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Ebola Vaccine Hailed as Highly Effectivei
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Carol Pearson
August 01, 2015 12:23 AM
At last, there's a way to end the suffering from the Ebola epidemic that has ravaged West Africa for more than a year. Researchers say the vaccine is so effective, there may never be a major outbreak of Ebola again. VOA's Carol Pearson reports.
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Video Ebola Vaccine Hailed as Highly Effective

At last, there's a way to end the suffering from the Ebola epidemic that has ravaged West Africa for more than a year. Researchers say the vaccine is so effective, there may never be a major outbreak of Ebola again. VOA's Carol Pearson reports.
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Video Iraqi Yazidis Fear Death of Their Community

A year ago on August 3, Islamic State militants stormed the homelands of Iraq’s Yazidi minority, killing hundreds of men and enslaving thousands of women. The scenes of desperate Yazidi families crowding on the top of Sinjar mountain without food or water spurred Kurdish fighters into action, an emergency airlift and the start of the U.S. airstrike campaign against the Islamic State Sunni extremists. VOA's Sharon Benh reports from northern Iraq.
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Video Bangkok Warned It Soon Could Be Submerged

Italy's Venice and America's New Orleans are not the only cities gradually submerging. The nearly ten million residents of the Bangkok urban area now must confront warnings the city could become uninhabitable in a few decades. VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from the Thai capital.
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Video US, Egypt Broaden Engagement

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Egyptian counterpart, Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri, have launched talks on economic, regional security and other issues, as the two meet in the first U.S. - Egypt strategic dialogue since 2009.
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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 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 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.

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U.S. President Barack Obama playfully mimics the arms-akimbo stance of a young woman who asked a question during a town hall session at the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Mandela Washington Fellowship Presidential Summit in Washington, Aug. 3, 20

Obama Urges African Youth to Build on Progress

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FILE - An Indian man is seen surfing the internet in New Delhi.

India Orders Clampdown on Internet Porn, Sparks Censorship Debate

Move directing service providers to block 857 sites aims to prevent pornography from becoming social nuisance, official says More

Middle East

Waste management workers cover a pile of garbage using white pesticide in the Palestinian refugee camp of Sabra in Beirut, Lebanon, July 24, 2015.

Lebanon's Trash Crisis Worsens Amid Rising Heat, Anger

Lebanese are suffocating from mountains of stinking garbage collecting on the streets, yet another reflection of government paralysis, inability to find solution for Beirut's rubbish More

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Triathletes leave the water after swimming in the Copacabana beach during training ahead of the Triathlon Olympic Qualifier event, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 31, 2015.

IOC to Test Rio's Olympic Water Venues for Viruses

Decision prompted by Associated Press investigation published last week revealing high counts of viruses directly linked to human sewage in Olympic waters More

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An image of an animal is projected onto the Empire State Building as part of an endangered species projection to raise awareness, in New York, Aug. 1, 2015.

Video US Landmark Pushes Endangered Species

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Europe

Russian President Vladimir Putin reviews a Navy parade in Baltisk, western Russia, July  26, 2015, during celebrations for Russian Navy Day. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu stands at right.

Russia Creates Aerospace Forces by Merging Military Branches

New branch will include air force, air defense, anti-missile and space forces; move aims to enhance coordination and efficiency, officials say More

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Study finds that preschool-aged children who are extremely selective about what they eat and dislike even being near certain foods are more likely than others to have underlying anxiety or depression, Aug 2, 2015. (Photo by Diaa Bekheet)

Most Picky Eating Harmless but Can Signal Emotional Woes

Study finds preschool-aged children who are extremely selective about what they eat and dislike are more likely than others to have underlying anxiety or depression More

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FILE - An employee counts Russian ruble bank notes at a private company's office in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, Dec. 17, 2014. Sanctions linked to the Ukraine crisis could end up costing Russia 9 percent of its gross domestic product, says International Monetary Fund.

IMF Says Western Sanctions Could Cut 9% off Russia's GDP

IMF estimates immediate effect of sanctions, counter-sanctions had been to wipe between 1 and 1.5 percent off GDP, rising to 9 percent over next few years More

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