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    US Event Highlights Africa's Accomplishments, Future Challenges

    Kenya musician, poet and storyteller Anna Mwalagho also appeared at an Africa Day gala in Washington, May 27, 2016.

    May 28, 2016 6:33 AM
    Africans around world commemorated Africa Day this past week, an annual event that marks creation of Organization of African Unity in 1963

    Putin: Russia Will Respond to US Missile Shield in Europe

    Putin questions purpose of US defense system, vows 'countermeasures' to protect Moscow's security

    Video Fan Base Grows for Fictional Wyoming Sheriff Longmire

    Around the world, the most enduring symbol of the U.S. is that of the cowboy. A very small percentage of Americans live in Western rural areas, and fewer still are cowboys. But the fascination with the American West is kept alive by such cultural offerings as “Longmire,” a series of books and TV episodes about a fictional Wyoming sheriff. VOA’s Greg Flakus recently spoke with Longmire’s creator, Craig Johnson, and filed this report from Houston.

    Video Obama Remembers Fallen Troops for Memorial Day

    President urges Americans this holiday weekend to 'take a moment and offer a silent word of prayer or public word of thanks' to country's veterans

    Video Canine Reading Buddies Help Students With Literacy

    Idea behind reading program is that sharing book with nonjudgmental companion boosts students' confidence and helps instill love of reading

    WWII Aircraft Plummets Into New York's Hudson River

    New York City police say body of pilot, a 56-year-old man, was recovered from wreckage, a few kilometers south of George Washington Bridge

    Donald Trump Declines to Debate Bernie Sanders

    In a statement late Friday, Trump says it 'seems inappropriate' for him to debate Sanders since Trump has won his party's primary, and Sanders is still a distant second in his party's race

    Scientists Fear 'Nightmare Bacteria'

    News of antibiotic-resistant 'superbug' found in US makes waves, but how did we get here? How do bacteria develop resistance to entire arsenals of antibiotics?

    Video Learning Foreign Language Helps US Soldiers Bridge Culture Gap

    Understanding a foreign culture and being able to communicate with the local population is a key component of military strategy in a foreign theater. Language familiarity and cultural awareness at times could mean the difference between a mission’s success or failure. VOA’s Hasib Alikozai has this report about a U.S. Defense Department school in California that educates U.S. military personnel about foreign cultures and languages.

    Trump Rallies Draw Protests in California

    Billionaire Republican candidate tells Fresno gathering, 'There is no drought,' vows to 'start opening up the water'

    WHO Dismisses Changing Summer Olympics for Zika

    WHO says canceling or postponing the Olympics will not alter the international spread of Zika virus

    US Sentences al-Qaida Recruit to 40 Years in Prison

    Ming Quang Pham, a British citizen of Vietnamese descent, gets a 40-year term for terrorism, based on his support of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula

    Trump to Speak at Annual Motorcycle Rally in DC

    Presumptive GOP nominee says he'll address Rolling Thunder participants 'in honor of the great bikers who have been totally supportive of my campaign'

    US Financial Markets Move Higher for Week

    Consumer discretionary, technology sectors lead the way; week closes on an up note on very thin volume

    Video Are US Central Bank Officials Signaling Imminent Rate Hike? 

    Odds are surging that interest rates will increase ... sooner rather than later

    US Forces in Syria Ordered to Remove Kurdish YPG Patches

    Special forces have historically worn patches of forces they've partnered with, but 'political sensitivities' related to YPG led to removal order

    Video Are US Central Bank Officials Signaling Imminent Rate Hike?

    The Fed’s benchmark rate, or the rate it charges banks on short-term loans, have been near record lows since the end of the financial crisis. With the U.S. economy showing signs of improvement, though, the odds of a rate hike — the first since December last year — are rising. VOA's Mil Arcega reports.

    American Citizens Give US Global Role Mixed Reviews

    America's global reputation takes hit, despite high marks for economy, military, Pew Research Center finds

    Video How do you spell Gesselschaft?

