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    US Muslims Urged to Engage in Political Process

    FILE - U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, a Minnesota Democrat, pictured at a news conference in Washington in April 2016, says "the Muslim vote is crucial" in many areas of the United States.

    July 26, 2016 4:25 PM
    'If we want to be heard ... our only option is to be involved in politics,' Virginia artist Omar Ahmadzai tells VOA

    Video Democratic Party Set to Nominate Hillary Clinton as Presidential Candidate

    Democratic Party delegates gathered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania are ready to officially proclaim former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as their 2016 presidential nominee, making her the first U.S. woman ever to become a major party standard bearer in the race for the White House. VOA's Amanda Scott reports.

    LIVE BLOG: Democrats Start Roll Call Vote on Day 2 of Convention

    The roll call vote that is expected to formally make Hillary Clinton the Democrats nominee is underway. The theme for the second day of the Democratic National Convention is "A Lifetime of Fighting for Children and Families." Among the speakers will be former President Bill Clinton as well as the Mothers of the Movement -- the mothers of Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Sandra Bland and other young black victims of violence.

    US to Address Illegal Immigration From Central America

    Costa Rica will aid in screening, and Obama administration will expand Central American Minors program to provide safer, more orderly entries of qualified youths

    US: 'Revolution' of Cyber Attacks Prompts New Protection Efforts

    White House sets threat levels to determine appropriate government response

    Video Clinton Running Mate Tim Kaine Brings Unusual Resume to Campaign

    He speaks Spanish. He’s been a Catholic missionary and got his law degree from Harvard University. Now he can add to his resume: Hillary Clinton’s running mate for the 2016 presidential election.” A look at Virginia's Democratic Party Senator and Vice Presidential hopeful, Tim Kaine.

    Women Mixed on Notion of Clinton as First Female US President

    Generational divide exists between women 50 and older who aren’t confident they will see female leader in their lifetime, and younger set that grew up watching women in prominent leadership roles

    US Democrats Feature First Transgender Speaker at Party Convention

    But Sarah McBride’s appearance in Philadelphia won't be only milestone for LGBT community in this year’s election cycle

    Video US Democrats Set to Nominate Hillary Clinton as Their Presidential Candidate

    Former secretary of state to become first US woman to be major political party's standard bearer

    Democratic Issues Platform Reflects Obama, Clinton

    Foreign policy section of platform in part reads like list of highlights from past eight years of Obama White House

    Pyongyang: US Would Pay 'Terrifying Price' for Destabilizing Korean Peninsula

    Warning comes after US Secretary of State Kerry blasts North Korea over its nuclear and missile tests

    Video First Time Delegate’s First Day Frustrations

    With thousands of people filling the streets of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the 2016 Democratic National Convention, VOA’s Kane Farabaugh narrowed in on one delegate as she made her first trip to a national party convention. It was a day that was anything but routine for this United States military veteran.

    Democrats Seek Unity in Convention Backing Clinton

    Bernie Sanders, Michelle Obama and Elizabeth Warren energize crowd, seek to soothe disappointment on first day of party's convention

    Commerce Thrives on US-Mexico Border

    Locals say there are many entangled issues at the border that require clearheaded examination, not heated rhetoric

    Democrats Link Russia, Email Leaks ... and Trump

    Top Clinton officials accuse Russian hackers of trying to interfere in US election, and help Republican candidate win presidency

    Video Commerce Thrives on US-Mexico Border

    At the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia this week, the party’s presumptive presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, is expected to attack proposals made by her opponent, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Last Friday, President Barack Obama hosted his Mexican counterpart, President Enrique Peña Nieto, to underscore the good relations between the two countries. VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Tucson.

    Multimedia Sanders Urges Supporters to Back Clinton as Democratic Convention Opens

    Many Sanders supporters are angry about leaked emails from Democratic Party leaders that seemed to show a bias in favor of Hillary Clinton during the primaries

    Kerry: US Encouraged by Support for Rule of Law in South China Sea

    Kerry praises candid and constructive discussions about a ‘path forward’ following a tribunal decision against China

    Video Sanders Urges Supporters to Back Clinton as Democratic Convention Opens

    U.S. Democrats opened their national convention in Philadelphia Monday amid renewed tension between backers of nominee-in-waiting Hillary Clinton and former rival Bernie Sanders. Supporters of the insurgent candidacy are angry about leaked emails from Democratic Party officials that seem to show they preferred Clinton over Sanders in the primaries. VOA National correspondent Jim Malone has more from Philadelphia.

