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Drowned Migrant Toddler Photo Triggers European Outragei
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Henry Ridgwell
September 04, 2015 11:36 AM
The harrowing picture of a drowned three-year-old Syrian boy washed up on a Turkish beach appears to have galvanized Europe’s leaders into doing more to address the refugee crisis. France, Germany and Italy issued a joint call Thursday for compulsory quotas of refugees for all EU states. But there were chaotic scenes in Hungary as police tried to force migrants off a train heading for Austria. Henry Ridgwell has more. And a caution, some of the images in this report may be disturbing.
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Video Drowned Migrant Toddler Photo Triggers European Outrage

The harrowing picture of a drowned three-year-old Syrian boy washed up on a Turkish beach appears to have galvanized Europe’s leaders into doing more to address the refugee crisis. France, Germany and Italy issued a joint call Thursday for compulsory quotas of refugees for all EU states. But there were chaotic scenes in Hungary as police tried to force migrants off a train heading for Austria. Henry Ridgwell has more. And a caution, some of the images in this report may be disturbing.
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Video Russians Observe 11th Anniversary of Beslan School Attack

This week, Russians have been observing the 11th anniversary of the attack by Islamic militants on a school in Russia's North Caucasus region that killed more than 330 hostages, including 186 children. The three-day siege and massacre that started on September 1, 2004 took place in Beslan, a town in the republic of North Ossetia, and is one of the bloodiest terrorist acts ever in Russia. VOA's Mike Richman reports.
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Video Native Americans Debate: Father Serra, Saint or Sinner?

Pope Francis will canonize an 18th century missionary to Spanish California during a papal visit to the United States this month.  But some Native Americans have criticized the elevation to sainthood of the missionary priest, Junipero Serra. VOA's Mike O’Sullivan has more from Los Angeles.
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Video Trump-Bush Rivalry Heats Up in 2016 Presidential Race

Donald Trump continues to lead the Republican presidential field in the latest national and state polls. But former Florida governor Jeb Bush is stepping up his criticism of Trump and highlighting his previous support for Democrats. VOA National correspondent Jim Malone has more on the 2016 presidential race from Washington.
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Video Kurdish Fighters on IS Frontline Ready for Offensive

Finger on the trigger, the Kurdish Peshmerga soldier stared across the dust at a village taken over by Islamic State extremists. The Kurdistan’s Khazir frontline, just 45 minutes from the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul. And at this point, the militants were less than two kilometers away. VOA's Sharon Behn reports.
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Video Science Lab Offers Youngsters Creative, Educational Fun

The Children's Science Center Lab in Fairfax, Virginia, is a place where kids can experiment, design and build things. The exhibits are designed to help kids ages 2 to 12 explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics concepts. Faith Lapidus narrates this report from VOA's Faiza Elmasry.
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Video Obama Hones Climate Change Message With Alaskan Arctic Visit

As the first sitting U.S. president to visit the Alaskan Arctic, Barack Obama continues to highlight the urgent need to act on climate change. White House correspondent Aru Pande has more on the president's Alaskan trip, where he is meeting with locals who say they are feeling the impact of global warming firsthand.
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Video Calais School Offers Another Face of Europe’s Migrant Crisis

Europe is facing mounting criticism over how it’s handling its biggest migration crisis since World War II. But not all Europeans believe building walls or passing repressive policies are the answer. A school for migrants in the French port city of Calais, is opening doors and building bonds across nationalities. VOA's Lisa Bryant reports.
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Video Scientists Predict Wet Winter in Drought-Stricken US West

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FILE - U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein says Central African Republic's U.N. peacekeepers and local authorities must take on armed groups more robustly in order to stop abuses.

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Supporters of Christian leader Michel Aoun hold Free Patriotic Movement and Lebanese flags, during a protest in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Sept. 4, 2015.

Thousands Rally in Beirut Over Politician's Presidential Election Call

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FILE - Jose Dirceu, former presidential chief of staff, center, is accompanied by federal police agents to a car at a police station in Brasilia, Aug. 4, 2015.

Brazil Prosecutors Charge Lula's Former Chief of Staff

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Science & Technology

This Sept. 4, 2015 photo made available by NASA shows a mural depicting Boeing's newly named CST-100 Starliner commercial crew transportation spacecraft on the company's Commercial Crew and Cargo Processing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Flori

Boeing Opens Commercial Spaceship Plant in Florida

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Actor Johnny Depp poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film "Black Mass" during the 72nd edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Sept. 4, 2015.

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