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U.S. President Barack Obama and Brazil President Dilma Rousseff tour the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial with a National Park ranger in Washington, June 29, 2015.

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US Authorities Investigate Fires at Black Churches

No indication blazes are related, but FBI, US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigating fires at 6 different churches in 5 southern states

Obama Signs 2 Trade Bills Into Law

One grants president greater authority to regulate international deals; the other aids displaced workers

US Man Arrested in FBI Sting on Group Planning to Join IS

Alaa Saadeh, 23, was one of four people identified by US law enforcement as planning to travel to join Islamic State militants

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UAE Court Issues Death Sentence in Killing of American

Thirty-year-old Emirati mother of six was found guilty in butcher knife attack that killed Ibolya Ryan, 47, in bathroom of upscale Abu Dhabi mall

Video In Food Desert, Gleaners Provide Oasis for Needy

More than 23 million Americans live in what are called 'food deserts' - areas lacking easy access to fresh produce. In Washington, D.C., one organization is hoping the ancient practice of “gleaning” can help build a much-needed oasis for people living in those deserts. Janet Weinstein has this report.

Boxers Mayweather, Pacquiao Top Forbes Best Paid Celebrity List

Mayweather is undisputed champion with estimated $300 million in earnings, while Pacquiao trails with $160 million over past 12 months

US Supreme Court Upholds Lethal Injection for Death Row Inmates

In 5-4 ruling, five justices say use of sedative midazolam does not violate Constitution's 8th amendment ban on cruel, unusual punishment

US House Speaker Visits Lithuania, Commits to Countering Russia

John Boehner led delegation to mark 25th anniversary of Baltic country's independence; offered military aid for six ex-Soviet bloc nations

Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, Beyonce Win Big at BET Awards

Among show stoppers at Los Angeles venue was performance by Janet Jackson who is readying new album and tour this fall

Civil War Buffs on Flag Debate: It's Complicated

If you're looking for simple answers about the Confederate flag's place in contemporary America, don't ask a Civil War reenactor

Video Texas Attorney General Claims Limits on Gay Marriage Ruling

Texas AG Ken Paxton said clerks, judges do not have to issue marriage licenses or perform ceremonies if they object

Photogallery US Urges Greece to Resolve Financial Crisis

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew says it is important all parties work to reach a solution involving both reform and potential debt relief

Climate Tops Obama Meeting with Brazil Leader

It is not yet known if Rousseff will announce her country's emissions reduction targets while in Washington

US Fugitive in Critical Condition After Being Shot, Captured

David Sweat was serving a sentence of life without parole in the killing of a sheriff's deputy in 2002

Video US Gay Marriage Ruling Yields Real-life Impact

Supreme Court decision seen as reflecting growing societal acceptance of same-sex unions but some remain critical of landmark ruling

Video US Gay Marriage Ruling Yields Real-life Impact

Friday’s landmark Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage throughout the United States is an outcome few thought possible just years ago, and shows a nation that increasingly tolerates and even celebrates the hopes and aspirations of gay people. VOA’s Michael Bowman spoke to a same-sex couple that will benefit from the high court ruling, and to a Christian scholar who is apprehensive about its potential consequences for America’s faith community.

Video Biden Attends Services at Emanuel AME

Biden said he came to Sunday’s services because he and his family wanted to show solidarity with the families and the church

Photogallery Turkish Police Disperse Gay Pride Marchers

Elsewhere, hundreds of thousands of people gathered for gay pride parades, parties and celebrations around the world Sunday

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Olympics Construction Scars Sacred Korean Mountaini
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July 02, 2015 4:10 AM
Environmentalists in South Korea are protesting a Winter Olympics construction project to build a ski slope through a 500-year-old protected forest. Brian Padden reports that although there is strong national support for hosting the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, there are growing public concerns over the costs and possible ecological damage at the revered mountain.
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Video Olympics Construction Scars Sacred Korean Mountain