    Multimedia With Unique View as Candidate's Spouse, Bill Clinton Set to Address Democratic Convention

    Former president follows big first night speeches from Michelle Obama and Bernie Sanders

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    London’s Financial Crown at Risk as Rivals Eye Brexit Opportunitiesi
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    July 25, 2016 5:09 PM
    By most measures, London rivals New York as the only true global financial center. But Britain’s vote to leave the European Union – so-called ‘Brexit’ – means the city could lose its right to sell services tariff-free across the bloc, risking its position as Europe’s financial headquarters. Already some banks have said they may shift operations to the mainland. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
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    Video London’s Financial Crown at Risk as Rivals Eye Brexit Opportunities

    By most measures, London rivals New York as the only true global financial center. But Britain’s vote to leave the European Union – so-called ‘Brexit’ – means the city could lose its right to sell services tariff-free across the bloc, risking its position as Europe’s financial headquarters. Already some banks have said they may shift operations to the mainland. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
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    Video Recycling Lifeline for Lebanon’s Last Glassblowers

    In a small Lebanese coastal town, one family is preserving a craft that stretches back millennia. The art of glass blowing was developed by Phoenicians in the region, and the Khalifehs say they are the only ones keeping the skill alive in Lebanon. But despite teaming up with an eco-entrepreneur and receiving an unexpected boost from the country’s recent trash crisis the future remains uncertain. John Owens reports from Sarafand.
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    Video Migrants Continue to Risk Lives Crossing US Border from Mexico

    In his speech Thursday before the Republican National Convention, the party’s presidential candidate, Donald Trump, reiterated his proposal to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border if elected. Polls show a large percentage of Americans support better control of the nation's southwestern border, but as VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from the border town of Nogales in the Mexican state of Sonora, the situation faced by people trying to cross the border is already daunting.
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    Video In State of Emergency, Turkey’s Erdogan Focuses on Spiritual Movement

    The state of emergency that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared is giving him even more power to expand a purge that has seen an estimated 60,000 people either arrested or suspended from their jobs. VOA Europe correspondent Luis Ramirez reports from Istanbul.
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    Video Calm the Waters: US Doubles Down Diplomatic Efforts in ASEAN Meetings

    The United States is redoubling diplomatic efforts and looking to upcoming regional meetings to calm the waters after an international tribunal invalidated the legal basis of Beijing's extensive claims in the South China Sea. VOA State Department correspondent Nike Ching has the story.
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    Video Four Brother Goats Arrive in Brooklyn on a Mission

    While it's unusual to see farm animals in cities, it's become familiar for residents of Brooklyn, New York, to see a little herd of goats. Unlike gas-powered mowing equipment, goats remove invasive weeds quietly and without adding more pollution to the air. As Faiza Elmasry tells us, this is a pilot program and if it proves to be successful, the goat gardener program will be extended to other areas of New York. Faith Lapidus narrates.
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    Video Scientists in Poland Race to Save Honeybees

    Honeybees are in danger worldwide. Causes of what's known as colony collapse disorder range from pesticides and loss of habitat to infections. But scientists in Poland say they are on track to finding a cure for one of the diseases. VOA’s George Putic reports.
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    Video Wall Already Runs Along Parts of US-Mexico Border

    The Republican Party’s presidential nominee, Donald Trump, gained the support of many voters by saying he would build a wall to keep undocumented immigrants and drugs from coming across the border from Mexico. Critics have called his idea impractical and offensive to Mexico, while supporters say such a bold approach is needed to control the border. VOA’s Greg Flakus has more from the border town of Nogales, Arizona.
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    Video New HIV Tests Emphasize Rapid Results

    As the global fight against AIDS intensifies, activists have placed increasing importance on getting people to know their HIV status. Some companies are developing new HIV testing methods designed to be quick, easy and accurate. Thuso Khumalo looks at the latest methods, presented at the International AIDS conference in Durban, South Africa.
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    Video African Youth with HIV Urge More Support

    HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, is the top killer of teens in sub-Saharan Africa. But many youths say their experience with the virus is unique and needs to be addressed differently than the adult epidemic. VOA South African Correspondent Anita Powell reports.
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    Video Pop-Up Art Comes to Your Living Room, Backyard and Elsewhere

    Around the world, independent artists and musicians wrestle with a common problem: where to exhibit or perform? Traditional spaces such as museums and galleries are reserved for bigger names, and renting a space is not feasible for many. Enter ArtsUp, which connects artists with venue owners. Whether it’s a living room, restaurant, office or even a boat, pop-up events are bringing music and art to unexpected places. Tina Trinh has more.
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    Video Scotland’s Booming Whisky Industry Fears Brexit Hangover

    After Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, Scotland’s government wants to break away from the United Kingdom – fearing the nation’s exports are at risk. Among the biggest of these is whisky. Henry Ridgwell reports on a time of turmoil for those involved in the ancient art of distilling Scotland’s most famous product.

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    Adrift The Invisible African Diaspora