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FILE - Zhou Yongkang, then Chinese Communist Party Politburo Standing Committee member in charge of security, attends a plenary session of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China.

Chinese State Media Praise Zhou Corruption Probe

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In Honduras, Amnesty Rumors Fuel US Migration Surgesi
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Brian Padden
July 28, 2014 9:36 PM
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 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 Obama Holds Town Hall Meeting with Aspiring Young Africans

U.S. President Barack Obama says the future stability of the world depends on African nations' prosperity and self-reliance. Obama made the comment Monday to a group of 500 young people attending the first Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. As VOA's Mariama Diallo reports, the aspiring young African leaders have just finished a six-week program of academic study at 20 institutions across the United States.
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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 MH17 Crash Investigators Hampered by Fighting in Ukraine

A team of international crash investigators and police officers was forced to cancel a visit to the site of the downed Malaysia Airlines plane Sunday in eastern Ukraine. Heavy fighting has been reported between government forces and rebels close to the area where Flight MH17 came down ten days ago. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from Kyiv.
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Video Clock Ticking for Congress to Act on US Border Crisis

This week is Congress’ last chance to respond to a surge of undocumented children arriving at America’s southern border before U.S. lawmakers leave town for a five-week recess. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports, at issue is how much money to appropriate to house and process the juveniles, and whether to alter a 2008 law that entitles non-Mexican arrivals to an immigration hearing.
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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 Researchers: Africa Genetically Modified Crops Held Back by Scaremongering

A new report states that genetically-modified crops -- also known as GM crops -- would dramatically improve agriculture in Africa. The report, published by the policy group Chatham House, argues the technology is being held back by scaremongering from opponents. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.
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Video Johnny Winter: America's 'Down and Dirty' Bluesman (VOA On Assignment July 25, 2014)

VOA's Katherine Cole joins On Assignment's Philip Alexiou to discuss the legacy of late American blues guitarist Johnny Winter.
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Video Not Even Monks Spared From Thailand’s Junta-Backed Morality Push

With Thailand’s military government firmly in control after May’s bloodless coup, authorities are carrying out plans they say are aimed at restoring discipline, morality and patriotism to all Thais. The measures include a crackdown on illegal gambling, education reforms to promote students’ moral development, and a new 24-hour phone hotline for citizens to report misbehaving monks. Steve Sandford reports from Bangkok.

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Adrian Arrington, a former safety at Eastern Illinois University, talks about enduring five concussions while playing, some so severe he couldn't recognize his parents afterward, at his home, Bloomington, Ill, July 29, 2014.

NCAA Settles Brain Trauma Class Action Lawsuit

If approved, deal will pay for medical testing for thousands of college athletes who believe they sustained brain injuries on the field More

Africa

FILE - A prostitute waits for a client in a street of Nice southern France, Nov. 21, 2013. France’s government is pushing one of Europe’s toughest laws against prostitution and sex trafficking, and other countries are watching closely.

UN: Heinous Crime of Human Trafficking Must Stop

International Labor Organization estimates 21 million men, women and children are victims of forced labor and forced prostitution More

Middle East

A Palestinian girl carries belongings as she and her family leave the Abu Hussein U.N. school in the Jebaliya refugee camp, northern Gaza Strip, hit by an Israeli strike earlier, July 30, 2014.

Israel Announces Brief Cease-fire After Shelling UN School

4-hour halt in attacks follows deaths of at least 15 at school sheltering those displaced by the war, Gaza health official says More

Americas

Argentine Economy Minister Axel Kicillof, left, arrives for negotiations to discuss a resolution to Argentina's debt problem with U.S. hedge funds to avoid a default ahead of a July 30 deadline in New York, July 29, 2014.

Time Almost Up for Argentina, US Bondholders in Debt Talks

South American nation has until end of Wednesday to either pay in full 'holdout' hedge funds, cut a deal or win a stay on court order that triggeered deadline More

Science & Technology

FILE - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, third right, is briefed about tanks containing radioactive water by Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant chief Akira Ono, fourth right, during his inspection tour, Sept. 2013.

Global Nuclear Power Contribution Falls to Lowest Level Since 80s

Rising costs, construction delays, public opposition, aging fleets will make it difficult to reverse decline in its share of global energy supply More

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