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    From Golf Range to Free Range

    April 27, 2016 9:33 AM
    Under used golf course in Grafton, Ohio, reverted back to nature, with plans in the works to develop trails, overlooks, wetlands

    Library STEAMs Ahead With Creative Program

    Suburban Washington library stocks kits that stoke youngsters’ imagination and interest in science, technology, engineering, arts and math

    Why China is Investing More Money in the US

    Chinese companies looking to expand and merge with US firms are expected to invest $20 billion to $30 billion in many sectors

    Video From Golf Range to Free Range

    There’s a growing trend in the United States to let old or underused golf courses revert back to nature. But as Erika Celeste reports from one parcel in Grafton, Ohio, converting 39 hectares of land back to green space is a lot more complicated than just not mowing the fairway.

    Apple Upbeat on New Iphone Demand, Some Retailers Less Cheery

    After announcing first-ever drop in iPhone sales Tuesday, Apple Inc. sought to reassure investors by saying its latest and cheapest model was in strong demand

    Video Library STEAMs Ahead With Creative Program

    For years, American students have been encouraged to study STEM, short for science, technology, engineering and math. STEAM adds arts to the mix. VOA's June Soh reports that a public library in suburban Washington offers STEAMtivity, a program that encourages youngsters' creativity and critical thinking skills. Carol Pearson narrates.

    First Shipment of US Natural Gas Arrives in Portugal

    The United States is the world's biggest natural gas producer and began expanding its forays into overseas markets earlier this year

    Trump, Clinton Already Campaigning Against Each Other, Ignoring Rivals

    Multiple polls on hypothetical November matchup between Trump and Clinton conducted in past month show Clinton winning by about 9 percentage points

    Video Trump and Clinton Score Major Victories in Tuesday Primaries

    Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton scored major victories Tuesday in the latest round of U.S. presidential primaries. Trump won all five contests - in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. Clinton won victories in four of the five states, but lost in Rhode Island to rival Bernie Sanders. VOA National correspondent Jim Malone has more from Washington.

    Video Electing Pennsylvania Republican 'Deal-Makers' Exposes Party Divides

    The race for the Republican presidential nomination has exposed deep divisions in the Republican party. These divisions extend to Pennsylvania, where an unusual rule allows Republican Party delegates to choose whom they want at the party's nominating convention this summer -- a decision that could prove crucial if no candidate has won a majority of delegates. VOA’s Katherine Gypson has more from Pennsylvania's state capital.

    Watchdog Report: World Press Freedom Hits 10-Year Low

    Only 1 in 7 people globally live in countries where coverage of political news is robust, journalists' safety is guaranteed, there is minimal state intrusion in the media's affairs and the media are 'not subject to onerous legal or economic pressures'

    Video Report: Press Freedom Declines to Lowest Point In 12 Years

    A new report says freedom of the press declined worldwide last year to its lowest point in more than a decade. Washington-based Freedom House, which advocates freedom and democracy, says in a report issued Wednesday that only one person in seven lives in countries where journalists' safety is guaranteed and news media are not subject to state intrusion and pressures. Zlatica Hoke reports.

    Video Kerry Draws Link Between Religion, Foreign Policy

    In 2013, Kerry established the State Department’s Office of Religion and Global Affairs as part of the Obama administration’s initiative to encourage interfaith cooperation

    Two Plead Not Guilty in US in Cuban Baseball Smuggling Scheme

    In all, prosecutors say, smuggling schemes involve 17 Cuban players secretly brought through Mexico to US; no players face charges

    Mental Health Issues Rife Among Cambodian Immigrants in US

    As many as 100,000 Cambodian refugees resettled in the US in the latter part of the 20th century, only to struggle with poverty, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and social isolation

    Trump Sweeps 5 Primaries, Clinton Takes 4 as Front-runners Extend Leads

    Trump declared the race 'over' and called himself the presumptive nominee; He has 950 of the 1,237 delegates needed to clinch the nomination

    Biden Lauds Georgian Push for Western Reforms

    US vice president meets visiting Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili at White House

    Shared Solar Energy Projects Let People Go Green in Groups

    Thousands in US and abroad are investing in shared arrays, fighting climate change and reaping benefits they couldn't afford or accomplish on their own

    Former NFL Player Johnny Manziel Charged With Assault

    Troubled ex-Cleveland Browns quarterback to plead ‘not guilty’ of accosting ex-girlfriend in hotel in January, attorney says

    Video Celebrity Eaglets Get Names

    Two baby bald eagles who hatched out of their shells last month, and into the hearts of millions of people who watched their arrival in real time via the Internet, now have names. VOA’s Julie Taboh reports on the announcement and looks at why the eagle family has become such a media sensation.

