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July 31, 2015 1:05 AM
The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was also a milestone for the American Civil Rights Movement -- creating thousands of black and minority politicians. Correspondent Chris Simkins introduces us to some some elected officials who -- without the Voting Rights Act -- would never have had the opportunity to serve their communities.
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Video Voting Rights Act Gave Minority Candidates Opportunity to Serve

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was also a milestone for the American Civil Rights Movement -- creating thousands of black and minority politicians. Correspondent Chris Simkins introduces us to some some elected officials who -- without the Voting Rights Act -- would never have had the opportunity to serve their communities.
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Video 'Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation' = Intelligent Thriller

"Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation" is the fifth installment of the successful 20-year-old spy franchise, based on the iconic 1960s TV series. The thriller offers an excellent plot and breathtaking action. Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise, 53, is still at the helm as the executive producer and the charismatic lead spy Ethan Hawk. VOA’s Penelope Poulou has more.
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Video Aviation Experts Believe Reunion Island Debris Could Be From Missing Malaysian Plane

International investigators have been dispatched to a tiny Indian Ocean island to determine if the plane wreckage that has drifted ashore is from the missing Malaysian Boeing 777 that disappeared last March during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. If so, the debris found on Reunion Island could help solve the aircraft's mysterious disappearance with 239 people on board. Zlatica Hoke reports.
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Video Kerry Five-Nation Tour to Cover Security, Iran Nuclear Deal

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry launches a five-nation tour Friday in a bid to strengthen economic and security ties and ease concerns about the Iran nuclear deal. In Southeast Asia, he will visit Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam, but he will begin his trip in the Middle East. VOA State Department correspondent Pam Dockins reports.
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Video Shooter’s Grill: Serving Food with a Touch of the Second Amendment

Shooter's Grill, a restaurant in Rifle, Colorado, attracts visitors from all over the world as well as local patrons. The reason? Waitresses openly carry loaded firearms as they serve food, and customers are welcome to carry them, too. VOA's Enming Liu and Lin Yang paid a visit to Shooter's Grill, and heard different opinions about this unique establishment.
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Video Astronauts Train Underwater for Deep Space Missions

Manned deep space missions are still a long way off, but space agencies are already testing procedures, equipment and human stamina for operations in extreme environment conditions. Small groups of astronauts take turns in spending days in an underwater lab, off Florida’s southern coast, simulating future missions to some remote world. VOA’s George Putic reports.
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Video Russia Vetoes UN Resolution on Malaysian Plane Crash

Russia has vetoed a United Nations resolution seeking creation of an international criminal court to prosecute those responsible for shooting down the Malaysia Airlines plane over eastern Ukraine. The incident took place July 17 last year in the territory controlled by pro-Russian insurgents. All 298 people on board were killed. Zlatica Hoke reports.
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Video Hometown of Boy Scouts of America Founder Reacts to Gay Leader Decision

Ottawa, Illinois, is the hometown of W.D. Boyce, who founded the Boy Scouts of America in 1910. In Ottawa, where Scouting remains an important part of the legacy of the community, the end of the organization's ban on openly gay adult leaders was seen as inevitable. VOA's Kane Farabaugh reports.
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Video 'Metal Muscles' Flex a New Bionic Hand

Artificial limbs, including the most complex of them – the human hand – are getting more life-like and useful due to constant advances in tiny hydraulic, pneumatic and electric motors called actuators. But now, as VOA’s George Putic reports, scientists in Germany say the future of the prosthetic hand may lie not in motors but in wires that can ‘remember’ their shape.
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Video Booming London Property a ‘Haven for Dirty Money’

Billions of dollars of so-called ‘dirty money’ from the proceeds of crime - especially from Russia - are being laundered through the London property market, according to anti-corruption activists. As Henry Ridgwell reports from the British capital, the government has pledged to crack down on the practice.
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Video Genome Initiative Urgently Moves to Freeze DNA Before Species Go Extinct

