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World Leaders Comment on MH17

Vice President Joe Biden:  ``(The plane) apparently has been shot down - shot down, not an accident, blown out of the sky.''

July 18, 2014 10:13 AM
World figures comment on the downing of Malaysia Airlines MH17 near the Ukraine-Russia border on July 18, 2014. (Reuters) More

North Korea Complains to White House About US Movie

Movie, titled 'The Interview,' centers on two journalists tasked by the CIA to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

Video Chinese Heavyweight Boxers Make US Debut

Two Chinese boxers are getting ready to debut as professional heavyweight fighters in the United States. Olympic medalist Zhang Zhilei is training on the East Coast. Another Asian amateur, Taishan Dong, is preparing for his first big fight on the West Coast. VOA correspondent Mike O’Sullivan and video journalist Deyane Moses spoke with Dong at a gym near Los Angeles.

Multimedia Obama: Missile Downed Malaysia Plane Over Ukraine; 'Outrage of Unspeakable Proportions'

Speaking at White House, president calls deaths of 298 people aboard plane a 'global tragedy' - says Russia, separatists and Ukraine must adhere to immediate cease-fire

Video HIV/AIDS Stigmatized Among African-Americans

Rates of HIV infection are at least eight times higher for blacks than for whites

Audio Q&A with Don Sellers: ‘Honor and Sacrifice’

Roy Matsumoto was one of 14 Nisei to join a 2,700 man guerilla unit known as Merrill’s Marauders to reopen the Burma Road

Video Chinese Heavyweight Boxers Make US Debut

Olympic medalist Zhang Zhilei is training on the East Coast, while Taishan Dong is preparing for his first big fight on the West Coast

Obama Pledges US Help for Malaysian Plane Probe

President directs US officials on Thursday to do all they could to support investigation into what caused a Malaysian jetliner to crash in a Ukraine war zone

US Lawmakers: Still No Bill to Deal With Border Crisis

Bill to address daily influx of hundreds of children from Central America into US likely to originate in Republican-controlled US House of Representatives

Video DC Area Islamic Charity Feeds the Poor for Ramadan

Every Thursday afternoon during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, hundreds of people flock to the Herndon High School, in Virginia. A hall has been converted into a market,and everything is free. It is “Food Boost”, an annual free food distribution run by the “Foundation for Appropriate and Immediate Temporary Help,” or FAITH. Ariadne Budianto reports for VOA that the grassroots organization was founded by members of the local Muslim community.

Media Magnate Murdoch Looking to Build His Empire

But media rival, Time Warner, balked this week at his $80B offer to take over movie studio, popular HBO and Turner cable entertainment ventures and CNN

US Senators to GM: Why Wasn't Top Lawyer Fired?

GM CEO Mary Barra defended her company's General Counsel as 'a man of incredibly high integrity' during a Senate Commerce subcommittee hearing

US Invasion of Iraq Haunts Obama's Syria Policy

President's desire to limit foreign military intervention overshadowed by grim realities on the ground

Video DC Area Islamic Charity Feeds Poor for Ramadan

Grassroots group called FAITH organizes annual free food distribution at Herndon High School in Virginia

Video HRW: Bahrain Not Ready for National Dialogue

Expulsion of senior State Department official last week indicates kingdom not serious about political reforms, according to rights group

Video Human Rights Watch: Bahrain Not Ready for National Dialogue

Human Rights Watch says Bahrain's expulsion of a senior State Department official last week shows the kingdom is not serious about political reforms. The human rights group also is criticizing the Obama administration's response. VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns has more.

Reports: US Job Market Improves; Housing Sector Falters

Data show layoffs down, though separate Commerce Department report says home construction slowed in June

Tech Giant Microsoft to Lay Off 18,000 Workers

Company to cut 14 percent of 127,000 workforce to restructure after recent acquisition of Finland's Nokia company

Video No Iran Accord After Kerry Talks

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has ended three days of talks with his Iranian counterpart without breaking the deadlock over the future of Iran's nuclear program. But lower level-talks will continue -- at least until a Sunday deadline to reach long-term agreement . VOA's Al Pessin reports from Vienna.

FIFA Rankings: Germany Is No. 1

After 1-0 victory in World Cup final against Argentina, Germany is on top for the first time in 20 years

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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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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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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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