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Boehner: ‘Hope Is Not a Strategy’ to Defeat Islamic State

FILE - U.S. House Speaker John Boehner says President Barack Obama should send Congress a new request for formal authorization to use military force against the Islamic State group.

May 19, 2015 8:10 PM
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Kerry: US Must Clinch Trans-Pacific Trade Deal or Lose Out

US Senate is embroiled in debate over huge, 12-nation agreement; lawmakers grapple with myriad interests that could be affected by resulting international competition

Video In Ramadi’s Wake, No Hint of New US Strategy

Analysts raise questions about White House policy; Pentagon acknowledges equipment fell into enemy hands

Video Youngest Mayor in Maryland Works to Draw Business to Small Town

The youngest mayor in Maryland's history was sworn in this week - and swears his first priority is to bring business back to the small town of Indian Head, Maryland. Nineteen-year-old Brandon Paulin replaced the 69-year-old mayor, promising the town’s 4,000 residents he would work to get the boarded-up storefronts open and running again. VOA’s Deborah Block has the story.

Video House Committee Holds Hearing on Policing Strategies

The U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee held a hearing on policing strategies for the 21st century just one day after President Barack Obama issued an executive order to keep certain military-style equipment out of the hands of local police departments. The discussion Tuesday, however, was about what influence – if any – the federal government should exert over local police. Arash Arabasadi reports from Washington.

Political Bickering Heats Up Over US Export Agency

Conservative critics of US Export-Import Bank have called it a waste of taxpayers’ money and a needless intrusion into free market

Video NASA: Big Antarctica Ice Shelf Is Disintegrating

US space agency’s new study indicates Larsen B shelf could break up in just a few years

Video Big Antarctica Ice Shelf Is Disintegrating, NASA Says

A huge section of Antarctica’s ice shelf is rapidly thawing, according to a new study by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Scientists say the loss of ice from polar caps is slowly but steadily raising the level of the Earth’s oceans. VOA’s George Putic has details.

Texas Police Brace for More Biker Gang Violence

Waco police spokesman says fighting among gangs engaged in turf war for supremacy in state - chiefly rival Bandidos and Cossacks bikers - is 'most likely not' over

Video Lack of Cohesion in US National Policing Deplored at Hearing

'Public trust in American policing has been shaken,' Executive Director of the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission tells House Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday

US Charges 6 Chinese With Economic Espionage

Defendants are accused of stealing computer source code and processes, design layouts and other documents from US technology companies

Foreign Policy Dominates Early Stage of 2016 Campaign

Such issues as countering IS militants, negotiating Iranian nuclear deal already are at the forefront of the debate among Republican presidential contenders

Paris Bank Forfeits Billions to US in Sanctions Violations

Washington weighing whether to use part of $8.8B to compensate people harmed by US sanctions in Iran, Cuba and Sudan

Video America’s Front Lawn Gets Overhaul

America’s front yard is getting a much-needed overhaul. Almost two kilometers of lawn stretch from the U.S. Capitol to the Washington Monument. But the expanse of grass known as the National Mall has taken a beating over the years. Now workers are in the middle of restoring the lush, green carpet that fronts some of Washington’s best-known sights. VOA’s Steve Baragona took a look.

CPJ Report Details Threatened Cartoonists

New CPJ report says hostile actions include censorship, punitive lawsuits, physical assault, imprisonment, disappearance, and murder

Crunch Time for US Senate on Trade, Surveillance

Republican majority leader urges senators to 'keep the ball moving' as lawmakers have just a few days to act on three major bills

Multimedia @POTUS Tweets, 1.6 Million Follow

Launching first personal Twitter account after more than six years in office, President Barack Obama breaks new ground on social media

Remains of American Pilot Still in Cockpit in Cameroon

According to pilot's brother, family is frustrated with delay in recovering aviator's remains and returning them to the United States

