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July 12, 2014 10:47 AM
Fighting between Hamas forces in Gaza and Israel's military has left about 100 people dead in the coastal Mediterranean strip, most of them civilians. Israelis living close to the border with Gaza have a well-developed system of air raids and bomb shelters where they retreat as needed. In Gaza, there are no sirens and no bomb shelters. Zlatica Hoke reports on how civilians on both sides are faring fare during the conflict.
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Fighting between Hamas forces in Gaza and Israel's military has left about 100 people dead in the coastal Mediterranean strip, most of them civilians. Israelis living close to the border with Gaza have a well-developed system of air raids and bomb shelters where they retreat as needed. In Gaza, there are no sirens and no bomb shelters. Zlatica Hoke reports on how civilians on both sides are faring fare during the conflict.
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Video For Ramadan US Muslims Reach Into Their Hearts, and Pockets

For millions of Muslims around the world Ramadan is a time to reach deep into their hearts. And for those who can afford it, it’s also a time to reach deep into their pockets and earn more blessings during this holy month. VOA’s Sarah Zaman attended a fundraiser organized by an American Islamic charity.
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The tens of thousands of illegal immigrants who have come across the Mexican border into the US state of Texas in recent months seeking refuge from violence and poverty represent not only a legal problem -- but a humanitarian challenge for government officials and private charities in border cities. As VOA's Greg Flakus reports from Houston, Texas, the crisis is likely to continue for many more months.
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Video Hotel in Rio Favela Attracts Jazz Enthusiasts

You might not expect to find a hotel in one of Rio de Janeiro’s favelas -- the local name for the city's shantytowns. But VOA’s Brian Allen has the unlikely success story of “The Maze.” Though it's located in one of the poorest parts of the city, it has also been named as one of the best places to hear live jazz music in the world.
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Video The Jazz World's Wonder Boy (VOA On Assignment July 11, 2014)

At just 13 years-old, trumpet prodigy Geoff Gallante is already a celebrated jazz musician. VOA's Julie Taboh tells On Assignment's Alex Villarreal about her profile of Geoff and the words of wisdom he shared.
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Video Fans Await Sunday's World Cup Final in Brazil

Thousands of Argentinians have taken to the streets of Rio de Janeiro to show support for their team, which will play for soccer's World Cup title on Sunday against Germany. VOA's Gesell Tobias has a report from Rio.
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Video Pakistani Offensive Empties Biggest Town in Militant Sanctuary

Pakistan's military recently took a group of journalists to Miranshah, North Waziristan, the main city in a region that has been stronghold of militant and terrorist groups. Ayaz Gul brings us a first-person view of the trip to a city that is now empty of residents, but full of evidence of the militants who were once based there.
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Video California Dance Company Aims to Break Belly Dance Stereotype

In the United States, and some other countries, belly dancing is often perceived as a seductive dance, performed mostly at specialty restaurants. One California dance company is trying to get more people to appreciate it as form of art. The group Bellydance Evolution is hoping to redefine people's view of belly dancing by fusing western dance styles with belly dancing and performing around the world. Elizabeth Lee reports for VOA from Los Angeles.

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier shake hands as they conclude remarks to the media in Vienna, Austria, July 13, 2014.

Amid New Spy Scandal, Kerry Calls US, Germany 'Great Friends'

Secretary of state, appearing alongside counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier, does not address latest spy scandal, though his remarks appear aimed at subject More

Asia

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to Afghanistan's incumbent President Hamid Karzai (R) during a meeting at the presidential palace in Kabul, July 12, 2014.

Photogallery Afghan Candidates Agree to Vote Audit

Announcement comes after secretary of state holds second day of talks in Kabul with Abdullah Abdullah, Ashraf Ghani and President Hamid Karzai More

Africa

A screengrab taken on July 13, 2014 from a video released by the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram and obtained by AFP shows the leader of the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau (C).

Boko Haram Leader Claims Blast in Nigeria's Lagos

Two blasts minutes apart last month in country's main port, Apapa, were almost certainly caused by bombs, say senior security sources More

Middle East

Policemen are deployed during a raid at a hotel near Duroy hotel, where a suicide bomber blew himself up on Wednesday, in Raouche, western Beirut, June 26, 2014.

Christians, Other Religious Groups in Lebanon Fear ISIL Attacks

Interior minister Nouhad Machnouk says events in Iraq, where jihadists have been spearheading a widespread Sunni Muslim insurgency, have exacerbated threat of sectarian conflict in Lebanon More

Americas

Argentina's Lionel Messi, left, kicks the ball next to teammate Ezequiel Lavezzi during an official training session at Vasco da Gama Stadium a day before the World Cup soccer final between Germany and Argentina in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 12, 2014.

Argentina, Germany to Meet in World Cup Final

European football superpower faces Argentina team led by superstar Lionel Messi at World Cup championship game in Rio de Janeiro More

Science & Technology

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Scientists Identify Cause of Cancer Wasting

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Video Angelina Jolie's 'Unbroken' Movie Trailer Released

Movie based on true story of World War II-era prisoner of war Louis Zamperini will open in theaters on December 25 More

Europe

A Ukrainian rocket launcher is seen near the eastern Ukrainian city of Seversk, July 12, 2014.

Russia Says Ukrainian Shell Crosses Border, Kills 1

Associated Press quotes a Russian official as saying the incident would be met with 'an appropriate response,' but gave no further explanation. More

Health

Mindful Movement Becomes a ‘Revolution’ as Stressed Americans Look for Relief

Video Mindfulness Movement a ‘Revolution’ for Stressed Americans

Previously used at spiritual retreats and in yoga centers, mindfulness meditation now is practiced in offices, schools, prisons and even the US military More

Economy & Business

New Development Bank Likely to Top Agenda of BRICS Summit in Brazil

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Group of five - Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa - will convene for two-day meeting in Fortaleza to focus on internal cooperation, sustainable development More

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