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US University Mourns for Student Killed in Saudi Blast

In this image from Saudi TV video, investigators collect evidence in the aftermath of a suicide bombing outside the Imam Hussein mosque in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, May 29, 2015.

May 30, 2015 5:41 PM
Abduljaleel Alarbash, a Wichita State student, died when Islamic State jihadist blew himself up at mosque in Dammam More

Rain Keeps Coming in Texas; Death Toll Hits 29

Brazos River southwest of Houston is key area of concern as floodwaters moved from north and central Texas toward Gulf of Mexico

Egypt Frees US Prisoner It Accused of Subversion

Mohamed Soltan, 27, had been on a hunger strike to protest his detention; family said his health had been deteriorating rapidly

US Defense Secretary Gives Keynote Address at Shangri-La Dialogue

Ashton Carter delivers blunt rebuke to China for being 'out of step' with international norms amid its unprecedented pace of reclamation efforts in the disputed South China Sea

Video Obama Pressures Senate for Renewal of Surveillance Measures

President Barack Obama said there are Democratic and Republican lawmakers in both the House and the Senate who think the compromise bill is the way to go. He said the only thing in the way is a handful of senators who are resisting reform.

Travel Ban Set to End for Freed Taliban

US lawmakers, Afghan peace negotiators worry that former senior Taliban fighters will return to battlefield in strife-torn Afghanistan

Video No Violence at 'Draw Muhammad' Contest

Phoenix police estimated about 500 protesters showed up, roughly 250 on each side, according to The Associated Press, and ended without any arrests or violence.

Ex-Governor O'Malley Enters Democratic Race

Maryland's Martin O'Malley hopes his efforts to legalize gay marriage, end state's death penalty, raise its minimum wage will excite party voters

Iran Again Rejects International Inspections of Nuclear Sites

US, Iranian delegations hold six hours of talks in Geneva, working toward securing nuclear deal, ending sanctions on Tehran

Video Havana Welcomes US Decision to Remove Cuba From Terror List

Move brings two Cold War adversaries step closer to re-establishing diplomatic relations that were severed more than 50 years ago

US Urges Burundi to Postpone Election

State Department spokesman cites concerns over recent grenade attacks, violence perpetrated by ruling party's youth militia, restrictions on peaceful assembly

Video No Violence at 'Draw Muhammad' Contest

Organizers said rally was mounted in response to incident earlier this month in which two gunmen opened fire on similar contest in Texas

Video FIFA's Blatter Defiant About US Corruption Probe

Newly re-elected FIFA president questions timing of US corruption investigation, says he is victim of 'hate' on part of European soccer's governing body UEFA

Video Havana Welcomes US Decision to Remove Cuba From Terror List

The United States' official removal of Cuba from its list of state sponsors of terrorism is being celebrated on the communist island and welcomed by many Americans. The move Thursday brings the two Cold War adversaries a step closer to re-establishing diplomatic relations that were severed more than 50 years ago. Zlatica Hoke reports the U.S. trade embargo against Cuba remains in place until Congress decides otherwise.

US Defense Chief to China: Halt Land Reclamation

Ashton Carter says Beijing is going too far in building artificial islands in South China Sea and US opposes 'any further militarization of disputed features'

US to Expand Airport Preclearance Centers

Homeland Security announces it is entering negotiations to add preclearance programs in Belgium, Dominican Republic, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and UK

Pentagon Reports Higher Number of Anthrax Shipments

Spokesman now says live spores went to 24 labs in 11 US states, South Korea and Australia, but risk remains low or nonexistent

Video His Future in Question, Blatter Re-elected to Lead FIFA

As expected, Sepp Blatter was re-elected Friday as president of football's world governing body, FIFA, two days after the organization was rocked by a massive controversy. U.S. authorities issued a corruption indictment against 14 people as part of a sweeping probe into the lucrative entity. Blatter was not indicted, but with multiple calls for his resignation in the face of the serious fraud allegations, doubts are surfacing about his future as FIFA's leader. VOA’s Mike Richman reports.

