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Hometown of Boy Scouts of America Founder reacts to Gay Leader Decisioni
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Kane Farabaugh
July 29, 2015 9:47 PM
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 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 Special Olympics Prompts Call for More Inclusive Treatment of Disabled

Athletes from around the world are competing this week in Los Angeles at the Special Olympics World Games. Heads of global organizations attending the event are calling for changes to ensure those who are intellectually disabled are not excluded by society. VOA's Elizabeth Lee 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 Young Maryland Filmmakers Fight Racial Stereotypes

Over the last few months, a group of upper classmen at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School - known as BCC - in the U.S. state of Maryland, produced a film exploring the power of video and storytelling in tackling a serious problem: racial stereotypes. And it’s not only to expose the problem and the negative feelings it provokes, but to suggest solutions.
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Video US Calls Fight Against Human Trafficking a Must Win

The United States is promising not to give up its fight against what Secretary of State John Kerry calls the “scourge” of modern slavery. Officials released the country’s annual human trafficking report Monday – a report that’s being met with some criticism. VOA’s National Security correspondent Jeff Seldin has more from the State Department.
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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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Video Europe’s Twin Crises Collide in Greece as Migrant Numbers Soar

Greece has replaced Italy as the main gateway for migrants into Europe, with more than 100,000 arrivals in the first six months of 2015. Many want to move further into Europe and escape Greece’s economic crisis, but they face widespread dangers on the journey overland through the Balkans. VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports.
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Video Paris Rolls Out Blueprint to Fight Climate Change

A U.N. climate conference in December aims to produce an ambitious agreement to fight heat-trapping greenhouse gases. But many local governments are not waiting, and have drafted their own climate action plans. That’s the case with Paris — which is getting special attention, since it’s hosting the climate summit. Lisa Bryant takes a look for VOA at the transformation of the French capital into an eco-city.
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Video Stink Intensifies as Lebanon’s Trash Crisis Continues

After the closure of a major rubbish dump a week ago, the streets of Beirut are filling up with trash. Having failed to draw up a plan B, politicians are struggling to deal with the problem. John Owens has more for VOA from Beirut.
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Video Robots Slowly Entering Everyday Life

From the entertainment and service industries to manufacturing, medicine, rescue operations and even sports, machines with artificial intelligence — what we usually call robots — are slowly but steadily replacing people. They are cheaper to operate, never get tired and will always keep us company. And for the younger generation, building robots may soon be as popular as building blocks. VOA’s George Putic reports.

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FILE - This handout picture released by Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei on July 22, 2015 shows Ai Weiwei posing with his passport in Beijing.

British Authorities Accuse Ai Weiwei of Lying About 'Criminal Record'

British entry clearance manager notes artist's conviction in China is a matter of public record, but was not included in his visa application More

Africa

Cecil, a well-known, protected lion who lived in Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park, is seen in this frame grab taken from a November 2012 video made available by Paula French.

UN Tackles Illicit Wildlife Poaching Amid Cecil the Lion Uproar

The 193-member General Assembly adopts its first resolution on the issue following a two-year campaign by Germany and Gabon More

Middle East

FILE - A passerby is silhouetted against a large TV broadcasting a news program showing a still photo of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto holding what appears to be a photo of Jordanian pilot Mu'ath al-Kaseasbeh, in Tokyo, Jan. 28, 2015.

Analysts: Islamic State's Explicit Media Gore May Backfire

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Americas

A woman holds up a placard that reads "No more policemen murdered by delinquents" as they beat cooking utensils during a rally against what participants say is an explosion in crime, Santiago, July 29, 2015.

Chileans Spooked by Crime, Demand Government Action

Hundreds took to streets of affluent Santiago neighborhoods Wednesday to protest what they say is explosion in crime in one of South America's safest nations More

Science & Technology

Double hand transplant recipient Zion Harvey smiles during a news conference at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, July 28, 2015.

American Boy Is World's Youngest Person to Get Double Hand Transplant

Surgeons operate for 10 hours at Philadelphia hospital on Zion Harvey, 8, who lost his hands and feet to an infection More

Arts & Entertainment

FILE - Katy Perry arrives at the 56th annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center, Jan. 26, 2014, in Los Angeles.

Judge to Consider Fate of Convent Katy Perry Wants to Buy

Fight over sale of hilltop convent has pitted order of elderly nuns against Catholic archbishop of Los Angeles, who wants to sell property to pop singer More

Health

FILE - A severely malnourished child lies in bed at a Doctors Without Borders hospital Bentiu, South Sudan, July 3, 2014.

Scientists Predict Climate Change Will Increase Child Malnutrition

Public health expert in Germany says that by 2050, 25 million more children's lives will be put at risk because of lack of nutrients tied to climate change More

Economy & Business

FILE : A general view of Angra dos Reis nuclear complex, located 240 km (150 miles) from Rio de Janeiro, in this Aug. 31, 2011 file photo.

Brazil Nuclear Leader's Arrest May Stymie Atomic Ambitions

Retired admiral Othon Luiz Pinheiro da Silva was arrested Tuesday for allegedly taking 4.5 million reais ($1.35 million) in bribes from engineering firms working on long-delayed Angra 3 nuclear power plant More

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