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    Kyiv Sees No Elections in Eastern Ukraine Until Russians Leave

    FILE - Scars of the early days of the war in 2014 remain fresh, Donetsk region, Ukraine, March 6, 2016. (L. Ramirez/VOA)

    April 30, 2016 10:40 AM
    In VOA interview, deputy speaker of Ukrainian parliament says elections in eastern Ukraine are only possible after Ukraine's sovereignty is renewed in region and Russia's presence is eliminated in those territories

    White House Hosts International Jazz Day Concert

    'Jazz is perhaps the most honest reflection of who we are as a nation. Because after all, has there ever been any greater improvisation than America itself?,' said President Barack Obama

    Video China Blocks US Navy Ships' Access to Hong Kong Port

    Pentagon says USS Stennis, its accompanying vessels were refused entry into port

    Raucous Protests as Trump Woos California Republicans

    Trump took his presidential campaign to California Friday, bypassing protesters, as he addressed party officials in state that could decide Republican nominee for November election

    US Walks Thin Line with Russia Between Cooperating and Helping

    Latest example of Washington’s quandary played out Friday as US, Russian officials worked to reinforce cease-fires in Latakia and Eastern Ghourta, including talks between US Secretary of State Kerry and Russian FM Lavrov

    US Discloses Senior Official Sold Nuclear Secrets to China

    Federal records show Ching Ning Guey pleaded guilty to disclosing restricted information while working for US government-owned electric utility

    Moscow Cools Anti-Western Rhetoric at Security Conference

    Russia will maintain some level of tension with the West for domestic political reasons, one analyst notes, but it's different from friction during the Soviet era

    Video Jobs, Trade Agreements Among Top Concerns for Indiana Workers

    Fear and anger abound as Carrier facility moves jobs to Mexico, but will presidential candidates’ responses factor in as voters go to polls?

    Video Jobs and Trade Agreements Top Concern Among Indiana Workers

    On the presidential campaign trail in the Midwest state of Indiana, a top concern is the loss of manufacturing jobs, which many workers blame on trade agreements like the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA. As VOA's Kane Farabaugh reports, while several presidential candidates oppose such accords, they cannot necessarily expect support from workers facing unemployment.

    Navy Commander Sentenced in Bribery Scandal

    Michael Vannak Khem Misiewicz draws six-plus years in prison, plus a $100K fine; nine others have been charged in connection with scheme

    Clinton, Trump and the 'Woman’s Card'

    Ask supporters of Democratic front-runner in US presidential campaign, and they’ll tell you Republican presidential candidate is playing a dangerous hand

    Video Boy Makes His Mark with 3-D Printing

    People often underestimate what young children can learn and handle. One 9-year-old boy in Baltimore, Maryland, has made adults think twice. His passion for 3-D printing got him to the White House, and a meeting with President Barack Obama. VOA's June Soh has more on the boy who has future plans to help and give back to society. Carol Pearson narrates.

    Biden Urges Global Focus on Cancer as a 'Constant Emergency'

    At Vatican conference on regenerative medicine, Vice president notes that cancer kills more than 3,000 people each day in US alone

    Warren Buffett Disciples Gather in Omaha

    World's third richest man to host annual meeting of shareholders of Berkshire Hathaway Incorporated, which has become known as 'Woodstock of Capitalists'

    Video 10,000 Girls Check Out Science Careers

    The number of girls who grow up to be scientists is low compared to boys. A science museum in Denver is working to change that, by giving thousands of girls the chance to meet women in science and be inspired to seek a science career. From Denver's Girls and Science Day, Shelley Schlender reports.

    Video 10,000 Girls Check Out Science Careers

    Science museum in US works to catch girls’ interest as early as possible by offering chance to meet women in STEM fields and be inspired to pursue similar careers

    Obama Reports Progress on Rules to Deter Gun Violence

    Administration statement says 'smart guns' would boast enhanced safety features to make it difficult or impossible for unauthorized users to fire them

    Pentagon: Afghan Hospital Bombing Not a War Crime

    US Central Command's Joseph Votel says probe found tragedy was result of 'extraordinarily intense situation' that included multiple equipment failures

    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.

    Marine General Picked to Lead US Africa Command

    President Barack Obama has nominated Lieutenant General Thomas Waldhauser to lead AFRICOM, the US military's Africa Command

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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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