Environmentalists in South Korea are protesting a Winter Olympics construction project to build a ski slope through a 500-year-old protected forest. Brian Padden reports that although there is strong national support for hosting the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, there are growing public concerns over the costs and possible ecological damage at the revered mountain.
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Video Xenophobia Victims in South Africa Flee Violence, Then Return

Many Malawians fled South Africa early this year after xenophobic attacks on African immigrants. But many quickly found life was no better at home and have returned to South Africa – often illegally and without jobs, and facing the tough task of having to start over. Lameck Masina and Anita Powell file from Johannesburg.
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Video Family of American Marine Calls for Release From Iranian Prison

As the crowd of journalists covering the Iran talks swells, so too do the opportunities for media coverage.  Hoping to catch the attention of high-level diplomats, the family of American-Iranian marine Amir Hekmati is in Vienna, pleading for his release from an Iranian prison after nearly 4 years.  VOA’s Heather Murdock reports from Vienna.
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Video UK Holds Terror Drill as MPs Mull Tunisia Response

After pledging a tough response to last Friday’s terror attack in Tunisia, which came just days before the 10th anniversary of the bomb attacks on London’s transport network, British security services are shifting their focus to overseas counter-terror operations. VOA's Henry Ridgwell has more.
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Video Obama on Cuba: This is What Change Looks Like

President Barack Obama says the United States will soon reopen its embassy in Cuba for the first time since 1961, ending a half-century of isolation. VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.
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Video Hate Groups Spread Influence Via Internet

Hate groups of various kinds are using the Internet for propaganda and recruitment, and a Jewish human rights organization that monitors these groups, the Simon Wiesenthal Center, says their influence is growing. The messages are different, but the calls to hatred or violence are similar. VOA's Mike O’Sullivan reports.
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Video US Silica Sand Mining Surge Worries Illinois Residents, Businesses

Increased domestic U.S. oil and gas production, thanks to advances known as “fracking,” has created a boom for other industries supporting that extraction. Demand for silica sand, used in fracking, could triple over the next five years. In the Midwest state of Illinois, people living near the mines are worried about how increased silica sand mining will affect their businesses and their health. VOA’s Kane Farabaugh has more in this first of a series of reports.
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Video Blind Somali Journalist Defies Odds in Mogadishu

Despite improving security in the last few years, Somalia remains one of the most dangerous countries to be a journalist – even more so for someone who cannot see. Abdulaziz Billow has the story of journalist Abdifatah Hassan Kalgacal, who has been reporting from the Somali capital for the last decade despite being blind.
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Video Texas Defies Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Texas state officials have criticized the US Supreme Court decision giving same-sex couples the right to marry nationwide. The attorney general of Texas says last week's decision did not overrule constitutional "rights of religious liberty," and therefore officials performing wedding services can refuse to perform them for same-sex couples if it is against their religious beliefs. Zlatica Hoke reports on the controversy.
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Video Rabbi Hits Road to Heal Jewish-Muslim Relations in France

France is on high alert after last week's terrorist attack near the city Lyon, just six months after deadly Paris shootings. The attack have added new tensions to relations between French Jews and Muslims. France’s Jewish and Muslim communities also share a common heritage, though, and as far as one French rabbi is concerned, they are destined to be friends. From the Paris suburb of La Courneuve, Lisa Bryant reports about Rabbi Michel Serfaty and his friendship bus.
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Video Saudi Leaks Expose ‘Checkbook Diplomacy’ In Battle With Iran

Saudi Arabia’s willingness to wield its oil money on the global diplomatic stage appears to have been laid bare, after the website WikiLeaks published tens of thousands of leaked cables from Riyadh’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports.
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Video In Kenya, Police Said to Shoot First, Ask Questions Later

An organization that documents torture and extrajudicial killings says Kenyan police were responsible for 1,252 shooting deaths in five cities, including Nairobi, between 2009 and 2014, representing 67 percent of all gun deaths in the areas reviewed. Gabe Joselow has more from Nairobi.

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