Earth is in the midst of its sixth mass extinction. The last such event was caused by an asteroid 66 million years ago. It killed off the dinosaurs and practically everything else. So scientists are in a race against time to classify the estimated 11 million species alive today. So far only 2 million are described by science, and researchers are worried many will disappear before they even have a name. VOA’s Rosanne Skirble reports.
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Video Russia Accused of Abusing Interpol to Pursue Opponents

A British pro-democracy group has accused Russia of abusing the global law enforcement agency Interpol by requesting the arrest and extradition of political opponents. A new report by the group notes such requests can mean the accused are unable to travel and are often unable to open bank accounts. VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports.
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Video Scientists: One-Dose Malaria Cure is Possible

Scientists have long been trying to develop an effective protection and cure for malaria - one of the deadliest diseases that affects people in tropical areas, especially children. As the World Health Organization announces plans to begin clinical trials of a promising new vaccine, scientists in South Africa report that they too are at an important threshold. George Putic reports, they are testing a compound that could be a single-dose cure for malaria.
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Video 'New York' Magazine Features 35 Cosby Accusers

The latest issue of 'New York' magazine features 35 women who say they were drugged and raped by film and television celebrity Bill Cosby. The women are aged from 44 to 80 and come from different walks of life and races. The magazine interviewed each of them separately, but Zlatica Hoke reports their stories are similar.
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Video Washington DC Underground Streetcar Station to Become Arts Venue

Abandoned more than 50 years ago, the underground streetcar station in Washington D.C.’s historic DuPont Circle district is about to be reborn. The plan calls for turning the spacious underground platforms - once meant to be a transportation hub, - into a unique space for art exhibitions, presentations, concerts and even a film set. Roman Mamonov has more from beneath the streets of the U.S. capital. Joy Wagner narrates his report.

USA

FILE - From left, Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and Secretary of Treasury Jack Lew testify at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing to review the Iran nuclear agreement, in Washington, July 23, 2015.

Iran Deal Backers Urged to Lobby Congress

President warns activists who want peace to not make same mistake they did in run-up to Iraq war, when proponents of war drowned out weaker voices More

Asia

FILE - Mark Karpeles, left, chief executive of Mt. Gox, attends a news conference at the Tokyo District Court in Tokyo February 28, 2014.

Head of Failed Japan-based Bitcoin Exchange Mt. Gox Arrested

Mark Karpeles is taken into custody in Tokyo on suspicion of inflating his cash account by $1 million, authorities say More

Africa

File - An Ebola trials notebook is seen in a laboratory during trials for an Ebola vaccine at The Jenner Institute in Oxford, southern England January 2015.

Ebola Experts Caution: Vaccine Still Months Away

WHO expert Marie-Paule Kieny warns while vaccine may indeed avert major epidemics in future, it will be a while longer before shot is approved by regulators More

Middle East

Yemen's Vice President Khaled Bahah, center, talks to reporters upon his arrival at Aden airport, August 1, 2015.

Exiled Yemen Vice President Returns to War-Torn Aden

Bahah was scheduled to chair Cabinet meeting Saturday with seven government ministers in Aden, Yemeni official says More

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Video Astronauts Train Underwater for Deep Space Missions

Missions still a long way off, but space agencies already testing procedures, equipment and human stamina for operations in extreme environment conditions More

Europe

Police officers escort an airport vehicle transporting what is believed to be debris from a Boeing 777 plane that washed up on Reunion Island, at Roland Garros airport in Saint-Marie, Reunion Island, July 31, 2015.

Plane Debris Arrives in France for MH370 Probe

Wreckage taken to French military lab near Toulouse, where staff specializes in analyzing aviation wreckage More

Health

Video Inclusive Gym Gets People With Disabilities in Fitness Spirit

Suburban Washington program wants to help individuals with special needs, who often have problems with obesity, anxiety, depression More

Economy & Business

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Ministers hold a press conference to discuss progress in the negotiations in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii, July 31, 2015.

Trans-Pacific Trade Talks End Without Deal

But US Trade Representative Michael Froman says 12 nations involved have made significant progress and are more confident than ever deal is within reach More

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