    For second year straight, Indian-Americans shine at US national spelling bee

    Aunt of N. Korea’s Kim Jong Un Has Lived Secretly in US for 18 Years

    Washington Post report on relatives of Kim Jong Un say couple has achieved American Dream

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    Chinese-Americans Heart Trump, Bucking National Trendi
    May 27, 2016 5:57 AM
    A new study conducted by three Asian-American organizations shows there are three times as many Democrats as there are Republicans among Asian-American voters, and they favor Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump. But one group, called Chinese-Americans For Trump, is going against the tide and strongly supports the business tycoon. VOA’s Elizabeth Lee caught up with them at a Trump rally and reports from Anaheim, California.

    Video Chinese-Americans Heart Trump, Bucking National Trend

    A new study conducted by three Asian-American organizations shows there are three times as many Democrats as there are Republicans among Asian-American voters, and they favor Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump. But one group, called Chinese-Americans For Trump, is going against the tide and strongly supports the business tycoon. VOA’s Elizabeth Lee caught up with them at a Trump rally and reports from Anaheim, California.

    Video Reactions to Trump's Success Polarized Abroad

    What seemed impossible less than a year ago is now almost a certainty. New York real estate mogul Donald Trump has won the number of delegates needed to secure the Republican presidential nomination. The prospect has sparked as much controversy abroad as it has in the United States. Zlatica Hoke has more.

    Video Drawings by Children in Hiroshima Show Hope and Peace

    On Friday, President Barack Obama will visit Hiroshima, Japan, the first American president to do so while in office. In August 1945, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the city to force Japan's surrender in World War II. Although their city lay in ruins, some Hiroshima schoolchildren drew pictures of hope and peace. The former students and their drawings are now part of a documentary called “Pictures from a Hiroshima Schoolyard.” VOA's Deborah Block has the story.

    Video Vietnamese Rapper Performs for Obama

    A prominent young Vietnamese artist told President Obama said she faced roadblocks as a woman rapper, and asked the president about government support for the arts. He asked her to rap, and he even offered to provide a base beat for her. Watch what happened.

    Video Roots Run Deep for Tunisia's Dwindling Jewish Community

    This week, hundreds of Jewish pilgrims are defying terrorist threats to celebrate an ancient religious festival on the Tunisian island of Djerba. The festivities cast a spotlight on North Africa's once-vibrant Jewish population that has all but died out in recent decades. Despite rising threats of militant Islam and the country's battered economy, one of the Arab world's last Jewish communities is staying put and nurturing a new generation. VOA’s Lisa Bryant reports.

    Video Meet Your New Co-Worker: The Robot

    Increasing numbers of robots are joining the workforce, as companies scale back and more processes become automated. The latest robots are flexible and collaborative, built to work alongside humans as opposed to replacing them. VOA’s Tina Trinh looks at the next generation of automated employees helping out their human colleagues.

    Video Wheelchair Technology in Tune With Times

    Technologies for the disabled, including wheelchair technology, are advancing just as quickly as everything else in the digital age. Two new advances in wheelchairs offer improved control and a more comfortable fit. VOA's George Putic reports.

    Video Baby Boxes Offer Safe Haven for Unwanted Children

    No one knows exactly how many babies are abandoned worldwide each year. The statistic is a difficult one to determine because it is illegal in most places. Therefore unwanted babies are often hidden and left to die. But as Erika Celeste reports from Woodburn, Indiana, a new program hopes to make surrendering infants safer for everyone.

    Video California Celebration Showcases Local Wines, Balloons

    Communities in the U.S. often hold festivals to show what makes them special. In California, for example, farmers near Fresno celebrate their figs and those around Gilmore showcase their garlic. Mike O'Sullivan reports that the wine-producing region of Temecula offers local vintages in an annual festival where rides on hot-air balloons add to the excitement.

    Video US Elementary School Offers Living Science Lessons

    Zero is not a good score on a test at school. But Discovery Elementary is proud of its “net zero” rating. Net zero describes a building in which the amount of energy provided by on-site renewable sources equals the amount of energy the building uses. As Faiza Elmasry tells us, the innovative features in the building turn the school into a teaching tool, where kids can't help but learn about science and sustainability. Faith Lapidus narrates.

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