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US Lawmaker: Ban Travel to US from Ebola-stricken Countries

FILE - House Financial Services Committee member Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., listens to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke testify before the committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Oct. 1, 2009.

July 31, 2014 3:14 AM
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Libya Violence Forces Countries to Evacuate Workers, Nationals

Evacuations come after heavy gunfire between warring militias and the threat of a massive inferno burning near the airport in Libya's capital

Michelle Obama Urges Young Africans to Embrace Women's Rights

US first lady says women-run businesses will play a crucial role in growing Africa's economy

Video Michelle Obama: Young Africans Need to Embrace Women's Rights

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama urged some of Africa's best and brightest to advocate for women's rights in their home countries. As VOA's Pam Dockins explains, Obama spoke to some 500 participants of the Young African Leaders Initiative, a six-week U.S.-based training and development program.

Argentina, US Creditors Fail to Reach Deal; Default Imminent

This will mark the second time in 13 years Argentina has defaulted on its debt

Kerry Urges India Not to Block Global Trade Reforms

Thursday is the World Trade Organization's deadline for adopting new regulations

US House Approves Bill to Sue Obama

Republicans say president violated Constitution in 2013 by changing his health care reform law without approval from Congress

Video Immigrant Influx on Texas Border Heats Up Political Debate

Officials grapple with ways to deal with problem, provide shelter for thousands of minors among illegal border crossers

Video US Economy Rebounds Strongly in 2nd Quarter of 2014

The U.S. economy grew at rapid pace from April to June, rebounding at an annualized pace of four percent after a dismal winter that saw the nation’s gross domestic output shrink more than two percent. An upbeat President Obama says that’s no surprise. But others are taking a wait and see approach. VOA's Mil Arcega has more.

Video Immigrant Influx on Texas Border Heats Up Political Debate

Immigrants from Central America continue to cross the U.S.-Mexico border in south Texas, seeking asylum in the United States, as officials grapple with ways to deal with the problem and provide shelter for thousands of minors among the illegal border crossers. As VOA's Greg Flakus reports from Houston, the issue is complicated by internal U.S. politics and U.S. relations with the troubled nations that immigrants are fleeing.

Four Missing Ethiopian Athletes Found Safe in Northwestern US

Runners disappeared after competing in track meet in state of Oregon; not clear whether they are seeking asylum

Video Study: Latino Students Most Segregated in California

Legal school segregation ended in the US 60 years ago, but research project finds it still occurs based on income and race

US House Passes Bill Overhauling Veterans Affairs Department

Changes, still to be approved by Senate, primarily aim to improve scandal-ridden system charged with providing medical care for former US service personnel

Video Study: Latino Students Most Segregated in California

Even though legal school segregation ended in the United States 60 years ago, one study finds segregation still occurs in the U.S. based on income and race. The University of California Los Angeles Civil Rights Project finds that students in California are more segregated by race than ever before, especially Latinos. Elizabeth Lee reports for VOA from Los Angeles.

Video Scientists Redouble Efforts After AIDS Virus Rebounds in 'Cured' Baby

Researchers remain determined to find way of suppressing HIV, finding eventual cure for global epidemic

Video Scientists Double Up After AIDS Virus Rebounds in 'Cured' Baby

A baby in the United States who was seemingly cured of HIV - after receiving powerful drugs at birth four years ago - recently tested positive for the virus that causes AIDS. But as VOA's Chris Simkins reports - despite the latest setback, U.S. researchers are redoubling efforts to put the virus into remission at birth.

Video Trade, Investment, Growth Are Key Issues at US-Africa Summit

African business leaders visiting key US energy and transportation facilities, seeking ideas and contacts to solve problems and speed economic development

Russia Lashes Out at Latest Western Sanctions

Foreign Ministry calls new measures targeting Russian energy, defense, technology and finance sectors ‘destructive and short-sighted’

Video Trade, Investment, Growth Are Key Issues at US-Africa Summit

Business leaders from African nations are visiting key U.S. energy and transportation facilities, seeking ideas and contacts to solve problems that slow economic development. It is an effort to boost U.S. investment in Africa and increase economic growth and employment on both sides of the Atlantic. Trade and investment issues are an important part of a summit between President Barack Obama and many African leaders that will take place early in August in Washington. VOA’s Jim Randle reports.

Video US Senate Advances Bill to Address Border Crisis

Legislation would authorize funds to house, process tens of thousands of undocumented Central American minors arriving at southern border, but faces many hurdles

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China recently pulled an oil rig from an area of the disputed South China Sea that Vietnam also claims. Despite the action, the incident has had a lingering effect on consumers in Vietnam. VOA's Reasey Poch reports from Hanoi on an effort to boycott Chinese products.
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Video Vietnamese Staging Chinese Product Boycott After Oil Rig Spat

China recently pulled an oil rig from an area of the disputed South China Sea that Vietnam also claims. Despite the action, the incident has had a lingering effect on consumers in Vietnam. VOA's Reasey Poch reports from Hanoi on an effort to boycott Chinese products.
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Video ESA Spacecraft to Land on a Comet

After a long flight through deep space, a European Space Agency probe is finally approaching its target -- a comet millions of kilometers away from earth. Scientists say the mission may lead to some startling discoveries about the origins of the water on earth. VOA’s George Putic has more.
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Video Young Africans Arrive in US for Leadership Program

President Barack Obama's Young African Leadership Initiative has brought hundreds of young Africans to the United States for a six-week program aimed at building their knowledge and skills in fields such as public administration and business. Out of the 50,000 young Africans who applied for the program, just one percent was accepted. VOA's Laurel Bowman caught up with some of those who made the cut and has this report.
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Video In Honduras, Amnesty Rumors Fuel US Migration Surges

False rumors in Central America are fueling the current surge of undocumented young people being apprehended at the U.S. border. The inaccurate claims suggest the U.S. will give amnesty to young migrants from the region. As VOA's Brian Padden reports from Honduras, these rumors trace back to President Obama's 2012 executive order to halt deportations for some young undocumented immigrants already living in the United States.
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Video Students in Business for Themselves

They're only high school students, but they are making accessories for shoes, fabricating backpacks and doing product photography - all through their own businesses. It's the result of a partnership between a non-profit organization that teaches entrepreneurship and their schools. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan and Deyane Moses met the budding entrepreneurs near Los Angeles.
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Video Astronauts Train in Underwater Lab

In the world’s only underwater laboratory, four U.S. astronauts train for a planned visit to an asteroid. The lab - called Aquarius- is located five kilometers off Key Largo, in southern Florida. Living in close quarters and making excursions only into the surrounding ocean, they try to simulate the daily routine of a crew that will someday travel to collect samples of a rock orbiting far away from earth. VOA’s George Putic has more.

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