Reports say Hastert Case Linked to Sexual Misconduct

Indicted former US House speaker allegedly was paying a man $3.5M not to reveal decades-old activity

Chicago Forum Focuses on Challenges Facing World's Cities

Crime, security concerns are among issues discussed at three-day event

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Water from heavy rain in eastern and central Texas is now swelling rivers that flow into the Gulf of Mexico, threatening towns along their banks. VOA’s Greg Flakus visited the town of Wharton, southwest of Houston, where the Colorado River is close to cresting.
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Video Texas Town Residents Told to 'Just Leave' Ahead of Flood Threat

Water from heavy rain in eastern and central Texas is now swelling rivers that flow into the Gulf of Mexico, threatening towns along their banks. VOA’s Greg Flakus visited the town of Wharton, southwest of Houston, where the Colorado River is close to cresting.
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Video New York's One World Trade Center Observatory Opens to Public

From New Jersey to Long Island, from Northern suburbs to the Atlantic Ocean, with all of New York City in-between.  That view became available to the public Friday as the One World Trade Center Observatory opened in New York -- atop the replacement for the buildings destroyed in the September 11, 2001, attacks.  VOA’s Bernard Shusman reports.
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Video Seoul Sponsors Korean Unification Fair

With inter-Korean relations deteriorating over the North’s nuclear program, past military provocations and human rights abuses, many Koreans still hold out hope for eventual peaceful re-unification. VOA’s Brian Padden visited a “unification fair” held this week in Seoul, where border communities promoted the benefits of increased cooperation.
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Video Purple Door Coffeeshop: Changing Lives One Cup at a Time

For a quarter of his life, Kevin Persons lived on the street. Today, he is working behind the counter of an espresso bar, serving coffee and working to transition off the streets and into a home. Paul Vargas reports for VOA.
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Video Modular Robot Getting Closer to Reality

A robot being developed at Carnegie Mellon University has evolved into a multi-legged modular mechanical snake, able to move over rugged surfaces and explore the surroundings. Scientists say such machines could someday help in search and rescue operations. VOA’s George Putic reports.
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Video Shanghai Hosts Big Consumer Electronics Show

Electronic gadgets are a huge success in China, judging by the first Asian Consumer Electronics Show, held this week in Shanghai. Over the course of two days, more than 20,000 visitors watched, tested and played with useful and some less-useful electronic devices exhibited by about 200 manufacturers. VOA’s George Putic has more.
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Video Forced to Return Home, Afghan Refugees Face Increased Hardship

Undocumented refugees returning to Afghanistan from Pakistan have no jobs, no support system, and no home return to, and international aid agencies say they and the government are overwhelmed and under-resourced. Ayesha Tanzeem has more from Kabul.
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Video Britain Makes Controversial Move to Crack Down on Extremism

Britain is moving to tighten controls on extremist rhetoric, even when it does not incite violence or hatred -- a move that some are concerned might unduly restrict basic freedoms. It is an issue many countries are grappling with as extremist groups gain power in the Middle East, fueled in part by donations and fighters from the West. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London.
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Video 3D Printer Makes Replica of Iconic Sports Car

Cars with parts made by 3D printers are already on the road, but engineers are still learning about this new technology. While testing the possibility of printing an entire car, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy recently created an electric-powered replica of an iconic sports roadster. VOA’s George Putic has more.
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Video Al-Shabab Recruitment Drive Still on In Kenya

The al-Shabab militants that have long battled for control of Somalia also have recruited thousands of young people in Kenya, leaving many families disconsolate. Mohammed Yusuf recently visited the Kenyan town of Isiolo, and met with relatives of those recruited, as well as a many who have helped with the recruiting.
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Video A Small Oasis on Kabul's Outskirts Provides Relief From Security Tensions

When people in Kabul want to get away from the city and relax, many choose Qargha Lake, a small resort on the outskirts of Kabul. Ayesha Tanzeem visited and talked with people about the precious oasis.
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Video Kenyans Lament Losing Sons to al-Shabab

There is agony, fear and lost hope in the Kenyan town of Isiolo, a key target of a new al-Shabab recruitment drive. VOA's Mohammed Yusuf visits Isiolo to speak with families and at least one man who says he was a recruiter.
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Video Scientists Say Plankton More Important Than Previously Thought

Tiny ocean creatures called plankton are mostly thought of as food for whales and other large marine animals, but a four-year global study discovered, among other things, that plankton are a major source of oxygen on our planet. VOA’s George Putic reports.
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Video Kenya’s Capital Sees Rise in Shisha Parlors

In Kenya, the smoking of shisha, a type of flavored tobacco, is the latest craze. Patrons are flocking to shisha parlors to smoke and socialize. But the practice can be addictive and harmful, though many dabblers may not realize the dangers, according to a new review. Lenny Ruvaga has more on the story for VOA from Nairobi, Kenya.

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