FILE - U.S. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf addresses reporters during a news conference  in Vienna, Austria.

Video Iran Nuclear Talks to Continue Through Friday

US State Department spokeswoman says 'substantial progress' has been made in every area, but 'we're frankly more concerned about the quality of the deal than we are about the clock,' in explaining extension More

SC Senate Passes Bill to Remove Confederate Flag

Bill now goes to South Carolina House of Representatives, where debate will likely begin Wednesday, but it is unclear when vote might be taken More

Taliban Make First Confirmed Contact with Afghan Officials

Pakistani officials confirm a high level Afghan delegation held peace negotiations with leaders of the Taliban insurgency Tuesday in Islamabad More

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Defense Secretary Ash Carter, left, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey arrive at the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing to discuss U.S. efforts to defeat the Islamic State group in Washington, July 7, 2015.

Senate Panel Grills US Military Leaders Over IS Strategy

update Defense Secretary Ash Carter acknowledges for first time US is presently training only about 60 Syrian opposition fighters to battle IS, well below thousands envisioned by Obama administration More

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Pakistan’s Parched Baluchistan Nears Water Crisisi
Ayaz Gul
July 06, 2015 1:05 PM
An acute water shortage has gripped Pakistan’s impoverished southwestern province of Baluchistan. Though this has been a recurring problem, the situation is nearing a breaking point that critics say the government is doing little to address. Ayaz Gul reports from Islamabad.

Video Pakistan’s Parched Baluchistan Nears Water Crisis

An acute water shortage has gripped Pakistan’s impoverished southwestern province of Baluchistan. Though this has been a recurring problem, the situation is nearing a breaking point that critics say the government is doing little to address. Ayaz Gul reports from Islamabad.

Video Making Music, Fleeing Bombs: New Film on Sudan’s Internal Refugees

In 2012, Sudanese filmmaker Hajooj Kuka went to make a documentary among civil war refugees in Sudan’s Blue Nile and Nuba Mountains region. What he found surprised him: music was helping to save people from bombing raids by their own government. VOA’s Carolyn Weaver has more.

Video Floodwaters Threaten Iconic American Home

The Farnsworth House in the Midwest State of Illinois is one of the most iconic homes in America. Thousands of tourists visit the site every year. Its location near a river inspired the design of the house, but, as VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, that very location is now threatening the existence of this National Historic Landmark.

Video New Exhibit Explores American History Through Business History

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Washington, with more than 5 million visitors each year. The museum has just opened a new exhibition (on July 1) that traces America’s development from a dependent agriculture nation to one of the world’s most vibrant and trend-setting economies. VOA’s June Soh takes us to the “American Enterprise” exhibit that celebrates entrepreneurial spirit.

Video Greece Defiantly Rejects Europe's Bailout Terms

Greeks have voted against accepting a bailout from the European Union in return for more spending cuts. Early results suggest the ‘No’ camp won with around 61 percent of the vote. As Henry Ridgwell reports from Athens, all eyes are now on Europe’s response.

Video Middle East Activists Go Online to Try to Bridge Rifts

Diplomats at the Iran nuclear talks are hoping to redraw alliances, making former enemies future competitors, but it's not just officials who are defying old lines drawn in the sands of Middle East politics. The Facebook page "Israel Loves Iran" is part of a larger Internet movement to bridge rifts in the Middle East. VOA's Heather Murdock reports.

Video From Taliban to IS, Afghan Fighters Pledge New Allegiance

The Islamic State group appears to be attracting new followers in yet another country, with Afghan fighters raising the black flag in parts of Afghanistan's Nangarhar province. In this report narrated by Roger Wilkison, VOA's Ashna TV reporter Sarwan Rahim Gul has more from Nangarhar's Bati Kot district.

Video Somalia Hires First Six Female Prosecutors

In a nation long marred by conflict, corruption and impunity, Somalia's government is hoping to rebuild the country's justice system and, for the first time, has brought on board six female prosecutors. VOA's Abdulaziz Billow reports.