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    Turkish Kurd Islamist Rally Stokes Tensionsi
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    April 29, 2016 12:28 AM
    In a sign of the rising power of Islamists in Turkey, more than 100,000 people recently gathered in Diyarbakir, the main city in Turkey’s predominantly Kurdish southeast, to mark the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad. The gathering highlighted tensions with the pro-secular Kurdish nationalist movement. Dorian Jones reports from Diyarbakir.
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    Video Turkish Kurd Islamist Rally Stokes Tensions

    In a sign of the rising power of Islamists in Turkey, more than 100,000 people recently gathered in Diyarbakir, the main city in Turkey’s predominantly Kurdish southeast, to mark the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad. The gathering highlighted tensions with the pro-secular Kurdish nationalist movement. Dorian Jones reports from Diyarbakir.
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    Video Pakistani School Helps Slum Kids

    Master Mohammad Ayub runs a makeshift school in a public park in Islamabad. Thousands of poor children have benefited from his services over the years, but, as VOA's Ayesha Tanzeem reports, roughly 25 million school-age youths don't get an education in Pakistan.
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    Video Florida’s Weeki Wachee ‘Mermaids’ Make a Splash

    Since 1947, ‘mermaids’ have fascinated tourists at central Florida’s Weeki Wachee Springs State Park with their fluid movements and synchronized ballet. Performing underwater has its challenges, including cold temperatures and a steady current, as VOA’s Lin Yang and Joseph Mok report.
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    Video Somali, African Union Forces Face Resurgent Al-Shabab

    The Islamic State terror group claimed its first attack in Somalia earlier this week, though the claim has not been verified by forces on the ground. Meanwhile, al-Shabab militants have stepped up their attacks as Somalia prepares for elections later this year. Henry Ridgwell reports there are growing frustrations among Somalia’s Western backers over the country’s slow progress in forming its own armed forces to establish security after 25 years of chaos.
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    Video Bangladesh Targeted Killings Spark Wave of Fear

    People in Bangladesh’s capital are expressing deep concern over the brutal attacks that have killed secular blogger, and most recently a gay rights activist and an employee of the U.S. embassy. Xulhaz Mannan, an embassy protocol officer and the editor of the country’s only gay and transgender magazine Roopban; and his friend Mehboob Rabbi Tanoy, a gay rights activist, were hacked to death by five attackers in Mannan’s Dhaka home earlier this month.
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    Video Documentary Tells Tale of Chernobyl Returnees

    Ukraine this week is marking the 30th anniversary of the world's worst nuclear accident, at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. Soviet officials at first said little about the accident, but later evacuated a 2,600-square-kilometer "exclusion zone." Some people, though, came back. American directors Holly Morris and Anne Bogart created a documentary about this faithful and brave community. VOA's Tetiana Kharchenko reports from New York on "The Babushkas of Chernobyl." Carol Pearson narrates.
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    Video Nigerians Feel Bite of Buhari Economic Policy

    Despite the global drop in the price of oil, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has refused to allow the country's currency to devalue, leading to a shortage of foreign exchange. Chris Stein reports from Lagos businessmen and consumers are feeling the impact as the country deals with a severe fuel shortage.
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    Video  Return to the Wild

    There’s a growing trend in the United States to let old or underused golf courses revert back to nature. But as Erika Celeste reports from one parcel in Grafton, Ohio, converting 39 hectares of land back to green space is a lot more complicated than just not mowing the fairway.
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    Video West Urges Unity in Libya as Migrant Numbers Soar

    The Italian government says a NATO-led mission aimed at stemming the flow of migrants from Libya to Europe could be up and running by July. There are concerns that the number of migrants could soar as the route through Greece and the Balkans remains blocked. Western powers say the political chaos in Libya is being exploited by people smugglers — and they are pressuring rival groups to come together under the new unity government. VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports.
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    Video Russia’s TV Rain Swims Against Tide in Sea of Kremlin Propaganda

    Russia’s media freedoms have been gradually eroded under President Vladimir Putin as his government has increased state ownership, influence, and restrictions on critical reporting. Television, where most Russians get their news, has been the main target and is now almost completely state controlled. But in the Russian capital, TV Rain stands out as an island in a sea of Kremlin propaganda.

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