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GM to Invest $1 Billion in India to Boost Exports

FILE - Chevrolet Sail U-VA hatchback in New Delhi, India, Nov. 2, 2012.

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Video Analysts: Obama’s Africa Trip Underscores Drive for Foreign Policy Legacy

Many analysts wonder what space Barack Obama will occupy in pantheon of 43 presidents — and that will depend on more than his foreign policy legacy

US Lawmakers Seek Details of Iran Nuke Inspection Regime

Chairman of Senate Armed Services Committee vents frustration at top administration officials over Congress’ inability to review agreements between Tehran, International Atomic Energy Agency

Video Boy Scouts of America Lifts Ban on Gay Leaders

The Boy Scouts of America has lifted its ban on openly gay adult leaders and employees, but local Boy Scout units chartered by religious organizations still will be permitted to exclude gay adults from serving as unit leaders, scoutmasters or camp counselors. About two-thirds of the 100,000-plus Boy Scout units nationwide are linked to religious institutions. The rest are chartered to civic groups and educational organizations. Zlatica Hoke reports.

Video Obama Sows Seeds of Nutrition in Ethiopia

While President Barack Obama’s visit to Ethiopia focused on the key issues of security and development, the country is perhaps best known for famine and poverty and has tried hard to shed that past. Obama said a U.S. development project, Feed the Future, is trying to help Ethiopia do that. VOA's Anita Powell reports.

Video Special Olympics Prompts Call for More Inclusive Treatment of Disabled

Head of UN Children’s Fund says inclusion will lead to healthier citizens, more prosperous communities

Video Special Olympics Prompts Call for More Inclusive Treatment of Disabled

Athletes from around the world are competing this week in Los Angeles at the Special Olympics World Games. Heads of global organizations attending the event are calling for changes to ensure those who are intellectually disabled are not excluded by society. VOA's Elizabeth Lee reports.

Video 'Positive Atmosphere' Points Toward TPP Trade Deal in Hawaii

Talks on a major new trade agreement among 12 Pacific Rim nations are said to be nearing completion in Hawaii. Some trade experts say the "positive atmosphere" at the discussions could mean a deal is within reach, but there is still hard bargaining to be done over many issues and products, including U.S. drugs and Japanese rice. VOA's Jim Randle reports.

Video Special Olympics Athletes Meet International Friends

Athletes from 165 countries taking part in event that gives people with intellectual disabilities chance to participate in an international competition

American Faces Poaching Charge in Popular Zimbabwe Lion's Death

Conservation officials say Walter Palmer paid at least $50,000 to track and kill Cecil the lion; Palmer says hunting guides may have misled him

Video Special Olympics Athletes Meet International Friends

The Special Olympics are underway in Los Angeles, California, with athletes from 165 countries participating in an event that gives people with intellectual disabilities the chance to take part in an international competition. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan reports that for athletes and their families, it's also an opportunity to make new friends in an international setting.

Top US General Urges Countries to Bolster UN Peacekeeping

Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power met with dozens of ambassadors, military advisers in New York Tuesday

Florida Man, Alleged IS Supporter, Charged in Bomb Plot

US officials say Harlem Suarez drew attention after posting extremist rhetoric, messages promoting IS on Facebook

US Lawmakers Weigh Turkish Anti-terror Moves

Turkey’s two-pronged campaign against Islamic State militants, Kurdish PKK forces provokes mixed reactions on Capitol Hill

US Prison Worker Pleads Guilty to Helping Murderers Escape

Joyce Mitchell, 51, faces up to a seven-year prison term; she will be sentenced in September

Reaction Mixed to Boy Scouts' Lifting of Ban on Gay Leaders

There is relief among backers of participation by gays, but continued permission for church-sponsored groups to exclude gay leaders is questioned

Video Young Maryland Filmmakers Fight Racial Stereotypes

New film produced by students at Maryland high school aims not only to expose the problem, and the negative feelings it provokes, but to suggest solutions

US to Release Israeli Spy Pollard, His Lawyers Say

One-time civilian Navy analyst, Israeli spy was arrested in November 1985 when he unsuccessfully sought asylum in Israel's embassy in Washington

Video Obama: Africa's Progress Depends on Development, Democracy

In his farewell speech capping a historic trip to Kenya and Ethiopia, President Obama hailed Africa's extraordinary progress, while noting that such progress can only be sustained through continued development and democracy for all. VOA White House correspondent Aru Pande has more from African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa.

