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Obama to Host Japan's Abe at White House

U.S. President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visit the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, with Washington Monument in the background April 27, 2015.

April 28, 2015 3:11 AM
Abe and other top Japanese officials met their US counterparts in New York on Monday and agreed to tighten their defense alliance More

Video National Guard Deployed as Violence Engulfs Baltimore

The rioting began shortly after the funeral of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died from injuries sustained while in police custody earlier this month

Video Kerry Visits Iranian Diplomatic Residence

In a sign of how much U.S.-Iranian relations have thawed as negotiations over Iran’s nuclear file progress, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met Iran’s Foreign Minister Javid Zarif Monday at the New York residence of Tehran’s U.N. ambassador. VOA’s United Nations correspondent Margaret Besheer has more.

Video Baltimore Erupts in Violence After Death of Black Man in Custody

Violent street protests erupted Monday in Baltimore, Maryland after the funeral of a black man who died from an injury sustained while in police custody earlier this month. Smita Nordwall has this report.

Supreme Court Poised for Landmark Arguments Over Same-Sex Marriage

Lawyers will argue over whether states must allow same-sex couples to marry and if states should recognize such marriages performed elsewhere

Video Kerry Visits Iranian NY Diplomatic Residence

Kerry met with Iranian FM Zarif; The two are in New York for the annual review conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

Expert Says China’s Nuclear Warning Might Be Sign of Frustration With US

Washington and Pyongyang have been at odds over the resumption of nuclear talks

Prosecutor Describes Colorado Gunman's Path to Carnage

Prosecutor says psychiatric exams found James Holmes to be sane as he meticulously plotted mass murder that left 12 dead at 'Batman' premiere nearly three years ago

Kerry to Travel to Sri Lanka, Kenya and Djibouti

Trip to Sri Lanka follows years of strained relations between Washington and the country's previous government

Several Republican Senators Push for Changes to Iran Nuclear Bill

Other lawmakers call these amendments 'poison pills,' which could derail bipartisan support for the legislation

On Everest, Helicopters Rescue Stranded Climbers

Choppers transport some of more than 100 mountaineers trapped after deadly quake, avalanches

Photogallery US Air Force, Special Forces Teams Provide Nepal Aid Support

Pentagon says it is responding to call for aid to Nepal by sending about 130 people, including two urban rescue crews

White House to Use New Obama China During Abe Dinner

Michelle Obama's office says first lady chose what has been dubbed 'Kailua Blue' to distinguish her family's china from others used on more recent state services

US, Japan Announce Historic Revision of Defense Cooperation Guidelines

Nations say new guidelines will be 'cornerstone for peace and security' in Asia-Pacific region while also serving as 'platform for a more stable international security environment'

US Senate to Debate Bill to Allow Review of Iran Nuclear Deal

Bill before Senate would block Obama from waiving congressional sanctions for at least 30 days while lawmakers weigh in

Multimedia Riot, Looting Prompt State of Emergency, Curfew in Baltimore

Street clashes erupted Monday just hours after funeral of Freddie Gray, a black man who died from a mysterious spinal injury sustained while in police custody earlier this month

Japanese PM’s Visit to US Highlights Evolving Security, Economic Ties

Senior US and Japanese officials will unveil updated defense guidelines reflecting Japan’s greater role in its own defense

Clinton Foundation Admits 'Mistakes' in US Tax Filing

Foreign contributions to entity threatening to become political problem in early days of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign

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Waves of migrants are continuing to arrive on the shores of southern Italy from North Africa. After their dangerous journey across the Mediterranean, they face an unknown future in Europe. In the Sicilian city of Catania there is an activist dedicated to helping the refugees on their journey.
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Video ‘Angel of the Migrants’ Helps Desperate Syrians Arriving in Europe

Waves of migrants are continuing to arrive on the shores of southern Italy from North Africa. After their dangerous journey across the Mediterranean, they face an unknown future in Europe. In the Sicilian city of Catania there is an activist dedicated to helping the refugees on their journey.
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Video Ten Years After Riots, France Searches for Answers to Neglected Suburbs

January’s terrorist attacks and fears of more to come are casting a spotlight on France’s neglected suburbs. Home to many immigrants, and sometimes hubs of crime, they were rocked by rioting a decade ago. Lisa Bryant visited the Paris suburb of Clichy-sous-Bois, where the 2005 violence first broke out, and has this report about what has changed and what has not.
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Video Gay Marriage Goes Before US Supreme Court

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether gay people have a constitutional right to marriage. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports, the case could lead to the nationwide legalization of same-sex marriage, or a continuation of the status quo in which individual states decide whether to recognize gay unions.
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A popular but controversial type of insecticide is damaging important wild bee populations, according to a new study. VOA’s Steve Baragona has more.
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As every computer owner knows, when their machines run a complex program they get pretty hot. In fact, cooling the processors can be expensive, especially when you're dealing with huge banks of computer servers. But what if that energy could heat private homes? VOA’s George Putic reports that a Dutch energy firm aims to do just that.
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Among the nearly 100 feature length films being shown at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival in New York City are more than 20 documentaries and features with international appeal, from a film about a Congolese businessman in China, to documentaries shot in Pakistan and diaspora communities in the U.S., to a poetic look at disaffected South African youth. VOA’s Carolyn Weaver has more.
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In a climate of improved tolerance, growing numbers of people in Turkey are discovering their grandmothers were Armenian. Hundreds of thousands of Armenians escaped the mass deportations and slaughter of the early 1900's by forced conversion to Islam. Or, Armenian children were taken in by Turkish families and assimilated. Now their stories are increasingly being heard. Dorian Jones reports from Istanbul that the revelations are viewed as an important step.
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Migrants from Africa and other places are finding different routes into the European Union in search of a better life. The Associated Press followed one clandestine group to document their trek through the western Balkans to Hungary. Zlatica Hoke reports that the migrants started using that route about four years ago. Since then, it has become the second-most popular path into Western Europe, after the option of sailing from North Africa to Italy.
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Video US Businesses See Cuba as New Frontier

The Obama administration's opening toward Cuba is giving U.S. companies hope they'll be able to do business in Cuba despite the continuation of the U.S. economic embargo against the communist nation. Some American companies have been able to export some products to Cuba, but the recent lifting of Cuba's terrorism designation could relax other restrictions. As VOA's Daniela Schrier reports, corporate heavy hitters are lining up to head across the Florida Straits - though experts urge caution.
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Kenya launched a major police recruitment drive this week as part of a large-scale effort to boost security following a recent spate of terror attacks. VOA’s Gabe Joselow reports that allegations of corruption in the process are raising old concerns about the integrity of Kenya’s security forces.
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Video Japan, China in Race for Asia High-Speed Rail Projects

A lucrative competition is underway in Asia for billions of dollars in high-speed rail projects. Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia Thailand and Vietnam are among the countries planning to move onto the fast track. They are negotiating with Japan and the upstart Chinese who are locked in a duel to revolutionize transportation across Asia. VOA Correspondent Steve Herman in Bangkok has details.
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Some people always seem to get bitten by mosquitoes more than others. Now, scientists have proved that is really the case - and they say it’s all because of genes. It’s hoped the research might lead to new preventative treatments for diseases like malaria, as Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
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Video Bible Museum Coming to Washington DC

Washington is the center of American political power and also home to some of the nation’s most visited museums. A new one that will showcase the Bible has skeptics questioning the motives of its conservative Christian funders. VOA religion correspondent Jerome Socolovsky reports.
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