Twitter Welcomes Obama

Twitter Welcomes Obama

Feds Propose Multi-pronged Plan to Reverse Decline in Bees

Federal government hopes to reverse America's declining honeybee populations by making more federal land bee-friendly, and considering the use of less pesticides

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Turkey's Main Opposition Party Hopes for Election Breakthroughi
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May 22, 2015 10:23 AM
Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party has sought an image change ahead of the June 7 general election. The move comes after suffering successive defeats at the hands of the Islamist-rooted AK Party, which has portrayed it as hostile to religion. Dorian Jones reports from the western city of Izmir.
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Video Turkey's Main Opposition Party Hopes for Election Breakthrough

Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party has sought an image change ahead of the June 7 general election. The move comes after suffering successive defeats at the hands of the Islamist-rooted AK Party, which has portrayed it as hostile to religion. Dorian Jones reports from the western city of Izmir.
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Video Europe Follows US Lead in Tackling ‘Conflict Minerals’

Metals mined from conflict zones in places like the Democratic Republic of Congo are often sold by warlords to buy weapons. This week European lawmakers voted to force manufacturers to prove that their supply chains are not inadvertently fueling conflicts and human rights abuses. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
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Video Class Tackles Questions of Race, Discrimination

Unrest in some U.S. cities is more than just a trending news item at Ladue Middle School in St. Louis, Missouri. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, it’s a focus of a multicultural studies class engaging students in wide-ranging discussions about racial tensions and police aggression.
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Video Mind-Controlled Prosthetics Are Getting Closer

Scientists and engineers are making substantial advances towards the ultimate goal in prosthetics – creation of limbs that can be controlled by the wearer’s mind. Thanks to sophisticated sensors capable of picking up the brain’s signals, an amputee in Iceland is literally bringing us one step closer to that goal. VOA’s George Putic reports.
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Video Afghan Economy Sinks As Foreign Troops Depart

As international troops prepare to leave Afghanistan, and many foreign aid groups follow, Afghans are grappling with how the exodus will affect the country's fragile economy. Ayesha Tanzeem reports from the Afghan capital, Kabul.
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Video Poverty, Ignorance Force Underage Girls Into Marriage

The recent marriage of a 17-year old Chechen girl to a local police chief who was 30 years older and already had a wife caused an outcry in Russia and beyond. The bride was reportedly forced to marry and her parents were intimidated into giving their consent. The union spotlighted yet again the plight of many underage girls in developing countries. Zlatica Hoke reports poverty, ignorance and fear are behind the practice, especially in Asia and Africa.
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Video South Korea Marks Gwangju Uprising Anniversary

South Korea this week marked the 35th anniversary of a protest that turned deadly. The Gwangju Uprising is credited with starting the country’s democratic revolution after it was violently quelled by South Korea’s former military rulers. But as Jason Strother reports, some observers worry that democracy has recently been eroded.
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Video California’s Water System Not Created To Handle Current Drought

The drought in California is moving into its fourth year. While the state's governor is mandating a reduction in urban water use, most of the water used in California is for agriculture. But both city dwellers and farmers are feeling the impact of the drought. Some experts say the state’s water system was not created to handle long periods of drought. Elizabeth Lee reports from Ventura County, an agricultural region just northwest of Los Angeles.
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Video How to Clone a Mammoth: The Science of De-Extinction

An international team of scientists has sequenced the complete genome of the woolly mammoth. Led by the Swedish Museum of Natural History in Stockholm, the work opens the door to recreate the huge herbivore, which last roamed the Earth 4,000 years ago. VOA’s Rosanne Skirble considers the science of de-extinction and its place on the planet
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Video Blind Boy Defines His Life with Music

Cole Moran was born blind. He also has cognitive delays and other birth defects. He has to learn everything by ear. Nevertheless, the 12-year-old has had an insatiable love for music since he was born. VOA’s June Soh introduces us to the young phenomenal harmonica player.

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