Wounded Palestinian boy, who hospital officials said was injured in an Israeli air strike, is wheeled into hospital, Gaza City, July 12, 2014.

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Robin van Persie of the Netherlands celebrates after scoring a goal from a penalty kick during their 2014 World Cup third-place playoff against Brazil, Brasilia national stadium, July 12, 2014.

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Zlatica Hoke
July 12, 2014 10:47 AM
Fighting between Hamas forces in Gaza and Israel's military has left about 100 people dead in the coastal Mediterranean strip, most of them civilians. Israelis living close to the border with Gaza have a well-developed system of air raids and bomb shelters where they retreat as needed. In Gaza, there are no sirens and no bomb shelters. Zlatica Hoke reports on how civilians on both sides are faring fare during the conflict.
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Video Gaza Fighting Takes Civilian Toll

Fighting between Hamas forces in Gaza and Israel's military has left about 100 people dead in the coastal Mediterranean strip, most of them civilians. Israelis living close to the border with Gaza have a well-developed system of air raids and bomb shelters where they retreat as needed. In Gaza, there are no sirens and no bomb shelters. Zlatica Hoke reports on how civilians on both sides are faring fare during the conflict.
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For millions of Muslims around the world Ramadan is a time to reach deep into their hearts. And for those who can afford it, it’s also a time to reach deep into their pockets and earn more blessings during this holy month. VOA’s Sarah Zaman attended a fundraiser organized by an American Islamic charity.
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The tens of thousands of illegal immigrants who have come across the Mexican border into the US state of Texas in recent months seeking refuge from violence and poverty represent not only a legal problem -- but a humanitarian challenge for government officials and private charities in border cities. As VOA's Greg Flakus reports from Houston, Texas, the crisis is likely to continue for many more months.
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Video The Jazz World's Wonder Boy (VOA On Assignment July 11, 2014)

At just 13 years-old, trumpet prodigy Geoff Gallante is already a celebrated jazz musician. VOA's Julie Taboh tells On Assignment's Alex Villarreal about her profile of Geoff and the words of wisdom he shared.
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Video Fans Await Sunday's World Cup Final in Brazil

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Video Pakistani Offensive Empties Biggest Town in Militant Sanctuary

Pakistan's military recently took a group of journalists to Miranshah, North Waziristan, the main city in a region that has been stronghold of militant and terrorist groups. Ayaz Gul brings us a first-person view of the trip to a city that is now empty of residents, but full of evidence of the militants who were once based there.
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Video California Dance Company Aims to Break Belly Dance Stereotype

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USA

President Barack Obama pauses while speaking about the economy, July 9, 2014, at Cheesman Park in Denver.

Video Obama Touts Improved Economy

In his weekly address, president says American businesses have created 10 million new jobs and that economy is 'better off' than it was five years ago' More

Asia

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to Afghanistan's incumbent President Hamid Karzai (R) during a meeting at the presidential palace in Kabul, July 12, 2014.

Photogallery Afghan Candidates Agree to Vote Audit

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Africa

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Libyan Protesters Shut Down Oil Port

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Middle East

Wounded Palestinian boy, who hospital officials said was injured in an Israeli air strike, is wheeled into hospital, Gaza City, July 12, 2014.

Multimedia Israeli Commandos Enter Gaza

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Americas

Robin van Persie of the Netherlands celebrates after scoring a goal from a penalty kick during their 2014 World Cup third-place playoff against Brazil, Brasilia national stadium, July 12, 2014.

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Science & Technology

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Arts & Entertainment

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Europe

FILE - U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel listen during the G7 Summit working dinner in Brussels.

German Chancellor: Trust in US Broken

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Health

Mindful Movement Becomes a ‘Revolution’ as Stressed Americans Look for Relief

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Economy & Business

New Development Bank Likely to Top Agenda of BRICS Summit in Brazil

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