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Adnan, 8, whose family fled from the military offensive against Pakistani militants in North Waziristan, sells ration packs that were collected by his family from a distribution point for internally displaced persons in Bannu,Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province,

US: Pakistan's Offensive Pushes Out Haqqani Network

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George Putic
July 22, 2014 7:41 PM
For decades, looking for life elsewhere in the universe meant listening for signals that could be from distant civilizations. But recent breakthroughs in space technology refocused some of that effort toward finding planets that may harbor life, even in its primitive form. VOA’s George Putic reports on a recent panel discussion at NASA’s headquarters, in Washington.

Video NASA Focuses on Earth-Like Planets

For decades, looking for life elsewhere in the universe meant listening for signals that could be from distant civilizations. But recent breakthroughs in space technology refocused some of that effort toward finding planets that may harbor life, even in its primitive form. VOA’s George Putic reports on a recent panel discussion at NASA’s headquarters, in Washington.

Video IAEA: Iran Turns its Enriched Uranium Into Less Harmful Form

Iran has converted its stockpiles of enriched uranium into a less dangerous form that is more difficult to use for nuclear weapons, according to the United Nations’ Atomic Energy Agency. The move complies with an interim deal reached with Western powers on Iran's nuclear program last year, in exchange for easing of sanctions. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.

Video US Awards Medal of Honor for Heroics in Bloodiest of Afghan Battles

U.S. combat troops are withdrawing from Afghanistan, on pace to leave the country by the end of this year. But on Monday, U.S. President Barack Obama took time to honor a soldier whose actions while under fire in Afghanistan earned him the Medal of Honor. VOA's Jeff Seldin has more from the Pentagon.

Video Relic of Saint Draws Catholics Worried About Immigration Issue

A Roman Catholic saint who is a figure of devotion for those crossing the border into the United States is attracting believers concerned about the plight of undocumented immigrants. Mike O'Sullivan reports from Los Angeles, where a relic of Saint Toribio has drawn thousands to local churches.

Video One Man Creates Army of Tiny Soldiers to Replicate Battle of Waterloo

Next year marks the bicentennial of the Battle of Waterloo, when French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte was defeated by an international force led by England and Prussia. Just in time for the observance, a retired U.S. military officer is recreating the battlefield - in miniature, with a quarter-million tiny hand-painted soldiers. VOA’s June Soh got a preview. Carol Pearson narrates.

Video In NW Pakistan, Army Offensive Causes Massive Number of Displaced

Pakistan’s army offensive in North Waziristan has resulted in the large-scale displacement of the local population. VOA's Ayaz Gul reports from northwest Pakistan where authorities say around 80 percent of the estimated 1 million internally displaced persons [IDPs] have settled in Bannu district, while much of the remaining 20 percent are scattered in nearby cities.

Video Chicago’s Argonne Lab Developing Battery of the Future

In 2012, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science awarded a $120 million grant to a new technology center focused on battery development - headquartered at Argonne National Laboratory in suburban Chicago, Illinois. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, there scientists are making the next technological breakthroughs in energy storage.

Video Nature of Space Exploration Enters New Age

Forty-five years ago this month, the first humans walked on the moon. It was during an era of the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union. World politics have changed since then and -- as Elizabeth Lee reports -- so has the nature of space exploration.


FILE - Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance testifies at a hearing in New York, January 29, 2014.

StubHub Hit by Cyber Fraud Ring; Arrests to Come Wednesday

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A man wipes his mouth near logos for McDonald's and KFC restaurants in Beijing, China, July 22, 2014.

China Arrests Five in Expired Meat Scandal

Shanghai police say those arrested include head of Husi Food company and its quality manager; Husi is a unit of the U.S.-based food supplier OSI Group More


Members of the National Union of Metalworkers (NUMSA) march on the first day of a nationwide strike in Johannesburg, July 1, 2014.

Striking South African Workers Consider Latest Wage Proposal

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Middle East

FILE - A fighter from the Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), mans an anti-aircraft gun mounted on the rear of a vehicle in Mosul, Iraq, July 16, 2014.

Iraq: Islamic State Financing Caliphate by Smuggling Oil

Iraqi officials say the group has transported oil from Qayara to be processed in Syria into low quality gasoil and gasoline, then brought back for sale in Mosul More


Jonathan Blackman, left, a lawyer representing Argentina, leaves federal court in New York on Tuesday, July 22, 2014.

US Judge Orders Argentina, Creditors to Reach Deal

Lawyers for investors who declined to restructure bonds after country defaulted on about $100 billion in 2002 are warned that time is running out to reach a deal, avert fresh default More


Honor guards take part in a ceremony as coffins of some of victims of Malaysia Airlines MH17, which was downed over rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine, are loaded onto a transport plane headed to the Netherlands, at Kharkiv airport, July 23, 2014.

Flight with MH17 Victims' Remains Leaves for Netherlands

Dutch government declares a day of national mourning; Canadian military transport plane is due to leave Kharkiv with 24 more coffins later Wednesday More


Activists display placards during a rally at the AIDS Conference 2014 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) in Melbourne, on July 22, 2014.

Despite Advances in AIDS Treatment, Stigma Lingers

Leading immunologist tells VOA that stigma is often what prevents those infected with disease from seeking treatment More

Economy & Business

FILE - A sign for the ExxonMobil refinery in Torrance, California, Jan. 30, 2012

Exxon Oil Rig Enters Uncharted Waters of Russian Political Storm

Ordinary, long-scheduled journey of oil drilling rig into Arctic waters attracting international scrutiny and creating a dilemma for major US oil company More

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New Orleans-based Water Seed joins Shawna Renee inside the "Soul Lounge" where they introduce listeners to their latest album, a wonderful fusion of jazz, soul and rhythm & blues. The group also explains how the heart of New Orleans influences each of them as musicians and songwriters.

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