US presidential campaign kicks off in Midwest state of Iowa

Video US Voters Seek Answers From Presidential Candidates on IS Gains

The growth of the Islamic State militant group in Iraq and Syria comes as the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign kicks off in the Midwest state of Iowa.   As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, voters want to know how the candidates would handle recent militant gains in the Middle East.

Questions Surround June 30 Deadline for Iran Nuclear Deal

Saturday's meeting in Geneva comes as some parties in talks raise issue about whether negotiators will meet the deadline for agreement

Multimedia World Reacts to FIFA Indictments

While some applaud corruption charges, Russia calls on 'Washington to stop attempts to make justice far beyond its borders'

Meme, Photobomb, Clickbait Among New Merriam-Webster Words

In all, there are now 1,700 new entries in the publisher's unabridged English-language dictionary

Biden: US Stands With Ukraine to Fight Russian Aggression

Vice president says Russian President Vladimir Putin has shown contempt for sovereignty of his nation's neighbors

Video US, Swiss Authorities Unveil Major FIFA Corruption Cases

Football's world governing body, FIFA, was rocked Wednesday by a massive U.S. federal corruption indictment against current and former top officials and the announcement of a separate investigation by Swiss authorities into allegations connected to the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. As she outlined details of the investigation, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch says lies, corruption and bribery have plagued FIFA for over two decades. VOA's Jeff Custer reports.

US Officials to Release Hurricane Season Forecast

It officially runs June 1 - Nov. 30, but this season's first storm, Tropical Storm Ana, came ashore in North Carolina earlier this month, bringing much rain to the region

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With inter-Korean relations deteriorating over the North’s nuclear program, past military provocations and human rights abuses, many Koreans still hold out hope for eventual peaceful re-unification. VOA’s Brian Padden visited a “unification fair” held this week in Seoul, where border communities promoted the benefits of increased cooperation.
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Video Seoul Sponsors Korean Unification Fair

With inter-Korean relations deteriorating over the North’s nuclear program, past military provocations and human rights abuses, many Koreans still hold out hope for eventual peaceful re-unification. VOA’s Brian Padden visited a “unification fair” held this week in Seoul, where border communities promoted the benefits of increased cooperation.
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Video Purple Door Coffeeshop: Changing Lives One Cup at a Time

For a quarter of his life, Kevin Persons lived on the street. Today, he is working behind the counter of an espresso bar, serving coffee and working to transition off the streets and into a home. Paul Vargas reports for VOA.
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Video Modular Robot Getting Closer to Reality

A robot being developed at Carnegie Mellon University has evolved into a multi-legged modular mechanical snake, able to move over rugged surfaces and explore the surroundings. Scientists say such machines could someday help in search and rescue operations. VOA’s George Putic reports.
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Video Shanghai Hosts Big Consumer Electronics Show

Electronic gadgets are a huge success in China, judging by the first Asian Consumer Electronics Show, held this week in Shanghai. Over the course of two days, more than 20,000 visitors watched, tested and played with useful and some less-useful electronic devices exhibited by about 200 manufacturers. VOA’s George Putic has more.
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Video Forced to Return Home, Afghan Refugees Face Increased Hardship

Undocumented refugees returning to Afghanistan from Pakistan have no jobs, no support system, and no home return to, and international aid agencies say they and the government are overwhelmed and under-resourced. Ayesha Tanzeem has more from Kabul.
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Video Britain Makes Controversial Move to Crack Down on Extremism

Britain is moving to tighten controls on extremist rhetoric, even when it does not incite violence or hatred -- a move that some are concerned might unduly restrict basic freedoms. It is an issue many countries are grappling with as extremist groups gain power in the Middle East, fueled in part by donations and fighters from the West. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London.
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Video 3D Printer Makes Replica of Iconic Sports Car

Cars with parts made by 3D printers are already on the road, but engineers are still learning about this new technology. While testing the possibility of printing an entire car, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy recently created an electric-powered replica of an iconic sports roadster. VOA’s George Putic has more.
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Video Al-Shabab Recruitment Drive Still on In Kenya

The al-Shabab militants that have long battled for control of Somalia also have recruited thousands of young people in Kenya, leaving many families disconsolate. Mohammed Yusuf recently visited the Kenyan town of Isiolo, and met with relatives of those recruited, as well as a many who have helped with the recruiting.
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Video A Small Oasis on Kabul's Outskirts Provides Relief From Security Tensions

When people in Kabul want to get away from the city and relax, many choose Qargha Lake, a small resort on the outskirts of Kabul. Ayesha Tanzeem visited and talked with people about the precious oasis.
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Video Kenyans Lament Losing Sons to al-Shabab

There is agony, fear and lost hope in the Kenyan town of Isiolo, a key target of a new al-Shabab recruitment drive. VOA's Mohammed Yusuf visits Isiolo to speak with families and at least one man who says he was a recruiter.
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Video Scientists Say Plankton More Important Than Previously Thought

Tiny ocean creatures called plankton are mostly thought of as food for whales and other large marine animals, but a four-year global study discovered, among other things, that plankton are a major source of oxygen on our planet. VOA’s George Putic reports.
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Video Kenya’s Capital Sees Rise in Shisha Parlors

In Kenya, the smoking of shisha, a type of flavored tobacco, is the latest craze. Patrons are flocking to shisha parlors to smoke and socialize. But the practice can be addictive and harmful, though many dabblers may not realize the dangers, according to a new review. Lenny Ruvaga has more on the story for VOA from Nairobi, Kenya.

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