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Anita Powell
August 03, 2015 8:46 PM
Academics from around the African continent converged in Johannesburg last week for the African Universities Summit, a chance to tackle some of the major issues facing higher education in Africa today. VOA's Anita Powell reports from Johannesburg.
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Video With No Money, More Students, African Universities Struggle

Academics from around the African continent converged in Johannesburg last week for the African Universities Summit, a chance to tackle some of the major issues facing higher education in Africa today. VOA's Anita Powell reports from Johannesburg.
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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 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 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 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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Republican U.S. presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Marco Rubio participates via video conference during the Voters First Presidential Forum in Manchester, New Hampshire August 3, 2015.

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Leading Burundian Activist Shot

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Middle East

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US Lawmakers Focus on Verifying Iran’s Nuclear Compliance

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Americas

FILE - Venezuelan opposition politician Maria Corina Machado, shown greeting supporters after a news conference in Caracas, on July 15, 2015, says she's been barred from holding public office ahead of December's congressional election.

Venezuela Prevents Opposition Leader From Running

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Science & Technology

FILE- A car drives by HitchBOT, a hitchhiking robot in Marblehead, Massachusetts, July 17, 2015.

Canadian Hitchhiking Robot May Get New Lease on Life

Creators say they have been overwhelmed with offers to help revive HitchBOT, who met an untimely demise at the hands of vandals in US over the weekend More

Arts & Entertainment

A hearse caring the casket of Bobbi Kristina Brown leaves her funeral service, Aug. 1, 2015, in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Bobbi Kristina Brown Buried Alongside Mom, Whitney Houston

Brown died after suffering irreversible brain damage in a still unexplained January incident at her Roswell, Georgia, home More

Europe

Protesters hold posters of Sylejman Selimi, a war commander during the 1998-1999 war, during a protest against a parliamentary vote to create a new war crimes court, in Pristina, Kosovo, May 29, 2015.

Kosovo Votes for New War Crimes Court

Vote is seen by many Kosovo Albanians as an attempt to tarnish their 1998-99 guerrilla war against Serbian rule More

Health

Screenshots of the Cambridge Advanced Training Program, based on the Wizard game. (Peak image)

Brain Training App Could Help People With Schizophrenia

Cambridge University scientists say tests on small number of patients who played 'Wizard' over 4 weeks found they had improvements in memory and learning More

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A customer points at a screen displaying a website of Alibaba's Taobao at a rural service center in Yuzhao Village, Tonglu, Zhejiang province, China, July 20, 2015.

In Rural China, Shoppers Go Online - With a Little Help

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