Republican Presidential Contenders Scramble to Make Debate

Under debate rules, only 10 of 16 Republican contenders will be allowed to take part in first of nine debates

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Manned deep space missions are still a long way off, but space agencies are already testing procedures, equipment and human stamina for operations in extreme environment conditions. Small groups of astronauts take turns in spending days in an underwater lab, off Florida’s southern coast, simulating future missions to some remote world. VOA’s George Putic reports.
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Video Astronauts Train Underwater for Deep Space Missions

Manned deep space missions are still a long way off, but space agencies are already testing procedures, equipment and human stamina for operations in extreme environment conditions. Small groups of astronauts take turns in spending days in an underwater lab, off Florida’s southern coast, simulating future missions to some remote world. VOA’s George Putic reports.
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Video Civil Rights Leaders Struggled to Achieve Voting Rights Act

Fifty years ago, lawmakers approved, and U.S. President Lyndon Johnson signed, the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The measure outlawed racial discrimination in voting, giving millions of blacks in many parts of the southern United States federal enforcement of the right to vote. Correspondent Chris Simkins introduces us to some civil rights leaders who were on the front lines in the struggle for voting rights.
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Video Booming London Property a ‘Haven for Dirty Money’

Billions of dollars of so-called ‘dirty money’ from the proceeds of crime - especially from Russia - are being laundered through the London property market, according to anti-corruption activists. As Henry Ridgwell reports from the British capital, the government has pledged to crack down on the practice.
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Video Hometown of Boy Scouts of America Founder Reacts to Gay Leader Decision

Ottawa, Illinois, is the hometown of W.D. Boyce, who founded the Boy Scouts of America in 1910. In Ottawa, where Scouting remains an important part of the legacy of the community, the end of the organization's ban on openly gay adult leaders was seen as inevitable. VOA's Kane Farabaugh reports.
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Video 'Metal Muscles' Flex a New Bionic Hand

Artificial limbs, including the most complex of them – the human hand – are getting more life-like and useful due to constant advances in tiny hydraulic, pneumatic and electric motors called actuators. But now, as VOA’s George Putic reports, scientists in Germany say the future of the prosthetic hand may lie not in motors but in wires that can ‘remember’ their shape.
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Video Russia Accused of Abusing Interpol to Pursue Opponents

A British pro-democracy group has accused Russia of abusing the global law enforcement agency Interpol by requesting the arrest and extradition of political opponents. A new report by the group notes such requests can mean the accused are unable to travel and are often unable to open bank accounts. VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports.
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Video 'Positive Atmosphere' Points Toward TPP Trade Deal in Hawaii

Talks on a major new trade agreement among 12 Pacific Rim nations are said to be nearing completion in Hawaii. Some trade experts say the "positive atmosphere" at the discussions could mean a deal is within reach, but there is still hard bargaining to be done over many issues and products, including U.S. drugs and Japanese rice. VOA's Jim Randle reports.
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Video Genome Initiative Urgently Moves to Freeze DNA Before Species Go Extinct

Earth is in the midst of its sixth mass extinction. The last such event was caused by an asteroid 66 million years ago. It killed off the dinosaurs and practically everything else. So scientists are in a race against time to classify the estimated 11 million species alive today. So far only 2 million are described by science, and researchers are worried many will disappear before they even have a name. VOA’s Rosanne Skirble reports.
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Video Scientists: One-Dose Malaria Cure is Possible

Scientists have long been trying to develop an effective protection and cure for malaria - one of the deadliest diseases that affects people in tropical areas, especially children. As the World Health Organization announces plans to begin clinical trials of a promising new vaccine, scientists in South Africa report that they too are at an important threshold. George Putic reports, they are testing a compound that could be a single-dose cure for malaria.
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Video 'New York' Magazine Features 35 Cosby Accusers

The latest issue of 'New York' magazine features 35 women who say they were drugged and raped by film and television celebrity Bill Cosby. The women are aged from 44 to 80 and come from different walks of life and races. The magazine interviewed each of them separately, but Zlatica Hoke reports their stories are similar.
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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.
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Video Washington DC Underground Streetcar Station to Become Arts Venue

Abandoned more than 50 years ago, the underground streetcar station in Washington D.C.’s historic DuPont Circle district is about to be reborn. The plan calls for turning the spacious underground platforms - once meant to be a transportation hub, - into a unique space for art exhibitions, presentations, concerts and even a film set. Roman Mamonov has more from beneath the streets of the U.S. capital. Joy Wagner narrates his report.
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Video Europe’s Twin Crises Collide in Greece as Migrant Numbers Soar

Greece has replaced Italy as the main gateway for migrants into Europe, with more than 100,000 arrivals in the first six months of 2015. Many want to move further into Europe and escape Greece’s economic crisis, but they face widespread dangers on the journey overland through the Balkans. VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports.
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Video Stink Intensifies as Lebanon’s Trash Crisis Continues

After the closure of a major rubbish dump a week ago, the streets of Beirut are filling up with trash. Having failed to draw up a plan B, politicians are struggling to deal with the problem. John Owens has more for VOA from Beirut.
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Video Paris Rolls Out Blueprint to Fight Climate Change

A U.N. climate conference in December aims to produce an ambitious agreement to fight heat-trapping greenhouse gases. But many local governments are not waiting, and have drafted their own climate action plans. That’s the case with Paris — which is getting special attention, since it’s hosting the climate summit. Lisa Bryant takes a look for VOA at the transformation of the French capital into an eco-city.

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