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Statement by US Secretary of State John Kerry

Statement by US Secretary of State John Kerry

July 05, 2015 11:32 AM
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says that over the past few days genuine progress has been in Vienna made toward a nuclear deal with Iran, but that negotiators are not yet where they need to be on several important issues. More

South Carolina Lawmakers to Debate Removal of Confederate Flag

Debate follows appeal by Governor Nikki Haley to remove it after young white gunman killed nine African-Americans inside Charleston church last month

Clinton Accuses China of Information Theft

In presidential campaign stop in New Hampshire, Democrat says US must keep close watch on Beijing

Aspen Leaders Ponder US-China Relations

At ideas festival in Colorado, experts gauge friction over climate, cybersecurity and maritime disputes

McCain in Kabul, Asks US Bases Remain

John McCain suggests US President Barack Obama re-evaluate conditions in Afghanistan, keep open some of military bases beyond 2016

'Freedom Frigate' Replica Tours US Ports

Remake of 18th-century French warship Hermione to join in Independence Day celebration in New York

Video US Celebrates Fourth of July

Anniversary of nation's declaration of independence from Britain is marked with parades, fireworks; storms dampen Washington events

Video Solar Plane Lands After Record-Breaking Pacific Crossing

Andre Borschberg, pilot of Solar Impulse, an airplane powered only by the sun, safely touches down in Hawaii after completing record-setting flight halfway across the Pacific from Japan, covering more than 8,000 kilometers and spending nearly 120 hours in the air. Zlatica Hoke has more.

Video Iran Nuclear Talks Enter Critical Point

Kerry, Zarif meeting against Sunday, a day after officials in Vienna confirmed a tentative agreement has been reached on sanctions relief issue

Putin: West 'Pressures' Russia Because of Its 'Independent' Policies

Referring to sanctions that US, its European allies have imposed for its actions in Ukraine, Russian president says 'attempts to split, to divide our society have failed'

Video Images in Washington Exhibit Reflect a Transforming America

'American Moments' features more than 130 photos taken during the 1930s through the '60s by some of the most prominent photographers in the country

Video Images in Museum Exhibit Reflect a Transforming America

A new exhibit at a Washington museum features a collection of photographs offering a rare look at life in the U.S. during the mid-20th century. The photos help tell the story of a transforming America. VOA’s Julie Taboh reports.

WMO: Premature to Tell If Intense Heat Linked to Climate Change

While central Europe suffers an unusual heat wave, northern Europe is experiencing one of its coolest summers ever

US Law Enforcement, Cities on Alert for July 4 Holiday

Homeland Security, FBI issue alerts for public to be vigilant during holiday weekend for possible threats following recent terror attacks, calls for violence by Islamic State

UN Calls for Prosecuting Gaza War Crimes

Resolution passes that says Israelis, Palestinians must prosecute alleged crimes; US casts sole dissenting vote

Obama Wins Big, Loses Small in Supreme Court Rulings

President is on winning side in nearly all close, politically significant Supreme Court cases decided in term that ended this week, including blockbuster rulings on health care, gay marriage

Hispanic Leaders Warn GOP About Trump

Leaders say businessman's comments about Mexicans hurt Republican party with Hispanic voters and could cost them White House

Obama to Meet Vietnam's Trong

Nguyen Phu Trong, is first Vietnamese Communist leader to visit US, will be arriving shortly after 40th anniversary of end of Vietnam War

Video Grocery Store Tours Emphasize Healthy Choices

Lessons emphasize how to stretch dollars and select foods lower in salt, sugar and fat

Video 'Freedom Frigate' Replica Tours US Ports

A replica of the French warship that brought hope to American colonists battling the British in 1780 is in New York as part of Independence Day celebrations. On Saturday, the Hermione replica will join hundreds of vessels passing the Statue of Liberty for an Independence Day parade. VOA's Deborah Block reports on the ship and its relevance.

