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Significant strides have been made in recent years toward the treatment and prevention of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. This year, at the International AIDS Conference, the AIDS community welcomed progress on a new pill that may prevent transmission of the deadly virus. VOA’s Anita Powell reports from Melbourne, Australia.
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Video AIDS Conference Welcomes Exciting Developments in HIV Treatment, Prevention

Significant strides have been made in recent years toward the treatment and prevention of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. This year, at the International AIDS Conference, the AIDS community welcomed progress on a new pill that may prevent transmission of the deadly virus. VOA’s Anita Powell reports from Melbourne, Australia.
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Video Researchers Target Low-Cost Avatar Technology

Scientists at the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies say 3-dimensional representations could revolutionize social media. Elizabeth Lee has more from Los Angeles.
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Video NASA Focuses on Earth-Like Planets

For decades, looking for life elsewhere in the universe meant listening for signals that could be from distant civilizations. But recent breakthroughs in space technology refocused some of that effort toward finding planets that may harbor life, even in its primitive form. VOA’s George Putic reports on a recent panel discussion at NASA’s headquarters, in Washington.
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Video IAEA: Iran Turns its Enriched Uranium Into Less Harmful Form

Iran has converted its stockpiles of enriched uranium into a less dangerous form that is more difficult to use for nuclear weapons, according to the United Nations’ Atomic Energy Agency. The move complies with an interim deal reached with Western powers on Iran's nuclear program last year, in exchange for easing of sanctions. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.
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Video US Awards Medal of Honor for Heroics in Bloodiest of Afghan Battles

U.S. combat troops are withdrawing from Afghanistan, on pace to leave the country by the end of this year. But on Monday, U.S. President Barack Obama took time to honor a soldier whose actions while under fire in Afghanistan earned him the Medal of Honor. VOA's Jeff Seldin has more from the Pentagon.
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Video Relic of Saint Draws Catholics Worried About Immigration Issue

A Roman Catholic saint who is a figure of devotion for those crossing the border into the United States is attracting believers concerned about the plight of undocumented immigrants. Mike O'Sullivan reports from Los Angeles, where a relic of Saint Toribio has drawn thousands to local churches.
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Video One Man Creates Army of Tiny Soldiers to Replicate Battle of Waterloo

Next year marks the bicentennial of the Battle of Waterloo, when French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte was defeated by an international force led by England and Prussia. Just in time for the observance, a retired U.S. military officer is recreating the battlefield - in miniature, with a quarter-million tiny hand-painted soldiers. VOA’s June Soh got a preview. Carol Pearson narrates.
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Video In NW Pakistan, Army Offensive Causes Massive Number of Displaced

Pakistan’s army offensive in North Waziristan has resulted in the large-scale displacement of the local population. VOA's Ayaz Gul reports from northwest Pakistan where authorities say around 80 percent of the estimated 1 million internally displaced persons [IDPs] have settled in Bannu district, while much of the remaining 20 percent are scattered in nearby cities.

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FILE - Immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally stand in line for tickets at the bus station after they were released from a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility in McAllen, Texas.

Migrant Issues Close to Home Spur Groups to Take Action

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Asia

Afghan medical workers move the dead body of a foreign female aid worker who was employed by the International Assistance Mission, in Herat, west of Kabul, Afghanistan, July 24, 2014.

Gunmen Kill 2 Finnish Aid Workers in Afghanistan

Finland's president demands justice, accountability following shooting death of women working for Christian medical charity More

Africa

Internally displaced women from Bangui attend a community meeting in Bambari, Central Africa Republic, June 16, 2014.

CAR Cease-fire Implementation Faces Myriad Challenges

Deal signed Wednesday by Seleka, anti-Balaka, other armed groups, transitional government, calls for immediate halt to fighting More

Middle East

Syrian refugee children scuffle with a waiter as they try to get a pack of food at an iftar (breaking fast) event open to public during the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan in central Istanbul, July 17, 2014.

Turkey Feeling Strain From Hosting Syrian Refugees

Turkish citizens are increasingly frustrated with Syrian refugees not living in camps, some of whom are found begging in cities around the country More

Americas

Jonathan Blackman, left, a lawyer representing Argentina, leaves federal court in New York, July 22, 2014.

US Judge Orders Argentina, Creditors to Reach Deal

Lawyers for investors who declined to restructure bonds after country defaulted on about $100B in 2002 warned that time running out to reach a deal, avert fresh default More

Science & Technology

FILE - Dirt and ash continues to drift out from inside the crater of Mount St. Helens after a small eruption earlier in the day, Oct. 5, 2004.

US Scientists to Map Interior of Mount St. Helens Volcano

Team trying to get a better handle on magma stores and internal workings of the volcano to improve warning systems prior to eruption More

Arts & Entertainment

A man takes a photo of a Batman comic book during Batman Day at a comics store in New York July 23, 2014.

'Batman Day' Marks Caped Crusader's 75th Anniversary

Fans celebrate ‘birthday’ of American fictional superhero featured in comic books, multitude of movies, television shows, and video games More

Europe

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk speaks in the parliament in Kyiv, Ukraine, July 24, 2014.

Ukraine PM Quits as Stage is Set for Early Poll

Move follows break-up of majority coalition in parliament which opens way for president to call early elections More

Health

A child sick with malaria and from malnutrition lies on a bed in a hospital in Bor, South Sudan, March 15, 2014.

GSK Seeks Approval for World's First Malaria Vaccine

British drugmaker says shot designed for children in Africa will be evaluated by European Medicines Agency, WHO More

Economy & Business

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, surrounded by workers, holds up an approximately $1-billion capital spending plan intended to create jobs and help repair Illinois roads and bridges, during a signing ceremony in Chicago, July 22, 2014.

US Jobless Benefit Claims Hit 8-Year Low

Labor Department says 284,000 workers filed initial unemployment insurance claims - down 19,000 from the week before - and lowest total since February 2006 More

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