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Brian Padden
May 29, 2015 1:27 PM
With inter-Korean relations deteriorating over the North’s nuclear program, past military provocations and human rights abuses, many Koreans still hold out hope for eventual peaceful re-unification. VOA’s Brian Padden visited a “unification fair” held this week in Seoul, where border communities promoted the benefits of increased cooperation.
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Video Seoul Sponsors Korean Unification Fair

With inter-Korean relations deteriorating over the North’s nuclear program, past military provocations and human rights abuses, many Koreans still hold out hope for eventual peaceful re-unification. VOA’s Brian Padden visited a “unification fair” held this week in Seoul, where border communities promoted the benefits of increased cooperation.
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Video Researchers Study Ways to Help People Quit Smoking

World No Tobacco Day on May 31st is a day for smokers to think about their habit -- and to give it up, even for 24 hours. VOA's Carol Pearson looks at some of the strategies that help people quit.
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Video Britain Makes Controversial Move to Crack Down on Extremism

Britain is moving to tighten controls on extremist rhetoric, even when it does not incite violence or hatred -- a move that some are concerned might unduly restrict basic freedoms. It is an issue many countries are grappling with as extremist groups gain power in the Middle East, fueled in part by donations and fighters from the West. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London.
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Undocumented refugees returning to Afghanistan from Pakistan have no jobs, no support system, and no home return to, and international aid agencies say they and the government are overwhelmed and under-resourced. Ayesha Tanzeem has more from Kabul.
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Electronic gadgets are a huge success in China, judging by the first Asian Consumer Electronics Show, held this week in Shanghai. Over the course of two days, more than 20,000 visitors watched, tested and played with useful and some less-useful electronic devices exhibited by about 200 manufacturers. VOA’s George Putic has more.
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The growth of the Islamic State militant group in Iraq and Syria comes as the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign kicks off in the Midwest state of Iowa.   As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, voters want to know how the candidates would handle recent militant gains in the Middle East.
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Video 3D Printer Makes Replica of Iconic Sports Car

Cars with parts made by 3D printers are already on the road, but engineers are still learning about this new technology. While testing the possibility of printing an entire car, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy recently created an electric-powered replica of an iconic sports roadster. VOA’s George Putic has more.
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Video Kenyans Lament Losing Sons to al-Shabab

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Video Scientists Say Plankton More Important Than Previously Thought

Tiny ocean creatures called plankton are mostly thought of as food for whales and other large marine animals, but a four-year global study discovered, among other things, that plankton are a major source of oxygen on our planet. VOA’s George Putic reports.
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Video Film Festival Looks at Indigenous Peoples, Culture Conflict

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Video A Small Oasis on Kabul's Outskirts Provides Relief From Security Tensions

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FILE – Pedestrians bundle up in Boston, Massachusetts, in January. An unusually rough winter helped depress the U.S. economy in the first quarter of 2015.

US Economy Shrank in Early 2015

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FILE - This file photo provided by the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases shows a colorized transmission of the MERS coronavirus that emerged in 2012.

China Confirms First Case of MERS

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FILE - U.S. Special Envoy for the Great Lakes and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Russel Feingold, center, talks to reporters in Kinshasa on the last leg of a 10-day visit to the country on January 28, 2014.

DRC Asks US to Name New Envoy to Great Lakes Region

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Iran Shares Limited Detail in Nuclear Probe

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FILE - The standards of the SS, the Nazi fighting organization in black uniforms, are being carried to the meeting hall in Nuremberg, Germany on Oct. 13, 1935 during a party convention.

Nazi War Crimes Suspect Dies in Canada

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Paleontologist Michael D'Emic is shown in this undated handout photo provided by Stony Brook University with a fossil of the meat-eating dinosaur Majungasaurus, dug up by Stony Brook field crews.

Scientist Maintains Dinosaurs Were Warm-Blooded

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The Polyphony Quartet — from left, Revital Bendersky, Mahdi Saadi, Shir Semmel and Feras Machour — are pictured at All Souls Church in New York, May 27, 2015.

Jewish, Arab Youths Promote Israeli Harmony Via Music

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Croatia Passes Law to Compensate War Rape Victims

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