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

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech at the gala concert of the 15th International Tchaikovsky Competition at the Moscow Conservatory, Russia, July 2, 2015.

July 03, 2015 6:41 PM
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' More

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 '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.

Video Grocery Store Tours Emphasize Healthy Choices

People used to buying cheap and unhealthy foods are relearning how to grocery shop by participating in store tours that encourage them to take a healthier approach to buying food, as VOA's Faisa Elmasry reports.

Solar Plane Lands in Hawaii

Solar Impulse 2 pilot Andre Borschberg has now beaten the previous longest solo piloting record

Video 'Expert Groups' Hammering Out Details of Iran Nuclear Deal

US Secretary of State John Kerry says teams have been working 'very hard and very diligently all day in order to maximize progress', still work to do

US Cancels Burundi Assistance Over Election

The State Department said the government's decision to push ahead with elections 'exacerbated an already dire situation'

Obama: More to Do to Boost US Economy

Most recent Labor Department report shows US had net gain of 223,000 jobs in June

Probe: No Links Among Fires at Black US Churches

Shootings at South Carolina church had stirred fears that fires might have been racially motivated

Experts: US-Cuba Moves Likely to Deepen N Korea’s Isolation

Korea University professor sees US-Cuba normalization as 'quite an ideological eye-opener' for Pyongyang, a longtime Havana ally

Study: Mass Killings, Shootings 'Contagious'

Scientists say media reports of mass killings, school shootings increase incidence of similar events

BP to Pay Nearly $19B in US Oil Spill Damages

Settlement in massive 2010 oil drilling blowout in Gulf of Mexico forsees payments of about $1 billion a year over next 18 years

Video New Recommendations to Improve Cardiac Arrest Survival

Recommendations include more training so ordinary citizens can deliver CPR and use automated external defibrillator to get the heart started again

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Olympics Construction Scars Sacred Korean Mountaini
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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