Column: Russians Grapple with Conflicting MH17 Accounts

Two Russians face off on Facebook about who is responsible for downing Malaysian airlines plane in eastern Ukraine More

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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

Groups placing water, food in the desert, or aiding detainees after release, have one common goal: no more deaths of migrants crossing illegally into the US More


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July 23, 2014 1:03 AM
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 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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Video US Court Ruling Could Help Foreign Business Interests

A U.S. court ruled last week that the Obama administration violated the due process rights of a U.S. corporation that is owned by Chinese interests. Experts say the decision, which involved a wind farm project off the coast of Oregon could change the way the U.S. deals with foreign investments that involve national security concerns. But as VOA's Hu Wei reports, it might not change many outcomes.

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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

Groups placing water, food in the desert, or aiding detainees after release, have one common goal: no more deaths of migrants crossing illegally into the US More

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

Middle East

A crater marks the center of a courtyard at a United Nations-run school sheltering Palestinians displaced by an Israeli ground offensive, that police said was hit by an Israeli shell, in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip, July 24, 2014.

Photogallery UN-run School Hit in Israeli Strike

Gaza health officials say Israeli shell has slammed school in northern Gaza Strip, killing at least 15 people, injuring dozens more 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

From left: Norweigan security officals Anders Anundsen, Benedicte Bjoernland and Vidar Refvik host news conference, Oslo, July 24, 2014.

Norway: 'Concrete Threat' of Terror Attack

Country's security chief says foreign partner provided 'reliable information' about possibility of attack 'within days' More

Health

FILE - JoAnne Zoller Wagner - who was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and exercises regularly to keep her blood sugar levels at a healthy, normal range - walks near her home in Pasadena, Maryland.

Herbs Help Curb Diabetes

Lab tests find rosemary and oregano are loaded with healthful compounds that work to reduce blood sugar as effectively as anti-diabetic drugs More

Economy & Business

Members of the National Union of Metalworkers (NUMSA) march on the first day of a nationwide strike in Johannesburg, July 1, 2014.

Striking South African Workers Consider Latest Wage Proposal

Vuyo Lufele, Secretary-General for NUMSA in Western Cape Province, says workers may accept a 10 percent increase, but will oppose any effort to amend collective bargaining agreement More

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