Video Images in Museum Exhibit Reflect a Transforming America

A new exhibit at a Washington museum features a collection of photographs offering a rare look at life in the U.S. during the mid-20th century. The photos help tell the story of a transforming America. VOA’s Julie Taboh reports.

Video China Seals Economic, Trade Deals With Europe

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang is wrapping up a visit to Europe, where he’s signed a series of economic accords and trade deals. Several European countries have signed up to China’s new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank - seen by some as a rival to the World Bank based in the US. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.

Video UNESCO Chief Warns of 'Cultural Cleansing' in War Zones

The head of the United Nations cultural organization says the loss of ancient artifacts destroyed by militants in Iraq and Syria has long-term implications for security and peace in the region. The official spoke in London, and VOA’s Al Pessin reports.

Video 'Freedom Frigate' Replica Tours US Ports

A replica of the French warship that brought hope to American colonists battling the British in 1780 is in New York as part of Independence Day celebrations. On Saturday, the Hermione replica joined hundreds of vessels passing the Statue of Liberty for an Independence Day parade. VOA's Deborah Block reports on the ship and its relevance.


FILE - The U.S. flag and South Carolina state flag flies at half staff to honor the nine people killed in the Charleston murders as the confederate battle flag also flies on the grounds of the South Carolina State House in Columbia, S.C., June 20, 2015.

SC Senate Passes Bill to Remove Confederate Flag

Bill now goes to South Carolina House of Representatives, where debate will likely begin Wednesday, but it is unclear when vote might be taken More


File - People line up to enter the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia as a television screen shows former Khmer Rouge  president Khieu Samphan, in Phnom Penh.

Judge Quits Cambodia's Troubled Khmer Rouge Trial

Mark Harmon from the US is the fourth judge to quit so far - and another blow for troubled tribunal probing atrocities of 1970s Khmer Rouge regime More

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FILE - Syrian Kurds from Kobani walk to the border fences as seen from the Turkish border town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province, Turkey, June 26, 2015.

Turkish Army: Detains Almost 800 Trying to Cross Illegally from Syria

Military says 768 people had been detained, three suspected Islamic State members were sent to jail in southern city of Sanliurfa after being detained separately More


FILE - The Carnival Imagination cruise ship passes South Pointe Park  in Miami Beach, Fla.  as it leaves the Port of Miami.

Carnival Aims to Launch Miami-Cuba Cruises in May 2016

Pending Cuban approval, Carnival would become first American cruise company to visit island since 1960 trade embargo More

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Fish teeth and shark scales from sediment in the South Pacific Ocean dating around the mass extinction event 66 million years ago, photographed under a high powered microscope. (Credit: E. Sibert on Hull lab imaging system, Yale University)

Dinosaur Demise Leads to Fish Rise

The extinction event that killed the dinosaurs opened a niche for ray-finned fish, which today represent nearly all fish species More

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FILE - Bill Cosby performs at the Stand Up for Heroes event at Madison Square Garden, in New York.

Lawyers: Cosby's Drugs-Sex Admission Could Aid Women's Cases

Defamation suit accuses actor of branding accusers liars when his representatives denied their accusations of being drugged and sexually assaulted More



Migrant Sailboat Sinks in Aegean, at Least 17 Missing

Greece's Maritime Ministry says rescue efforts had saved 16 of between 33 and 37 migrants believed to be on board when boat went down between Greek islands of Farmakonisi and Agathonisi More


FILE - Patron smokes cigarette inside Kajun's Pub, in New Orleans, Louisiana, April 21, 2015.

WHO Urges Governments to Raise Tobacco Taxes

UN health agency says one person dies from tobacco-related disease about every six seconds, equivalent to about 6 million people a year More

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Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras leaves Maximos Mansion for a meeting with party leaders at the Presidential Palace in central Athens, Greece, July 6, 2015.

Tsipras Briefs Obama on Eurozone Loan Bid

United States has said it wants an early solution to Greece's debt crisis that keeps Athens in the European currency area More

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