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Trump Is Ultimate Wildcard in Campaign's First Debate

Presidential candidate Donald Trump talks to protesters as he leaves the World Trade Bridge border crossing in Laredo, Texas, July 23, 2015.

July 24, 2015 12:17 PM
Billionaire's willingness to say what others only think makes Trump dangerous for other candidates in debate setting, says Republican strategist More

Cruz, on Senate Floor, Accuses GOP Leader McConnell of Lying

At issue are assurances Cruz claimed McConnell had given that there was no deal to allow a vote to renew federal Export-Import Bank

Social Media Giants Criticize Bill Seeking Data on Terror Threats

Senate legislation would require likes of Twitter, Facebook to alert law enforcement when sites spot terrorist activity on their networks

US Defense Chief Meets Kurdish Leaders in Iraq

Peshmerga fighters have emerged as one of the most capable forces battling IS militants

Poll: Six in 10 Americans Say Race Relations Bad

Shortly after the election Barack Obama, two-thirds of Americans thought the country's race relations were 'generally good'

Multimedia Obama Arrives in Kenya Amid Tight Security

American leader greeted on tarmac by Kenyan President Kenyatta on his first visit to his ancestral homeland while serving as president of the United States

Justice Department: No Criminal Probe Planned for Clinton Emails

Spokesperson says department has been asked to open probe into possible compromise of classified information when Hillary Clinton was secretary of state

Africa Wants to Strengthen Security, Economic Ties with US

AU officials applauded Obama’s signing last month of a 10-year extension of the African Growth and Opportunity Act

Video Trump Woos Hispanics at US Southern Border

Donald Trump's offensive remarks about some Mexican immigrants have sparked outrage in the Hispanic and Latino community. But during a visit to the southern U.S. border in Texas Thursday, the New York real estate tycoon and Republican presidential hopeful said news media have misinterpreted his statements, which he said were targeting illegal immigration. Zlatica Hoke has more.

Police Identify Gunman in US Movie Theater Shooting

Local officials are seeking more information about suspect John Russel Houser, 59, described as 'kind of a drifter'; suspect killed two and injured nine others before killing himself

Video Kerry Pushes Back in Contentious Senate Hearing on Iran Deal

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry mounted a strong defense of the international deal to curb Iran's nuclear weapons during a contentious Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing Thursday. Kerry came under attack from a number of Republican senators who said he had been "fleeced" and "bamboozled" by Iran.VOA's Cindy Saine reports.

US Report: Live Anthrax Samples Shipped to Dozens of Labs

US military's report finds 'deficiencies in protocols' for handling samples; spores, however, posed no risk to public

Video US Investors Drawn to Africa’s Economic Potential

President Barack Obama will highlight the importance of boosting U.S. investment in Africa during his trip to Kenya. U.S. officials say nearly half of all jobs created in Africa are from small businesses, many owned by women. VOA's Aru Pande talks to a Rwandan handicraft exporter who has transformed the lives of thousands of women with the help of the United States.

Trump Unapologetic About Immigration in Visit to Mexican Border

Asked for evidence of his claim that Mexico sends criminals across the US border, he says he has it but offers no specifics

Video California Towns Welcome Special Olympics Athletes

Cities and towns in Southern California are greeting thousands of athletes who are arriving for Special Olympics, a competition for people with intellectual disabilities. The games will run from July 25th through August 2nd. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan reports from Pasadena, California, where athletes from Namibia, Singapore and Tanzania got a rousing welcome from local residents.

Culinary Tourists Drive Growth in US Tourism

Boost coincides with Brand USA's culinary initiative to make food one of country's main selling points, including creation of guides for top culinary destinations

Video California Welcomes Special Olympics Athletes

Southern California towns welcome 6,500 athletes for events that kick off Friday in Los Angeles, games will run from July 25 through August 2

US Candidate Cruz, Peace Activists Clash Outside White House

Texas senator and activists debate merits of deal in spirited but ultimately cordial exchange

Autopsy Shows Death of Woman in Texas Jail Cell Was Suicide

Details of autopsy on 28-year-old Sandra Bland, who was found dead in her cell, did not indicate a struggle consistent with homicide

Theater Shooting Jurors Say Death Penalty Can Be Considered

Defense lawyers will now try to show why the life of James Holmes should be spared

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Russia Accused of Abusing Interpol to Pursue Opponentsi
Henry Ridgwell
July 28, 2015 9:53 PM
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Video Iran Nuclear Pact Wins Few New US Congressional Backers

Later this week, President Barack Obama returns from a trip to Africa to confront a U.S. Congress roiled by the nuclear accord with Iran, an agreement that has received the blessing of the U.N. Security Council. Days of intensive lobbying and testimony by top administration officials have won few new congressional supporters of the pact. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Video Racially Diverse Spider-Man Takes Center Stage

Whether it’s in a comic book or on the big screen, fans have always known the man behind the Spider-Man mask as Peter Parker. But that is changing, at least in the comic book world. Marvel Comics announced that a character called Miles Morales will replace Peter Parker as Spider-Man in a new comic book series. He is half Latino, half African American, and he is quite popular among comic book fans. Correspondent Elizabeth Lee reports from Los Angeles.

Video Critics of Japan Defense Policy Focus on Okinawa

In Okinawa, many locals have long complained that Tokyo places an unfair burden on the tiny island by locating most of Japan's U.S. military bases there. As Japan's government moves toward strengthening and expanding the country's defense policies, opponents of those plans are joining local protesters in Okinawa, voicing concern about where the country is headed. VOA’s Brian Padden reports from Okinawa.

Video IS Uses Chemical Weapons in Syrian Attack

Islamic State militants have added a new weapon in their arsenal of fear: chemical weapons. VOA Kurdish service reporter Zana Omer was on the scene within hours of a recent attack in Hasakah, Syria, and has details of the subsequent investigation, in this report narrated by Miguel Amaya.

Video Historic Symbol Is Theme of Vibrant New Show

A new exhibit in Washington is paying tribute to the American flag with a wide and eclectic selection of artwork that uses the historic symbol as its central theme. VOA’s Julie Taboh was at the DC Chamber of Commerce for the show’s opening.

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