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Olympics Construction Scars Sacred Korean Mountaini
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July 02, 2015 4:10 AM
Environmentalists in South Korea are protesting a Winter Olympics construction project to build a ski slope through a 500-year-old protected forest. Brian Padden reports that although there is strong national support for hosting the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, there are growing public concerns over the costs and possible ecological damage at the revered mountain.
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Video Olympics Construction Scars Sacred Korean Mountain

Environmentalists in South Korea are protesting a Winter Olympics construction project to build a ski slope through a 500-year-old protected forest. Brian Padden reports that although there is strong national support for hosting the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, there are growing public concerns over the costs and possible ecological damage at the revered mountain.
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Video Xenophobia Victims in South Africa Flee Violence, Then Return

Many Malawians fled South Africa early this year after xenophobic attacks on African immigrants. But many quickly found life was no better at home and have returned to South Africa – often illegally and without jobs, and facing the tough task of having to start over. Lameck Masina and Anita Powell file from Johannesburg.
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Video Family of American Marine Calls for Release From Iranian Prison

As the crowd of journalists covering the Iran talks swells, so too do the opportunities for media coverage.  Hoping to catch the attention of high-level diplomats, the family of American-Iranian marine Amir Hekmati is in Vienna, pleading for his release from an Iranian prison after nearly 4 years.  VOA’s Heather Murdock reports from Vienna.
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Video UK Holds Terror Drill as MPs Mull Tunisia Response

After pledging a tough response to last Friday’s terror attack in Tunisia, which came just days before the 10th anniversary of the bomb attacks on London’s transport network, British security services are shifting their focus to overseas counter-terror operations. VOA's Henry Ridgwell has more.
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Video Obama on Cuba: This is What Change Looks Like

President Barack Obama says the United States will soon reopen its embassy in Cuba for the first time since 1961, ending a half-century of isolation. VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.
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Video Hate Groups Spread Influence Via Internet

Hate groups of various kinds are using the Internet for propaganda and recruitment, and a Jewish human rights organization that monitors these groups, the Simon Wiesenthal Center, says their influence is growing. The messages are different, but the calls to hatred or violence are similar. VOA's Mike O’Sullivan reports.
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Video US Silica Sand Mining Surge Worries Illinois Residents, Businesses

Increased domestic U.S. oil and gas production, thanks to advances known as “fracking,” has created a boom for other industries supporting that extraction. Demand for silica sand, used in fracking, could triple over the next five years. In the Midwest state of Illinois, people living near the mines are worried about how increased silica sand mining will affect their businesses and their health. VOA’s Kane Farabaugh has more in this first of a series of reports.
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Video Blind Somali Journalist Defies Odds in Mogadishu

Despite improving security in the last few years, Somalia remains one of the most dangerous countries to be a journalist – even more so for someone who cannot see. Abdulaziz Billow has the story of journalist Abdifatah Hassan Kalgacal, who has been reporting from the Somali capital for the last decade despite being blind.
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Video Texas Defies Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Texas state officials have criticized the US Supreme Court decision giving same-sex couples the right to marry nationwide. The attorney general of Texas says last week's decision did not overrule constitutional "rights of religious liberty," and therefore officials performing wedding services can refuse to perform them for same-sex couples if it is against their religious beliefs. Zlatica Hoke reports on the controversy.
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Video Rabbi Hits Road to Heal Jewish-Muslim Relations in France

France is on high alert after last week's terrorist attack near the city Lyon, just six months after deadly Paris shootings. The attack have added new tensions to relations between French Jews and Muslims. France’s Jewish and Muslim communities also share a common heritage, though, and as far as one French rabbi is concerned, they are destined to be friends. From the Paris suburb of La Courneuve, Lisa Bryant reports about Rabbi Michel Serfaty and his friendship bus.
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Video Saudi Leaks Expose ‘Checkbook Diplomacy’ In Battle With Iran

Saudi Arabia’s willingness to wield its oil money on the global diplomatic stage appears to have been laid bare, after the website WikiLeaks published tens of thousands of leaked cables from Riyadh’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports.
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Video In Kenya, Police Said to Shoot First, Ask Questions Later

An organization that documents torture and extrajudicial killings says Kenyan police were responsible for 1,252 shooting deaths in five cities, including Nairobi, between 2009 and 2014, representing 67 percent of all gun deaths in the areas reviewed. Gabe Joselow has more from Nairobi.

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