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US House Benghazi Panel Says State Dept. to Hand Over Documents

FILE - Sidney Blumenthal (L), a longtime Hillary Clinton friend who was an unofficial adviser while she was secretary of state, arrives to be deposed in private session of the House Select Committee on Benghazi at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, June 16, 2015.

July 28, 2015 9:30 AM
Over 5,000 new pages of documents related 2012 attacks on American diplomatic compound in Benghazi will be delivered Tuesday More

Video Obama Sows Seeds of Nutrition in Ethiopia

Locals beam when US president visits food factory, attest to how development program has changed their lives

Scientists Worry About Arms Race in Artificial Intelligence

In open letter, experts express concern that if any major military power pushes ahead with development of autonomous weapons, such weapons would become the 'Kalashnikovs of tomorrow'

Kerry, Moniz Return to Capitol Hill to Push Iran Deal

Congress has about seven weeks to look over the agreement that limits Iran's nuclear program in exchange for relief from sanctions

NFL to Welcome First Female Coach

Jen Welter is a former college rugby player who played 14 years as a linebacker for the Dallas Diamonds in the Women's Football Alliance

Video 'New York' Magazine Features 35 Cosby Accusers

Over the last year, numerous women have come forward to tell their stories of being drugged and raped by Bill Cosby

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 Obama: Africa’s Progress Dependent on Development, Democracy

US president hails Africa's extraordinary progress, while noting that such progress can only be sustained through continued development and democracy for all

Boy Scouts of America Lifts Ban on Gay Leaders

Policy banning openly gay adult leaders and employees has deeply divided the membership of 105-year-old Texas-based organization

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.

Kerry Heads for Egypt, the Gulf to Discuss Iran Deal, ISIS

After meetings in Mideast, secretary of state will then head to Southeast Asia, where countries share US concerns about China's pursuit of territorial claims

Obama Knocks Huckabee, Trump for Slide in Republican Rhetoric

President criticizes presidential candidates for their blunt rhetoric about the Iran nuclear agreement and other issues, saying it was damaging to political debate

NSA to Soon Stop Examining Phone Records

Obama administration has decided that National Security Agency will soon stop examining, and will ultimately destroy, millions of Americans' calling records

Top US Companies Pledge Action to Slow Climate Change

Executives from 13 companies promise to change the private sector's role in American efforts to reduce global carbon pollution

Effort to Fund US Highways Hits Congressional Potholes

Federal spending authority expires Friday - and projects to fix, maintain some of America’s busiest thoroughfares will come to a halt unless Congress takes action

US Drops Boston's Embattled Bid to Host 2024 Olympics

In face of intense public opposition US Olympic Committee drops bid for Boston, says it hopes to find another city to compete to host the Summer Games

US Starts Construction on First Offshore Wind Turbines

Wind farm expected to power electricity for 17,000 homes on Rhode Island's mainland when finished late next year

Video In Ethiopia, Obama Tries to Balance Security, Human Rights

While hailing Ethiopia’s role in fighting terrorism in East Africa, U.S. President Barack Obama also urged the country’s leaders to protect human rights and ensure good governance. VOA White House Correspondent Aru Pande has more from Addis Ababa on the president’s talks with the Ethiopian prime minister in Addis Ababa.

Wildfire Warehouse Keeps Fire Crews Fed, Supplied

Great Basin Cache in Boise, Idaho, is one of largest of 16 vital, regional wildfire storehouses operated by US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, partner states

Streep, Winslet Express 'Dismay' Over Amnesty Sex Trade Proposal

Amnesty to review proposal to decriminalize sex trade

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July 28, 2015 12:21 AM
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Video Obama Encourages Kenya to Fix Cultures of Corruption, Discrimination

President Barack Obama bid farewell to Kenya Sunday with a major speech at as stadium outside the capital Nairobi where he called on Kenyans to change the cultures of corruption and discrimination that can hold society back. VOA East Africa Correspondent Gabe Joselow has the story.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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Video Hoverbike Flying Toward Reality

Another long-standing dream of many technological inventors is quickly approaching reality: U.S.- and British-based firms are cooperating in the development of an individual flying platform they call a hoverbike. They say it may revolutionize the concept of flying, including in the U.S. military. VOA’s George Putic reports.
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Video As Japan Expands Defense Role, Protests Follow

The Japanese government is moving forward with a controversial security bill that would authorize the military to fight abroad for the first time since World War II. Leaders say it is critical to defend against rising threats from China and North Korea. VOA’s Brian Padden reports from Japan on the big changes ahead, and the opposition they are drawing.
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Video Replacing Poppies with Coffee in Myanmar

The remote mountains of Myanmar’s Shan state are home to the second-largest opium-producing region in the world. After a drop during the 2000s, production surged in the past eight years to feed an increasing demand for heroin in China. But farmers are now making less on the crop, and the U.N. is hoping many will make the switch to growing coffee. Daniel de Carteret reports for VOA from Taunggyi.

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